Mother. Writer. Holistic Counselor. Starwatcher.
Growing up in New England, I spent my days studying the rhythms, seasons, and nature cycles. Little did I know, this silent watching would become the basis of my work, following the earth's movement. I was fascinated by mysteries and the unseen and read constantly. Childhood heroines and super-sleuths Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew led me down a path of excitement and intrigue. I went on to study Cultural Anthropology, Spirituality, and Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
After college, I lived in Colorado and then Taos, New Mexico, attending school for healing arts, studying bodywork, energy work, and intuitive development. There, I was fortunate to develop deep relationships with Taos Pueblo's friends, where I took part in their ceremonies, rituals, and traditions. They shared stories about their history, and we'd talk about the things we'd see in the night sky around the fire. Since then, I've been learning the universal language of the cosmos, astrology, and include it in my work.
While practicing massage therapy and working toward earning a black belt in Korean Tae Kwon Do, I felt the pull to work with children and hopefully impart some of what I'd learned regarding the body, mind, and spirit in the southwest to the younger generation. I earned a degree in Elementary Education and Middle School English and taught in public and private schools in Philadelphia and Cambridge, MA, for a decade. I was considered the "mystical" teacher with an eclectic educational philosophy. Before I taught academics, I shared with students the power of meditation, visualization, yoga, and creative self-expression. After a decade of teaching in the system, I knew I needed to make a radical change.
While teaching Middle School Language and Humanities in Cambridge, MA, I became a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, got married, had our son, and moved to Philadelphia. I figured I'd take a few months off to rest, heal and acclimate to being a new mom and then begin working from home full-time. Little did I know, the universe other plans in store for me. With a lack of sleep and an abundance of stress, I felt isolated and exhausted. I knew I had to get creative with my time and energy and work within specific boundaries to maintain my strength and alignment.
So I worked part-time, coaching busy professionals, mostly mothers and women, by phone and online programs. I led seasonal cleanses, which left clients feeling more inner-peace, energy, and connection. I hosted women's circles in my living room, and they shared their stories, healing themselves of a variety of symptoms. Some had insomnia; some healed themselves from cancer, weight, and digestive issues. Some transitioned from one career to another. Most everyone experienced changes for the better in their relationships and at home. What I'd found was that when women shared their stories in circles, it generated powerful healing.
This work is about you and for you—it's about your story—and the story you desire to create for your life and wellbeing. By partnering with nature and the cosmos, you can better hear your body's intuitive wisdom and align with all that nourishes your whole life. The work is practical and simple, but maybe not easy. You tell me your story, and I'll be the detective. Together, we'll connect the dots of your life, and I'll cheer you on as you make the changes you desire.
© 2021 Jennifer Rivers Woodstock, Vermont 05091