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SACRED LIFE COACHING

NATURE-BASED SOUL WORK FOR GENUINE FLOURISHING
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WELCOME!

 

I'm Jessica Cudney.

I am a wayshower,  nature spirituality guide, and life coach here to accompany you on the path of creating a sacred life of embodied abundance. I support you to listen to your inner nature and to follow the path of alignment that will lead you to genuine flourishing and a life that nourishes your soul. 

Hello kindred,

 

I see the braveness in you being here and the courage it has taken for you to have arrived where you are.

 

I see that you are ready to claim more of  what you desire, to receive nature's abundance, and to honor your genuine soul calling.

 

I see you following an inner prompting that maybe you can’t quite name but that you can no longer ignore. Something is shifting for you. You are changing.

 

I know what it means to go searching for authentic sustenance. I know  the longing for more connection and intimacy with the spirit of life and for that to be reflected in how you show up each day, the decisions you make, the work you do, and the service / gifts you are here to offer. 

 

I know the longing for a life that expresses your felt sense of the sacred.

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I also know the faith it requires to call in support, to make and BE the change, to leap into the unknown, and to follow the path of your soul’s calling without a full grasp of where it will lead you.

 

I know the importance of growing strong roots and cultivating inner resiliency to withstand the inevitable challenges that will test your commitment when you do.

 

I know the practices that can sharpen your vision and the inner resources required to navigate unfamiliar terrain. I know the teachings of nature and how to give yourself in trust to the mystery of life's unfolding; how everything is here for you.

 

I know the beautiful messiness of what it means to be human and the abundance that is available to you when you listen to the wisdom of your soul's calling. I know the freedom that awaits you when you claim the life that is already yours .

ARE YOU READY TO CLAIM IT?
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I AM HERE TO SUPPORT YOU THROUGH THE TRANSFORMATIONAL PROCESS OF BECOMING
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EMBODY YOUR SOUL'S CALLING

At the heart of my coaching is what I call soul work, or body-centered nature-based coaching. Soul is not a thing but a quality or dimension of experiencing life and ourselves. It is the love, light and joy that is inside you already and always. As a trauma-informed mindbody therapy practitioner and nature-spirituality guide, I support you to find harmony between your soul and life.

This means living a life of integrity, honesty and truth. It means living from your authentic power which involves aligning your thoughts, emotions, and actions with the most expansive parts of yourself so that you are filled with enthusiasm, purpose, and meaning.  It also means engaging the world with reverence. To perceive the world through reverence is to look at what you are going through and to understand it within the framework of the evolution and maturation of your own spirit. 

I believe that every single one of us has a wild soul signature that is longing to be known and expressed. The journey of coming into soul expression IS the work that we are here to do as part of our sacred responsibility to collective healing and liberation. I believe that when we reconnect with the land—the land of our bodies and the wisdom of the earth—we remember that we belong and that there is great meaning and purpose to our lives. The challenges we have been through can serve as guideposts along our journey back to our whole and intact selves.

"May I have the courage today

To live the life that I would love,

To postpone my dream no longer

But do at last what I came here for

And waste my heart on fear no more."

 – John O’Donohue

I SUPPORT YOU TO:

+  create a life of meaning, purpose, authenticity and enchantment - a life that nourishes your soul. 

+  bring your energy to life with intention, vision, and skillful action while being guided by sacred agreements and responsibilities.  

+  uncover the full radiance of your soul's expression by
 fearlessly expressing yourself and bringing your dreams to life.

+  strengthen your personal connection to your inner creative life force and the spirit of the universe. 

+  fully inhabit your body from a place of freedom, agency and power.

+  align daily practice with your deepest held values.

+  make necessary lifestyle shifts that make room for more aliveness and joyful presence.

+  unlearn conditioned/colonized ways of being that get in the way of authentic flourishing.


+  come home to your body as your most intimate place of belonging.

+  fall in love with the handful of earth that you are.

HOW WE GET THERE:

  • Engage in sacred life design mapping and orient your life to your deepest held values and cares.

  • Craft daily rituals that nourish the roots of your belonging and infuse your day with meaning.

  • Develop practices that regulate your nervous system, strengthen resilience and support wellbeing.

  • Anchor into and strengthen the bond between your inner and outer nature.

  • Learn to listen to the quiet voice of intuition and honor your internal guidance system.

  • Lean on nature as a resource and guide by deepening your relationship to place and the more-than-human world.

  • Explore practices of devotion and reclaim prayer as an expression of your longing (the lungs of love).  

  • Become aware of the stories you are living in so that you can embody ones that set you free from collective pain.

  • Practice saying no and setting boundaries so that you can make more room for your YES to shine through

  • Learn to utilize the inner resources of attention, intention, and energy for creating a life that nourishes your soul.

  • Recognize the wisdom of your personal life experience and interpret patterns as a means for self-mastery

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED IS INSIDE YOU. THE CLARITY YOU DESIRE IS WITHIN.

"To live without feeling magic or enchantment in the daily unfolding of things is to tumble into a long-term loss of soul in modern life." 

-John O'Donohue

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Overview

I approach sessions with great intention, care and reverence. I prepare for them as I would any ritual, taking time to clear and ground. I view each session as a powerful co-creative process where absolutely anything is possible, magic abounds, and transformation is already underway. For this reason, I like to draw upon the image of a cauldron as a way to understand the alchemical nature of the transformational work we do whereby the existing form is dissolved to be recast into a new form.

 

The journey of embodying your souls calling is a creative (life/death) process that involves changing the current shape of your life and becoming fluidly adaptable to emerging realities. I come from the perspective that we are evolving beings capable of generating sustainable, actionable change that reflects what we care about. This involves unifying realms of thinking, action, sensing, feeling, and perception.

I  provide a  process-based space where I invite you to anchor into your felt experience, create spaciousness to "be with" what is arising, awaken subtle pleasures in the body, nurture your curiosities, pay attention to what lights you up, and magnify your wisdom and strengths.

 

 

A Typical Session

  • Arriving & Orienting: entering the container.

  • Sensing & Receiving: exploring what wants to come through, be expressed, made known.

  • Practice & Process: diving into the cauldron.

  • Harvest & Reflection: integrating change.

I will often follow up sessions with home plays for continued practice with the material of our session.

SESSIONS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Somatic practices

  • Storywork

  • Altar crafting

  • Ritual exploration

  • Nature connection

  • Breathwork

  • Music & movement

  • Creative self-expression

  • Meditation & visualization

TIME COMMITMENT

I work with people for 60 minutes on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. The more frequently we meet in the beginning, the deeper we can go. 

SETTING

I work with folks one-on-one and currently online via zoom. 

Introductory Consultation

I offer free introductory consultations. These are about 30-minute video calls where we can discuss what calls you to coaching and more about my practice. If it feels like the right fit, the rate for subsequent sessions is $150/hr.*

*I understand access to resources is a result of institutionalized systems of oppression including but not limited to white supremacy, classism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and colonization. If you are in need of financial assistance as a result of marginalization, please reach out to me at: wayofbelonging@gmail.com to co-create reciprocity that works for both of us.

MY PRACTICE IS... 

TRAUMA INFORMED 
With a background in social justice education/organizing and having received training in somatic experiencing,  internal family systems theory, attachment theory, and other healing modalities, I bring to my coaching practice an awareness of the pervasiveness of trauma. Thus, I approach my understanding of trauma from a politicized lens and within the context of oppression. Individual trauma is the microcosm of oppression on a systems level. To create an environment of trauma-informed care,  I seek to offer:

  • Safety

  • Trustworthiness & Transparency

  • Collaboration

  • Empowerment

  • Humility & Responsiveness

RESILIENCE FOCUSED

As part of my commitment to trauma-informed care my focus is on resilience. This framework asks not, “What's wrong with you?” but rather, “What happened to you?” and “What's strong with you? Research on resilience shows us the behaviors and beliefs that are associated with greatest adaptation to loss. Based upon a wide review of this research,  Dr. Arielle Schwartz brought together the 6 Pillars of Resilience:

  1. Growth Mindset

  2. Emotional Intelligence

  3. Community Connections

  4. Self-Expression

  5. Embodiment

  6. Choice and Agency

 

RELATIONALLY & ECOLOGICALLY ROOTED

I come from the perspective that the pursuit of individual wellness is not the goal and nor should it be a central focus. As a part of living systems, we are bound to one another relationally.  No single being exists in isolation; that in fact, our survival depends on other people, animals, plants, air, land, soil, and water. Foundational to my coaching practice is a deep acknowledgement, understanding, and embodiment of interdependence as central to the fabric of relationships. This is not theory, this is a felt experience in the body and reflects nature's intelligence awakened from within.  As human beings we cannot fully be understood outside of the context of our relationships and ecosystems. Therefore, I take a close look at the presence or lack of current support systems and emphasize reducing isolation and increasing connection.

QUEER & TRANS-AFFIRMING

As a queer, cis female living in the context of a same-sex marriage, I bring to the coaching practice my lived experience of navigating the ongoing, subtle pervasiveness of homophobia and heteronormativity. I also bring an embodied understanding of the incredibly dynamic lives we lead. Through my coaching practice I seek to provide every queer and trans individual the opportunity to experience and embody their intact wholeness and wisdom.

ANTI-OPPRESSIVE

As a queer, white, able-bodied, neurodivergent, cis-female, settler I carry the life commitment of doing my part to unlearn, unpack and take responsibility for the ways in which I contribute to or resist oppressive structures. There are areas where I hold an extreme amount of privilege which requires ongoing education and accountability. For this reason I am committed to an anti-oppressive practice which means that I bring an awareness of the power dynamics that can show up in coach-client relations. I approach my coaching practice from a place of cultural humility and one that recognizes each client as the expert of their own life. 

ROOTED IN MULTI-CULTURAL HUMILITY

I am rooted in a commitment to understanding my own cultural conditioning and how that informs who I am and how I'm showing up in the world, especially among interactions with those who are coming from a different cultural orientation. The most serious barrier to culturally appropriate communication is not a lack of knowledge of
the details of any given cultural orientation, but the failure to develop self-awareness and a respectful attitude toward diverse points of view.

SPIRIT GUIDED & INTUITED

My relationship to Spirit (what I would describe as the loving essence that permeates all things) is what guides my life and work. Connecting to the radiating love of the universe within the temple of my own being has transformed my life toward an authentic faith in all that is unfolding and a deep trust within myself as a vessel for truth and wisdom. A major part of my spiritual empowerment journey has been doing the important work to heal my religious trauma (C-PTSD) from years of indoctrination within a repressive, fundamental Christian culture that instilled within me a deep sense of shame, fear, and guilt. Ultimately, religious trauma breaks a person’s sense of trust in themselves which actually only separate one further from the source of divine love. My true spirituality began to flower when I followed my soul's calling (voice of intuition) toward the path of nature-spirituality. It is in nature where I feel the presence of Spirit and this is where I feel most at home.

BODY CENTERED & PLACE-BASED

My coaching practice is body-centered, which means that I encourage space in our sessions to listen to the way your body speaks and informs you through sensation, posture, gesture, and movement. The more we practice creating space for your body to be heard, the more subtle and nuanced your sensing and perceiving becomes. Over time and with practice, you begin to learn the language of your soul by paying attention to what your body is communicating.  As a nature-spiritualist, I approach the body with great reverence in the same way I do place. The body is not a singularity but rather a multiplicity of relationships, a landscape, an ecosystem, an unfolding and a "happening".  The body is a sacred threshold; and it deserves to be respected, minded, and understood in its spiritual nature. 

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“Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus. Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a  hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and  the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground  and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition.  Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember ... you are the medicine.”

- María Sabina, Mexican healer & poet

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You are here for a special reason, and everything in your life is preparing you for the moment that you claim it.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • YOU ARE CHANGING. The life you are living is no longer working for you. You want to know how to integrate the changes and align your outer world to the inner changes taking place.

  • You've had or are in the midst of a spiritual awakening and are trying to figure out how to exist in the world with a new inner framework and way of perceiving.

  • ​You are a spiritual seeker interested uncovering an authentic ancestral connection to a nature-based spiritual lineage and do not want to perpetuate cultural appropriation.

  • You are spiritually malnourished or recovering from the trauma of religious fundamentalism and would like to explore the path of nature-based spirituality.

  • You are waking up to the intrinsic interconnections of life, want to nurture this expanding awareness, and learn how to trust the inner wisdom that is available to you.

  • You want to embody your commitment to justice in bigger and bolder ways, or feel called to the path of spiritual activism.

  • You long to slow down, simplify, create more space in your life to breathe, let go, and enjoy the moment more fully and with greater presence.

  • You would like to explore your body-land connection and awaken new pathways of pleasure, aliveness and joy.

  • You are ready to lean into discomfort, make friends with change, and embody resilience in the face of challenges with curiosity and faith. 

  • You are in the midst of transition, want to meaningfully mark this milestone moment with a personalized ritual, or explore more deeply your current phase of life through a holistic and affirming lens.

  • You are ready to invest in a path that calls to your radical and wild spirit.

  • You are ready to create a life of meaning and enchantment - a life that nourishes your soul. 

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ABOUT JESS

As a trauma-informed MindBody Therapy Practitioner, Jessica holds the importance of body-centered and nature-based transformation as central to healing and justice. Through her personal practice, Jessica seeks to support folks in creating a life of meaning and purpose; aligning daily practice with deepest held values; making necessary lifestyle shifts that make room for more aliveness and presence; and unlearning conditioned/colonized ways of being that get in the way of thriving. Grounded in radical ethics and social justice values, Jessica challenges and supports clients to take an honest look at themselves, while deepening their capacity to hold themselves and others in loving regard.

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EDUCATION & TRAININGS

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MY STORY

Eight years ago I committed to following my soul’s calling and completely changed the course of my life. During that time I wrote this personal statement which continues to ring true for me today.

 

I was living in a metropolitan city at the time, working a 9-5 job,  bartending in the evenings, and fitness competing. One day I recall looking at myself in the mirror unable to recognize who I was anymore. My external life no longer reflected the internal core of my essential self. My lifestyle and overall embodiment (way of being) did not resonate with my value system nor did it fulfill my soul's longing.

 

I felt deep sadness when I realized that I was living someone else’s life, and yet this moment of realization felt like a wakeup call. It led me to the conclusion that I had to leave and it had to happen as soon as possible. I knew in my heart that another life was waiting for me though without a guarantee. All I knew was that something had to change and only I could make it happen. I had to claim it.

That’s when I decided to travel. I gave myself to the wind without a clue of where it would lead me. I learned to pay attention to my curiosities and to the things that made me come alive. I learned to trust myself as I surrendered to the flow of life.  I was no longer willing to settle for a life that wasn't mine and challenged all of the parts in me that felt comfortable with a status quo life. I committed to investing my time, energy and money in the things I love and consider most sacred. I began to create a life of my choosing, one that nourished my soul.

This led me back to nature where I fell in love and became re-enchanted with life. I moved through many soul initiations that challenged me to claim my truth and to live it boldly, despite the disbelief and confusion it brought up for many loved ones. This meant confronting feelings of failure and all of my fears surrounding unworthiness. I had to look at all of the ways I was conditioned to seek approval from others as a source of validation. Coming out and claiming a same-sex relationship brought to the surface the trauma I endured under the violent repression of the church and I had to move through and integrate layers of shame, guilt, repression, denial and other intergenerational wounds. 

Returning to earth was absolutely fundamental in my self-reclaiming journey. Earth as guardian and teacher. Earth as playmate and lover. Earth as nurturer and caretaker. I continue to integrate, evolve and become more of who I am  through this deepening love affair with the living Land, Waters, and the spirit of place. It is from this very personal and immersive relationship to the living world that my work unfolds and the lens through which I support others in my coaching practice.

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INTERESTED IN ETHICAL & INSPIRED BUSINESS BRANDING?

BUSINESS BRANDING & COACHING CONSULTATIONS

​Are you an entrepreneur, small business owner or creative looking for support with your website and branding?  

 

Your website is the soul expression of your work! It's where you get to speak to the heart of your ideal customer or client and to provide them with something that adds richness and depth to their life.

 

THIS is what I do well.

That is why I am now offering Business Branding & Coaching Consultations because I can no longer ignore just how many people reach out to me seeking support in this area.

 

I am listening to the call!

I have been designing websites and creating inspirational content since I was in my late teens. There is nothing I love more than getting people stoked about living their best life.

 

 I KNOW that the work you're doing is contributing to a world in which we all thrive. 

THIS IS FOR YOU IF....

 

  • You want the soul of your work to shine through your website and speak directly the heart of your ideal customer or client.

  • You want your messaging to reflect your values and inspire your ideal customer or client to engage with your work because you have something amazing to offer that they definitely want in on.

  • You want to be in right relationship with your audience by engaging in ethical messaging strategies that do not manipulate people to engage with your content. Yuck!

 

  • You approach entrepreneurship as spiritual journey and know that how you are showing up and presenting your work is an important part of being in alignment.

HOW WE'LL WORK TOGETHER

PHASE 1

We will start with a 1-hr consultation call where we dive into the world of your work and why you do what you do. We'll get to the heart of your values, what drives you, and how your business meets a unique and important need.

PHASE 2

I spend 3 hours looking over your website content including copy, images, and overall design. I will then write up key takeaways and suggestions for you to begin implementing right away. 

PHASE 3

We hop on a final 1-hr consultation call where I walk you through my findings while looking over your website.

YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK YOU DO TO FULFILL YOUR PURPOSE IS DESPERATELY NEEDED

 

Let me help you understand where your branding and messaging strengths are and where you might be missing the mark. ​

RATE:

 

For this entire offering I am only charging $750.

 

DISCLAIMER​

By participating in my coaching sessions, you acknowledge that I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and my services do not replace the care of psychologists, doctors or other healthcare professionals. Sacred Life Coaching is in no way to be construed or substituted as psychological counseling, psychotherapy, mental health counseling, or any other type of psychotherapy or medical advice.