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I'm Jessica Cudney.

I am a queer nature spirituality guide, animist practitioner, creative life coach, and beauty-maker here to accompany you on the path of creating a sacred life of embodied abundance as a necessary component of collective liberation.


I am here to support you to create a life of meaning and purpose by aligning action with your deepest held values; making lifestyle shifts that invite more aliveness and presence; cultivating relationship to place and the more-than-human-world; developing clear and compassionate communication skills; and unlearning conditioned/colonized ways of being that get in the way of your thriving. 


Most of all, I support you to listen to your inner nature, to bring your life into greater alignment with the gifts of your spirit, and to follow the path of your soul that will lead you toward flourishing and empowerment.


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 align to your soul's path, to contribute your gifts to the healing of this world, and to receive the abundance that is available to you when you do.


I see you following an inner knowing that you can no longer ignore. Something is shifting and YOU are changing. You are ready for deeper soul embodiment!


I know what it means to go searching for your authentic purpose. I know the longing for more connection with the spirit of who you are and for that to be reflected in how you show up each day, how you feel in your body, how you relate to others, and the  gifts you are here to offer. 

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I also know the faith it requires 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 .

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Sacred Life Coaching is BODY + MIND + SOUL WORK that orients from within an animist cosmology*.  It interweaves and honors the importance of AWARENESS + PRIMAL MOVEMENT + ECO-SOMATIC RITUAL + STORYTELLING + CREATIVE EXPRESSION + NATURE CONNECTION   as libratory practices for personal transformation and social change.



Intention, attention | strengthens: focus & manifestation

Somatic sensing, deep listening | strengthens: instinct & intuition

Movement, rhythm, pacing | strengthens: fluidity & adaptability

Oscillation, contrast | strengthens: regulation & integration

Storytelling, imagination | strengthens: meaning making & cosmology formation

Rooting, trusting your body | strengthens: inner resourcing

Untethering, following curiosity | strengthens: faith-building

Softness, slowness, sensuality | strengthens: subtle pleasure, presence

Beholding, opening, receiving | strengthens: reverence, wonder

Creative expression | strengthens: self-confidence, risk-taking

“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 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


Shape your life with intention, vision, and skillful action while being guided by sacred agreements and responsibilities.  

+ Nurture self-trust through change, greet your life circumstances with compassion, and uncover the teachings guiding you.

+  Make the necessary lifestyle shifts to cultivate more self-confidence, aliveness and joyful presence.

+  Cultivate your voice through speaking your truth, claiming your boundaries, expressing your feelings and making known your needs.

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

+  Experience yourself as part of an interconnected living world who is fluidly adaptable to change.

+  Align the changes taking place within you to your outer expression and environment.

+  Uncover an authentic (without perpetuating cultural appropriation) ancestral connection to your spiritual lineage.

+  Untether from internalized systems of oppression and patriarchal thinking that disempower you.

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

+  Open multisensory channels to receive loving guidance and wisdom from ecological and  ancestral support.

+  Honor the milestones, transitions and soul initiations with personalized ceremony and ritual.

+  Embody your commitment to justice and claim the path of spiritual activism.

+  Align daily practice with your deepest held values.

 *Animism is an approach to life that emphasizes our sensual embeddedness (belonging) within the living world and the relationships that shape them. It is a way of perceiving (through the felt sense) the personhood of place, attuning to our more-than-human relatives, and communing with our ecological body. Animism awakens the sacred by re-weaving us back into co-creative responsiveness with the living world. Through this process we become re-enchanted by life as our soul becomes more revealed through the reflection of all our relations.

"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



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 & Invoking: entering the sacred container

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

  • Practice & Process:  creating, crafting and 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.


  • Sacred life design mapping

  • Ritual making 

  • Altar crafting  

  • Values exploration 

  • Intuition strengthening exercises 

  • Communication cultivation

  • Storywork

  • Boundary setting practices  

  • Creative self-expression

  •  Dance and movement ​

  • Meditations and visualizations 

  • Body-centered practices


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. 


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 $125/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: to co-create reciprocity that works for both of us.

"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


  • YOU ARE CHANGING and the life you are living is no longer working for you. In fact, everything is changing and you want to harmonize with the shifts taking place collectively.

  • You are ready to re-enchant your life by prioritizing your connection to the creative force of the universe and returning to body-earth wisdom.

  • You are ready to face your colonial shadows and to heal the ancestral trauma that keeps you complicit in the colonial capitalist paradigm. 

  • 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 a spiritual seeker, spiritually malnourished or recovering from the trauma of religious fundamentalism. You would like to explore your relationship to nature spirituality.

  • You want to create a life of meaning, purpose, authenticity and enchantment - a life that nourishes your soul. 

  • You've had or are in the midst of a spiritual awakening.​

  • You are in transition and 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 ​​inhabit your body from a place of freedom, agency and power.

  • You want to strengthen your voice by clearly communicating your needs, speaking your boundaries, naming your feelings and expressing your truth with care 

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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.
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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? Based upon a wide review of research on resilience,  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



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.


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 as queer people. Through my coaching practice I seek to provide every queer and trans individual the opportunity to experience and embody their intact wholeness and wisdom.


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 the coaching-client relationship. I approach my coaching practice from a place of cultural humility and one that recognizes each client as the expert of their own life. 


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.


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.


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. 



As an animist, 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.





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, though one that was deeply aligned to my values of justice and liberation.

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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​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 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. 



  • 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.​



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.


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. 


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



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



For this entire offering I am only charging $750.


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.