TRANSFORMATIONAL
LIFE COACH

CREATE A LIFE OF MEANING & PURPOSE

MIND + BODY + SOUL WORK

guided by nature's wisdom

I'm Jessica Cudney. I am a transformational life coach, mindbody therapy practitioner, nature spirituality guide, and life-long creator. I support you to bring your life into greater resonance with your soul's purpose. 

 

Being human is a spiritual journey of remembering your true nature as an expression of the living earth. Our work together is a non-linear process of embodied spiritual cultivation that will re-awaken a sense of the sacred in your life as you are re-woven back into co-creative responsiveness with the living world. It is a gradual and subtle process where I support you to reclaim your wholeness, reconnect to earth wisdom, soften into presence, shed limiting beliefs, and re-shape patterned ways of being that desensitize you from feeling your interconnection with the whole of life.  This process involves aligning your thoughts, emotions, and actions with the most expansive parts of yourself so that you are filled with a deep sense of purpose by following the path of nature's wisdom toward flourishing and empowerment.

I WORK AT THE INTERSECTION OF:

NATURE 
 SPIRITUALITY

Do you feel disconnected from a  sense of meaning  or dissatisfied with the status quo?

Explore your creative expression as a spiritual practice and a necessary function of nature's intelligence.

CULTURAL  UNLEARNING

Do you experience climate grief, feelings of overwhelm or despair for our world?

Feel a sense of purpose in your current life circumstances and contribute your creative gifts to the world.

BODY-CENTERED EMPOWERMENT

Do you feel exhausted, stressed, numb and/or stuck in the same old routine?

Awaken to the vitality of your felt experience and become re-enchanted with life as you creatively adapt to change.

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TAKE BACK YOUR POWER, ALIGN TO YOUR SOUL'S PURPOSE & EMBODY THE CHANGE YOU SEEK

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • YOU ARE CHANGING and your lifestyle no longer reflects who you are becoming. You are ready to break out of the mold and create a life that aligns to your values.

  • You want to create a life of meaning, purpose, authenticity and intentionality - a life that nourishes your soul and that serves something greater than yourself.

  • You feel the weight of these times and it's having an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. You want to enjoy life but it's hard to stay centered in the midst of so much uncertainty and change. 

  • You are deeply attuned to collective suffering and are aware that our world is radically changing. You want to contribute your creative energy to building a new world but don't know how. 

  • You long to feel connected to a sense of purpose and meaning but feel bogged down by the daily grind and stuck in the same old routine. You are ready to ​​inhabit your body from a place of freedom, agency and power.

  • 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 as a pathway to your own authentic spirituality.

  • You want to show up in your relationships with confidence and are done performing and pleasing. You're ready to step into your voice, communicate your needs, claim your boundaries and express your truth with care.

YOU ARE READY TO TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE
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I SUPPORT YOU TO...

Shape your life with intention, vision, and skillful action while being guided by your deepest held values and inner truth.

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urture self-trust through change, build resilience in the face of uncertainty, and cultivate the capacity to be with discomfort.

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reet your life circumstances with compassion and engage practices that allow you to process, feel, name and be with hard emotions such as guilt, shame, grief, rage, fear, and anxiety.

+  Untether from internalized systems of oppression and patriarchal thinking that disempower you; unlearn conditioned/colonized ways of being that get in the way of authentic flourishing.

+ Make necessary lifestyle shifts to divest from the addictive consumer machine that's destroying our planet, and disentangle from individualistic thought patterns that keep you stuck in fear and scarcity.

+ Cultivate radical self love by investing more energy, time and resources into practices, people and things that actually nourish your radiance, confidence, aliveness and joy.


+  Develop empowering relational skills that deepen intimacy and trust by cultivating your voice, speaking your truth, claiming your boundaries, expressing your feelings, clarifying your needs, taking healthy risks and expressing yourself in bold new ways.

Honor the wholeness of what it means to be human; experience yourself as part of an interconnected living world who is fluidly adaptable to change.

+  Strengthen your intuition 
by learning the language of your body and develop daily rituals that anchor you in spiritual connection.

Cultivate relationship to place, the more-than-human-world, and your ancestral lineage; open to receiving loving guidance and wisdom.

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 transformational journey of embodying your souls purpose 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.

SESSIONS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Sacred life design & values exploration 

  • Ritual making & altar crafting  

  • Intuition strengthening exercises 

  • Creative self-expression

  • Dance & movement ​

  • Meditations & visualizations 

  • Ancestral reclamation work

  • Unpacking cultural trauma

  • Grief Work (earth , cultural & personal)

  • Eco-somatic practices (embodied earth wisdom)

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.

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RATES

*Sessions are offered on a sliding scale $100-$150.

INTERDEPENDENCE:  $150 USD

GENERAL: $125 USD

ACCESSIBLE: $100 USD

*I understand that access to resources is a result of institutionalized systems of oppression including but not limited to white supremacy, classism, hetero-patriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and colonization. The above sliding scale fee structure allows those who have systematically benefited from these unjust and inequitable systems to practice wealth redistribution. Those who have access to financial resources are invited to pay at the the Abundance level. To determine where you fall on the sliding scale, please refer to this chart.

If you identify as BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ and are in need of financial assistance, please reach out to me at: jessica@wayofbelonging.com to co-create reciprocity that works for you.

ABOUT JESS

As a queer, animist, trauma-informed, MindBody Therapy Practitioner and community eco-ritualist 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.

EDUCATION & TRAININGS

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MY STORY

I was in my mid-twenties when I finally committed to my soul's path and this led me on a journey of radical transformation. Everything in my life changed after that. Of course, the impetus to do so was only after many years of chasing after some version of success that society deemed appropriate and dating people who were emotionally unavailable (and with whom I repeated the same old toxic patterns that naturally arise between hurting people). I was living in a metropolitan city at the time, working a 9-5 job,  bartending in the evenings, and fitness competing as a hobby. I was miserable and finally hit rock bottom. 

I remember how anxious I used to feel, how addicted I was to the highs and lows, the constant feeling of not being or having enough, and the feeling of insecurity that plagued me.  I remember the ways I used to perform confidence as a means to feel validated and yet how willing I was to compromise my truth and the things I valued to please others, how I kept myself small so as to not take up too much space. In so doing, I abandoned my true self, neglected my desires, suppressed my authentic expression and presented a lifeless version of myself. I gave away my creative power not because I wanted to, but because this is what I learned. I didn't know my inherent value and because of that I attracted oppressive life circumstances that would exhaust and deplete me.

One day I recall looking at myself in the mirror unable to recognize who I was anymore. My face was covered in makeup (I could barely look at myself without it on). I was exhausted and dis-enchanted by the daily grind. My external life no longer reflected the internal beauty and complexity of my inner life. My relationships took on a monotonous tone, my lifestyle didn't reflect the richness of my value system and nor did either fulfill my soul's longing. 

I felt deep sadness when I realized that I had compromised myself and that I was living a status quo life simply because it was familiar, and yet this moment of realization was a wakeup call. It motivated me to go after the life that I knew I was deserving of and that reflected the richness and beauty of my true self. It was time to take back my power. I came 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. Something had to change and only I could make it happen. 

That’s when I decided to travel (which my privilege afforded me). At the time I only had $2000 in my bank account and didn't have a plan. 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 within me that felt comfortable with a status quo life. I committed to investing my time, energy and money in ME and the things I love and considered 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 with a woman 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 all of my limiting beliefs, inner self critics, 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, and how it kept me small. 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 transformational 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.

I know what it means to go searching for authentic purpose.

 

I know the longing for more connection with the spirit of life 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

I also know the faith it requires to leap into the unknown, and to follow the path of your soul's purpose 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 courageously 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 your inner wisdom and let Spirit shine through. I know the creative freedom that awaits you when you claim the life that is already yours.

ARE YOU READY TO CLAIM IT?
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CLAIMING YOUR SOUL'S PURPOSE IS THE SACRED WORK THAT YOU ARE HERE TO DO.
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MY PRACTICE IS... 

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? 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

 

RELATIONALLY & ECOLOGICALLY ROOTED (ANIMISM)

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 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.

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 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. 

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 only separates 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 a spirituality rooted in nature. 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 you 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. 

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. Transformational 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.