I was 35 when I finally met myself.
It happened one Thursday evening in 2010 as I sat on my therapist’s floor, surrounded by crayons and paper; spilling my story into a sand tray.
It was in that session, I discovered what it meant to honour my own experience.
To have a voice.
To trust it.
Accepting the invitation to allow my creativity serve as a means of intimate self expression was an opening into my own truth and the beginning of a recovering that would encompass mind, heart, body and soul.
It would impact me personally and professionally.
In the years since, I have remained a diligent student of both the therapeutic and creative process, embracing what moves through them, as sacred.
I hold a first class honours degree in counselling & psychotherapy, certifications in various creative and self care modalities, as well as teacher and inquiry coach trainings.
Most recently, I graduated from An Chroí Wisdom Institute with a Professional Diploma in Spiritual Guidance & Soul-Centred Accompaniment, with a focus on the Anam Chara tradition rooted in Celtic Spirituality.
Leaning into my creative instinct for self expression has proven over and over again, to be nothing short of profound.
It wasn’t always like that. Mine is a story of lost soul to pilgrim. I walk my path, everyday.
Because it matters to me that I enjoy my life. That with it, I make a difference. It matters to me to live the story I want to tell. To leave a legacy of kindness and Grace.
Recovering the essence of who you are is a pilgrimage of the soul. It is an art form which takes time, patience and practice. It’s takes creativity, courage and compassion.
But essentially, it requires faith.
Faith in the process.
Faith in the learning.
And faith in yourself, above all.
My offering to you, is an invitation to learn and practice this art form. To give expression to your recovering.
You don’t have to be an artist. You don’t need a fancy studio or supplies. And you certainly don’t need to go it alone. I have established an online community of over 1,000 pilgrims on deck and almost 100 full time members of The Pilgrim's Way sacred listening community. We are doing the work and ready to welcome you.
All you need is a sense of curiosity, a bit of company and the instinctual pull toward a life of greater meaning, wonder and renewal.
I invite you to join us, wherever you are on the path.
May we give each other faith enough, to keep walking.
"To simply say Amanda is a great instructor misses the magic of the experience. She is an amazing creative guide, a channeler of muses, and inspiration to spend creative time with. We laughed, cried, splashed paint, dug deep for intention, quieted our inner critics, embraced our muses, shared, reflected, and filled our creative toolboxes with tons of techniques to help better express ourselves through our art journals. I'm so excited to take this experience even further at Croi Retreat!"
"Before tender I was on a continual search for “the answer”. I bought every book, did every course that promised any or all of these things. Tender unearthed revelation upon revelation for me - it was only through listening to my whole self through the Tender process that I could begin to heal."
"Before Tender I struggled deeply with the anxiety and overwhelm. I struggled to express myself verbally, emotionally and creatively. Throughout the Tender course, I gained tools that have inexplicably changed how I interact with myself and those I care about. The support and guidance I received during Tender, from Amanda and our group allowed me to view my perspectives in a soft, safe place - without judgement."
"So some real revelation is magically happening here through this journaling process. I’ve always journaled and I can say that I used to write things bordering on my truth and what I REALLY felt inside. Only because I was terrified if someone found it and read it. I am in love with this ( new to me) way to write things down...I love overwriting! That way I can bloody well say what I want and none sees it. But it’s in plain site! So first came the pause, then the explosion and today was courage. Somehow this helps me voice my truth with no regrets and I’m stronger for it. Such divine work! Thank you Amanda Grace. "
??? 2018 | Time: 62 min
Amanda talks about her beginnings as a make up artist, why she is a ‘Pilgrim Soul’ and how her background in creativity, hospitality and psychotherapy, form and inform the pillars of her practice as a facilitator of the creative process.
July 2019 |Time: 128 min
The Unruffled Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Sondra Primeaux and Tammi Salas. They talk about their fabulous Portland meetup and Amanda’s profound RAW workshop that Tammi and Sondra both attended, but they also catch up on Amanda’s unfurling transformation that has occurred since they last spoke.
"Conversation with Amanda, is deep and revealing and speaks to the dichotomous humanity in all of us. "
"Amanda is a highly engaging and fascinating person but also really funny...real and honest. Amanda normalises the human condition"
"This lady might just change the way you look at art [and self], forever."