Hello, my name is Suzanne Sky and this is my dear friend Ginger!
I became involved in the healing arts as a young woman of 17 starting out as an herbalist and nutritional consultant. Since then – more than 50 years ago! – I've worn wore many hats including consultant, counselor, researcher, writer, product development, and business entrepreneur. I began working on my own well-being and soon, working with family, friends, and clients.
For over thirty years, I ran my own clinic as an herbalist and Chinese medicine practitioner. As practitioner, I recognize the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. My practice was listening deeply, offering support, and creating nourishing treatments. I always work to nourish the innate resilience, harmony, and wisdom of my clients. My aim is to support each person's capacity to deepen and grow in their life, spiritual, and daily endeavors.
In 2020, I retired from clinical practice to begin my work as a life resilience coach and to focus on writing, creating and online women's growth-centered community, and offering courses. This was in response to listening deeply to my heart's calling combined with inner inquiry and outer exploration over a period of a few years. Connecting with my felt sense of my soul purpose for this new phase of life gave me clarity on my path forward. This journey is still unfolding and evolving. As I take each step, with both challenges and joys, the path continues to emerge.
Wanderer, there is no path; the path is made by walking. - Antonio Machado
Even as a child, I knew there was more to life – an inner spiritual dimension. And the possibility of a conscious, compassionate culture where people lived in harmony. But a real awakening at age 16 made me realize that I needed to take steps to create my own meaningful life. I was soon introduced to the Fourth Way work that offers a process of observing yourself and inner inquiry as a path of growth. Since then, I've engaged in wellness self-care entwined with spiritual and consciousness work.
I found my life's work and path when I moved to Hawai'i in 1975. Here I began deeply healing from a challenging childhood, enjoying island life, and experiencing insights and transformations while studying with many amazing teachers and mentors.
In all beginnings
dwells a magic force.
~ Herman Hesse
Learning Vipassana meditation in 1986 changed my life and opened new possibilities. It helped me calm my mind, heal my nervous system, and connect with my deeper intuitive knowing and being. Since then I've been fortunate to study and work with many powerful mentors and teachers. Nadao Honda in Hawai'i taught a small group of us in the areas of meditation and energy awareness. Much later, I was part of a Diamond Approach group with Sandra Maitri for six years. These experiences, along with many others, contribute to my ongoing growth and appreciation of life.
I enjoy my simple, creative life here in Southern Oregon with my golden-hearted dog, Ginger. My creative arts include writing, gardening, embroidery, and weaving on rigid heddle looms – so much fun! I love playing with colors, in my home, weaving, and garden; and enjoy photographing flowers and nature. Ginger and I enjoy our daily long walks together and assorted adventures.
I am accepting applications for my Heart Alchemy Coaching Program
and offer a free 30-minute Connection Session to explore
the possibility of working together. I'd love to hear from you!
Heart-Centered Values ~ Our Inner Compass
Your values are an expression of what you care most deeply about.
Values inform our vision,
how we create our life,
how we spend our time, energy, and money.
Values can also be chosen as markers of growth. Something we'd like to embody more of, grow into, and express more fully.
It's helpful to reassess our values every so often in life. Especially when we're in a transition, called to change, reassess, reset, and look more deeply within.
Above is an example of the Values Mandala process that I created and lead people through.
This is the Values Mandala that I created for myself this year, 2023.
At the center, is my core heart value, integrity. This is an unchanging principle that guides me and I wrote a few words about what integrity means to me: being whole, truthful, heart-centered. I can ask myself am I being in integrity? when considering a course of action. To me, it represents wholeness of body, mind/emotions, and spirit working in concert.
Compassion is a value I've always aspired to, along with wisdom.It's important to me to be heart-centered and treat people with kindness, respect, and generosity. It's a marker of growth for me and reminds me I'm on a path of growth, a work in process.
As a woman who's purpose-guided, I always do my best to listen to my heart and been dedicated to being of service. I followed my heart to Hawai'i and found my Chinese medicine teacher and profession that engaged me for 30+ years. Recently, I followed my soul and heart calling to Life Resilience coaching and online course offerings. I feel called to support and contribute to creating a new paradigm of consciousness, leadership, and lifestyle on the planet during this time of planetary challenge and change.
Creativity is a vital part of my life and expression in play, work, and growth. I've always loved making and creating things. As a young child, I made my relatives little gifts created from things I gathered in the five and dime store (who remembers those!). And later, I loved doing macrame and made my dad a special macrame belt every year.
When I had my Chinese medicine practice, I spent a lot of care and time creating a relaxing, harmonious, and beautiful clinical setting because I know that healing begins when clients walk through the door. And I know the healing, nourishing, and playful power of color, art, and music. I strive to create a similar nourishing and healing atmosphere online.
At home, I love to play with colors in my flower garden and in my weaving creations. It's so much fun! Creativity is essential to life and allows us to explore new possibilities as we allow our vision to unfold, embark on a new path, or create our new business. Creativity is a core feature of resilience and an invitation to explore magical realms where anything is possible.
Suzanne's Professional Degrees & Certifications
2022 International Coaching Federation - Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
2021 Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Program Certificate
2021 Whole Person Certified Coach
2021 Coaching for Self-Leadership: Intro to Internal Family Systems Certificate
2021 Certified Financial Recovery CounselorTM
2020 Power of Embodied Transformation Certificate: Online Coach Training, Coaches Rising
2019 Power of Embodied Transformation Certificate: Online Coach Training, Coaches Rising
2019 Certified Wellness Coach: International Association of Wellness Professionals
2004 Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Magna cum laude. Pacific College.
1989 Masters in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. World Medicine Institute
1983 B.A. Holistic Health Perspectives University of Hawai'i at Manoa