Yancey Co. Lightworkers Gatherings

Pooling Resources:

Since moving here in 2018, I've looked forward to meeting this tribe. And in April 2022 timing was finally right to initiate it. This group is for those living in or serving Yancey County who understand as our daily purpose the embodying of the Light, as best we can, for our own healing and that of everything we ripple out to, no matter how else our work in the world may look. For those of us also trained or experienced in ancient metaphysical arts or modern energy medicine, the group may offer local collegial support like a guild. For those of us also identifying as seekers or mystics, the group may offer a welcomed space to connect with those like-minded. Kathy Egan has graciously agreed to co-facilitate with me. We've committed to hosting quarterly Sunday gatherings, ideally around the equinoxes, to amplifying our collective Light through meditation and to support one another in a safe, confidential sharing circle. But our hope is that members initiate get-togethers beyond these dates as ways to get to know one another better. 

Event Dates: Sundays
November 6, 2022
   December 18, 2022
   March 19, 2023
   June 25, 2023

Venue: Mount Mitchell Eco Retreat

Contact Me to RSVP 

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Group Peer Support Events & Series:

The Healing Ground of Grief

Amid fear of world war, atop years of global pandemic, political divide, and environmental warnings, what if one way we could help would be getting more out of our own ways so that more of our own Light could help ourselves and hence others? What if raising our awareness about what grief we've been carrying, personally and collectively, could lighten not only our own load but also one another's? What if we dared walk bravely into griefs we've hidden in our shadows, shame, and isolation? And found, beyond pain and loss, grief's ancient, sacred, restorative, and connective power?
I’m remembering what soul activist Frances Weller in The Wild Edge of Sorrow (2015) calls “undigested sorrows,” their “growing weight…unattended,” their physical and emotional consequences, plus his encouragement to remember "our indigenous soul" and that “community can be the holding space for our most painful stories.”

Please join us for a virtual 7-week, Group-Peer-Support- facilitated series based on Weller's own idea of "tending" what he identifies as the 5 Gates of Grief:

  1. ​Everything We Love, We Will Lose

  2. The Places [in ourselves] That Have Not Known Love

  3. The Sorrows of the World

  4. What We Expected and Did Not Receive

  5. Ancestral Grief

We've situated the series amid the buoyancy of Spring, so Nature may better hold and counterbalance any descent into the depths.

The series will invite time on our own securing a copy of Weller's Wild Edge..., reading "Chapter 3: The Five Gates of Grief" (p. 23-70), writing in response to reflection questions and/or our own guidance, experimenting with somatic movement practices,  plus performing an individual grief ritual, either of our own design or inspired by a model in Weller's Wild Edge....


The series will invite time together building a safe container and getting to know one another (Week 1), devoting one meeting to each gate (Week 2-6), sharing our stories, sharing quotes that resonated from Wild Edge..., sharing what strategies are helping us and at the end, sharing our individual grief ritual, either live or in retrospect with photos and/or description (Week 7).

Please note: This series is not a bereavement group, which are offered by many local hospices, so may not be suited to those recently grieving a loved one, but may be to those a year or more out. This series may especially support those going through a hard time and those empathetically sensitive to more.

About co-facilitator and colleague Susan Lepidi, pictured left: Susan is a former Human Resources professional now following her true calling as a Reiki Master/Practitioner with Silver Goddess Reiki and as an INELDA-trained death doula. She and Jenn both serve the  Death Seedling Life Collective in Celo, NC and are completing its Fellowship with Grief and Death, now enrolling its next cohort for June.

Confidentiality offered. A safe, trauma-informed gathering.

Series Dates: Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm EDT
April 14th - May 26th, 2022

Venue: Zoom
Cost: $125
Bring a friend for half price.
Don’t let finances be an issue: contact me for payment arrangements.
Don't let schedule deter you: contact me if interested but can't make Thursdays.

Contact Me below to Reserve Your Spot
by Thursday April 7th


Year-Long Fellowship with Grief & Death 

Death Seedling Life Collective:

As the Fellowship's creator, Katherine Savage, writes, "It has long been understood that turning towards death brings a fuller, richer life into view, but in cultures where humans have placed themselves at the center, that view is often obscured by fear. The Fellowship with Grief & Death is designed to help you align under the natural laws of creation and dissolution with the wild gods as our teachers, so that a deeper embodiment of your soul's unique qualities can manifest. In their domain, you can see how things are for all earth's forms, with death as a benefactor of life. When your prayer forms to join that cycle, the gods appear, eager to show you how to find your untamed mind inside theirs." It's my honor to again support this Fellowship, now facilitating its virtual Grief Story-sharing Circles and Healing Circles. For more information and to register, please see the Death Seeding Life's website.

Series Dates: weekend of June 18th 2022 - May 2023
Venue: the land & view where my family live in Celo, NC
and Zoom

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Sampling Wholeness Energetics

Group Healing Experiences:

Come learn if this energy medicine modality may be a fit for you. Or just come to bask in the glow of collective healing. The event may involve a theme. We’ll use muscle testing (Applied Kinesiology) to select a member most representative of group needs for a Wholeness Energetics session demo, with the possibility that as one heals, we all heal. Event not suited for processing trauma. Confidentiality offered. An intimate, safe gathering. Both on-line and in-person events offered. Typically limited to or requiring a minimum of 6 participants.  Typically public and announced, but private events may also be arranged.

Event Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2022
Venue: Mountain Medical Arts
Cost: $25-$45 donation
Reserve Your Place with payment
by noon Saturday, April 2nd

next public GHE To Be Announced

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New Year’s Intention Mapping Celebrations


Bring your favorite magazines from last year, your wants for this year, and collage your heart’s desire. Since 2013, I've been hosting this reflective process among kindred spirits early January.  With our family's courageous relocation to Burnsville in 2018, I wanted to share this tradition with my new community: starting with blank poster board, unsure really of what I want for myself for the new year, then after perusing magazines together, talking, and ripping out images and words that resonate, direction becomes clearer... and so do I. Poster board, some magazines and supplies provided, but please also bring your own.   Curious? See this page for more.


5th Annual New Year’s Intention Mapping
Event Date: TBA
Venue: TBA
Cost:  TBA
Contact Me below if interested

Consultation at Returning Home Healing with Jennifer Dorfield

Transforming Into Your Best Self

Tools of the Trade Workshops:

Bring your curiosity and willingness to venture beyond the norm. And if the workshop is also a  "Girls' Night In," bring a woman dear to you: girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, mentor, mentee. Share an introduction to one or more foundational concepts to Wholeness Energetics:  muscle testing (Applied Kinesiology), ego vs. higher Self, goal writing, chakras, energy bodies. Learn how there may be more to us than there seems and how we may better tap these resources, especially for the purpose of getting more out of our own ways and transforming into our highest and best selves. Confidentiality offered. An intimate, safe gathering. Typically limited to 8 participants. Typically scheduled First Fridays of the month. Typically public and announced, but private parties may also be arranged.

Event Dates: Friday Evenings or Sunday Afternoons
To Be Announced
Venue: Mountain Medical Arts or Elsewhere
Cost: Donation 

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way  Series

Julia Cameron's

For over 25 years, Julia Cameron's renown book The Artist's Way has offered a tried and true path toward creative recovery: in essence how likewise to get more out of our own ways so that we may better serve our highest purpose. Cameron's 12-step program involves a 7-10 hour commitment per week: Sunday reading a chapter of Cameron’s book and speed-writing through creative exercises at about 1-2 hours, then daily "Morning Pages" at about 45 minutes, and a weekly "Artist Date” of 2 hours for solo self-care play time.  Our Celo Cabin Fever University series would add “Sacred Circle Cluster Groups” of 2 hours weekly, Thursday afternoons, to share our exercises, deepen our relationships, and support each other. For the brave who are ready to step up, perhaps as a New Year's Intention, sign on to this semester-like series, forge precious connections with fellow travelers, and invite your own transformation. BYOBook: Cameron's The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition.

Series Dates: Thursdays January 17th - April 25th, 2019
Venue: Celo Community Center
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3-Year Cluster Group Reunion: Thursday: April 7th, 2022
Venue: TBA

Future Series To Be Announced

"I had been troubled with what was to come and not feeling prepared and ready for the change. Doing this session I wanted to explore these mixed emotions and the fears that were troubling me. Change has always been difficult for me. Learning to trust the process of life and be patient is always something that comes up for me. This session made me realize that my body is always connected with my soul, and knows exactly what I need. Since our session I have learned to listen to my body and ask myself what I need , and what feels right at the moment. I am doing my best to remind myself of patience and trust."

- S., newly graduated nurse and anxiety/depression survivor