Amanda has spent the past 15 years studying sacred sites, cultural belief systems, rituals, symbolism, spiritual landscapes, alternative healing techniques, and indigenous healing practices. She has studied within traditional classroom settings and through first hand experiences within sacred spaces held by shamans, mystics, healers, diviners, elders, and others over the years. She considers nature a teacher also as well as everyone she meets.
She serves by employing her sensory gifts and engages them by teaching, flowing, and celebrating life. Through teaching, she facilitates workshops and classes; she writes books and blog articles; and helps others navigate life with her musings and by sharing information and tools. Through flowing, she moves energy as a dancer and energy practitioner; she provides a calm presence when needed during difficult moments; and brings awareness to the mind-body-spirit connection. Through celebrating, she honors and encourages the expression and celebration of femininity; she dances to celebrate life and the Earth; and officiates ceremonies for individuals and groups.
As a college instructor she has taught courses on Spiritual Landscapes; Myths, Rituals, and Magic; and Sacred Spaces, Sacred Paths. From 2012-2018, she taught meditation courses, Reiki, Kahi Loa and other spiritually focused energy practice courses at yoga studios, spas, and at independent book stores throughout North Carolina. She also has years of experience as a veterinary technician and is a Level 2 Practitioner of Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA). Amanda has published in the Charlotte Natural Awakenings monthly magazine and in 2014 released an instructional DVD on Kalana Hula (moving meditation). Amanda will be releasing her first published book that is part of a series exploring nature and spirituality in the autumn of 2021.
As a Hawaiian Hula dancer, Hula teacher, and as the director of a performance group, Emerald 'Āina Hula Dancers, she shows others how to move energy and connect to nature through physical movement. Amanda focuses on the intersection of movement (Hawaiian Hula) and its connection to geography, history, spirituality, and the environment through her teachings. She travels frequently to Hawai'i to study and enjoys bringing women together in community through this mind-body-spirit practice.
As an ordained Inter-faith Minister, she serves primarily as a Funeral Celebrant and considers this holy work. She also offers group ceremonies for the Earth as well as blessings for sacred office/home space. She considers it an honor to set sacred space, provide rituals for healing, and to celebrate the essence of each person through ceremony. In addition she leads educational and spiritual journeys to potent places of transformation. Amanda is also a Veriditas trained Labyrinth Facilitator and incorporates the labyrinth into supporting people along their spiritual path.
She applies and practices what she teaches and continues to take classes and trainings to continue her own evolution. Amanda lives along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.