Born to a Lutheran family on a large, mid-western farm, it was in the midst of her upbringing in a broken home that Amanda first discovered her passion for yoga, creative arts, and reading her Bible – quickly taking every class available on drama, art, music, spirituality, and reiki.
For her, Creative Expression became about more than just making something beautiful; it was a catalyst for spiritual growth, freedom of emotion, and inner healing. And it was this Creative Expression – coupled with her own spirituality – that got her through a troubled childhood of family enmeshment and developmental trauma.
After being awarded several Army Achievement Awards serving as a Chaplain’s Assistant in the military, and later spending time residentially in the medical brigade of Ecuador with a focus on Trauma/PTSD, Amanda’s pursuits in launching a dance ministry of her own soon led her to the New-Age-mecca of Mount Shasta, California – whereupon it was quickly love at first sight. Finding a home in the spiritually diverse city, Amanda began working remotely for Wholesale Solar, one of America’s largest off-grid DIY solar distributors, as their senior technical sales and assistant manager – singlehandedly selling over $200k worth of solar equipment globally in a single month, while overseeing the sales force training, all remotely from her laptop in downtown Mount Shasta.
It was this ability to work remote that allowed her to travel the world, living on and co-founding a non-profit eco-village in Kauai during one of these travels, while helping one of Hawaii’s largest solar installers make the switch to off-grid. Throughout all this time, Amanda fell more and more deeply in love with nature, creativity, self-sufficiency, and the beauty of spiritual purpose intertwining it all; but what she didn’t foresee was the vast knowledge in business administration she’d acquired through these jobs and her own entrepreneurial pursuits.
For, what had started as a simple website for her small private practice and e-commerce business, quickly turned into an exciting career as a Spiritual and Creative Director.
Now using her remote/e-commerce experience to provide low-residency training for other creative entrepreneurs and spiritual groups, Amanda helps purposeful people share that purpose with a global network by leveraging creative expression and spiritual psychological techniques, grounded in innovation and practical business acumen.
Contrary to popular spiritual ideas, Amanda's work is focused on embodied, practical, down-to-earth, and transpersonal concepts – seeking to turn any existing creative, humanitarian, and esoteric ideas into business success, personal purpose, and healing of family trauma. In all things, her hope is to help other “creatives” thrive by planting their feet firm on the ground of practical business tools, while letting nothing stand in the way of their unique calling.
In doing so, Amanda’s life’s work has been in learning all that she can of her passions – her education including a year studying graphic design, a bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and Theology, a master’s in Transpersonal Psychology, certificates in Transpersonal Eco-Psychology and Creative Expression, along being a student of the coveted Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (REACE) credential.
Additionally, she’s also a ministry intern, ayurvedic yoga-therapy student, meditation teacher, and massage therapist. She specializes in complementary and alternative treatments of subtle body and nervous system disorders through somatic transpersonal psychology--STP. Amanda coined the term 'STP' to clarify the integration of the divine meeting humanity through the experience of the human body.
Today, Amanda continues to serve clients remotely from her home base in Mount Shasta, CA, while working on her upcoming book and e-course. And when she’s not busy on her laptop at the local café? You can probably find her painting at the Gateway Peace Garden, attending dance class, serving at her local church, or exploring the outdoors with Alex.