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 complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM encompasses a wide-range of natural healing modalities such as yoga, meditation, and prayer.
At age 15, CAM became her whole life; it was a catalyst for spiritual growth, freedom of emotion, and inner healing. And it was this CAM approach to healing– 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, Amanda landed in 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 – single-handedly 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 CAM 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 operates her CAM private practice while also helping other CAM practitioners share their offerings.
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 education has reflected a deep commitment to the CAM healing process–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, Spiritual Psychology, Massage Therapy, Yoga Teaching and Creative Expression. Additionally, she’s a minister, Holy Fire II Reiki Master and ayurvedic yoga-therapy student--all CAM modalities dedicated to healing chronic trauma.
Today, Amanda continues to serve clients remotely from her home base in Mount Shasta, CA. She currently studies Pastoral Community Counseling as a full-time remote doctoral student at Liberty University. Amanda's primary offering is helping families affected by trauma heal with empirical complementary and alternative healing methods.
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 or yoga class, playing music, or exploring the outdoors. You could also find her hiking, swimming, or curled up with a book. She enjoys her quiet life living in Mt. Shasta with her family.