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As a holistic nurse and a doctor of philosophy I maintain a commitment to health & well-being for myself, my family and my community. I see myself as a guide, mentor, artist and healer with the aim to create spaces that will allow for people's own experiences and understandings to emerge through engagement with nature, art and holistic healing practices. I view the human being as an integrative, dynamic organism made up of spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social elements. In my practice as a holistic nurse I focus on nurturing well-being through prevention, self-awareness, self-care, and accountability.
My spiritual practice is grounded in my relationships with the land, nature, and the people in my life. It is these connections that sustain me and nurture my well-being. The natural world was an important mentor during my childhood and continues to be so today. This relationship has been nurtured through work as an outdoor recreation counselor, wilderness mentor, farmer, and through many joyous hours spent outdoors.
I began my professional career as a registered nurse with a specialization in maternal-child care. I received additional training as a childbirth educator, lactation consultant, and birth doula. Drawn to alternative health practices I studied botanical and energy medicine including therapeutic touch and Reiki. The healing works of Dr. Richard Blasband and Nicolai Levashov have been influential in the development of my understanding of the human organism and healing. These experiences have helped me to cultivate a more holistic approach to well-being.
I was born in Verdun, France and have lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest. My ancestral heritage is French, Irish, Scots-Irish, English and African-American. My mother, Lucette Henriette Langard Sabayon was born in Houécourt, department Vosges in eastern France. My French ancestors come from the region in Northeastern France which was home to the Celtic tribe, the Leuci who inhabited the modern regions known as Alsace-Lorraine.
Wandering and walking have characterized my engagement with the natural world since a very early age. These experiences have enabled me to develop self-confidence and a sense of well-being that sustains me even in the most stressful circumstances. I have wandered the landscapes of such diverse places as Kodiak Island, western Montana, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, and Appalachia here in the United States. I have roamed through various regions of France including Normandy, Alsace-Lorraine, L’Occitan, Auvergne, the Pyrenees, as well Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.
My parents granted me and my siblings the liberty to wander outdoors from a very early age. I’m certain that their own childhoods influenced their parenting decisions. My father had grown up on a cattle ranch in the wilderness of western Montana and my mother on a farm in northeastern France.
I credit my love to wander and explore off the beaten path to a childhood lived outdoors. My growing-up years were religiously barren but spiritually rich in the best kind of way.