One-to-One Mentorship & Coaching
I’m Sheleana, (pronounced Shell-eee-na) and my closest friends call me Shay. I am the Creator and Founder of Rising Woman, a birth doula, women’s work junkie and co-facilitator of the Rising Woman Sisterhood. I’m blessed to be in Conscious Relationship with my partner Ben who constantly inspires me to remain committed to my path and learn how to love better.
When I work with women 1-1 or in groups, I intend to serve as a living, breathing example of what it means to be initiated into leadership through facing our own inner darkness.
I was raised by a single-mom who struggled with her mental health, and I never met my father. My childhood was spent moving in and out of foster homes and running with street-kids. I had very low self-worth, major self-image issues and zero healthy boundaries. A deep abandonment wound was formed around my heart, and without the proper tools or emotional support to help me heal, I continued to attract abusive or avoidant men in my early teens and 20’s.
After a traumatic divorce, my life’s mission became to heal my inner-child, resolve my abandonment wound and cultivate my inner feminine. My intention was to attract a divine masculine partner to share in a lifelong conscious relationship with. I dove into the fire headfirst, facing my shadow and slowly breathing life back into a body that once held onto old, unfelt hurts. Today, I’m honored to receive love from a man, who shows me his unwavering commitment and the purest devotion I have ever received.
Over the past decade I have practiced as a birth-doula, attending births and advocating for women, volunteering with women’s rape shelters and organizations, reading countless books on women’s studies and immersing myself in the wisdom of female shamanism, women’s wisdom and conscious relationship.
I know the feelings of sadness, pain and desperation that occur when life has ripped the rug out from under you. In my own journey through the darkness, I’ve come to understand that as women, we’re initiated into leadership by facing the depths of our own souls. The moments we feel as though we might break are also our biggest catalysts for transformation. We’re meant for something more, and these lessons are our training. It’s my honor to hold a non-judgemental, compassionate space for you while you walk through the fire.
I’ve been endorsed as a Transpersonal Coach & Breathwork Facilitator by my mentor, Transpersonal therapist and Author, Phil Mistlberger. In continuation of my women’s wisdom work, I’m also under the Shamanic Mentorship of Nikiah Seeds and her Red Moon Mystery School.
During our 1-1 sessions together, we work to unravel the core patterns that keep holding you back from being fully expressive and in your power. You guide the sessions with your willingness to go deep and explore your own mind. I offer a safe and supportive space for you to heal your heart and rewire your patterns so that new healthy bonds can form. Drumming journeys with visual guidance are often a part of these sessions as well, as a way to help you connect to your own intuition and symbolic language. I can also make referrals for Shamanic healing if we find this is something you would benefit from.
If you feel ready and willing to:
- Heal your relationships through self-awareness and shadow work
- Learn how to truly love yourself through radical self-acceptance
- Decode and heal your relationship patterns
- Remove blocks that sabotage your ability to find, or keep love.
- Cultivate your inner-fire and reclaim ownership over your body, sexuality and your life.
- Learn how to communicate powerfully and set boundaries without alienating partners or friends.
- Stop attracting men who take advantage of you, are dishonest or abusive.
- Learn how to command respect and devotion from romantic partners.
- Develop a healthy self-esteem through inner-child work
- Recover, heal and flourish after a painful breakup or divorce.
- Receive support and guidance during a breakup or divorce that’s overwhelmingly painful and scary
- Explore and heal your abandonment wound and learn how to feel safe on your own, or inside a relationship.
- I also offer pregnancy and loss support to women*
Much of my life has been spent behind the lens, helping others to remember the truth of who they are – that they are not broken and in need of fixing – but rather, truly beautiful. My craft as a storyteller of the soul, a poet of both word and image, began at the young age of 15.
It began by turning the camera, and my self-awareness, inward. During high-school, I was severely bullied and nearly took my own life. The moment I reached a pivotal point of resignation and decided it was time to die, was the moment I truly became alive. I could call it my first ‘awakening,’ I saw my future flash before my eyes and all the people I was here to support, whose lives from which I would be stealing my gifts. I knew then that my life was not mine to take, that it belonged to something much greater than I could ever comprehend.
Art became my method of self-healing, I focused on self-portraits where I embodied different archetypes thus helping me reclaim the power I had lost in my trauma. I felt the world out there, and the people in it, was dark and scary place, but journeying to the magical realms of spirit – of art – was where I found solace.
As the years passed, through hard work and devotion to my path, it became clear that I was meant to offer all I had discovered with others. I’ve committed my life to understanding and sharing the higher truths of our existence through ancient wisdom teachings, esoteric arts, and transpersonal therapy.
While I stand as a leader in my community, it is my commitment to remain a humble and willing student of spirit and my teachers.
I have been endorsed by my long time mentor and guide, Phil Mistlberger, as a Transpersonal Guide and Breath Facilitator. Following the path of spirit, my shamanic mentorship continues with Nikiah Seeds through her Red Moon Mystery School.
I also carry a BFA majoring in Photography from the prestigious Emily Carr University of Art & Design.
My unique and comprehensive skillsets have allowed me to create immersive experiences for those I support, by weaving together practical tools of self-expression with deeper teachings of radical self-acceptance. My process allows those who are truly willing to move toward a state of freedom, peace and wholeness.
Your work with me can take on a variety of forms, as you feel called to explore and shift patterns that are holding you back in your life. Transpersonal coaching sessions are a space for you to explore your mind, tap back into the source of your inner wisdom and regain a sense of clarity in your life. From there, as we are guided in our work together, the tools of sound healing, shamanic journeying, tarot, and healing portrait sessions can aid you in finding a sense of deeply embodied self-love.
If you are ready to:
- Overcome the fear of being seen
- Embrace your body and your sexuality
- Resolve painful conflict in your relationships
- Heal ongoing patterns in your life that sabotage your success
- Move beyond debilitating feelings of depression and anxiety
- Recover from a breakup, divorce, or loss of an important relationship
- Become a person of power in the world, with the ability to reach your goals
Contact me today for a free 15 minute consultation to discuss how I can support you in your journey.
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