Kachina is a gentle spirit who acts as a catalyst when you show up in need of transformation and healing by helping you access your body’s intelligence and heart’s wisdom.
From a place of deep inner knowing she brings clarity, compassion and a discerning intuition to her work with others.
I started as a massage therapist then followed my interests leading me to train in the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, Bones for Life, Iyengar Yoga, Wu Style Tai Chi and Chi Gong, Jin Shin Jytsu, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.
I have been studying and working with essential oils since the mid 1980’s. Then in 2014 I was introduced to the high frequencies of the Wisdom of the Earth plant essences and found that they support us on our healing journeys by opening the doors of our hearts to new perspectives through the spirits of the plants and trees themselves.
The infusion of these high frequencies of Wisdom Of The Earth Essences into my own body has graced my life and that of the others I serve by inviting in a depth of sweet, self compassion essential for our personal and global transformation. Anointing students before or during a session accesses this core alignment to their source to guide their healing process with gentleness and love.
“I find a joy in inquiring, listening, and learning that fires my curiosity, that has deepened my intuition
& sharpens my observational skills leading me to an open- hearted response to life and others. Traveling these inner bridges from thinking, feeling, and sensing into meaningful action is an art and a science that inspires me in my service to others. These are the gifts of my life’s journey that I wish to offer for your growth and transformation.”
Kat Augustdottir–Shuford is a Master Medicinal Aromatherapist, Shamanic Healer and Intuitive for Plant Consciousness. She is grateful to be one of the original teachers for Wisdom of the Earth which has blessed her with over a decade of personal, family and client successes to share with her students. Her personal protocols and “plant prescriptions are shared in her classes in order to give her students a jump start into the powerful world of essential essences. She credits the essences with strengthening her galactic and off world connections as well as deepening her remembrance of her commitments to Gaia. Kat teaches practical medicinal aromatherapy for all health concerns and has raised all three of her children as well as her first grandchild with an out of the box approach that is counter to western medical standards. She promotes personal accountability and courage and supports her students in making radical steps to healing on all levels that reach far beyond their time in the classroom.
“There was a moment of intensity at the onset of the journeying with the plant essences that came close to being overwhelming for me. Deep inside myself, because of similar past experiences I knew I was alright and that the process was of breaking through a barrier of self limitation that I was willing to go through. But a reassurance was needed. And in that moment Kat was there for me as a strong, compassionate guide…She held me with her eyes until I felt completely safe. And with that renewed strength I ventured forth into a journey that was transformative. Kat’s level of attention and depth of perception is a gift you may wish to experience first hand.” Kachina A. Texas!
Kat would love to hear from you and learn more about your journey and your interest in the power of the the plants and trees! She is always happy to share her classes, sacred music and healing work with the essences and Mother Earth in hopes to inspire you on your path.
In 1996, while living in Los Angeles, Susan Bender had an “Ah-ha” moment. Despite years of success in the entertainment industry, she was discontent and feeling disconnected. Her mind kept going back to a time in her life in which she spent months in physical therapy recovering from a near fatal bike accident. “I remember how much pain relief and well-being I felt through the natural healing arts during my rehabilitation,” she recalled.
She realized a high-stress career was not the right choice for her. She began studying and practicing traditional massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy in California, but felt drawn back to her roots in New Mexico, settling in Santa Fe, a community she loves for its natural beauty and openness to holistic lifestyles.
As a licensed massage therapist, specializing in Ancient Lomi Lomi, Susan is drawn to ancient healing practices. She spent years looking for the best essential oils to use as medicine in her practice. When she met the owner of Wisdom of the Earth in 2011, she knew she had found the right match.
Finding these essences was like finding a missing puzzle piece. Helping others uncover their true light and healthiest self is Susan’s passion. In addition to teaching Level 1 classes, she provides private consultations and has developed Anointings, using the essences to specifically enhance immunity, energize, release stress and boost overall wellness. More information can be found on Susan’s website.
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Jen has been captivated by the brain-body connection her whole life and how plants can help strengthen and heal that connection. First attending UC Berkeley at age 12 for Neuropsychology and moving on to Pre-Med at UC Irvine, she thought her path was in western medicine.
However, after being discouraged by the medical system and trying to heal her own chronic illness, she began a more shamanic journey. This led her down to the jungle multiple times to work with the healing plants of the Shuar, Matses and Shipibo tribes and up to Montana to mentor with a medicine woman.
She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, and WOTE Level 2 Medicinal Aromatherapist. She trained in the Peruvian Jungle with the medicines of the Matses Tribe and has been blessed to share Kambo with the western world.
She believes that plant essences are one of the most supportive connections we have available at this time on earth to help us with the many transitions and transformations (whether physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual) we are facing inside and around us.
Susan is an Aromatherapy Level 1 Certification Teacher for Wisdom of the Earth. She has been using and studying plant medicine for over two decades. Susan is a catalyst in bringing the healing power of plants to her community.
She weaves her experience as a Birth Doula, Educator, Herbalist and Dance Instructor into all that she does. Her individual and group classes offer a chance to deepen knowledge, connection and inner guidance. Susan currently works as a CTI trained Life Coach, offering clients a chance to slow down and consciously create a fulfilled, vibrant life. With the support of Essential Oils, Susan can help guide you to accessing your highest self.
Susan has always had a deep love for and connection to the earth, which is obvious in her daily life. At a young age, Susan romped in the woods with her older brothers collecting plants and bugs. Now she can be found vending her homegrown produce, tinctures and teas at local farmers markets. Susan is a certified public school teacher, who has taught in a variety of settings. She is also a certified birth doula through Doulas of North America, DONA. A career highlight was studying with Ina May Gaskin at The Farm. Susan has supported hundreds of women on their birth journey. She holds a global view of healing, birthing and leadership. She was chosen to join 20 women from across the world in Israel for a 1 month leadership conference.
“Let me show you how to step into the highest version of yourself with the help of WOTE essential oils.” – Susan Cote