What are people saying?
1 to 1 healing
“I have suffered trauma in my past, and as a result was left with feelings of incompleteness, feeling ‘fragmented’, off-balance, and at times extreme loneliness. I constantly had this feeling that something in my life was missing. Although, I felt ‘over’ my past difficult experiences, no amount of companionship, or material items could fill these empty feelings, or ‘set me right’. I came to Sarah for help. Through journeys with soul retrieval I was able to find parts of myself that had long fallen away. The experience was completely unexpected and amazing. The long term results even more so. Now, I never feel lonely. I feel much more confidant, and nurtured. All of these feelings come from within, I no longer look out-wards for security or comfort, it just not needed. My expectations of close personal relationships look very different now. I feel much more whole from finding myself through soul retrieval.” ~Laurie Nordberg, Edmonton Alberta, March 2016
"In July 2015 I found myself in the hospital with a migraine. This was different than my usual migraine, which I have suffered from for many years. My body reacted badly to the medication they gave me and after a few hours in emergency they sent me, still with a headache. I went to see my doctor a couple of days later. He initially put me on blood pressure pills because it was quite high. Then we tried anxiety medication and sleep medication. Nothing was working. I went to my chiropractor, who works with energy healing, and he told me my body went into fight or flight mode and stayed there. He told me the medications wouldn't work for me, I guess I already knew that. I had seen Sarah's webpage and had been curious about her healing practice. I thought to myself, I don't have anything to lose and everything to gain. I ended up seeing Sarah about 6 sessions. We worked on many things from my past up the present time. She gave me tools to use and my body resonated with everything she did. I went from seeing very few people and struggling with working part-time to practicing energy work most days, socializing more and am currently working full-time.
Thank you Sarah for all you have done for me."
Donna McLaren - Ponoka, Alberta- December 2015
"I have been fortunate to work with Sarah within quite a few different settings and in several different capacities, however working with her on a one-to-one basis has had an especially profound impact on my life.
A healing session with Sarah is an adventure right from the start, requiring you to step outside of your day-to-day life (if only for a brief time period).
She works out of her home and on her land, which holds so much beauty and powerful energy. When arriving on her property, I have always felt safe and warmly received. Depending on the time of year, I have worked with Sarah both inside her centre and outside on her land, with both settings offering me the exact medicine I needed to receive on that particular occasion.
For example, there is one session that stands out in my mind:
It was a fairly warm summer day and we were working in her yard by the pond. I remember that we journeyed together and on this particular journey, I found myself in my mother’s womb - the story tracked back that far. Through the journey modality, Sarah helped me to recognize that I had made an energetic agreement (that I no longer felt aligned with) and we released the story and the pain surrounding it. As always, when journeying with Sarah, I was guided and assisted by a host of powerful allies in the spirit world, both animal and human. Afterwards, I was able to take some time next to her pond and integrate the experience. This was wonderful in an of itself, but I was flabbergasted to all of a sudden realize that there were frogs swimming and singing from the pond below. The magical thing is that the frog had been one to the key allies that showed up as a guide during the journey. And so it is with Shamanism… such a simple and yet unmistakable sign that I was (am) on the right path.
This experience with Sarah (and many others that I have had) has stayed with me. Whenever I find myself caught up in the old story, I can take myself back to that pond, back to that journey, and re-affirm and re-member the new story that I am writing.
This work is transformational. This work is empowering.
I am so very grateful to Sarah for her willingness to teach and share it with the world!"
Maren Barros ~ Stony Plain Alberta
"I was recommended to contact Sarah by a friend after my father passed away, and went to see her in the spring of 2014.
I attended 7 individual sessions with Sarah, and found her to be open, honest, knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional. She assisted me with coming to terms with the death of my father, and I found that her sessions helped me immensely. Sarah listened and understood, acted as a guide and coach, presented alternate ways to view how things had occurred, and was respectful and effective in guiding me through the grief process.
I have since recommended numerous people to contact Sarah and attend sessions with her, and have also entrusted her with the care and healing for my 9 year old special needs daughter who is working through the loss of both of her grandparents as well as anxiety, ADHD, Tourette’s and Non Verbal Learning Disorder.
I recommend her services to those who are seeking answers, wanting to deepen their spiritual lives, or heal from the loss of a loved one.
Sincerely, Wanda Wylie, BA, CIP, FCIP Edmonton AB November 2014
With gratitude I give to you, a prayer of peace in all you do. For love, for laughter and healing light, that enables us through our dark night. I thank you Sarah for the wise words you give, the gentle nudge, and the cleansing smudge. The walks we take where spirit resides, cleansing and cleaning our issues inside. I wish you peace and I wish you love. May you dance in the light of God bringing goodness and truth to all you do.
"I first met Sarah in 2009, when I was in my third serious car accident. I needed help. I was literally in a fog all the time, I felt crazy and just didn't couldn't get a grip on my life no matter how hard I worked. My father had died when I was 18 and my mother had moved away shortly after and my family was spread apart. Life was hard, I felt forgotten and very alone in the world. After a few sessions with Sarah, my whole outlook changed drastically for the better, almost a complete 180. I was able to recognize the impact that my father’s death and my mother's influence had on me. Working with Sarah in private and group sessions through reflection and introspection and her teachings of practical ways to create ceremony in everything -- and how to recognize the signs and symbols around me, I have been able to let go of that deep deep sadness and emptiness I felt, the fear, pain and blockages that were weighing me down and stopping me from moving forward in ways I would never have imagined.
My first encounter with Sarah marked the beginning of a journey I am still on to this day. She has truly brought medicine into my life and I hold her in a place of absolute gratitude.
~ Michelle Hartum, Edmonton AB, 2012
Trauma as Medicine Retreat...
"This program has helped me in my journey from my head to my heart, in an embodied way that includes all of my fragments and all of my power, to be cleansed & healed & shared with myself, others and all of creation ~ Anonymous November 2014
"Blessed peace, which brought forth a lost little girl to become whole, complete. "We are one", "I am whole"... In gratitude. ~ Connie, Edmonton AB, November 2014
"The most effective part of the program for me was the Shadow walk because I was able to openly talk about my traumas, knowing these feelings came straight from my heart. I feel like I let go of these traumas which were causing me grief.... Thank you! I know I can go home and help my family the best way I know how to heal" ~ Anonymous May 2014
"This retreat is very intensive, effective for people who can take the challenge to be open-hearted, express their authentic true self, facing their own grief, trauma and shadow, and share that deep unresolved aspect of themselves in the process. At the end I feel transformed. Lighter and more alive, and yet this is only the beginning, the first step" ~ Heep Quon, Calgary AB November 2013
"I was cautiously open to the Stewardship of change and you dis-armed me within two hours... for this I will be forever grateful... Peace and love"~ Sean, Drayton Valley, November 2013
"Thank you for sharing your gift Sarah! I am grateful for your unconditional love and your passion to help people heal!" ~ Lorna Haubrich, Drayton Valley, November 2013
"Thank you for your presence and support, you create a very safe space in which participants can share honestly, openly and freely, I think this is because you are so honest and open yourself" ~ Crystal Fraser, Edmonton AB, July 2013
"Fire Ceremony! Very powerful, emotional and healing... I have never seen anything like it before in my life!" ~ Perry MacDonald Fort McMurray Ab, May 2013
"The Trauma as Medicine Retreat was very effective for me. I had the chance to connect with the pain I thought wasn't even affecting my life. I loved being outdoors being able to connect with mother earth. The ceremonies we did were so powerful, it gave me that chance to let out the things that have been bothering me for so long. I highly recommend taking Sarah's course. On my reserve this type program would be so effective for so many people." ~ Cassandra Swampy Maskwaschis AB May 2013
"It is hard to put into words how amazing the Trauma as Medicine Retreat is, if I tried I would say it is: Life Changing, Powerful, Transformational. Before taking this program I did not realize how tired I was, how long I had carried myself as a hurt and broken child and the toll it was taking on my ability to feel real joy. I didn’t feel normal, I didn’t feel good enough, I was hiding – from myself and from others. And although I had been to therapy (a number of times) I still hadn’t fully confronted my limiting beliefs, my pain, my hurt and my anger. The ceremonies and the sharing circles are invaluable. But even more critical are Sarah’s skills - Master Facilitator - with her courage, her authenticity, her compassion and her knowledge she allowed me to go deeper than I thought was possible. She holds space for you and is not afraid to sit in much needed silence. She encouraged me to find my own path to healing, and I have found in myself strength and joy I did not know existed." ~ Teresa Callihoo Wetaskiwin AB May 2013
"The most valuable part of Shaman’s Path has been developing friendships and a sense of community that extends far beyond the class. It has helped me bring who I am into the world, integrating Shamanism, in a very real way. These friendships have shown me what is possible and helped me cull the relationships in my life that were no longer healthy. They have provided love, support, fun, laughter, adventure and a sense of optimism about the future."
~Teresa Callihoo, Wetaskiwin Alberta ~January 2016
"Learning on the land instead of in a classroom allowed me to truly connect with the core of this work. There was enough time between the classes to allow me to develop the skills and incorporate what I had learned into my everyday. This work has become a part of all I do. Sarah gifts her whole heart into this work! Her honesty is truly refreshing to me and she is so encouraging and fun to learn from! "
~Susan Hanlon, Camrose Alberta January 2016
"Shaman's Path Training gave me exactly what I was looking for when Sarah accepted me as a new initiate. I had already done much soul work in previous years but I was ready for something more, something tangible and close to nature that would catapult me further into my conscious awakening. As Sarah shared her meditation, journeying and ceremonial practices, I was totally enthralled by the experiences that had an ancient and cosmic effect on my psyche. And, all of this while living close to the land and other Shaman initiates on Sarah's lovely property. I loved the fire, despacho, death, and full moon ceremonies. Sarah taught me how to make a drum and seek my power animal on my own. This training is not the for the faint of heart. Prepare to delve deep into your past hurts as these are revealed or remembered. Prepare to scream with obscenities and then dance with joy and bliss as you heal your tortured soul as you walk across burning coals. I am forever grateful to have had this training, this initiation by Sarah. I am honoured to walk with those on a Shaman's Path to serve others and live with myself in love and light at all times. hiy-hiy"
~Mother Earth Child~St.Paul, Alberta- 2015 Training
“Sarah’s Elemental Healing Program provided a safe and gentle space for me to open up and share my story with others, while in turn, healing some of my deepest wounds. The first year I partook in this program, I came into the circle as a “survivor”. I had “survived” my childhood, “survived” my teen years, “survived” drug addiction, “survived” my marriage, and was tired of giving all the credit of prayer, hope, courage and dedication to myself, to “surviving”! When I first shared this with the group, Sarah asked the all-important question, “What would you like to change that into?” My answer was “Thriving”. I wanted to take the pieces from all of my experiences that would allow me to become greater than my suffering and throw the rest away. Through Sarah’s beautifully led journey’s, sharing in circle, and listening to others, I was taken to places in my soul that I didn’t know existed and came out with the understanding of why I had these experiences and what exactly I needed to learn from them. It was with this knowledge that I was finally able to stop being a victim to my life, and allow myself to Thrive! Sarah, by sharing your wisdom, strength and belief that we are all co-creators of our lives’, you have provided us with an amazing space to ask the questions and find the answers within ourselves necessary for allowing our dream seeds to grow and take form. See you next series!” - Raianne Phippen, Westerose AB, July 2013
"Sarah is a woman whose journey in life seems to be her innate wisdom in shifting pain, struggle and adversity into hope, growth, faith and joy. Sarah imparts a profound trust in Creator in his role in transforming struggle into gift.......She has many experiences through her own life story that she shares openly by which her transparency guides ones own soul into healing and wellness. Sarah delights in authenticity and dispels the "shoulds" of healing and conveys a realness in being human..... and all of the emotions and inner questioning that arise in our challenges of healing. she has been a gift in my life in this short time I have benefitted greatly by implementing her healing tools in the elemental course and I look forward to more courses from Sarah......Elemental Healing has allowed me to explore how Creator/the universe has given us the means to heal our lives with the essence of Mother Earth......
Sarah through her own experiences shares the "medicine" which tangibly invites me to explore this in my own life , allowing me to heal and become the person/soul I am destined to become."
~Deb Smith, St. Albert, Alberta June 2012
"Sarah has a natural ability to facilitate healing that has helped me deeply on my Medicine Wheel journey. The insight, compassion and wisdom truly are a gift Sarah is able to draw from throughout her programs. I recommend Sarah for all your personal journeys and other healings that require attention" Peace and Wellness
~Heather Haynes - June 2012
"A year ago, last June to be exact; I entered into the year long journey of the Medicine Wheel . I didn’t really know why I felt the strong pull to be part of this process, but something deep and insistent within me said “you gotta do it”. It was an amazing experience! One that I treasure and look back with great fondness and gratitude and one that has forever changed and deepened my relationship within myself, with my family, with Spirit and with Mother Earth.
Sarah is an amazing teacher and guide. Gentle, caring, strong, fearless, open, compassionate, encouraging, funny and wise. She has guided me to reconnect with my own awareness and develop a deeper relationship with Mother Earth. She taught me the importance and sacredness of Ceremony, something that I discovered was a missing piece in my life, and the strength and beauty of community.
I went into this experience unsure of what I would find, unsure if this was the “right” process for me and discovered the joy and freedom of connecting with others through this experience, connecting with myself, connecting with Sprit and with Mother Earth and the amazing ability we have to co-create our own lives and experiences! I was right where I belonged ☺ and I am forever grateful"
~ Debra Chouinard ~ Rocky Mountain House June 2012
"Peru?!" My sister was incredulous. "Why Peru? How will you manage all that climbing?" My sister's reaction reflected our family's birthright: fear. It was true - in all my 67 years I'd only left our continent once to travel to the British Isles. However, when I first read Sarah's invitation to travel to Peru, I felt a stirring deep within me. A few months later I answered that Soul call: "Yes! I shall go." That was the beginning.
Preparing for Peru was a Journey in itself: more walks, climbing stairs in the river valley, endless trips to MEC, arrangements for my dependent son, and so on. Details easily fell into place - surely I was meant to go on this Special, Healing journey.
From our meeting in the Edmonton Airport until our return 18
days later, Sarah cared for all 9 of us like family. And we very soon became just that - communicating, sharing and looking out for each other as though we'd known each other much longer.
The trip was an Incredible Awakening for me: I embraced and lived in every moment - forgetting the home, work and responsibilities that normally filled my Being.
My Heart opened unexpectedly in the Sacred Valley and filled with the Love, Peace and Bliss of the Andes. In my Soul I knew I'd been there before.
Peru?! Yes! A thousand times Yes!! I am more whole now. And that birthright of fear? Well, now that I've climbed those stairs and parts of those mountains (in places with my new family's help), I can do anything! My old birthright has been replaced with strength and confidence. My Heart, remembering its Andean Opening, brings more Love to my Relationships and to my Life in the Northern Hemisphere. I'd do it all again in a Heartbeat!
Twila Thompson - September 2013
"I am a person who jumps at opportunities. Rarely do I ask for details, do my research or think too much when I make decisions. I guess you could say that I have come to really trust my intuition, allowing it to fully guide me on my journey. As a result, I often show up in the world with a lot of uncertainty. My mind doesn't 'know' why I do the things I do because I don't often give it the chance to get too involved. My decision to go to Peru in September 2013 was no different.
The moment I committed to this adventure, the healing began.
To say that the trip to Peru completely changed my life is an understatement, As soon as my feet touched the Earth in the Sacred Valley I could feel my heart opening. Walking on that sacred land helped me to see that I too am sacred.
I came away from this trip feeling more empowered and connected to the Divine than ever before. I felt held and safe in the sacred circle that was created by Sarah, our guides, and the other participants. Every component of the trip by far and away exceeded my expectations.
I don't believe that you 'have' to do anything to move forward on your journey. I believe that even if I hadn't gone to Peru that eventually I would have learned what I needed to learn and see what I needed to see. However, with that being said, I consider this life that I am living to be wild and precious. There is always going to be a reason to say 'no' to opportunities that show up in your life. For me, this wasn't one of those times. In deciding to say 'yes' to me, I said 'yes' to a new life, to a new way of being, and I am so very Grateful that I did."
Maren Barros - Stony Plain Alberta
September 2013 and May 2015