Stacey Couch : Spiritual Director
Specializing in Shamanic Practice and Archetypal Consulting
Stacey Couch, CSP, CAC has dedicated her life to facilitating the sacred bond between humans, nature and the Divine. Her calling is to help you, the spiritual seeker, discover your inner wisdom and enter into an intimate relationship with your soul. An expert in symbolism and archetypal patterns, Stacey supports your ability to see the overarching cosmic design in your life. Decades of experience with nature and spiritual studies creates Stacey’s unique blend of rational and mystical perspectives.
Caroline Myss says, “We are violating nature because we are violating ourselves.” This is the crux of the reason why Stacey left the field of environmental conservation to help humans. She knows that by guiding others toward truth, kindness and generosity, she is helping Mother Nature in a more powerful way than she ever thought possible.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ME…
Yes, there are Certifications to be a Shamanic Practitioner AND an Archetypal Consultant…
And I’ve completed them!
I earned the title of Certified Shamanic Practitioner (CSP) at a Colorado State Certified Occupational School 2-year program. A shamanic practitioner does many things including shamanic healing (a form of spiritual healing) and ceremony. My title of Certified Archetypal Consultant (CAC) was granted to me from bestselling author Caroline Myss‘ CMED Education Institute. An archetypal consultant works using Caroline Myss’ groundbreaking model of Sacred Contracts as outlined in her book of the same name to help people discover why they are here in this lifetime. You can hop over to this page to learn more.
I consult for Caroline Myss’ Online School
As part of my role at CMED, I evaluate students for CMED’s Sacred Contracts Online Course certification program as well as assist Sacred Contracts students at any level. I am an ongoing student of Caroline Myss’s and a passionate follower of her work. I first read Sacred Contracts when it came out in 2002 and I was living alone on the island. Since then, I’ve branched into many other areas of Caroline’s teaching, including Entering the Castle (which is my favorite), Defy Gravity, and Anatomy of the Spirit. Her teachings on spiritual direction inform a large portion of my practice.
Animals, Ecosystems, and the Environment are My Thing
Graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle with honors in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology and spending years working outdoors as a professional Wildlife Biologist, I have the academic background to support my lifelong passion. All of the research projects I’ve participated on were focused on making a difference and helping save the planet. For fun, I still go birding and I study wild plants.
I Lived Alone on an Island!
My ultimate dream of saving an endangered species was realized when I was hired to work on an island in an endangered fox captive breeding program in 2001. Little did I know that my time alone on an island would cause me to question everything. The isolation was an accidental vision quest that spurred a complete life change. I left the scientific field and went soul searching with the help of two hawks and a shamanic teacher. This story is covered in my book, Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks.
I Practice What I Teach
I wouldn’t say I’m always that good at it, but I keep at. A long time ago there was a quirky, cowboy hopeful that told me, “you have the patience of Job” in reference to my relationship with my wild horse. I am extremely loyal to my spiritual practice, and am fiercely dedicated to the One Who Moves Through All Things. This requires loads of patience, with myself and my life. Every morning I set at least an hour aside for contemplation and solitude. I carry my spiritual practice throughout my day and endeavor to live as a mystic without a monastery. I study the mystics and read deep spiritual texts from many different faiths. I have my own Spiritual Director that I meet with regularly.
I Grew Up Studying Energy Medicine
I had the great serendipity of being mentored by a group of wise women, including my mom, that taught me about energy anatomy, spirituality free from religion, healing with light, symbolic sight, and spirit animals in the early days of what is now the current day alternative healing movement. I had my first past life regression at 12 or 13 and my first energy treatment around the same age. Heal Yourself by Louise Hay was my initial go-to guide in therapeutic healing.
My Lifestyle is what I would call Back to the Earth
I live on a 38-acre small mountain farm outside of Pagosa Springs, CO (southwest Colorado) with my husband, two cats, dog, chickens, and two mustang mares. Every day, rain or shine, I am out feeding my horses and mucking the corral. We have a year round food garden and we heat our house all winter with two wood burning stoves. I grow and harvest wild herbal medicines. All of our eggs come from our chickens. I buck hay bales and chop wood. And, I have all the amenities I need to I run my internet-based, global business out of my home. By having my feet planted on the earth and by being connected to many different walks of life around the world, I am able honor the earth in a beautiful way.
From a Spotlight article on whisperingtree.net
“As a biologist and lover of nature at heart, Stacey found that shamanism helped her relate more fully to the world she has grown to love, and help others in the process. Stacey had already spent a significant amount of time doing research in the field: she lived off the land during an internship in Canada, met her future husband while studying seabirds along the west coast, and later researched songbirds in New Mexico with her husband. Through these research opportunities…” Read More
One of Stacey Couch’s passions is rescue animals, especially mustangs. In 2008, she adopted her first rescue mustang, Cherokee. Cherokee was 12 years old and came from a home where she developed an intense fear of humans. This is their story as of 2010 when Stacey had the life changing serendipity of learning where her mustang was born in the wild, visiting that beautiful place, and having the experience captured on film.