Kat Beaudoin's passion is to facilitate consciousness raising activities following her 35+ year career in land use and transportation planning. In that capacity, Kat worked for state and local government facilitating collaborative community-building sessions with an eye toward quality of life, environmental stewardship and inter-local cooperation. She was often seen as principal liaison for these institutions because of her natural leadership abilities and her strong collaboration and facilitation skills.
In 2011, she left government service to undertake private practice and began her formal studies in shamanism. She studies with Dory Cote in Maine and with Barbara Bloecher in Kentucky. Introduced to the Work that Reconnects in the early 90s she has read many of Joanna's books and had the great fortune to spend 8 days with Joanna and other long time practitioners of TWTR at Ghost Ranch in January 2017.
Kat's interactive and inclusive sessions always begin with a short grounding and intention setting activity. She provides an opportunity for check in before describing the activity that she has planned, responding to questions as they arise. In her sessions, she makes use of music, poetry, motion and other creative arts as a gateway to the inner self - the soul. Once the heart of a session is complete, she provides time for participants to take notes and to share in small groups before opening the discussion up to the entire group. At the close of each session, participants are invited to participate in a circle activity with song or dance to celebrate the insights and interpersonal connections made during the gathering. She welcomes feedback as a way of gauging impact and relevance and to guide subsequent events.
She has facilitated sessions on the goddess archetypes and the ways we are subconsciously influenced by the roles they are known for. She shares her knowledge of the Medicine Wheel with its focus on nature, the elements, the moon cycles and seasons as a foundation for going inward to realize our connection to all that is. She facilitates a program called Mindful Motion that integrates the 4 elements with the 5 senses as a way of moving stagnant or stuck energy out of the body to make room for the natural flow of life. She has also launched a series of movie nights in her community that highlight films which are intended to impart the ways and values of sacred activism; each film is followed by contemplation and small group discussion. She has recently created a program that engages participants in healing their ancestral lineages. She believes that our subconscious selves and our DNA carry wounds from past generations that will not heal unless they are allowed to surface; and that it is those wounds that are being played out on the world stage today. Healing those wounds will heal the earth!
She studied Healing and Therapeutic Gardens and the Boston Architectural College in 2011, to augment her BS in Plan and Soil Science, and her love of the earth. Now shes convenes groups to share the importance of creating sacred spaces within which the land and its beings may be healed. She teaches the fundamentals of sacred space - the most importance of which she believes is reverence for the earth and all its beings.
Between June 2016 and June 2017, Kat traveled cross country with her canine companion to places where she was guided to celebrate traditional sacred places and to honor and appreciate the places that have been depleted by human activity. It was a profound healing journey for her. On her return she re-established her life and community in Gardiner, Maine Now more than ever, she is feeling the call to share her knowledge and her passion for doing the 'inner work' that is so desperately needed in this age.
(Website in process)
Audiences I work with
I am particularly interested in working with women facilitating them to find their voices.
I also enjoy working with community groups who are environmentally focused.
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
I use shamanic practice, guided meditation, the visual and performing arts as a way of aiding people in going within to connect with their inner selves. My new website (katbeaudoin.com) is under development. I have two other websites that will go down when the new site is up - they are EvolvingNature.com and IntentionalGardens.com. I would like to share: TreePeople.org, Andrewharvey.net, deepakchopra.com, Ancestralhealing.com, mofga.org,