A Conversation with Heather Menzie, GSN Presenter

Heather MenzieHeather earned her graduate degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University in 2008. Her therapeutic expertise, mindfulness, and ease helps her clients find their footing as they process specific issues such as grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating patterns. Through a variety of therapeutic modalities and listening for what her client’s individual goals and needs are, Heather provides a creative and safe environment for healing to occur. It is her belief that individuals and families can confront, transform, and heal.

Heather is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 and loves bringing mindfulness based practices such as yoga and meditation into her work to help individuals and families relax and sense into their innate wellness. She teaches Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Yoga for Grief. Learn more about Heather and her work at www.lightquestcounseling.com.

Meet Heather in-person at our upcoming Moving Through Grief… Together meeting on Sunday, May 18 at 1925 Glenwood Drive, Boulder, CO. 

Tell us more about your upcoming presentation for GSN’s Moving Through Grief… Together meeting:

This meeting will get us outside! We will spend time connecting with nature; which brings us in close contact with ourselves. We will explore our personal grief path, which can be often times mirrored by our natural surroundings. Through mindful exercises and slowing down, we will have an opportunity to sense into our personal stories and if you so choose, you can share your story with others. 

What do you hope that others take away from your presentation?

My hope is for people to have an opportunity to feel connected to their natural surroundings and sense into the innate healing aspects nature offers. By creating and walking your grief path, you will have an opportunity to witness your journey through the eyes of the land as well as create some ideas for the future steps you would like to take.

Why is your topic important for healing from grief and loss?

Nature is a resource, which can provide you support on your healing path. In Boulder, we are so fortunate to have access to this incredible resource. From an eco-psychology perspective, as we heal ourselves on the land, we offer healing to the land itself. This relationship is sacred. 

Share one way that YOU practice personal self-care:

Walking in wild places with my dog, Wilson, is one of my favorite self-care practices. I love seeing him dive his nose into the sensations that surround us. I enjoy both the movement aspect of hiking and also finding stillness. In the stillness, I like to gently explore something that catches my intention. This could be as simple as exploring the tiny details of a petal. I notice in these moments that my breath slows down, and I become present. A sense of deep nourishment moves through me.