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Being in connection with the mountains, forests, oceans, stars and everything wild is the best medicine for our well-being and growth no matter our age. Lace up your boots and spend some time in nature.

 
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RACHEL SCHMIDT BSW, PLC

Psychosynthesis & Nature Based Coaching 

Welcome to The Forest Studio, a practice blending depth psychology coaching and nature based mindfulness to help clients live a more meaningful, happy, and balanced life.

Helping clients reconnect with self and the beauty of the natural world is a foundational aspect of my coaching practice. When we move out of our heads and into our bodies and the natural world, we can heal and grow new parts of ourselves. There is something about the mountains that evokes a deep feeling of connection and wonder in me. The sound of the alpine wind, the stars twinkling above, the smell of fresh mountain air, and the rugged majesty of rock jutting up from the Earth towards the sky. It all makes me feel alive. Where do you feel most alive? Did you know that even if you don't consider yourself an outdoors enthusiast, you can still use nature imagery to help regulate your nervous system and increase feelings of well-being.  

My background to do this work includes a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW), 20 years of counselling experience, certification in a depth psychology coaching approach called Psychosynthesis (PLC), and expertise in meditation and nature based mindfulness. Outside of my work I am a mother, activist, artist, and a sweet soul. I live in the mountains in Canada, and my studio is surrounded by 150-year-old trees. I am the happiest when I am outside hiking, paddling, exploring, or out under the stars. 

 

THE
APPROACH

Psychosynthesis is a mind, body, spirit, nature approach focused on integrating all parts of self so that you feel whole, balanced and connected to a meaningful life. This type of coaching is different than life coaching and different from counselling. In general, coaching is a forward motion focused on achieving goals. Depth psychology coaching is active and goal focused as well but what makes it different is that it is a deep dive into your body and psyche to understand how you got stuck in the first place - and then working mindfully to align and integrate these parts of self so you can change patterns for good. It is the best formula for achieving the goals you desire, and becoming the happiest soul you know.

 

CHANGE FOR YOU

This unique and soulful approach can help you: 

  • Get to the root of what is making you feel stuck so you can change these patterns for good

  • Learn mindful practices for cultivating happiness and mental health wellness on a daily basis

  • Anchor when the waters around you are stormy, and learn to deal with painful feelings in a more resourceful way

  • Connect with the natural world and the healing effects of the forests, mountains, oceans and stars

  • Navigate difficult life experiences like divorce or the death of a loved one, and learn techniques to re-adjust

  • Find meaning and purpose in the second half of life

  • Understand feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, and reconnect to goodness

  • Learn the language of your body so you can make peace with it and thrive

  • Connect in meaningful ways with self, your partner, children and others so you feel a sense of belonging

  • Align your career with purpose so going to work means something

 

COACHING OPTIONS

 
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TRANSPERSONAL 

COACHING

Guidance, connection, and clarity through big life transitions.

When we are faced with difficult life situations that rock us to our core, we look for things to anchor us and to make meaning of what is happening. Transpersonal coaching is a mind, body, spirit approach to help you move through these profound life transitions like finding new purpose in your life, changing your identity, evolving your career, forming new relationships, and adjusting to divorce, illness, death, grief and loss. It is an invitation to explore what is being called to your attention, and to support all parts of yourself through these challenging times so you come out stronger and wiser. Spiritual support and counsel is inclusive of all beliefs and faith. Find more information under Midlife above.

BODY OF LOVE COACHING

Tending to the body and feeding your inner life.

It is not easy to live feeling out of alignment with or at war with your body. This is often a life long struggle for many women, men, and gender diverse people. Changing your relationship with your body requires curiosity and self-awareness, compassion, deep love, acceptance of all parts of self, and daily practices for integration. Switching focus from weight loss to inner work can be freeing and rewarding, and full of rich insights that will help you feel more at home and at peace with your body. 4 Week Mind, Body & Spirit Intensive called NOURISH with text support is also available to help you in this heartfelt journey.

NATURE-BASED MINDFULNESS

Awaken your senses and wonder.

Do you dream about slowing down, emptying your mind and completely regenerating your strength? Being in connection with the forests, oceans, stars, and everything wild is the best medicine for your well-being, happiness, and spiritual growth. Nature Based Mindfulness Coaching can help you deepen your connection and spiritual practice with the natural world, and fall in love with the beauty of nature. This work will help reawaken a vivid sense of interconnection within yourself and the world around you. A natural remedy to build resiliency, and strengthen mental health and wellness.

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MENTORING & COACHING FOR YOUNG WOMEN

You are never alone in life.

We all know that life can get overwhelming at times, and our younger selves may feel alone and confused about what action to take. Sometimes all you need is a cheerleader or a big sister to have your back and be there to listen, support, problem-solve, and share lessons learned from travelling down a similar road. Mentorship and coaching can give you tools and techniques to successfully navigate this thing we call life. And once you learn these techniques they will serve you for the rest of your life.

COMPASSIONATE PARENTING COACHING

Raise happy, open-hearted little beings.

A full and happy heart is one that receives deep love and freely shares it with others. Most of us spend our lifetimes searching for that kind of love. Parenting presents us with a special opportunity to express love in profound and transformational ways. The beautiful thing about parenting is that it can be thoughtfully planned out, tested, adapted and shared. Coaching can help you learn the art of compassionate parenting. The first step is being aware and present in your own life, and fully committed to being kind to yourself so that your children see this and become oriented towards compassion and kindness.

CAREER COACHING

Getting ahead in your industry or switching careers.

Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. Coaching can help you get specific on what you want for your future and – most importantly – why. Then together we can figure out how to adopt the most useful mindset to achieve your career goals, along with the right strategies and routines to get there as quickly as possible. Get more information under the Compass Program for Men above.

 

“Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour”

Walt Whitman