THERE ARE NEW
STORIES TO LIVE
WELCOME TO THE FOREST STUDIO
A place where you can leave the busyness and stress of the world behind - and be supported to reconnect to self and the natural world around you. If you are craving solitude and introspection, and wanting to learn and grow, shift patterns and find happiness on a daily basis then you have landed in the right place.
Hello, my name is Rachel Schmidt ~ I use nature based mindfulness, psychosynthesis, and contemplative arts to help women shift their awareness into self reflection and mindfulness so they can discover, express, and integrate parts of self, and live the life that is calling them. Because a calm and clear mind creates a deeply happy body and soul.
Many of the women I work with have an urge to be free. A vision of a life at the edge of their consciousness trying to emerge. A desire to live another story, a new version of self wanting to explore the world. If you feel this too then something is trying to get your attention. Are you listening, can you open space to allow these parts to come forward, to be in relationship with them? I would be honoured to help you do this work.
My studio is located in a forest in British Columbia, Canada surrounded by 150-year-old trees. I have a degree in social work with 30 years of experience, along with certification in a depth psychology coaching approach called Psychosynthesis, and a background in teaching and visual arts.
Below are some examples of the types of counselling and coaching services, and contemplative arts courses I specialize in but please feel free to ask for what you need. You are never alone in this thing we call life!
COUNSELLING & COACHING SERVICES
Living an englightened and spiritual life.
Do you have a longing for meaning larger than your individual self? Spiritual counselling can help you reconnect the soul with the body and mind, helping you to explore the deeper facets of emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. 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. Wise Counsel is a mind, body, spirit approach to help you move through these profound life transitions. Inclusive of all faiths and spiritual beliefs and practices.
NOURISH FOR WOMEN
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. Changing your relationship with your body requires curiosity and self-awareness, compassion, deep love, acceptance of all parts of self, and daily practices for health at every size. 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. NOURISH is a Mind, Body & Spirit Intensive with weekly coaching sessions and text support to help you through this heartfelt journey.
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. Virtual or outdoor sessions available.
There are new parts of you waiting to emerge and new stories to live.
You are not alone if you are feeling lost or disorientated in middle age. This is the time when careers are changing, kids are growing up, parents are aging, health issues may be emerging, retirement is near, and death and grief are more common. These experiences force us to redefine who we are in the world, readjust to loss, and accept that our bodies are aging. This developmental process can sometimes feel deeply unsettling, and that is why people refer to it as a mid-life crisis. The ego has a difficult time letting go of who we were or who we want to be. There is a blueprint to help you through this developmental stage and transformation so you feel more fully engaged in a meaningful, balanced, happy life.
CAREER & LEADERSHIP COACHING
Design a meaningful career, team and future.
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. More coaching options for leaders and teams under the "Organization Tab" above.
COACHING & MENTORSHIP FOR YOUNG WOMEN
You are never alone in this thing we call life!
Life can get overwhelming at times, and you 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. Coaching and mentorship 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.