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Transitions: A Tip From Nature

By Susie Kincade, May 1, 2017

budding flowers

Watching nature transition to spring here in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is always an adventure. The songbirds trickle back. The first whir of a hummingbird causes my heart to thump. New plants burst forth from the warm dirt. Wrinkled, bright green leaves magically unfold into the world like the newborns they are. Nature does not resist its why do humans often struggle so? One of the great things about being human is we have the power of choice – maybe not about what happens in the world but certainly how we respond to it. Your empowered Will, Awareness, and Belief can create your Experience of the world around you.

Transitions are with us every day. From the ‘biggies’ like marriage, divorce, empty nest,  death of a loved one, to simple transitions from home to work, or school to home. There are global transitions to consider these days too and these create a field of energy of their own. Change isn’t always easy and that’s why transitions pose such a continuous challenge for us in life. So how do we stay centered and our highest and best self in the midst of all the change in our lives? Here’s a powerful practice I learned during my Ceremonial Arts training that will help you respond to life’s changes in an empowered way.


First we need to have the WILL to choose how we meet life. Are we guiding our own ship or are we simply being tossed in the waves of whatever happens to us? If you’re ready to take the helm of your life’s boat, that’s the first step.


Next is AWARENESS, in every breath, every day. Notice if you feel like life is happening “to” you or whether you are creating your life. How are you responding to events – as a victim? Or with perspective, pause and consideration?


Do you BELIEVE that you can control your responses to transition and change in life? Belief is a powerful source of energy and motivation.


WILL + AWARENESS + BELIEF = EXPERIENCE in and of the world. This equation demonstrates the power of personal choice. It looks pretty simple and, when practiced, it really is. Know that you have the choice of how you navigate your world. Nature knows how to flow with change, and because we are nature, so do we. So next time you feel the uncertainty of change or transition, replace that wobbly feeling with your practice of  WABE!


Empower yourself around transitions as you return to natural magic of change in our COURAGEOUS TRANSITIONS RETREAT, July 12-17; AWAKEN YOUR FEMININE Workshop, May 13; and our RIVER RENEWAL RETREAT, August 25-27.


Empower your Daughter around choice, voice, and knowing who they are in our CATERPILLARS CAMP, June 5-7, and CHRYSALIS CIRCLE CAMP, June 12 – 17.

Beauty from Pain – The Chrysalis Circle Story

by Susie Kincade, March 1, 2017tree hugger


It is said that great beauty comes from great pain. It’s true for childbirth to be sure, and for many other of life’s painful episodes. Chrysalis Circle for Girls was birthed from the lessons and self-growth I experienced after the biggest transition in my life – getting divorced. It wasn’t pretty, but I survived and learned to single-parent my daughters, run my ranch and renew my career. Sadly, though, one of my girls really suffered. I saw her slipping away little by little, which triggered the Mother Bear in me. My job was to PROTECT my children, especially as they stand on the edge of an abyss. Something had to give, and I knew it was me.


I began a three-year spiritual program that focused on bringing forth the Divine Feminine – that creative, nurturing, receptive aspect we all have within (yes, men and Gaia Earth too!). I shifted my approach to life from the prevailing masculine paradigm of dominance/controller to that of balanced masculine/feminine energy. I learned to conduct ceremony, and call on nature for rejuvenation, wisdom and support. My daughter improved as I grew into a more whole, balanced, nurturing woman. She eventually pulled herself into the light of her wholeness, beauty and individuality as a woman. I saved us both by being willing to change who I was.


My growth catapulted me onto a new life path as a nature-connected coach and retreat facilitator. I knew if I passed along to girls the wisdom I gained through my life journey, perhaps they wouldn’t have the challenges my daughter experienced. Chrysalis Circle and Women’s Empowerment Workshop (WEW) were born! Using Nature to inform, nurture, add creativity and balance to everything we do gave Chrysalis and all WEW programs an instant path to success.


Now in its 9th year, Chrysalis Circle has touched the lives of hundreds of girls and their families. The girls LOVE receiving women’s wisdom while adventuring in nature and seeing that they are an integral part of it. They learn to be strong, confident and resilient, and yet remain open to their nurturing, creative, growing femininity. They acquire tools for making powerful choices, and discover that they are sovereign over their choices, their bodies, their Selves.


Chrysalis girls tell me things like: “I learned that I get to choose how to respond in my life,” and “I learned how to communicate in a better more authentic way with my parents and friends.”


Chrysalis Moms tell me, “Wow! My daughter has changed!” and “I wish I had this wisdom when I was a girl! I would have made different, more confident choices in my life.”


Help us reconnect girls to this earth and all of Gaia’s beautiful, creative magic. Help us show them that they can be empowered and confident, and that they don’t have to give that away to anyone. Help them experience the thrill of pushing their limits and finding their center, their voice, their inner knowing.


Please join Chrysalis Circle as a donor so we can provide scholarships to girls who otherwise couldn’t access this program. Help create a more balanced world, one girl at a time. Thank you for helping us spread the word about this powerful program for middle and high school girls! Please visit our campaign page HERE and share this with others. Thank you!

Recipe for Successful New Year’s  Intentions



Susie Kincade, Dec. 28, 2016

cake-750x450It’s that fabulous time of year again when we put the past to bed, and envision what we might want to do or be differently in the coming year. We use this calendar opportunity to open the door to unlimited possibilities! Seeds we plant in the Winter Solstice or New Year can lead to amazing growth in the new year. Or, if we’re not careful, those “resolutions” can lead to self-criticism and a sense of unworthiness if we don’t carry them past the initial, exciting inspiration stage.


So take the pressure off! Live in the Possibility. Avoid the let down of unfulfilled promises to yourself. Be realistic and human in creating those promises by holding them as INTENTIONS rather than as Resolutions. Intention, with the proper Attention can be our greatest change agent and ally. It leads us to change, with NO Tension, anxiety or stress around it.


Here’s a tried and true recipe from my spiritual kitchen to yours:


Ingredients for creating a Bountiful Intention:

Desire: Select a plump, ripe action, practice, awareness, or change you’d like to bring to your life. Choose one bursting with the juice of Desire!

Attention/Self-awareness: Time-release daily dose is essential; don’t bother with the cheap stuff as it has a short shelf-life. Read ingredients carefully as some varieties of Attention/Self-awareness can be heavily laced with toxic components of self-criticism or doubt.

Heap of Gratitude: For all the blessings in your life.  Again, don’t go cheap here – acquire the time-release kind that weaves with every breath you take. Totally worth the investment!

Lump of humor (add to taste)

Dash of playfulness (add to taste)

Chunk of courage (no change recipe is complete without it)

Sprinkle of Faith: secret ingredient – very powerful!



  1. Prep: First, pre-heat your inner fire and prepare your heart with an outing in Nature to get in touch with your connection to Source and the Oneness. Ask, listen, discern!
  2. Once you have a clear intention post it, speak it, make it into an affirmation that you see multiple times a day.
  3. Share it out loud with a trusted friend or mate (your accountability buddy)
  4. Next, combine all the other ingredients.
  5. Add to your intention and stir well and often.
  6. Do this every day, week, moment, breath
  7. Bake a little more each day until your whole being is infused with the essence of transformation.

Savor and Share this new you lovingly with the world.

Lessons from Standing Rock

By Susie Kincade, December 14, 2016


In a protest action at Standing Rock, a prayer circle of 500 people chanted prayers for police who occupied sacred ground atop Turtle Island.

My trip to the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota ranks right up there with my top life events like trying out for the Olympics and birthing my babies! This sacred community on the wind-swept plains attracted people from all over the world, drawn by intense prayer and sense of urgency to protect the commons we all share – water, air, earth. As one elder at camp put it, “This movement is Spiritual Magic being felt all around the world.”

The sacred container held at the camp is incredibly powerful. From the moment I arrived and stepped into the living ceremony that is Standing Rock, I began embodying the spiritual essence that abounds there. Here’s a bit of Standing Rock that now lives within me.

  1. The power of intention and prayer is limitless and does not discriminate by race or religious boundaries; nor is it restricted to humanity’s creations. It manifests far beyond our senses and into the energetic fields, the collective unconscious, the unseen worlds.
  2. Trust #1 above. This is where miracles happen, trust grows and hope floats.
  3. Practice the 7 values of the Lakota: Prayer, Respect, Compassion, Honesty, Generosity, Humility and Wisdom.
  4. Collaboration and harmony flow, and community grows when all members, human and non-human are respected and valued equally.
  5. There are two kinds of Fear. There is irrational Fear through manipulation (inner fear like self-doubt, and outer fear like that generated by media or any others outside of Self).  And there is rational Fear through awareness. Fear through awareness is necessary and beneficial to our survival.  Fear through manipulation is unnecessary fear and we have the power of our mind to CHOOSE not to accept it. I never felt afraid at Standing Rock because the camp felt powerfully protected in a container of prayer, intention and hope – even though drones, planes and helicopters buzzed us incessantly while storm troopers and snipers surrounded the camp. When I observed these attempts to generate fear and intimidation, I simply chose NOT to be manipulated. It’s a continuing practice, to be sure!
  6. Life is a sacred ceremony. Every thought, word, deed feeds one’s personal sacred ceremony – or doesn’t. Therein lies the choice we can make with every breath.
  7. Mni Wiconi (pronounced mini wichoni): Water is Life. Protect the sacred. Everything is sacred.

Embodying these lessons generates a new way of being for me, one that brings grace, resilience and hope together in the kind of Spiritual Magic I discovered at Standing Rock. I saw that we each have the power to conjure up this kind of magic in our life and in the world. It’s an intentional, humble choice we can make each moment.

May it be so.

See my entire Standing Rock Story here: thanksgiving-at-standing-rock

Re-kindle Your Inner Flame

freedom-sunset“Now, more than ever.” I’ve heard this echoed a lot recently. It seems that many people have woken up to a new reality. One in which each of us needs to stay awake, attentive and expansive about our role as full participants in life.


As painful as it has been for me to see my beloved country torn apart at the seams of values, socio-economics, and cultural lineage, I have also seen people WAKE UP to the understanding that they are a living part of this web of life and responsible to what happens in it. Out of great pain comes great potential for change and new insights, two ingredients we humans need now, more than ever.


Now more than ever, we are needed to step out of our fear of being insufficient, unworthy, too small, and step into our choice to be powerful, effective, and meaningful in our life.


Now more than ever, we are called to feel deeply into the web of life around us and discern where that web needs care and attention.


Now more than ever, we must listen intently for our own personal calling and ignite our inner flame to light our pathway and answer that call.


Now more than ever, we need to connect to the humanity that we share with each person we meet, and connect with compassion and love.


Now more than ever we have opportunities for personal growth, deeper understanding; to be an agent of healing and of change. When we heal ourselves and kindle our light, everything else mends a little bit more.


Now more than ever, we need to remain awake and willing to step into the challenges that face our country, our human race, our divine spirit and our existence in this Universe; and to step knowing we have a choice to adopt an attitude of unlimited possibility.


Its why we are here right now at the time of great change. We were born for now, more than ever.



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