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Inner Shadow

When I discovered the concept of “the shadow” back in college, it blew my mind wide open. It answered so many questions about who I am, what makes me tick, and what gets in my way. I committed myself to the study of the shadow. It has meant everything in my quest for true self-knowledge. It has given me access to a level of compassion and empathy that I would have never been able to know without it.

Sometimes when I bring it up in conversation people have this “deer-in-headlights” look on their face as if I am about to ask them to reveal the darkest parts of their being; but that is not how I see the shadow. I love and respect my shadow. It is where all of my power resides. Yes, it is often referred to as “the dark-side”, which gets misinterpreted as “bad” or “evil”. More accurately it relates to what has yet to be illuminated: our blind-spots. By understanding my shadow I can see into my blind-spots with superhero-vision.

I teach about the Shadow because I want you to have this superhero-vision, too.  I want to live in a world where we all do. In that world, everyone is living their Truth. People are honest, present, intimate, compassionate, open, and at peace with themselves.

The shadow is a construct of community, so learning about it in community is quite powerful.  I offer different structures depending on what your needs are.  I offer full or half-day workshops that I can bring to your class, work-group or community. For something more involved I offer a three-part workshop in Sacramento twice a year called, Spirit of the Shadow (information below).  For a more personalized approach I work one-on-one. I am happy to chat with you about what structure best fits your needs.

If you prefer to work with me 1:1 on this topic, I am available for that as well.


The Spirit of the Shadow workshop includes:

  • 3 group gatherings with an intentionally small and intimate group (max 8 ppl)
  • private coaching call between sessions (valued at $100)
  • practice with a self-knowledge tool that you can continue to apply through out your life

What can this work do for me?

We have found that using the Shadow to explore our blind spots has made us
more honest,
more intimate,
more forgiving,
more present,
more open to other people’s quirks and
MUCH MORE lighthearted about the parts of ourselves that we were once so critical of.

November  17, 24 and December 8, 2019
A commitment to attend at all 3 sessions is requested.
1:00 – 4:00pm
Ritual Yoga, Sacramento, CA
Register here.

What people are saying:

“It was wonderful to work with an honest and authentic facilitator. Catherine’s ability to encourage vulnerability with her own transparency was the true magic of this workshop.” ~TC, Sacramento, CA

“A real eye-opener to the possibilities of embracing the Shadow. Safe and comfortable setting–highly recommend.” ~LJ, Sacramento

“This class gave me the space and tools to delve deep into the facets of myself I have been neglecting and underutilizing. I am excited to continue to use these tools to further integrate and embrace my Shadows for self-cohesiveness and empowerment.” ~JD, Sacramento

“DEEP and enlightening. It was another unlayering. When we live with shadow dragging behind us, it’s like we’re trying to drive a car with a muddy windshield and spotty transmission. The world is unclear, dirty. The more we are able to clean off that windshield and get a tune-up, the more we are able to have the adventure we’re meant to have. Apparently, the workshop got me all “metaphor-y.” The amazing thing about being able to speak the shadow out loud, to recognize it, to bring it into the light, is that it loses some of it’s power. We can be unconsciously driven by the mistaken idea that we are only the things we are willing to recognize and not the whole of ourselves. The more we can invite the light AND the dark, the hidden and the visible, the more whole we can become. Thank you for taking me one step closer to wholeness.” ~ HH, Sacramento, CA 

“Catherine’s [Spirit of the Shadow] workshop changed how I move through the world. The tools I learned help me to navigate the triggers and stresses of life more effectively and with more positive results. This process gave me valuable insights into my relationships and led me to a greater sense of ease and flow. I recommend [Spirit of the Shadow] to anyone looking to understand themselves and others better.” ~KM, San Francisco, CA

“I can’t thank you enough for our work together! By helping me observe my emotions and root out core beliefs I was finally able to see the suppressed side of myself. I feel so free!! I must admit I didn’t understand the shadow when we first started working together. But with your patience and knowledge you helped me embrace my complete self. I feel limitless and free! Thank you for being such an amazing coach!“ ~ JB, Los Angeles, CA

“Working with Catherine gave me a chance to discover and explore some aspects of myself that I don’t usually look at, in a safe space with other women who were doing the same. I think the most valuable aspect of the experience was leaving with a framework for how to approach this exploration that I could then go out and apply on my own–instead of just gaining the benefit of the experience in the moment, I feel like I actually gained a “tool” in my tool belt for how to approach novel situations.” ~ CR, San Francisco, CA 



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