MEET ANDREW WAYFINDER
A brief bio…
Like Odysseus, I’ve spent my life going to the ends of the known world…
And then sailing off it to meet the gods and get their help so I could return home to love and nurture my family and my world.
Which took me very far from where I started.
My parents (WWII vet, engineer/businessman dad and Missouri ‘Show Me’ state mom) were educated, practical, ‘feet-on-the-ground’ kind of people.
In 1985 I spent a year studying and tracing ancient myths in Greece and Turkey.
And one night, I had an ‘awakening’ experience that showed me reality was not what I thought it was…
… Cue 20+ years of yoga, Tai-Chi, meditation, mystical studies (and more) trying to “put Humpty-Dumpty back together again.”
And to integrate that vision into my ‘normal’ life as an architect, builder and ecological designer
Then, in 2001, as I turned 40, my mother died after 7 years of cancer and the wheels came off my life.
A major ‘It-feels-like-I’m-loosing-my-mind’ depression and crash where years of ‘issues’ I’d avoided had to be faced.
So I did. (Therapy 3X week, EMDR, hypnosis, bodywork… anything to get my life back on track.)
Four years (and $42,460) later I was happy, my issues “resolved”, and I had become a psychotherapist to help others in the ways I’d been helped.
But in 2008, though, another crisis… a real “dark night of the soul”… blew my world apart (again.)
“Something else” was going on.
And it was deeper than anything therapy could deal with (which I’d seen with clients as well.)
This catapulted me into shamanism—humanity’s oldest wisdom seeking and healing tradition—where I healed patterns and pains that years (and $10,000s) of therapy hadn’t touched.
At first I used these methods for myself…
But, in time, I saw the shamanic tools were more powerful than psychology and could help my client better and faster.
So I got more training (in the UK and US) and, in 2011, I closed my therapy practice to focus on spiritual and intuition based help, healing and guidance for my clients and students.
Academic & Professional
BA. GENERAL LIBERAL ARTS. St Johns College, Annapolis MD
THOMAS J WATSON FELLOW. One year post-graduate study tracing Greek myths. Greece, Turkey, Italy, France
M. ARCH & ECOLOGICAL DESIGN. San Francisco Institute of Architecture, San Francisco, CA.
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Berkeley CA.
UM School of Architecture, College Park MD.
HG DIP (DISTINCTION). Human Givens College, Chalvington, UK
ADVANCED SHAMANIC HEALING TRAINING. Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Mill Valley, CA
"Why am I even here?"
In this lifetime? Well I’d say it’s because your soul has come here to do, to learn, to share, to create something that only you can do…
"Where are you from?"
Polish father + American mother + 2 sisters + 1 brother + lots of dogs.
I’ve lived and worked in Annapolis, Washington DC, Baltimore, Berkeley, Paris, Santa Fe, Lisbon, Sarasota, London.
You figure it out. I’ve stopped trying ;-)…
"If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?"
Your life is part of much larger patterns than we normally realize. And you’re surrounded by vast sources of power, wisdom and concern.
When you learn how to connect with it, everything changes…
“The bird of heaven flies to paradise on two wings.
One of them is self-effort. The other is grace.”
– Traditional Sufi Saying –
"Are you currently accepting private clients?"
Go here to book a consultation.
"Who is this for?"
People mostly come to me because:
1. Their hair is on fire (a breakup or betrayal, psycho boss or workplace, illness or death.)
2. An “oh shit” moment (you’ve got the job, made the deal, started the project, got married, had the baby…) but now what are you going to do?
3. “Something’s missing…” (you’re looking at your success and you realize this isn’t why you’re here.)
"Any guilty pleasures?"
Jane Austen’s novels.
Dark chocolate and red wine (they’re medicinal aren’t they?)
A movie in the middle of a workday.
A proper scone with clotted cream and jam.
"Your odd interests and superpowers?"
My superpower in scrabble and boggle is obscure agricultural terms like leat or diddle. (Though my memory doesn’t find them as quickly…)
If you want to work with me, go here to set up a consultation so we can see how you can move forwards and if I can help you.
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