Whitney is a Soul Care Practitioner, exploring the gift of God's peace with her whole self. She lives with her family just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Whitney spends her down time knitting, savoring hot tea, adventuring with her loyal dog, and curled up with good books. She began practicing yoga as part of her recovery after stroke and brain surgery in 2005. Whitney was hesitant a yoga practice could ease her chronic pain. Needless to say, she was wrong. Embracing the embodied practices of yoga and meditation have been foundational for her healing journey and her work today.
In 2010, Whitney pursued graduate work at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Professional Certificate in Spiritual Formation (CSF) focusing on retreats and spiritual direction. She published her first devotional, Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit in 2017. Her second release from Upper Room Books, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self arrives September 1, 2022. You can follow her blog at Exploring Peace.
Whitney is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), Christian Yoga Association Master Trainer, somatic coach, and energy work practitioner trained in the Usui Method of Natural Healing. Her embodied work includes a meditation podcast (with a growing online community), contemplative retreats, private yoga sessions/events, and ecumenical spiritual direction sessions offering soul care for individuals and groups.
Whitney is a Deaconess in the United Methodist Church passionate about helping others reach their fullest human potential. Deaconesses and Home Missioners are lay persons who are called by God to be in a lifetime relationship in The United Methodist Church for engagement with a full-time vocation in ministries of love, justice, and service. Whitney is an advocate for peace and human equality and longs to create safe space for all!
Whitney considers it an honor to hold space for others to meet God through embodied spirituality and the ministry of spiritual formation. She is the founder and director of Exploring Peace Ministries. Pull up a chair and find out more of her work and story here.