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 reading good books (and writing them too).
Whitney is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), Christian Yoga Association Master Trainer, somatic coach, and energy work practitioner trained in the Usui Method of Natural Healing. As founder of Exploring Peace Ministries, her embodied work includes a free prayer and 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.
It was after a stroke and brain surgery in 2005 that Whitney discovered the contemplative path and began practicing yoga and meditation. She 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.
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. She 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.
Deaconess Whitney R. Simpson CSF, E-RYT 500, YACEP