a course for women
whose spiritual perspectives have been changed, stretched
by catalysts, challenges, unrest, roars of awakening, spiritual quests
You asked me what happened, why I left when I had been so involved in church ministry... READ MORE
We all have our reasons--something that compels us to leave home --whether home is our physical childhood home, living with our parents, or a church we've gone to since Sunday school days.
My leaving-home catalyst was a good twenty-plus years ago;
I'm now more seasoned, centered, and grounded--and still on a spiritual journey. ...
Unexpected catalysts show up. They trigger unrest, guilt, regret, hurt, and I know there's soul work I need to ponder and find peace with, yet.
I know things that help: how to start, where to look, how to sort and evaluate and find what I need for peace, clarity; how to integrate and weave in new insights.
This course is full of resources, a seeker's toolkit, and stories that helped to find and add pivotal pieces I was searching for. This is a path-finding (or path-making) self-paced course...though it's released in seven weekly bites, initially, to digest, process, integrate, explore in a more comfortable way; no pressure.
My catalyst had to do with inclusiveness (of women's voices in scripture and in ceremony leading); I was in an old institution that didn't change easily--in contrast to the times of cultural unrest and awakenings of the 60s that I had lived in.
Your catalyst may be something else.
Why this course?
What's here is an empowering process that freed and inspired me. I hope it will for you also; to find clarity and answers (that your church pastor can't give you, or see, or maybe they're not allowed to), and appreciate life and your soul.
I'm a spiritual teacher, former licensed teacher, who wants you to confidently be--and delight in being--you, and to trust your divine origins and built-in systems.
Peace, happiness, joy, enthusiasm, love, humor, and finding exactly what you're looking for.
(If you're here, you're wanting a more independent, inclusive, life and spiritual studies teacher than you find in usual places.)
This course is for:
- Adults in spiritual transition
- Independent, questioning seekers
- Women (mostly) feeling uneasy with churchy religion
- Students of life, educated, spirit-aware
- encouraging exploring; everything your soul knows and requires
- uplifting and clarifying for yourself and your life
- respectful, inclusive, joyous well-being as you
A true spiritual teacher, however, sees your greatness and teaches you how to see it in yourself. They show you by example how to trust your own guidance system, and thus help you awaken your own inner mystic and set yourself free from fear and dogma. Good teachers help you believe in yourself rather than cultivate a belief in them.
--Anita Moorjani, Sensitive is the New Strong
What's different and WIIFM:
- First, I'm uniquely qualified. I'm independent; that means that I am not hired to teach a particular church doctrine. I get to (and do) gather resources and life wisdom from many sources, including ones you're familiar with.
- Time. If I exit tomorrow, this body of Life Wisdom from WonderSpirit is here to help you and other spiritual seekers. What's here is mine to say. Like Anita Moorjani's words earlier, I'm a spiritual teacher and coach who sees your greatness and wants you to see it, to confidently be and delight in being you, and to trust your divine internal, built-in guidance systems. (More on that in Lessons 1 and 2.)
- I have exceptional on-paper and life qualifications: degrees and certifications in religious studies, education, and youth ministry; later, a masters certification in human resource management, wellness coaching, and life coaching were added; and then an entrepreneurial endeavor, WonderSpirit LLC.
- I've been a woman of spirit and muse for sixty-some years; perspective, experience, a lifetime's worth.
- More significant is that I'm not here to convert anyone.
- You and I are both life-travelers; we're both exactly where we are supposed to be now...walking our personal paths.
Anne is such a blessing – she has a natural healing energy and feel to her. I am privileged to be connected to her and love getting to know her.— Lara L.
Women talk things out, process our thoughts, find clarity in conversations.
There is pragmatic stuff in here. It's designed for conversations; full of eclectic resources to learn, study, question, consider, find what you're drawn to.
What I found most valuable, helpful, and worth saying, sharing, is here. Mostly, it's a process, step-by-step, big questions that come up, to look at closer, investigate, and find your own peace in.
Imagine sitting with an old soul, someone you can talk to about anything--including deeper thoughts-about-life stuff; to be heard and encouraged, to be you, without anyone trying to change or judge you. That's what you have here.
7 Weeks of Lessons.
Spaced to give you quality time with each topic.
These will lighten your way. ... promise. One leads into another.
I know; I've lived it...and others have told me that, too.
In 1987, a college assignment, research paper took me to places outside my religion's comfort zone. It opened (and freed) my spiritual lens. That research process led me to create this Seeker's Toolkit. It was powerful and freeing--and worked! Still does ...
(That college paper, all sixty pages, comes as a download with this course.)
A woman's soul is different than man's.
As the service began, I became acutely aware that every hymn and biblical passage used only masculine pronouns, as if that was all there was. Until then I had accepted that when it said men and brotherhood, that somehow meant me, too. But now, in a place much deeper than my head, I didn't feel included at all.
Sue Monk Kidd
It's not a big deal... Until it IS...
First I tried to ignore it.
Then tried to work around it. Defecting in place is how one author said it.
We can't unknow what we know, though. And then a last straw tips the scales.
1996, a final last-straw moment of knowing... I had to go to grow;
Your last straw may be different.
Whatever it is, it will be a line-in-the-sand for you, and lead you to seek something more spiritually satisfying.
Nature's way of making sure we grow.
Spiritual has lots of pathways.
We all start somewhere
caterpillars to butterflies... transforming naturally...
As we know more, experience Life more, we transform also.
I started on a farm and grew up catholic.
That came with an independent streak, imagination, an inherited German spunk, and Bohemian spirit; a love for animals, too. Thinking for ourselves; making personal, spiritual, life decisions--especially in matters of our bodies, especially women's; and not always agreeing with Church fathers in such matters; seeking the right thing to do and honoring our conscience are instinctive.
Growing up Catholic also came with a colorful Imagination around spiritual realms: Heaven, hell, purgatory, limbo; angels and saints, archangels, principalities and powers, Mother Mary, the Magdalene, and mystics; the Mass and sacraments, and the smell of incense.
We memorized and absorbed a culture that influenced us. It's a reference point, regardless of where we are or who we are now. Your religion of origin is a cultural influence, also.
When you find your passion, the last thing you need is permission. And if there's not an organization doing what you feel led to do, you create your own.
--Pam Grout, Living Big
This course will be a lifeline.
Anne Wondra, WonderSpirit Soul Sistering
It's different... in a good way.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.
What if I didn't grow up Catholic?
These are personal spiritual-quest lessons, common across people and time. What's here had to apply to all and uplift the human spirit.
Is this course only for women?
It's for those who are drawn to it. My work was creating it. I'm very comfortable being a 'sister to brothers.' I have six of them.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at annew [at] wonderspirit.com.