"The 5 sessions of transition consulting with Kristen served as my scaffolding during one of the hardest times of my life - my separation and then divorce. Once a month Kristen and I talked - from Alaska to Canada and her voice on the other end of the line brought me such peace. Kristen suggested readings and activities which were were customized for where ever I was at in my journey. Kristen's knowledge of archetypes, mythology, and symbols were a rich part of our sessions and brought me greater appreciation of the subconscious, the psyche and how to keep these gardens tended to during my transition. With Kristen alongside me, I was better able to navigate the sharp turns, bumps, and unexpected descents which were part of the at-times-uncomfortable journey of entering my new, more authentic way of life."
"Kristen is an expert guide for women going through transitions of any kind. I loved being coached by her -- she is masterful at asking questions that are both compassionate and illuminating. She brings a rich understanding of the liminal space and a deep commitment to helping others navigate the inner calling."
"In a nutshell, the solstice ritual went wonderfully. The day felt magical. It was a blustery rainy day and I walked down the wooded trail to the beach, picking up altar treasures along the way. I found a small sheltered area against a big log to set up altar, light the candle and went through the ritual. As I sat there and watched the waves, there was a seal playing in the surf, riding the waves partially into shore. The sweet thing would disappear for a little bit then I'd see his or her head pop out and look my way. The seal was the perfect company during the ritual! Since the solstice, I have felt things settle in my spirit. The things that I burned at the altar are very much gone and the positive energy from that day set me into this new year with renewed presence and love."
~ Zoya H.
"Kristen Roderick is a gifted healer and intuitive, as well as a holder of feminine wisdom. I signed on for the personal ritual, and it is proving to be a wonderful container for self-reflection and nourishment."
~ Karusia Wroblewski
"Thank you for your loving support in creating this mini-ritual for me. I was tear-filled reading through it, for the loving energy within. I look forward to beginning tonight along with our new moon."
~ Monica Lambert
"Oh this is amazing. Like beyond amazing and perfect. I read it with tears coming down my face...tears of love and gratitude for the thought you put into this transition ceremony. '...It is so me, it is so me...' I thought to myself as I read the ceremony. So wonderfully done, Kristen. I'm in awe.... Thank you."
~ Zoya H.
"Thank you Kristen. I'm wallowing in deep emotion having gone through and reading the ritual - I can't stop crying. It is so deep and connected to something so much greater, I can feel it and wish I had the words to explain it better. I feel suspended in a timeless space going through it. I know this is for me and my growth. I'm looking forward to starting it on the New Moon. Much LOVE to you Kristen. Thank you so much."
~ Lucy D.
"Kristen brought what was a secret dream of mine to life – to honour and celebrate my transition into motherhood in a way that was deeply meaningful and unique to me. She empathetically and compassionately developed such a touching, beautiful plan that tapped right into everything I hold dear to my heart and spirit. From our initial consultation, the planning process and then during my ceremony itself, it was Kristen’s thoughtfulness and warm-hearted approach that created a space for such a magical day to take place. I am still in awe by the beauty and energy of the ceremony and am deeply grateful for Kristen for transforming my inner desires into a powerful celebration that I will treasure forever!"
~ Rachel Speiran, Director & Founder, Speiran Consulting
"Kristen lovingly and skillfully helped design a ceremony to mark the opening of my first business. I knew that a typical “grand opening” would not be enough. I had left a 15 year career to complete my studies as a Holistic Nutritionist and to take time for a healing journey. She suggested that a “rite of passage” may be in order to acknowledge where I had been, where I found myself now, and what intentions I was casting forward with my holistic wellness studio. She put together a detailed plan for the ceremony and reminded me to lean on her as much as I needed. Having Kristen hold the container for the ceremony allowed me to be fully present and in the moment. I felt deeply seen as each guest, mentor, friend and/or loved one offered their reflections on my journey. I felt grounded and empowered to share my vision for the business and the purpose I was choosing to live into. And I felt moved observing my team create a ceremonial mandala that eventually greeted the hundreds of people who walked through the doors later that day. I trust Kristen to listen deeply and to be detailed while creating a beautiful sacredness to any event. I will definitely be calling on her for my next ceremony.”
~ Nrinder Nann, Founder, Nourishing Health
"Kristen is truly gifted. She took my unspoken dreams and wishes, and intuitively manifested them through ritual and ceremony. When my Mother passed away recently, I needed something more than what the funeral and family rituals offered. Kristen planned a ceremony that offered up exactly what I needed, even though I couldn’t articulate it during the consultation, which was handled with grace, thoughtfulness and incredible attention to detail. I experienced magic and mysticism. Kristen created a container that allowed me to drop down into my inner wisdom and stillness so that I could let emerge that which I needed. While reading a letter I wrote to my Mother a dragonfly emerged and landed on her name on a sacred item on the alter. It then hovered around me over the duration of the ceremony. My Mother was present in that dragonfly. I didn’t know what I needed, but what I discovered was that I needed to believe and have evidence of my Mother's presence in my life. My Mother was cremated so I don’t have anywhere to ‘visit’ her. But now I have a lovely sacred spot in High Park… and dragonflies to remind me that she is always nearby. I am deeply grateful for this beautifully crafted gift from Kristen!"
~ Indy Batth, Director, ikb Coaching & Consulting
“Wow you have a gift, and you ARE a gift – and you gave me such a gift! All of it grounded in the divine creative inspiration of the feminine universal dimension. You brought so much depth and connection for my friends, family and I. Many women expressed to me how very skilled you are at facilitating a group in discussion, as well as how articulate and well-spoken you are. I think you are just amazing and it was an unforgettable rite of passage! What touched me the most was how the older generation of women appreciated the opportunity to share in such a meaningful way. I also loved the red thread ritual! I look forward to spending more time, sharing more rituals – and just sharing. I thank you with much love, admiration and gratitude.”
~ Katrine Maroukis
"Kristen led a welcome baby ritual that I was part of. I was impressed by the clarity of her presence that seeded and held our diverse group of women together. She seamlessly wove together different ritual elements to create an authentic and beautiful ceremony for new mum and baby. We need more ways of marking life passages-- Kristen is the person to call!"
~ Annahid Dashtgard, Senior Partner, Anima Leadership
Online Courses for Women
"Kristen's artful design and leadership of the On Fallow Ground workshop was masterful. The course provided a breadth and variety of inspiration in the form of archetypical wisdom, poetry, videos, music, and group interaction. The diversely-curated inspiration and wisdom along with the narrative and creative assignments provided the framework to dive into one's own creative flow and inner wisdom, to the comfort level and time availability of the participants. The workshop has deeply inspired me and helped me to become more fully, unapologetically, and creatively myself. I'm so grateful to Kristen and her work with Spirit Moving. If anything will heal the earth, it is the work of women exploring their own inner landscapes, owning their sacred wounds, and un-damming their creative potential... Kristen's work is stewarding that movement."
~ Jessie Crow Mermel, USA
"For me, On Fallow Ground is a rite of passage in itself, a sacred space of profound learning, including evocative images, videos and audio, powerful words and metaphors. This course is pure magic, supported by a humble and inspiring guide. During this journey, we connected with the cyclical nature of life - both inside and outside of us. Transitions are a part of life. Most of the time, transitions or the 'in between' zone are major crises in our life. As a trauma survivor, I had the impression of being a prisoner of this liminal space. On Fallow Ground created a sense of empowerment, of inner power. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to dance with my shadow, to bless my vulnerability, to be more aware about the transformation process, to honor and heal all parts of me. I am infinitely grateful."
~ K.A., Canada
"In one of the later weeks of Blessing Our Secret Sorrow, Kristen refers to a shawl she once used to wrap herself in at a time of grief and transition. This course itself felt to me like a shawl lovingly wrapped around my shoulders: painstakingly crafted, woven through with gorgeous stories, abundant in texture and colour - both the muted palette of loss as well as the more vivid colours of emerging to a renewed sense of self after periods of deep transition. Kristen weaves the shawl with a skilled hand, an inspired eye, and the hands of many generations of compassionate and wise women on her own shoulders. What strikes me is that this kind of care is something most of us need more of in our lives, whether we are fresh in sorrow or reflecting back on past griefs that have come up in need of tending. There is care and wisdom in working with Kristen - as well as a rich treasury of teachings, reflections, and rituals - that I now know I can draw on whenever I need them."
~ Malgosia, Canada
"This course, On Fallow Ground, has been a deep and reverent experience for me. The fact that the course was online allowed lots of flexibility (accessing the information when I had time that week vs having to be available at specific times), it also allowed the experience to be deeply personal with the invitation through the Facebook group to join and share as much or as little as we wanted. It was a nice balance of solitude and the feeling of being in sacred circle with other journeyers. Kristen’s weekly videos were inspiring invitations into the theme of each week’s curriculum. The curriculum itself is clearly a result of in-depth research into stages of transition, archetypes, mythology, the psyche, natural rhythms of the earth and moon, and many other themes conducive to exploring ones own inner landscape, asking the sacred question, “what is mine to do?” For me, this course provided new language, imagery, and understanding of the gifts of the “in-between” time and space in our lives. This is helpful for me personally but also enriches my work as a psychotherapist, working with others as they journey through transitions in their lives. The course material is printable so-as to remain available after the 6 weeks are over. This is extremely helpful because one could delve deeply into these themes over a lifetime, the material will be something I will draw upon again in this cyclical life! Reverential thanks to Kristen for ushering us into sacred space, On Fallow Ground, with wisdom and care."
~ Sara Blandford, LICSW, USA
“When I started this course back in October 2017 I was mooching along, not in a bad space but not in a great one either. I wanted change but wasn't sure what. I'd just returned from a seven-month trip travelling around South America and was thinking about my next life transition. Then my younger brother died unexpectedly. Literally the week before I'd posted a fun picture of my shadow without a head, taken at a nearby watering hole. When I received the news about my brother I was in a hotel room and as I looked at my face in the bathroom mirror I said, "I'm too old for this". I'm an emotionally resilient woman and over the years have vanquished many demons, climbed many mountains and survived much heartache but in that moment I felt for the first time in my life that I simply didn't have the strength to deal with what happened. During this time On Fallow Ground was a kind of talisman for me. There were suggestions, ideas and questions posed during each week which, despite being on my own, made me realise I am not alone. Kristen's course helped me walk through the labyrinth of my mind and this difficult, raw time with difficult, raw emotions. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I am a lot more patient with and kind and loving towards myself, warts and all."
~ Ktima Heathcote, Australia
"I began this course with the intention / mantra, 'From external to internal.' That alone is an elixir that I will carry with me. I’ve had dreams, realizations, visions, and animal visits of the greatest sort during these six weeks. Coming back again and again and again inside, to loving and being present with my own wholeness and integrity, wisdom and being. While I am still not perfectly clear on what Home is, what / who I am, frankly... I am buoyed by trusting the process, the unfolding. Reclamation of the Soul-Self, listening to my own stories, trusting my inner authority, authoring my own story, living authentically to what is true for me. Trusting indwelling truth. Letting old ways slough off, respecting them all the while. I began this course saying that it feels like an anchor to keep me rooted to this calling back home. My dreams, visions, realizations, writings, and my soul collage, experienced in this course, will help shepherd, light and protect this great resting, unfolding, being - this great journey home. Thank you!"
~ Kara Fox, USA
"Blessing Our Secret Sorrow was all that I could have hoped for, and then some! Several years after major losses in my life, I realized there was yet so much I needed to say goodbye to. I had moved on, was doing well but I realized so many loose ends still persisted. Kristen's teachings and suggested activities helped me give those loose ends time and space, where I could finally say goodbye. This was my second class I've taken with Kristen and once again I'm grateful for her teachings and wisdom. Her coursework has helped me be the best possible version of myself; living more in harmony with cycles of the earth, honoring my intuition and giving myself more space to be, learn and heal."
~ Zoya H., USA
"I have been following Kristen for quite some time, drinking in the art she shares, letting the attached quotes wash over me. Recently, I felt as though my life was at a crossroads. A chronic health struggle led me to a year-long sabbatical from my work as culinary nutritionist/nourishment guide. I decided it was the perfect time to enter "On Fallow Ground." What I gained from the experience was a thoughtful guide, community, and a beautifully structured course that gently brought me back into my work with the confidence to move forward despite the ground I perceived I had lost. I realized my passion was still very much there, I just needed to reclaim my confidence."
~ Sue Ann Gleason, USA
"Kristen's course, On Fallow Ground, caught my attention right away. As I read the description, I knew that it was exactly what I needed to help me during this challenging time of my life. The course itself was a safe space for me that I could go to and turn inwards, surrounded by the support of the other women enrolled and the encouraging deeper work that Kristen provided. The course itself took on a presence of it's own in my life, like a stage being set up for me to see my personal drama playing out in my life from a quieter place in my heart. I was able to sit with it, and through Kristen's weekly coaching and suggestions, I felt like there was light shining through the cracks of something broken. Throughout my own healing, I see my growth during the On Fallow Ground course as a vital and cherished time. I was being held in my darkest hour in a circle of wisdom, support, and soul searching presence. Thank you Kristen for providing this course and helping women all over the world acknowledge the sacred time of in-between."
~ Shanen, USA
"My experience of the course was a profound one. The beautiful safe space created by the course allowed for some deep healing that I didn’t expect to experience at that point in time. The combination of journaling exercises, creativity and reflection allowed a connection with my past sorrows that I had never experienced. I always felt ‘held’ throughout the experience while at the same time free to work through the exercises at my own pace and in my own space. The course is extraordinary - the exercises wonderfully crafted and the narrative so thoughtfully expressed, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to connect with their grief in a supported environment."
~ Hayley Tink, UK
"On Fallow Ground was a whole new experience for me, especially as an online course. Although I started with much trepidation on if and how I would be accepted and be in harmony with the group, much to my delight, the course was full of love, inclusiveness, presence, cultural sensitivity, and had the kind of diversity that transcended geography. Although I experienced moments of uncertainty in my process, there was ample space to retreat and observe, and then dive back in again when I was ready, and as much as I wanted. This was one of the most inclusive, love-infused collective experiences that I have ever participated in, and I felt totally held exactly when I needed to be. If there was a foundations course in just being with people without expectation, demand, obligation, rank or assessment, this must be it."
~ Participant from Egypt
"Kristen is such a wise and inspiring teacher, and she has guided me down a path to many new realizations, and ways of seeing. The On Fallow Ground course led me on a soulful journey on which I was able to slow down, turn inward, and unearth things about myself that had been buried for a long time. The insights gained in doing this work were powerful, and led me to begin to tune into the wisdom and answers that were there inside me all along. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is going through a transition in their life, or who is simply wishing to learn to tune into their inner wisdom. Thank you, Kristen, for putting together such a beautiful and soul-inspiring course."
~ Katie, Canada
"The Blessing Our Secret Sorrow course was more than I could have imagined. It was an immense source of support during the transition I was moving through, with the thoughtful inquiries, the beautiful wisdom passages gathered, the DIY rituals we were inspired to explore. All feelings emerging felt allowed, witnessed and held in the nest of the group, nurtured by Kristen."
~ Diana, Singapore
"I've been going through a lot of transition in the past few years: voluntary transitions - I chose to let go of the things that were not serving me and to create the life I want. But then I realized that I didn't know exactly what that new life would look like and as a result, I kept going back to what I knew and was comfortable for me. I found myself in limbo - My friend told me about the online transitions course and the description spoke to me and the space I found myself in. The course provided a framework, a foundation, an understanding and a support network that allowed me to dig deep and sit with things that I wanted to simply "get over" so I can get to my new beginning. While I don't have a complete vision of what is next (not sure that's really possible), I have a better sense of the next few steps. This required taking another leap of faith and letting go of the safety nets I continued to rely on. I am in the process of starting my own business as a result and feeling excited to do so. My work with this course was so transforming and provided so much clarity for me that I am starting to work with Kristen through individual coaching. My hope is that through our work together, I can also bring soul into my own business. Thank You Kristen!"
~ Anonymous, USA
"On fallow ground has given me the means to accept the ensuing transition in my life, and experientially being able to comprehend the depth and meaning of the life-death-life cycle in my own life. It's allowed a sacred pause to listen to the soul and be more open to ritual that was missing for me. Although in this context 'strategy' is too linear a word, the course offers tools to open up a space that for many, like me, find the void of non-doing so fearful and uncomfortable. However since undertaking the course, I've allowed and surrendered to the liminal space, in a loving and non-judgemental way, to see what beauty that lies beneath wants to surface. And much has surfaced for me which I'll be gently carrying into 2018."
~ Yogeeta Mistry, United Kingdom
"On Fallow Ground was exactly what I needed! I'm sure we can all appreciate being in a state of limbo, in between worlds, and this course provides a beautiful template for navigating those moments in your life. It provides weekly inspirations & avenues for self reflection, things that can be used for years to come. The thing I really loved is that I didn't have to 'keep up' with anything, but it offered me a guide for understanding myself and current situation more deeply when I had time. I also loved the Facebook group of women who acted as a sounding board and support when I really needed it. Overall a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is in a transition in their life."
~ Jacqui, USA
"This course is such a blessing of love and light! Kristen is full of knowledge and connected to so many deep and soul-feeding resources. Her curriculum and sharing of art and archetype was a salve during a very challenging and liminal time in my personal life. I already miss her presence in my email inbox! I would recommend Kristen and the On Fallow Ground course without hesitation. Ancient wisdom, modern medium."
~ Allison Laura, USA
"The On Fallow Ground experience was a discovery for me. I had never taken part in a Facebook community and I was surprised how enjoyable and truly transforming the whole journey was. There was a positive energy, and sharing comments, artwork, poems, was really inspiring and helpful. It answered my quest for spirituality, creativity and being part of a community. Thanks to Kristen's gentle and wise guidance, I learned to be more attentive towards myself, respectful of who I am and confident in what comes my way. A really beautiful experience full of hope!"
~ Dominique, France
"Kristen's online course, On Fallow Ground, let me take a more genuine look within myself. Honestly, I was tired of the fears and the masks I habitually used to cover this fierce aliveness in me. This tender emerging and allowing required that I paced myself too. This course with Kristen encouraged the patience and curiosity necessary for this path of self-discovery. It brought to the open what it means to be more fully myself as I include the shadow aspects of my aliveness. I felt assured through this process that yes, it is all slowly coming forward, and that it's ok to slow down to allow this emergence. Many thanks to Kristen for this lovely offering and the grace by which she offers it. Her writing has been richly received in me and has brought light to the more fierce and unknown places within. I didn't know how right the timing would be for this course, but it was so right on. I only wish it could go another 6 weeks."
~ Jody Mosher, USA
"Circling back to our course work, to the resources and guidance, to making a space to dive in again after a turbulent couple of months. So grateful for this experience, for the space to let go, to connect with myself, to develop more appreciation for the cycles and wisdom we share and participate in. Thank you Kristen for holding and facilitating such a beautiful space."
~ Kirsten, Australia
"Thank you, Kristen! This was exactly what I needed at a moment when I was feeling a little lost and confused. I loved the course material and writing prompts, and found that they guided my journaling to a much deeper place, illuminating the spots where I was stuck or in darkness and digging into them in a gentle but persistent way. There was such a rich breadth and depth to the content you put together. As you know, I found myself following the trail of many of the suggested readings and finding resources that will stay with me for life. The online aspect of the course was a new thing for me, but I loved how the space came together: warm and creative, but still raw and honest when it needed to be. I loved that there were participants from all over the world, and that the stories we shared were so different and yet so archetypically similar. And I especially loved how all of the women cheered each other on with generous love and wisdom! I'm still very much drawing on what I took away from the course. Thank you for being our guide - gentle, wise and steady - through what could otherwise have been some dark and lonely places on our journeys."
~ Malgosia, Canada
"My huge appreciation and thanks to Kristen for having this idea of helping women during their liminal period, the period of change in the making, which usually brings along with it emotions like confusion, frustration, annoyance, sadness, and maybe even some helplessness. For me the On Fallow Ground course was really helpful, as it brought me a lot new insights, giving me more clarity as to how to proceed and handle the emotions and conditions I have been having during this time. It gave that very needed sense of support, the very feminine need for sharing. I started to notice, appreciate and love my feminine nature, which to my surprise, I haven' t done enough before. So, loving both of my natures: the feminine and the masculine, and harmonizing them, is one of my biggest takeaways. Also, accepting the cyclical nature of life, letting life live through me. The 30 minutes daily free writing exercise was absolutely fantastic! I know it will help me through hard times. I will continue this journey with more love and curiosity. I do recommend for other women to join this supportive circle."
~ Elita, Latvia
"On Fallow Ground was a profoundly transformative experience. Learning to embrace the darkness, finding comfort in the quiet of the shadows. Listening for whispers of wisdom and learning to trust my voice. Creating ritual and sacred time for self-care. Kristen has a gift of holding space for you. She creates a beautiful community to witness the journey from dark to light. Months later, I can share that the practices initiated in this program are wholly integrated into my everyday life."
~ Jennie, Canada
“In recent months, I’d been wondering if “waiting” was friend or foe. I wondered about the place of waiting and the medicine that it brings. Because my own personal experience of waiting was associated with childhood trauma and feeling invisible, I connected to the story of Sedna, the Inuit Sea Goddess, who was banished to the bottom of the ocean to wait out her exile. In her waiting she becomes a mighty sea goddess, ruling over ocean life and granting safe passage. Sedna’s medicine re-emerged in a deeper and healing way during On Fallow Ground. In my third week of the course I had a dream. In the dream I continued to repeat the course’s title “On Fallow Ground,” but would mix up the title to “On Hallow Ground.” When I woke, I realized that both are true. To arrive on Hallow Ground, we also must know Fallow Ground, a time of preparing and waiting. Before the course I was stuck on finishing the estate for my mother and brother who died in 2013. After the course, I understood that waiting was necessary and with this acceptance, I was able to start moving toward completing the estate. It is a slow process, but by honoring the waiting process, I was finally able to move forward. I finally see waiting as the valued guest that she is.”
~ Belinda Edwards, USA
"I truly appreciated the content, quality, and experience of 'On Fallow Ground'. The participants were deeply respectful and mindful of exchanging ideas or offering support. This is a rich class which doesn't 'fix' you. Instead it offers a path for you to discover more of your own unique unfoldment. Thank You Kristen!"🦋
~ Mary, USA
"Kristen and my cohort in On Fallow Ground midwifed and mentored me through the dark and beautiful passages of my own heroic journey. The process has been tough, and gentle, and inspiring. I entered a space where I could come to better understand with love and patience my journey and my present state. From here I feel I will grow in my understanding of whatever comes next."
"Starting on the exercises I am wowed by how deftly the enquiry cuts through our "story" and swiftly but lovingly reaches in and through, to get to what is. Encouraging reflection and clarity and a kind of acceptance of what is, offering up support while gently nudging and persuading us to look at what is (no pressure if one isn’t prepared or ready yet). That it's okay to rest and take a breath and wait as we ready ourselves to take a step (or even inching slowly) to what feels right, always at our pace – whatever feels right – but knowing it's a safe space to do so. I am also loving the morning pages and it's become a much loved practice for me now. Like a good friend, always allowing and receptive. Thank you Kristen. I’m loving it.”
~ Hanizan, Malaysia
"On Fallow Ground gave me the gift of slowing down, quietly diving deep, navigating the internal ground of forgotten things, fears, pain, insecurities and inner darkness. Knowing that Kristen with her guidance, structure and support was there for us, along with other women who bravely joined this journey, gave me the inspiration and strength to find what I was forgetting about myself, and what’s been nesting, growing and wanting to come to life again. It’s been weeks since the course ended but in a way it hasn’t. I continue to go back to what I worked through during those weeks and continue to find wisdom and new light in the darkness that I now know holds my most precious seeds."
~ Claudia, B., USA
"Kristen has designed a course that blends the tangible with the intangible that dwells inside each of us and provides compelling content to engage in a broad range of self-discovery. Being able to take the course at one's own pace and to one's personal depth of experience is incredibly useful and nurturing. I highly recommend this course to those in transition from one whatever-it-may-be to another."
~ Ana, USA
“The period of On Fallow Ground for me felt like 'sacred time' for myself, my inner world and process. The weekly emails were like carefully wrapped presents, and every week I uncovered another theme that brought me closer and closer to my essence, as I experienced it. At the bottom of this, there was a constant invitation to take care of myself, to feel out what was good for me, and support to help me with that. There was also a treasure of different practices and inspiring words and images gently provided by Kristen. For me, On Fallow Ground was a truly inspiring journey during which I felt a safe holding by Kristen and my fellow travelers. Thank you Kristen for your wise and rich sources of material and guidance throughout these weeks. It touched my heart and soul and my own ground on which I walk.”
~ Merel Miltenburg, Netherlands
"For about a year or so, I have been feeling like I am stuck, or in a neutral position. I had fallen upon some Facebook posts about On Fallow Ground and it seemed to resonate deeply with me, so I enrolled. Kristen Roderick is a very compassionate loving soul, and the group helped inspire and encourage me during the processes. The experience that hit home for me the most was the quiet time. All too often, we silence our inner most feelings and inner voice in the clutter and constant rushing in our daily lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I took to be alone with myself and to reconnect. Through the processes of the lessons and my journaling I realized that the words "gestation" and "newborn" kept striking a familiar chord, like there was something coming to the surface that needed special attention. Something I had been ignoring, or just skimming the surface of rather than going deep enough to understand, and possibly heal the issue. I had realized, within just a few hours of being alone in my quiet time, that for 56 years of my life, I had ignored my inner child. Through the processes of this class, I was able to spend a few hours in acknowledgement of that inner child that just needed to be loved by me in order to move forward in my life. I also learned that in the patient waiting for the next things in my life to show up, it was extremely important to be kind and caring to myself, to allow myself this sacred time of resting, and waiting, and to have faith that whatever is to come will get here at the exact moment it is supposed to. If you are feeling stuck, in neutral, or just can’t figure out what comes next, these classes are like no other I have experienced. You will realize at some point during the process, you are exactly where you need to be."
~ Kathleen Eggert, USA
"This course is unlike others. There is no need to do, no shoulds or musts, just simply an allowance of whatever is there to be there. Through gentle guideposts, this course provides much reassurance to those who find themselves at a waiting point in life."
~ Diana, Singapore
“Thank you again for such a great experience. The course was truly wonderful. It was my first on-line course and I'll admit that I was reluctant - not about the material, but whether or not I would be disciplined enough to do stick with it. That was not a problem. Every Monday morning I was diligently waiting for our 'assignments', ready to dive in a little deeper. Your videos and reading materials were just enough to draw me in and make me want more. There's just so much I could and want to say about the course (and have said to many friends)! I have referred to On Fallow Ground many, many times - and mentioned you more often than I can count. To put it lightly, the past few months have been magical. You have helped open my eyes to a new way of seeing and exploring my true Self with confidence and love. I now understand what it means to truly lean into something - including fear and the unknown - and feel not only whole but also empowered in doing so. My participation in On Fallow Ground also reminded me to prioritize self-care, and the importance of daily grounding rituals. For all of that, and so much more, I am eternally grateful.”
~ Heather W., Canada
"On Fallow Ground offered me a rich reflective space to explore my relationship to cycles and to the potential held in stopping, observing and allowing cycles to just be. The course provided a container with exquisite content, images and prompts from which to witness how I respond to endings and to the unknown. Kristen shares from a humble, simple, yet very powerful place of her own experience and questions. I continue to return to and use her thoughtful writings and questions."
~ Judy Herzl, Artist, Writer, Strategist/Thinking Partner, USA
'Kristen's online course is one of a kind. I have undertaken quite a few online self healing/wellbeing courses over the last couple of years but the Fallow Ground course stands out above all of these for the deep healing it facilitated in me. The course has been skillfully designed to give you just the right amount of work to do each week, so that it is transformative but not overwhelming. Inspiration and guidance is given through art, reading, symbolism, videos, and journaling and I found this tapped into different parts of me at the same time so I could discover what I was seeking. The journey was a profound one to me, for it led me to my heart, which has been buried away for safe keeping my whole life. I really had a sense of a safe space, a magical womb space, which was being held for me over the six weeks. I cannot thank Kristen enough for designing this course!”
~ Hayley, United Kingdom
"Before I discovered this workshop, I had been walking around in circles, needing a different perspective to help me find my own way out and beyond a difficult phase of my life. It was a complete leap of faith to allow myself to act on a certain feeling of intuition within me and register for this course. I am so glad I did. It didn't take long for me to realize that I needed to be reminded of what I already deeply knew; I was in a place where I no longer recognized myself or my life, and yet it was completely natural for me to be there. I had changed and needed some time to process and understand it. Each week's lessons prompted me to free write to unblock the sticky spots, to remember the symbols that spoke to my soul, and quietly listen to what resonated with me... so I could find a way back to my true self... my heart's home. A sometimes difficult yet renewing experience!"
~ M.C. Reardon, visual artist, USA
"The course was definitely transformational! As a new mama, it was difficult to carve out time to myself to really dig deep but nonetheless, I found the materials to be very nurturing and grounding. My liminal phase has been on and off for a couple years now because of pregnancy and then raising a toddler, now pregnant again - womb magic has been a major rites of passage for me. And this course helped me through the disconnect I felt within myself. After becoming a new mama, I felt that I lost touch with my spirituality and mindfulness practices (besides hypnobirthing). What I discovered about myself is that I need to create time for myself to truly connect with my soul. I need to set boundaries and honour my sacred time. I feel that the course materials will be an ongoing ritual for me, perhaps a monthly or annual exercise to really dive deep within myself to clear any sort of misalignment. I printed the materials so that I am able to utilize the wisdom and exercises when I feel its necessary for me. It's definitely easy to get caught up in mamahood and feel a block or disconnect with self. I'm also in the process of recreating my healing business also so the course helped me reconnect to my authenticity."
~ Maya Stormrider, Japan
"If you feel drawn to this course, follow your heart and join! On Fallow Ground was so important. For the first time I felt like I am not alone in this immensely difficult, liminal phase and that was comforting. I loved the gentle guidance and holding that Kristen provided, as well as the shared Facebook group. I learned a lot about myself during the six weeks, and the course gave me important, useful tools to pull out whenever I need a little help along my path. I also learned to be more patient with myself, which feels like a luxury these days when mainstream media and culture keeps pushing you TO DO something all the time. Resting in this space reinforced that it is valid and OK to just BE. The effects and lessons learned will extend well beyond the completion of the course - they are part of me now. I am grateful to you Kristen for creating this course."
~ Anikó, Germany
"On Fallow Ground provided a valuable framework and tools for navigating through life's transitions. This course shed new light on the importance of transition times and times of darkness. With this new awareness I am better able to accept darkness, pain and chaos in my life, knowing that it is simply part of my transformation. This, I feel, is a crucial concept to embrace in order to heal ourselves and become wise women. Through Kristen’s teachings I was also able to experience some deep truths that have created beautiful internal shifts in my psyche. In my profession, I work with women during one of life's great transitions, motherhood. So the lessons I learned in the course have already rippled out into my community through my work. Thank you, Kristen, for providing new tools for me to understand the process of transformation. You are a gifted teacher, writer and healer."
~ Shelley Rahim, USA
“I just wanted to tell you how wonderful and amazing the course was for me - and perfect timing indeed! It helped bring back some essential pieces of myself that I'd recently abandoned: my wild, wise, sacred parts; my inner power; my essence. In a natural, simple way, your course helped me see how deeply rooted they are, how much a part of me they are, how necessary they are... Through the course I realized I wanted to hold, embrace, celebrate, honor, and embody them. Thank you for this wonderful gift. On Fallow Ground is intelligent, elegant, mindful, and so powerful!”
~ Anika, France
"I don't normally do online courses (in fact, this was my first one), but I was embarking on a three-month retreat to figure out what to do with my life at a Big Birthday. I thought it would be helpful to have some structure to my retreat so that I'd get the most out of it because left to my own devices, time tends to slip by with nothing resolved or sorted. "On Fallow Ground" did that beautifully. Kristen is a gentle and very supportive guide, and the course material was a very accessible on-point introduction to exploring the archetypes and landscape of transition. The course ended many weeks ago and I am still using much of the material as I move forward. And I miss the course emails in my inbox! (PS --You can interact with the others taking the course or not, depending on what feels right for you so even if you're more introverted, this is very safe and non-scary.)"
~ Faith C., USA
"I came to the Fallow Ground course after stumbling on several beautiful random artworks from various women which Kristen used in The Spirit that Moves Me Facebook page posts. After suffering a personal loss I found myself flailing in inertia for some time. The course helped me see the failure for what it was: a transition away from what wasn't working for me and a return to the core self-awareness journey I had buried under fear. I'd recommend this course to anyone feeling lost in direction or who is wondering what's next and is afraid to take the next step into unknown waters."
~ Kerri A., USA
"Thank you for the experience of participating in your course. I just printed out the pages for the 6 weeks so that I can continue in my own time and wish I had been able to journey more deeply during the 6 weeks we had together. Reading some of it again I am inspired to continue as this journey is very close to my heart. Despite feeling like I was able to do very little I would like to thank you for the safe space you created in the FB group. I loved your writing for each week and the beauty of the art works you used as part of the weekly information was just amazing. I am not very good with online courses and more a face to face person but you made the online experience very beautiful and I always got a sense of care from everything I read from you. Thank you again for creating such a powerful and beautiful course."
~ Carolin, Australia
"Through taking this course I was able to explore myself more deeply (why was I always awake from 2-3 am for example), but the biggest impact for me was when I disconnected from my distractions for the week. It showed me what I really needed to do to move forward, out of liminal space. At this point, I'm almost out of transition, and with the help of the course all my other "holds" have cleared. I'm ready & excited to see what the near future is going to present!"
~ Sharon B., USA
"Coming together in a circle of women was important to me because I’ve been missing a deeper connection with women in my life...The circle was a supportive, unified space where everyone was being open, sharing and listening. It made me aware of the value of listening and being heard, which was really powerful for me. I didn’t realize I wasn’t feeling heard. Whether it was seeing something of myself in their story, identifying and learning from that, gaining insight into my own journey, or being inspired by the transformation of others – it was really beautiful to witness and be a part of... I’ve never participated in a women’s circle before, and it was a really powerful experience."
~ Jennie Vlietstra
"I had the immense pleasure of being a part of the Journey to Motherhood circles hosted by Kristen Roderick and Jennifer Elliott. I can't recommend these sacred, kind and helpful circles enough. In the throes of new motherhood I often felt overwhelmed and isolated compounded by lack of sleep. Kristen and Jennifer offered such a kind and supportive space for moms to share their joys and difficulties at a time of great transition. It was so great to know that other amazing moms were going through the same emotions I was. Kristen and Jennifer offered a space to simply be and even offered to hold the babies :) I would happily and swiftly join again."
~ Leigh Bowen
"When I saw the Spring Equinox Women’s Circle advertised, I really wanted to participate... The exercises, the pacing of the event, the small and large group participation… It was both grounded and spiritual, it offered meaningful participation, and it was really, really well done. The circle happened at the right time for me, and I had insights throughout. I’ve been going through a transition, closing one chapter and starting a new one, and it helped give me context, as well as direction and a point to get to. I realized I was actually much further along than I thought, which was really helpful and unexpected."
"The Winter Solstice Women's Circle was the very thing that I needed at this time. It was the perfect experience to guide my emerging practice and commitment to PAUSING. Kristen and Indy, and all of the women present created a beautiful circle together. Thank you Kristen and Indy!"
~ Mohini Athia
"Kristen is a sensitive, intuitive and compassionate individual who uses these qualities in her role as a facilitator/teacher. I felt seen and listened to - valued for sharing my thoughts and experiences. It is very apparent that Kristen is grounded and connected when leading a group. Facilitating group discussions with many different personalities and experience levels can be challenging, but Kristen seems to do so with ease and grace - helping to make everyone feel safe and comfortable. Experienced and knowledgeable; you can tell that Kristen practices what she teaches. I felt that I was being guided and taught by a wise teacher."
"I have been attending a women's circle facilitated by Kristen over the past year and am very pleased to provide my experience of her gifts. She is perceptive and respectful of the group's needs and is, in one word, "awesome!" I was struck by her depth of knowledge and willingness to share. I have learned a lot from her. While the purpose of the group was to share through peer learning, it soon became a support group where women like me could be ourselves and be understood. Many of us were at various stages of transition in our lives and from many different walks of life. Kristen contributed to group cohesion with her skilled facilitation, bringing many ideas and inviting members to put forward theirs. Our monthly meetings have provided many insights into my own journey."
~ Shaheen Ali
"Kristen Roderick is a wonderful group facilitator! She is knowledgeable and well-organized, and creates a relaxed, supportive and focused space for exploration and insights. Her presentation of theme material is concise and clear, leaving lots of time and space for participants to have aha! moments. She manages to skilfully guide the group and also makes herself available for each individual. I look forward to every session with Kristen and have benefited greatly from her wisdom and gentleness."
~ Karusia Wroblewski
"I have had the pleasure of attending several workshops with Kristen. She is an extremely knowledgeable woman who is genuinely concerned with everyone in the group being able to learn and contribute. She is a gifted facilitator who is able to maintain a balanced and welcoming environment for all involved, no matter their level of participation. I always feel comfortable and inspired in her classes. She is well organized and manages time in such a way that tasks are accomplished yet conversation is still able to flow freely. Her ideas for topics to study/discuss are clearly thought out and carefully explained. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future."
~ Britta Gardiner
"Going through this storytelling process was powerful. Kristen's insightful questions invited me to slow down for a moment and see that entering my 40's is a spiritual transition worthy of sitting with, reflecting about and celebrating. With deep appreciation and curiosity, I am now entering middle age with a sense of reverence, where before it was more like dread. I am confidant that this approach to storytelling will help many women see the beauty and richness of our transitions through Kristen's gentle guidance."
~ Laura S.
"It’s not that often that you have someone really listen to you. As women, we’re always so busy. I know that I often don’t take the time to reflect like I should, but you allowed me to do that. The process gave me a new perspective and a structure to think deeper about my relationship to my work, to money and to what I want in an intimate relationship. The changes that happened as a result aren’t something people can necessarily see. They are more internal. But when you gain new insights about yourself, things shift – like putting more boundaries around my work and being okay with that, because my priorities are now crystal clear. Your questions, combined with your ability to really listen helped me go deeper than I would on my own. Coming away with a record of my story was a wonderful gift."
~ Carol R.
"It was the first time I ever really focused on the topic of my mother’s passing ten years ago. No one had ever asked me the questions that you did during the session. I realized I was bottling stuff up and hadn’t dealt with those emotions. Having someone listen to and witness that part of my life really felt therapeutic and there was a sense of release. For me, the most important thing was your calming, trusting presence, and being able to confide without judgment."
~ Sheryl G.
"I met Kristen at a networking event and she told me she was writing bios through storytelling, which was intriguing to me because I always struggled with writing a bio that really represented me. I worked with copywriters, and I even tried to write something myself, but I was never able to really pinpoint exactly what I wanted. Then I met Kristen. We had a phone interview, she had some really precise questions to ask, and then she came up with this bio... It’s unbelievable how it so represents me! I recommend Kristen to anyone. She is absolutely fantastic, and she is gifted in writing."
~ Julie Anne Christoph, Founder, Canadian Coaching Academy & School Director of iPEC Canada
"Kristen Roderick is a very talented woman. Through words, she was truly able to express my inner world, enabling others to feel connected to my personal story. She is clearly passionate about her work and goes well beyond her client's expectations. I am very satisfied with her service and highly recommend her."
~ Cynthia Cheung, Owner, Trustworthy Legal Services
Creative Nonfiction Writing
"Thank you very much Kristen! That is exactly what I needed to read right now. I am exactly in this major life transition state of finding myself…having little idea where my spirit wants to move me. But at the same time feeling stuck and wanting everything to go faster. First we need to plant the seed..and let the process unfold itself… and surrender to it. Thank you for your inspiration!"
"Wow Kristen! This article has SO resonated with me! Thank you, thank you. My business partner popped it up as a relevant article for our Flow Experiment Community and it is providing beautiful discussion amongst us all. Thank you for your work, you are VERY Valuable simply in your 'BEINGNESS'."
"Thanks so much for your heart soul filled expression of the real. I feel inspired and refreshed as I continue holding space for my true reflection and the letting go of so much. May you be well and happy."
"I couldn't have read this at a better time! So much resonated. Thank you for your heart sharing. You have given me permission to allow myself to stop, listen, wait, trust and release the doubt. Thank you again."
"If only tears could speak.....your words jump off the screen and melt my insides while the quiet whisper echoes "you're doing fine fiona". Thank you for sharing, deeply resonates and makes easier sitting and being more "comfortable in the process". Thank you."
"Wise words, beautiful words, I read you and I read myself, on these words I see you, I see myself and I see every woman."
"'Each day holds a lesson in No One is Coming to Save Me.' Seeing someone else say it took my breath away. Sometimes knowing you're not the only one is saving enough."
"Just what I needed to read - thank you so much for this article."
"Thank you for this, Kristen. Not only is it beautifully and artfully written, but it speaks to the need to s-l-o-w down and be okay with not always have all the answers. Well done!!"
"Incredible piece, so brilliantly written and so, so on point – exactly what i needed to read today, what a beautiful reminder, thank you!"
"I cried as I read your post Kristen. It so resonates with me, your feelings of loss and unease in the midst of your transition. It brings comfort to my heart to see my own feelings about change reflected in other women's stories."
"Thank you for sharing this rich post - your writing touches me so deeply, I often can't find the right worlds to respond with. I wish we could talk in person about this deep journey."
"Kristen, thank you so much for your powerful words. I have just recently left a job because I am so broken in spirit that I can no longer function, at work or anywhere else. Your words give me profound hope because I see that perhaps there is more to what I have been going through besides just losing my mind and giving up. I am inspired by you and can see clearly that whatever difficulties my family and I might face because of me leaving work, this is a time of immeasurable growth for me. This is so exciting. I am realising that it is okay for me to have no Name right now because the possibilities are endless when we decide to slough off the Names that are not working for us… Blessings."
"I loved this. And I recognized the wise and beautiful recording of descent and it's many gifts. A heartfelt thank you. This is one of my most passionate topics."
"I can't tell you how much this post means to me. Some times I feel I am the only one in the world going through this. It's wonderful to realize I am not alone."
"Thank you for this...just what I needed to read in these moments of finding the essence of my true self. The last 2 years have been a quest of deep inner work and healing, a time of remembering who I am and was before I changed to please others and fit in with others."
"I am moved by these words of sensitivity and compassion. I am just a baby in the womb of life. Content to learn from those who have gone before me. And if you do not mind I would be grateful if you would allow me to be a student of wisdom. Holy cow. What incredible writing skills! Thank you!!!!"
"I love this piece, and the Sue Monk Kidd quote you included, Kristen. Thank you for reminding us of the sacredness of process."
"How Wonderful Deep Truth! This brings me back to all the wonderful memories being in circle with women! My soul feels nourished!"
"Such wise and beautiful words. I so often miss being in that place of silent listening, talking and witnessing in a women's group; and feeling the cosmic 'glue' that binds us together with our shared experiences. Respect to all my dear women friends through the years who I have been honoured to share with."
"I love, love, love this... Nothing like women empowering one another."
"Absolutely stunning post…. Overflowing with wisdom and empowerment. Thank you, Kristen."
"This is really beautiful. You have captured life’s transition in beautiful words. Realizing how names and titles define us and if we separate ourselves from them, we are left with simply ‘self’."
~ Lisa T.
"Kristen, Thank you for this beautiful post. I am at a point in my journey where I am questioning my own identity. Right now it is all defined by people and things outside myself. I am slowly realizing that my mission is to heal, however that manifests itself. So far that identity, My identity, hasn’t completely revealed itself and I am becoming more unsatisfied with how I currently define myself. It’s time! Although extremely difficult, it’s time!"
"This is absolutely beautiful, Kristen, and it resonates deeply with me!!! I just recently left a really prestigious university and a job I LOVED to follow the movement within me to be more present to my children. People “get” that, it seems like an acceptable reason, even if folks would judge it – it’s still ‘valid.’ But there are so many more reasons for leaving — all have to do with tending to my soul, no longer denying the movement within me to take this risk, and opening to the unknown – knowing I’ll be held. So beautiful. My words about this experience are still swimming and stirring in me. It is beautiful to read your words reflecting – giving “form” to what is swimming in me."
~ Lisa M.
"This is just lovely! I felt like I was reading a work of art. It reads like poetry, or musical lyrics. Thank you Kristen. And I also see myself transforming as I grow and change. I think this is inevitable if we want more out of life."
"This so speaks to me... in that it's in the letting go of that 'title' that defines...that who we are can be revealed. It's only a 'name'. Beautiful!!!"
"Beautiful, beautiful writing Kristen. I love your voice and your deep reverence to the divine."
"Beautiful indeed! Poignant, honest, open, vulnerable, strong... Thank you for taking us on the journey of remembering Love - embracing and living the totality of life... Beautifully written..."
"The words that spill out on this page are touching, moving, and shall I say... spiritual. Love the sentiment, it echos much that is in my heart. If only I had the gift of words to put forth what is in my heart as eloquently as you have."
"This touches me where I live. I am crying salty tears in deepest gratitude for these words. Thank you."
"I have been lying awake for hours thinking about the changes happening in my life, it's not easy making decisions for me that fear of letting go...I opened my site to see your message...once again so relevant and helpful and understanding thank you...I can now close my eyes and go to sleep because I now know things will work out and I will be ok and tomorrow is going to be a good day!!"
"Thank you, I really needed this. I am retiring from my career as a Bone Marrow Transplant nurse next Friday. While I am excited about this transition, I am feeling all the emotions mentioned above."
"I love this. I feel exactly in that space right now. Love and Blessings for the New Year Kristen."
"Perfect words. Perfect timing. Thank you."
"This is beautiful in words and in picture. I feel deeply drawn into this wisdom."
"Wonderful words, that speak about what is in my soul and heart right now. My son is 3 years old and I still can feel the identity loss and grief... THANK you for these words... [they're] giving me a mirror for my feelings on this journey of motherhood!"
"Ten thousand amens. THIS is real. Truthful words, beauty words... Let's never stop telling our true stories. That's where our healing can enter!"
"You are a source of so much validation... thank you."
"This is very profound and touched me deep within my soul. Thank you for sharing."
"This has been written just for me...."
"I love your reflections... They help me grow immensely."
"I love this, a soothing truth..for those times that we are alone, as a blank canvas, stripped of all we thought we "knew" just...new. beautiful!"
"So it is..! You write it so beautifully perfect. And in perfekt sync. Thank you."
"I feel so elated... when i see or read someone having my same truth and path. Thank you for being so articulate."
"Eloquence and Truth. The journey is not so scary when we know it is walked by others. Thank you Kristen."
"Want to extend a sincere thank-you for the work that brought you to these words... because,with NO sounding board, no "me too" from the world this process could be well, blinding rather than enlightening, frightening rather than exciting. CURRENTLY I am living this process word for word... and wow! the unveiling has been difficult but so very rewarding!!"
"Oh my gosh, this so resonates for me. I've kinda dropped off the face of the earth. I've disappeared from everything and just about everybody, but never saw it as cocooning in this way. I know that all my energy is needed for the shift that is going on and that I will come out the other side. I was starting to feel like a recluse but not for the right reasons... this helps me shed new light on this time in my life. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
"Thank you Kristen Roderick for your piercing words that soothe the aching wound of forgetfulness, and gift the reader with medicine of remembrance."
"This is the truth our soul searches for, undefined beauty that is forever moving us, from this place to the next level, to remain on our journey. I read this at least four times, love."
"WOW. I am speechless. This is such a beautiful truth and one I deeply relate to as I move into my 57th year tomorrow. Thank you for this beautiful share."
"This beautifully describes how it feels to me transitioning into Elderhood. I did not know what to expect as I reached this age... but I find it deliciously grounded here. Like I know this place. No longer in the center. No longer holding the torch. Simply, with calm stability, holding the circle for others."
"This really resonates with me - both personally and professionally - experiencing having to be patient in both areas of my life. Walking the talk is invaluable and necessary."
"What an incredible article. It applies not just to those who decide to become self-employed, but to anyone who decides to live a spirit-based life... It is worth a slow, digesting read because this concept of waiting and patience for ourselves and everything around us is such a huge part of any kind of growth."
~ Kim W.