My conscious spiritual journey began on my 21st birthday when I was high up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where I was a student at the University of Colorado. I had driven up to the Continental Divide, stepped out of my car and sat on a rock overlooking the mountains. Suddenly I found myself crying out: “What is the meaning of life and what is my purpose for this lifetime?” Asking those two questions started me on a spiritual journey that continues to this day.
My faith tradition is Christianity though in college I took Philosophy of Religion classes in which I was introduced to the concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. I was searching for the threads that connect these major world religions and found the answers in the esoteric teachings of each of them.
My on-going spiritual search eventually led me to the two-year program at the Pebble Hill School of Sacred Ministries in Doylestown, PA . I was ordained in December 2002 as an Interfaith Minister. Studying the major world religions at a deeper level, in addition to all the other “-ism’s” that were included in the program, helped me see the universal connections that we all share as spiritual beings having a human experience.
Additionally, I am a nationally and internationally recognized seed bead artist and I love to teach classes around the United States and in other countries as well. I have made eight trips to Kenya to work with women from the Maasai and Samburu tribes, helping them empower themselves through their bead-work and helping them develop products for export.
Beading has been the vehicle that has allowed me to access my own sacred center and has been the main constant in my life for over 45 years. I have written many articles for beading magazines and have had my bead-art featured in numerous books and periodicals. My own book Beading – The Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork – was published by SkyLight Paths in 2009.
I have been married to my artist husband David Ellsworth since 1980. We have run the Ellsworth School of Woodturning since 1990 in Bucks County, PA and will be relocating to the Asheville, NC area in 2017. We spend time each year in the beautiful Rocky Mountains to recharge our spiritual batteries and listen to the ‘Song’ of the mountains.
I truly look forward to hearing from you and working with you to co-create the perfect ceremony for your needs.
“This world is like a mountain. Your echo depends on you. Change your heart to change the world.” Rumi