Anne-Marie’s work is inspired by her ancestral research in her Irish Celtic and Finnish Sámi (indigenous Finno-Ugric) roots which shows up in all of her writing. She draws from her work as a death doula, a nurse assistant, meditation instructor, Reiki Master Teacher and mother of three. She lives in the Northeast Kindgom of Vermont where she practices magic, community deathcare, trains her Siberian Husky and delights in her family’s love.

Image of Anne-Marie. Long blond hair, blue eyes, light skin.

After two decades of professional event coordination for weddings, fashion shows, concerts, festivals and conferences, Anne-Marie halted everything to work with the elderly. Propelled by her work with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and her love of an elderly homeless man, she became a Hospice volunteer in 2013. She continued her path of care as a licensed nurse assistant from 2013-2016 and worked with the elderly in residential care and as a private duty nurse. She was the only full time over-night “nurse” and cared for a home of 12 elderly residents. During this time she was also the director of Meals on Wheels in the capitol of Vermont and studied community herbalism.

Anne-Marie is a published author,  Reiki Master Teacher, meditation and basic goodness instructor and has 12 years training in Shambhala Buddhist teachings. For more than a decade she has worked with children and teens (ages 3-18) as a teacher at Karmê Chöling Meditation Center and co-led week long over night teen retreats. She has completed Level I Dying With Confidence training in Phowa with Anyen Rinpoche, completed “This Sacred Journey: Living Purposefully and Dying Fearlessly” with Pema Chodron and is nearing certification for becoming a Feeding Your Demons facilitator with Lama Tsultrim Allione where her focus has been on opening conversations with death. Anne-Marie has passed the National Home Funeral Alliance Proficiency test, is a Life-Cycle Funeral Celebrant and is currently in school for Funeral Director Certificate in the state of Vermont. 

Become A Village Deathcare Citizen

By leaning into, examining and eventually learning about our shadows– the parts of us that hold us back– we can begin to transform our pains and fears into beneficial aspects of our being. It takes a great willingness to engage in conversation with what scares us, causes jealousy, anger or sadness. In a safe environment, with steady support, you’ll find that you have all the tools needed to engage in conversation with your shadows and live a more fulfilling and loving life.

Based on Tibetan Buddhist practice Chöd, as originally created by the eleventh-century female Tibetan teacher, Machig Labdrön, Feeding Your Demons® is a five-step process that guides the practitioner to transform their demons into protective allies. Anne-Marie is a life-long meditator, meditation instructor and certified facilitator of Feeding Your Demons®.

To book, first inquire if this type of shadow work is right for you by contacting Anne-Marie. She is available for in-person outdoor sessions in her home garden or via Zoom. Initial sessions will take approximately 1.5 hours. Subsequent sessions usually take one hour total. Inquire about price options and fair exchange.

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