amazing women UNITE …


Another amazing workshop with amazing women, check aaaand CHECK. Everything about it was magical and perfect. It started with a coyote siting on our drive into the park. Then, we found a jackrabbit hanging out in our meeting spot, keeping it warm and extra natury until we arrived. Then, at the tail end of our hike, we came over this little hill to a man playing guitar in the desert. And I haven’t even gotten to everything in between and after!!! So let me do that …

Jordan led us through a powerful body awareness walking meditation halfway through the hike. Afterward, we all paused for a moment and reflected on our physical and mental sensations. We all talked and caught up and got to know each other throughout the rest of the hike. Upon returning to our meeting place, we worked on a self love handout created by Jordan and I to dig a bit deeper into how we love ourselves. I was so grateful for everyone’s willingness to be open and to share bits of themselves, and to witness these bad ass ladies support each other. We all held space for one another. They created a safe space for me to guide them and not be scared doing so ;) And everyone created a safe judgement-free space to speak our truths, to be our authentic selves, to connect to something bigger than this physical world …

Jordan and I were so incredibly honored to guide these 4 beautiful, empowered and confident ladies. Wow. Just WOW.


BREATH feels better in nature …

The workshop on Breath actually happened over a week ago, however, I left town for a primal skills gathering (blog post to come soon, cause that was AWESOME as well) the following day and didn’t get a chance to post about this workshop.

We had a longer than expected desert adventure at Piestewa Peak, as we got sucked into some sort of mountain vortex. A small part of me was freaking out as I had led these ladies astray. But they were unphased and quite content with being together and catching up on life and soaking in the sunshine and breathing in nature. Yay!!

It truly was a beautiful hike as we found ourselves in the center of the mountains. It is rare to hike in the middle of Phoenix and not be looking out across the urban sprawl as you climb. Here, for a pretty lengthy stretch, it was different. No city in sight, no traffic sounds (probably planes flying overhead but I was too focused on getting us back to our cars safely to even notice!). It was pretty freaking gorgeous and a lovely retreat from the busyness. Just don’t ask me how we got in there ;)

We all worked together to balance and support each other through breath and love. It was so amazing to facilitate this workshop and to be a part of it as well. These ladies help me to learn and grow and remember to BREATHE. Thank you.

[chain] link HEARTS …

I’ve been here in Phoenix for almost one month already. I KNOOOOOW, I can’t believe it eitheeeeer!

I’m opening up here. I take yoga regularly, and it feels different. It’s emotionally more challenging. In class today, the teacher had us holding poses longer, which helps to open the body and to feel what’s happening in there. And I had to come out of some of them sooner than the teacher guided us to. It was like my heart needed a break. I felt like I couldn’t keep going “there” … this was a beautifully interesting realization. My heart is more open here and therefore, yoga is proving more intense for me. I wanted to embrace this newfound openness, and so I came home and asked my friend, Jordan, for a hug. She’s a great warm and fuzzy hugger with lots of loving energy, so not surprisingly, tears started to well up in my eye balls. As us humans do, she asked what was wrong. “Nothing really.” I just needed some love and support cause being opened up is a tough place to be without love and support. As our hearts linked in that warm and fuzzy embrace, we could feel our hearts beating together (mine overpowering both 😉). Man, hugs are important. They literally link our heart energy and spread loads of love. I need to remember this more …

self love for SELF …

Last Sunday’s workshop on Self Love was all about Jordan and myself self loving ourselves (Austin Powers anyone). We guided each other through an amazingly powerful and heart-opening adventure. It was exactly as the Universe intended it to be, and I’m extremely (like really extremely) grateful. We meditated; breathed together; shared a piece of ourselves; hiked a fairly gentle mountain; learned from each other; brainstormed; explored our deepest selves with the support of one another … and then decided to change the workshop on “Change” (25 February 2018) to another “Self Love” workshop. I feel guided to make this change. And, well, change happens. All. The. Time.

So please join us as we connect through the power of loving ourselves and sending that love out to the world!

SELF LOVE | 25 February 2018 | Piestewa Peak Phoenix AZ | 9-11am | moderate difficulty |


workshop03 | BREATH


  • Interested in reducing stress and finding balance in your life?
  • Connecting with yourself and others?
  • Getting a great morning workout in nature?

Please join us as we focus our attention on our BREATH … our connection between the conscious and the subconscious. Our life force. Yet so many of us forget that we are even doing it and how very important it is to our existence. So, let’s breathe deep together!!!

Comment with any questions and/or check out First Light Wellness for all the details!

And remember to breathe ;)

from a higher PERSPECTIVE …

“What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.”

My first desert mindfulness hike was a wonderful success … I mean, look at these smiles :) The day was perfect. The people were perfect. I am so grateful to Jordan and Cathie and the universe and the earth and the sunshine and … OK, I could go on forever as there is a lot that got me to this place …

There are a few more workshops left on my snow-birding adventure here in Arizona. Visit First Light Wellness for all the fun details!

XO Dawn

workshop02 | SELF-LOVE


HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!!!! What better way to start the New Year than with some Self-Lovin’! Please join me for workshop #2 in 3 weeks…

I definitely had to remind myself, and be reminded, to take care of ME during the past month. Working in retail during the holidays is crazy; moving to AZ for 3 months requires a slight bit of preparation; making time to see everyone I love before I leave … all while feeling exhausted and under the weather.

Taking more time to care for ourselves will make all of our seemingly stressful lives soooo much easier and more enjoyable. So, how about you care for YOU and come meditate and hike with me on the 21st?!?!?! XO

SELF-LOVE sign up

workshop01 | PERSPECTIVE


I’m so excited to be facilitating mindful hiking workshops in the desert of Phoenix, AZ in the oh-so-near future! Please join us for the 1st workshop on Saturday January 13th at South Mountain.

Check out the other workshop dates and themes – you are welcome for one or all ;) And all include a complimentary handmade gift!!!

Please shoot me a message with any questions or comments. XO Dawn

MINDFUL hiking workshops …


Figured I’d share this on my blog as well cause you never know what other Arizonans follow my blog or will find this post, riiiiight!?!? I’m looking forward to guiding desert dwellers through a healing meditation and small group hike. And looking forward to being a desert dweller myself … again ;)

My website has a brief explanation of each theme and a shop for you to sign up. If you have any individual questions, please reach out as I’d love to hear from you!

See you on the trails! XO

mindfulness leads to CHANGE …

Every move I make, no matter how slight, comes with excruciating pain (like moving my arm 1/4″ to get to the letter u on my iPad keyboard to type the word excruciating. And no, I’m not exaggerating.). My right shoulder. Ouch doesn’t quite cut it. If I actually allowed myself this, I would be emitting a heart-wrenching  scream at every move. Instead, I squish my face up tight, then remember to stand up straight, release the tension in my face and breathe breathe BREATHE. Breathe into the pain in order to be able to move my arm a teeny tiny bit. Then take another deep breath and move it a tiny bit more. This is how it goes to pull up my underwear and shorts after going to the bathroom. Talk about being mindful. I’ve never spent that much time in the bathroom…ok, fine, but my focus was on something very different. Sometimes, I watch myself in the mirror because it gives me more strength, and sometimes I cry from the intense pain and from literally facing myself as I work through it.

So, now for the background story. My right shoulder has had limited mobility for give or take 10 years now. That was a long time ago, plus I don’t remember much from a long time ago, so I’m not sure if anything obvious caused this initial discomfort in my shoulder. I lifted weights a lot back then, and I ignored a lot back then. So any pain I may have caused myself (physical and/or emotional) that landed itself in my right shoulder, I ignored. For give or take 8 of those years, I continued to lift weights hard, practice yoga, throw my niece in the air, do anything I needed to do, regardless of the fact that these things often irritated and inflamed my shoulder. But dealing with whatever was going on in there seemed far too daunting. A couple of years ago, I did a year of acupuncture for emotional healing and a couple of times, I had my acupuncturist work on that shoulder, because it was extra irritated for whatever reason at that moment. This was when I started to make more of a mind-body connection to this long time issue of mine. I hate using the word issue in my vocabulary these days, but I’m going to roll with it here as that’s what it was to me 2 years ago.

Life went on, I continued to do all of those things that irritated my shoulder, once again, seemingly ignoring it. Although with a small tinge of something else telling me there is more to this. In the past 2 months is when a bright ass lightbulb popped out of my head along with a thought bubble saying it’s time to deal with this shit you’ve been storing in your shoulder for 10ish years!!!! (Using “-ish” somehow takes away from the strength of this statement.) I was participating in the Deepak Chopra/Oprah 21-day meditation on “Getting Unstuck,” which is when I made the connection to the various areas of stuckness in my physical body. Ohhhh, so those stuck areas are holding me back from moving forward in life too?!?!? It’s not just the more obvious emotional and mental areas?!?!? Hmmmm. And if I shift this stuckness in my physical body that could totally aid in shifting some stuckness in my emotional as well!!! Epiphany, say whaaaa! Or as us spiritual peeps call it…intuition.

I decided I’d start seeing someone for Reiki on a weekly basis to shift this negative painful energy and be free of it once and for all. I knew this wouldn’t be quite as easy as that sentence made it seem, but I was ready to go there. A week ago, I found out that the yoga studio I frequent (well not right now, obviously) has Reiki practitioners I can work with. Perfect. Then, I got busy with work and life (i.e. excuses) and put off making an appointment for a few more days. Not. A. Good. Idea. Friday, I woke up unable to move my right arm unless of course, I wanted to feel sharp stabbing pain throughout my shoulder. Apparently, I waited one day too long and my body said fuck you, enough already. I’ll show you, Dawn. If you don’t take care of me, I’m going to stop working for you. Oddly, my arm felt like it was just hanging there, like it wasn’t even a part of me anymore. My friend Lauren and I joked that it was trying to run away. Shit, I would too.

Well, I listened. I had no choice. I booked a massage for that day and emailed the yoga studio to book a Reiki session for early in the week. As I was wincing to get dressed for my massage, I was thinking this is such a waste of painful energy to get dressed, then have to get undressed and dressed again afterward. But driving naked is apparently frowned upon, and I don’t own a bathrobe or a trench coat. Looking back on this now, why the hell did I put a sports bra (or any bra!) on to drive to my massage? The pain did overpower some of my brain cells. For reals. I haven’t been thinking clearly or quickly for the past few days. My mind is very much focused on healing my pain and not so much on the everyday routine I call life.

I have been forced to slooooooow down. Every movement I make is mindful and precious. I took for granted needing my limbs to dress myself or wash my hair or pour a glass of water or drive my car [safely] or type this blog post. I am having to utilize my left arm to help with all those things … well, and everything pretty much. Ambidextrousness (and yes, this is actually a word), here I come! I still can’t move the top half of my arm so I just have the bottom half to use and even that is awkward cause it’s kind of connected to the top half. When I am healed of this, I’m going to give gratitude every day for having 2 working arms by high-fiving everyone I see!!! You just wait.

 “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”   – Socrates