Education & Certification
BSW - Bachelor of Social Work - UW Eau Claire
BA - Communication Arts - UW Green Bay
Reiki Master - Donna Marie Levy
Tupaq (Adolfo) Ttito Kuntur - Andean Altomisayoq (Wisdomkeeper)
Khuya Mesa insights and initiation
Hampi Mesa insights and initiation
Kanchaq Mesa insights and initiation
Andean cosmology of the Monqos Wasi (Energy Body)
Jose Luis Herrera - Andean Maestro
The Andean Mesa
Teri Nehring - Living Inner Happiness
Kintu Mesa & Despacho Ceremony
Robert Moss - Historian & Author
Isla Burgess - Herbal Medicine Educator/Practitioner
Plant Person Relationship
Author, artist, storyteller - Seven Earthly Virtues
Faculty Member - Hawthorn Institute
Partner - True Nature Healing Arts Center
President/Creative Director - Infusion Inc. & Goltz-Seering
Creative Director - Goltz & Associates
VP Creative Director - Media Management Inc.
Art Director - UpCom Creative
Exec. Dir. Planned Parenthood - Kewaunee County
Family & Marriage Therapist - Kewaunee County
Developmental Disabilities Counselor/Coordinator - Kewaunee County
VISTA/Community Organizer - Decatur, Illinois
Organizer - B-local (Protecting a historic site from Walmart)
Vice President - NEW Arts Council
Vice President - Downtown Green Bay Inc.
Graduate - Leadership Green Bay
Volunteer - On Broadway Inc. - Historic Downtown Preservation
President - Wisconsin Ballet Theater
Volunteer - SAVE - Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Member - Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Volunteer - Decatur Planned Parenthood
Volunteer - Eau Claire Free Clinic
Laural Virtues Wauters
Author, artist, facilitator and storyteller.
By exploring the roots of our personal and collective stories, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world. When we see ourselves as the creators of our reality we become active participants in the co-creation of our world.
Bio: I was born in Frankfurt Germany and adopted by Americans working for the CIA in post WWII Europe. It was here, at the age of six, that I began sensing that trees had spirits. My first encounter occurred in Holzhausen Park near our home. Holzhausen was originally a country estate built it in the 1400s, it was filled with old oaks, ash, maple, beech and chestnut trees. As I walked among the trees I sensed someone watching me. I looked to my left and saw a woman standing within the trunk of an old tree. In the days and weeks ahead this “tree spirit”, which is what I came to call her, appeared to me several more times. Each time was an entirely different experience, yet I could sense her speaking to my soul. During one of these encounters she revealed my life purpose, “to help people understand each other better.” Soon after this revelation my father told us we were moving to the United States. Immediately after we settled into our new Midwestern home I began searching for her, hoping she had followed me across the ocean. I stood before every old tree and opened my heart, praying for her to reveal herself, but she didn’t. Eventually these new trees became my first American friends. The cedars/arborvitaes were sweet and protective; the weeping willows were mothering, while the oaks, elms and ash felt like grandparents encouraging me to crawl into their embrace.
Growing up in the 60's & 70's, transformed my "calling" into activism. I became an advocate for equal rights, women’s rights, civil rights and the rights of the disabled. After college, I joined VISTA (Volunteer's In Service To America) where I worked as a community organizer for underprivileged children and teens. After VISTA I became a developmental disabilities coordinator and family and marriage counselor. I provided emergency intervention services for people struggling with mental illness, abuse or addiction. In the 80's, I lost both of my adoptive parents, got married, had a child and changed my career path to communication arts. In 1994 a door opened that reunited me with my birth mother Karin. I soon learned the truth of how I came to be in this world and that my birth name was Carmen Sylvia, meaning “guardian tree.” My birth mother passed away within nine months of me finding her. A few years later I became the President of a 42-person advertising agency after the sudden suicide of my friend and mentor. My refuge was 40 acres of woodlands and prairie in the Wisconsin countryside. I was here that we raised our son as caretakers of the land.
The morning after 9/11/2001, the tree spirit of my childhood appeared to me once again. I now sensed the urgency to work with her as the Tree of Life. I felt electrified as I imagined untangling the shared roots of world belief to heal the fear and separation that surrounded us. I immersed myself in researching the origins of belief and world religion from 40,000 BCE to present day within each continent. I was fascinated to learn that all beliefs were originally inspired by mankind’s interpretation of the natural world. This led me into the teachings of the Kabbalah and the Biblical Tree of Life. The ancient story of the Tree of Life versus the Tree of Knowledge represents the internal and archetypal struggle of “finding ourselves”. This process, also called individuation, occurs when the psyche creates the illusion of separation between its earthly mind and spiritual essence. Eventually the mind seeks to understand its spiritual essence and begins the journey of reconnection. This desire to feel whole has inspired multiple stories that are often intertwined with trees. Carl Jung saw trees as the archetype of the human psyche as he pioneered how archetypes are held in the collective unconscious. This helped me to understand trees in a new and more meaningful way. He also saw the circle as the archetype of wholeness, which caused me to seek a new path for my life.
In 2007, I left my career and traveled back to Germany to reconnect with my birthplace and the tree spirit of my childhood. I also visited the Smokey Mountains in hopes of reconnecting with my father's colonial Scotch/Irish and English heritage. As a way to heal myself and my ancestral wounds I began to write The Guardian Tree - the true story of Carmen Sylvia. To help me go deeper I embraced the healing art of mandalas and indigenous energy medicine. This led to the creation of Mandala Chakra - Awaken the One With. Ten years later I moved to the Pacific Northwest, with my husband of 40 years Paul Wauters, to live near our son and his family. This new chapter in my life has blessed me with the joy of becoming a Grandmother. Inspired by the magnificent trees that surround me, I wrote Tree Spirit Tarot - Return to the Garden of our Soul. It is my dream to inspire others to understand and heal their personal stories as we reconnect to our true nature.
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