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Education & Certification

BSW - Bachelor of Social Work - UW Eau Claire 

BA - Communication Arts - UW Green Bay

Energy Medicine Practitioner - The Four Winds

Mandala Facilitator - Dr. Judith Cornell/Rajita Sivananda

Reiki Master - Donna Marie Levy  

 

Additional Training

Tupaq (Adolfo) Ttito Kuntur - Andean Altomisayoq (Wisdomkeeper)    

Ana Larramendi - The Hollow Bone 

Teri Nehring - Living Inner Happiness

Betsy Bergstrom - Spirit-Wise - Practitioner/Teacher

Sandra Ingerman - Practitioner/Author   

 

Experience 

Storyteller, Writer, Artist - Laural V Wauters

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

Community/Volunteer Involvement 

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

Board Member - Task Force Against Domestic Violence

Volunteer - Decatur Planned Parenthood

Volunteer - Eau Claire Free Clinic

Laural Virtues Wauters

Writer, artist, seeker, storyteller and grandmother.

 

By exploring the roots of our personal and collective stories, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. 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 as an infant. Since I was a child I have felt a spiritual connection with trees. In 1961 we moved to the United States, just days before my seventh birthday. After we settled in the Midwest, it became apparent that trees would become my first American friends. The cedars/arborvitaes were sweet and protective; the weeping willows were mothering, while the oaks, box elders and ash felt like grandparents encouraging me to crawl into their embrace. 

 

Growing up in the 60's & 70's, 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 was the developmental disabilities coordinator/counselor for Kewaunee County, WI. 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 the 90's I was reunited with my birth mother, who told me the story of how I came into this world and that I had been forcibly taken from her. My birth mother named me Carmen Sylvia, which meant “guardian tree”. She passed away nine months after I found her. A few years later, after the sudden suicide of my friend and mentor, I became the President of a 42-person advertising agency. My refuge, during this difficult time, was the 40 acres of land that we lived on and shared with plants, trees and wildlife. 

The morning after 9/11/2001, I was inspired to understand the shared roots of world belief. I began researching the origins of belief and world religion from 40,000 BCE to present day within each continent. This led me into the story of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge to better understand what "knowledge" actually meant. As I dove into its origins, I realized that this knowledge was based in nature and our disconnection from it.

In 2007, I left my career to pursue a path of reconnection on a personal and collective level. I began writing as a way to organize my thoughts as this journey unfolded. This inspired me to write my autobiography The Guardian Tree - the true story of Carmen Sylvia and Mandala Chakra - Awaken the One Within.

 

Ten years later I moved to the Pacific Northwest, with my artistic husband of 40 years, Paul Wauters, to live near our son and his family. This new chapter has blessed me with the joy of becoming a Grandmother. It was here, among the redwoods, Doug fir and madrone that I created Tree Spirit Tarot - Return to the Garden. Recently, I began collaborating with Lanvi T. Nguyen on a series of children's books, based on the Everlasting Forest. 

It is my dream to inspire and empower others to reconnect with nature and each other.

 

Weblogs:

      www.treespiritwisdom.com

      www.mandalachakra.com

      www.everlasting-forest.com

Books: 

     Everlasting Forest - A Worldly Adventure

      Tree Spirit Tarot - Return to the Garden

      Mandala Chakra - Awaken the One Within

For more information contact. lauralwauters@gmail.com