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Education & Certification


Additional Training



  • Seeker, 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 Director - 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, where my spiritual connection with trees and nature began. In 1961, a few days before my seventh birthday, we moved to the United States. My first American friends were actually trees. 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 how she "lost" me. My birth mother had named me Carmen Sylvia, “guardian tree”. She passed away nine months after I found her. A few years later, I lost my friend and mentor to suicide and became the President of the advertising agency he founded. My refuge, during this difficult time, was our little home on 40 acres of land.

The morning after 9/11/2001, I felt compelled 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" meant, I dove into its origins and realized that it was our innate connection with nature.

In 2007, I left my career to pursue a path of reconnection on a personal and collective level. I began to write as a way to organize my thoughts. 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 artist 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 is 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.





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