Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow! Grow!”
~ Talmud

 

Testimonials

I have worked with Melissa Layer for many years. She has trained with me; serves as a member of my Wisdom Council; and provides facilitation of participant discussion and spiritual direction in live and online retreats. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking open-hearted soul care and deep presence, as well as a toolbox of many creative and contemplative practices.

~ Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACEwww.AbbeyoftheArts.com

Working with Melissa has become a vital part of my personal wellness. Melissa approaches her work with a realness and sensitivity that I find incredibly refreshing and nourishing. As a busy helping professional and educator, I thirst to be ministered to in my life and Melissa’s services provide a bountiful well. Melissa’s warmth and candor, combined with her stellar training in archetypes and transpersonal psychology, serves me beautifully. Her sensitivity to multicultural responsiveness and social justice leads me to believe that many individuals from a diversity of backgrounds would draw benefit from her services.

I am currently in a spiritual direction relationship (via monthly Skype sessions) with Melissa Layer and find it to be an extremely important piece of my spiritual journey and my work as a minister in full time parish ministry. I find Melissa’s approach unique; she begins and ends each session with a prayer or poem that she has carefully chosen for me. She is not afraid to offer suggestions and challenges, and at times has suggested homework. She brings art, music, and creation into the conversation. She listens attentively to my reflections and keeps notes that help me track my sessions. Melissa is an effective guide for individuals interested in exploring the spiritual journey as a holistic adventure.

~ Rev. E.B., California

Melissa brings a sensitivity to her work of meeting the person right where they are with compassion, insight, intuition, wisdom – and, dare I say, – love. She embodies what it truly means to be present for another person as a companion and guide in the mystery of life.

~ M.G., Hospice Social Worker/Grief Counselor, California

Melissa is intuitive, perceptive and spontaneous. Her expertise, professional excellence and dedication to her clients are obvious.

~ C.P., Hospice Chaplain, Washington