“The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.” 
—Terry Tempest Williams, American author, conservationist, and activist

 
 
 Charlene Ray

Charlene Ray

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew the trees and animals were teachers. It was almost like they had a special connection with God that humans couldnt quite achieve. The realization that I could communicate with these beings came quite early and then got tucked away for safe keeping.

My father died when I was 13, leaving a gaping hole in my heart. I decided then that I would either be a Pastor or a Social Worker, so that I could help other young people experiencing pain. I loved the school environment, so I set out on a path to become a school social worker.

I graduated with a MSW from the University of Illinois in 1985. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and have been in practice as a therapist, mentor and guide for 33 years.

Moving to Whidbey Island in 1992 was life changing and reopened my earliest connections with the natural world. I met one of my spiritual teachers, the late Janine Ellison, who guided and mentored me on the path to becoming a shamanic practitioner. I have studied with many teachers and learned many tools and techniques along the way, from traditional psychotherapeutic techniques to alternative methods. I have studied Alchemical Healing, guided imagery, voice dialogue, Mindfulness-based Therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, Nature-based soul work and vision quest work.

 

I blend all of these traditions and techniques together, along with my intuitive and Spirit-led work, to create an individualized and powerful experience for each client.

Along the way, I was called again to the ministry to serve the dying and the grieving. I was also called to minister to the living, at points of transition and celebration, such as births, weddings, blessings, memorials and rites of passage. For the past 15 years, I have led Passage groups for youth, and since 2010, have led Vision Quests for youth and adults. I am an Interfaith Minister; I graduated in 2014 from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.

I love life and enjoy spending time in Nature, reading, traveling to Ireland, writing, cooking, walking, listening to my beloved partner, Quinn, playing acoustic guitar, hanging out with my amazing son, Evan, connecting with friends, and relaxing with my cats and dog. I love living on this gorgeous island and being a part of this wonderful community.

My mission is LOVE. I am here to listen to each individual story with an open heart, to love with a mountain heart, to serve those who are in need of compassion, and always—on a daily basis—remember why I am here on this beautiful earth.

I find joy in expressing gratitude for my life and feel humbled and honored to do this wonderful work that I am called to do.

Blessings and love! 

Charlene Ray