Gretchen has been in the helping and healing profession for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University in Human Development & Family Studies (1994) which led her to work in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as advocate for children and families in many different settings. She completed her graduate degree at Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy (2005) which led her to found The Art Therapy Department at The Denver Hospice as well as become a Reiki practitioner. She now practices Reiki full-time at Winged Heart Rooted Spirit ~ Hands on Healing which is nestled in the Sacred Path Healing Center in Boulder, CO. In all of these varying places, Gretchen has sat in and led many circles and ceremonies. She believes the connection that circles bring to our lives is tremendous.
Gretchen Pangilinan feels strongly about Mother Earth and our deep connection to Her. Gretchen finds Reiki to be a conduit for bringing healing to herself, those around her and the Earth. A part of her lineage is Ireland allowing her to reach deep into herself to feel a strong, rooted connection to the Celtic traditions. Her passion for and trust in the practice of Reiki as well as the honoring of Mother Earth weave together so effortlessly, that bringing this way of being into others’ lives through the Celtic holidays and Reiki Attunements seems to be the only logical next step. Traversing this year-long ceremony and circling together feels like a cracking open of her heart, a deep belly breath, and a huge honoring.
Intuitive Reiki Practitioner and Teacher
Tekla Ayers has been a teacher her whole life, coming from a long line of teachers. She has held space as a teacher starting as a middle and high school science teacher, and an environmental educator for the first decade of her career. Giving birth to her daughter in 2011 brought her to teaching in a different way, as a yoga teacher and birth and postpartum doula. During these years she also started holding space in Circle, as she organized women’s healing circles.
Tekla has had a strong spiritual connection to Mother Earth her whole life growing up in Tucson, playing in the desert and climbing mesquite trees, learning about many traditions of the local Native American people who lived on the land before her White Ancestors stole their land. She continued to connect with the traditions and philosophy of Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture in graduate school, and for 5 years led women’s circles that honored the 5 seasons and our connection to Earth Energy. She has been leading Reiki Shares and building that community for the past 2.5 years, and has been teaching Reiki classes regularly since 2016. She loves the Reiki community she has been growing, and sees the importance of connecting IN PERSON, IN CIRCLE- and, what she has learned from leading weekly circles on zoom during the pandemic is that YES, we can still connect in in a virtual circle, which is what our year-long program will be.