You will journey into your Sacred Garden, a place in nature—a place of healing and personal power. A place where all the elements are alive: the plants, animals, stones, and whales and dolphins. As such, you are able to interact with them in whatever way feels right. They may respond nonverbally, able to sense their communication but not necessarily hear them.

While in your Sacred Garden, you will use your imagination to create the garden to your desire. If you want a bed of tulips, you can imagine them and they will appear. Same for a field of sunflowers or a majestic waterfall or a bridge crossing a wide stream. Perhaps you want a cabin in the woods with a wide front porch surrounded by animals.

I first learned about the Sacred Garden during a shamanic energy medicine course taught by Dr. Hank Wesselman. Each day we journeyed to our garden. On the first day of class, my garden was quite barren with little vibrancy. On day five of the program, my garden was quite different, as so was I. It was greener, more flowers, streams of water, a beautiful bridge crossing a wide stream, a house with comfortable chairs for me to rest. As my inner world changed throughout the course so did my garden. And as my garden changed so did my outer world. It was if everything in my garden was some aspect of myself or my life experiences. By changing the symbols within my inner world, something was shifting in my outer world. I felt more at peace with myself—more in flow with life.

By journeying to your Sacred Garden regularly, you will build your personal power by placing your focused attention on the desired objects within your garden. Remember that energy flows where your attention goes, thus with time, it will have the power to attract that experience/desire into your outer life.

In the case of a disease or illness, you can create an antidote for your illness in your garden and put focused attention there regularly. Hold the faith long enough for the magic to transpire.

Length: 10:02

Introduction & Journey to Your Secret Garden



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    About the Instructors 

    Paula Petry, PhD 

    Paula Petry, PhD is an author, presenter, and healing arts practitioner whose life has been shaped and transformed by both her daughter Alexandra’s birth with a severe disability and her death. In lieu of accepting the fate prescribed by physicians, she chose to pave a new path for not only her daughter, but for herself and many others.  Paula formed what is now one of the leading parent advocacy organizations in the country, and brought her passion for family-centered care services to her 12-year faculty position at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. 


    A spiritual awakening in 2007 led her into her extensive studies of energy medicine, sound healing, mindfulness, and somatic therapies. She finds purpose and meaning in helping others understand their innate power to transform their own lives and the lives of others. She does this through retreats, workshops, and private consultations. She specializes in grief and loss and other types of trauma. Paula currently lives in Cooperstown, New York and is one of the owners of the Light of Heart Sanctuary in Sharon Springs, NY.

    Paula Petry, PhD, provides workshops, retreats, and presentations and works with people individually to connect them with their Divine Design, opening up new pathways toward wholeness, health, and


    Lisa Brown, M.A.

    Born and raised in New York City, Lisa grew up as the ultimate "tom boy," participating in sports as a child, competitively power lifting in high school and college, and dabbling in various forms of martial arts, which ultimately led to a severe back injury. After turning to yoga for physical rehabilitation, as well as implementing dietary and lifestyle changes, Lisa experienced deep healing on all levels of being.

    Her quest for knowledge, passion for healthy living, and deep desire to be of service to others led her to obtain a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology early in life and to later pursue advanced training in various fields. Having experienced profound transformation after adopting a holistic approach to wellness, Lisa proceeded to become a certified Kripalu & Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher, a Plant-based Chef, and an INN Health Coach. She has since dedicated her life to helping people achieve a greater level of happiness and health.

    In addition to enthusiastically sharing her insights, knowledge, and wisdom through the teaching of group classes and public workshops, Lisa also works with clients privately to help them achieve their personal wellness and lifestyle goals.

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