The Center for Personal Evolution
Gwendolyn C. Natusch, B.S.Ed., M.Ed., MSW
Founder, Director, Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher
Hello Fellow Travelers!
I have come to believe that story is important in most everything. It all has a tale to tell from how the button on your blouse came to be just the shape and color it is to how the world began. Each story is vital and has a unique and meaningful place in the whole of our experience of the world. I’m interested in stories because in them is the soul of a thing and the inspiration of it. So, it seemed important to me that telling you a little bit of my story would perhaps be contributory to your visit here and your inquiry of what The Center for Personal Evolution might have to offer you on your journey as you create and unfold your story.
As a professional I have had a life time career as an educator. I began teaching in the early 80s in response to my desire to assist children in developing their imaginations and learning to express themselves freely and with verve. From these experiences in my early 20s and 30s I developed summer camps in several places in New England that focused on teaching the arts; both performance and visual. My work expanded into programs for adults in both theatre and the visual arts through continuing education programs and my own classes offered out of my studio at home.
Writing, acting, crafting, costuming and painting have been the focus of my work offered as a teacher outside of my full time job. I spent many, many summers as a self taught costume designer where my second career and passion included costume design for The Vineyard Playhouse, Island Theatre Workshop, high school and middle school productions as well as the work of independent directors and my own productions as a director.
In my professional career as an educator I worked as a special education teacher with a focus of assisting, supporting, and helping to remediate students challenged with learning disabilities and challenges with emotional and behavioral issues. Over the years working in this field I have realized the importance and helpful impact of having the framework of social work is and so I returned to school to get an additional master’s degree in this area. The work as a special education teacher has offered so much to me as an individual in my own personal growth and has been very satisfying.
As I approached my 25th year as an educator I realized it was time for a change. I felt that I had a treasure trove of trinkets, bits & bobs to offer my community outside of the institution of education. My longing to talk about personal growth, self help, spirituality and belong to a community of like minded people grew strongly inside of me. With my bag of tools packed and my heart alighted with new ideas and thoughts for a different future I retired from my job and set out on a new adventure! The pot at the end of my rainbow has become The Center for Personal Evolution. A place for individuals to come and be a part of a community of people looking to grow, share their spiritual journey, and be among others who are like minded.
As a teacher and social worker I have often found my role to be that of helper, “encourager” and opportunity finder. Overcoming limiting beliefs and crossing over barriers of behavior and fears were tools that I’ve developed over a long career as an educator and advocate. Becoming a Life and Spiritual Coach is a natural path for me. My experience in building confidence, enthusiasm, and a path to create change for individuals is truly my calling.
The treasure that has stayed with me the longest that I teach and offer is the Telling Your Story Workshop. It is a perfect blend to accompany coaching as well as a benefit taken on its own separate from coaching services. I developed this workshop in 2004 and have been teaching it ever since. It is a workshop that was created out of my own personal growth and integrative healing. It has always felt Divinely inspired and it continues to reach people in very deep ways; bringing a sense of self that is more firmly planted, a recognition that there is both light and dark in every experience and that we can choose our story perspectives and thus choose the message we tell ourselves that informs the quality of our internal experience of ourselves and our life. I charge a minimal fee for the workshop because I hope and wish that many people will come and partake in this process for their own opening in their journey and the loving embrace of self that the workshop offers.
At the center there is all kinds of fun to have on the road of personal growth. All we need is a window into ourselves. Through art, writing, meditation, and community activity we find that road! To build and be a part of a community based on personal growth and evolution that in its very nature and intention contributes greatly to the whole, to the larger community, the larger sense of things, and to our larger story that is unfolding is exciting and meaningful. I invite each of you who are reading this to join me on this path, in this daring, brave and enlightened effort to grow and evolve ourselves and in doing so grow and evolve the consciousness of our planet.
I began my training in shamanic healing in 1989 with one of the earlier groups of practitioner trainees who studied under the tutelage of Michael Harner, founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. These newly trained teachers then embraced me and I began my study with them. Together we, as a group, deepened our skills in this field of healing for four years on Martha’s Vineyard. I also worked with shaman Foster Perry of Golden Hummingbird Medicine for over 12 years as a means for personal transformation. My shamanic studies currently have included shamanic study of Siberian Shamanism with Steven Serr and Peruvian Shamanism with Chris Krohn to deepen the work in my shamanic practice and to broaden my tools and techniques. I am currently a member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners.
For four years I was fortunate to study with Psychic Medium David Merrit of Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts. Together a core group of students participated in an in depth intensive course of study to learn the arts and skills of mediumship, claireaudience, clairevoyance, clairesentience, aura reading, claircognizance (psychic knowing) and the skills to share messages, images, and information to assist others. These experiences and gained skills have contributed greatly to the shamanic practice that I offer clients.
Gwendolyn is an ordained minister and has a Master’s Degree in Education as well as in Social Work. She is also a certified Shamanic Practitioner, trained Life & Spiritual Coach, a certified Past Life Regression Hypnotherapist and a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Her work as an educator has been in the role of middle school and high school special education teacher for almost three decades working with students challenged by mild to moderate learning disabilities and students struggling through emotional and behavioral disorders. Her training and work in social work has offered her skills that contribute greatly to her ability as a Healing Practitioner and Life and Spiritual Coach. Her training in coaching has been completed through the Life Coach Institute of Orange County.
Gwendolyn is kind, present, and has found a calling deep within her to this work at The Center for Personal Evolution.
Reviews & Testimonials:
“This was the first past life regression I have ever done so i was a bit anxious. Ms. Natusch was totally professional. She set me at ease immediately, explained the process to me, every step of the way. I felt totally safe, which was very important to me. She answered any questions, and changed her questions if I told her I was unclear as to what I was experiencing or willing to do. She was compassionate and calm, focused and competent. I truly trusted her in practice. I believe because she held the space and intentionality with such grace, I was able to have a very positive and actually amazing past life recall. I recommend her highly and without reservation for anyone seeking such a healing and eye-opening experience.”
“Gwendolyn is a skilled healer and shaman. I had a soul reading with her via Skype. This was a transformational journey for me. I strongly recommend her and will definitely go back!”
“Gwendolyn is one of my favorite healers, and I know a lot of them! She’s respectful, kind and never uses her beautiful abilities to steer, but instead makes space for self discovery through her Spirit intuition. It’s obvious, she comes to the table prepared every time, and has done much work to have the wisdom she offers. She helped both my husband and I recently through a difficult season. She gave us tools to connect both to ourselves and the Divine. My husband doesn’t trust too many people with his heart, but Gwendolyn is one that has a key! I always look forward to working with her. Each time I do, I take a big leap in my journey. She’s like a ladder to reach places I can’t seem to manage on my own.”
“Gwendolyn is just amazing! I had a couple of sessions with her and both were amazing! She was always spot on with what was going on with me. She is very compassionate and kind. Besides the healing, she gave me as well, great practical advice. I am very grateful.”
“I’ve had 4 types of experiences – Chakra Illumination, Soul Reading, The Divine Mystery School & the monthly Healer’s Gathering Group. ALL of them amazing in their own unique way. She (Gwendolyn) has a very gentle, soft, kind, soothing presence.”
“Fantastic meeting with awesome people! Thanks Gwendolyn!”
“Thank you Gwendolyn, you are amazing. I went to see you without expectation and came out a brave woman and a believer.”
“Gwendolyn is a gifted teacher and practitioner. I have worked with Gwendolyn in both individual sessions as well as a participant in small classes she has taught. I am continually impressed by her wisdom and always walk away with new insights and an expanded understanding of both my inner and outer worlds.”
For more info or to schedule a service please find us via:
Phone: 508-560-6891 / 508-862-9800
1882 Acorn Drive, New Bern, NC 2856
The Center for Personal Evolution’s mission is to bring a variety of experiences that promote personal growth, inquisitiveness, and creativity to build a community of like minded people through classes, retreats, workshops, and community wide events that raise money for meaningful causes in line with our mission as a center. We are thrilled you are inquiring about us and all that we do!
At the Center for Personal Evolution (CPE) we offer a wide variety of opportunities for spiritual and personal growth that support the evolution of your inner self. Our core values focus on providing classes, workshops, personal services, and community events that foster and nurture a sense of inner wisdom and resourcing. Assisting and supporting individuals to build and bolster an inner connection to their higher self, inner strengths and to the Divine (however that is valued or unfolds for an individual) is our most treasured value and motivation.
Each of us builds our own road to health, spiritual connectedness, and joy. With this understanding the center looks to provide opportunities that will invite inquiry, healing, and connection through a variety of experiences. Our classes and workshops operate in small groups and small gatherings so that connection to others and self is optimized and encouraged. The use of art and meditation is commonly employed in our classes, circles, and workshops so that our core values are reached in the utilization of these tools.
Our Mission Statement
Our organization values personal interactions that take shape in small groups & gatherings, and in one-on-one service delivery formats. We believe that this allows for and supports quality connections between service providers, clients and our community.
CPE brings larger groups together for connection and for contributory causes.
Our classes, workshops, community activities and services are provided in the atmosphere of individual learning that promotes discovery, development, and insight.
We are committed to building and maintaining relationships with clients and participants of CPE based on dignity, respect, integrity, compassion and exceptional service.
Here at CPE we will always dedicate ourselves to offering a variety of opportunities to grow, heal, and step into new perspectives with a focus on using modalities that connect with the deeper self and soul that nurtures and develops individual’s personal connection to their Divine Source.
We hold ourselves to the highest standards and will strive to go above and beyond for our clients and participants because we are so grateful for the trust they place in us.
We commit to giving back to the community and raising awareness around healing and personal growth through community events and fundraisers.