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What is Shadow Work?

Shadow work is a space to explore your hidden life in the presence of a trained guide. This can be terrifying, but it is essential for living a whole life. Author Robert Johnson writes, "To honor and accept one's own shadow is a profound spiritual discipline. It is whole-making and thus holy and the most important experience of a lifetime."


Shadow work invites you to encounter the chaos and goodness of your "inner landscape" in a safe, honest and confidential container - to accept one's whole self, and live integrated in relationship to others. 

Shadow work is not therapy, pastoral counseling, or spiritual direction, but you will find elements of these in our time together. It is also not meant to replace community, but to draw you deeper into your own depths and ultimately greater community. 

Michael works with individuals from various faith and non-faith traditions, particularly those who have experienced spiritual/relational wounding and trauma. 


Michael Simmons, DLd

Facilitator | Writer | Teacher

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