Hi, I’m Gloria. I call my work The Imperfect Journey because that’s how it's been for me. I have practiced mindfulness for more than 15 years and been on a spiritual path for more than 25, and feel both like I've been doing it for lifetimes and like I am a complete beginner. I came to mindfulness a struggling mom of young children and full time teacher. It’s transformed every part of my life.
I’m a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Schools and have studied extensively with my core teacher and several others. My offerings include mindfulness-based parenting support, individual emotional support, mindfulness classes, and women’s groups at my office in Media, PA and occasionally in other places.
My teaching is eclectic with a focus on freedom and healing. I teach children to feel their feelings, tend to their bodies, and notice their thoughts without turning away or falling in--and many of those children are inside grown people. Whether it’s parenting or re-parenting, we can all heal with simple practices of connection, loving awareness, and clear seeing. Please reach out if you’re ready to work with me or want to learn more.Hi, I’m Gloria Shepard and I created this space, The Imperfect Journey, to build the world that our children (including the inner ones) need and deserve.
It is time to turn things around, and that begins with ourselves and how we live.
If you, like many of us, are feeling a bit overwhelmed by life’s intensity, I’m here to help. With a combination of insight, direction, and emotional healing, I offer support to get you moving in the direction of your own heart and soul.
Remember who you really are and free yourself from the blind spots, stuck places, and old trauma that make life confusing. In classes and individual work, I’ll share (and teach you to use) really practical tools including mindfulness, emotional awareness, flower essences, astrology, and more. You can learn how to recognize the ‘voices shouting their bad advice’ (as Mary Oliver calls them) and turn instead toward your own true voice.
Interested? Reach out and let’s work together!
"Gloria illuminates the path in a gentle way that allows you to laugh about your limitations yet be able to reach deeper in to find the places within yourself you did not know you had."
"Gloria's down to earth energy is so easy to connect with. . ."
"Gloria doesn't pretend to have all answers but guides with intuitive wise counsel. In my complicated, sometimes messy life, I am grateful to have an ally and teacher like Gloria."
"Looking back at the journey, I see that I learned so much about myself and generally how to respond (if I choose) and not react. While it wasn't an instant change, I see that I am a calmer and more thoughtful person now, and much of that change is based on Gloria's guidance."