What will strike you immediately upon meeting Wendy, whether at work as a celebrant, in the class room, online or in the street, is her warmth, kindness and innate ability to understand and listen deeply. Despite her extraordinary skill-set she has the ability to connect with people she meets as peers and with genuine interest and curiosity, enabling honest conversations about life’s real issues – relationship and marriage, death and dying, stress, mourning and challenges; or joy and celebration.
Wendy’s passion and commitment is to mindful presence, deep listening and supporting individuals and groups to engage in honest conversations and meaningful connections and celebrations.
Wendy loves life and she writes, ‘I love to garden. I imagine when my grandsons are older they will remember eating fresh peas from the vine, plucking the asparagus shoots, finding strawberries hidden in amongst the massive leaves, harvesting fresh lettuce, looking for the slugs and watching out for snakes. I also love to volunteer in the NVC and mindfulness community where the people are diverse, enthusiastic, honest and an absolute joy to be with and learn from. I hear the call that poet, John O’Donohue, writes to in his ‘Blessing for Presence’,
‘May you awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence’.
My other loves include climbing mountains, being out in wild places, lying down on the grass or on the warm sand, swimming out in the rip and drifting into the deep water behind the waves and then body surfing in. I love my friends and family.
Lastly, but not least, I love being with my partner. We have given each other lots of opportunities to grow and, 25 years later (2022), I am still grateful to be by his side. We have always lived separately and have lived next door to each for the past 12 years.
All in all, I get to celebrate this one precious life that is mine to live.