"Thanks, for letting me be
myself again."
Sly Stone


"Susan has been my coach for many years. Bottom line: I have accomplished so much of what I wished for in early retirement. Susan has unmatched gifts: her process of coaching helps me take risks, find my center, honor incongruities that keep me stuck, and re-think my goals. Each session is work, fun, and magical, and each session helps me remember who I am."

Carol Stack


Life Coaching
Article written by Susan for The West Marin Citizen



I earned my Life Coaching degree through the Coaches Training Institute, and work as a Transition Guide. (CTI)

You do not need to be fixed, and Transition Guidance is not therapy. I work in partnership with you, finding your most fulfilling path and discovering the choices that will allow you to achieve your goals and bring you gratification and joy.

Do you want to revitalize your life?
Are you willing to examine whatever is holding you back?
Are you eager to explore new perspectives and to make, positive, healthy choices?
Are you ready to set new goals that you will feel great about achieving?
Are you interested in embracing more loving and effective ways of communication?
Are you needing to be with your grief (for yourself or the world) & face what comes up?

I can assist you with: Grief support, Goal Setting and Conflict Resolution. Ours is a co-active relationship. When you and I decide to work together, we will design a relationship where you get to define your needs, wants and expectations.

For more information:
Call 415-233-3243
or send an email footprince47@gmail.com

Peacemaking is an ancient art. The Iroquois Nation adopted these principles around 1451 after many years of strife. These people were at the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Benjamin Franklin (who had spent many years with them) attempted to incorporate the Principles into our constitution.

At the forefront of Peace is gratitude. Gratitude is summed up in The Thanksgiving Address. It teaches conservation, love, generosity, and the responsibility to understand that, what is done to one part of the Web of Life, effects all parts. The Great Law of Peace and the Thanksgiving Address are based on natural laws, and they are the backbone of the Haudenosaunee traditional law and ecological knowledge. They are composed of policies, principles, moral duties, laws, ceremonies, and other religious and political aspects that the Haudenosaunee were given on how to live in harmony with each other and with the Natural World.

Iroquois Thanksgiving Address by Chief Jake Swamp


Although the modern popularity of consensus decision-making in Western society dates from the women's liberation and the anti-nuclear movements beginning in of the 1970's, the origins of formal consensus can be traced significantly further back. The most notable of early Western consensus practitioners are the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, who adopted the technique as early as the 17th century.

Perhaps the oldest example of consensus decision-making is the Iroquois Confederacy Grand Council, or Haudenosaunee, which has used consensus in decision-making using a 75% super majority to finalize decisions, potentially as early as 1142. Examples of consensus decision-making can likely be found among many indigenous peoples such as the African San.

Grief Support:
The 5 Stages of Grief are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. These are not linear, but circular. There is no way around them. We must just go through it, many times over.

Self Care Tips:
• Journaling
• Feel your feelings
• Call a friend who can "just listen"
Do something nice for yourself
• Get outside into nature

Recommended Book on Facing Death:
A Year to Live, by Stephen Levine

'Holiday Blues' Guest Column is a article written by me and published in the West Marin Citizen (2010). I discuss the power of community to help support us through our grief process. Please click here to download the article as a PDF file.

There is an old Irish saying:
“How can I be with you if I'm not sad?” Being fully with our grief is one of the most authentic human experiences. And sharing this process with others is a natural and integral part of being human.

Painting by Jolie Frank

Imagine your life fully realized ... and let it flow!


home contact elderhood nature profile