Tools and Inspiration for Empowered Aging

About Jane Buchan

I am a writer, teacher, dance facilitator, and EFT Practitioner with an educational, skills-based approach to making positive personal, professional, and community changes.

I first began my work as a teacher two weeks before my nineteenth birthday and discovered in my inner-city, grade-one classroom that injustice in the form of poverty, ignorance, and rigid school routines would provide me with a lifetime of worthy causes.  In my twenties and the decades beyond, I continued to seek out new learning and teaching experiences that would help me to, in Gandhi's words, "Be the Change" I wanted to see in the world.  During this time of continuous professional evolution, I worked at the craft of writing, and, in a particularly low period in my life, discovered a community form of circle dance that celebrates the interconnectedness of life on our beautiful planet.  Becoming a member of this far-flung global dancing community restored my joy in life.

Now in my seventies, I continue to teach, to write, to coach, and to dance because each of these activities is a way to connect with my human sisters and brothers in the challenging work of being the change.

In the last ten years I have added a few tools to my tool kit to address the inevitable burnout that happens when we are engaged in effecting positive change in a resistant-to-change environment. Energy Tools, learned from the work of Donna Eden, Gary Craig, and David Feinstein, and more personally, from Dawson Church, Nancy Forrester, and Betty Moore-Hafter, have made it possible for me to more consistently set the intention to be an agent of positive change.

In my experience, the call to be the change offers the remarkable opportunities to recognize that the world needs each of us to manifest kindness, balance, peace, and joy in our ordinary daily lives.  This is a tall order, but evidence is sprouting everywhere to convince us that our skills as community builders and conflict resolvers are, very literally, changing the world one crisis at a time.   If you doubt this, look at the urban gardening movement in Detroit, across from my home town of Windsor, Ontario.  Against all odds, in a once-magnificent city that has been driven to declare bankruptcy because of crippling financial debt, people are gathering to turn neighbourhood wastelands into community gardens that feed both body and soul.

Even in the face of all such unlikely successes, it must be said that we are living through incredibly challenging times.  Should you require personal coaching to set and achieve goals to

  • become more involved with causes that matter to you,
  • address ongoing procrastination or negative self talk issues that prevent your success in academic, social, intimate, and/or professional environments, and/or
  • identify the best way to serve your community by developing and utilizing your unique gifts,

please email jane@winterblooms.net or call 802-533-9277 to set up a personal educational coaching schedule and payment plan.

Thank you for visiting winterblooms.net.  There is great power in knowing we are all in this work together.  Thanks for doing all you do to keep the positive energies flowing.

Jane