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Hidden Gems: Meet Amy Jolley of The Wellness Collective Women & Children

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Jolley.

Hi Amy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I always knew I was a sensitive person. I have always felt deeply for others, sometimes holding the weight of the world when someone was in need and when no one in the room noticed the subtle discomfort, sadness, or anger someone is feeling, I notice it and I feel it. It is a lot to manage and hold, sometimes exhausting. I have at times learned to push this intuitive nature away because it was overwhelming.

When beginning my Graduate program, I learned more. My program was a Counseling Psychology degree with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology. What did this mean, I honestly wondered, just that, an integration of mind, body, and spirit. Some integration was explored within me. But, also, many new questions unfolded in my own personal journey of healing and self-love.

Later, on my path to becoming a teacher of yoga, I learned how to breathe and to allow this breath to heal me. Breath was a life force that found a connection with my belly and heart space and awakened my body-mind-spirit connection. This was a step toward a re-connection with my body. It was also a healing path for my nervous system that held so much for me & others over the years.

The true magic of awakening and re-connection happened in Hawaii when I met an incredible, caring, and wise woman who has also become a dear friend. She taught me to reconnect with my body and the divine feminine within me. It was truly life-changing, magical, and empowering. She taught me to connect with the most sacred space in my body, my womb space. This space was disconnected, a dark cavern of unknown potential. This space is where my intuitive gifts were trapped. The realignment of the whole body was an awakening.

Previously, I also had learned so much in my studies of psychology. My mind was exploding with potential. I read about the mind-body connection. I connected with my spirit, but it was the unification of all these things that truly awakened me to my deepest truths. Psychology, spiritual teachings, yoga, and the welcoming of the divine feminine; the Mother, the Goddess, and this re-connection to self. An explosion of self-awareness, deep understanding, and connection in sisterhood and with ancestors alike. WOW!

And then my life started moving along with all my hopes and dreams. I met the love of my life, my deep soul connection partner, my now-husband. Together we created a life and the life of our son. A wild-spirited, heartfelt, gentle, loving, strong-willed, and curious boy. With this, I lost connection with my sisterhood, I lost connection with the mind-body-spirit magical re-connection. We entered a pandemic.

Here I am now, on a path of re-connection, a wellness journey, a sacred path of well-being and unification of self. I have reclaimed my intuitive nature and welcomed my sensitivity as a gift & blessing. I am here. A highly sensitive, Empath, yogi, spiritual being, and mindful woman that now has even greater gifts and blessings. I now have my husband.

He is my partner, my soulmate to journey within this life, my support, security, and all-encompassing love. I am a mother, a great magnificent gift, beyond imagination. My son teaches me every day. The growth, vulnerability, love, and strength are immeasurable that I gain from him each moment of every day. With all these new gifts, I am here. I am honored to share with my community.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The journey of healing, self-love, and intuitive knowing is never a straight, smooth path. These are essential components of being able to ‘show up’ authentic and grounded in my profession. It is a journey that continues to grow. In another sense, the educational journey was not exactly easy either. When I completed Graduate school, I went to school full-time, held an unpaid clinical internship job working in community mental health, and was a nanny/caretaker to many families to earn income to live.

My compassion and love of working with kids, families, and adults in their healing and support of better mental health and well-being inspired me to persevere and continue on each day. What I have also learned is this balance of being able to support others while maintaining my own well-being and mental health. This is where yoga practice, breathwork, and mindfulness have supported and helped me. As well, as a supportive collective community and most importantly now, my family. My family is an intricate part of my life and business.

My husband supports me emotionally and in many of the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of my business. There have absolutely been highs and lows with growing a business. My business began in Hawaii, like ‘Full Circle Healing Hawaii’ and has evolved and grown into The Wellness Collective Women and Children today. My son is a light in my life that keeps me going and supports other children in the process.

Life is never a smooth road, but instead, full of incredible moments, challenging moments, moments full of love, and others that are disappointing and challenging, but it is the resiliency, growth, and determination that make the long road an absolutely beautiful, magnificent life worth living to it’s fullest.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
The Wellness Collective Women & Children was created to provide a collective community for women and children to offer support, tools, and healing for holistic mental health and well-being.

The Wellness Collective Women & Children, WCWC, is a community space spread out through the East Valley that provides opportunities to support personal growth, healthy mental health, and well-being through classes, gatherings, workshops, and events.

WCWC also has a beautiful, nourishing home office that provides personalized 1:1 sessions for holistic mental health and well-being for women and children. For children, each session is designed to help your child manage emotions, decrease anxiety or stress, and build communication tools, self-awareness & self-confidence. Every session is guided by Kimochis®’s Social-Emotional Learning curriculum and tools.

In addition, your child will utilize; mindfulness & yoga practice, art, and play. Sessions are designed for children ages 3-12 years of age. For women, sessions are personally designed to provide growth, healing & wellness through therapeutic yoga, communication tools, breathing work, art, and meditation.

In addition, community classes include yoga for kids & women. Additional community classes are created as needed by the community such as; Girl’s Circle, Zen Den for Teens, Circle of Friends: Feeling Class for kids, and Kindness Circle groups. Nourishing events for Women; Restorative Yoga & Massage, Meditate & Mimosas, Mini-Women’s Retreat, Mindful Mamas Circle, Women’s Wellness events.

I believe that my business is all-inclusive for those women and children seeking a path to greater well-being, building self-love, and self-confidence. Community programs allow women and children to try out an experience and see how they feel about it. 1:1 sessions are designed with intuitive knowing and collaboration with the woman and/or family.

Clients are able to ”show up” as they are, and join in a loving, safe, sacred space in community programs or 1:1 sessions. Transparent communication, sharing feelings, and checking in with your body are important practices in every interaction with myself and the WCWC community. The community is encouraged to ‘listen to your body,’ share your feelings, express your voice, hold yourself with love and if you do not know how to do this, I will teach and hold space to learn.

I am proud to offer services that I dreamed of having as a child. I also, love the collective community of women, children, and families that is growing and evolving. I look forward to connecting with as many women and children in the support of their overall well-being.

I am the creator and founder of this beautiful collective community, The Wellness Collective Women & Children. I am Amy Jolley, a Mama, Yoga teacher, Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness Educator, experienced child & family therapist, and lover of people and Mother Earth. I have a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

I am also a registered Yoga Teacher from Shiva Tree Yoga School and a certified Women’s Gathering Facilitator from The Path of the Sacred She. I have had the opportunity to work in the mental health field in community mental health, public & charter schools and for non-profit organizations in both California and Hawaii. I have been a Yogi for as long as I can remember and have had the opportunity to teach yoga classes and hold sacred spaces at women’s circles on the beautiful island of Hawaii and now in majestic Arizona spaces.

Through my work in schools, I have had the opportunity to teach mindfulness and social-emotional learning in counseling groups, classrooms, yoga classes, an after-school program,s and to families. I now also have the honor of also teaching aspiring undergraduate psychology students in Positive Psychology, Social Psychology & Environmental Psychology.

My journey continues as I am a constant student in the school of life, always learning through people, relationships, psychology, mindfulness practices, and yoga. My story continues to unfold, and my journey for personal and collective well-being is ever-flowing. Thank you so much for being part of this community and learning more about myself and WCWC.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
My biggest advice for those just starting out would be to trust your intuition. Take the risk, instead of not. You may fail, but you might also thrive. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams are important. Honor your feelings, thoughts, and body.

These aspects can always be your guiding light if you allow it. Trust your deepest truths, thoughts, and feelings. Seek out mentors and a supportive collective community that aligns with your purpose. Know that when you are doing something meaningful and you feel compassionate about it, that is the direction to keep going.

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