Shawna helped me bring my goals to life! I had been sitting on the idea to create adult sex education classes for well... too long! When I brought this to Shawna during my Chief #HealASista Session, she held me accountable. I received guidance in strategy, implementation, curriculum development and I even planned a years worth of sessions for my clients. She helped me set and meet my deadlines with her honest and candid feedback. When it came time to execute my first workshop, Shawna attended and even gave some clear cut feedback for how to improve it in the future! I always left feeling charged and ready to get things done! Now I have actualized my dream and established VagEsteem!!!!Founder, VagEsteem
[Since participating in the #HealASista Project meditation calls], I started meditating every day and began with 10-15 minutes. This has since increased to 20 minutes. I have followed various guided meditation. The impact it was and still is having on me is immense. I used to get physically unwell more frequently -now my ability to let my mind and body go into deep relaxation every day I feel has undoubtedly improved my immune system. I now feel more in control of my thoughts and if I 'slip' into a negative thought, I now acknowledge it but do not 'fuel' it. I now turn it around and try and replace with positivity. This is not easy--not after years of set responses! I've learned to be kind to myself and not be a slave to my past or be burdened by a future that hasn't happened. This has enabled me to appreciate the here and now. It's amazing when you have that awakening and it all began by meditating!!
I signed up for Shawna’s 4-week Qi Gong series because I’d never tried it before. I am used to other ways of calming oneself, like seated meditation, yoga, etc. And from my experiences with her other events and programs, I knew she would be authentic, and teach me in a very unique way, as only Shawna can do! I had no idea the impact it would have on me! She is able to make the energy in the space completely safe and welcoming, enough for me to be vulnerable in ways I had not. And that is where the magic happened, and I felt real healing. If you are for real about healing hurts, discovering things about yourself, and finding peace, look no further.
My overall experience was fantastic! [The QiGong for Calm and Clarity Healing Series] actually helped me find a way of breathing/meditation that involves motion. With regular meditation I easily fall asleep. I can [see] how this can be applied to my life. My favorite experience is the group sharing done before we start [the QiGong exercises]...it's sort of a group therapy... it's a low-key two-for-one!
I asked Shawna to help me with my Women's Womb Wellness event at The Living Well. I was blown away by her fitting right into and flowing with my vision for her part in the event! She was to be the clinical support system for the women who might experience emotional release and such, during our yoga practice, belly dancing, and discussion circle. Not only was she a huge help, she helped to create a safe space for us all to connect and share; not to mention the fact that she helped me to stay focused and timely as a facilitator! The best part is that Shawna does all of this with an honest and open heart. Thanks for all that you do Shawna!
As a Teen Librarian, we are always looking for ways to better serve teens in the communities we work. In searching for a Mental Health professional that understood the main and daily life of a teenager; I was introduced to Shawna. Once we spoke about the needs of the teen librarians' it was like we were kindred spirits. The both of us share the spirit of wanting to see people healthy and whole in their lives. Shawna did a workshop on how we as librarians can be helpful to teens by taking care of ourselves. With her extensive training in Qigong, she taught breathing techniques to help center us and even use with others in the librarian. Her training helped us be more relaxed so we can be effective and present in our jobs and with the youth we serve. The Teen Librarians asked many questions, were very engaged and walked away with tools to be better at what we do.Assistant Manager/Young Adult Services
Having Shawna Murray-Browne as a featured speaker at the 1st Elevation Weekend Healing Experience for Women, allowed for our guests to learn how to use practical and powerful tools to nourish themselves holistically through Qi Gong. From the first conversation about Shawna's attendance she brought a high level of professionalism and support to the vision of our event. The women are still using what they learned in Shawna's workshop to support their health goals mentally, physically, and spiritually. There are no words to describe the value Shawna brings to the table. She is more than just a phenomenal speaker, teacher, and facilitator. Working with Shawna is medicine for your spirit and motivates you to honor your vision at times when working it can be stressful. She is simply a gift to this world! When Shawna is present, you can guarantee a sista is getting healed!
From the depths of my heart and soul, I want to thank you for holding me accountable to my commitment to self. I look forward to my "All about me Thursday's.
Shawna knows her stuff and is awesome to work with! I love the content inside of EVOLVE!
The #HealASista Project: Belly Dance Edition at Kindred Wellness LLC was so needed & right on-time! Genuine intention, open; full hearts = Kindred connections. Shawna Murray-Browne is a fantastically fun ("innertaining") facilitator w/great presence, skill and care.
Political campaigns are very taxing on the mind and body. As I prepared to embark on my journey to seek public office, Shawna worked with me to ensure I was mentally and spiritually prepared to take on the challenges ahead. She did such an excellent job helping me and I never felt more empowered to manage the stressful situations along the way! Thank you!
Shawna is a knowledgeable and charismatic instructor who not only taught us QiGong and healing sounds, but also taught us ways to incorporate the meditations in our everyday life. Each class began with a 'Check-In' where each participant got the opportunity to express how their week has been going, the challenges & the positives. I'm not a very open person, so I thought that would be uncomfortable for me. But it turned out to be my favorite part of the class....having a safe space to express our thoughts and our feelings was very healing in itself. Especially in a time where everything is so hectic and overwhelming...it's nice to be aware of YOU in the midst of the chaos and be able to express that in a judgement free space. The bulk of the class included learning QiGong movements and learning the 6 healing sounds as well as the movements and organs associated with them. The most important thing I learned during this segment of the class was ways to be more grounded and aware of myself and my breathing and the power of being STILL and moving with INTENT. The meditations I learned, I used many times to regain balance. It's awesome to now know things I can do to attain the level of peace I desire. Class always ended with a Journal writing session. Just a couple minutes to write down all the things you were feeling and all the things you were aware of about YOU in the class. I felt so in-tuned with myself. I would HIGHLY recommend this class to EVERYONE. In fact, when the next session starts up (late September), I plan to participate again. AWESOME CLASS.Founder, #iBuyBlack Fridays
Shawna Murray-Browne presents with enthusiasm and professionalism! When deciding on a guest speaker for our SisterGather series, her work, reliability and spirit made our choice an easy one. She has attended many of our events and when asked to address the group on the how trauma affects the brain, she arrived prepared with research, anecdotes and activities. Shawna is a delight and an incredible treasure in our community. If you are over- or underwhelmed, needing direction and/or motivation, feeling stuck or unsure about how you feel, please do your self the tremendous favor of scheduling some time with this SISTA!
Shawna facilitated the Keep Calm workshop for the Building STEPS high school juniors. What I loved most about the program was Shawna’s ability to connect with the students, and make them feel comfortable. The breathing techniques and stress management strategies Shawna taught are easy to apply to everyday life. Shawna’s glowing positivity made the workshop a fun, and useful learning experience.
Shawna is the calm amongst the storm. In any situation she uses her healing and calming techniques to address situations that create hostile environments and stressful outcomes. Shawna's relaxed demeanor was a perfect match for the Youth Skills Partnership's (YSP) very energetic and exciting youth. Shawna was a great partner to have in the Youth Skills Partnership because many of our youth struggle with home and self image issues that Shawna addresses in a non-threatening and non-judgemental manner. We are happy that Shawna continues to have Kindred Wellness be a YSP partner and urge other community organizations and businesses to partner with Kindred Wellness or reach out to Shawna for individualized healing.
[The Kindred Wellness #HealASista Project] impacted my life in so many ways, that it’s not enough words to describe how she has showed up and showed out for me and my family as we were going through some tough, tough, tough, tough things… Through some of the hardest circumstances in my life. Honestly… [Shawna] gave me and my daughters tools to use in order to get through the tough space. I had the privilege of having a private healing session with her …because one of the things I used to do was just push things down, push it away. I didn't really deal. I didn't want feel... I didn't want to deal... I didn't want to face it... I didn't want to be vulnerable. But, to have the private session with her in the comfort of my own home, and allowed the opportunity to be vulnerable and just to express whatever I was feeling at that time... things that I couldn't share with anybody else... It was just so freeing and so liberating. I truly feel like she went with the spirit of God and facilitated healing... and allowed the space for me to heal myself..." Even my oldest daughter, was apart of ‘The Usisi Circle Initiative’… I feel it is a wonderful project for young girls. Shawna was giving her tools she needed, telling her to write her thoughts down…letting her know she can get past whatever happened to her…that she's always supported, that she's always loved…that she is safe to express her feelings and feel her feelings… Everything she does is just a beautiful thing. I hope any ladies out there that are in a place when they are ready to heal… ready to do something, please look her up. Please get in contact with her. You will not be sorry.
I specifically remember going to one of [Shawna's} #HealASista Circles that promoted womb health and shakti energy and left feeling so at peace and like a beam of light was coming from my yoni!