Shawnee is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Spirit of a Woman (S.O.W.), LLC. She is a master teacher, healer, vision coach, performance artist, inspirational speaker, mother and friend. She has devoted her life to supporting individuals, families and groups with elevating the outcomes in their personal and professional lives and utilizes her professional training as well as her spiritual and artistic abilities to provide holistic and nourishing healing experiences to the persons that she is charged to serve and support. She is a graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social work and is a licensed practitioner with over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of mental health, substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, adolescent development, individual, family and group counseling, women’s reproductive health, birth and racial equity, grief, loss, bereavement and trauma.  Her principle teaching and healing tools consist of spiritual counseling, coaching, writing, sacred rituals, psychodrama, sociometry, energy work, the performing arts and storytelling as mediums to ignite transformation and initiate catharsis

Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Leadership Development Institute was established in 2002 and designed to educate, elevate and effect positive and sustainable transformation in the lives of individuals, groups, families and communities.  S.O.W. provides innovative coaching, counseling, workshop, and training experiences to individuals, groups, and organizations seeking to expand
their power, purpose, and impact in the world.

We are committed to ensuring that our clientele succeeds in their efforts to learn and transform. We achieve this by utilizing innovative tools and techniques to support their personal and professional growth and development. Our approach encompasses holistic, client-centered,culturally based and experimentally oriented programs and services.

Some of SOW programming and methodologies:

The Mother Wit Conference was created to support attendees with a safe space to cooperatively, compassionately and collectively share and explore how women and men navigate the mental, emotional and spiritual impact of infertility, pregnancy, infant loss and post partum depression/psychosis. The conference is a full day of activities and experiential processes that will inspire the exchange of stories, ideas and energy from the conference attendees. Through the use of inspirational speakers, workshops and presentations, conference presenters and facilitators will co-create a powerful space for community healing.

The “Be The Tree” Rites of Passage Collective is a power-full process, designed by Spirit of A Woman (S.O.W.) Leadership Development Institute for adult women who are in search of mind, body and spirit balance and wish to explore the deeper parts of themselves in order to enhance their life journeys. This 3 month healing circle, creates the space for Si-STARS to discover the “root” of their power and to embrace the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural dimensions of their womanhood so that they may gain a greater sense of purpose in the world. Sessions include experiential activities, group discussions, vision coaching, sacred rituals, artistic expression and a closing ceremony with certificates of completion

PSYCHODRAMA is a powerful healing modality that utilizes guided, dramatic action to examine problems or issues experienced by individuals or groups. It allows for the exploration of the challenges, concerns, dreams and highest aspirations of individuals, groups, systems and organizations. Action methods are used to enable past, present and future life events to be examined, reflected on and acted out so that the individual/group may take action to discover practical solutions to problems instead of just talking about them. Psychodrama has strong elements of theater and encourages the use of improvisation and props to enhance the therapeutic process.
SOCIOMETRY is the measurement of social connections and commonality among groups and promotes the development of stronger bonds, identifies barriers to communication and examines the multiple roles that we take on as we navigate our lives.
Other resources:
The Power of Partnership (Shawnee Engages Community Leaders In a Conversation About The Need For Partnership:  
Shawnee Being Interviewed About Rites Of Passage & Healing Work  By Elder/Teacher/Artist Camille Yarborough: