Conscious Embodied Relocation


South Yuba River at Bridgeport State Park

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”

~ John O’Donohue

One morning in the Spring of 2016 I woke up with these words written in the air before me “Grass Valley/Nevada City”.  They simply appeared out of thin air so to speak.

Though I had for the past year off and on been questioning whether to move back to Northern California from my then 5-year home of Austin, Texas to be closer to my sons, grandchildren and brother, it had not been something consciously in my recent thinking.

All that was to change as my 6th leap into the conscious embodied relocation landscape took hold and directed me what to do next.

The first leap back in 1988 took place from my then 40 year residence of San Diego where I was born, raised, married twice and gave birth to 3 boys.  All I knew at the time was that I was guided to leave the big city and seek out something smaller and more community based for my youngest son who’s father had died just a year before.

For me it was the Bay area of California in Santa Rosa.  How that particular place evolved is part of this very grounded embodied process that continues to surprise and delight me with it’s elegant unfolding.

After 14 years in the Sonoma county area my youngest son was launched and the yearning to explore other areas and ways of living hit with an insistent yearning.

 Six months at the Himalayan Institute in NE Pennsylvania; 3 years in Middlebury, Vermont; 4 years in Corvallis, Oregon; 5 years in Austin, Texas….and then a return in 2016 to California, this time to Grass Valley in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Now  in 2020 I am once again looking to relocate to a location away from fires, heat and high monthly living expenses towards a more elemental earth and water home sanctuary that aligns with this stage of my life.

I was not consciously aware of the principles involved in this type of embodied leave taking when I took that first leap, but over the next couple of decades the fine tuning became more apparent.

This is what I would like to share with you here and in the future e-book:  Finding Home: Pathways to Conscious Embodied Relocation.

Some keys to doing these leaps from my experience are:

  • Explicitly trusting the unfolding of life – get out of your own way
  • Taking effective action on the possibilities that show up from that depth of surrender
  • Willingness to reinvent yourself (which is actually a great deal of creative fun!)
  • A sense of adventure (being willing to get out of your “comfort zones”)
  • Listening deeply to intuition and Source messages
  • Connecting transparently with others along the way.
  • Willingness to change your inner & outer conversations

Stories, guidance and specific pathways and practices to embrace finding a new home will be forthcoming in blog posts, and additions to this site.

Meanwhile, if you have questions or need guidance with your own upcoming leap into home base relocation I am available for coaching.  Email me at:

We limit life going only for the imaginable – we need to be open for surprise.

~ Brother David Steindl-Rast