Conversations with Jody

Summer 2020


2020 Summer Edition of Essence

Newsletter for Essence of Spirit Ceremonies | Maine Officiants | Maine Shamanism

Seeing Through the Fog

Seeing Through the Fog

We are well into July 2020 and since my last message what a year it has been! I don’t know a soul who has not been affected by the events over the past six months. Amidst the myriad of evidence, opinions and theories one thing holds true and that is we are all seeing things through our own lens influenced by our thoughts, beliefs and experiences. I personally feel as if I am trying to see with new eyes through a dense fog.

My husband and I recently planned a day at one of Maine’s premier beaches. Leaving Freeport on a sunny, 83 degree day we arrived at our destination in 62 degrees, no sun and dense fog. So dense in fact that at low tide we could only hear the sound of the ocean far off in the distance, yet visibility was a mere 100 feet at best estimate. Attempting to walk toward the familiar beacon of rolling waves we turned back feeling completely disoriented without any means beyond our instincts to navigate back to the shelter of lunch and beach blanket. Our scenario is not unlike navigating our current situations amidst a pandemic.

My personal story brings me to another recent experience that truly opened my eyes within the fog of my understanding, or lack thereof.

During a trip to the dealership to have my vehicle’s warranty service done I met with the salesperson who sold me my car back in January. We had struck up a kinship at the time and have since kept in touch. He had confided in me when we first met that he was planning on proposing to his girlfriend in July. And as I am a wedding officiant and a shamanic practitioner, we both were excited for the prospect of my performing their ceremony. On this occasion, since it was July, I enthusiastically asked my friend if he had made his proposal. What happened next was so very eye opening. He had not. My friend had not proposed to his girlfriend because life had changed for them due to Covid. My friend explained that due to Covid he had no clue what may happen from one moment to the next; to the world, to their world. So he felt “parallyzed”.

Somehow the dreams that were conjured during the winter were obscured by the denseness of the prevailing atmosphere. My heart broke as these are young, vibrant and hopeful youth coming into the next phase of their lives. I offered the supportive words that came to my heart to say and offered my listening presence to hold his fears; our sacred space within the showroom of a large and busy car dealership. I never know where I will be called into loving service.

Days later when I contemplate my friend’s plight it occurred to me how many other young individuals feel parallyzed by their fears today? I see a window of possibility yet others see a door, or worse; nothing. Each of us responds in personal ways to the perceived and real situation that we find ourselves in-whatever that is for us. I am aware that many couples are postponing their weddings due to restrictions placed on gatherings, ect but to withhold a proposal of marriage due to fear was alarming to me. Covid, our government, nothing should stop expressions of love. For without the energy of love there is no path to healing.

My prayer is that the fog is never too dense for you to find your way home to love.


Coming Event

August 2020 Event

I am pleased to be offering a 3-day introductory experiential class on Shamanism &

The Shamanic Journey. For more information and to register please go to:

Shamanic Offerings

Shamanic Sessions:

All of my shamanic sessions are offered remotely via Zoom video conferencing at this time. Providing shamanic support via Zoom has provided a broader community reach for clients within Maine and beyond without losing the potency of the experience and offering a degree of comfort so many are seeking during these days.

Shamanic Mentorship:

I currently have one opening left for either a 6, 12 or 24 month shamanic mentorship program. This program is provided remotely or on site; outdoors with social distancing, at my Pine Hollow practice space which offers the advantages of working one on one with me to learn, practice and receive ongoing support in introductory shamanism; the practice, shamanic journey method and on walking a shamanic life pathway.

For more information and to inquire about any of my shamanic services please go to

For a Life Event Celebrant please go to:

Sisters At The Table:

Sisters has moved to Zoom and is currently taking the summer off. Watch Facebook for event announcements commencing in September

May you walk in beauty.


Spring 2020

Spring 2020

2020 Spring Edition of Essence

Newsletter for Essence of Spirit Ceremonies | Maine Officiants | Maine Shamanism

Maine Shamanism Spring 2020 Newsletter

Beauty abounds! Green grass emerging from the frozen earth then a fresh blanket of snow paints a striking contrast against the crocuses that are crowning.

As some of you have seen I’ve been posting photos of our feathered beauties that have come to feed and shelter in place at our little wooded sanctuary. I feel especially grateful for the messages that they bring. Through their songs I hear Hope. Hope for an awakening not only of our precious Mother here in the northern hemisphere but of the collective consciousness. In Titmice’s song I hear, “Kindness, kindness, kindness.” Bluebird sings, “ It will be fine,yes it will.”

Barred owl came to visit and called out to me, “ You hoo, do what you do!”. And so I fill my soul with the gifts of my life and radiate as much light as I can for it to shine where it may be most needed; undirected yet radiating vastly. So in these trying and uncertain times; when you need some inspiration and want to anchor hope within your spirit, go listen to the birds. They have a message for you too.

Maine Shamanism Spring 2020 Newsletter

Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.

Shah Rukh Khan

I invite you to set your course onto previously untraveled routes to destination Hope. Know that you are never alone. Others are traveling with you and are waiting there for you now.

Maine Shamanism Spring 2020 Newsletter

Due to the current necessity to shelter at home and for social distancing I am now offering all of my Shamanic teaching and individual sessions remotely via Zoom video conferencing.

Download is easy on any device. It  has become the online meeting and webinar platform of choice for many.

For the next 60 days I am offering remote Shamanic sessions by donation only.

I understand that we are all impacted by our global health crisis and it is an opportunity to reach out in generous ways to support one another.

Maine Shamanism Spring 2020 Newsletter

Many of my wedding clients are postponing their wedding dates due to uncertainty around the Covid 19 pandemic.

Yet there are others who are tying the knot just the same through a virtual ceremony officiated by their officiant of choice – over, you guessed- Zoom!

I will joyfully help design and officiate your Wedding ceremony via video conferencing! Times such as these offer opportunities for creativity and out of the box thinking.

Take good care, be well. I hope that you will listen to the songs of Nature as they wish to soothe your soul.

For a remote Shamanic session: Go to

For Wedding or Life Event officiant:

Winter 2020

Winter 2020

2020 Winter Edition of Essence

Newsletter for Essence of Spirit Ceremonies | Maine Officiants | Maine Shamanism

winter 2020 newsletter

Welcome to 2020

We have arrived!  20 years into the new millenium. Having lived and grown by the teachings of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s I am faced with the wow factor in the reality of this New Year, new decade, new awareness. I hear the collective calling for change. An awakening to a greater consciousness. An illumination.

I am being called toward being illuminating as I myself am continually illumed. Speaking at a small island non- denominational church here in Maine; a “coming out” into a broader community for me; my message is how we all can be a light into someone’s darkness. Quoting Mark Nepo, “ Each person is born with an unencumbered spot, free of expectation and regret, free of ambition and embarrassment, free of fear and worry; an umbilical spot of grace that issues peace….”

This unencumbered spot, our True Natures I will call it is the Source from where we may all shine. Polished by our trials and hardships we are all called to “come home” and let our love light shine. So I invite you all, in this beginning of all beginnings of whatever is to come; choose love. Choose to shine your little light no matter how dim it may feel- it is there beneath the rubble. Like the tiny green blade pushing up beneath the late winter’s frost. Push forth. Shine on all you crazy diamonds! The world needs you.

From Maiden to Wise Woman-The Sacred Right of Passage Honoring the Gifts of Arriving as a Women of Age

March 14, 2020 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Presented by Kathleen Blake and Jody Breton

GreenWoods Chiropractic Center
33 Levesque Drive, Eliot, Maine

Sacred Earth Celebrations Illustration

Illustration by Glennie Kindred from her book Sacred Earth Celebrations

“The spiral journey from Maiden to Wise Woman is a sacred passage; an inward journey of transformation revealing an outward expression of our wisdom, strength and beauty as a woman of years.”  Jody Breton

Come join us for a day long exploration and celebration of becoming and arriving. We are the Matriarchs, the Grandmothers and the Wisdom Keepers!

Through guided meditation and ritual we will enliven our experience of aging.

As a circle we will:

Transform the stigma associated with being an older woman.

Release the wounds that create limiting beliefs.

Celebrate the gifts of becoming a Wise Woman.

And much more…

Sign up on my website

Watch for ticket information on Facebook

Cost: 75.00

Sisters at the Table

A monthly gathering of sisters for lively discussion and deep listening.

Check our Facebook group page for listings of Tables.

January 25th; 10-12 at Beth’s Kitchen Cafe

108 Main St. Bridgton, ME

For ministry offerings:

For Shamanic offerings:

Bright Blessings,


Fall 2019

Fall 2019

The Season of Reflection

fall 2019 newsletter

As summer transitions into Fall; the season of the earth’s rest and renewal in the Northern Hemisphere, I am aware of my own cycle of change and the felt sense of an inward calling.

With the waning daylight I find myself reflecting on this past years’ potential and what has been harvested as winter sets in. It has been a very busy and fruitful 11 months for which I am so very grateful.

Today I was going through my desk drawer and sorting out old notes, reminders and such that I no longer needed. I came across a thumb drive or travel drive as my file saving software called it. I plugged it into my USB port on my laptop to see what it contained as I had little memory of its contents. Up popped an extensive library of photos and music files from as far back as 1995.

Perusing the photos I came across a youthful and thinner version of myself which produced a mix of emotions from the pang of nostalgia of a 30 year old self and the memories of “the good ‘ol days” but then something else happened. Within those fond memories came the overwhelming relief that I had passed through the gauntlet of trials that also came during those years! I reveled in the wisdom and freedom that I am so grateful to be experiencing now in my 6th decade of life. Gone are the smooth, tight lines of youth and welcome to the lines of a life well lived and well loved; the roundness of the reflection that I see not only in the mirror but felt within. Full, rich, plush and comfortable in my skin and in whom I have grown into. The fullness of the state of Crone; the crowning glory of the Triple Crown of the Goddess archetype!

In and amongst all the images I had tucked away was a gem of wisdom that I must have known I would want to reflect on in my later years. I will share it here with you as some of you may appreciate it as I have.

The Facts of Life:

  1. You will be given a body.
    It is the only one you will ever get.
  2. You will be given many opportunities to learn many lessons.
  3. They will be repeated until you learn them.
  4. The world is not fair.
  5. Everybody has a boss somewhere.
  6. Living involves hassles. This is given.
  7. Nobody is entitled to anything.
  8. True success is self respect. It must be earned it is not a gift.
  9. Being loved is only voluntary to babies.
  10. Everybody goofs up and goofs off at times.
  11. Everyone does something laughable at times.
  12. Staying happy involves work, work, work.
  13. Expecting perfection is asking for trouble.
  14. No one can make you feel anything.
  15. The quality of your life is up to you.
  16. Only you have the answers to questions of self.
  17. You will forget all of the above at times.
  18. You can remember it whenever you want.

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And now I’d like to add a few facts of life I  have accumulated along the way:

  1. If the only prayer you say is “thank you”,  it is enough.
  2. Gratitude is a daily practice,
  3. Forgiveness frees ourselves.
  4. Love creates bridges.
  5. As within so without.
  6. What is the medicine? Listening.

What are you reflecting on as the shadows become longer and the air crisper?

I invite you to go within and harvest your triumphs and trials; offering gratitude, forgiveness and love to yourself and to others.

I am grateful to each and every one of you for enriching my life and I am looking forward to continuing to serve as I am called.

Watch for ongoing Sisters at the Table gatherings on our Facebook group page.

Check my website for upcoming workshops and classes on Core Shamanism coming in the Spring of 2020!

If you missed our From Maiden to Crone: The Sacred Right of Passage workshop held in October stay tuned! We will be offering another in 2020. It was a wonderful and sacred day and we are anxious to coronate our next group of amazing women!

There is one spot open in the Shamanic Mentoring program that will begin in January of 2020. For more information and to register please send me a message through my website or to

Bright Blessings for all of your days!

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