“The world is calling you to come play, to come risk, to let your heart burn with a passion that will make sense of your life.”         

 Phillip Shepherd


Are you ready to make the transformative leap from the Provinground and Battlekground to the Playground?

Many of us were born into a battleground where we have to perpetually protect and defend ourselves from threats. For others life is a proving ground where we earn a sense of security through performing and achieving. But our true nature is inherently unbounded, open, playful, and loving. In other words, the Playground is our birthright. The struggle, striving, and stress of proving and battling aren’t just making us miserable, and depleting our health, they’re destroying the planet. Yet, as close as the playground is, shifting from proving and battling can be the most difficult, transformative journey of a lifetime. 

Wherever you are on your journey, whatever your needs, a coach can help you turn the obstacles into springboards and bring joy and ease to the adventure. If you have an appetite for freedom and fullness beyond conventional notions of success. If you recognize the limitations of the proving ground, and you’re committed to the journey, I’d love to work with you. If you’re seeking freedom and fullness beyond conventional ideas of success and you want the sheer zest for life that comes with spontaneous free play.

I am here to help you liberate your playful nature, play with the obstacles to play, and point you over and over again, back to your compass of joy, your own deepest wisdom and guidance.  

A little more about Gwen

With over 30 years of experience facilitating transformation in individuals and groups, Gwen knows what it takes to make transformation irresistible and behavior change delightful. She has . In addition to receiving a masters degree in philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she received her coaches training through the Coaches Training Institute and co-designed, with CTI founder Henry Kimsey-House, their mastery level coaching course, Come Alive! The artful play of coaching. Gwen has been a dedicated meditation practitioner and student of the Diamond Approach for over 20 years. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a trauma healing approach and as a facilitator of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects. She has also studied extensively with the non-dual meditation teacher, Adyashanti.


Having been ripened and tenderized by her own breakthroughs, healing, and spiritual openings of every sort along the way, Gwen offers grounded insight, deep compassion, a playful spirit, along with a wide range of well-honed tools, keen insight, and deep intuition for the journey.


“Gwen takes you where you are and can work on many different levels – personal, spiritual & professional. Whatever my block, she always has just the right process. I am much more on track now, but am not ready to give up her insights just yet!”

T. Nash

Ph.D Student

“Working with Gwen is a delight and has helped me develop greater playful presence and sense of freedom in my life. I would recommend her to anyone interested in developing those qualities!”

Y. Amram

Former CEO

“I love working with Gwen. She’s compassionate, insightful, and she makes me laugh when I’m taking myself too seriously. She’s had a big impact by being gently persistent with me on the issues that I do/but I don’t really want to work on.”

A. Peters

Program Director