Photograph of Jenny Hunter Groat taken by Peter Groat

From the cover of My Big, New, Happy, Free, Unusual Life by Nina Wise


“There is nothing more seriously connected to our deepest longing than is our play.”



Are you striving to do, be, and have enough?  Is the struggle exhausting your body, hurting your relationships, and crushing your joy?  If so, welcome to the Proving Ground – a mindset based on a giant lie and a nasty scam. The lie is that there’s anything wrong, bad, or missing and the scam is that if you can just fix, hide, or compensate for it, you will be happy. But, no matter what you do, it’s never enough and all your efforts improve yourself, others, and the world, just keep you on the Proving Ground. The freedom and fullness you’re longing for can only be found on the Playground! But how do you find that illusive Playground?

When there’s nothing to prove or improve, life becomes play.

Chances are you’ve has some experience of the Playground already. You might have caught a glimpse of it at a meditation retreat, tripped into it on psychedelics, or dived into it in a state of flow. It’s easy to feel it when we’re playing. All that relentless self-monitoring falls away, the incessant mind chatter finally shuts up, and for one blissful moment you’re free! The love, joy, openness, and spontaneity of your true nature can finally unfurl and blossom!


Shifting to the Playground comes with the recognition that there has never been anything wrong, bad, or missing. Within you, other people or the world. Period. You already are and have everything you’re longing for! The possibility of living life on the Playground is not a childish fantasy nor an escape from the responsibilities of adulthood. It’s an expression of maturity and the foundation for a wise, creative, and loving life.

With over twenty years experience coaching and training coaches for the Coach’s Training Institute (CTI), there is nothing I care about more nor am better equipped to do than support you in your journey from the Proving Ground to the Playground.


  • 6 hours of coaching
  • Over 2-3 months
  • Recorded sessions
  • E-mail support 



  • 9 hours of coaching
  • Over 3-4 months
  • Recorded sessions
  • E-mail support 



  • 12 hours of coaching
  • Over 4-6 months
  • Recorded sessions
  • E-mail support 

Cost: $3,000

Let’s see if it’s a fit!


“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

A little more about Gwen

Gwen is a Swiss Army knife for transformation. She embodies the wisdom of a recovering Prove-a-holic who has been clearing the path to the Playground for herself and others for over 30 years. She received her training at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) then co-designed and led CTI’s mastery level coaching course. Gwen received a masters degree in philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has been a dedicated meditation practitioner and student of the Diamond Approach for over 20 years Gwen has trained with Peter Levine in the Somatic Experiencing method for trauma healing. She is a a facilitator of The Work that Reconnects, Joanna Macy and has done extensive retreat practice in Zen, Theravadan and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions. Gwen is also trained in the Luminous Awareness subtle energy healing approach.

Having been ripened and tenderized by breakthroughs of all kinds along the way, Gwen sees the divine, adorable, majestic, hilarious playmate in you and she loves you already. She respects your strategies for avoiding the playground but doesn’t take them too seriously. She’s sharpened a wide range of well-honed tools, keen insight, and deep intuition to support you on your journey…without losing your sense of humor.