"Kathy, the retreat week with you was one of constant invitation into the Divine in all its forms, from the prosaic day-to-day to the deep spiritual powers present within and around us held by the sacredness of the land. Your steady, loving attention and inspired guidance and support allowed me, and I think all of us, to risk facing the difficult and sometimes darker sides of myself and to hold a steady course within deep truths. You modeled a consultative leadership which gave each of us a voice and a place, very important. Your joy in everyday things is contagious, and you invited us into noticing, giving meaning to each and every moment (no small thing)." Sue Guttenstein, Ph.D. – Psychotherapist – Toronto, Canada
"My first experience (healing session) with Kathy led to a trauma experienced in childhood that had rendered me a longstanding sufferer of night terrors and sleep disturbance. After my experience with Kathy, the night terrors were gone. Gone. I'd suffered 45 long years of terror if awakened at night, feeling ill at ease at nightfall, and in a matter of twenty minutes, this 'reality' was completely altered . . . . Now more than a year after this experience, I remain free of any and all night fears, terrors, or nocturnal illness of ease. . . . The power of Kathy's wisdom and professionalism is remarkable. I feel great zeal in recommending her gift, skill, insight and exceeding emotional generosity . . . Considering the spiritual or metaphysical, her warmth, empathic and intuitive, easy manner welcome one to openness and revelation. And thus transformation."
My Personal Healing Story Eve Moore , Writer – Gloucester, MA
"Kathy has an extraordinary gift of reflecting back and making everything suddenly clear. I'm in awe of her breadth of understanding, and range of expression with which to convey it."
Isabel Leonard – Translator – Boston, MA
"Kathy helped me navigate the most intense challenge of my life. When my work, health, and relationships fell apart, she helped me . . . find the best in myself, and act upon it . . . My experience with Kathy was a chance to learn about grace, gratitude and compassion in action; about the power of a generous spirit, and how transformative Love truly is." Lisa K – Marketing Manager – Waltham, MA
"My experience with Kathy and transformational healing was the most powerful moment of growth I’ve experienced in any of the many therapeutic modalities I have tried. Her skillful use of kinesiology helped me move through my fearful resistance. I left our session feeling I had released long standing negative programming, and was aware of my responsibility to now grow healthy new patterns of thought and behavior." Leslie W – Designer and Craftivist
"Kathy Eckles is one of the most skillful facilitators I have ever met. She combines sensitivity and a great psychotherapeutic knowing with clarity and a huge love for mankind. As a teacher she is inexhaustible. She makes me dare to do new things! And she makes space in a group where there is a place for everyone."
Janna Stromberg – Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist – Stockholm, Sweden
"Kathy Eckles is one of those rare beings whose teachings transcend course material, and invite truly deep insight, connection and transformation. An intensive ten-day transformational training became a beautiful and intuitive dance, whose rhythm and tempo she pitched perfectly to my needs, aspirations and character. I arrived with what I thought were high expectations: these were far exceeded." Tony Dickinson – Healer, Writer, Travel Photographer – London, UK
“When I started on this journey with GSH I had no idea of the profound personal learning it would lead to. I have deepened into my true self by removing old patterns and stubborn blocks, gained enlightenment and a deep inner knowledge from age old wisdom. It has allowed me to work with my clients on a much deeper level and the results have been truly remarkable. Andy Hahn and Kathy Eckles are visionary leaders in the growing field of Energy Work. Their compassion and knowledge establish a very safe base which allows change and growth for the individual. Thank You.”
Sarah Bird, Energy Psychologist, Coach and Healer – Dublin, Ireland
"Kathy Eckles – a truly compassionate, knowledgeable and gifted individual. Her teachings will captivate your heart and mind. Like a conductor leads an orchestra, Kathy knows each person as an individual gift, and guides them to full potential, enabling each to be enjoyed in perfect harmony with each other. The essence of her teachings will awaken you soul."
Irene Weinstein – Director of Operations, RMA, Inc. – Warren, NJ
"Linking the Enneagram and Love gave it a health and strength orientation that flowed from Kathy's authenticity. She made it possible for us to share openly with no judgment. There was much respect for everything we shared; no wrong answers."
Sandy Machson – Life /Career Coach, What's Next Coaching – Cambridge, MA
"When our coaching team decided we needed an external facilitator for our annual staff retreat, I thought, “How could any single, outside person fully grasp the unique situation we are currently in?!” Well, Kathy nailed it. She listened deeply in advance planning calls and then designed an agenda that allowed each person to fully show up, and our group to attend to our group goals as well. Kathy’s warmth, sensitivity, deep listening and grounded presence were just what we needed to deepen together as a group. And her persistent focus and organization kept us on track towards our purpose. It is not easy to so masterfully facilitate a group full of facilitators. Our team trusted Kathy to steward us into greater clarity for our immediate future. I have never returned from a retreat with more practical, actionable tasks and plans – or as thorough notes as we have! Kathy is truly gifted, and we deeply benefited from her work with us!"
Hilary Allen– Innovation & Growth Lead, New England Region, Unitarian Universalist Association
"Kathy is a devoted and deft professional, bringing together her business acumen, psychological insight and deep personal practice of engaged conversation to create a truly fantastic experience for those who work with her. As a project manager for a complicated, iterative project with many moving parts and multiple sectors, Kathy shone as someone who could communicate effectively, plan intentionally and deeply, and be flexible with needed changes as they arose. Her insights along the way, and her leadership and ability to stay connected and accountable through challenges were truly remarkable. I could not recommend her more highly for any partnership you are considering!"
Parisa Parsa - Executive Director, Essential Partners
"Kathy's facilitation of our annual Board of Directors' retreat was a masterclass in how to shape and co-create a joyful, concrete, specific, next-step-filled future plan . . . It is a rare skill to be both brilliantly focused & organized, and a deeply intuitive listener; to be both rigorously logical & analytical, as well highly sensitive & gentle; to be both consumately professional and marvelously fun. It was a privilege and such a deep pleasure to work with her."
Pat Gildea – Chair, Strategic Fundraising Plan – Mystic Chorale Board of Directors – Arlington, MA
"Kathy Eckles is a master teacher whose process matches her content. Participants hadn't expected to be jazzed by organizational development learning, but found themselves drawn in by Kathy's teaching style as well as her ability to express her ideas in the language of our discipline. She was well prepared and gave our group time to respond to her proposed agenda so she could adapt it to best match our needs. She continued to check in with the group throughout our time together, adapting as we went. At the end of the workshop, the group was energized with new ideas to take back to the workplace. It was a splendid experience!"
Rev. Mary Martha Thiel – Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisors' Conference – NH
"The workshop was excellent! The pace was just right and even those uncomfortable speaking in large groups were engaged. Phenomenal was the way you teased out the two big elephants in the room making the staff feel comfortable enough to share their concerns in the respectful way we established at the start."
Sheila Place - Program Director - Cooperative Elder Services, Inc.
"... Kathy is a leader in a way that makes you feel like a peer and manages people by leveraging strengths and minimizing weaknesses. As a merchant with May Department Stores she assembled an eclectic team of people that collectively worked towards a common goal in a way that was not only an extreme learning experience, but fostered fun along the way . . . (Kathy) has a sharp business acumen that allows her to read between the lines, listen to the audience and satisfy their needs. She taught me not only what you can see in an analytic way through numbers, but also how to be visionary by observing people and their behavior. . . ."
Heidi Caine – Director, My Macys Analytics
"Kathy Eckles is not only experienced in organizational dynamics but is one of the most present and sensitive consultants/coaches I know. Her understanding of and ability to constructively apply the dynamics of emotions, emotional maturity and personality is rare indeed. Her enthusiasm, persistent striving for excellence and attention to detail make her a reliable and professional partner in any endeavor. It is always a pleasure to work with her."
Ed Morler, MBA, Ph.D. - CEO, Morler International Author of award-winning book, The Leadership Integrity Challenge: Assessing and Facilitating Emotional Maturity
"I admire your skillful weaving of individual concerns into common / universal concerns . . . and your listening behind the words to the unspoken content." Ron Hindelang, Ph.D. – Chaplain / Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Brigham and Women's Hospital – Boston, MA
"Our CPE Supervisors Conference was engaging . . . and you modeled how we can engage others! You presented with warmth, creativity, organization, and excellent clarity in language I could understand. The material was relevant and applicable to what I do on a day-to-day basis." Rev. Sharon Frank – Chaplain / Pastoral Educator, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - NH
"Thank You for the Enneagram workshop for our CPE students! You gave a clear description of a complex topic in a short time - all with great energy and clarity of information. Well done!"
Rev. John Pearson, D. Min. – Chaplaincy Director, Beverly Hospital –Beverly, MA
"The Enneagram workshop was very powerful with meaningful take-aways. Kathy Eckles is extremely professional and insightful, yet fun and very down to earth. I loved our time together."
Beth Hallisy – Partner, Advertising, Marcus Thomas LLC – Cleveland, OH
"Your presentation materials were exceptional – complete with a thorough outline and understandable notes for future reference. Your timing and teaching pace was respectful of the group’s learning curve – a group that was quite frankly riveted by your extraordinary command of both the material and the techniques. In short, you lived up to your promotional materials and your energy and enthusiasm were delightful and contagious!" Merci Miglino – Former Chapter President, International Coaching Federation – Albany, NY
Author of From Doormat to Diva
"Thanks for a truly wonderful retreat! I loved it and everything about it from start to finish. We got a lot done with just the right mix of staying on the agenda and free forming when the spirit moved. Thanks again Kathy for your skilled and loving guidance."
Olivia Tappan – (Past) President, Mystic Chorale Board of Directors –Arlington, MA
This season has gone very well. Fund-raising set records for dollars raised in one season and we have a wonderful publicist. Thanks for all your assistance in helping us make some meaningful changes!
Gail Sullivan – Administrative Director, Mystic Chorale, Inc. – Arlington, MA
"Kathy, thanks for another terrific session! You modeled the power of opening communication in situations where it would tend to close down. Great job navigating the dynamics of one person telling their story, creating space for the rest of the group, and making teachable points. Thanks also for the rich handouts; so helpful in furthering our ability to interact with presence, curiosity and respect for all." Cindy Steinberg – American Chronic Pain Association, New England Dir.