Through the pursuit of being the best competitive snowboarder possible, in 2009 I found a practice that not only helped me become a better competitor, but perhaps more excitingly, it helped me to be a better person! It helped me live my everyday life with more patience, compassion, and a much more clear meaning and purpose than ever before.
The consistent practice of meditation helps me reconnect with the best part of my self so that I can live my days with a calm energy, creativity, and joy no matter how busy and hectic my schedule and days may be. My world has been very up in the air (literally!) for a long time now, and building meditation into my daily routine has created a balance and connection that was really missing in my life.
It’s said that “If you want to learn something, read. If you want to understand something, write. If you want to master something, teach.” Because the practice of meditation has been so powerful in my career and my everyday life as a human being, and because I still like to go all in with everything I do, I decided I wanted to master this new world. And so in the fall of 2012, I began my teacher’s path in primordial sound meditation through the Chopra Center University.
In April 2014, I received my teacher’s certification and besides having such a transformative experience through the entire process, I’ve also found that sharing this ancient wisdom in my own way through my own unique life experiences, with friends and family has been another special reward and journey in itself. I feel so blessed to have found such an inspiring path that initially began through snowboarding, but ultimately became my transition from my snowboarding career. While snowboarding has been an incredibly important part of my life for over 14 years, I see now that it was also a stepping-stone to where I am now. The practice of meditation requires the spirit and heart and discipline of an Olympic athlete and I know a thing or two about that!
We all have unique talents, gifts, and skills to offer this world, so why not show up everyday ready to share them with others from the most balanced and connected place possible in order to live with optimum potential? Whether your job is to be an athlete, Mom, Olympian, entrepreneur, artist, student, or doctor this practice will help you be present everyday with meaning and purpose. In being completely present, an amazing peace, happiness and fulfillment will help you do what you’re already doing better or will lead you to what you truly desire.
Stay tuned for workshops, retreats and group meditations!
“There is nothing more empowering than learning how to empower yourself. Through a true passion for what she is teaching, and a real world understanding of how to make meditating obtainable and easy, Gretchen’s class is one of the most empowering classes I have ever taken. Her zest for the practice and excitement for how it can truly change peoples lives is contagious. I came out of this class feeling excited and empowered to truly be able to practice meditating like I had never done before; in a way that would create lasting change within my life.”
– Elena Hight, Professional Snowboarder and 2x Olympian
“I had the opportunity to talk to Gretchen while at a social event and I heard the excitement and passion in her voice as she described her PSM journey. She inspired me to consider a meditation practice. When I was given the opportunity to work with Gretchen as my teacher, I jumped at it. It has been one of the best decisions in my life. From a pure technical perspective, Gretchen knows her stuff and was able to present the material in a clear and understandable way that I was able to easily relate to. She is truly knowledgable about these matters and this helped my learning curve immensely. However, the more important aspect of Gretchen’s teachings is her passion and experiences coupled with her ability to connect with her student in a meaningful way. It is clear that PSM is an important part of Gretchen’s life and her willingness to share the importance PSM has been in her journey makes her a very effective teacher.”
– Dave Sweeney, VP Human Resources and Operations