The Divine Feminine
Written by Kimberley Falk
Photography by Stephen Wild
There’s an old oak chair that sits almost in the centre of Cheryl Hiebert’s healing space, where she meets with clients in her own home. Having found it abandoned in an old apartment years ago, she saw its brilliance and brought it back to life. It now stands as a testament to her own transformation of growth and healing.
Like that chair, we all accumulate layers of dust throughout our lives and our finish can become dull, but who we are is still there. Like the chair, we can all be restored to our natural beauty. “Sometimes all we need is a little buffing,” says Cheryl as she sits cross-legged beside me, her notes spread out like a mind map in front of her. It’s not the pillows, the glow of the lamps, or the heat of my tea that ignites warmth in my bones; it’s the thought that so many people have sat in this very room and finally felt a moment of peace from their sometimes long-endured pain.
Cheryl Hiebert is a certified Wellness and Personal Growth Coach who has been on this path of studying, healing and teaching since the age of 10.
With the knowledge gathered from her many degrees and certifications, as well as the personal healing she has experienced from her own challenges, she offers a variety of healing techniques and programs (her own personal wellness toolbox, she often calls it) because no two people are alike.
“My role here is multifaceted,” she says. “I’ve adopted ‘wellness coach,’ but I don’t think it describes who I am and what I offer.”
It’s more than that; it’s holistic wellness. It’s mind, body, and spirit. “If people really knew me and what I’ve seen…”
She closes her eyes while she speaks and then she looks straight into mine. “I see you. You are acknowledged and loved. I see [everyone’s] own brilliance and I can help them to finally see their own and feel comfortable with it.”
Living life with wellness, passion, and purpose aren’t just words she writes, they’re words she lives and teaches by. You may be lost or in pain and need psychological or physical healing, or you may feel well, but feel like you are lacking passion and purpose. Cheryl has methods of healing and teaching for clients that come to her on different points on their path; those who need healing, and those who seek enlightenment.
Many of us are simply existing and going through the motions. Year after year, life goes on and nothing changes, and they think this is living. “There’s no passion,” says Cheryl.
She believes our purpose can be anything as long as we have passion for whatever it is that we do. We all have our true calling, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be something grand.
Reiki and Energy Healing Methods
Everything is made of energy. Chronic pain is energy, stress is energy.
Energy is supposed to flow. “As we move through life, we end up with restricted energy flow caused by what we’ve experienced in life,” Cheryl explains. “We need to get that natural flow of energy back and trigger our innate biological intelligence. “The body knows what to do to heal. Energy healing goes to the root and heals from the source instead of covering up the symptoms.”
These traditions of healing through energy have been around for thousands of years, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which can be essentially described as a form of accupressure, healing through strategic tapping of the body. “The nice thing is that these practices are what people can learn for themselves, thus learning to self-heal,” says Cheryl.
The Urban Goddess Retreat
One of Cheryl’s favourite events, which is based on many cultures where women would gather in the moon cycle, the Urban Goddess Retreat is for women who are ready to repair themselves. This two-day haven creates a sacred sisterhood among the women who attend.
Held in her healing space, each woman works through her own deep inner healing with the support of the others.
Competition has taken over cooperation in today’s world, and through yoga, meditation, dance, and a solid uplift, the women who attend become at peace with oneself while surrounded by a room full of love.
Journey to Authenticity
Authenticity is about being our best self, more often, in more situations. “Think about who you are at your best and think of the situations in your life where you can and can’t be the best of yourself.” If we’re not living each moment, then we aren’t being our most authentic selves. In order to create permanent change, we need to be consistent with the goals we make. “It’s about sustainable change rather than whimsical,” says Cheryl.
Once a week for 10 weeks, Cheryl meets with a group of men and women to discuss 10 different topics, ranging from recognizing your inner critic to tapping into your inner guidance and intuition. Each night is filled with exercises and tangible ways of self-improvement that create a foundation for a lifelong way of being authentic.
Corporate Wellness Programs
Guiding employees in times of stress and teaching them how they can support each other can help improve the integrity of the workspace and create a community within the corporate environment. These eight to 10-week wellness and self-care programs have gained a great response. Through the personal emails she excitedly tells me about, I can see that she has created a ripple effect. It’s not just support between co-workers she is creating; she’s also creating practices these people can take home to their family.
Why am I here?
We all have a soul blueprint we come into the world with that tells us about the patterns in our lives.
“It’s not a psychic reading,” Cheryl explains. “It’s an intuitive look at someone’s soul purpose – why they’re here.” What are your innate gifts and talents? What are you here to learn? Cheryl wants to answer the “why?” of many of the things that have occurred in someone’s life. Her eyes fill with emotion as she tells me about clients who were amazed at her ability to know personal details about themselves through their reading.
The Divine Goddess
We need to be accepting, as women, of who we are and the stages of being a young woman, perhaps becoming a mother, and then aging into a wise woman. “Every woman is a divine goddess,” says Cheryl.
Society today requires so many people to take on a very traditional “masculine” role; paying the bills, taking out the garbage, and so many women have lost an aspect of their divine feminine self as their identity as a woman.
According to the study of Alchemy, every human being is made up of a balance of feminine and masculine energy, and we — sometimes subconsciously — choose how much of one side we are. When a woman is strong, she can deep dive into her inner swirl of creative feminine energy and have deeper connections within herself and with those around her.
Womb Wisdom Jade Egg for Women Workshop
I watch Cheryl sitting on the carpet in front of me, palms up. “A woman’s womb space – that’s where the source of our true power is. The source of our creativity and strength. Often, we have not been taught how to honour and take care of that space as women.”
She shows me the jade eggs in her hands and emphasizes that her workshop is theory-based only. “There are so many outside triggers that can dishonour this space,” she says.
The jade egg heals, and absorbs trauma, shame, guilt and pain. This practice is a way for a woman to reclaim, reconnect to and heal her womb space, or sacral chakra. Women will also learn to experience more clarity, pleasure and creativity.
With conscious sacred intention, meditation, breath work and gentle movement, women will be guided to use their jade egg.
Cheryl Hiebert is a bundle of energy waiting to explode with love on anyone who comes near her. Like the sun lit up from the inside, she will never burn out and warms the souls of everyone she meets. “Nothing scares me in here, and I’ve heard everything,” she says.
Before I leave, I take one last look at the old oak chair that found its beauty at the hands of Cheryl Hiebert.
This chair has never judged those who have sat in it and continues to remain strong for those it holds up. All at once, it becomes clear this chair has become a part of Cheryl’s soul; perfect in all its imperfections, beautiful both inside and out, and a comfortable place for anyone to land.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Cheryl over the past 10 years through private healing sessions and corporate wellness workshops. Cheryl has an infectious enthusiasm for all life has to offer and a genuine desire to help people find the best version of themselves. Along with being highly intuitive, Cheryl also possesses extensive knowledge of the human body and multiple modalities of healing (Reiki, soul readings, Hatha and Kundalini yoga practices and wellness courses) with a goal of meeting people where they are.”
Paige Agnew MCIP, RPP
“Cheryl's workshops are a treasured resource. She brings tremendous compassion and skill to a circle of women who are ready to explore their shadows, their gifts, their purpose. Participants form deep friendships with each other that last years. I benefited substantially from the experience of her 10-week Journey to Authenticity series and highly encourage others to regularly do so too.”
Dr. Sonya Nobbe, ND
Director, Kingston Integrated Healthcare Inc.
“I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl as part of a group she was delivering a personal wellness workshop to in 2018. Many things Cheryl did and said during that brief 45-minute workshop impressed me, including her providing us with a number of practical “how-to” ideas we can practice daily that will enhance and sustain our wellness, backed up by evidence-based theory. What also struck me was Cheryl’s thoughtful and authentic approach to delivering these messages and skills, and her genuine interest in seeing each of us enhance our wellness. It was obvious to me that Cheryl walks the talk. Being impressed with my initial encounter, I knew where to turn when looking for pro-level counsel and insight on some program ideas for our organization. If you are seeking demonstrated experience and excellence in as Cheryl puts it: wellness, passion and purpose, I encourage you to seek out the many options Cheryl offers her clients.”
President and Principal Instructor
Centred Performance Inc.
“Cheryl expressed her burning desire to create a loving and safe community many years ago! This workshop is her divine essence! How fortunate we are to be recipients of her leadership with her most valued teachings. Cheryl gently guides us through exercises that lead us to the depths of our being. We play, we laugh, we sing and dance, all of which is 100 per cent optional without judgement. We dive deep to find our personal truth; our boundaries; our Divine Goddess. Time together is intertwined to create firm and trusting boundaries acceptable to each of us within this community. Cheryl is a master at keeping things light, lively, moving. Our population is longing for meaningful connections to others. You will meet likeminded ladies, have tons of laughs and discover yourself.”