Amanda J. Todd, PhD, is an elemental mystic bridging the world of Geography and Spirituality. She enjoys serving as a guide connecting people to more of their personal truth and purpose with the assistance of the natural world.
Through her classes and retreats, three key themes she inspires within others include: a greater awareness of personal energy and energies found within nature; empowerment through tools and skills to incorporate into everyday life; and a connection to one’s multidimensionality and service to others.
Amanda received her doctorate in Geography from UNC-Greensboro, where her research focused on spiritual landscapes of the Appalachian Mountains. During her graduate studies, she also studied with elders from various cultural belief systems including: Cherokee, Hawaiian, Peruvian, and Celtic. While she was working on her doctorate, she was also doing her own inner work and explorations of the tiny space of her heart…and she continues to do so while also gratefully holding space for others to remember. She is also a Reiki, Crystal, and Kahi Loa/Huna Master/Teacher. She teaches energy work and meditation classes and has been a practitioner of Kahi Loa for nearly a decade and teacher of Kahi Loa since 2010. She is an approved provider for NCBTMB (#1284) and an Interfaith Minister. She also leads group journeys to the Big Island of Hawaii and into the Magical Appalachian Mountains.
Her heart enjoys helping people remember their connection to the elements wherever they are and learning how to feel the connection and love that is always around and within them. From her doctoral research on spiritual landscapes, own experiences, and discussions with others from various cultural groups, she has observed and experienced that spending time in nature can be very good for the soul. Especially now, she feels it is extremely important for us in the 21st to spend time connecting to the elements and learning from them. We really are connected to EVERYTHING. She enjoys inspiring others to learn how to “be” in nature, to visit places they have not seen/felt, to learn about the elements around them, and appreciate the areas that are preserved for public enjoyment. She has taught in traditional academic settings at various colleges and universities for over a decade and has been teaching non-traditional spiritual development classes at various yoga studios, spas, and at other venues throughout North Carolina for the past 8 years. She believes nature is a place for great inner work, can trigger deep emotional releases and insights and is a place to regain balance in today’s world. Amanda loves the Hawaiian way of being/living “Aloha ‘Āina Malama Pono” (Love the Land, care for it righteously).
Amanda discovered the beautiful art of Hawaiian Hula Dance years ago and found the relationship between the body movements mimicking nature and the energy movement that occurs during the dance, to be sacred and needed in today’s world. As an energy work practitioner for over a decade, she found that the movement of energy while dancing often produces similiar feelings for participants as yoga or meditation, and with some other life lessons as well. Although she does offer energy work classes (for massage therapist and others), she finds that hula classes, just like yoga, benefit the body, mind, and spirit. Hula has layers to it and one aspect of it, is a more active form of personal energy work than the passive table work that someone else holds space for you in. With everyone being different, our bodies will respond differently to both. Her current focus in both the academic setting and outside of academia is on the interdisciplinary study and benefits of hula, an embodied practice that imparts knowledge of history, geography, the environment, and more. As a past environmental scientist, the connection of personal energy and connecting to nature in this way, resonated with Amanda. Many students of hula initially have a hard time with their hip movements, but also in the “slower” pace of some hula dances. The slower pace is in contrast to a majority of our lives, but a needed aspect in connecting our bodies and minds. For some who have problems sitting still, hula produces a meditative state for reflection and answers we have that lie within. Just like her Kumu, Amanda believes the world needs hula everywhere…more aloha, peace, and joy. Amanda also believes nature benefits from us honoring landscapes and places through ceremonies as well as our movement through hula, energy, and heart.
Amanda is available to present various talks to your group and offers workshops across North Carolina in energy work. If you are interested in having her present or offer a training, please contact her. If you are interested in finding out about upcoming retreats to Hawai’i or would like to stay informed of upcoming public events, sign up for her free monthly newsletter on the homepage.
B.S. in Natural Resources from NCSU 2000
M.A. in Geography from ASU 2002
Ph.D. in Geography from UNC-G 2010
Huna Hawaiian Energy Training I and II 2006
Advanced Huna Methods 2007
Reiki I and II 2007
Usui Reiki Ryoho Master/Teacher 2008
Huna Master/Teacher 2008
Interfaith Minister through EarthStar Spiritual Center 2009
Crystal Healing Intensive Studies with Crystal Sun Academy 2011
Healing Touch for Animals® Practitioner (Level 1 and 2) 2012
TTouch Method for Horses 2013
Merkaba Shamanism: Merkaba Activation & Energy Healing 2015
Simply Shaman Mystery School 2015
Some of her other cultural/shaman/elder teachers include: Oscar Miro Quesada, Tom Cowan, Steve Nelson, J.T. Garrett, Ph.D., and Auntie Maile Spencer.
Amanda has found that her biggest teachers are often her students, her hardest lessons have the most love, each group that comes together for a class or retreat is perfectly matched, and that learning and growing never stops. She loves connecting others through her events, planting seeds of information that students return with in bloom later, and being present with them when they first “feel energy”.
The first book that inspired her journey (jumped off the book shelf): Alberto Villoldo PhD’s Shaman Healer Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
As always, if you read or hear something that doesn’t resonate with you in the world of spiritual, metaphysical information, let it go! Find the things (people and information) that resonate with you. Find the things that make you say yes! Find what empowers you!
To see a listing of venues where Amanda has taught or is currently teaching along with policies for classes visit here.
To learn about her hula teacher’s & training visit the hula page.
To read about the logo symbol Amanda uses click here.
To read testimonials from previous students that have completed the CE’s or other training programs, click here.
Amanda holds a doctorate (PhD) in Geography, not medicine. My services neither diagnose nor prescribe for disease conditions. All clients are encouraged to seek competent medical help when those services are deemed necessary. The client accepts total responsibility for his/her own health care and maintenance. Nothing said, typed, printed, or produced by me is intended or meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat a disease, or take the place of a licensed physician.