Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shannon Tinder, Owner of Sacred Living Center, located in Ashland, OR, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Sacred Living Center is a holistic wellness center providing radical upgrades to harmonize your life. We serve those seeking deep dive transformations in body, emotions, and mind so one can fully align with their divine.

Tell us about yourself

I love that I get to help people every day with everything that lights me up. I'm living my most passionate life, which resonates through all my sessions. It starts with being the change we want to see in the world, right? I was blessed early in my 20s with recognizing we each have an authentic gift and truth to share with the world. I love helping women uncover the layers of shame, self-doubt, and outside noise to fully hear, feel, and receive themselves. We all have access to intuition and innate wisdom.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I am an entrepreneur extraordinaire! I've been running businesses since I was eight years old, from restaurants in my playhouse and beauty salons to now going on 20 years of successful self-employment as an adult. It's so rewarding to allow my wealth of creative juice to ignite every day and birth the visions into reality. And I have an amazing partner in love and business with whom I couldn't have done so much without.

He's definitely my steady rock amplifying my beauty and gifts. Together we've created two different retreat centers, with our latest in Southern Oregon, where we each offer in-person sessions rooted in somatic bodywork, as well as plant meditation and retreats with cactus.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Balancing life! Within the business, I'm the practitioner, the office manager, and the main tech person, which is quite a balance. Then throw in being a mom of two boys and wifey!

I return to cyclical living as a guide to living a balanced life. Some seasons have way more rest, and some days have way more rest, but I always make sure it's there. And when I forget, my body reminds me quickly. And that's my work, helping us to listen to the cues of our body. Our body is a map to living well.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Go for it! If there is creativity brewing in you, pulsing you to birth a business, then follow the lead.

At birth, the baby knows when to come; we don't have to rush it. Allow time to be your friend, and don't push against the natural flow. I specialize in women's health and birth, not just the birth of babies but tapping into the innate creativity within our pelvic bowls. When we learn to come from this rooted place, so much more is possible. So for those starting their businesses, learning embodiment practices are crucial.

I love the heart/womb coherence breath. It's quite simple and so powerful for helping this connection to our inner wisdom. Place one hand over the lower abdomen and one hand on the heart, then rotate a full breath in/out at each place for 5+ minutes. I promise if you do this daily, your life will change!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I'm glad you are asking about tips for starting a business, as one of my passions is supporting women in following their dreams. Part of my offerings is a 3-day deep dive immersion at my retreat center, where the woman receives my full attention for the three days. She's nourished, housed, and heard. That alone opens up so much.

During the time together, she receives daily somatic body~love sessions, strategy sessions for personal and/or business life, and elemental rituals to ground in the transformation. These are my favorites! I also offer remote 60-90 minute strategy sessions where we tap into the Akashic to provide exactly the steps one needs to move forward with business development (or some big change).

All of my work is rooted in reading the body intuitively through the lens of the quantum and seeing where coherence is possible.

Where can people find you and your business?


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