About Groundwater Healing
Meet Amy Terepka
"The work I do is based on a foundation of years of practice intuitively listening to messages from plants, the natural world, the body and energy field. Everything is made of energy, and therefore all healing must include working at the energetic level to be effective." - Amy
Groundwater Healing was founded on the intention of helping you reconnect with your body and your innate personal source of power, sourced from a rooted connection with the Earth.
The work I do is based on a foundation of years of practice intuitively listening to messages from plants, the natural world, the body and energy field. Everything is made of energy, and therefore all healing must include working at the energetic level to be effective.
My practice focuses on helping you heal disconnection in order to stand fully and proudly in your body with a sense of ease, peace, and empowerment. I believe healing comes from a deep knowing of the self, and I hope to facilitate an open connection to what’s happening within the physical and energetic body to allow healing on various levels.
All of my offerings are designed with these principles in mind: that our bodies are wise and are always doing their best for us, the healing power of ritual, reverence and reciprocity for the Earth, animism and the sentience of plants, stones, and nature, that each of us is a unique soul with unique purpose, lessons, and gifts, that there is an allyship between mind, body, and spirit, and that mindfulness and intentional connection go a long way in healing.
Groundwater Healing operates on the lands of the Chinook people, in what's now Portland, OR.
Our culture has torn the fabric of love and respect for our human and non-human kin alike. I’m passionate about helping to shift the capitalistic, individualistic, and patriarchal paradigm that has us cut us off from honoring our bodies and our kinship with the Earth. In order to heal, we have to get back to the keystones of meaningful, interconnected life, which to me are presence, love, trust, respect, reciprocity, and a sense of belonging and worthiness.
I work with heart-felt and sensitive souls who are looking to gain a sense of worth, meaning and belonging by improving their relationship with their bodies and the Earth so they can:
Feel like they’re worthy and enough just by being themselves.
Feel like they have something to give back.
Feel safe and rooted in their body.
Understand the language of their body and learn to trust themselves.
Find a sense of belonging and place by having connection with the Earth.
By getting out of your head, sinking down into your body, you can find your root wisdom, the place of connection with all life. This enables you to feel resilience in yourself to face situations in life that may cause stress and hardship. It allows you to realize you can face anything while remaining present and loving to yourself. You have the support and the strength within you.
With this shift people can feel a sense of belonging within their bodies and on the Earth, a sense of worthiness, so they can move from that place of deep inner knowing, ease and peace, not fear or insecurity.
Why I Love What I Do
I grew up surrounded by health care practitioners and doctors. Health and healing was always a discussion and focus in my family, which paved way for my desire to help people through this obscure process of “healing.” I had no idea what that actually looked like though.
After traveling throughout South East Asia and India, I was inspired by the traditional healing methods used by many people in these areas. I was shown a new way of relating to our health, from a place of empowerment and access, true relationship with the Earth and all its medicine. I returned home with an eagerness to study the wide variety of natural healing arts.
My first foray in the healing arts was on a small herbal medicine farm in the Catskill Mountains, where I lived and studied for 2 months.
I then decided to study bodywork at the Fingerlakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, completing one of the most rigorous programs in the country in terms of hours, hands on practice, and scientific background.
I have since completed Reiki levels I, II, III and Master level, as well as advanced "Laser Reiki" classes through the Reiki Ranch in Chehalis, WA. I continued my studies of Energy Medicine with LifeLight Center, studied Craniosacral therapy under 2 mentors, studied with the Blue Iris Mystery School, and have developed my own intuitive way of working with the body and its energy that combines body-led energy work, intuitive messaging, chakra repair, plant spirit medicine, craniosacral therapy, and deep tissue work.
I have continued my studies of herbs through The Arctos School of Botanical and Herbal Studies, the School of Forest Medicine, Shayne Cases’ Flower Essence Mentorship program, along with countless hours of herbal workshops, conferences, and self-study.
I was also trained in Belize by Rosita Arvigo in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, and completed the Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop through PESI.
I've gained experience working as a ceremonial facilitator and plant medicine teacher for the School of Forest Medicine from 2011-2018, assisting and then leading Plant Medicine Trips around Oregon.
I continue to learn every day by working with my amazing clients, reading countless books, and always deepening my knowledge through continuing education.