a digital course that helps sensitive change-makers
de-overwhelm their lives and craft sacred practice.
Registration for Sacred Focus closes March 30th at 8pm!
Ready to dive into the course?
I wasn’t addicted to alcohol, drugs or any of the other common addictive behaviors. I was, instead, a chronic people-pleaser. My drug of choice was adrenaline and too little sleep. At the time, I thought that martyrdom and overcommitment were the habits of someone who cared deeply.
I felt completely numb, despite how deeply I cared about my work.
The trouble is, what brought me to healing, caregiving, and world-changing work was my tender, vulnerable heart. The same heart that, after years of heart-wrenching trauma, started to simply shut down at the grief of it all.
One day, I found myself lying on the floor of my apartment, crying. Sobbing.
I felt like a stranger to myself, and craved a different, more gentle way of being in the world. I wanted to honor my commitments instead of flaming out. More than anything, I wanted a spiritual practice that brought me home to myself.
If this is starting to sound eerily familiar… I want you to know:
It is possible to dissolve the overwhelm of
changemaking and healing work.
Overcommitment and overwhelm are common experiences for people trying to change the world. But just because they are common doesn’t mean they need to be the norm. There are ways to detangle ourselves from this overwhelm and there is a path back to ourselves.
In fact, when we do find our way back, not only do we realize we can create a more sustainable life – hiking with our friends, pursuing learning opportunities, enjoying quiet moments with tea – but that we can show up more fully for our work.
We can do what we are meant to do on this planet both more effectively and with greater joy.
I believe it’s possible to look at your schedule and like what you see: ritual, meaningful work, deep rest, and space to integrate. Space like this is necessary not just for healing, but to become more effective leaders, creatives, healers, and change-makers.
Sacred Focus is the method I used to do just that.
If you are craving a more loving relationship with yourself, your work, your life, Sacred Focus is for you.
Self-care is a necessary part of healing the world. We cannot do great things if we aren’t doing well, ourselves.
Sacred Focus shifts your pesky “shoulds” off your plate, so you can offer the best of your time, energy and creativity to what truly matters to you. Learn to meet your own needs, without shame or guilt so you can make space for what you hold most dear and sacred. And finally, dissolve the sense of overwhelm and doom – replacing it with ritual and self-healing.
Yeah, that sounds pretty good to me, too. (And that’s why I created Sacred Focus.)
Sacred Focus says: you can claim agency of your own life
– and stop denying yourself what feels meaningful.
How do I know?
I’m Christy Tennery-Spalding, a recovering people-pleaser, shiny object-chaser, and over-committer.
I’m a highly-sensitive introvert and a passionate change-maker. I un-ironically want to make the world
a more compassionate place.
I believe that there is no more important time for us to rise up as resilient, fiercely compassionate change-makers than right now. And if you’re here, I’m betting you do, too.
I brought myself back from burnout so that I can do the work I’m meant to.
Now, I help thousands of change-makers, healers and creatives do the same.
(Psst: it’s possible. Really. Pinky swear.)
You can find exuberant joy in doing less
– and choosing better.
It is possible to feel well cared-for. It’s possible to make a bigger impact by focusing on where your heart calls you most – and to craft the sacred in the everyday.
You can cultivate a life where you swoon with joy at your calendar. You can be someone who does what you say you’ll do. What’s more, you have the power to prioritize what’s most important to you. You can overthrow the narratives of “not enough”.
More than anything else, you can begin building that more compassionate world we’re all dreaming of.
You can build love and self-care into your work (and workplan).
(Really. How amazing would that be?)
You can recalibrate your whole being toward self-compassion and what is holy. This is schedule minimalism for people who are way overcommitted, so you can create more time for what’s meaningful.
Because the truth is, you can’t do it all. And by trying, you’re robbing yourself of joy – and your effectiveness. The course offers a different way: going narrow, but way deep, with what is truly most important. This means that not only will you bid adieu to overwhelm, but you’ll super-charge the impact of what you’re meant to do in the world.
Sacred Focus is your inside pass to
what lights you up – so you can be present there.
Sacred Focus gives you back the love and
precious devotion to your important work and sacred life.
Times like these call for rebellion, not just resilience.
The solution isn’t to simply adapt to the old mode of busyness and fast-paced life. It’s not to try to do it all or be everything to everyone. And it’s definitely not to give in to the overwhelm.
Now is the time to be laser-focused and ultra-clear on what we’re here to do.
And then to cultivate the practices and tools we need to support ourselves in that purpose.
We do not need to become inured to the trauma and grief of injustice and destruction. We can feel deeply, and take action from our hearts instead of our reactivity and fear.
Instead, we can choose new patterns. Ones that honor our whole selves – not just one area of our lives.
Sacred Focus Curriculum:
…arrives in your inbox weekly in the form pdf workbooks + (newly added!) audio meditations
to support your process of dissolving overwhelm and cultivating the sacred.
The nine video masterclasses to help you build up a self-care practices that feel incredible.
Quiet: Pausing to experience mindfulness
Clarity: Defining your Sacred Focus
Opening: Crafting space for what’s significant
Discernment: Setting good boundaries
Non-attachment: Releasing what doesn’t serve us
Harmony: Shifting our narratives
Strategy: Designing a path forward
Integration: Embodying Sacred Focus
Reverence: Bringing our Sacred Focus into everyday life
Praise from Christy’s Students:
“Sacred Focus is a beautifully delivered course – weekly booklets, masterclass videos, and extras like playlists and device wallpaper images.
This course isn´t just about sorting out your time. It touches on so much more, like what is your purpose, what work are you here to do, how to say no, and how to pursue that which you truly love. Already I have been able to identify what wasn’t working for me, simplify and zero-in on what I truly want to focus on in my life.
The masterclasses were one of my favourite parts, being able to learn from Christy´s insights about tools such as breathing and using journals and planners was something that I was immediately about to put into practice in my life.”
— Pip Bennett, youth development specialist, writer, HermosasChispas.com
“As someone who’s been focused on finding her way through complicated grief for a while now, I can tell you how deeply grateful I am to have found Christy’s work.
Her voice is so warm, gentle, and real; like a good friend or sister who’s unafraid to reach a person in the dark waters and guide them to shore.
Or, more precisely, suggest solid ways for that person to (re)discover the resilience and refuge within themselves.”
– Dawn Little
– Kerry-Jean Watson
“The word that comes to mind when I think about Christy is sacred. Her vision for self-care is contagious. The way she holds space for you is precious. Spending time with her is undoubtedly transformation.”
– Ashley Beaudin, Leadership Mentor + Heart Encourager, ashleybeaudin.com
What you get inside Sacred Focus:
The Sacred Focus program:
9 modules, delivered as pdf workbooks + (newly added!) audio meditations each week.
To guide you in de-tangling your overwhelm, discovering what’s most meaningful, and centering the sacred in your life – step by step, every day.
9 video lessons, diving deep into self-care practices like: breathing, altar building, nature, gratitude and more!
To support you in developing practices that center self-care, and infuse your life with the everyday sacred, so you can do more of what matters.
Plus hella bonuses!
- Pretty desktop wallpapers
- Resource + inspiration guides
- The Sacred Focus Spotify Playlist
- Invitations to special online retreats and events with me!
- Bonuses for each of the video masterclasses (dozens, in all)
- Lifetime access to the course and automatic upgrades when I add new materials to the course in the future!
(FYI: doors close on March 30th – until autumn 2017.)
Inside the course, you’ll de-overwhelm your life, so you can create more of what feels sacred.
(Still not sure? Let’s talk about the what-ifs.)
What if I don’t follow through? I’ve been burned out for years and nothing seems to help.
Hoo boy, I’ve been there. Sacred Focus is not just a band-aid solution with external self-care solutions. It’s about re-tooling your whole life, so you can not only heal burnout, but prevent burnout in the future.
What if I’m totally freaking out over the current political climate?
Me, too, friend. I’ll let you peek behind the curtain at the self-care practices that been supporting me in my political work (which started during the Clinton administration!). If there were ever a time in our political lives to get serious about our self-care and personal sustainability, this is it.
I already have so much on my plate! What if I don’t feel like I have time?
The beauty of Sacred Focus is that it takes things off your plate – it doesn’t just add more. Plus, I’ve broken it down into bite-sized pieces, so it feels really doable. You also get lifetime access to the course, so you can work through it at your own pace.
In terms of time commitment, you could complete the course in 30 minutes each week for 9 weeks for the pdf workbooks + audio meditations. After that, you can dive into the self-care video masterclasses – each one is 30-60 minutes, with super-doable and practical self-care tips.
What if I’m a total beginner to self-care?
Yay! And welcome! Everything I do is designed to be as accessible as possible. And if you do have questions, I’m only an email away.
P.S.: Once you’re done with Sacred Focus, you won’t be a beginner anymore! 😉
What’s this about the doors closing on Sacred Focus?
Yep! On March 30th at 8pm (Pacific), I’m closing registration for Sacred Focus until the fall. This time gives me a chance to deepen my own studentship – and to take a long, luxurious maternity leave. (FYI: I’ll be raising the price on Sacred Focus when it returns.)
Sacred Focus students get lifetime access, so if you sign up today, you’ll get all of the upgraded materials when the course returns – at no cost!
But how do I know that Sacred Focus is right for me?
I designed this course for sensitive change-makers like you:
- Wild souls. Tender hearts. Ayone creating healing on this planet, in your community, or in your family.
- Service-oriented or creative folks, like artists, social workers, writers, nurses, activists, and teachers.
- Anyone who is trying to build a more compassionate world.
- Those of you who are tired of overwhelm and ready to craft not just less, but better.
If any of that sounds familiar, Sacred Focus is right for you.
Hey, I’m Christy.
I made Sacred Focus.
My self-care journey began at the age of 12, when I developed chronic pain from scoliosis and horseback riding accidents.
I became a social justice activist in high school – and went on to get my degree in poetry. I’m proud to have created work that weaves these together.
My training is as a yoga teacher, energy worker, massage therapist, meditation teacher, and non-violence trainer.
I’ve since made the transition from paid activist to self-care mentor for world-changers (with a little troublemaking on the side, these days). I now live in Oakland, California with my husband and our feral cats, Dorothy & Harriet.
Having been to burnout and back, it’s now my passion to help others make that same journey back to themselves.
Nuts and Bolts:
How much time does the course take?
Each workbook is designed to take 30-60 minutes to work through. Each meditation runs between 10-15 minutes. You can break this up through the course of the week or do it all in one go. Each video masterclass will be an additional 30-45 minutes of material.
I’m overwhelmed right now and can’t start right away! How long do I have access to the course?
You have access to the materials forever. Please download them when you receive them in your inbox so that you can store them in a safe place until you’re ready to dive in. But these are yours to keep forever. In fact, you’ll also get access to new materials as I add to the course or improve it over time. The fun (really) never ends.
Can I gift this to a friend?
I would be totally flattered if you decided to purchase this course for a loved one. Once you purchase, please email me with the email address for the gift recipient (and when you’d like me to inform them of this gift). I’ll send them an email letting them know about your generous gift, and they’ll begin receiving the course the day it goes live.
What about guarantees or refunds?
I guarantee that you will receive the best of my teaching, and I respectfully do not offer refunds. That being said, if you want to make sure this is right for you, please send me an email at and I’ll be happy to chat.
Once you purchase this program, that’s it!