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Ms. Shannon Thompson

Founder, Director

Shakti Rising

Direct Phone: (619) ***-****       

Email: s***@***.org

Shakti Rising

2404 F ST

SAN DIEGO, California 92102

United States

Company Description

At Shakti Rising we are committed to aligning our business practices with our transformational model of recovery so that no separation occurs within the program. Our relationships are based on integrity and mutual support. Our approach to business means t... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Outreach Director

Diogenes Youth Services

Affiliations

Advisory Board Member
Jeans 4 Justice High School

Founder
LifeScript

Founder
International Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Center Inc.

Education

B.A.
Sociology
U.C. Santa Cruz

BA
sociology and designing youth-outreach programs
The University of California at Santa Cruz

degree
Make-Up
Howard University

degree
elementary education
Western Connecticut State University

master's degree
Social Work

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Shannon Thompson- Founder, Visionary ...

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Shannon Thompson- Founder, Visionary Director

Ms. Shannon Thompson is the Founder and Visionary Director of Shakti Rising.
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Shannon has over 20 years of experience working with at risk youth and women in various settings. Specializing in addiction, trauma, and disempowerment. She received her B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Cruz and is completing a master's degree in Social Work. Shannon is a certified Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Flower Essence Practitioner, Ordained Minister, and has trained in Herbalism, Nutrition, Energetics, Aromatherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. Her clinical training includes trauma-informed services and a variety of energy psychology methods. Shannon is an organizational consultant and provides coaching and mentoring on leadership and nonprofit management.


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Shannon Thompson ~ Founder, Visionary Director of Shakti Rising

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Shannon has over twenty-five years of experience working with at-risk youth, women and leaders, a B.A. and extensive Masters-level coursework in Sociology. She is a truth-teller, life-long learner, organizational Read More Shannon Thompson ~ Founder, Visionary Director of Shakti RisingFounder, Visionary Director
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Shannon has over twenty-five years of experience working with at-risk youth, women and leaders, a B.A. and extensive Masters-level coursework in Sociology. She is a truth-teller, life-long learner, organizational consultant and leadership coach pulling from her certifications as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, flower essence practitioner, ordained minister; and training in herbalism, nutrition, energy psychology, aromatherapy and expressive arts therapy. She lives life with a juicy, fierce, tender fiery passion. Her superpowers are loving the unloveable, and using her powers for Good.


Shannon Thompson of Shakti Rising Speaks About Using Flower Essences in the Recovery Process of Young Women

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Shannon Thompson is certain of her life's purpose: To empower young people to reclaim their true selves, express themselves fully, and make a difference in the world.

She also knows that she was meant to bring the healing power of flower essences to her work as a potent part of the transformative process.
"I'm always excited to be able to share with people the power of the essences. I believe in them so deeply," she says.
Shannon is the founder and Executive Director of Shakti Rising, a multi-layered residential program that helps young women overcome addictions and abuses to find inner strength and achieve their highest potential.
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With years of experience as a counselor, outreach worker, herbalist, and massage therapist, Shannon works flower essence therapy into the treatment using knowledge she gained as a participant in FES's Practitioner Training and Certification Program. Shannon uses the essences to help apprentices face - and then move beyond - aspects of trauma, addiction, and spiritual emergence.
"Our goal is to treat the whole woman, not just the issues of abuse," she says.
"These young women are spiritual seekers," explains Shannon.
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From an early age, Shannon knew she was destined to achieve great things. "I had intended to do something important with my life - I wanted to change the world. But as a teenager, factors came together that affected those plans: I had trouble with drugs and anorexia, was raped, and became involved in an abusive relationship. I had been accepted at UCLA, but dropped out of high school. That came as a big shock to everybody - including myself."
After trying traditional recovery programs ("nothing really helped, because they treated the surface problems rather than the root spiritual issues of what was really going on"), Shannon had a "spiritual awakening" at age 18 and realized she was meant to help other young people who were looking for a meaningful spiritual life.
"From that point on," she says, "everything became about that goal."
After graduating with honors from The University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in sociology and designing youth-outreach programs in Santa Cruz and Sacramento, Shannon moved back to San Diego at age 25.
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"Yerba Santa was the first essence I tried," Shannon continues.
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As Shannon studied flower essence therapy, she says she felt she was "remembering" rather than learning, even though the information was new to her.
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Shannon started a weekly group meeting in her home, during which she taught young women about herbs and gardening, stress management, and grounding. She took aromatherapy training, followed by the FES Practitioner Training and Certification Program in 1999.
"I have so many sweet memories of that time, making so many heartfelt connections," Shannon says. "The training developed a sense of knowing about the plants - making it a living practice. Richard Katz and Patricia Kaminski modeled a living relationship to the essences, the most powerful way to work with them. That's when I started using them seriously in my practice."
Around this time, Shannon realized that Shasta Lily was the most profound essence for her personally.
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To read a poem Shannon wrote about her favorite flower essence, Shasta Lily, click here.
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For Shannon, flower essence selection can be a spiritual experience. "Information sometimes just appears in my mind, or I'll hear the name of an essence almost audibly - including essences I've never heard of," she explains. "Then I'll read about it and realize why I was drawn to it. Patricia modeled honoring our mystic connection to the flowers at the Practitioner Training, which in turn honors the people who use them."
Her first day after returning from the FES Training in 1999, Shannon embarked on three initial case studies among the women of Shakti Rising.
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Shannon carefully guides the young women at Shakti Rising through a program of self-development based on their own specific needs and experiences. As part of that program, the flower essences are used consciously as powerful tools.


Meet Our Staff | Shakti Rising

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Shannon Thompson- Founder, Visionary Director

Ms. Shannon Thompson is the Founder and Visionary Director of Shakti Rising.
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Shannon has over 20 years of experience working with at risk youth and women in various settings. Specializing in addiction, trauma, and disempowerment. She received her B.A. in Sociology from U.C. Santa Cruz and is completing a master's degree in Social Work. Shannon is a certified Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Flower Essence Practitioner, Ordained Minister, and has trained in Herbalism, Nutrition, Energetics, Aromatherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. Her clinical training includes trauma-informed services and a variety of energy psychology methods. Shannon is an organizational consultant and provides coaching and mentoring on leadership and nonprofit management.


Our Model | Shakti Rising

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Shakti Rising unofficially began in the fall of 1997 when Founder and Visionary Director Shannon Thompson started providing informal services to young women with co-existing conditions such as addiction, body image issues, sexual abuse, family and dating violence, depression, and low self esteem.

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Shannon provided weekly groups, individual sessions, mentoring, and worked with the women in her garden, apothecary, and art studio. She realized the need for structured programs that did more than traditional client service models, education frameworks, and leadership opportunities, and Shakti Rising was born. At first there was there was no official name, formal programming, or marketing. Yet word of Shannon's work with young women spread quickly and an increasing number of young women sought services. In September 1999, Shannon started the first program house at Mt. Helix in San Diego's East County.
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Shannon provided Transformational Recovery Apprenticeship services and support to 34 young women (10 lived in the program house, 12 received counseling services and 12 received harm reduction, "courting" services). During this time, Education and Community Wellness workshops, classes, and labs were offered to women of all ages and backgrounds at the program house.

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