Let's go there, together.
- to trust yourself and your vision,
- to feel clear and confident about who you are and where you’re going, and
- to have access to all the inner resources that will get you there.
You aren’t broken.
Nothing’s wrong with your mindset.
And, you don’t need to be saved.
That’s not what we’re going to work on together because you already have the foundation, experience, and determination to live the brave and purposeful life you aspire to.
It’s time to bring your gifts and talents to the people, projects, and causes you care about most. You deserve a safe and non-judgmental space to do the inner work that will help you do just that.
I offer radical understanding and gentle tools to help you surface your innate capacity for growth and transformation.
Hi! I'm Jennifer O'Sullivan
I guide seekers, space holders, healers, and social change-makers through their inner terrain with shame-free embodied practices rooted in timeless wisdom and science.
I see myself as a wayfinder.
I might also describe myself as a yoga teacher, educator, meditation teacher, mentor, guide, IFS practitioner, or coach.
But the work I do is more like inner facilitation. Whether we start with the body, breath, or Parts Work, your courage and your curiosity propel the work.
My role is to help you explore your inner world to reveal your vision, taproot your innate healing powers, and set down burdens that keep you from living and working in alignment with your values.
The Roots & Stems of My Work
For nearly 20 years, I've helped more than a thousand people reconnect to their body's wisdom, cultivate attitudinal balance, develop better attunement with others, and bring forward compassionate presence with Yoga and Buddhist Mindfulness classes, workshops, professional courses, and individual sessions.
For 5 years, I've offered powerful self-inquiry facilitation using the evidence-based Internal Family Systems (IFS) Parts Work model. Through this transformational process, my clients have gained clarifying perspectives on how to grow their impact, uncovered self-led ways to be in right relationship with others, and learned how to get on their own side.
I've studied and practiced yoga with exemplary teachers from many disciplines, but I'm most influenced by Don & Amba Stapleton of the Nosara Yoga Institute (Kripalu lineage) and my current teacher Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga Institute).
My mind is rooted in Theravada Buddhism. I've completed several Dharma retreats and study programs at Bhavana Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. My Zen heart is held lovingly by the International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism. I've had the great privilege to sit multiple retreats with Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and take the Five Mindfulness Trainings (precepts) with him.
Internal Family Systems
IFS Parts Work is a big part of my life, personally and professionally. In addition to using this framework for my own inquiry and healing, I've completed all three levels of IFS training plus ongoing continuing education through the IFS Institute. I have special interests in anxiety, befriending challenging inner critics, and how culture and other external pressures shape how we see ourselves.
In all of my work, I do my best to embody the Bodhisattva's commitment to alleviate suffering in others. I also aspire to Five Core Guidestars and a Code of Ethics inspired by the Five Mindfulness Trainings. For those who like the details, here's my list of credentials.Work With Me
I've been blessed with extraordinary role models, teachers, and guides. Because of their careful shepherding of my own process and how I observe them with others, my approach is non-dogmatic, anti-authoritarian, and centers the agency of the individuals who seek my support.
I believe the best guides slowly step back to strengthen their clients' connection to their inner wisdom. Instead of telling someone what I think they should do, I offer the invitation: see what happens if…
Because I take seriously the duty of care I owe to my clients and students, I continue to work on myself. Presently, my Dharmic studies are focused on the Lojong Teachings, a set of contemplative practices that train the mind to stay ever-present with the preciousness of life and to center compassion as an organizing principle.
I also benefit from the ongoing support of two incredible IFS practitioners. My coach Melissa is my trusted guide and mentor in all things related to my role as a space holder. She continues to help me refine my scope of practice, identify blind spots, and stay rooted in my why. My consulting supervisor Kirsten has my back. She helps me process anything that gets activated in me when I work with clients and refine my practical skills.
What this means for you is that I am deeply committed to meeting you where you are with my most integrated and grounded self.