Whitney's Bio & Headshots
Deaconess Whitney R. Simpson, CSF, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Long Version Bio
Whitney is a soul care practitioner helping others reach their fullest human potential as they explore the gift of God’s peace. She is the author of Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit and Fully Human Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self. Whitney is passionate about embodied spirituality and committed to love, justice, and service as a Deaconess in the United Methodist Church.
As Founder of Exploring Peace Ministries, Whitney hosts a free prayer and meditation podcast, offers contemplative retreats, ecumenical spiritual direction sessions, as well as yoga and meditation workshops and classes.
Whitney began practicing yoga as part of her recovery after stroke and brain surgery in 2005. She was hesitant a yoga practice could ease her chronic pain. Needless to say, she was wrong. Embracing the practices of yoga and meditation have been foundational for her healing journey and her soul care work today.
Before completing her first yoga teacher training, Whitney pursued the two-year Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation (CSF) with practicum focus on spiritual direction and retreats at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Whitney is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and member of Yoga Alliance, Hearts on Fire, and Spiritual Directors International. As a trauma certified yoga instructor, Whitney is incredibly passionate about her embodied work with trauma survivors, longing to create safe space for all. Additionally, she is trained in the Usui Method of Natural Healing by Rev. Jo Reece, an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. She believes in offering embodied soul care resources for all bodies - regardless of experience, age, size, shape, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.
Whitney's ministry work encompasses her passion for embodied spirituality and the ministry of spiritual formation. As a soul care practitioner, she helps others reach their fullest human potential as they explore the gift of God’s peace. You can find her books, schedule a soul care session, listen to her free guided prayer and meditation podcast, or discover the Exploring Peace community at ExploringPeace.com. Connect with Whitney directly at WhitneyRSimpson.com.
Shortened Version Bio
Deaconess Whitney R. Simpson is the Founder of Exploring Peace Ministries. She is a soul care practitioner, helping others reach their fullest human potential as they explore the gift of God’s peace. Whitney is a trained spiritual director, experienced yoga and meditation teacher, and the author of Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit and Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self. Whitney holds space for others to meet God through embodied spirituality and the ministry of spiritual formation. Discover more of her ministry offerings at ExploringPeace.com. You can connect with Whitney directly at WhitneyRSimpson.com.