Be Inspired – Live Upward

I am pleased to offer you a collection of interactive and transformative events: presentations, programs and readings, all designed to inspire new insights and encourage practices for living upward.

It is my intention that each of you who attends an event will experience an “aha moment” in which you discover a simple truth that has been waiting for you in plain sight. And, although simple and seemingly mundane, it will have deep and profound meaning in your everyday life. And when you go home with this new nugget of truth, you will know that you are living upward. You are on the path and you are practicing what is truly beneficial to you and to the benefit of all.

Current Offerings

Descriptions of offerings that will support you on your journey towards living upward.


Living Upward

Every day endless opportunities for us to slow down reveal themselves. And when we welcome these moment into our lives, we join the trajectory of Living Upward., and are flooded with an awareness of our power to choose a life of good will and intent. It is here and now that we will decide who we want to be in this life, and how we want to act and engage with our world.

In this introductory presentation, the journey upward begins. We explore how to live life with intention, connect with compassion, give with gratitude, and participate meaningfully in a life larger than our own. The journey spirals us inward where we quiet our minds and open our hearts, then we courageously spin outward recreating our lives with greater purpose, kindness, joy, and good will.

Discover the extraordinary and transformative movement of living upward..

The Living Upward Series:

This series explores the qualities essential to Living Upward and teaches you how to practice them. These programs can be presented individually, in a series, or as an immersive weekend experience. Each program includes readings, discussion, exercises, and guided meditation.

Say YES to What is — Learn to be more present and aware. Choose to intentionally embrace the moment, rather than resist, and discover the power in accepting life as it is and the freedom it brings.

The Resilient Optimist — Discover your innate capacity to thrive. Explore how acts of self-compassion can uncover more possibilities for love, creativity and purpose, and guide you on the path to living upward.

Create Connection, Build Community  — Learn to connect more deeply to life through gratitude, generosity, and awe. Experience a growing sense of belonging and meaning as you live upward.

The Heart’s Wisdom — The heart teaches us to let go, forgive, and embrace our common humanity. Here, at the gateway to your soul, explore your courage to be vulnerable and the strength you have to change.

Life in Balance — With increasing uncertainty and no easy answers in life, we  struggle to stay balanced. Discover how to find ease in effort, stillness in action, and how to let go while still maintaining  control.

A Life Larger Than My Own — Boldly, bravely, and playfully explore how you can contribute to the natural order, to the greater good, and to a life larger than your own.


Reflections on After Rain — As Susan wrote her new book, After Rain, a collection of narratives about living upward, she discovered that its creation was for her a daily practice in living upward. At her readings, she shares her discoveries then invites participants to read their favorite narratives aloud, reflect, and share their own insights for living upward.

Calendar of Events

Living Upward — A Six Part Series

September 23, 30, October 7,14, 21, 2

This ZOOM series is offered by the College Relations Office for Alumni and Parents, at Union College in Schenectady, NY. If you are affiliated with Union College link here to register.

A Three-Week Summer Series — The Heart’s Wisdom

July 14, 21, and 28, 10:30 – 12:30

ZOOM with us and explore what our hearts teach us about being playful, generous, and forgiving. We will share our favorite passages from Susan’s book, After Rain, delve deep with guided meditations, and discover our very own capacity to be empowered.

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Creating Connection, Building Community

6/3/20, 10:30-12:00 am

On Zoom

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The Resilient Optimist

5/27/20, 10:30-12:00 am

On Zoom

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Say YES to What Is

5/20/20, 10:30-12:00 am

On Zoom

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Since 2015 Susan has provided ​​our center with a variety of programs for survivors of victimization that teach skills related to self-regulation and healing, including mindfulness practices, gratitude, visualization, and energy medicine techniques. Her programs are always popular as she is a skilled, compassionate, and intuitive group facilitator. Susan is able to “read a room” and make adjustments ​to meet the needs​ of the group​. She is gracious in her interactions and presentations​, and​ reflective and warm​,​ embod​ying​​ the information and practices she presents. There are always wonderful nuggets of content and hands-on practices for any group member to take away and build on. I highly recommend her as a facilitator for a variety of groups and needs. She is a gem!

Kelly Broadway

Program Manager, The Center for Community Resilience after Trauma (CCRT)