Wendy Havlir Cherry is a poet, teacher, author, and shamanic practitioner. She holds two Master’s degrees from St. John’s College in Eastern Classics and Sanskrit and Liberal Arts, and a third Master’s from Naropa University in Counseling and Contemplative Psychotherapy.
Wendy has worked for many years as a psychotherapist with individuals and groups to uncover, reclaim, and empower their inner wisdom and deep, intuitive knowing. She is a long-term student of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estès, PhD, mysticism, the shamanic path, and devotional poetry. She offers individual guidance and group retreat experiences, combining her professional expertise with esoteric wisdom and life experience grounded in practical devotion and daily practices, including meditation, guided visualization, altar building, sacred space creation, ritual, ceremony, and storytelling.
She currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. The Mistress of Longing is her second book. Her first is The Reach is (W)holy: Poetry Inspired by the Sacred, published in 2017.