I'm Louise Wisechild.
I've had the joy of having an adventuresome and creative life.
And one of my greatest joys has long been singing and writing songs.
Starting as a teen and through my 40's, I wrote songs, which reflected my deep passion for relationship, solidarity, peace and social justice. Through the years I studied voice and occasionally performed, usually at lectures on healing from childhood abuse.
Then there were years of no new songs.
But with the quarantine for Covid here in Guatemala, I broke my silence and began studying the craft of songwriting, while also collaborating with international songwriters and musicians and working with a professional songwriter/mentor through The Songwriting Academy. It has been a fully occupied year. I have gladly given most of my time to my dream of being a singer/songwriter whose work brings more caring into the world.
And at 67, happily, it is not too late to sing and to make music. I hope you will check out Louise Wisechild Music while you are here.
I'm also the author of two pioneering memoirs, The Obsidian Mirror: An Adult Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse, (1988) and The Mother I Carry: Healing from Emotional Abuse (1993) as well as the editor of She Who Was Lost Is Remembered: Healing From Incest Through Creativity, (1991) which explored the relationship between creativity and healing through the art and essays of 33 diverse contributors. I have also written numerous articles and blog posts on healing, Latin America, social justice , economic globalization and travel.
Before moving to Central America ten years ago, I facilitated workshops for abuse survivors and professionals, taught literary craft and was an adjunct and visiting professor in Communications at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
I also developed a form of body/mind integration work which combines visualization and verbalizing with body
awareness in both touch and non-touch therapies -- a therapy useful in releasing chronic body pain and memory in abuse and trauma survivors. I taught professional trainings in body/mind approaches to treating abuse at universities, women's organizations and holistic centers including the Omega Institute, Brietenbush Retreat Center and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. I continue to teach and practice this work in skype consultations and workshops.
I graduated from the Seattle Massage school in 1979 and worked in Seattle's first holistic health center, in private practice and in Keaau, Hawaii. I also was the owner and jewelry maker at Beautiful Magic Studio on
Vashon Island, WA.
In terms of academics, I earned an interdisciplinary B.A. from the University of Washington in Society and Justice; (1976); a graduate fellowship to Stanford University in political science (1978) and an interdisciplinary PhD in communucations and the creative arts from the Union Institute University (2000). My dissertation, "Connecting Links: Economic Globalization and the Quality of Life" was nominated for the outstanding dissertation of 2000 by Union.
After relocating to Guatemala in 2011 founded Bright Future Global Tours where I work as the primary guide, leading communiity-based tours to Mexico and Guatemala as well as giving tarot consultations in person and online.