Love Notes

I LOVE what I do!

It is such a blessing and an honor to support people and journey with them on their individual path to wholeness.

Each person’s path is different, and yet the same—we are all finding our way home to our authentic self.

Read Love Notes about Spiritual & Life Coaching, Mindful Body Coaching, Full Voice Coaching, and my music, all of which reflect different outer experiences on the inner journey home.

Kind Words from Katy’s Spiritual & Life Coaching

The time I spent with Katy was invaluable. I ended up doing more inner and outer work with her support than I knew I needed and it has been life-changing and life-supporting in so many wonderful ways.

Katy is one part health coach, one part cooking teacher, one part spiritual teacher, and one part warm and friendly mentor. She embodies a truly unique combination of gifts and talents. I began the new year with an intention to cook more, and I thought I just needed more time to cook and a few new recipes. It turned out I had a lot more unraveling to do with my relationship to food and cooking. Simply being given a few recipes wasn’t going to cut it. I had to do the work, and Katy was the perfect mentor to walk that path with me!

During my time with Katy I have taken away a clear focus on cooking as part of my spiritual practice, and it has made me both more committed and more light-hearted about it. Katy is also a really experienced Enneagram teacher, and that work as given me a whole new container within which to view and understand myself. It was a really fun and meaningful way to look at my patterns and move out of the ones that weren’t serving me anymore.

Thank you thank you thank you Katy. I am forever grateful for the work I have done with your guidance and support.
~ Francesca, Yoga & Wellness Teacher, Washington DC

When I first started working with Katy, I was in dire need of a personal support system. I wanted to start a new company. I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to find and engage with my passion. I seemed to have everything I needed—all the resources were in place—but I wasn’t acting on what I wanted, and I felt like I was running out of time.

I reached out to Katy because over the years of interacting with her at The Enneagram Institute, I had always respected her wisdom, integrity, caring, experience with the Enneagram, and personal touch. I knew how to get things done, and I had many systems in place, but something was stopping me. I was doing fine, but I wasn’t growing, and I wasn’t moving on my dreams.

In the six months working with Katy, I learned how to listen to my body wisdom with compassion and confidence. I learned to accept, nourish, and work with all of myself, understanding and unraveling the fears and criticism that were stopping me and bringing loving awareness to all my feelings. I learned how to practice true self-care, to allow pleasure, and manage various food cravings.

Now, I’m happy to say that I have laid the foundation for a company I had wanted to launch. I achieved my weight loss goal by better understanding not only the reasons I was eating, but also the real effects of the food. And I am ready to live this second half of my life, feeling more alive, sexier in my skin, and more full of passion than I have in a long time!

Katy’s intelligence, support, lessons and experience were instrumental in helping me achieve my goals. I recommend Katy to anyone looking for a strategic partner in creating a better life. She will explode what’s possible for you if you choose to join her on this path.
~ Sheila, Entrepreneur, Silicon Valley

I now have energy for my life and my kids. I am taking in less caffeine, have less depression and anxiety, and I have more innate desire for healthful foods that my body wants. I’ve also experienced a shift in thinking about the ritual around food and how to nourish myself, including an attitude of curiosity about my behaviors and kindness towards myself.

Katy was able to help me work toward my goals by providing everything from recipes, to guidance, follow-ups, meditations, and ways to bring awareness to behaviors that may be sabotaging my goals.

Katy can get right to the heart of the matter with compassion and kindness. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to look inside, get to know yourself, and listen to your own wisdom.
~ Shannon, Senior Software Developer, Minnesota

Katy was a one stop shop for my dietary and relationship dilemmas. Her knowledge of various foods and also the Enneagram spoke directly to my needs. With Katy’s gentle guidance, I was able to eliminate sugar from my diet and explore my social blind spots. My life has changed exponentially with Katy’s mentorship. Thank you.
~ Kathy, Health Care Worker, Minnesota

Since working with Katy, I am more present, forgiving, and compassionate toward myself when it comes to eating. I am listening to inner wisdom regarding what and how much I will eat. I am getting better at negotiating with different parts of myself and coming into balance without doing an “all or none” thing. I feel like I am on the right path to listening to my body by reestablishing that connection between my mind and body.
~ Michelle, Minnesota

When I started working with Katy, I was overall feeling overwhelmed, depressed and I was often becoming physically sick from stress and overextending myself. I needed to learn how to manage myself and my life differently. Honestly, it was either try this program or try anxiety medication.  

Katy was able to help me to see my behavior patterns and the ways in which I was holding myself back. She asked me thoughtful questions along the way and introduced new concepts and strategies I could test. She was so encouraging. Not shy about sharing praise or acknowledging if I was finding something challenging. And I appreciated how she’d send me a quick email to check on me if she hadn’t heard from me in a while or how she’d send fun things in the mail!  

Now I’m so grateful to be in a remarkably better place 6 months later and not even thinking about medication. I have tools to better support my body and mind. That’s given me the foundation to take care of myself better, communicate with others better, and effect the changes and outcomes I desire in a greater way.
~ Johannah, Human Resources Director, New Jersey

Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching with Katy has changed my life. I have been in and out of therapy for much of my adult life and have been prescribed an assortment of medications to treat my unhappiness. Katy creates a safe, loving and non-judgmental place and I can fully express my feelings and thoughts. We have been working together for just 6 months and I am no longer taking medications and am full of hope. Thank you, Katy.
~ Karen, Maryland

Thanks, Katy! Lots of resources out there, and you are one of the best! I was so happy to be with you, and felt so accepted and heard! Hearing your words validated a LOT! I have to tell you how often I think of you with so much gratitude!! I have been working so much with the things we have talked about and drawing from teachings from the Enneagram and a lot from Eckhart Tolle’s work and I feel like things have opened up so much for me.
~ Sara, Health Care Worker, Minnesota

I would describe Katy as a woman of passion, a sage, a mentor, a guide, a coach…One who listens with her head and her heart—with a deep wellspring of knowledge, wisdom, and intuition. Thank you, thank you, Katy, for listening and for your insight and support. Soul food! Thank you from the “back” of my heart for all your spiritual direction!!
~ Tamerin, Coach, Minnesota

Katy provided a safe, non-judgmental space in which I could address my personal challenges and experiment with her insightful recommendations. Working with Katy was an invaluable experience.
~ Jennifer, Lawyer, Pennsylvania

Katy was able to help me work toward my goals by living what she teaches, being consistent and encouraging, recognizing when I wasn’t honoring my own goals and gentling me back on my path in positive ways.

I now operate as a whole being. I am not ignoring my physical body as if it has less importance than my mind and spirit. I am proud of the “I AM” that I AM. I am feeding and exercising my body with reverence and recognizing what the food and movement do to make me feel whole. I am deflecting the negativity of my own or others’ voices and operating from my strong center of being.

If you want to become WHOLE in your life approach, if you have stepped off your path and want to get on a true and supportive journey once more, if you long for a teacher to show you a better way to make choices toward your end goals, you’ll love working with Katy!
~ Bonney, Minnesota

Kind Words from Katy’s Mindful Body Coaching

Katy does a phenomenal job at listening and adapting to whatever is going on with my body in the moment. During one Mindful Body session I felt the need to do something a little different and instead of stopping me, she encouraged me to play with the movement. It felt very supportive.

~ Sarah, Myofascial Massage Therapist, Minnesota

 

Katy is great at supporting modifications and in making people feel comfortable with where their body is on any specific day, at any specific time.

~ Kristen, Project Manager, U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services, Minnesota

 

Katy’s Mindful Body Session helped me to deepen my understanding of the mind body connection. It helped me see how I physically manifest my emotional life, how everything inward finds a way to express itself within the body. I learned some great techniques that helped me let go of unwanted tension and stress, and reconnect to my true self.

~ Larissa, Artist and Teacher, Minnesota

Kind Words from Katy’s Full Voice Coaching

At first “hello” Katy’s contagious, open-hearted warmth, joyful and curious spirit, and focused intention made me always feel held, happy, and bravely ready for important work!!!

My goal for this work was to open to greater aspects of my being that may have been undiscovered, like a spelunker of my own soul.

Katy has a presence that allows. She respects and honors each unfolding and let’s you lead with your own intuition which is a great gift! Katy followed each insight and opening I had and mirrored back to me a loving presence that honored and respected each unfolding as sacred, significant, and special. She offered non-judgmental permission to be exactly where I was, no less, no more, lovingly and joyfully supporting me to stay open to each new unfolding.

The process was raw, potent, plump, beautifully subtle–and at times groundbreaking at the same time…and fun!! I loved playing and exploring like a child, and Katy played with me and held me with unconditional acceptance.

I felt a stronger ability to set boundaries in my own life, to stand in my truth and express “No” when necessary. I also realized how grounding gave me a compassionate place to begin, feel settled in myself, and contain more expansive openings.

It was all juicy, creative, sweet and wondrous!! I felt different minute-to-minute in my experience of myself doing this work!

Katy’s background in holistic mind/body work combined with her loving, enveloping heart, and musical knowledge created confidence in me to let myself go and see where the road could lead. I have done many styles of meditation, prayer, somatic work, and more, but this Full Voice Work was a special little stream of light carving its way through my energy body and consciousness, releasing old patterns and forming new one–all while having fun!! It was a profound and very quick and effective process for me. 

~ Rebecca Zaban-Boylan, Health & Lifestyle Coach, Spiritual Healer, and End of Life Caregiver, Minnesota

 

Thank you very much for giving me the experience of Full Voice! I’d had been thinking of taking singing lessons for a long time but it never felt right.

I wanted to get more comfortable with singing as I never really enjoyed it because of a lack of training and my alto voice that never got the good lines to sing. I am also interested in alternative healing and energy medicine and have become more aware of the symbolic importance of voice as well. So when Katy told me about Full Voice, it seemed just perfect!

Through the Five Elements Approach, I was able to take my voice much higher and lower than I thought possible and also learned different ways of making sounds. I can’t really recall any singing at first; it was just vocalizing, but it was great fun. After a few sessions, I was using the Elements to sing, and heard sounds I didn’t think were possible from my voice! I soon got to apply that in ‘real life’ at a participatory Christmas concert. It was striking how many more sounds I could make and how much more confidence I had!

Katy is approachable and open, and makes learning fun. She is very knowledgeable about singing and voice and has lots of great ideas. She also really listens and made connectionsr between life experiences and how I use my voice, that I found really helpful

. ~ Cheryl Kempton, Holistic Health Coach, Minnesota

Kind Words about Katy’s Music

Welcome Brigid Album Reviews

Katy, I had NO idea that you are a singer, let alone a phenomenal artist. I can hardly break away from listening to the different excerpts from your CD’s. You and Amy are such powerful channelers of music that goes straight into the heart. Truly, I have physically felt the vibrations of your music in my heart and have tears in my eyes. You are deeply connected to the Source–thank you for your courage in sharing this. I will be ordering your CD’s, and am already contemplating them for special people for the holidays. And I will pass the word along. Your channeling/creating is deeply needed in this world. Many blessings, Roxanne Howe-Murphy, Author and Coach, NM

I just received your Welcome Brigid CD and want to thank you for this lovely Goddess honoring CD. Your voice is heaven sent, the chants divine and you my dear must be an angel. I hope to catch one of your live concerts this season. I will share your CD with my women’s circle and listen to it all the way to the winter solstice chamber in VT where we’re going to honor the returning of the light. Blessed be to you. Jenna Houston, NY

I’ve been meaning to email you to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your CD that I bought the night Jordy and I came to hear you sing at the Monastary. I did end up buying the one you suggested for massage I haven’t been able to take it out of my Alarm clock CD player because we love waking up to it early in the morning… so, it will eventually make it to my massage room CD player but for now, it’s all mine to awake to! Thank you for your beautiful voice!
~ Dana Scarano, Massage Therapist and Birth Doula, FL

I am thrilled with my new CD, “Welcome Brigid,” and I plan to use the order form to get one for a friend, who will love and appreciate it as I do. This is a beautiful tribute to the Divine Feminine which I believe, as you do, is leading a change of consciousness in the world. This is beautiful and sacred music. Thank you. Love, Nancy May, NC

Your music really did call forth and welcome the Divine. So awesome! By your reaching to and through the Divine Feminine, you opened a pathway, never before recognized, through a two-year block, a lifelong block. You helped me recall love. Thank you.
~ Linda Candlish, Psychologist, PA

Just a quick note to say that we received the CD and it is so beautiful! I listened to it on Saturday while I was working in the house; you have really created something peaceful and joyful and deep and connected. I’m sure people will be loving it everywhere you go.
~ Terry Blaine, Woodstock, NY

this new disc is so incredible i cannot believe it. brilliant. i need 10 more because i did not get enough and thought of a few other people that will just be blown away. i’ll mail you a check. unbelievable- bravo 🙂 xoxo nan brunory, NC

i am so loving your music. i have been playing it morning noon and night.
thanks be peace………ann, NH

I wanted to tell you that your voice was the first music I played in my new home- what gorgeous consecration! it was like you were blessing my home with your beautiful words and breath- my friend came into my room as i was playing it and she said, “It sounds so beautiful in here, like there are angels in your room.” i said, “there are!” thank you, green goddess, you honey throated songbird for flying through my home! I am so grateful AND your music is so magnificent. i am planning on getting a few more from you soon for gifts, just so you know. I send you love, sweet blessings, and waves of gratitude and wonder.
~ Dori Midnight, CA

Reviews from Venues

I highly recommend Katy Taylor as a guest performer for any spiritual conference or training. I have worked with Katy on many occasions and find her to be not only a gifted performer but also an impeccable professional. Her music is mystical and reverent, adding beauty and wonder to any gathering, regardless of its particular spiritual orientation. People come away from her performances deeply moved and inspired but also profoundly quiet inside as if they had been engaged in prayer, which in fact they have. Katy and her music are just the healing medicine that our world needs during these turbulent times.
~ Gail Straub, Author and Executive Director, Empowerment Training Programs

Katy Taylor is a favorite here at Kripalu. Her celtic style and a capella arrangements fill our main chapel here gloriously. Not to mention her unique style in starting off all of her concerts. It seems to never fail….the way she brings tears to peoples eyes when she and Amy slowly enter the evening with a simple drum beat and voices of angels. She is dependable, flexible and mostly generous and loving. We not only reap the benefits of Katy’s talent and folklore, but also of the privilege of being around her beauty, thoughtfulness and power. She is a unique woman and welcome back here any time we can have her. She comes highly recommended here from the Kripalu Center. If I were to be asked to sum Katy Taylor up in a couple of words, I would have to say….splendid….Katy Taylor is passionately splendid!
~ Stephanie Campbell, Director of Evening Programs, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

The Clearwater festival was a wonderful success, largely due to the exciting and diverse music booked for this year’s event. For over 30 years, Clearwater has been holding a river celebration called “Revival.” Revival awakens us to remember we are not alone in our intent to create a healthy planet. Our festival has had a special environmental emphasis bridging its music, art, and entertainment with the honoring of the land. Nothing gives us greater balance than joining with others committed to the same purpose. It is with deep gratitude to the talented performers who helped us all celebrate and inspired us to care for the earth, that we say “Thank you, Katy and Amy, for your participation at the Great Hudson River Revival 2002.”
~ Ron Aja, Director of Special Events, Clearwater

Katy’s music is as healing as it is beautiful. Not only does her voice touch our hearts and souls, but her gentle presence itself is a gift. She tunes into the specific needs of each group and works with the leader to create exactly what they want. Whenever Katy has sung for my women’s circles, the women have talked about the experience for days.
~ Jalaja Bonheim, Author and Founder, Institute for Circlework

Hildegard von Bingen Workshop Reviews

Katy, your voice is graceful and moving. I am so very grateful to have met a woman with such passion and talent in her heart, mind, and soul. I also enjoyed the chance to really experience and witness the healing power of chant! I think you are a wonderful teacher.

I loved your introducing the modes by having us sing the short phrases in them and then having us move, draw, whatever to them, however we felt inspired. Such a change from traditional classical learning! I also think it was great that you were flexible enough to go on to the third mode when the group expressed interest. I’m glad you’re out there doing this!

Katy, It was a beautiful afternoon singing with you last week! I loved the workshop just the way it was. I was pleasantly surprised that people of all levels of experience were able to come together and inhabit the feeling and sounds of Hildegard . . . it felt magical! I felt the exercise of expressing what the essence of her music was in other forms . . . words, drawing, movement, etc. was really useful to experiencing it . And as usual I love to hear you sing . . . you have embodied her music and the love you have for it really shows.

What a great intro to Hildegard’s music!! It certainly wet my appetite. I walked away wanting to do more, wishing there was a group I could join . . . And I could listen to you singing her music forever! I absolutely loved the way you made us listen, letting the music wash over us, being open to whichever way it affected us. That was a new experience for me. Thank you so much. I loved being there and meeting you.

Your workshop was a big experience for me. I was impressed and moved by the variety of Hildegard’s music, especially by all those very human feelings in it. I hadn’t expected that it was possible to experience this music from such a different time and cultural background in such an intense and natural way. Thank you a lot! These three hours definitely made me very curious about Hildegard’s music — to listen to it more and, if possible, to sing it with others. Thank you so much, and especially for singing it so beautifully to us!

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