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Bring your curiosity. Feed your soul.

I've put together some new experiences to inspire you, uplift you, and give you knowledge that you can use right away.
Please browse away and sign up like crazy!

Don’t forget: Taking the leap to live from your heart and soul is not all serious. It’s also about participating in the joy of life, the adventure of the unknown, and trying some new dance steps.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of my workshops or retreats soon. Congratulations on creating the life your soul yearns for.



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January, 2010

*"The Inner Path of Photography" - Intensive Seminar

January 12, 19, 26, 2009, Houston, Texas
6:00 - 8:30 pm
TO REGISTER, Click here.

November 2009

*"The Inner Path of Photography" - Saturday seminar
November 21, 2009; 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Houston, Texas
Fee: $45.00 by November 19, $55.00 at door, space available

TO REGISTER, click here.

September 2009

*"The Inner Path of Photography" - Intensive Seminar

*"You are the Artist of Your Life": Career and Life Direction through Photography" - For Teens

*Online Photo Classes - contact me

October 2009

*"Where Do I Go From Here?" - Next Steps in Career & Life Direction - For Teens and Adults - contact me


*"Soul Whispers" - For Stress Relief, Relaxation & Direction

Private Yoga and Meditation Session

(Previous) August 2009

*"Introduction to the Inner Path of Photography"



Intensive Seminar

January 12, 19, 26, 2010
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Houston, TX (Montrose area, location upon registration)
Fee: $125.00

Click here to register online ****
or contact me at 713.521.1676 or hs@heidistraube.com.


“Each artist going in his own direction at some time
walks on water.”

 – Minor White, Photographer

What is the inner experience of photography? Deep, spiritual, rarely discussed…it is what seduces us and send us out to shoot again and again. We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

This class is for those who want to explore more deeply the intuitive, mystical part of their photography practice, work with personal blocks to full creative expression, as well as learn more about themselves and life challenges and choices.

Drawing on the tradition of the photographer Minor White, and using techniques and philosophies from Zen, psychology, and other contemplative and healing practices, we’ll come to understand more fully this silent experience, apply it to our art, and enhance the quality of both our photography and life.

Attention, resonance, the “still point”…choices, perfectionism, the “click,”…openness to experience, making art vs. being in the flow, embracing the creative process: these are some of the tools that we’ll explore as you build your inner photography practice and improve your outer resulting images.

As you more deeply understand and work with your inner artistic process, you'll also see how life parallels art, and through this increased awareness,  learn how to more easily dance with  your own life challenges and decisions.

Class includes lecture, exposure to diverse photographic expressions & philosophy, meditative and other experiential,  outside applications (homework), shooting and sharing of photographs.

Click here to register with credit card ****

Click here to register and pay with cash or check (put "Inner Path" in subject line of e-mail, I'll send you further registration instructions) *** or call 713.521.1676

Heidi Straube, M.Ed.,LPC, is a contemplative psychotherapist and photographer. Integrating her experience of twenty years in meditative practices, including Zen and yogic traditions, with twenty years as a career/life direction counselor and psychotherapist, she helps people to make life changes and transitions by honoring the deeper, spiritual self. She applies these same principles in her work as a professional photographer as she honors the spirit within through visual expression.

Heidi has exhibited in the international photography expositions, Recontres International de la Photographie 2001, Aix-en-Provence, France; and FotoFest 2000, Houston, as well as several local Houston venues. Her work reflects her special interest in natural light portraiture. Visit her "Heidi Straube Photography" website and "Inner Path of Photography" blog for samples from her portfolio, images for sale, and practice and philosophy.

Heidi's recent photo book, "I Dream of Galveston" can also be previewed on the blog and purchased here.

A life coach for individuals in life transitions and relationship change, Heidi designed the class “You are the Artist of your Life,” customized for participants of all ages to explore their life goals and overcome barriers through photography, contemplation, and life direction techniques.

Heidi is the author of the published article series, "An Invitation to Change Your Life,' and the upcoming book, "The Deeper Path."

Click here to register with credit card ****

Click here to register and pay with cash or check (put "Inner Path" in subject line of e-mail, I'll send you further registration instructions) ***

Or call 713.521.1676!




1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fee: $45.00 pre-registered by November 20
$55.00 at door, space available

For photographers as well as spiritual seekers, this afternoon seminar will give participants a "taste" of the 4 week intensive seminar that will be offered again in January.

In the tradition of the famous photographer Minor White, this class is for those who want to explore more deeply the intuitive, mystical part of photography, and through this process, improve their photography as well as discover more about themselves.

Instead of worrying about aperture, using the right lens, or having correct composition, you'll begin to learn about resonance, inner knowing, how you make choices, and what keeps you from "taking the shot"...in photography and in life.

Apply what you learn to your photographic process and become a better photographer; apply it to your life process and create a better life. All that is required for this intro class is your curiosity, openness, and a camera.

To register: E-mail me or call 713.521.1676.




A Special Class for Teens:


Did you ever think of your life as a work of art, with you as the artist painting the picture? Did you know that you can learn photography, and at the same time discover and start creating the life you want?...

Welcome to “You are the Artist of Your Life”, a new adventure in photography and living.  This class is for teens only, who want to express themselves as photographers, as well as express who they really are each day. If you’re excited and curious about how to create your own unique photographs, as well as create an awesome life, this class is for you.

You’ll do a lot of things in this class: learn secret techniques (that even many professional photographers don’t know about), explore different ways to shoot all kinds of photos, talk about artistic and life heroes,  and have fun seeing the amazing, different ways that each person experiences and expresses their world.

I’ll teach you the magic of the creative process, and how to use it, in photography and each day of your life. And to top it all off, I’ve included a chance for you to take a professional career/life direction inventory, which we’ll use to start your exploration of who and what’s important to you, how many choices there are out there for work and play, and what things, now and in future, you really want to do in your own life.

Your life can be fun and have substance. Let yourself call on the magic of photography and the possibilities of the world so you can be the artist of your life.


“I am the Artist of My Life” Journal, Career Interest Inventory

PARTICIPANT AGE: 13 – 17 years of age


BRING: Camera, digital or film.

Note:  If you are using a film camera, you’ll need to budget money to have your photos developed after each class; inexpensive processing is fine. Please do not let the lack of a digital camera stop you from coming!

TIME REQUIRED, "Homework:"

There will be some “homework” assignments of shooting pictures and other thought provoking activities between classes. Time required will be about 1 hour.

NOTE: This class is the beginning class of a career and life direction exploration series for teens. While we will begin exploration through the use of an inventory in “You are the Artist of Your Life”, the class is not intended to be a specific career/college major search class.

If you are interested in further career and life direction support for your teen, please contact me regarding private sessions, and also consider registering for the class “Where Do I Go  From Here?: A Career and Life Direction Class for Teens, “ currently scheduled for the fall semester.

If you are an adult and are interested in being notified when this class will be offered for adults, click here and let me know!



My work is all about helping people to love themselves, and to create the lives they really want by being true to themselves and their values.

I teach many ways to access our inner essence and to be successful in “Honoring Inner. Creating Outer.”

A service I offer which is very popular with my clients is “Soul Whispers”. Based on the philosophies and techniques I've learned from training in Hawaiian Shamanism,  Sat Nam Rasayan healing, and psychotherapy, a Soul Whispers session brings you great stress relief, relaxation, self-confidence renewal and if desired, new insights and life direction.

The technique is simple. We visit for 5-10 minutes, as you tell me briefly what is stressing you in your life, or what you would like to expand and remove blocks from in your life. Then you lie down comfortably, relax, and I, using dream and energy work techniques, feel your energy, work with stressors, and if requested, work with your essence to find out what is next for you.

There is no touch involved, except for my lightly putting my hands on your arm. The basic session, what I call the “Soul Massage”, has results similar to receiving a traditional body massage: you will leave relaxed, refreshed, grounded and light feeling at the same time. Anxiety and fear will be greatly decreased, or removed. You will feel more positive for the future.

The more extended session, the “Soul Whispers Life Reading” has the same results as the Soul Massage, plus we spend some time discussing what I have found through working with you, and in particular, check in specifically on areas that you would like some guidance on. The guidance comes from your unconscious, or what some call the soul. This technique is similar to an astrologer reading your chart; I read your energy and body/mind/dream talk.

Give the gift of Soul Whispers to yourself, or someone you love.

Couple's Sessions are also available!

Don't forget: "Soul Massages and Soul Whispers Life Readings can be received long distance, as well as in person. Ask me more about this; I have many clients who find this beneficial with their busy schedules.

Note: “Soul Whispers” sessions have more of an emphasis on relaxation and transformation through energy work. While I can definitely give you feedback and direction in your life path, they do not take the place of a full 75 minute transformational life counseling session, where we have more time to do in depth talk as well as Soul Whispers healing work.

(See also the "Soul Spa" for more about "Soul Whispers")



I am currently teaching private individual, couples, and group sessions.

Private sessions allow you to explore your personal goals, among such areas of flexibility, confidence, stress relief, or spiritual connection and growth.

A couples session is for you and your partner, a close friend, or relative, to enhance and improve your relationship.

Group sessions give you the opportunity to invite your friends to stretch and relax with you, and to provide a unique way to deepen your friendships while improving your health.

Kundalini yoga has an emphasis on stretching, breathing, and meditation throughout. You don't have to be in great shape to attend, nor do you have to have taken yoga before.

No need to be a pretzel! Only requirement is to want to relax,
feel good, and take time to reconnect to your inner spirit.

If you're looking for more peace and stress relief in your life,
a reconnection to your inner spirit, or simply an opportunity to have downtime that sends you off into the night blissful and happy...kundalini yoga is for you.

Contact me for more information.


Take Courage! You Can Travel Alone:
Lifelines for the Solo Woman Traveler

I travel a lot by myself and think it can be quite luxurious. You get to do what you want, when you want, and can meet people or find out about something exciting and change your plans on the spot without having to make sure your traveling companion wants to do the same.

I also like to go to group events, at home and abroad, and often do not know who will be there. I don’t know who I will be sharing a room with, or if the group will be fun. But I go anyway, and always have a great experience, even if I have had some “surprises” along the way.

I’ve met too many woman who I know would love to travel, but are afraid to go alone, or nervous about having to be with strangers. I think those same women would, if they actually went, have an amazing time, and find that others were very happy they were there. So here’s a class for all of you chickens out there, all of you “girls” pining about “I would go if only  I had someone to travel with.” We’ll talk about what is keeping you from having some great experiences, how to overcome your fears, and I’ll share with you many tips and tricks that make traveling solo much, much easier.

We’ll also look at baby steps you can take, and how to get your friends to go with you. You don’t have to fly to Siberia for one month in order to take this class! (But you may want to after you’ve found your courage and inspiration afterward.)

Date: Class being organized now.

Click here if you are interested. I will send you details of where and when as soon as I have the logistics in place.


"Welcome to the Belief Circle "

I invite you to the "Belief Circle," a time for reflection, meditation, and instruction on how to hold your belief in yourself, and in whatever it is that your soul is yearning to do at this time.

This is an opportunity for you to relax and go inward, experience and learn some new meditative techniques that you can do at home, and to benefit from the expanded energetic support that occurs when you meditate within a group.

I'll be scheduling Belief Circles twice a month. Each session I'll teach different perspectives and powerful ways to hold your focus on what you want, to overcome barriers, and to strengthen your core belief in yourself and the voice of your Soul.

Our sessions have been nurturing, relaxing, insightful, and always contain new approaches and ways of being  you to consider and take home with you to try.

I'm finding that everyone who comes is deepening their spiritual connection, and leaving with a greater sense of peace and direction.

Start  your week out with a deep sense of contentment. Please join me!


Next Teleseminar date to be announced. For more information, fill out the form below.

Register here and receive your instructions on how to have access to the teleseminar phone line.

About the FREE monthly teleseminars:

Each month I’m teaching a free 1-hour teleseminar on a topic that I think is important to taking the leap and making life changes.  Teleseminars will take many forms; some will be ½ hour talk, with ½ hour Q&A; some will have exercises or meditations for you to try right on the spot; other formats will be interviews of interesting people and even call-in opportunities.

Come listen, bring your questions, and get a quick and easy shot of hope and inspiration! (Shy people take note: you don't have to talk at all in these classes!)