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A personal Story
At six years of age, I was diagnosed with a neurological brain disorder known as Epilepsy. I was having continuous ‘petit mal' seizures that were taking me continuously in and out of consciousness, robbing seconds and even minutes of my life from me. My first, and most fundamental years in this world were captured in fragments, like a movie missing pieces of the footage. Since I was so little, I had no words to explain what was happening to me, or even to realize this wasn’t everybody else’s reality as well.
Up until the diagnosis, after experiencing my first ‘grand mal’ seizure, no one could understand why I struggled to learn, remember things, and why I was so ‘spacey.’ I was loved, but I could also sense that I was frustrating to others and often misunderstood. At such a young age, I made this mean that I was broken and painful to others, especially those I loved.
Once diagnosed, I was put on medication to control the seizures, and at age 15 when I was supposed to get my driver’s permit, I asked my mom to take me to the doctor for a brain scan because I just knew I didn’t have Epilepsy anymore. The tests came back, and as claimed, there were no signs of Epilepsy in my brainscan. Although I no longer had to live with the fear of seizures, I was still living with the belief that I was broken and painful to others.
I discovered writing and poetry as an outlet, and I also discovered self-cutting and drugs. I felt like I was in a constant battle between my soul talking to me (which I became aware of at a very young age), uplifting me, and guiding me to things such as the arts and my ego-self shaming me, criticizing me, and guiding me to hide, to not expose my messy truth.
At age 20, I moved to New York City and spent four more years in that battle, until I was given a book that completely changed my perspective, The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. It was about a little Hmong girl with Epilepsy. Through this book, I learned that an entire culture believes that those who survive Epilepsy are ‘shamans’ - wise women and men who have had the experience of the ‘spirit catches you and you fall down.’ This new story awakened something in me and became one of my major catalysts to discovering my true north and living in a way that feels ‘truer than true.’
Now a mindfulness + leadership teacher, coach, speaker, and martial artist, I have coached & taught hundreds of individuals from over 4 continents over the past decade on the process of soul mining and the art of fulfillment. I am devoted to empowering others to discover the majesty in their mess, the sermon in their scars, and the power we all have to bring our full selves to the world.
My Mission: to leave the world with more people singing this truth in their hearts, “I am larger, better than I thought, I did not know I held so much goodness.” -Walt Whitman
Amber Campion has been teaching mindfulness and leadership since 2006. She is an international yoga teacher, life + leadership coach, martial artist, writer, and the creator of Dynamic Release Method, a complete mind/body/soul recharge practice that focuses on re-aligning with our potential through clearing blocks both physically and mentally.
For more than a decade, Amber has designed one of a kind experiences, teaching and coaching hundreds of individuals from over four continents on the process of soul mining and the art of fulfillment.
Her work bridges the forces of mindfulness, neuroscience, leadership, and storytelling in a poetic, practical, and accessible manner. She brings to the table more than a decade of experience as a multi-passionate, mission-based entrepreneur who has created, curated, and produced workshops, masterminds, products, online courses, retreats, & trainings all around the globe.
Her message to the world is that when we take off the masks we’ve been conditioned to wear, leaning into bringing our full self to the world - we become a part of the change.
Most recently, she authored an innovative life design and goal setting guided journal, The Fulfillment Formula Journal + Companion Planner. This journal was published alongside The Changemakers Collective, a 4-week experience + community to create your year ahead with purpose, presence, and peace of mind.
Amber’s work has been featured in Positively Positive, Thrive Global, Thought Catalog, YourTango, and The Yogipreneur. She has collaborated with brands such as Specialized (teaching and speaking for their female ambassadors) & has led workshops, retreats, and trainings throughout the world in Nicaragua, Thailand, Morocco, Costa Rica, Canada, Peru, Bali, and all over the United States.
The Dalai Lama said, “with realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
It is my deepest belief that when we remove the masks we’ve been conditioned to wear and start living honestly, even when our truth feels messy and challenging, we create a better place for everyone to be because we give permission for others to do the same.
Bring your full self to the world
Because as we create a life that lights us up, we illuminate the world.
Pieces of me
As a child I lived in Oregon, California, and Florida. At age 20 I moved to NYC and lived there for almost 12 years. I then lived for 2 years in Nicaragua, 5 years in Santa Cruz, and many months on the open road (solo for a 3 month trip along the Pacific Coast Highway and 6 months around the USA in a 200 sq. foot RV - you can read about that trip and what I learned here). I now reside in Reno, Nevada.
When I was six, I was diagnosed with a neurological brain disorder that caused me to have many little seizures throughout my day. Until this was discovered people thought I was slow (an air-head). I no longer have these seizures; however I feel those years gave me a gift. I saw the world differently and it taught me to be a seeker; to explore relentlessly the world within and beyond. I feel this fragmentation in which I lived in allowed for me to recognize a truth…our minds create many illusions that can leave us feeling confused and broken, and many live in this storyline their whole life - re-living pieces of a puzzle, over and over again, but with a plot twist. The truth, we are eternally free and even in the heartbreaking mess, there is staggering beauty.
I have a long time love affair with martial arts and yoga (modes of self-healing that aim to increase awareness and excellence), writing (a tool of self-expression - beauty sharing that ‘deepen and widen and expand our sense of life - it feeds our soul’), and improv (a place where we can remove our masks and armor, touching the heart of our truth and belonging). I believe these practices develop within us wholehearted courage and are powerful tools to be implemented into leadership and community development.
I have been an international yoga and mindfulness teacher for more than a decade, my experience has spanned from teaching in the NYC juvenile ‘justice’ system to teaching trainings and retreats around the world in places such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Thailand, Morocco, Peru, Bali, Canada and all over the USA.
I have coached & taught hundreds of individuals from over 4 continents over the past decade.
I’m a Certified Master Level Transformational Life + Leadership Coach, NLP Practitioner, & the founder of three transformational experiences: The Changemakers Circle, The Changemakers Adventure, and The Changemakers Collective.
I’m the creator of The Fulfillment Formula and the author of The Fulfillment Formula Journal + Companion Planner.
I’m fiercely devoted to leaving this world with more people singing this truth in their hearts, “I am larger, better than I thought, I did not know I held so much goodness.” -Walt Whitman