Leigh Goodman is a creative and intuitive spirit who brings light into people’s lives.
Through the many different offerings that I bring forth, I create sacred and spiritual sanctuaries for you to heal and transform. My purpose and gift is to be a Light; helping others see and feel the Light in themselves – often supporting others to reveal their Light through the depths of their Shadow.
Through my classes, one on one sessions, trainings and workshops I offer inspiration, guidance and a safe container for you to gently surrender, open your heart, express the unexpressed and explore your entire universe within and around you. I support you to find the warrior in your heart.
I am a shamanic & practical mystic, dancer, group facilitator, light worker, Innerdance facilitator, sound healer, musical alchemist, artist, author, graphic designer, entrepreneur and innovator.
I have spent my life equally in the corporate and spiritual worlds!
I have been on a deep spiritual development journey since 2003; teaching and running classes since 2009.
And, I have been running a successful design and web agency since 2008, Elevation Design.
In the midst of these, I have been a Latin and Brazilian dance teacher – which is also one of my passions! Dancing the most beautiful dance called Zouk Lambada.
I am a curious, courageous, pioneering, sensitive and gentle soul.
My passions are dance, shamanism, self-development, being in nature, swimming in the ocean, martial arts, yoga, art, design, innovation, using my creativity and connecting with people.
Everything starts in the Spirit of the Soul.
Through the work I offer, I will take you on a journey to heal, release, transform and awaken to the REAL, AUTHENTIC YOU.
Drop your mind, open your heart, Let go and surrender to your True Nature.
My main methods of healing are through Innerdance, conscious movement, sound, voice activation and energy healing.
I offer spaces for you to connect to your own intuition and to awaken the light inside of you!
Purpose and Intention
My purpose and intention is to create SAFE and SACRED spaces of
EXPANSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
JOY AND FREEDOM
COMING “HOME” TO SELF
I was a very creative child. I loved to draw, and I loved movies; especially movies where there was singing and dancing.
My passion therefore for music, rhythm and dance began at an early age. I practiced ballet for 10 years, and also played the piano for 13 years. Looking back on that, it’s amazing to see how sound, music and dance played such a pivotal role in my childhood. I also loved to act and put on performances.
Being an only child, I spent a lot of time on my own. I had one best friend who I pretty much did everything with. Other than that, I was extremely good at entertaining myself. I seemed to have developed a lot of self-sufficiency and courage.
However, on the flip side of that, I think because I spent a lot of time on my own, I found myself isolating myself. I also remember feeling unsafe. I remember being paranoid about safety; especially at night.
I struggled with authentic connection. I was quite reserved. I realize that I didn’t express myself very well at all. When something bothered me, I would never speak about it. I also found myself keeping quiet in many situations out of fear of saying the wrong thing. Over and above that, I stuttered severely. I didn’t know anything about self-worth when I was younger, but looking back, I can see now that I have had a hard time in my life with feeling good enough and natural confidence.
Being a stutterer gave way to many things. I never took part in any plays, and standing up in front of my class was my biggest nightmare! The voice, my voice, my expression and the lack of expression has been a big theme in my life.
I never really learnt how to express real feelings or emotions. I was quite anxious and subsequently suffered from a lot of anxiety as well as eczema.
When I hit puberty, I experienced many body issues and extreme shyness. I wanted to hide even more. I remember how insecure I was and very uncomfortable in my own skin.
It’s incredible to see the patterns and body signs that had manifested in me as a child. I was on one hand a very happy and content child; but of course like all of us we have our Light and Shadow.
Through seeing these shadow aspects has helped me to better understand myself and find healing and compassion for self.
STUDIES AND AFTER SCHOOL
Being very good at art, I decided that that will be the career I will go into. I studied graphic design and art direction and worked for several companies in Cape Town and London. In 2008 I decided to start my own business, and today I have a successful graphic and web design company, Elevation Design.
My main spiritual teacher and mentor is Dora Dias, who I have been studying and learning from since 2003. My other spiritual teachers who have been pivotal in my journey include Joshua Maree, Ya-Acov & Susannah Darling Khan, Caroline Carey, Pi Villaraza and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
In 2003, I had my Spiritual Awakening, or you might want to call it my “wake-up”. I started looking at the world differently and realized there is a lot more than meets the “eye”. I began to be conscious of “More”.
It started off with crystals, reading books on mind-body connection and regular meditation classes led by my first teacher, Dora, where I learned, amongst many things, the power of opening up your heart. I still work with Dora today and the journey to the sacred space of the heart is what I believe we are all striving towards.
I began to open up to many new aspects of spiritually, metaphysics, shamanism and mind-body awareness. Since then I have been on a deep journey of self-exploration and self-healing. I have been very fortunate to have studied and learned from many great spiritual teachers over the last 16 years, which has led me down a deeply spiritual, shamanic and healing path.
Dance has been a big part of my life.
After school, I didn’t dance for 6 years; except in nightclubs. In 2005 I went to live in London, where a whole world of Dance opened up for me!
I discovered partner dancing – a beautiful dance called Zouk Lambada. I started the classes and immediately fell in love with the dance. It just so happened that my teacher was looking for assistance and I jumped at the opportunity! I ended up becoming a teacher and was teaching in London and Cape Town for many years. I also love to Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. I can never get enough of dancing!
Towards the end of my time in London, I discovered something very new to me – A Goddess Dance Circle for Women. I was intrigued by this and needed to check out what this was. This was the class that inspired me to teach, and to combine healing and dance. I attended this class for several months and it had a big impact on my life.
I created Journey through Dance one year later and have been facilitating classes ever since.
From 2015, to 2017, I stopped classes and took a break. I felt like what I was offering was somewhat stagnating and I just knew I needed to stop for a while.
In 2017, I travelled to Asia for four months. In the last part of my trip, in a little island called Puerto Princesa in the Philippines, I discovered something that would change my life – Innerdance.
Inner dance was about to shift the entire way I’d be facilitating classes.
I came back to Cape Town to discover one other inner dance facilitator that had been in Puerto Princesa one year before me. She was slowly introducing this to people. When her and I met up – everything changed. We started to offer classes to larger groups and things developed from there!
For many years I have been exploring Sound in various ways. I received my first shamanic drum in 2015 and since then, sound, singing and drumming have played a more prominent role in my healing work. I have been finding my intuitive voice and now awakening to hidden voices inside of me that are preparing to be birthed into the world.
MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL CARDS
In 2008 I began creating a Card Pack. It took me 8 years to complete it. The card pack is called Medicine for the Soul. These cards represent various themes and facets of shamanic medicine; ranging from chakras to the four elements, to totem animals through to practical spiritual concepts.
TRAINING AND A BIT MORE
- Studied under spiritual teacher & sound healer Dora Dias for more than 14 years
- Completed a one year course of shamanic and dance healing training with Caroline Carey (The Hollow Bone Gathering)
- Completed level 1 and 2 of Reiki
- Studied energetic bodywork and reflexology with Dora Dias
- Taken part in over 10 movement medicine intensive workshops with Ya’Acov & Susannah Darling Khan – Creators of Movement Medicine, as well as other Movement Medicine and Middle Earth Medicine workshops held by Caroline Carey.
- Over the last 15 years, I have attended various shamanic courses and workshops held by Joshua Maree where I have learned, amongst many other things, how to work extensively with crystals, healing techniques and various shamanic practices.
- In 2013, Leigh received the Munay Ki Rites & Teacher Level Training
- in 2015, Leigh received the Nustay Karpay Rites and Womb Rite
- In 2016, Leigh launched her first Card Pack – Medicine for the Soul
- In 2017, Leigh completed an intensive 5 five day Inner Dance Energy School workshop with Pi Villaraza in the Philippines
- in 2019, Leigh launched her first book called 21 Days to Falling in Love with Yourself