My mission is to empower Queer and Trans folks with spiritual tools and techniques for personal transformation and healing in community.
Hi, I’m Pippa. My pronouns are she/her. I journey with people through change.
If life’s feeling extra meaningless through this pandemic, I feel you and you’re not alone. I’m here to help you (re)connect to your personal power and (re)discover a feeling of purpose that’s in alignment with your core values.
I offer spiritual guidance, psychedelic integration, transition support, or personalized ritual. And I can also be booked for public speaking, education or consultation sessions.
Take some time to feel around our website — If you resonate or feel a little nudge to reach out, please do! Even when my schedule gets full, I try to reply within a few days.
|Individual||60 min||Spiritual Guidance, or|
|$80 – $120|
|Individual||60 min||Transition Support||$80 – $120|
|Individual||60 min||Psychedelic Integration||$80 – $120|
|Small Group |
(6 to 8)
|90 min||Queer Spirituality Groups||$20|
|Couple, Cluster, |
|90 min||Spiritual Guidance, |
or Group Ritual
|$120 – $180|
|Special Events||contact||Speaking, Presenting, |
or Leading Ritual
* Fees are based on a variety of factors that are not limited to income. Some things to consider include: student loans, survivor credit card debt, access to employment, immigration / refugee / precarious status, disability or supporting others beyond immediate family. Because some of these factors might influence your decision-making, we can work together to determine what rate is appropriate for your needs. I am open to discuss payment options before or during our first session. You may be added to a wait list for sliding-scale or process groups. I’m also open to bartering and other equitable exchanges of energy.
All payments must be sent and processed before the beginning of each session by e-transfer or pre-authorized payment. Costs are listed in Canadian dollars, not including Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). Then receipts will be issued following each session.
A Spiritual companion for Life Milestones
Are you going through a life transition that could benefit from spiritual companionship, guidance, or ritual? I’m ready to journey alongside you wherever life is leading — trusting your inner wisdom, taking your own pace, and marking rites of passage together.
- Funerals / Grieving the loss of a loved one / Preparing for death
- Transitioning / Changing names or pronouns
- Coming out (to friends, to religious family, or to yourself)
- Weddings / Relationship Celebrations (polyamory and kink inclusive)
- Career exploration or work changes
- Coping with a physical or mental health diagnosis
- Presence in the midst of suffering
- Parenting / Adopting a child / Blessing a baby
- Divorce / Separation / Conscious Uncoupling
From as early as I can remember, I’ve been both Queer and spiritual — one who moves in the thin spaces between worlds. Along the way, I’ve come to know this as my personal power and gift to share.
I grew up as an evangelical pastor’s kid, and spent my life training and preparing for spiritual leadership in the church. I was ordained a priest in the Anglican tradition (Episcopalian), and although I’ve washed my hands of institutional religion altogether, I wish them healing and wellness. And a note to anyone still in the Church: I urge you to educate yourself about the ongoing history of violence in the name of your Christ, and to do your part in dismantling the injustices of Christendom… to be crystal clear, it’s time for Christians to repent, reconcile, and make reparations.
For what it’s worth, I have a Master’s of Divinity (University of Toronto), and served in religious leadership for over a decade. As a survivor of “conversion therapy”, ie: the ex-gay movement, I talk openly about my personal experience of suicidality, bipolar, and psychosis in the aftermath of religious abuse. Some parts of my pre-transition life story were featured as the subject of a 2018 CBC Documentary series, Devout+Out. The documentary is still available to stream on YouTube or CBC, but a lot has changed since then!
I went through a soul-crushing, emotional and psychological breakdown in 2018, which took my journey of spiritual awakening into uncharted territory, and was a major catalyst in my transition. I have been diving deeper and climbing higher ever since.
I honour my Queer forebears, the mighty Transcestors, and sincerely thank all my teachers, mentors and guides along the way.
What do I mean by “Queer Spirituality”?
Firstly, this is my way of flagging to you that I understand that exploring spirituality comes with risk and potential for real harm. Sadly, there are many organizations and individuals who would seek to gain power from your vulnerability. Institutional religion has traumatized countless 2SLGBTIAQ+ people, and has left many feeling robbed of spiritual connection. If you have any doubts or concerns that your religious or spiritual community does not understand, love, accept and affirm the fullness of your identity, please reach out.
Secondly, this is my way of centring the spiritual experiences of 2SLGBTIAQ+ people. Most of “western spirituality” reflects the opinions of cisgender, heterosexual, European men (and occasionally women). It’s time for more balance. Therefore, I am interested in highlighting the poetry, art, music, theologies, philosophies, and spiritual practices of Queer folks.
My Queer lens is also intersectional. In other words, working to shift the cultural locus of power by prioritizing Black lives, Indigenous folks, and People of Colour. It’s long past time to decolonize spirituality.
And I work from the assumption that any valid spirituality must radically include the experiences of neurodiversity, and people living with visible and/or invisible disabilities.
Embracing the weird
Finally, when I say “Queer spirituality”, I recognize that all spiritual experiences feel a bit weird, odd, peculiar, strange (aka queer) at first. It’s often hard to know who to talk to when we’ve had mystical experiences, extra-sensory visions, psychedelic trips, mysterious dreams, spiritual encounters, or enter altered states of consciousness. In fact, spirituality can feel so strange that it’s often difficult to integrate back into “ordinary” life.
No matter how you’ve experienced (or not experienced) “spiritual stuff” is 100% valid, and I’m here to help you make sense of it. Don’t worry, I’m no stranger to strange.
What is spiritual appropriation?
As an un-invited, white, European settler on this land, I feel compelled to call out the problematic and harmful trend in many spiritual communities of cultural and spiritual appropriation. That’s why I stay in my lane. I only share from my own lived experience of spirituality — honouring keepers of wisdom and tradition in their original context. The forms and practices I use in all individual sessions, gatherings and meditations draw from my personal practice, which has been primarily informed by: (1) universalist, post-christian mysticism, (2) animistic, earth-based paganism drawing from my own eclectic witchcraft, (3) “western esotericism” via ceremonial magick, and (4) contemporary scientific research on techniques to calm the mind and ground the body (like Generative Somatics).
What is psychedelic integration?
Humans have used psychedelic plant medicines around the globe for millennia, often under the guidance of a traditional wisdom keeper or spiritual companion. Nowadays however, many people experience substance-induced states or “trips” in the context of partying with friends, out in nature, or in the comfort of their own homes, which can be experienced as wonderful, transcendent, terrifying, reality-bending and/or just plain overwhelming.
If you or someone you love has had an overwhelming experience (whether positive or negative) and could use some help understanding and integrating it, don’t hesitate reach out. As someone who has experienced many altered states of consciousness personally (including hell-loops, ego disillusion, reality bending, apocalyptic visions, hallucinations, external entities, etc.) I know how unsettling some “bad trips” can be. Together we can heal and integrate psychedelic experiences to offer deeper connection to self, others, and the interconnected life of our planet.
Why do I use the word “Queer”?
The term “queer” has been used as a pejorative for centuries. Originally the word was used to refer to anyone/anything that was seen as weird, odd, peculiar, or strange. Over time, however, it became more commonly weaponized against anyone/anything perceived to be gender variant or deemed sexually “deviant”.
I acknowledge that some 2SLGBTIAQ+ folks don’t like or use the term “queer”. And some people still find its use offensive, which I understand and empathize with. To clarify, my use of the word comes from my own lived experience, and is intended to reclaim and empower Queerness for myself and the communities I’m part of. It’s a politically charged word, and I use it aware of its power.
Here are some resources to check out if you want to know more:
– “What does queer mean?” from LGBTQ Nation
– “What Does ‘Queer’ Mean? 9 LGBTQ+ People Explain How They Love, Hate, And Understand The Word ‘Queer'” from Them.Us
What do I mean by “trans”?
I see the world through a trans lens. I mean this in 2 ways: (1) transgender, and (2) social transgression
- Transgender: I was assigned “male” at birth, and spent most of my life being identified by others as a “girly boy” who grew into a “feminine man”. I have transitioned my outward expression of gender (socially and hormonally) to better match my interior experience of gender. That’s the way I’m trans… however, there are many ways to be trans! Basically, I use “trans” as an umbrella term that is wide enough to include anyone who doesn’t conform to the gender expectations placed on them by others (whether they change name, pronouns, appearance, social behaviour, physical body, or not).
- Social Transgression: For too long, human life and behaviour has been dictated by so-called social “norms”, as a way for patriarchal systems of power to maintain control over your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Therefore, I applaud and encourage gender rebellion, line-blurring, and wilful transgression against all patriarchal and colonial structures.
What does it mean to be nonbinary?
Nonbinary is an umbrella term used by many people whose lived experiences do not conform to the traditional gender norms of a society that only understands and values two, so-called “opposite”, genders. My personal history with gender conformity, like many other trans and nonbinary folks, was unnecessarily painful and complicated. Thankfully, humanity is beginning to wake up to see the limitations of strictly polarized thinking and we are beginning to embrace a wider spectrum of gender expression and identity.
What about straight, cisgender people?
I work with all kinds of people, including folks who identify as straight and cisgender. Although the emphasis of my work is journeying alongside people with 2SLGBTIAQ+ experience and their families or friends, I’m open to working with any earnest seeker.
Additional Resources for Queer Spirituality
Check out our resources page for additional resources, books, support networks, and accounts to follow!
** Reminder: My scope of practice is spiritual teaching, compassionate presence, and guidance through rites of passage. Please contact Xris if you are seeking psychotherapy, counselling, or mental health supports.
Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information, resources, or referrals.