Tender Farmer Courses and Coaching
Hi, my name is Bethany (she/her).
I came to ecological farming because of chronic health issues and trauma that made it challenging for me to engage in the regular world. I wanted to be my own boss and create a life in harmony with the earth.
My early years of farming were very difficult. After having my child, I got fed-up with the reality that was my daily life as a farmer. I began a deep journey to find a way to farm while also deeply nourishing myself and others. I learned from many mentors, coaches, and brilliant teachers. I almost completely reduced the symptoms of my autoimmune disease, recovered from chronic depression, became a more fulfilled joyful human, and more.
I am a queer agrarian mama, a yoga teacher, a musician, a farm-administrator, and a somatic coach. I combine my gifts and learnings from the wellness world with my 10 years of farming to create unique spaces for Farmers and Earth-workers to be supported. While I am limited by my lived experience as a white women, I work to create a brave, inter-sectional, and “safer” space for all participants.
I do this work because I believe that the more intimately connected we are to ourselves, the more intimately connected we are to the land, and the more we can heal the planet.
1:1 Coaching. I offer sliding scale coaching to Farmers to support them in their wellness and in manifesting the dreams they have for their lives as Earth-workers. $75-$150 per hour or $500 for 6 sessions.
The Embodied Earth-worker Course : This course will be re-released this spring. See testimonials below! This is a 5 week course that offers the foundations of wellness for Farmers and Earth-workers. In this course we dive deep into the breath, body awareness, how to tend a body that does manual labour, emotional wellness, sexuality, and manifestation.
The Farmer’s Circle: This is for 6 farmers who yearn for intimate community connection, desire to be lovingly challenged through group coaching, are seeking to build relationships with peers, want deep support through the growing season, and more. I offer space-holding and consensual coaching to all group members. The group has a monthly group zoom calls lasting 2 hours, a What’s Ap group to stay closely connected, and more. This is $600 for 8 months. Limited to 6 participants. Buy NOW from our Online Farm SHOP.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or to book a coaching session.
For BIPOC farmers, farmers with disabilities, and trans-identified farmers I offer free 20 minute consultations and 50% off all programs. The one-size-fits-all model did not work for me as a chronically ill queer farmer, and I am passionate about ensuring that a diversity of bodies and voices build thriving careers in farming.
The science of somatics shows that lasting change must be created slowly and incrementally. For this reason, I take a gentle and slow approach to working through various self-development concepts, ideas, and techniques. The techniques offered in my coaching and courses are not things you can master in one season of life, but one season of being supported will forever shift how you relate to your body, your work, and your purpose.
This is your chance to do things differently. I invite you to FEEL, BREATHE, and LEAD yourself to a reality you never imagined possible for yourself or the land.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” -Lao Tzu
Many farmers run their farms with a sense of urgency coursing through their bodies, day in and day out.
I sure did.
Once upon a time I was slogging vegetable at prices I could not afford, falling into bed each night completely exhausted wondering, “Is this it?”
I wanted to have a child, I wanted to play music, I wanted to sustain deep friendships, I wanted to pay my employees more money, I wanted to have more intimacy with my partner, I wanted to offer more to my community, I wanted to play a part in dismantling rural white supremacy, and I wanted to find more peace with my chronic illness.
These desires were the compass that led me to study trauma, somatics, yoga, and more. My life became an experiment to figure out how to exist in my wholeness as a farmer. I seek answers from both plants and teachers.
The techniques and tools I have learned brought me to a place of increased health, vitality, financial wellness, and spiritual growth. I am wilder and less willing to “go with the flow”. I am more willing to make mistakes. I am more able to do Hard Things.
The tools I learned allowed me to find the courage to do things in my life and on my farm that were once far-away dreams.
This is what I want for every farmer.
The modalities that inform my work include: Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems (aka. Parts work), Re-wilding and Somatic Sexual Wellness training, Kripalu Yoga 200hr YTT, Wealth-Embodiment, Trauma-work, and more.
I share Farmer Wellness thoughts on instagram @tenderfarmer
You can find my farm on instagram and facebook @zocaloorganics
“The EEW course significantly exceeded my expectations in terms of content and impact on my life. Before taking it, I had no idea what embodiment was. When I read the course description, I was drawn to it because I was burnt out from my farming season and needed guidance to recover, reflect and make important changes in my life. Bethany is an incredibly passionate, wise and intuitive instructor who cares deeply about this work and her students. She’s created a very dynamic course that’s rich with information tailored especially for farmers and earth workers. It’s been really supportive and validating to take this course with other farmers because we face many similar challenges. If you’re curious about and interested in this course – take it! I can’t recommend it highly enough. The lessons I’ve learned through the EEW course are changing my life for the better.”
Sarah, Sarah’s Harvest (Embodied Earth-Worker Course participant)
“Beth’s course was an invaluable space for farmers and growers alike to be vulnerable and share some of the emotional, spiritual, mental health challenges that we face. Since some of these challenges are very unique to the work and lifestyle of farmers, such as stresses and worries brought on by a livelihood that depends on the unpredictability of mother nature, it was incredibly validating and healing to finally have a space to talk about my emotions with other growers. These personal stories don’t really get a chance to surface at typical farmer gatherings such as conferences – events that focus more on the techniques and external factors in farming. Yet being able to take care of ourselves and be well, is essential to being able farm well. I am so grateful for Bethany for opening up the conversation and her creation of this course. I sensed and heard a lot of unanimous gratitude from the group, a collective relief for the opportunity to share to open and real ways. Thanks Bethany.” -Anonymous, Embodied Earth Worker Course Participant.
“The Embodied Earthworker course exceeded my expectations! Bethany offers insight and practical tools for honouring our bodies and boundaries while doing some of the most challenging and important work out there. I have gained important vocabulary and concepts for understanding my challenges, for practicing consent with myself, and for communicating more effectively with others while farming. I also appreciated having a platform to connect with fellow farmers and earthworkers on our shared sense of purpose and challenges. It is inspiring to hear other peoples stories and to connect directly with other farmers. Bethany’s knowledge and passion for the subjects she covers is impressive and comprehensive. I will definitely sign up for her future courses! I highly recommend to all farmers and for those seeking to build a harmonious relationship with the land without sacrificing your wellbeing in a capitalist economy.” -Katherine Spilka @kat.in.the.farmhat, (Embodied Earth-worker course participant)
“Working with Bethany has opened up my eyes to new ways of thinking and being. I have worked previously with business and health coaches, all of which imparted wisdom that have helped me on my healing journey, but I still felt stuck. There was still work to be done. I felt drawn to Bethany because of our connection to farming, family and relationships. I am so glad I decided to work with her! She has given me tools that help me listen to and honour my body and nervous system in a way that is real and refreshing yet forgiving at the same time. I have also enjoyed better communication and connection with my partner with help from her. Thank-you!” -Heather, Heather’s Hearth