Meet Therese

A move changed her life, presented barriers, then changes happened and life balanced once again

Born as the second child of six and raised in the Midwest by an entrepreneur father and homemaker mother, Therese was always surrounded by family. Then, life changed when her family moved to Florida in her senior high school year. Nothing looked the same, attitudes were different, and she lacked old friends and family ties. She attended the University of Florida briefly before marrying her college sweetheart, building a home, and having a family of her own. Having six children ignited her community spirit. She became a school-community coordinator for a government program in the local school system at the same time the South lurched into the 70s. Then, once again, everything changed.

“This exquisite book (The Promise) offers profound and moving answers to our deepest heart questions. It is a revelation of beauty, wisdom, heart-breaking and heart-aching personal experience and a gentle guide to a path of joyous fulfillment of life’s Spiritual Promise. I find it inspiring, moving and gallant.”
– Peggy Rubin, Director, The Center for Sacred Theatre
Author, To Be and How To Be

After the death of her son she learned how to heal grief with gratitude 

Suddenly, her beloved son Michael died as a result of a bicycle accident. Her belief system and relationship with her husband was challenged. She threw herself into education:

  • Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL)
  • Eckerd College writing program (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • Intimate study with Jean Houston, American author involved in the “human potential movement” who co-founded The Foundation for Mind Research with her husband Robert Masters

These experiences prepared her to counsel, write, teach and speak about the human connection and need for a new kind of understanding around grief and joy. Her divorce from her husband of 35 years and a series of health challenges followed deepening her connection to women’s issues and grief with a laser focus on love and gratitude as healing and part of stress recovery. 

In 1998 she met Lance, her life partner. Together they joined their companies – Whole Heart and Heart and Soul Associates – a place where the wounded, seeking, and stressed could come to create a vibrant life of heart-healing intention. She began living and sharing the width and depth of life finding the later decades with children, grandchildren, mate and work fulfilling and exciting giving her a strong foundation to stay resilient for the rest of her life. Today, Therese continues to teach clients to lie a passionate, stress-free, and intentional life. She is:

  • Author of six books and two CDs
  • Recipient of the IPPY bronze medal for Women’s Issues for her book The Promise
  • Recipient of a gold medal from the Indie Excellence Awards for her book Me and Green
  • Licensed HeartMath® Provider
  • Board-certified hypnotherapist
  • Somatic Intuitive TrainingTM Practitioner
  • Counselor, teacher, poet, artist, business owner
  • Collaborator with Grammy-nominated composer Michael Hoppé and his CD Tapestry, which includes a booklet of her poetry
  • The voice over for her own meditations on the CD “The Promise: Walking Your Path of Truth.” She was backed by the wonderful music of composer Michael Hoppé played by the Prague Symphony Orchestra and by music from Lance Ware’s “Heart and Soul Meditations” CDs. It was produced in the Los Angeles Studio of Darlene Koldenhoven, singer, actress and producer
  • Workshop teacher through Breaking Ground Education Services, where Whole Heart is now located

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
– Diane Ackerman, Poet and Author