Sushila Mertens, Full Circle of Living and Dying Volunteer
All of the practices I teach allow me to continue blossoming with ease. My intentions are to be fully engaged in life with no regrets when I die.
A Women’s Guide to Sacred Activism
Born and raised in New Jersey, Sushila Mertens made a life changing choice to enroll in a summer organic gardening program at a Yoga village in California. She met Ralph, married, and never left Nevada City. Together they received First and Second Degree Reiki in 1981 and 1982 and graduated from Massage School. Sushila received Level III/IV Mastership in 1999, a teacher level training in Komyo Reiki Kai in 2011, and certified as a Master Rapid Eye Technician and Life Coach.
As a life-long learner with Master Degrees in both Education and Library and Information Science, Sushila enjoyed 20+ years as a children’s librarian while also practicing the metaphysical and healing arts. She is passionate about education, personal transformation and empowerment. She teaches the Art of Listening and regularly leads women’s circles.
Sushila’s first yoga class at 18 led her to a life full of interesting discoveries about nourishing food, health and wellness, caring for this earth, and alternative life choices, including a home birth. Believing in the ability of women to tend to birth and death led to Sushila exploring Full Circle of Living and Dying. After assisting several friends in home funerals guided by Full Circle Doulas, Sushila expanded her understanding and skills by completing Inspired Endings End-of-Life Doula Training, Hospice of the Foothills Patient Support Volunteer Training and a Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Training.
Her intention is to provide holistic non-medical, non-judgmental support and guidance. Sushila is a strong advocate for advanced end-of-life planning and family conversations to gather important paperwork together to complete End of Life Wishes and essential forms.
Sushila’s collaborative book, A Women’s Guide to Sacred Activism, is a story and guide that motivated her to channel her passion into actions that support death as a sacred stage of life. As a Board Member of the Nevada Cemetery District, she was involved in creating Green Burial options for Nevada County residents. Sushila has developed her involvement with Living Room Conversations to include monthly Zoom conversations about death.