Victoria lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. She is Reiki certified, Hospice trained, an Associate of the Northeast Spiritual Formation Guild, a Wisdom School Graduate and is completing certification as a Spiritual Director and Chaplaincy Training. Tory has over twenty years of experience in education, administration, executive coaching and teaching. She has worked predominantly in small nonprofit settings where she honed her appreciation of mission and vision in an organization and developed a profound love of community. Years of working as an administrator taught her about personal limitations and the amazing resiliency of spirit that so many of us long to nurture even as we endure as captives of ‘the way things have always been’ in our lives and work. Living in community has taught her to respect the potential and capacities of those who live and serve a mission together.
A background in education and managing people led Victoria to an abiding interest in the deeper values of belonging and the concept of be-friending others to collaborate more meaningfully as human be-ings in an ever changing world. For Tory, these values require a clear understanding of androcentric values and paternalism as detrimental to our humanity and our sense of connection to one another, nature and the divine. She aspires to liberate herself and others from our interlocking oppressions and to relinquish unjust power as it comes to her at the expense of others in favor of a unitive world perspective. This is an intention she holds for all humanity; an intention that individuals and small committed communities further through service to the greater good and attention to mission.
Contemplation through centering prayer, lectio divina, lectio natura, wisdom body and noisy contemplation have been central to Tory’s personal growth and are at the heart of her interest in consecrating all the ways we embrace deeper, authentic ways of knowing and bring them to our presence and through our presence, to the world.
Victoria offers retreats and workshops to diverse groups of people from educators to non-profits, healthcare and church communities. She sponsors contemplative circles and a Soul Friends group that meet monthly.