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"I cannot thank you enough for walking this journey with me. Your support and strength is powerful and allows me to realize that I am not alone in my quest for a better more balanced connection with myself and others."
~ Christy R.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE POETRY, REIKI, ADHD, AND LEADERSHIP?
ASHLEY CASTLE BARNES, MS
Strategist for Human-Centered Growth & Well-Being
Cat Lady Poet ~ Transformative Language Artist
An unapologetic mishmash of weirdness and passion that is ME!
I'm a multi-passionate creative, neurodivergent L&D leader, holistic coach, poetry author, Reiki Master/Teacher, and Transformative Language Artist.
And I love cats (MEOW!).
Working with individuals and organizations, I develop and facilitate human-centered strategies that empower potential & forge unconventional paths for success. I especially love working with leaders, guiding them to amplify their energy and impact in the world and encouraging them to “follow their weird.”
As a writer, I believe in the transformational power of words to create powerful shifts and give voice to those who feel voiceless. My poetry is dedicated to those who are disrupting what it means to be “normal”, simply by being themselves in a world that over-values conformity.
Let's grow and develop with our whole selves in mind! Let's read and write poetry! Let's learn about energy and use it to tap into our truest selves and bring the same out in those we serve! Let's unabashedly embrace how we're naturally, beautifully wired! Let's strive to infuse more humanity and inspiration - and a healthy dose of weirdness - into ALL we do!
“Liminal” is not just a compilation of beautifully crafted poems: it’s a call to come alive to yourself. Ashley’s genius is not only in writing thoughtful words, but writing words that make you feel seen… especially if you don’t feel you fully fit into the boxes others assume you do. It brims with possibility, truth, compassion, and a reminder there is something more that’s possible for you. Both a balm to the soul and a gentle fire to light you up, this is one I will dip into over and over again. Thank you for this beautiful work, and for bringing the magic of liminal spaces to life so perfectly.”
~Marianne Cantwell, TEDx speaker, "Hidden Power Of Not Always Fitting In", and author of Be A Free Range Human
"Ashley found ways to articulate feelings I’ve struggled to describe in The Rising. I felt so much emotion as I read and related to many of the poems and the feelings of frustration and empowerment they invoked within me. This is a beautiful, timely book of encouragement for any and all who feel helpless to the pain we feel empathetically from the world around us."
"Beautifully written and inspirational. As a yoga instructor this book is always by my side during a yoga practice. My students always ask me what I am reading. As for my everyday life, this book is like an angel bible that I have read over and over again. Invest in this treasure and enjoy it’s inspiration for years to come . You’ll want to gift a copy to friends as well."
"Ashley has done it again! Such inspiring work, I'm going to use the poems has daily reflections. The more I read and think about the poems, the deeper I feel them; she has touched my soul!"
"I absolutely loved this book! I loved all the different personal stories included and how each person was able to describe in their own way how being an empath has changed them or made a difference in their lives. Many people don’t understand or know about empaths and this book helps give a clear explanation from many angles!"
"Refreshing, reassuring and hauntingly familiar,
this simple, intimate book seemed to be reading my mind!
Simultaneously, I found myself wanting to anchor
quietly deep, deep within AND dance wildly among the stars!
I recommend it to every woman who is
longing for a more authentic life and ready to fully be herself!"
"Ashley Castle Barnes’ book captivated me with the title Liminal – Between Life and Breath. She perfectly captures what is means to be a liminal person through her poetry. Her work speaks to what it means to navigate different worlds, situations, experiences, and emotions where you may not feel like you fit in. And, by being a liminal person herself, Ashley has made space to thrive and create this beautiful work of poetry encompassing 365 days to read and absorb the beauty of her words. Every poem touches and kisses your soul. Her poems had me asking myself the “what if” questions and lingering on other questions she poses throughout the book. I highly recommend this outstanding book of poetry that is easy to read and deep in meaning."
"Peace, joy and play didn't seem to be an option in my life. My truth is that my life requires these elements and now I learning to incorporate them in my day-to-day lifestyle."
~ Lori T.
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