Mary Jane Houge
Host, Retreat Facilitator, Practitioner, Podcasts

I am a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist. I have been serving in this profession around 20 years. I found my calling and began my authentic journey in 2001. For me that first step would mean getting a divorce. It is many times difficult to make necessary changes to ones life but we must find the strength to live our authentic life's purpose. 

I spent many years of my life trying to fill the shoes that my parents laid out for me. The problem was they didn’t fit, and they were never going to fit. It took me years and many amazing teachers to instill in me that I was perfect just the way I was. Life’s journey would be much more enjoyable with less foot problems if I wore the appropriate shoes! Part of this journey was to release feeling inadequate, I learned to love my feet once they were encased in the soft loving embrace of my soul.

I have learned many life lessons through my own experiences and have been honored to have other wise people share their teachings with me. We all come into this world with a set of skills to fulfill our mission, which is to express our authentic self. Often our upbringing or socialization have consisted of others imposing their “will” on us. Through it all, I have learned the value of connecting with our divine self and expressing your true nature. As the saying goes, “nobody can do YOU better than YOU!”

After my divorce, I was free to begin my journey of self-discovery. I took the big leap to get back on track, and to follow my inner guide. My children were grown, and it was time for me to discover my true self and complete my mission. I realized that this was the key to a joyous fulfilled life. I took my own personal healing journey to Jamaica. I needed to escape the “hamster wheel cage” crafted by my limited thinking.

I began going to as much as I could to Jamaica to contemplate, observe and be open to what I was experiencing. My socially instilled values became clear. Jamaica introduced a new way of thinking and living that resonated with my soul. I saw the power of truly living in community. I saw through the eyes of the Jamaican people what is was like to see the beauty in all people. In Jamaica I felt beautiful inside and out. I felt the freedom to really express my authentic self. My wounded heart beamed love again.

After each trip, I would return to my wellness practice. My clients would see and feel this renewed glow in me upon each return. They wanted “some of that”. This is how my retreat division started.

I continue to return to Jamaica year after year as I find its enriched culture endless in treasures that continue to fuel my soul. It brings me much joy to help others on their journey of self-discovery. I enjoy living a life full of amazing experiences created from wonderful places and people.

I began creating Heartland Oasis in 2017. A sacred place for people to come and nurture their souls, reconnect with nature and be inspired.

My goal is to support you in cultivating more joy, love, balance, laughter, and peace in your life and in this world. The warmth of your glow feels so good to my soul! 

As Bob Marley so eloquently said, “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”

I am looking forward to sharing paths and uniting our flames.

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