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Asheville, NC
Writing from the heart of my spiritual path . . .
Interests: healing arts, writing, cycling, shamanism, art dolls, women's circles, native flute, native ceremony
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I'm excited and grateful to announce that my memoir Our Thoughts are Our Prayers: A Journey of Rape, Forgiveness and Healing has been accepted by my top choice publisher, She Writes Press. She Writes Press is an independent publishing company founded to serve members of, the largest global community of women writers online, and women writers everywhere. She Writes Press is both mission-driven and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Anne Heck
I was interviewed this week by a woman doing her PhD project on healing and transformative doll making. One of her questions for me was “does a doll have agency of its own?” “Absolutely,” I replied. For the purpose of her study, she needed to challenge my belief, saying that most people would contend dolls are inanimate objects, and a belief in dolls having their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Anne Heck
Writing a book is a milestone; its completion, a turning point. As I take steps toward publishing, I’m feeling an inward shift—an adjustment from the solitude of deeply-focused days immersed in words to whatever is next. I have thoughts about what’s to come, but the thing is, these thoughts are simply that—thoughts. They’re ideas I spin in my mind to give me focus, to hold... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Anne Heck
My manuscript is in its final days of editing, and I feel excited for the process of birthing it to the world. I’ve spoken with numerous authors about the publishing process, about the path they’ve taken or not taken and why, about the challenges of marketing a new work. I'm now seeking my path to publishing. I’m considering how much of the publishing process I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Anne Heck
Some 15 years ago, a woman encouraged me "get behind your eyeballs." I thought this a funny phrase. I spent much of my time spinning thoughts of past and future in my mind and found it challenging, if not impossible, to simply be in the present moment, so this phrase was aptly directed towards me. I've since had extensive opportunity to be present with myself... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Anne Heck
My childhood home had a pair of beautiful sugar maples in the side yard. When I became old enough to climb trees, my father hung a rope ladder from one of the maples; this gave me easy access to the interior haven of its branches. As a young girl, I played here often. I claimed a special spot - my legs perfectly straddling a hefty... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Anne Heck
I hike daily in the forest near my home and get to experience nature up close. I often carry my camera to capture the beauty, the changes of seasons ~ and an occasional surprise. One morning I had the good fortune to glimpse the morning sun through the red crest of a pileated woodpecker perched on a tall oak. I’ve encountered bear cubs (not taken... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Anne Heck
I hike most mornings with my four-legged Szoke. We wind in and around the trails in Pisgah National Forest which is just a stone’s throw from our home. Most days we explore the paths near the creek and rarely venture towards the ridge. There are plenty of treasures to discover on the familiar lower trails and I don’t often look beyond them. This past week,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Anne Heck
In the 90’s, I devoted 5 years to teaching assertiveness and self defense to women and girls in western NC. I held deep passion for this work. The core component that called to me then and continues to inspire me to do the work of empowering women is that when we pay attention, listen to our inner compass and are confident in who we are,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Anne Heck
For over 20 years, I held a belief that didn’t fully serve me. Soon after I was raped at age 26, I began to experience pain in my hips. Energetically, I felt such a direct correlation between the rape and the pain that the two became strongly linked in my mind. My belief that the trauma had produced the pain led me to find a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Anne Heck
This weekend, I took my daughter and her friend to the movie Inside Out. The movie explores the emotional world of a 12-year old girl who moves to a new city. I was pleasantly surprised that it emphasized the importance of all our emotions -- that it’s normal to have moments when we’re both joyful and sad at the same time. At one point, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Anne Heck
I awakened four young grouse this morning as they slumbered on the forest floor. They rose up suddenly at my feet amidst the wild geranium and the mayapple. A muffled drumming erupted as they took flight, their striped tale feathers flashed in several directions. Then they were gone. A client asked me yesterday how to choose a spiritual practice. I encouraged her to take time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Anne Heck
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Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Anne Heck Portfolio
Mixed Media Art I've always loved creating. When I was younger, my mother, an avid quilter, taught me to embroider and sew. These skills were invaluable to me throughout childhood and into adulthood. Over the past 10-15 years I've used my creative abilities to connect with my emotional and spiritual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Anne Heck Portfolio
Vitae OBJECTIVE Obtain a teaching position that utilizes my passion for teaching to create a positive, comfortable and inspirational learning experience for students. QUALIFICATIONS Excellent at organizational leadership, presentation, facilitation and teaching. Deep knowledge of subject areas of Chemistry, Physical Science, Biology, Environmental and Earth Sciences. Extensive people skills that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Anne Heck Portfolio
Anne Heck Science Educator Community Organizer ~ Speaker ~ Facilitator ~ Writer ~ Artist Personal Statement My path to becoming a teacher began when I was a young girl. I spent lots of time outdoors and used to teach imaginary students beneath the tall pines in our front yard. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Anne Heck Portfolio
My childhood home had a pair of beautiful sugar maples in the side yard. When I became old enough to climb trees, my father hung a rope ladder from one of them; this gave me easy access to the interior haven of its branches. As a young girl, I played here often. I claimed a special spot - my legs perfectly straddling a hefty limb,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Anne Heck
There’s a lesson about gentleness in my midst. It has a familiar face, and I’m humored I didn’t recognize it sooner. I'm not one to give in easily. It's been my nature to set a goal, hold clarity and be consistent in my efforts towards that end. This strategy usually produces the desired result, but has had its downfalls, not the least of which is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Anne Heck
I wrapped myself in sunny afternoon silence as the new year was about to dawn and considered what takeaways I had gleaned from 2013 that may benefit others as we open the door to a new year. The past year pulled and pushed me in more ways than I know how to describe. As walked a painful path, I found myself grateful to have some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Anne Heck
In this lovely holiday season, I'm appreciating the ways in which solstice holds the mirror for our inner experience. Solstice, a time to celebrate nature's renewal and our connection to the earth, is also a time for inner renewal and of bringing more light to the world. It's a time in which we can choose to connect with our shadow, pay attention to what it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Anne Heck
Thank you, Meg. Would love to work with you sometime.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2013 on Remember at Anne Heck
Thanks, Michele. I molded the face with clay. The hair is wool roving.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2013 on Remember at Anne Heck
The latest in the world of dolls, this one has a fascinating story. Until recently, I’ve not felt I was a strong dreamer. Lately, however, dreams, creativity and daily experience feel melded together in a mystical soup that continues to amaze and inspire me. I had discovered the rhododendron root at the site of a local archaeological dig in July. It had been extracted as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Anne Heck
My son was recently home for fall break. While here, he happened across a doll I made several weeks ago. This one, named Painbody elicited a response of “ooh, this makes me feel yucky inside.” She made me feel yucky too, which is why I hid her, thinking she was out of sight. When she came in a vision, I knew she had something valuable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Anne Heck
For those of you who follow my doll-making journey, you know it's much more than craft.The spirits that choose to come into form always do so for a purpose; each brings a teaching - or many teachings - to those who choose to listen. In Hopi tradition, dolls called kachinas were religious icons, embodying spiritual beings who taught the Hopis how to live on earth... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Anne Heck