Jeannine is a native South Carolinian who returned to her roots in the fall of 1996. Her heart yearned to be with her maternal grandmother, parents, sister and two brothers. “I wanted to collect the missing/forgotten pieces of the puzzle of my life. I wanted to spend real time with my family, not just vacations a couple of times a year.” She had a strong desire to get out of retail, but Saks Fifth Avenue had just opened in downtown Charleston and it was a “no brainer”. For the next 14 years she straddled the fence. You know the one, the security of a sure thing vs. following the dictates of the heart. The Universe worked in concert with Saks when the decision was made to close the downtown store in 2010. Jeannine was free!
The idea for a “House of Healing” broke into Jeannine’s consciousness in the mid 1990’s while she was living in Dallas, Texas. Her interest in all things metaphysical started in her freshman year in college when she and her roommate tried to hypnotize each other for the purpose of Age Regression. “We weren’t using the term New Age so much then, and I found that I was resonating with this movement that drew on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions.” It was just a matter of time until she found herself engaged in Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Astrology, Tarot, working with metaphysical teachers and practitioners and hanging out in the “New Age”/”Self-Help” section of the local bookstores.
From the mid 1980’s until 2010 her “Day Job” was at Neiman Marcus in Dallas and Saks Fifth Avenue in Charleston. “The contrast was interesting until the desire to take the yearning in my heart to the next level became the loudest voice I could hear.”
In 2006, Jeannine completed her Reiki Level I training and by 2009 had achieved the level of Reiki Master/Teacher. She is a Certified Angel Healing Practitioner, a Level I Akashic Records Practitioner, a Certified Peace Ambassador through James O’Dea’s training program, and has completed Barbara Marx Hubbard’s ACE training. Jeannine also serves as the Southeastern Lightworker Training Coordinator for the Mirabai Devi Foundation.
Bridge to Avalon could be called a “dream come true” for her. It was 20 years in the making. In the summer of 2010, after ending her career in retail, Jeannine was called to fulfill a promise she had made many years earlier. A friend in Wilmington, NC, who was in the final stages of a fatal disease, had asked her to be legal guardian, assisting with medical, financial and personal decisions. “I had no idea what I was agreeing to at the time, but I know today that it is impossible to help someone cross the finish line without being profoundly changed.” On July 26, 2011, Patty McConnell made her transition and her generosity has allowed Jeannine’s dream to unfold.
Jeannine has been gathering treasures and saving books for her “House” for many years. While working on a business plan with a branding coach for 18 months, waiting for the perfect location became her biggest challenge. On June 4, 2013, a friend called to tell her about a “house you need to check out”. The lease was signed 2 weeks later and on August 1st, Bridge to Avalon was born.
“I want Bridge to Avalon to be the place that I could have gone a decade ago to find the support structure that I needed to help me navigate the fear of following my heart. Julia Cameron calls them Believing Mirrors.” This desire has helped create the two levels of membership at Bridge to Avalon. They are designed to support the individual all along the continuum of growth and expansion of Mind, Body and Spirit. As a transformational healing center, Bridge to Avalon supports healing through change. As a Co-working environment, Bridge to Avalon supports conscious community leaders and seekers on their path to personal wisdom and empowerment.
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside of them.” Our mission at Bridge to Avalon is to help as many people as possible find their “music”… and live it!
Jeannine Lives in Charleston with her two fat cats, William and Harry. Her only son, David Lyon, is living his dream on his sailboat, Kasbah, in Santa Barbara, CA and wherever the currents take him.