Harry Sherwood

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Short Bio:

Harry Sherwood aspires to help people transform their lives through choosing a conscious lifestyle. Harry’s journey into wholistic living took a true leap of faith when he left behind the only world he knew in 2010 and went “off to see the wizard.”

Over the last decade he has lived with and learned from monks, yogis, martial arts masters, professors, and psychologists. Harry has practiced thousands of hours of meditation and received a Religious Studies degree from the University of Michigan. He has studied Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Kriya Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and psychology. Harry has also taken part in shamanic ceremonies, tribal ceremonies, plant-medicine ceremonies, and funeral ceremonies ranging from China to Ghana to Indonesia to California. The culmination of these experiences led Harry to found Consciously.org, where he and Melanie McDaniel guide people into fulfillment, transformation, and expanded awareness in mind, body, and spirit.  Harry is currently working for his Doctor of Metaphysical Counseling Degree at the University of Sedona.

 

In-Depth Bio: 

Harry Sherwood was born in Michigan and moved to Rolling Hills, California at the age of 5, with his two older brothers, mom, dad, and many pets. Harry thrived in his southern California upbringing. He played football and excelled in school. His many friends gave him great memories of beach volleyball and hikes along the shoreline cliffs. Though his life was good, he felt there was something missing.

Not knowing exactly what he wanted to do, Harry signed up at the local community college. After two years of coaching football, managing at a deli, and going to school, Harry did something that most people would consider insane.  He walked away from the life he knew to pursue a dream.

Harry traveled to China, where he lived at the Yuntai Shan International Cultural and Martial Arts School to learn Tai Chi and Chi Gong from Shaolin Monks.  Following China, he went to live at Hidden Valley Ashram in Escondido, California (of Self-Realization Fellowship). There he practiced meditation, Kriya yoga, and learned the art of balanced living from monks.

After his gap year of traveling, Harry transferred to University of Michigan. Between semesters, Harry traveled back to the ashram, ever deepening his love of meditation. Inspired by his spiritual time with the monks, Harry chose to create his own major of Religious Studies. He explored many disciplines from Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy, to Theology and Quantum Physics.

During his time at University of Michigan, Harry continued traveling to expand his knowledge and understanding and found himself staying with Chief Ochumfo, the second in command in the Asante Kingdom of Ghana and West Africa. Harry stayed with the Chief for one month exploring Ghana and learning the spiritual significance of the Asante culture.

In 2013, he earned a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Michigan in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Consciousness Studies.  After graduating, Harry returned to University of Michigan to facilitate a group of students abroad in Indonesia. He spent one month helping the students cope with and understand cultural immersion through facilitation and meditation, while studying the impacts of globalization and westernization on modern day Indonesian.

By this time, Harry’s cumulative time in the ashram was over one year, and he strongly considered becoming a monk. He had returned to California and spent time with family deciding which path to take. He chose not to become a monk and upon leaving the ashram, knew his path was to share his joy of meditation and health with the world.

Harry became a fitness coach and started teaching meditation. He conducted guided individual and group meditations to relieve stress & anxiety relief, create focus & mental clarity, enhance sleep & mental health, and much more. Harry taught meditation at Elevate Studios in Torrance, California. He spoke about meditation and its benefits at The Center for Learning Unlimited, in Torrance, CA, where he also facilitated group meditation for Teachers and Occupational Therapists who work with students with special needs.

During this time his passion for nutrition grew.  Harry turned to plant-based nutrition after looking for the best method for long-term health as well as recovery for his clients.  He met a partner, Melanie McDaniel, who shared his goals to help people live wholesome, healthy, balanced lives.

Today they live in Palos Verdes, California where they guide people into fulfillment, transformation, and expanded awareness in mind, body, and spirit. Harry is currently working for his Doctor of Metaphysical Counseling Degree at the University of Sedona.

 

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