When it comes down to it, I am a highly sensitive person who spent most of my searching for meaning to understand myself, others, and how I fit into the world. This has made me naturally curious, creative, and intuitive.
My curiosity has led me down paths of science, art, and a lot of life experience. I’ve spent over two decades of my life in formal and informal studies of communication disorders, healing spaces, Earth-friendly living, life coaching, end of life, spirituality, subtle energy, yoga, and meditation.
Nearing midlife, a wise and dear friend said to me, “Rhea, you’re a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.” That statement was a magic wand that met divine timing, and the unbound version of my life unfolded.
All of this has made me the person I am today and informs the way I hold space for myself and others, the way I live my life, and how I operate my business.
Everything you are searching for is within you
My work is in service to helping people through life and death transitions in a way that feels in alignment with who they are and who they have been. I help people create more meaning through self-exploration, thoughtful reflection, soul connection, and bold questions. My approach to life and death is positive, open, and nonjudgmental. All are welcome here. I’d love to explore how I can help you.
My third person bio
Rhea Mader is an empathic and quietly wise soul who embraces the path of conscious living and conscious dying with grace and depth.
Rhea’s expertise spans across various disciplines as a Life Coach, End of Life Practitioner and Educator, Energy Worker, Interspiritual Chaplain, Instinctive Meditation Guide, and Healing Spaces Designer. Drawing from this diverse skill set, she works with individuals and small groups through deep listening, healing practices, creative expression, and restorative rest to welcome the fullness of life.
Rhea is the creator of Apprenticeship With Death where she offers holistic education and training to others who feel called to hold sacred space for dying, death, and grief.
As a facilitator of conscious living and conscious dying, Rhea’s guidance leads to meaningful transitions and transformations, reaching beyond the realms of the living, as she lovingly guides individuals to approach life and death with reverence for the sacredness
Commitment to equity, Connection & Understanding
I’m doing my best to bring about systemic change through active learning, deep listening, and deconditioning. I am a cis-gendered, able-bodied, white woman living in Lindsborg, Kansas, United States. I come from the sacred grasslands of western Kansas. The land that my ancestors settled and have tended for five generations belongs to the Wind People of the Kaw nation, who were forcibly removed from their lands many times to live in present day Kaw City, Oklahoma. The land I currently live on in Lindsborg, Kansas, is also land that rightfully belongs to the Kaw nation. I am a descendant of German, Swedish, Danish, Irish, English, and Scottish peoples. I offer my humble gratitude and acknowledgment to the cultural traditions, medicine, rituals, ceremony, and meaningful rites of passage of the wise ones that came before me. I call for help to build and sustain embodied presence, conscious living, care for Mother Earth, all living beings, and sacred dying.
RECIPROCITY & TRANSPARENCY
As someone who takes part in movements for change in life and death, I also rise in responsibility for the change I want to see in ethical marketing practices, fair access, and livable earnings. I put people before the sale, communicate truthfully, and work to ensure I benefit the common good. Built on principles of prosperity, accessibility, inclusion, wellness, and sustainability, when funds are available, I offer partial scholarships to those who wish to take part but are facing challenges or hardship. If you or your organization are in a place of plenty, and you would like to pay it forward, consider paying it forward through a scholarship for others that are facing challenges or hardship.
There is a lengthy list of individuals and organizations who have walked with me along my journey; I extend deep gratitude and thanks to each of you.
Gabriel, your soul touched mine in a way that will never be fit for words. I truly understand bone deep, cellular grief because of your death. There will never be a time that I don’t wonder what our lives would be with you here. Thanks for the little signs that you are with us still.
My sincere gratitude to the Conscious Dying Institute for the wisdom, presence, and for really seeing me from the point of student to faculty and team member.
The unmatched model of facilitation and holding space that I have learned from Amy Wright Glenn at The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and her teachings on pregnancy loss and abortion.
My friend Phil, who died so suddenly, thank you for believing in me so much that you invited me to learn with you, encouraged me to be more, and basically threw me to the wolves. I loved that pack, and it will always be one of the most fulfilling parts of my journey. Thank you for visiting in dreamtime.
Grandma Quinter, for your fierce, sassy ways. Megan for showing me what claiming womanhood and powerful feminine presence looks like. Julie for normalizing the priestess in a modern, western culture. SMM for showing me what healing religious trauma can look like.
I had been trying to figure out how to proceed in my business, stop doubting myself, and become more confident in my ideas and dreams. Your coaching style gave me permission to dream and feel value in my style of doing things. I’m so very thankful for your loving spirit, your calmness, and kindness.
I was at a crossroad not knowing my purpose in life beyond being a mom and wife. I’ve known for some time that I needed a positive movement, I just didn’t know how to do it on my own. She is able to connect deeply, free from judgment and criticism, and communicates in a way that is meaningful and truthful.
I was feeling somewhat stuck and lacking the fuel to propel my dreams forward. I wanted direction and help to focus in a way that would be inspiring and authentic. Now I recognize and cherish the talents and skills I possess and see that they are of value to myself as well as others. My confidence has blossomed professionally and personally.
When I first reached out for Reiki, I had so much stress and was doubting my purpose in life. I didn’t know anything about Reiki so I was kind of nervous not knowing what to expect but also very excited. The thing that shifted for me was being able to look for and accept a new job. I felt clarity and had insight and after a 21-year career, I’m so excited about my new job and finding work/life balance.
By the end of our first session, any fears or nerves about working with Rhea were gone. I felt like she already knew me. She was welcoming, kind and gentle, and I felt instantly loved. She was able to hold space for me without any judgement, and I really needed that. Rhea helped me to find my own routines and practices that would help me see myself, hear myself and believe in myself.
The biggest change I have seen for myself is that I trust in the Universe. I consistently practice calling in source energy every day and that has made my decisions immensely easier to make because I am not as stuck in my head about them. Thank you for your gentle, supportive and easeful way of showing up as my coach.
This has challenged some thoughts I have adopted but am questioning now if those are my “truth.” I have been able to solidify thoughts and beliefs I have about death. I am more open to discussion with anyone, including those at work and kids and grandchildren. I am preparing with the feeling of completeness and love. This is ‘life’ (death) changing.
I recognize that I have a responsibility to make my needs and wants known. That I have (some-more than I’d realized!) control over how I leave this life and how I live it. It’s been an ongoing realization for me as I’ve aged, but these conversations have driven that home.
For a topic that can be so difficult and taboo that I have rarely (if ever) deeply opened up about, I felt so safe and supported to express my own views and learnings along the journey, without fear of judgment or being told what the ‘right’ beliefs are. I loved how you took the lead in the most loving way Rhea, acknowledging everybody’s opinions and stories and also sharing your own was really insightful. I’m so glad I followed my hunch to explore this with you Rhea.
This was a wonderful class! I feel like I gained a deeper perspective of death and dying. The hands meditation and the meditation in the last class were both very powerful. Also, the timed journaling we did once was very helpful for me. I would describe the experience as beautiful, educational, and inspirational.
I was hoping to meet myself deeper, explore how I would feel with those questions regarding the Best Three Months and how I would prepare. My expectations were definitely met and I felt very safe and supported. I would sum of the experience by saying it was like being in life with gratitude and being with death in gratitude.
The way this course has manifested in my life is that I have more focus on priorities and less focus on distractions, I feel more mindful. I felt so safe and supported in your program. You created a beautiful space of openness, courage, vulnerability, and reflection. My hopes were beyond met! This course is a game changer, life changer.