Waking Dreamtime

Waking in the Dreamtime

is a spiritual memoir, an enchanting and unique new book about a mystical journey. Spiritual seekers and highly sensitive people will see themselves in a whole new light!

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Synopsis of Waking in the Dreamtime

The Mayans say that if you are not walking with one foot in the Dreamtime and one foot in the Waking World, you are limping. In her book, Catherine demonstrates how someone from our modern world can become conversant with both the rational and the shamanic way of seeing. By the end of the book, she shows how spirituality can be the missing link in our collective and individual healing process.

Catherine is a highly sensitive and empathic person as well as a practical, realistic, and logical thinker. She evolves from an isolated child to an inspiring woman who learns how to embrace her empathic nature while walking in the material world.

Catherine’s story takes us from her troubled childhood to an awakening into higher awareness as a teen, where her life launches into a search for meaning and happiness. She travels through mystical experiences with obscure tribes in various parts of the world, including the Hopi of Arizona, the Fore people of Papua New Guinea, and a spiritual group in the Brazilian Amazon. You will be enchanted by her unusual adventures and creative approach to life, as well as her acceptance of setbacks, and her undaunted perseverance. All of these experiences ultimately bring her to a place of peace and understanding.

Join Catherine in this foray into the Dreamtime with tales of wisdom, mysticism, and the art of being human, along the ever-evolving spiritual path.



“In the opening pages you meet Catherine – a young girl who is so sensitive and vulnerable that her worldly experiences seem too much to bear. By the end of the book you come to know Catherine as a courageous woman who has learned to embrace, then celebrate her sensitivity as she employs it as a tool, a gift really, to see beyond the veil of everyday existence – to experience life as a sacred journey of discovery. She generously and honestly shares the bounty of her extraordinary encounters with indigenous people and mystical teachers from her native Southwest and around the world. Her graceful and sincere collection covers a true gamut of spiritual experiences. You accompany Catherine as she learns to listen to the signs of nature, apprentices with Shamans, leads sweat lodges, spirit dances, and other ceremonies. Its as if you are there as she shares intimate, unique experiences of connecting with others, with the Divine, and, ultimately, with herself as a spiritual being.”

~Jessica Heady, Teacher, Mother, Educational Consultant


“Join in the magical and mysterious tour of the Dreamtime with Catherine’s book. I learned about wonderful new cultures and absorbed her wisdom by following her delightful and meandering story.  Here is someone who clearly chose the road-less-traveled and that has made all the difference in her life.  Thank goodness Catherine honored her differences, she is an awakened soul who has much to share with the world.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. ” 

~ Elizabeth Wright, Author of “I & Eye, A Guide to Vibrational Healing and My Transformational Journey to the Light.”


“Compelling, profound, and engaging. Catherine takes us on a fascinating journey of spiritual seeking. Throughout her life, she encounters a diverse cast of captivating spiritual teachers – from indigenous shamans, to birds, to Christian mystics. She digs deep into these experiences and draws from them profound insights on spirituality, life, motherhood, and acceptance. I often found myself saying “yes! that is so true!” Catherine articulates what for years I have been trying to understand. Dedicated seekers should definitely read this book!”

~ Christina SelbyConservation writer


“Catherine and mystics like Eckhart and Castaneda are taking us out of sterile, external religious experience into a deep spirituality that floods every dimension of our consciousness. Catherine carries us to a new level of presence in this extraordinary phenomenon we call life.”

 ~ William Bingham, Author, Collected Essays


“This book addresses issues I have been curious about for a long time. That is, does shamanism have a role in Western culture? How would it express itself in the modern world? Might I be able to experience the connection it offers? This book went further. It extended an invitation, perhaps a prod, to be more open to forces and realities in my life and experience that, because of my background, I have studiously ignored. There is a bullying facet to Western rationalism. I’m not destined to be a shaman. But I am sensitive and intuitive. Catherine’s book exhorts me to pay close attention to the world around me and my ability to sense things, and learn what that offers to teach me without censoring it. It is an invitation to take my sensitivities and sensibilities seriously—to open myself to a fuller understanding and freer expression of who I truly am. Thank you, Catherine.”                          

Teresa Tunick, Multimedia Artist


Enchanting. Catherine’s memoir is a portrait of how an inner world in turmoil can be set free. She paints an alluring picture of what it is like to interact with the mystical realm. Her journey is a poignant and remarkable adventure that gives us insight into the mystery that is the Dreamtime.”

~ Tatiana Pietrzak – author of The Music is Written


This book validates all highly sensitive people. Catherine shows how we can rest in the knowledge that the magic we experience in the mundane is not only real, but also vitally important for our spiritual evolution.”

-Randi Ya’el Chaikind, Author, Revelations of the Heart

About Author

Catherine was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She studied art at the University of New Mexico before embarking on her unorthodox education as a world traveler, student of tribal cultures, and mysticism.

She has traveled to Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, China, India, Bali, Papua New Guinea, and many states in Brazil including Amazonas.

She has lived in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ibiza, Spain, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Seattle, and Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In addition to her study of tribal spirituality and Shamanism, Catherine’s spiritual explorations have included years studying – Catholicism, Hinduism, Sikh Dharma, Sufism, and Buddhism.

Catherine is certified in two professional fields including:

  • Certification from the Association Montessori Inernationale in 1969 to teach Montessori pre-school. She taught until 1973 in a Montessori Elementary school, The Montessori Academy, in Redwood, Washington.
  • Certification in 1984 in Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) and Ericksonian Hypnosis from the co-creators of NLP, John Grinder and Judith DeLozier. From 1985 through1990 she had a counseling practice using NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Catherine has had several 5-year careers. In addition to Montessori schoolteacher and NLP Practitioner, she ran a small retail shop in Bellevue, Washington selling Southwest Indian silver and turquoise jewelry, Navajo rugs, Hopi Kachina dolls and baskets, and pueblo pottery.

She returned with her boys to New Mexico in 1979 where she worked as the systems supervisor for the computer at KGGM Television, the local CBS affiliate in New Mexico owned by her family in Albuquerque. This meant she was the point person for the conversion of the television station accounting system from a manual system to a computerized system. From 1981 to 1983 she produced the television variety show High Country, hosted the interview talk show You’re On the Air, and edited the movie 13 Broadcast Plaza.

In 1991 she moved to Santa Fe, NM where she currently manages the offices of two local philanthropists.

Catherine has a life-coaching practice in Santa Fe where she helps individuals on their emotional and spiritual journeys,   She enjoys spending time with her sons, gardening, and singing, and is of service in a variety of community activities.