In Memory of Jen Gouvea 1976-2014
We are very sad to report that PSA Teacher Jen Gouvea passed away this weekend.
She was a great visionary, profound healer, revolutionary astrologer and a big-hearted soul. Jen was also a unwavering community organizer for the Portland astrological community as well as the healing community. She was instrumental in the founding of PSA and it’s continued support throughout it’s first and second year. She was also a teacher of Flower Essence Therapy and Astrology to many groups, bringing transformational experiences in people’s everyday life.
She was a fighter for change.
She was a champion for truth.
She was an announcer of authenticity.
…but in the most gentle of ways.
She will be missed by the groups that she was involved with; spiritual circles, writing groups, women’s groups, breath-work circles, astrology groups, healing circles and flower essence circles, and many other individuals that she came in contact with plus the countless people she touched in personal consultations.
The Oregon Astrological Association will be holding a public memorial for Jen this Friday November 14th at 7pm, 3185 NE Regents Dr at Subud Center. All in the Astrology community are welcome to attend; students, teachers, friends and colleagues.
Jen Gouvea will be greatly missed by all.
JEN GOUVEA’S BIOGRAPHY
Jen Gouvea, MSW is fascinated by plants, planets & people. Since 2004 she’s been researching how people transform through the combination of depth-counseling, astrology and flower essences. She is a certified Flower Essence practitioner through The Flower Essence Society. Her educational background includes a master’s of social work where she has experience working with women’s issues, children and teens, relationships, diversity, trauma, and grief. She also has experience using mind-body techniques to work with clients in substance abuse recovery as well as with veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. Jen spent seven years as the program director of a nonprofit in Baltimore city where she participated in community arts projects and the production of videos about social justice and education issues for youth empowerment.
She has also apprenticed with pioneering Flower Essence Practitioners Dr. Sabina Pettitt and Camilla Blossom. Jen works with the local flowers of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon/Washington and the Columbia Gorge as well as North American and English flower essences in her practice. She is a certified Breathwork facilitator through the The Venus Rising Association for Transformation.
Jen is currently co-writing a book with PSA teacher Jaysen Paulson titled “Plants & Planets: Herbal Medicine, Flower Essence Therapy and Astrology.”
Jen is a Pisces Sun, Leo Rising and whole lot of Aquarius. North Node in Scorpio. www.EngagedHeart.com
Jen at the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering conference. She had a mission to change the world and her weapons of choice were herbal medicine and astrology.
Jen and the PSA teachers and students.
Jen with students at the Astrology of 2014 talk.
Jen and JayP taking a break from writing their book for a winter hike.
Jen laughing at the Northwest Astrological Conference in Seattle.
Update: December 22, 2014.
JEN GOUVEA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP + LIBRARY
While it’s been a challenging time for PSA teachers and staff over the last 7 weeks, Jen has been hard on my heart; her heart-opening passion, her revolutionary ways, her insightful teachings. I’ve spent nights pouring over her old Astrology notes, Flower Essence books with personal flower doodles and listening to the recording of classes we did together and one thing became clear to me…Jen’s vision and mission won’t die.
With the help of PSA teachers, we are officially forming the Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship Fund and Library to preserve the ideals of our compassionate warrior friend. She had a mission to change the world and chose both Astrology and Flower Essences as her delivery method and this will not be forgotten.
With the donated monies, we will be rewarding local students the financial opportunity to create change within the community and the world through various grants. We want to honour those students who give selflessly to make a difference much like Jen did through her low-cost classes, low-cost consultations, therapy sessions, her genuine friendship and simply holding space for those in need.
Look for future scholarship announcements from PSA. Our initial thoughts are to grant for the upcoming Queer Astrology Conference and potentially a scholarship for our 2nd-Year Program. We will also be collecting new and gently used astrology books for a future library. Let JayP know if you would like to make a donation of old books.
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A CONTRIBUTION in time for the holiday season.
With much love and blessings,
Jaysen Paulson, PSA Director