Evi Dixon with one of her alpacas. She learned to shear the animals after getting them initially to take care of the grass on her property. PHOTO COURTESY EVI DIXON

The art of the segue

Evi Dixon’s empowering path to entrepreneurship

It was negative three degrees outside when Evi Dixon remarked on what a beautiful day it was. Originally from Austria, she is no stranger to a white world and chilly temperatures. Actually, snow is what initially brought her to Big Sky – the plan was to work one season abroad as a ski instructor. Instead of returning immediately, she met a fella and had two children. They all moved back to Austria, but her ex husband missed home and returned to Montana.

She described Big Sky as a tiny, deserted little place in the early days, particularly in the summer and fall – no one was around. Twelve years later, Dixon returned to a different Big Sky, a thriving mountain, and she would meet a new man. For years, she worked on the mountain in the ski school office, at BASE Camp when it was just starting, she became an EMT, a ski patroller and eventually an accident investigation supervisor for ski patrol, where she would take pictures and measurements, find witnesses and record the data. Dixon also did avalanche patrol, became a dispatcher and eventually trained dispatchers, a job she describes as one people rarely want, but that is important.

She believes she was the oldest woman to ever start professionally patrolling at Big Sky Resort.

A rough divorce in 2015 led her to another path, but first through a gauntlet of pain.

“I gave myself up completely to [my marriage],” she said softly with her slight accent. “I was at the bottom of my energy. I had to do something. I couldn’t wait any longer because I was really thinking of ending my life. I needed to do something – so I started my own business.”

From there, she said she found meaning and not just from a feeling of purpose, but also from positive interactions with new people, working on her personal development, her mindset.

“It gave me so much hope. I really love it. There’s always a reason or a silver lining behind what happens,” she said. “I’m here. I’m happy. It still hurts – what happened. That was really awful. I try to look to my future and get my feet on the ground.” In Austria, she was a therapist. So after her divorce, she returned to her roots. Helping people makes her happy.

In Austria, she studied kinesiology and became a craniosacral therapist. Her focus is in frequency medicine. What some people may define as Eastern Medicine she refers to as integrative. She believes the eastern and western ways of medicine can work together and create the best possible outcomes for patients.

Her home business now involves the Healy, a device created by a German physicist and engineer who was a monk in India for 20 years. He created a handheld device that has similar capabilities as a large machine. With a team of doctors behind it, Dixon explained that it has applications for things like pain management, sleep, concentration, meridians, chakras, the whole gamut.

“I can scan peoples’ biodynamics and their electric fields. It tells me what frequency people need and then it sends out the frequencies through the electromagnetic or biodynamic field, since we are all energy, we are all biodynamic, we are all frequency, every piece of music, every tree – we are all connected,” she said. She can treat people in Australia or India and has even treated animals.

Whatever Dixon decides to pursue she does with determination and a willingness to learn. A few years ago, she wanted to find animals to keep the grass mowed down on her property. After settling on alpacas and launching her business Spanish Peaks Alpacas, she learned to shear them and now travels around to other farms to help with shearing. From there, she learned how to spin yarn, how to knit and weave.

In many ways, she is the consummate entrepreneur, allowing for one pursuit to lead her to another and into a further understanding of entire industries. She continues to diversify her portfolio.

Dixon even recently became an author of an ebook titled, “Activate Your Inner Healer,” that contains 10 tips for self healing.

Life has never really been easy on her, she said. Her challenges started when she lost her parents as a little girl.

“We are all going through trauma, but I still believe that I’m a lucky person,” she said.

When difficulties stack and she begins feeling overwhelmed, she does what she can to get herself recentered.

“Meditate, go out and hug a tree, go listen to inspirational videos, go and dance. Or if it’s time to cry, it’s time to cry,” she said. “The main thing is that we have stories that happen… and we have to understand the things that happen – they are not happening to us, they are happening for us. That is a little bit of difference in the wording, but it is a big difference in the meaning. Life goes on and we have to deal with it. We are just going to become stronger.

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