Healing from the heart
CALLIE STOLZ ON WHAT LED HER TO BIG SKY
Callie Stolz is a proponent of personal responsibility. In her eyes, setbacks or challenges, burnout or bad health are healing opportunities. As a lifelong helper and healer, she imbues a sense of benevolent empowerment.
Her own road to taking charge of her life and health had major milestones, including a few rounds with cancer. It is obvious that having been diagnosed with that does not define her. Her actions afterward do. She recognized the damage Western medicine had done to her body in an effort to save her.
“I was really sick. It was a healing opportunity to take my power into my own hands,” she said. “We ultimately need to heal on a much deeper level than someone can do for us.”
She saw the need for her to be part of the journey rather than thinking that “only western medicine could solve things.”
“I realized I needed to take that healing into my own hands and how powerful we all are as our own healers,” she said. “Wonderful” people helped facilitate that process for her and they showed her a new path.
She traveled from San Diego to Northern California and even to India and Thailand in pursuit of the necessary education to make Santosha possible – always with the goal of returning to Big Sky with her new skills to help people and to create a life more aligned with who she is.
Now she is owner of Santosha Wellness Center/Santosha Healing Arts and is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga teacher.
“I had some healing opportunities – to pause and learn – and then get passionate about developing a place where other people who have the same passions pull together, and I opened this place eight years ago,” she said.
Originally from Bismarck, N.D., she grew up in Minneapolis and went to college in Wisconsin. Initially, what led her to Montana was the desire to help troubled youth. She was preparing to attend grad school in Missoula for childhood psychology.
“I used to work with troubled kids, teenagers, that was kind of what I thought I would be doing but just got burned out working in the shelter in Bozeman,” she said.
She took a break, began teaching snowboarding and guiding adventure vacations in the summers.
Big Sky was initially supposed to be a temporary home – somewhere to settle while she figured out her next step, but she developed a deep affection for the people.
“I think this community is amazing in the way that people show up for one another and band together as a community,” she said. “That is something that Big Sky takes pride in and I love that about this community. I definitely feel like I have had some awesome people — friends and mentors and colleagues – in my corner when I have needed them. I have been really grateful for that.”
She feels fortunate to have found her calling and be able to do what is intrinsic to her nature – help.
“I like to be in service and be somehow helping with someone’s journey or healing. I honestly love art and love getting into the out- doors and being a guide,” she said. “I have a lot of other passions, but I always feel I am doing what I am meant to be doing if I am in service somehow.”