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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Sheila Sheppard

Sheila is a writer, musician, and wellness practitioner living in Cape Charles on Virginia's Eastern Shore, just an hour and a bridge away from Norfolk.

Since opening Paloma Healing, a holistic wellness practice, in 2016, Sheila has provided a safe, confidential space for people to explore their own divinity and creativity, and move past the blocks of trauma and limiting beliefs. She practices Reiki, a Japanese method of energy healing, and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), a form of music-based experiential therapy, which offer gentle but powerfully effective pathways for personal growth and wellness.

Sheila has deeply valued the experience of facilitating Unlock Your Creative Voice with GIM workshops at the Muse for the past 3 years. She has been honored to witness the wisdom and inspiration that has sprung from within the participants through the power of music, intention, and community.

A graduate student at Old Dominion University's Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, Sheila's genre is Creative Non-fiction, although she has explored poetry, hybrid forms, short fiction, and filmmaking. She is writing a memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail. She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where she majored in English and minored in Art and Music, and has extensive trainings from Turning Point Counseling, Trainings, and Workshops in Richmond, as well as the Atlantic Institute for Consciousness and Music. Her previous careers include being an environmental community organizer, admissions director, grant writer, server, and golf cart girl.

When she's not at Paloma Healing or writing, she loves being with her husband, Clark, their 6-year-old daughter, Aven, and two gorgeous rescue hounds, Daisy and Doug.

Sheila's training is based on the truth that you can't take people where you haven't gone yourself. She loves supporting people drawn to creative work and spiritual growth, and providing space for them to tap into their own light and gifts.