What is The Estuary?, by Susan Austin-Crumpton

Jesus said to the woman at the well;  'Give me a drink'
                              -- John 4:10-26

A wise woman asked me today, “What is it about The Estuary that is so precious and so unique?  What is it that so many different kinds of people come here to find?”
I was reminded of the story of Jesus, the prophet, at the well.  This prophet tired out by his journey asked the Samaritan woman to “Give me a drink.”
I know tiredness like the one he may have felt.  I know the loss of hope, creativity and curiosity that comes with bone-weary tiredness.  I often sip from the cup of engagement with my truth that The Estuary secretly offers to all who draw near.
We humans often worship what we do not know.  The Estuary offers us an opportunity to worship what YOU will come to know as your truth.  The Estuary has a mission of assisting us all to become bearers of our personal essence or truth.
The Estuary has become a place where Shekinah (Divine Light and Presence) dwells.  It is the place to learn to sip from your Inner Light, to find meaning and purpose on your tiring journey into your life.
We are wishing you the Divine Radiance and Glory of your life’s quest for truth and place in today’s tiring journey of life.  Let us be your New Year’s Resolution.  Happy Holidays for us all.

          —Susan Austin-Crumpton
                Executive Director & Founder
                The Estuary, Inc.


Susan Austin-Crumpton

Susan Austin-Crumpton, Executive Director and Founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts. Susan’s intention to be fully present and alive with passion and joy requires an authenticity that is her hallmark. Dedication to study and commitment to her clients and students provides The Estuary and the community involved with purpose and meaning not often found in traditional leadership. Susan Austin-Crumpton speaks of The Estuary as being like a wheel, with the staff being each of the spokes, the programs and services as the rim and she is the hub of energy and identity at the center. As the founder of The Estuary and The School of Healing Arts, she has developed the healing techniques and skills taught by the school and integrated into the individual practices of the staff. Susan’s leadership, innovative practice methods and classes have created the foundation of The Estuary and The School. Her varied career history as business owner, a teacher, and a psychotherapist, make her uniquely qualified to bring grounding to healing practices that originate outside the medical and psychological mainstream. Her techniques are truly complimentary to allopathic medicine and traditional psychotherapy, not in conflict with them, as is evidenced by the community support and acceptance over the past twenty years. As the primary teacher at The School of Healing Arts she combines the techniques of energy healing and psychology with Kabbalistic principles into her psychotherapy techniques that bring lasting change into the lives of those who work with her. She works with individuals and groups specializing in depression, anxiety, couples, health issues, addiction, and spiritual connection to life’s meaning and purpose. Susan has completed four years of study in healing science with The Barbara Brennan School of Healing Science and three years of study in Integrative Kabbalistic Healing with Jason Shulman's A Society of Souls. She also holds a degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville. She is a pastoral counselor ordained by The Estuary. Susan specializes in integrating transpersonal psychology with energy therapies effectively embodying the mind, body and spirit connection. She has been in private practice for 18 years serving individual processes, coupleship work, group experiences, and health related issues. She is the primary teacher at The School of Self Healing Arts and teaches transpersonal psychology, energy anatomy and therapies, world religion, and experiential therapy techniques. Susan is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. She loves to study, to learn and grow personally and professionally, and is committed to the well being of her family, students and clients.