I am an Olympia, WA, based artist, coach, teacher and facilitator with an MA in Psychology and a BS in Chemical Engineering. I am gifted in bridging intellect with intuition, structure with flow, and creating environments that allow people to tap into their true experience and deepest wisdom.
The creative process fascinates me, both in practical applications (e.g. leadership, business, design, and innovation) as well as in more expressive and artistic endeavors. As a recovering perfectionist and control-freak, I recognize that engaging Mystery -- becoming comfortable with not knowing and being with what is -- makes all the difference in the world!
This capacity to stand in Mystery and turn towards the full spectrum of our direct experience is a powerful doorway to profound intelligence, personal transformation, authentic self-expression, and awakening into a deep trust in oneself and Life. It is my privilege and joy to support people to live more fully, freely, and creatively. (ps: all images and photos on this site are my own work!)
"Liberate Your Brilliance!
"Margit is very gifted in joining people in their self-exploration and quickly hones in on the most important issues. Her discernment is laser-like as she helps catalyze people's growth and unfolding."
~ Kirstin Eventyr, MA, Counselor, Healer, Spiritual Catalyst Extraordinaire
"I have known Margit for 20 years and have taken many of her workshops. She is very skilled in creating a safe space for people to explore even the most deep and tender feelings and experiences. Margit's creativity, modeling, compassion, presence, and humor make her a trustworthy guide for whatever your Being wants to feel, express, or let go of. As a longtime seeker of truth and authentic expression, Margit has truly journeyed the territory she accompanies others through. You will feel met in the core of your Being by this remarkable, soul-full woman."
~ Eileen Keller, LMHC, Therapist and Mindfulness Teacher
"The word I would use to describe Margit’s style of coaching is “fierce”! She meets me in a fierce way, tracking what is needed in order to take me to my next evolutionary edge. She holds and comforts parts of me that are fearful, and encourages me to include their essential needs in my forward movement. On the other end of the spectrum, she asks me highly attuned provocative questions that get to the heart of my process and inspire me to dare in ways that are in alignment with my heart’s greatest desires. I feel grounded, inspired and called forward as a result of Margit’s mastery. I highly recommend her as a coach!"
~ Lena O'Neill, Bainbridge Island, Trillium Awakening Teacher and Healer
"The sacred pause and space that Margit and the other participants created was catalytic for me."
~ C.A., Olympia, WA
"Margit did an incredible job allowing us to be as we are! I learned to be okay with the process, and let go of the idea that I need to be "fixed.""
~ A.P., Olympia, WA
"What was particularly catalytic was a total sense of trust I had for Margit and the other participants. I know it is a process, and I came away with a renewed commitment to staying present in my body."
~ B.D., Olympia, WA
"Margit's calm, authentic manner created a wonderful learning environment."
~~ S.D., Shelton, WA
"Thanks Margit.. You are really such a beautiful presence. I greatly appreciate who you are and your unique and powerful expression.. Such a blessing for me."
"I found the work very integrative, it allowed me to hear things differently without religious overtones. Margit is a great teacher and facilitator."
"I appreciated Margit's teaching and found her guided meditations helpful - they gave a practical experience of some of the concepts. Margit is amazing!"
I appreciate your art work!
I like the resistance writing.
I love the feel of your openness and welcoming in your website.
Thank you for all you bring to our community and the world."
"Margit, thank you for your gracious reflections! They always mean a great deal to me."
Thank you for the offer of "virtual" support! Just reading the offer felt like a warm blanket for my soul. I am so grateful for you. Thank you for helping us wake up! It is not an easy journey, but having an authentic leader is inspiring."
Thank you so much for your exquisitely precious, lovely messages. You are so sweet. I too will miss the contact we had, and look forward to future interactions and collaborations with you. I always deeply treasured your brilliance, heart, depth, skill, grace, elegance, beauty, authenticity, courage, and the inspirational field you generate."
"Thank you Margit.
Today was miraculous. Such courageous women. The atmosphere was sacred. And so easy to Be and trust. And has a lot to do with your energy and approach.
I was quite raw and open. Needing the company of like souls. To be authentic in my pain. To breathe. To re-orient.
I wanted to share an appreciation with you. I was saying this to to a friend a couple weeks ago and felt it again last night. I think you have an amazing gift for honing in on just the right words for feedback. Like a laser."
“Margit Bantowsky... also a mentor, and by everyone’s acknowledgement, the driving and enlivening force who has done so much to help such a profound community of practice come together.”
I have just listened to the two sections of the community conference call. Your framing was impeccable. You are born to bring encounter to its highest, heartful-est form. Thank you for your presence in my life and in the world. Sending so much love!"
"Margit, you were superb today. I'm proud to be able to say that I know you."
"Good morning dear Margit,
Thanks for your sweet message. I understand that you might at times feel like you are fumbling; however, I see you as very skillfully responding to rapidly changing reality. Moreover, your character and maturity qualify you as fully competent! You are doing a fantastic job of sensing tensions and making communications. And you are such a lovely person!"
I just wanted to say how great it was to see you here and how much I appreciate what you expressed and who you are and all you do."
I am so pleased you wrote me about Margit. I employed Margit's services for a workshop dealing with racism in healthcare. Margit facilitated a conversation between people who had been marginalized by the healthcare system, but was open to people of all identities. Her role was vital to the success of the conversation and she was absolutely fantastic in it. She brought energy and insight to our planning process and had ideas that were fundamentally in support of - and pushed towards - an equitable and safe space for all our participants.
On the day of the conference, Margit was completely grounded and present. Her facilitation was flexible and intuitive. She held a container around our participants and invited people to join the conversation. She was warm, authentic and welcoming, but also held boundaries in a way that increased accountability and emotional safety for those listening and sharing.
As an organizer, I felt our event was far richer as a result of Margit's participation. Working with her has been a hugely valuable experience and so it is with great enthusiasm that I can recommend her to facilitate at your retreat."
You are so dear and thoughtful and I am so grateful to have you in my life. What you bring to the table of my life continues to be high caliber enrichment with a big dollop of integrity in everything you do. Thank you for you. I am grateful."
Here's what I wanted to say to you in group today:
I love you and I am grateful for your unique way of being in the world. You bring me riches in the form of being able to speak out loud what I'm already feeling but haven't been able to put into words. I love your sense of humor. Thank you for being you!"
I cherish your thoughtfulness and sharings so much. You always strike a rare and deep chord in my being like no one else! I don't know what that means but I really appreciate your 'seeing' and acknowledging. May your days be filled with the knowing of how much you gift the world in direct tangible ways as well as your holy unseen (by some) ways."
"Margit... you are such a gem. I love your presence and the way you are...you are so special and refreshingly unique... Your integrity and openness in how you express your brightness truly delights my heart and your many skills are a force guided by spirit...I'm grateful to feel love and connection to you."
"Margit... it is such a blessing to be connected to you."