Hi, I'm Laura.
I am curious.
I like to question and learn.
I walk labyrinths.
I'm a leadership and spiritual coach.
I founded Mystical Portugal and co-founded Earth Shamans.
I teach, coach, create, imagine, explore, write, and more.
Mystical Portugal is my Passion Project.
It began when I fell in love with the depth and breadth of Portugal's history, mystery, and mystical sites (well, all that and a Portuguese man). Mystical Portugal is the landing place for my Portugal pilgrimages. It's also become the place where I celebrate life's big and small journeys, exploring what unfolds when I open myself to wonder, mystery, beauty and just being here, Now. Which is hard. And became waaay harder when I became a mom.
Motherhood and the global pandemic have shifted my daily focus from Mystical Portugal Pilgrimages to the intimate work of learning to be a grounded and loving presence, especially with the every day demands of family life. I've found grounding, strength, and inspiration walking the labyrinth, working SoulCollage® cards, and honing my Feng Shui skills.
Staying close to home has reminded me seek the beauty at hand, so I turned my camera to nature and found solace in my surroundings. Ever since the days I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have believed in being a pilgrim in your own backyard.
Now it has a whole new meaning.
I am a Life Adventurer. More than ever I feel how fleeting our adventure is. Seeing my son grow up while watching the world grow weary of loss, I am inhabited by love and saudade - Portuguese for a deep sense of nostalgia and longing - and by a sudden urgency to share my path notes, otherwise known as the oohs, aahhs, mehs, arghs, huhs? and ah-has! that have met me on the path. To be a Life Adventurer is simply to show up as I am, with all that I can.
I love learning. This has taken me on many profound journeys - through labyrinths, art, dowsing, sacred landscapes, Feng Shui, and more - experiences that have shaped the classes, consultations and pilgrimages offered at Mystical Portugal. I learn from every person I meet, so I’m delighted that you're here. Come along with me to discover what happens when we show up on the path of wonder, mystery, beauty and power. Life Adventuring.
Living in this moment, right Now.
"Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveler. What we see isn't what we see but who we are.”
- Fernando Pessoa
I wouldn't be where I am on this journey without the many mentors and teachers I've encountered along the way. These are just some of the people who have inspired and influence me, and I'm happy to report that the list is always growing!
Mystical Portugal is the work of Laura Esculcas, Veriditas Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator, SoulCollage® Facilitator, co-founder of EarthShamans, and a US Expat living in Portugal. A member of the Veriditas Faculty, Laura has a Master of Arts in Wisdom Studies, and is trained in Sacred Landscapes, Acoustic Feng Shui, and the Personessence™ System of Understanding People, Laura uniquely blends depth of experience, keen curiosity, and genuine open-heartedness as she facilitates workshops, consults, coaches, and leads wisdom journeys and pilgrimage experiences into Portugal's place-based myths. Email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org