Posted by: ButterflyMoms | March 23, 2012

Just An Ordinary Mom… Living An Extraordinary Life!

For the first time in three years we are about to have a first on our ButterflyMoms blog… it’s a GUEST writer! And not just ANY guest writer, it’s someone who has led workshops at EVERY ButterflyMoms Retreat with an open heart! ButterflyMoms is SACRED SPACE so only someone who is a reflection of our Sophia’s magnificence can be a guest blogger , accomplished Reiki healer and hypnotist Karen Knight Detering is that someone :)!

Just a few weeks ago, my dear heart-friend Karen came back from a service trip to Guatemala where she built a school for the Mayan children there. As we sat down to tea, both our eyes lit up as she shared her incredible experience of being in a Mayan village in 2012! Sitting there listening and looking at her magnificent photos I was getting intuition hits up the wazoo and  I knew I had to ask her to guest blog for ButterflyMoms! Just the fact that she is a mom of two young kids and still made the time to follow her heart is something we can all use more examples of! The blog went where neither of us thought it would and it unearthed a connection to a book that changed both of our lives during a key time and a vital life lesson that is timeless…but oftentimes ignored.

As we talked about in our ButterflyMoms workshop last night, as you move along in our journey, it is important to change your perspective every once in a while. It is also VITAL to bring in those magical people and tools that remind and teach you how to focus on the actions that will bring your life JOY! What happens sometimes when you are TRYING TO FIGURE LIFE OUT… you ISOLATE. Today’s blog is a perfect example of how the isolation in this circumstance felt so sad that it made Karen look for the magical lesson that she so eloquently shares with us today. I hope you take the time to read it s-l-o-w-l-y so that you may savor each last delectable morsel! Karen, it’s all you…

I want to thank Maria, for not only asking me to write this week’s blog, but also for trusting me enough with her heart and soul; ButterflyMoms.

I think I pricked Maria’s interest when I passionately shared with her my observations and feelings about a recent service trip to Guatemala.  During my trip I was reminded of the overwhelming sense of community I feel whenever I work in developing countries.  Again, after Maria asked me to write about my thoughts for ButterflyMoms, I spent time pondering why it is I always seem to feel so lacking after these trips.  Here’s what I have come up with…

Rewind to 2000, I was pregnant with my first child, 3,000 miles away from my home, no relatives close-by and no friends with children.  In an attempt to understand what was happening to me and my body I turned to the internet and found a community like myself; women, pregnant with their first child.  Now as rewarding as that was, I have to say, the experience left me feeling very lonely.

Luckily help was at hand, my mid-wife, taking pity on my isolation recommended a book, Birthing From Within.  What a revelation! The book encouraged me not only to trust my instincts but also to reach out to my family and friends and pull from their community and generational knowledge of childbirth and mothering.

Here is the actual quilt that the hands of love created. Some of these women have already passed so it makes it even more special!

As a result I had long talks with older women, including my mother, about their birth stories and I found  the deep comfort and connection I had been missing.  In addition to the stories, and as a way to include everyone I loved in my journey, I sent quilting squares home to England.  My friends, my Mum’s friends and my family all sent me back beautifully embroidered squares that were sewn together to make a beautiful quilt of love and support for me and my newborn son.  Until that point I don’t think I realized how many of my Mother’s friends, my childhood community, had played subtle, but meaningful roles in my life; how very important they were to me.

Karen as a baby in England with her beloved mum and dad.

A close-up of the quilt

So after all of my musings for this Blog, the conclusion I have come to is this…  The difference between the communities we create here and the ones I see when working overseas is the natural intergenerational mix; the learning that happens back and forth between the generations.  This week I encourage you to reach out beyond your usual social groups to include and encourage the rich mixing of wisdoms unique to each generation.

Karen and her beautiful mum with the most amazing heart!

Certified Hypnotherapist and
SunStone Hypnosis founder Karen Knight Detering approaches hypnosis from a unique perspective.  Through Hypnotherapy, Karen has brought together her passion and experience in working with individuals and groups to help them achieve their goals.  Hypnotherapy encompasses Karen’s skills as a Life Coach and facilitator to provide clients with a creative way to effect change in their lives, whether that change is overcoming a habit, fear or phobia, achieving a personal goal, or creating a vision for the future.

Karen and her "baby" Emerson

Karen Knight Detering writes a weekly hypnosis blog at  You can also visit Karen’s website at The beautiful Karen Knight Detering will be leading several workshop this weekend at the ButterflyMoms One-Day Retreat at The Peace Abbey.











♥ THE BUTTERFLYMOMS ONE DAY RETREAT ♥THIS Saturday, March 24th 8am-5pm
PEACE ABBEY (Sherborn, MA), the magical place Mother Theresa helped build!

♥ Give yourself a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with-Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Yummy Healthy Food & more! ♥


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ButterflyMoms is a community of people who realize they are souls first and human being second. They want to explore more about themselves, to find out what makes them happy and how they can lead a life of purpose. It is simply about FEEDING YOUR SOUL. Although it has the name “MOMS” in the title it is more about being nurturing to your own transformation, as the butterfly is to its own metamorphosis. This community is led by Maria Salomão-Schmidt whose transformation was ignited by the birth and death of her BELOVED thirteen month old daughter Sophia (Sophalicious), the original butterfly.

*Every Thursday Night we have a ButterflyMoms workshop at 783 Washington Street in Holliston, MA at 8pm that feeds your soul. They started after Maria manifested her dream…with the help of Sophia…to be a guest on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and every week since she had done the workshop on Thursday nights. Any questions call my cell at 617.877.3616.

*Every Friday Morning, as a way of honoring her daughter Sophia’s soul, Maria gets up at 4:30-5:00am to write the weekly ButterflyMoms blog. Hundreds of people read it every week to feed their souls. Maria started writing the blog in May 2009 and has written EVERY Friday since.


√  ButterflyMoms ONE DAY RETREAT is Saturday, March 24 at 8am-5pm at the wonderful PEACE ABBEY in Sherborn, Massachusetts, the place that Mother Theresa helped build something so magical. Some of our world’s most magnificent people have been there like Maya Angelou, Mohammad Ali, Joan Baez… we now will have the honor of having our first day-long ButterflyMoms Retreat.…it will be a fun, transformational, heart-felt day filled with Yoga, Workshops, Hypnosis, Meditation, Shamanic Journeying, Breathing Work and much more! Price is only $212 including all supplies, meals and workshops. BRING YOUR FRIENDS! Click on to sign up for this exciting event! LIFE IS SHORT! LIVE IT NOW!

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√  I have space for two more coaching clients. If you are interested send me an email maria

√  Here is the magnificent ButteflyMoms interview on Nancy L. Cantor‘s Dream Factory Television Show… I hope you watch it and that it feeds your soul! !

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  1. Reblogged this on sunstonehypnosis and commented:
    This week I was honored to be asked to guest blog for ButterflyMoms. I hope you all enjoy the change of focus it brought

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