Nance began her healing career as a psychotherapist after receiving a Masters in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She quickly became frustrated with the limitations of talk therapy. To broaden her skill set, she studied Hakomi Therapy, a body-centered psychotherapy approach. Through her Hakomi practice, she found that people access the core of their issues much faster through mindfully focusing on their bodies. During this period, she was the Director of the Counseling Center Of Warren Wilson College and later opened a private practice.
After experiencing profound change from receiving acupuncture, Nance began to refer her therapy clients for Chinese Medicine. They didn’t just see some symptoms disappear, they felt stronger and more balanced in their whole lives. Old psychological patterns would melt away with surprising speed. This led Nance to enter a three-year program in Five Element Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia Maryland where she received a Master’s in Chinese Medicine and served on the faculty for four years.
She returned to North Carolina in 2004 and opened an acupuncture practice in Asheville, where she has great success in helping people locate and release the origins of the patterns that keep them unhealthy or unhappy. She is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist and has taught at Asheville’s Daoist Traditions School of Chinese medicine.
In 2008 she founded of The Art and Heart Of Vibrant Living workshops for people to learn skills of clearing the mind, opening the heart and embracing ways of eating and living that support both themselves and the planet. Nance believes that the deepest and most effective healing is within each of us. These classes encourage folks to take charge of their own health with delight and hope.
But the graduate degrees and healing programs of study only describe one dimension of her healing background. For ten years, she served as a white water guide in the Southeast US and Idaho. By living outdoors during these years she learned the healing power of nature through its plants and seasons. Following a white water guiding trip to Nepal, she spent a month in an intensive meditation course for initiate monks in a Thai monastery where she meditated 18- 24 hours day for 30 days. This deeply impacted her understanding of the mind and its many illusions. To learn the secrets of the heart Nance became a student of the mystical tradition of Sufism. She is a graduate of the three year program of the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism which is centered on the practice of healing prayer.
Nance is also an accomplished performer and musician with two recorded CD’s. Her second, Out Beyond Ideas, recorded with her husband, David Wilcox, draws from the unifying words of Rumi and other ancient mystics from the world’s faith traditions, such as Hafiz, Tukaram, HaLevi and St. John of the Cross, to lift the hearts of people everywhere in a powerful call for peace.