We had the good fortune of connecting with Summer Dowding and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Summer, what do you attribute your success to?
Support Non Profit and Mental Health Organizations as a company. To volunteer our services and individual hands on support with structure, networking capabilities and outreach for festivals, events and sponsorships. (Psychedelic society for PTSD, Veterans Affairs affiliation with disabled vets, Safe Houses for abused and battered women and children)
Community Integration & Collaboration –
Collaborating with other healers and women business owners, especially single mothers and abuse survivors gain identity and empowerment through their success. Providing them our healing services and helping to integrate them with a network of others by marketing them and supporting them.
Client Retention and Integration with all above – by bringing these people together from one on one services to a group network. Maintaining the cycle of independent and individual healing work and integrating it with community.
It’s all about growth and expansion, and maintaining both continuously.
What should our readers know about your business?
The High Priestess Spa was cultivated on the intention of being a safe haven for abused, trauma’d and recovering victims of abuse; of all forms.
It was created to hold space during a “help call” or a “place to get away” and then eventually be the safe space for these individuals to resort to once they make the call to recover.
Ultimately, I started this business during my own denial and recovery process; as rewarding and challenging it was to start it as a broken, unsupported, single mom; I cultivated a space that attracted the same women.
Women that want to be heard, seen, and often these women have been misunderstood and mistaken,
So far, we provide one on one services for both men and women, (transgender clients being a main attraction) and helping them during a transitional phase. Limbo can be hard, change can be deprecating, and so our vision has slightly shifted to more of an expanding nature to allow the olive branch to go towards anyone in a transitional phase in life, no matter how light or heavy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Depends on the friend, I show my companions and friends places I think they would want to see, not particularly what I like. But those I feel could enjoy the same spaces, I’d show them the simplicity of the deep woods. Id go deep into Scripps Ranch, behind the park in the sunken hill off of Aviary, and I’d show them the lengthy eucalyptus trees that have fallen and made more trees out of themselves. Id pick beautiful clippings of the succulents surrounding the eight mile path. Id most likely chose this place, if it was a gloomy day. So quiet, peaceful, and filled with nostalgia.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shout out The Peel Parlor! Jennifer Titus is not only one of my strongest and most inspiring supporters but the one that’s been there to ease any tension and aid in the beginning process of my business. Her growth and expansion with her own business is also setting the stage for mine. She’s extremely professional and stands for equality within the LGBTQ community and children’s rights, she’s an activist as well which is incredible!! She was an instructor at my school who helped an attribute of business, as well as my landlord of my first spa location! She has mentored me through everything!