My Story

Wayne Leiss

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming

“Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 


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Middle Adventures:
A Symphony of Experiences

My journey took a melodic turn at seven when I discovered my second love: music. Nearly four decades as a church musician, choir director, and cantor nurtured my soul with harmony and rhythm. This musical voyage didn’t just influence my life choices; it became a part of my identity.
Education was a dual path for me, blending my passions with pragmatism. At Providence College, I delved into Music History and Theory to feed my soul, while Computer Science and a minor in Western Civilization prepared me for the professional world. This balance of creativity and practicality has been a guiding principle in my life.
Post-college, I ventured into the banking world, but with a clear horizon in mind: to join Up With People.

This year-long global tour was a transformative experience, teaching me about cultural diversity, friendship, and personal growth through community service and music.
A subsequent trip around the world further expanded my perspective, taking me from Alaska to Amsterdam, with meaningful stops in Hawaii, Japan, India, and more.

This adventure, interspersed with nine pilgrimages to Lourdes and other sacred sites, deepened my understanding of faith, healing, and the power of music in spiritual journeys.
The Ridgefield Theater Barn was another stage for my adventures, where I immersed myself in singing, dancing, and improvisation. Serving as the board president and executive director, I contributed to creating a space where creativity and community flourished.

Connection Adventures: Finding Purpose and Sharing Strength

My path led me to Easton Mountain, a transformative turning point where I discovered the power of authenticity and connection. Here, I began a deep dive into personal growth and holistic practices, including massage and essential oils. My journey into healing practices wasn’t just about acquiring skills; it was about embracing a philosophy of living that resonates with purity, honesty, and loyalty.
The adventure took a new turn with strengths-based coaching, an endeavor that aligns with my core mission of helping men reconnect with themselves. This chapter was highlighted by speaking on an international cruise, where I shared my insights on living a strengths-focused life. This experience wasn’t merely a speaking engagement; it was a manifestation of my belief in the interconnectedness of our stories and the transformative power of understanding and leveraging our strengths.

Lake of Easton State Park in Washington

Today, my adventures continue as I offer

“Adventures in Connection”

Combining life coaching, essential oils, and the spoken word to help others embark on their greatest journey. My life is a testament to the belief that every experience, whether a flight at six weeks old or a speech on the vast ocean, is a stepping stone toward greater understanding, connection, and fulfillment.

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