by Cliff and Alyce Barry –
The original version of this article was written when the house was for sale.
The cradle of Shadow Work® Seminars, Inc., is an Amish-built log house on 16 acres of woodland with a stream. Its great room is large enough for workshops, trainings, and other gatherings.
The house is the former home of Tim Barry (the brother of Shadow Work® founder Cliff Barry and newsletter editor Alyce Barry) and his wife, Terese Guiliani.
Cliff lived in Tim’s house from 1993 to 1997.
In 1993, Cliff had been running Accelerated Behavior Change (ABC) weekends for several years and was also a ManKind Project (MKP) leader.
While living in the log house, Cliff filed papers to make Shadow Work® Seminars a corporation, the first business milestone. Up to that point, he had been calling his model by several names, including Life Force Training. It was at this time that Cliff began using the name Shadow Work® and began the process of trade marking that name.
Cliff and his partner, Mary Ellen Whalen, began offering Shadow Work® facilitator trainings, and many of them were held in that house.
Cliff, Mary Ellen, and Tim were the first officers of the Shadow Work® corporation. Many of Shadow Work’s core business practices were formed there, and Cliff sees the impact of Wisconsin culture on the way the company does business.
“We had a sweat lodge out back,” Cliff remembers. “We did regular sweats, and I think that had a lot to do with the ethical business practices we developed. We formed some of our foundational principles there, both for the business and for Shadow Work itself.”
Cliff and his wife, Vicki Woodard, were married in the house, surrounded by friends and the Barry family, in 2005. Officiating was Mary Ellen Whalen, who is now a Sufi minister.
Lee Barry (another Barry brother) produced a lovely, personal video about the home, which undoubtedly helped Tim and Terese find a buyer.
Because Shadow Work® isn’t widely known, the video didn’t mention that the house is the company’s birthplace. But it’s true.
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