meet Terry

TERRY HERSHEY—author, humorist, inspirational speaker, dad, ordained minister, golf addict, and smitten by French wine.  He divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens and sharing his practice of “pausing” and “sanctuary,” to help us do less and live more.  Terry’s book, The Power of Pause, offers the permission to slow down and to be gentle with ourselves, in a world that demands More-Bigger-Faster.   Most days, you can find Terry out in his garden–on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound—because he believes that there is something fundamentally spiritual about dirt under your fingernails.

Terry tries to be live by the motto that “he loses much who has no aptitude for idleness.” On Vashon—where ferry is the main mode of travel—this maxim doubles for a rule: if you have to go somewhere on Vashon, you can’t be in a hurry.  And yes, Terry tolerates the rain—so long as he is able to spend some time each winter on a golf course in a land where the sun shines bright.

All this doesn’t mean Terry is immune to the challenges of our fast-forward world: he travels and speaks at numerous events every year, writes books and resources, blogs, promotes causes, gives media interviews, designs gardens… and raises a teenage son on Vashon Island.  So he knows a bit about the challenges of trying to live a balanced life.

When he was younger and a workaholic (two degrees, doing ministry and mission work from Japan to Uganda, Africa), it took a divorce to slow him down. This crisis invited him to reassess his vocational journey—because, like it or not, a crossroads of that magnitude makes you take notice. During that time, the seeds of change began to take root in Terry’s heart. He learned that if we don’t take time to pause and say “no” to the violence of overwork and busy-ness, then “no” will be said by default… and we end up saying no to the people we love the most.  As a result, Terry founded Hershey & Associates—an organization that provides resources, seminars and retreats on the themes of pausing, sanctuary time, and our need to slow down in intentional ways “to let our souls catch up with our bodies.”

Terry Hershey

Hershey & Associates
(800) 524-5370

For more information about Terry
see his Media/Press Kit,
enjoy some Videos
and visit Creating Sanctuary Gardens.


  1. Richard Corson
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Terry, with dirt under my nails from an unexpected morning in the mud of my garden (fixing sprinklers for the most part) I feel moved to write. First with appreciation for the tender, thoughtful, touching Sabbath moments. I send them around the world. Scone with a question: what is your theological training? What is the tradition from which you have so beautifully evolved? I happen to be of the United Methodist persuasion but have a son who sits Zen and a Jungian spouse who also happens to be an ordained clergy person as am I. I would value knowing more about you since I am often asked: who is this masked man? I would love to meet you some day. Till then we meet every week! RC

  2. Posted January 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    In the magnificence of the SHIFT—the veil is becoming thinner as we live each day. The energy will be the dominant mind set in the not-too-distant future and a new world is clearly, a thought away.
    This is an exciting time on the planet. I say, Live it to the fullest and put one foot in front of the other as we nurture life from another dimension.
    Love your humor.

  3. Dede Heiman
    Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Your book came up as a strong recommendation on my Shelfari list. I read it in 1984 and am compelled to read it again. This book, along with Margaret Clarkson’s “So You Are Single” have been the two books, other than the Bible, that have sustained me throughout my life as a single person. Now happily married for almost 2 years, it is sad that now I will probably loan or reread your book to offer support to my soon to be divorced sister in law. You are a fantastic author. Thanks for your writing.

  4. Posted June 13, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you Dede… The remarkable thing about any journey of healing and growth, is the reality that we are not on the journey alone, and we have an opportunity to spill a spirit of healing and compassion and grace and courage… I wish you and your sister-in-law peace… Keep spilling the light.

  5. B. P.
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I have listened to your words for years at the Religious Congress… Heard many of your stories numerous times… But your inspirational talks provides me with sanctuary at least once a year..

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