Ecstatic Self

Ecstatic Self

What is Ecstatic Self: Spiritual Coaching?

A place to explore the intersection of identity, belonging, spirituality, sexuality, and living authentically

Who is Kaelan

Kaelan is a spiritual guide who has led meditations, coaching sessions, and yogic practices since 2008. He founded Ecstatic Self LLC during the pandemic of 2020; his client list ranges from CEOs of NFL teams to federal judges—from Ivy League tenured professors to leaders in healthcare startups.

He has written two books on personal growth and belonging (Journey to the Ecstatic Self & I Dreamt of Flight). Kaelan lived in a meditative ashram for 7 years, earned his advanced CRT 500 in yogic instruction, and has over 1/2-million followers on Ecstatic Self YouTube and other socials.

He has led corporate leadership and empathy workshops for top corporations like JP Morgan, TripAdvisor, KPMG, Bank of America, etc. He graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University and lives in Washington, DC with his husband and pets.


Why Coach with Kaelan?

Kaelan is an ecstatic spirituality coach with over 15 years of experience. He utilizes customized meditations to inspire self-connectedness, cosmic unification, and bliss within his clients.

Kae’s Specialties


Meditation Mastery

Personal Empowerment

Inclusive Spirituality

Kaelan’s Coaching


Unveiling the Authentic Self:

Kaelan’s coaching journey is about unveiling your true self, embracing every aspect of your being. He guides you to recognize and integrate your inherent wholeness, blending light, dark, masculine, and feminine energies into a harmonious self.


Guided Spiritual Enlightenment:

Kaelan employs meditation as a tool for spiritual enlightenment, helping you to see life’s magic. He leads you through introspective journeys, unraveling the complexities of your psyche and fostering profound spiritual growth.



Illuminating Personal Pathways:

As a guiding light, Kaelan illuminates the pathways within you, holding doors open to new possibilities. His coaching is about enabling you to discover your inner wisdom and strength, facilitating your journey of transformation.


Celebrating Wholeness and Divinity:

Kaelan’s philosophy emphasizes the sacredness of every part of your being. He aids in recognizing your inherent divinity, fostering a journey of self-discovery that reveals and polishes your innate perfection and spiritual connection.

I view myself as a guide, an usher, a doorman. I am here to walk beside you, point out some doorways, and invite you to step through.​

Kae's Books

Journey to the Ecstatic Self


This guidebook walks you through the realms of soulfulness, shadow exploration, and identity dreaming to arrive in a land of wholeness. Through exploring these exercises, stories, and meditations with Kae, you will uncover your wild, radiant self — the intrinsically aligned person that you were always meant to be. The “you” that already exists deep down at your core. Lace up those boots and get ready to Journey to the Ecstatic Self.

I Dreamt of Flight: A Fantasy Novel


18 year old Bondi Ashborne never knew he could breathe fire, never knew that the government was rounding up people like him and slamming them into concentration camps. No, all he knows is that life as a gay, quarter-dragon in a fully-human town couldn’t be harder for him.
When fate forces him to flee his home, he ends up encountering other Mythicals like himself: enigmatic naga,…

Join us for a transformative 6-day adventure in rural Vermont. Here, we unshackle our shame, release our inhibitions, and dive into the profound spiritual principle of JOY—our very reason for existence. 

Unleash the joy that dwells deep within you!


Nestled in the serene beauty of the Willow Retreat Center, we will expand our potential as spiritual beings, explore the depths of ourselves, and celebrate our humanness in the embrace of our spiritual siblings. This retreat is a sanctuary where personal discovery, communal connection, ecstatic living, and exploring the natural world converge to create a truly transformative experience.


  • 1-on-1 personalized coaching
  • Mantras, meditations, & spiritual philosophies
  • Clothing-optional river swims
  • Guided mindfulness hikes
  • Sacred fire ceremonies
  • Storytelling circles
  • Spiritual artwork creation
  • Journaling sessions
  • Ecstatic dance
  • Physical yoga
  • Partnered connection exercises
  • and so much more…
Soul Journeyers Retreat
Location: Vermont
5th July, 2024
Ticket Decoration

Dates: From 4pm, Friday, July 5th to 12pm, Wednesday, July 10th, 2024

Investment in Your Journey: $2470 ($500 deposit secures your place). We believe in making this experience accessible; please inquire about our limited partial scholarships for those facing financial challenges.

Join Us: This retreat is more than an escape; it’s a profound journey into the heart of joy, freedom, and community. Space is extremely limited to ensure a personalized and intimate experience, so please CLICK HERE to download and submit your application at your earliest convenience.

Please Note: We adhere to a thoughtful payment and refund policy to ensure a smooth experience. 50% is due 90 days before retreat; the full amount is due 40 days prior. Cancellations are fully refundable (minus a $500 fee) until 40 days prior. After that, no refunds are possible. A 3% fee applies to credit card transactions.

What clients have to say

Casey S.
“It has been an eye-opener working with Kaelan. Even in the short time I worked with him, I was able to delve deeper into my psyche and spiritual self than I ever have in the past. He took the time to understand my way of thinking and feeling and explained complex spiritual practices in a way that meshed well with those views. Kae is also excellent at guiding chakra meditation even for someone like me, who in the past has allowed the everyday problems of life to disrupt my attempts at becoming centered and focused. I wholeheartedly recommend working with him for spiritual guidance and teaching.”
Ricky H.
“Being someone that was not ‘spiritually savvy’ or advanced, I have to say I so, so appreciate Kae’s ability to break down complex practices he spent years and years learning into easily understandable and comprehensible advice. Kae is distinguished at what he does and particularly helped me with my lower level chakras. His understanding of the sacral chakra and all it entails and his meditations, breathing exercises etc. have particularly helped me with opening up and having a healthy and happier relationship with myself and my partner. Kaelan has also helped me to accept myself and to be myself. I can not say enough about Kaelan and am very grateful to have him helping me on my spiritual journey.”
Josh S.
“I reached out to Kaelan over the summer as the endless “now” of the pandemic was getting to me. My life was feeling directionless and spiritual practices I’d learned in the past were no longer helping me. In the 12 weeks I spent with Kae, I tried new practices tailored to each of the areas I felt stuck. These led to insights about what I needed to do next to continue growing and moving forward on my path. Kaelan is extremely knowledgeable in spiritual matters, and I find myself continuing to contemplate our sessions months later.”
Robert M.
“As a 48 year old openly-gay man I realized that I had a lot of baggage around my sexuality, my physical body and my spirituality. I grew up in a world when it wasn’t okay to be gay and even though I have been “out” for more than two decades, old messaging was holding me back from becoming the person I wanted to be. I turned away from the church many years ago, having felt harmed by organized religion, but felt I was suffering from a lack of spiritual connection and purpose. I felt these issues were holding me back from becoming the person I wanted to be and developing the types of fulfilling relationships I want to have. “Kaelan provided a safe place for me to explore these issues and quickly move beyond old programming to experience life differently. He encouraged me to explore embodiment and spirituality together through our private 12-week coaching and the results were simply life changing. Today I feel more confident and calm and I am experiencing life with a new level of satisfaction. I will forever be grateful for the work we did together. “If you think you might benefit from a similar program, I highly encourage you to consider working with Kaelan. He has helped me walk away from this experience a different person, experiencing less stress, shame and anxiety on a daily basis. He is sensitive, intuitive and able to deliver a lot of wisdom into the visits we had. “
Myke M.
“For the past 15 years I have been on a conscious spiritual journey, one that has taken me from homelessness, to rehab, to college graduation, to landing my ‘dream job,’ the title, the salary, the 401k, etc, etc, etc. and because of all that, life was ‘good.’ Then one day in late 2019, I was laid off. And even though I thought I had a pretty strong mental/spiritual foundation, I felt completely lost. I spent the entirety of 2020 hiding from the world—not because I was afraid of Covid, but for the need to escape within myself. I realized during that time how so much of my perceived identity was wrapped up in ‘what I do,’ and that in place of this person I thought I was, there was an aspect of myself I wasn’t acknowledging. As a ‘recovering Christian,’ who also happens to be a gay man, I was always taught to keep the spiritual apart from the physical. That in order to appease God, I must deny the body and walk the ‘moral path’—become what civilized society approved of and expected me to be. This, of course, caused a major misidentification within myself and a realization that I didn’t even really know myself. “What I did know was that if I ever wanted to live a life of pure joy, I had some self embracing to do. I was drawn to Kaelan and his Ecstatic Self channel because he is such a beautiful example of living within that balance. Throughout our 12 weeks working together, I began to embrace and celebrate my incarnation integrity, which enabled me to take up more space as who By using a unique blend of meditation, mantra, chanting, and sharing of sacred wisdom, Kae joined with me on my healing journey, supporting me, holding me accountable, sharing himself with me, mind and spirit, almost as if we had been BFFs all along. I am so grateful for Kaelan and the work he does. His integrity is beyond reproach and his dedication to being of service is unparalleled. If you are thinking about working with him, you won’t regret it. I look forward to working with him more in the future.”
“I have been working with Kaelan for nearly a year. I could go on at length about what he brings to the table in our sessions, but I’ll limit myself to the three things that are most meaningful for me.
1. Connection: Kaelan makes me feel seen and understood. When we’re talking about an issue I am facing, I really like how he tells parallel stories about events in his life. I reinforces the notion that what I am going through is normal and relatable. That someone else can understand. That someone else has been there too. I find it comforting and reassuring.
2. Insight: I have nearly two decades of life on Kaelan. I did initially wonder if he had had enough life experience to help me. I needn’t have worried. Kaelan brings a wealth of insight to our sessions, and I am continually impressed with how he can see past the presenting problem and get to the heart of the matter. He comes to his work with true wisdom.
3. Acceptance: Sometimes, we talk about situations where I have a choice to react in this way or that. Logically, it may be a clear choice, but I take my time, because I am sorting through emotional baggage. Kaelan is remarkably patient. He lets me be where I am at, and I never feel pressure to choose one option over another. On one occasion, he did share with me what he might do in the same situation. But when I made the opposite choice, he showed understanding and compassion. He really seems to accept me wherever I am in my journey.
I’m very happy working with Kaelan. I have been with three other life coaches before him, and I really like the unique set of skills and knowledge that he brings to our sessions. I wouldn’t hesitate for an instant in recommending him to anyone who is on a journey of growth and self-discovery.”

Podcast Interviews
with Kaelan

#ILoveGay Today – Kaelan Strouse: Ecstatic Self

Redemption Interview with Kae Strouse/Ecstatic Self (Episode 5)

WYATT! 177: Kaelan Strouse—The Electric Ecstatic Spirituality Coach!

The Naked Ecstatic Self with Kaelan Strouse

Frequently Asked

Subscribe to Newsletter