Welcome! I’m Bari Tessler Linden…
Financial Therapist. Mentor Coach. Mama-preneur. and Dark Chocolate Lover.
I’m on a mission to bring healing, awareness, and un-shaming to our money relationships. I’ve already guided thousands of people to new, more loving, and refreshingly honest relationships with money.
Because creating a meaningful, empowered relationship with money is massively healing. And a radical act of self-love.
Because we should have learned about money, in small increments, from grade school on up … but instead, many of us feel overwhelmed, ashamed, confused, and scared.
Because when you heal your relationship with money, waves of clarity, confidence, and meaning ripple out to every area of your life: from relationships to career to spirituality.
The global conscious money movement is growing … and you’re invited!
My approach is nurturing, gentle, and radically un-shaming. (If you want a tough-love kinda drill sergeant, please look elsewhere!)
It honors all the facets of your money relationship: emotional, practical, relational, and spiritual.
I believe in the healing powers of honesty, body-centered wisdom, and chocolate. I believe self-love is the most powerful path to transformation. And I’ve seen people move mountains with their money relationship … one baby-step at a time.
My work is for for individuals, couples, and creative entrepreneurs. At any income level. At any point in your life journey or relationship to money.
On our journey together, you’ll bring your financial goals, unique money stories, and a good pair of galoshes. I’ll bring practical tools, a wealth of therapeutic experience, and inspiration galore. I lead with heart, clarity, and playfulness. And I know these woods like the back of my hand.
It will be my honor to support you!
It all began inside a ridiculously tiny log cabin in the woods…
Flip chart paper everywhere. Colored markers. 400 square feet of wild excitement. I believe there was an audible zap. The year was 2001.
The Art of Money® (formerly Conscious Bookkeeping®) was born, in this moment, when my husband, Forest Linden and I named it and mapped out the three phases of our methodology:
- Financial Therapy (Money Healing)
- Values Based Bookkeeping (Money Practices)
- Life Vision Planning (Money Maps)
An elegant solution appeared seemingly out of nowhere. But it was not out of nowhere. It had taken years of deep self-inquiry, gently examining my own patterns and exploring new possibilities. It integrated an eclectic array of tools and modalities into a coherent methodology. It wove together personal, couple, and creative entrepreneurial finances into one complete tapestry. It had also taken years of professional experiences that didn’t seem to fit together – until they did.
My whole life carried me to this work.
Here’s my (abridged) story …
I began my professional life as a full-on creative, African dancer, authentic movement, somatic psychotherapist-in-training gal. After earning my M.A. in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University, I did 10 years of work in the mental health profession, hospice, and the non-profit world, leading authentic movement groups for young women.
Everything changed the day my first student loan bill arrived in the mail.
Until that point, money and I were not friends. In fact, we barely knew each other, at all. I had never been taught how to manage money — let alone my emotions around it. Even in my incredible graduate program in psychotherapy, where we brought loving awareness to everything under the sun — body, food, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, gender — money was still taboo.
I decided then and there to look money right in the eye. To turn towards it instead of running away. To create a relationship with it on my own terms: bringing in all my creativity, personal values, body-based wisdom, and smarts. I began a new journey of focused money work, and evolved my relationship with money on practical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual levels.
I began to feel it. In my heart and in my body. A tentative bridge between heaven and earth, sacredness and groundedness, inner and outer worlds. Money was the bridge!
I trusted the intuitive whisper that I was not alone in my need for this work … and I jumped tracks in my career.
I learned everything I could about bookkeeping, tracking systems, and money management, and I hung up my shingle as a bookkeeper for artists, consultants, and contractors.
Soon, I merged my new love for money systems with my psychotherapeutic training. I became a pioneer in the brand-new field of Financial Therapy and called my method Conscious Bookkeeping. It struck a chord.
Since then, I’ve transformed my business model a number of times. I expanded into a whole team of Bookkeeping Trainers and Financial Coaches. I pared down to a one-woman-show when I had my son in 2008. I moved my business online and slowly grew into a passion-driven team leading a global movement.
After teaching my method in every format imaginable — from weekend workshops, to 6 month programs to a DIY HomeStudy course — I finally awoke to The Art of Money: a year-long virtual money school for individuals, couples, and creative entrepreneurs, with an eclectic group of guest teachers. It is, by far, my favorite teaching model (and business model), to date.
Along the way, I have honed my teachings. Deepened and matured my approach. Created a sustainable business model that I love. Moved mountains with my own relationship to money. I married the love of my life, Forest. I become a mother — and a rockin’ mama-preneur!
In 2014, we opened our second year of the Art of Money, with 370 students in 17 countries. And my husband, Forest, officially stepped on board as our new COO and Chief Producer.
Forest and I are now growing The Art of Money community together. We’re also speaking and teaching together on couples and money, creative entrepreneurship, aligning heart and profit, and husband-wife biz teams. And we’ve begun writing our book, The Art of Money.
This is all a dream come true for our little family. We’re raising our son and contributing to our beloved community in Boulder, CO. We’ve created a sustainable business model that supports our values. And we’re committed to leading a global conscious money movement. Life is exquisitely good.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
Our boy child, noah. What a gorgeous soul. I’m so lucky to be his mama.
My guys. They are my heart.
Dance. Spontaneous dance moves at the Great Sand Dunes national park on a family road trip. My boy has inherited my dance moves.
Adventuring with my family. We love road trips together. And, we were heading to the desert in this photo.
Chocolate. We LOVE fine dark chocolate and chocolate shops. This was a chocolate sipping adventure at Kakawa (in New Mexico) with my boys.
Red. Red shades of lipstick. Red bow ties. We were off to our son’s Montessori school cocktail party and fundraiser and had an exceptional evening.
25 things you might not know about me
- I have eaten dark chocolate almost every day of my entire life. (well, this one is probably obvious by now!)
- I have always loved having lots of freckles. I just think they are cool. And I proudly won a freckle contest at the Skokie Fair when I was 8 years old.
- I grew up going to New York every year to visit my 2 gay uncles. One was my biological uncle and the other was his life partner. My uncles wore black leather pants and purple ties to my bat mitzvah, were a highlight of my childhood and taught me a lot around my own sexuality.
- My uncles eventually moved to Chicago, and together with my family, in addition to owning real estate, owned gay bars that I bartended in during my early 20′s.
- I spent a lot of time as a kid in the library and the book mobile. I would get goose bumps just imagining having a day amongst the library card catalogues and books.
- As a 12 year old, I could not decide what I was going to be when I grew up: a Solid Gold Dancer or a Business Woman. By the age 23, I added, Psychotherapist, to the mix. I do feel my work is a combination of all three.
- When I was 20 – 25 years old, I lost four of my favorite men to death: 2 Uncles to aids, 1 Israeli Boyfriend to suicide and 1 Grandpa while sitting in his favorite chair listening to his favorite opera.
- I grew up doing a lot of dance. Jazz was my favorite. But finding my way to African Dance in my 20′s: West African, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian was a life-changer for me. It’s the exact type of movement and spirit connection and intricacy that my body craves and lives for.
- I cut off all of my long hair, and had a buzz cut, right as I was turning 30. It was an incredible right of passage and I learned a lot from the experience.
- When I was 32 years old, I started eating meat again, started my business and felt a whole new capacity for being in the world.
- When my husband and I first got together 13 years ago, I looked through a mirror and saw a baby boy spirit wanting to incarnate through us….I typically don’t walk around seeing spirits, but I did
- I told the spirit ‘thanks’, but ‘no thanks and that “I am not having kids this time around” and then I turned 38 years old and there was only one next step on my path and it was crystal clear….to have a baby boy.
- Forest and I conceived Noah on the first try.
- I LOVE the smell of my son and my husband. I spend a good amount of time smelling them often.
- After not owning a t.v. for 18 years, we now own a large one, and I am hooked on Orphan Black, House of Cards and The Voice.
- I have a thing for CIA operative movies.
- I love novels and memoirs and go through periods in my life where I devour them and then other phases where I do not read at all.
- I am a 4 with a 3 wing on the Enneagram. This means that I am highly sensitive, deeply intuitive, creative, and an introvert who love lots of space and quiet on my mountain, on the one hand. And, on the other hand, I am a presenter, teacher, connector, extrovert and someone who lives to create and also inspire a large community.
- Supposedly I am one of the silliest and goofiest people my husband knows….but this is because he lives with me and this side of me only comes out in its full colors in our home.
- I feel abundant when I have a good supply of lotions, flowers, essential oils and toilet paper.
- I have bionic hearing and smelling. This can be very good and very bad.
- Movement has always been my medicine. As a teenager, I would close the door and dance my emotions. In my 20′s I would heal my grief through my authentic movement. In my 30′s I would go to the trees, hike and find my God. In my 40′s, it’s my tool for healing, awareness, spirit and my guiding light.
- I am so grateful that I arrived at my 40th birthday with my baby boy, Noah and my wonderful husband, Forest. They are the foundation of my life. And, I am so grateful I did not let parenthood pass me by.
- I’m a mixture of both sides of my lineage. One of my grandmas was a red-headed, slender beauty who was really into her looks, being elegant and took great care of herself and exercised well into her 90′s. My other grandma and her 4 sisters were bold, loud, drinking, poker playing, cigar smoking, enjoying their food, voluptuous ladies. I have both of them in me.
- I am extremely grateful for this life. And, I hope to live to be a very old age with my guys. (with long silver hair and reddish lipstick, of course)
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It’s my new favorite way to breathe beauty and fresh dimensionality to this inner work and world of mine.
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