My name is Iona,
and I am a devoted explorer of self-inquiry and transformational healing.
My healing path began when I was diagnosed with a chronic illness at the age of 19 and had to drop out of college. Western medical doctors didn't have any answers for me, so over the next several of years I explored several alternative wellness methods searching for reasons why I was so ill at such a prime age of my life.
What I learned - after a long journey of personal healing and self inquiry - was that my body held the wisdom I was seeking.
So I made it my life's mission to learn to listen more deeply, and to trust my body's messages. Along that journey I learned many valuable tools that I feel passionate about sharing with others.
My own inner quest led me to study at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, at the age of 21, where I lived and worked for 7 years, apprenticing under many different master teachers in the fields of Somatic Psychology and Integrative Bodywork. These were years of profoundly deep inner work, where I addressed the roots of my own personal illness, healed a devastating physical injury, and worked through my lack of confidence and severe insecurity about standing up and speaking up for myself. At the core, I overcame a deeply seeded fear of being my True Self.
One of the most profound things for me to realize was that these blocks, fears, and desires are an almost universal theme - I was not alone! And neither are you. So many women are struggling to feel confidently embodied, authentically expressed, and fully in love with their true selves - it is a condition of our society, our history, and our lived experiences - and yet we live in a time, now, where we have more power than ever before to change this story. To write a new one. To take ownership of our own lives and make empowered choices that bring us closer to living in alignment with our Truth.
The healing path is an ever evolving one, and mine has led me from student to teacher.
I have facilitated hundreds of group workshops and worked with thousands of individual clients over the past 15+ years, and I have continued to learn and add new tools to my toolkit of offerings all along the way.
My work integrates the most essential parts of my lifelong healing practice and journey in order to share them with you. My offering arises from a place of integrated experience and devoted self exploration.
What I want you to know is that I have been there. I have walked the path that I now offer to walk with you.
And I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for all of the incredible women mentors that have been beacons for me along my own path.
A deep part of my calling is to embody the lessons that I have learned, and to pass them on to other women - to be that woman that makes a difference on their path, reflects their beauty back to them, challenges them to be completely honest with themselves, draws forth from them their own precious voice, and uplifts and celebrates the unique medicine that they have to share with the world.
Each of the women I work with demonstrate a fierce bravery and willingness to dive into the depths of their healing journey, a dedication to showing up for themselves and a commitment to doing the work, and a precious trust in sharing with me their tenderness, their vulnerability, and their power!
My approach is rooted in the understanding that we are multidimensional beings; that our physical body, our emotions, our psyche, and our spirit are all intrinsically connected, that what affects one affects all, and in order to really heal something we must address it on all of these levels through an integrated healing process.
I am SO IN LOVE with the work that I do - holding space for women to explore their deepest places and transforming their pain, fear, or limitations into pleasure, lightness, and expansion! It takes courage, self-love, and a willingness to show up and do the work... and I am endlessly honored to be their trusted facilitator, guide, and witness.
I am so glad that you have found your way here and I am looking forward to supporting you on YOUR journey of authentic alignment and expansion!
Education, Trainings, and Certifications
Various Institutions, 2005-2021
~ Listening Training® I & II with Seek Healing and Authentic Revolution
~ Non-Violent Communication "Compassion Camp" Training
~ The Circling Institute, Circling® Sovereignty training with Guy Sengstock
~ Sacred Sexual Awakening and Healing (AH Practice) training with Caroline Muir and Amrita Grace
~ Shadow Work® Carpet Work Facilitator training with Giles Carwyn
~ Upledger Institute’s Somato Emotional Release I with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
~ Heart of Service Shamanic training and apprenticeship with Bloom Post
~ Certified Holistic Life Coach, Foundation for Holistic Life Coaching with Alan Cohen
~ Foundations of Facilitation and Certified Cuddle Party® Facilitator
~ Opening Up Your Intuition with Denise Warfield
~ Lymphatic Drainage and Breast Massage with DeAnna Batdorff
~ Yoni Steaming and Mayan Uterine Health practices with Odelia Raxjal and Anya Tyutyunik
~ Shamanic Drum Journeying and Guided Visualizations with Heather O'Connell
~ Certified Quantum Birth Doula, The Matrona with Whapio Bartlett
~ Somatic Experiencing training with Peter Levine
~ Mayan Abdominal Massage® - The Arvigo Techniques Level One
~ Anatomy and Physiology Diploma, 270 hrs, with ASET Award, Stonebridge College, UK
~ Reiki Initiation, Claudia Lyons, RMT
~ Aromatherapy Levels I & II Certification training, Meg Shehad of Gritman Essential Oils
~ Brain Gym® Educational and Developmental Kinesiology Therapy at The Metamorphosis Center
The Esalen Institute 2007- 2014
~ Advanced Gestalt Awareness process groups, 2007-2012 with Eric Erickson and Dorothy Charles
~ Upledger Institute’s Craniosacral Therapy I & II with Eric Moya
~ Core Zero Balancing® with Fritz Smith
~ 5Rhythms® with Lucia Horan
~ Relationship and Self-Discovery with Cheri Huber
~ Sex of the Spirit with Jeffrey Kripal
~ The Body, Self, and Relationships with Ken Robins
~ Becoming Able-Hearted with Mariah Fenton Gladis
~ Practicing Presence through Body Centered Awareness with Patrice Hamilton
~ The Alphabet of Movement® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
~ The MAX: Stretching the Limits of Your Self-Expression with Paula Shaw
~ LaStone® Therapy with Ardell Hill
~ Thai Massage with Stephanie Shrum
~ Reflexology and Esalen® Massage with Ardell Hill and Vicki Topp
~ Esalen® Massage for Women with Johanna Holloman and Nora Matten
~ Healing The Pelvic Floor® with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
~ Native American Shamanism with Tighaaro Tihikpas
~ Spiritual Massage® and Brazilian Shamanism with Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer
~ Deep Bodywork® with Perry Holloman and Johanna Holloman
~ Cortical Field Re-education® with Harriet Goslins, Sybil Krater, Ellen Kindle
~ Feldenkrais® Method with Patrick Douce
~ 500 hr Esalen® Massage Certification