Vibrant Vessel Wellness was founded in 2017

by owner and operator, Iona Jones. Iona was raised in the Appalachian reigons and homeschooled on a dairy goat farm and organic homestead on the

edges of Ashe County. 


Iona is a devoted explorer of intimacy and expansion, within herself and in connection to others, and left Boone at the age of 21 to adventure the world. From 2007 to 2014 Iona lived and worked at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, apprenticing under many different master teachers in the fields of Somatic Psychology and Integrative Bodywork.

After studying a variety of healing modalities including Esalen Massage, Feldenkrais, Cortical Field Re-education, Reiki, and energy healing,  Iona chose Craniosacral Therapy as her speciality and developed a thriving private practice on the west coast. With an extensive immersive education in a variety of therapeutic disciplines,  Iona returned to her hometown of Boone, NC in 2017 to share those offerings with the Appalachian mountain communities, founding Vibrant Vessel Wellness. 

Iona has been leading women's groups and sistership circles for over 8 years, focusing on ritual, ceremony, and authentic sharing. In the spring of 2016, Iona became a certified Cuddle Party facilitator and developed Snuggle Sanctuary to provide a safe space for exploring the powerfully healing benefits of sharing nurturing platonic touch. She is also the developer and founder of Cultivating Consent Culture and

Communicate | Consent | Connect. 


 Trained through the Foundation for Holistic Life Coaching, Iona is passionate about empowering others to find their inner beacon, express their truth, believe in their worth, take responsibility for their choices, embrace their power, and pursue their wildest dreams! 


~ 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 

The Esalen Institute 2007- 2014

            ~ Advanced Gestalt Awareness process groups,  2007-2012 with Eric Erickson and Dorothy Charles

            ~ Upledger Intitute’s Craniosacral 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 

~ Mayan Abdominal Massage® - The Arvigo Techniques Level One 

~ Anatomy and Physiology Diploma, 270 hrs, with ASET Award, Stonebridge College, UK 

~ Level One 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

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