Vibrant Vessel Wellness was founded in 2016

 to bring many new offerings to the High Country community. Owner and operator, Iona Jones, 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. In 2017 Iona returned to her hometown of Boone, NC to share her gifts and 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. 


 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

~ 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 

The Esalen Institute 2007- 2014

~ On-going advanced Gestalt Awareness process groups from 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 Training includes Anatomy and Physiology, Energy work, Advanced Esalen techniques, and Body-Mind Centering



~ 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