We are souls choosing human experiences for the purpose of growth in consciousness and connection to the Divine. The ultimate goal is to know oneself as the Divine. From this place a sense of inner peace, divinely guided self-expression can be experienced and miracles are a natural birthright.
from education to motherhood…and beyond
Joanne’s career started in education, teaching Language Arts to middle school & high school students in Covina Valley and Beverly Hills USD. After being invited to participate as a teacher-consultant and UC Irvine Writing Project Fellow, Joanne realized she loved teaching how to teach and how to lead, regardless of subject matter.
After a decade in education Joanne joyfully stepped into the realm of motherhood, raising her three boys while becoming the Founder and President of The Friends of West Hollywood Elementary Non-Profit. Under her guidance West Hollywood Elementary became one of the most sought after schools in LAUSD. API skyrocketd above 900 and the school became designated both a California Distinguished School and Apple Distinguished School. After a decade working with this unstoppable community, Joanne decided it was time to re-create herself once again, and moved to Ojai, California to become the in-house a Spiritual & Creative Wellness Master Teacher and consultant at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa while launching her private Spiritual Wellness Coaching practice.
After receiving Certification as an Agent of Conscious Evolution from Barbara Marx Hubbard, a leader of the Human Potential Movement, Joanne pursued her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Conscious, Health & Healing from the University of Santa Monica, merging the worlds she loved most; teaching, writing, building community, and spirituality. To bring a uniquely feminine perspective to her life, she studied with mentors such as Sheila Kelley of S Factor, Mama Gena of the School of Womanly Arts, and Barbara Huson (Sacred Success).
Joanne lives her life according to the principals of A Course and Miracles which she has been studying for nearly two decades. She studied for years with Marianne Williamson, and has enjoyed ACIM teachers Gary Renard, Robert & Hollie Holden, David Hoffmeister, and many more. Her most transformative experience to date was a stay at Hoffmeister’s Living Miracles Monastery in Utah with fellow ACIM mystics where she learned the power of direct communication with the Holy Spirit.
In early 2019 took a hiatus from the coaching and teaching world and moved with her husband to Bath, England where she completed her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and earned ‘Distinction’ on her memoir manuscript Sweetie Bird – A Daughter’s Memoir of a Half-Healed Heart. She opened a private coaching practice and collaborative programs at the House of St. John’s in Bath. Having recently returned to Newport Beach, California, Joanne primary focus is teaching, coaching, and leading A Course In Miracles Classes and Retreats.