Conscious Aging Facilitator Directory

Below is a directory of Conscious Aging Facilitator Program graduates,
listed by country and state/province.

IONS does not endorse or recommend individual facilitators. All information in the directory, including qualifications of facilitators, is provided by the program graduates and has not been verified by IONS.
 



United States



Arizona


 
Kim Carter, MA, HTCP, RYT
Mesa, Arizona
Email Kim
www.multiplicityenterprises.com
480-773-6599

Kim uses Healing Touch and yoga to help people navigate transitions in their lives. Her background includes facilitating bereavement groups and volunteering with hospice. She seeks to empower clients to discover their own answers and find a sense of peace even in the midst of challenges.


 
Lorraine Festa
Peoria, Arizona
Email Lorraine
480-326-9495

Holding a Ph.D. in Psychology, Lorraine has been a counselor, coach, and university professor. Incorporating her prior experiences and education, she has also developed leading-edge workshops in personal change, career development, life balance, emotional intelligence, and creativity. Recognizing the importance for attention to life-span issues, the Conscious Aging program will be a valuable asset.


 
Diane L. Meyer, PhD
Tucson, Arizona
Email Diane

Dr. Diane Meyer is a transpersonal psychologist, artist, writer, and educator. Meyer holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona, a MA in Counseling and Psychology from Prescott College, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a special certification in Creative Expression.


 
Mary Pike
Nogales, Arizona
Email Mary
520-397-1091

Former professional development trainer working in the field of communication (interpersonal and intercultural), I currently instruct part-time at the local community college and have done extensive work with intuitive studies. I consider myself to be an active retiree who contributes to the local community as a teacher and board member.

California


 
Julie Christine, MBA
Novato and Claremont, CA
Email Julie
www.juliechristine.com
415-847-4561

I offer services to aging adults and their families through consulting and counseling services, resources, advocacy, and other aging assistance. With my degree in Psychology, my MBA, and 25+ years of experience, I bring my passion to the field of aging and my clients. I work with individuals and groups.


 
Cathy Coleman
Sonoma, CA
Email Cathy
www.cathycoleman.co
707-779-8271

I am a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies East-West Psychology doctoral program, and have worked at the Institute of Noetic Sciences for the past 11 years, and currently as the Global Community Network Liaison and Planned Giving Associate. I have worked with all ages of people on the spectrum of the life cycle, and am particularly interested in the health and wellness aspect of aging. In collaboration with my colleague Rose Welch, our first Conscious Aging class is offered August 28-October 16, 2014.


 
Jennifer Crebbin
Nevada City, CA
Email Jennifer
www.ChangeYourHandwriting.com
530-205-7322

Jennifer Crebbin is a Life Coach, educator, organizer of free community gatherings called “Preparing for the End of Life," with experience working with seniors and hospice patients. As Baby Boomers nearing our 60s and 70s and beyond, we have the opportunity to have ground-breaking impact on aging, like we did on child birth when we were bearing children. I am offering ongoing Conscious Aging groups to discover what Socrates meant when declaring, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Contact me to join the next course.


 
Maida Curtovic, Certified Traditional Naturopath
Long Beach, CA
Email Maida

I was many things and none of that completely describe who and what I am. According to my diplomas and degrees I was an actress, singer, writer, lawyer, teacher, healer....and again, I was none of that..I realized that my space and my time can give support to many forms of functioning and many channels for communicating. I am living consciously and openly every single possibility, testing life and giving it the shape and sound of my inner Being, completely trusting that everything is always as it should be, as well I am always as I should Be.


 
Don Deffenbaugh LMFT#46322
Santa Rosa, CA
Email Don
707-569-4393

Do you feel like you are sitting on the sidelines? Becoming involved individually and in community effectively and energetically will change your life. For over 25 years, I have coached many people on this path and witnessed a positive transformation creating lives that are rich and fulfilling. I welcome your participation.


 
Stephanie Rainbow Lightning Elk, MA
Sonoma, CA
Email Stephanie
www.GreatTurtleMysterySchool.net
650-599-5000

I was born, raised and nurtured by the sensuous waters of the Northern Florida Panhandle. I was educated, nurtured and matured by the eclectic ways of Northern California. I have taught Spiritual Sexuality workshops. I co-created the 13 Healing Moons of the Great Turtle Mystery School. I offer my wisdom as a Counselor, Teacher, Warrior, Magician, Lover of Mother Earth.


 
Lynda Ellis
Ventura, CA
Email Lynda
805-657-2350

In 1996 I left the East coast and a twenty year career as a Financial Advisor and moved to San Francisco. Within a month I was introduced to Institute of Noetic Sciences. They opened my mind to a world I never had time to explore. Since then I have written two books and have held events for the purpose of helping women to make peace with their mothers and daughters. Bringing the Conscious Aging Workshops to those of us who are looking for ways to grow older with grace, wisdom and dignity is now my purpose, passion and pleasure.


 
Jessica Fergus
San Rafael, CA
Email Jessica
415-499-8801

Jessica Fergus, M.Ed., CCP, is a Certified Coach Practitioner and a member of the Certified Coaches Federation. She uses Archetypal Psychology and Psychosythesis to support people as they face life's transitions. She combines her skills as a listener, problem solver and planner to help people create full and balanced lives.


 
Mary Gordon
Petaluma, CA
Email Mary
MaryGordonSoulGuide.com
925-640-9731

Mary Gordon is passionate about connecting people to who they are and helping them step into what they have only dreamed of. As a Conscious Aging facilitator, Mary brings a deep knowing that we can transform ourselves through self-compassion, mindfulness, and letting go. She supports each person's individual journey.


 
Rebecca E. Gutierrez
Temple City, CA
Email Rebecca
lookwithinnow.com
626-447-5514

Rebecca E Gutierrez is the owner of Metaphysically Speaking targeting the Elder/Senior community to be of service. She weaves humor into all subjects as a inspirational speaker and lecturer.


 
Marti Hanna, M.A.
Santa Rosa, CA
Email Marti
707-595-1801

Marti Hanna, M.A., is a retired career counselor from the University of California, Davis and a resident of Oakmont, a 55+ active adult retirement community in Santa Rosa, California. After a long career of working with college students to help them identify and pursue meaningful work, Marti has now shifted her emphasis to working with seniors. She's now certified to facilitate IONS' Conscious Aging program, a series of workshops designed for people who want to create a new vision of aging for themselves and live the last third of their lives with intention, heart, meaning and purpose. Marti welcomes inquiries from retirement centers and communities as well as healthcare and faith-based organizations, including meditation centers. She'll work with you to set up a Conscious Aging workshop or series tailored to your population.


 
Mina Litvak
Oakland, CA
Email Mina
www.minalitvak.com
510-255-0966

Mina Litvak is a Certified Professional Coach through the ICF and was trained specifically in Energy Leadership and the Law of Being at the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. She is a Spiritual Counselor as an ordained reverend and is trained in Reiki and energy healing. She has been a human rights activist and immigration attorney, providing workshops and trainings on human rights issues. Her experiences give her a unique perspective on the role of community in supporting elders and a passion for supporting the eldering process. Contact Mina for individual coaching services or group workshops in your area.


 
Lorna Minewiser, PhD
West Sacramento, CA
Email Lorna
www.coachminewiser.com
916-204-5974

As a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences for more than 25 year, I have used many of the IONS resources. As I now approach 70 I am delighted to be able to facilitate “Conscious Aging” workshops in my community and offer its wisdom to my coaching clients.


 
Joanne Rikli
San Rafael, CA
Email Joanne
www.joannerikli.com
415-608-4290

As a Counselor and Educator, Joanne has extensive hospice experience and training in Transpersonal psychology and spirituality. Joanne's mission is to make a difference in the lives of people by lessening the fear of death and affirming the beauty and sacredness of Life.


 
Rev. Patricia A. Seeley
Santa Rosa, CA
Email Patricia
www.thecenterofawareness.com
707-230-5017

Patricia is a licensed minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living. She has a Masters Degree in Consciousness Studies and a Masters Degree in Leadership & Management. She works with individuals interested in personal growth and spirituality. Her areas of expertise include successful single parenting, mid-life transitions, and conscious aging.


 
Roberta Teller
Sebastopol, CA
Email Roberta
robertatellerblog.com
510-301-1706

Roberta Teller is a retired educator and skilled workshop facilitator. Through her highly successful Wise Woman Storytime events and Circles for Aging and Saging Women, she gives 55+ women voice, visibility and vision for a fulfilling, rich and meaningful third life stage.


 
Alice Jacobs Vestergaard
Roseville, CA
Email Alice
www.braingain.info
916-956-7640

Dr. Alice Jacobs Vestergaard is a passionate and dedicated advocate for positive aging - working with both groups and individuals. She has over 18 years of experience across a myriad of settings: Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Continuing Care Communities, Active Adult Communities, Park and Recreation Departments, Senior Centers, Country Clubs, and Church-related groups. She is a published author, and has done training and workshops throughout the United States as well as internationally. She has dedicated her life to promote a new model of aging.


 
Rose Silvera Welch
Big Sur, CA
Email Rose
831-238-6008

I am excited to bring “life” and passion to the Conscious Aging Program. An IONS Staff Member for 25 years (many of those as the IONS Community Group Coordinator) while simultaneously working/interning in a retirement facility to complete my Masters in Gerontology, I have both a lifelong interest in the anthropological passages of aging as well as the practical life challenges as I go into my own retirement years. I have grounded my outlook on life with irreverence and humor. I know that my aging process will be much different than my parents and I want to help others engage and embrace our Elderhood with gusto in a safe community of learning.


 
Flora Wiegers
Glendale and El Segundo, CA
Email Flora
310-227-3028

Flora Wiegers is a life Coach who is passionate about supporting her clients‚ personal, professional, and spiritual development. She uses assessments and practices that enhance mindfulness, self-awareness, and joyful living. Ms. Wiegers received two graduate degrees in International Education and in Counseling Psychology and is a speaker and workshop facilitator.

 


Colorado


 
Pam Herriott
Lafayette, CO (near Boulder/Denver)
Email Pam
720-641-1395

MA in Human Resources with over 25 years experience including global executive responsibilities. Facilitated various training sessions on change, skill assessment, and talent development. The most rewarding aspect throughout this time was providing group and individual coaching for people to reach their potential. The Conscious Aging Workshop is an extension of this to help people live each day consciously, with compassion and in celebration of life.


 
Tanya Lelo, CPC, ELI-MP
Keystone, CO
Email Tanya
www.riverofopportunities.com
303-929-6214

A workshop facilitator, educator, and ICF-accredited, certified professional life coach, Tanya has passionately conducted over 600 workshops for many varied audiences. Now a certified facilitator for the Conscious Aging program, she looks to reach out to our elder wisdom keepers who have a desire for more personal growth and consciousness development, from a spiritual aspect. Tanya is currently working on completing her Masters degree in Metaphysical Science and doctorate of philosophy.

 


Connecticut


 
Barbara O'Neil LMT, RM/T
Seymour, CT
Email Barbara
www.anamcaracenter.com
203-848-9710

Barbara is founder/director of Anam-Care Initiative whose mission to rekindle and establish the presence of the ancient Anamcara healing tradition within local palliative care settings, makes accessible its associated compassionate healing practices addressing the spiritual components of pain in patient, family and caregiver alike.

 


Florida


 
Peg Evans, MS
Miami, FL
Email Peg
www.bluewaverelaxation.com
305-336-4434

Peg is an RYT Yoga Instructor and Stress Management Specialist.


 
Lori Marshall
Sarasota, FL
Email Lori
www.continuityoflife.com
941-312-4549

I am a Professional Medium, Intuitive Life Coach, Spiritual Educator and lover of life. My passion is to support you in finding possibilities and understanding to your most important questions and matters of the heart through awareness and expansive thinking. I work with authenticity and positive intention.


 
Pamela S. Saladino
Sarasota, FL
Email Pamela
www.journeytothehealingheart.com
941-929-6389

Pamela Saladino's lifelong educational background includes acquiring four academic degrees related to human understanding combined with a rigorous experiential program designed by four daughters and a few husbands. A lover of Nature, she continues to maintain a capacious curiosity and dynamic interest in spirituality, consciousness, and presence.

 


Hawaii


 
Dr. Donald A. Child, Ph.D.
Honolulu, HI
Email Donald
808-366-1385

I am a doctor of Natural Health, offering health and life coaching, as well as a professional writer and consultant for various publications ranging from technical to literary. I am also a longtime IONS Community Group leader.

 


Massachusetts


 
Lyn Small Walfish
Lynnfield, MA
Email Lyn
781-953-2647

I am a clinical social worker with experience dealing with people throughout the life cycle. I am also a trained clinical hypnotist, Prepare For Surgery workshop facilitator, a Reiki Master Teacher, and an Angel Messenger Practitioner. I have training in a variety of energy healing modalities.

 


Montana


 
Maribeth Goodman
Bozeman, MT
Email Maribeth

Trained mediator, conflict skills trainer, and community facilitator. International Association of Public Participation, Heartland Institute‚ The Art of Convening, Deep Listening Deep Questioning with Michael and Justine Toms, and National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation. Hospice volunteer. Shared Crossing Project on end of life and veil between physical and nonphysical.

 


Nevada


 
Kurt Nicholson
Las Vegas, NV
Email Kurt
kurtnicholson.com
 

 


New Mexico


 
Berje A. Barrow-Kaiser, PhD
Albuquerque, NM
Email Berje
www.obsidiainhealwell.com
505-715-3452

Berje Barrow-Kaiser, PhD is seasoned teacher, speaker, trainer and motivator with a professional background in clinical psychology. Her initial exposure to the concept of conscious living and dying began with hospice work in the late 80's. She is currently running an Alternative Integrative health care clinic in New Mexico.

 


New York


 
Ruby Tsang
Brooklyn, NY
Email Ruby
718-789-1527

Counselor/Lecturer Hunter College/City University of New York 1973 to 2009 (retired) M.Ed Multicultural Education Consultant ESL Instruction Certified BA/MA As a life-long Educator by profession and training, I am excited to have discovered the work of Conscious Aging Workshops as a powerful tool for helping my peers with meeting the challenges of the next critical stage of life. As an experienced human relations facilitator, I hope to help elders in the workshops find meaning to their own journey as they move from self-reflection to joining others with shared experiences as the foundation for building the community of collective elderhood. I also see the work in the Conscious Aging Workshops as preparatory for an Inter-generational Consciousness on Aging.

 


North Carolina


 
Evalina Everidge
Asheville, NC
Email Evalina

For over 35 years I have assisted others in navigating life transitions. Much of that time I worked as a board certified psychiatric nurse in a variety of settings. My path subsequently led me to hospice, sharing the end of life journey with individuals and their family and friends. This has been a profound and humbling experience, one that provided valuable lessons guiding me now, as I choose to live a fulfilling, creative and spontaneous third act in my own life! I look forward to having this conversation with many others through sharing the rich exploration of the Conscious Aging course and workshops! I bring my life experience, professional knowledge and tools for body, mind and spirit I have accrued as a facilitator, guide, teacher and always, to the end, student.

 


Oregon


 
Barbara Cowan
Salem, OR
Email Barbara

I am a retired teacher with 30 years of experience and am now facilitating Conscious Aging workshops for anyone interested in providing a thoughtful and positive program on eldering and aging in today's society. Churches, community groups, and senior centers, please contact me for more information.


 
Dean A. Derek
Portland, OR
Email Dean
503-922-9045

Dean Derek is an engineering professional with experience leading groups in new technology development for over 35 years. He has multiple degrees in science and humanities. He has always held a belief we are all energetically connected to the universe.


 
Alexis McKenna, PhD
Talent, OR
Email Alexis
www.alexismckenna.com
541-324-1735

With a PhD in Communication, and an MA in Counseling, Alexis has been a counselor, transpersonal coach, and university professor. Her skill in helping clients identify unique gifts and talents expands their sense of what is possible for them; this expanded sense of possibilities enables them to make more proactive choices and decisions about personal well-being, aging, and vitality.


 
Marlene Mish
Medford, OR
Email Marlene
541-999-6904

Marlene Mish has been a teacher, counselor and high school principal for over 35 years. She is a retired Executive Director of a Children's Advocacy Center. In her over 40 years of public service, she has facilitated thousands of workshops for youth, adults and now is actively working with elders. Conscious Aging and Writing as Legacy are her passions as she enters her own third act.


 
Barbara E. Solomon, RN (retired), LAc
Portland, OR
Email Barbara
503-922-9045

Barbara Solomon is an acupuncturist and retired RN who has worked in health care since the 1970s in private practice, ICU and other settings doing patient care, research, and teaching. Dealing with aging issues herself, and currently enrolled in a holistic coaching program, she wants to help others explore how to approach aging with love, dignity and an open heart.

 


Texas


 
Bob Harbuck
Lufkin, TX
Email Bob
936-637-7301
 


 
Susan B. Mishal
San Antonio, TX
Email Susan

Susan brings years of self-study and spiritual practice to her work as a Conscious Aging facilitator. She has experience working with older adults, including people in nursing homes and hospice. These experiences inform her transition, and her support of the transition of others, as we take this life journey together.


 
Mary Anne Reed, PhD, LMFT-S
Dallas, TX
Email Mary Anne
maryannereed.com
214-428-0322

 

 


Washington


 
Kurt Nicholson
Seattle, WA
Email Kurt
kurtnicholson.com
 

 


Wisconsin


 
Patricia Zealley
Milwaukee, WI
Email Patricia

Patricia Zealley is a seasoned woman, a spiritual guide and transition companion, and a retired pastor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and writes a blog called View from Over the Hill. Conscious aging calls her to age with grace.

 



Australia



New South Wales


 
Carolyn O'Brien
Sydney NSW
Email Carolyn
myemotionalfreedom.com.au
0403 321 785

My professional background has been as a trained facilitator in Market Research focus groups. My intention through delivery of Conscious Aging workshops is to contribute a meaningful legacy through inspiring older people to challenge their limited beliefs, change their emotional reactions, and in so doing, shift their perception of reality.

 



Canada



Alberta


 
Blythe Bohonos
Calgary, Alberta
Email Blythe
403-277-3003

Blythe Bohonos M.A., B.Ed., has served all ages in a variety of clinical, educational and community settings through her counseling and expressive art therapy practice. Inspired to facilitate journeys of deep meaning and connection through heart-based wisdom, she is honored to facilitate Conscious Aging. She vows to bring sensitivity, skill and compassion to this meaningful endeavor.


 
Cheryl-lyn Carlson
Okotoks, Alberta
Email Cheryl-lyn
403-938-7076

Helping people has always held a spot near and dear to my heart. I have accomplished this through my life experiences and related careers. Becoming a Usui Reiki Master has also provided me with the opportunity to share the Universes energy with others along their life's journey.


 
Phyllis Goldsmith
Calgary, Alberta
Email Phyllis
403-288-0952

I am 77 years old and my life is full of passion, purpose and meaning. I have a rich inner life and enjoy awakening others through simple meditation practices that have kept me strong and seem to invite inspiration. I love mentoring young women and volunteering at a cancer wellness center. My life is lived from my center of consciousness - my heart. It is from here that I speak and act and welcome each moment. I am excited about Conscious Aging and have already made wonderful connections with others who are also involved.


 
Howard J Parsons, Life Coach
Calgary, Alberta
Email Howard
EssentialU: www.theessentialu.com
403-615-8200

A former human resources executive, Howard has been a professional Life Coach for the past sixteen years. He has worked with people from all walks of life. Howard is a life-long learner, believing the best life is one lived from understanding the essential self and the possibilities it brings.


 
Judy Steiert
Calgary, Alberta
Email Judy
403-286-8338

I have researched, created and presented workshops related to Conscious Aging since 2004 at University Continuing Education, Churches,Community Centers, Retreats and Conferences. A favorite course is ""Elder Wisdom in Movies"" where participants view and discuss videos related to the themes of Conscious Aging.


 
Myreene Tobin, MA, BSc, Master Behavioural Coach
Calgary, Alberta
Email Myreene
403-605-0764

My education and experience is all about working with people. I seek to do meaningful work with compassion and wisdom.

 


British Columbia


 
Robin Fried, MA, CAIEHP
Vancouver, British Columbia
Email Robin
www.alifeinprocess.ca
778-888-7172

I started offering courses fifteen years ago through UBC's Continuing Studies, including the Art of Aging, and the Wisdom, Worries and Wonder Aging. I am now thrilled to be a Conscious Aging facilitator and look forward to joining with others as we explore the opportunities for creating a new vision for aging. Currently I teach at Langara College in their Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Certificate program: an Awareness Dialogue course and a new course on Integrative Energy Healing and End of Life Care. For a full CV and references please contact me.


 
Patryce Kidd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Email Patryce
604-985-5525

Facilitating the IONS Conscious Aging Workshop is a natural extension of my work as a Transformational Coach. I am passionate about human development and creative longevity, and have been keenly interested in the aging experience for many years. As part of a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication (which I undertook at age 58!), I wrote my thesis on the changing cultural paradigm of aging. Located in Vancouver, Canada, I partner with community and educational organizations.


 
Iris Mary Todd-Lewis, MEd, BA, RN(ret'd)
Mission, British Columbia
(also Pedasi, Los Santos, Panama)
Email Iris
www.iristoddlewis.com
604-557-6704 (Canada)
507-6202-0856 (Panama)

Iris is an experienced facilitator with extensive training in counselling, teaching, and healing arts. Her passion is to empower other seniors to approach their lives with joy and anticipation and to share their wisdom, experience and collective learning with others. She loves to teach, and her dynamic style is an inspiration to young and old alike! Iris plans to offer Conscious Aging workshops in the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, within the coming few years. Meanwhile, she is offering weekly information and inspirational bites through her website.

 


Ontario


 
Alison Mahony, RN
Peterborough, Ontario
Email Alison
705-875-4164

Alison Mahony is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of health care experience. Alison brings a sincere desire to make positive change in the world to all that she does. Alison is pleased to offer Conscious Aging workshops in the Peterborough and surrounding areas.

 


Prince Edward Island


 
Heather Séguin, BA, BEd, CASC, RSPd candidate
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Email Heather

I am an HR Consultant in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Additionally, I have a Certificate in Applied Spiritual Counseling and am studying to be an Ordained Interfaith Minister. I lead workshops related to spirituality and offer Conscious Aging workshops from a spiritual perspective to seniors groups.

 



United Kingdom



Scotland


 
MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess
Edinburgh, Scotland
Email MaryCatherine
counsellingandspirituality.co.uk
+44 (0)131 558-9305

MaryCatherine Burgess, PhD, has worked professionally as a human relations consultant, licensed professional counselor, certified teacher, university multifaith chaplain and honorary fellow, shamanic practitioner, manager of medical management, director of quality integration, and trainer of psychodrama and sociometry. She balances her life and work between the UK and the USA.

 


 

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