Donna has more than 50 years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher and was a founding member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a senior Hakomi trainer, mentor, and consultant. She worked closely with Ron Kurtz (the creator of the Hakomi Method) for more than twenty years. She was named in his will as one of seven "legacy holders" of his work and is a senior person in the international training association he created before his death in 2011, the Hakomi Education Network.
For the past half-century, Donna has led yoga retreats and Hakomi trainings throughout Canada and the United States, Hawaii, Japan, Europe, Indonesia, Israel, South America, and Mexico.
The development of her original “psoma yoga therapy" integrates yoga and Hakomi. Like Hakomi, this is a method for mindfulness-based assisted self-discovery. Donna uses “embodied mindfulness” to support clients and students on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. The approach is gentle, respectful, and collaborative, while being powerfully transformative.
Donna is the author of a new book on Psoma Yoga Therapy. Her book Embodied Mindfulness: the Hakomi Way was recently published in Spanish (Mindfulness en el Cuerpo). She wrote a trilogy called Remembering Wholeness. She is the co-author of the Practice of Loving Presence with Ron Kurtz, of Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes, with Paul Brenner M.D., and of Simply Being, with Marlena Field.
Donna has been a long-time presenter at Hui Hoolana in Hawaii and Hollyhock Retreat Center on Cortes Island BC, where she will offer a psoma yoga therapy retreat in September 2021.
Donna is available for private consultations and mentoring online and for group classes, training, and supervision, in both psoma yoga therapy and Hakomi, firstname.lastname@example.org.