A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF HER JOURNEY
In 2004, Jo made the conscious career choice to move to the Midwest of The United States to study the field of Holistic Arts with someone who would become her 10+ year mentor, Anne Steffen-Russo.
In the year January 2005, Jo began her holistic teaching career at a wellness center located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, pretty much the backyard of Cincinnati, while simultaneously diving into the writing of her first book called Heaven In The Meat Packing District. The book is fiction, and it explores what it means to be responsible for our own energy selves, in other words, how our personal intentions affect both ourselves and others and how to master the process of creating from a place of unconditional love. Not only was writing the book fun, it gave Jo the chance to explore a new narrative within her own life, and she was directly influenced by the power of consciously recrafting stories, to heal, empower and mold our best selves.
Over the course of several years she wrote Heaven In the Meat Packing District at diverse places like a 1950's style ice cream shop, located inside an old train station in downtown Cincinnati, on the island of Hvar in Croatia, Martha's Vineyard and in Vancouver, Canada.
During living in Vancouver, Canada for eight and a half years, Jo enriched her studies while continuing to lead public classes in transformative energy work, transcendental meditation, and personal empowerment group exercises.
Jo studied creative writing classes at The University of British Columbia and Emily Carr Art Institute on Granville Island, as well as Conflict Resolution and Mediation at The Justice Institute of British Columbia. In addition, she expanded her field of holistic healing knowledge at Rhodes Wellness College and at Prana Yoga College in Vancouver, Canada.
As a writer, her influences range from Oscar Wilde's bluntness, to Kurt Vonnegut's whacky sense of humor, from Maya Angelou’s every book of wisdom, to Margaret Atwood’s shrewd look at the world’s state of affairs today, to Thich Nhat Hanh's inclusive look at faith amongst all cultures and Chelsea Handler's irreverance and bold lack of shame.
As a PTSD recovery guide, her work is influenced by Trauma Specialist Dr. Peter Levine, Energy-Medicine Practitioner Anne Steffen-Russo, BodyTalk Systems Advanced Teacher Dr. Mary Shields, International Yoga Teacher Shakti Mhi and Classroom Facilitator Greg Gurel.
Jo's latest books are non-fiction and explore people's evidential ability to heal the effects of PTSD. Jo believes that as a byproduct of PTSD we are capable of winning our lives back, with the gain of more intimate and loving relationships, and enriched life productivity. With a decade of therapeutic studies and experience in teaching self-recovery, the book, Conquer Trauma Drama: Get Your Life Back is a reward for anyone seeking to take control of their life again after challenging life events. Conquer Trauma Drama The Workbook, a follow-up to the paperback, is designed for students worldwide. It is presently being used in workshops with Veterans and their families to create an environment of safety and belonging while exploring and transforming the markers of post-traumatic stress disorder. Jo recently spoke at The Harvard Faculty Club and will be at the Trauma Masterminds Symposium April 2017 in the Outer Banks hosted by therapist Christina Minoguchi. Keep in touch with Jo by signing up for her newsletter in regards to both free and paid classes online and live in-person events.