“I’ve known about Embercombe since Spring 2008 when I was introduced by friends whose children were part of a Steiner school residential. I loved what I found, how Embercombe’s core mission is to grow people, and to strengthen connection to where and how we live, and I felt inspired to bring another strand of work in addition to the already brilliant education work: to specifically and directly support parents with the challenges of parenting, and thereby acknowledge the place of conscious parenting in cutting edge activism.
With the support of others, I devised our Grow the Grown Ups programme, a residential family week specifically developed to support parents of young children into authentic realistic conscious parenting, valuing our connection to ourselves, to each other and to our environment.”
Meandering career path: Studied modern languages, trained in primary school teaching, worked with school children at a city farm (St Werburgh’s Bristol), grew herbs, gardened, trained in counselling, had 2 sons and raised them in a split family, trained in massage and reflexology, worked for 10 years for a charity supporting teenage parents (Family Education Development Trust), took the professionals intensive with Hand in Hand Parenting, joined the Eyeshine team and now work independently supporting people in embodied awakening.
Joanna has 2 grown sons whom she raised in a split family.
Other relevant training/experience:
1986 – Youth and Community Workers Qualification
1991 – PGCE – Primary Education
1995/6 – participation in “Creative Parenting” camps and training, including “Creative Listening” and “Mothers and Sons” workshops
1997 – “Giving Guidance”, teacher training in “This Movement”
1998 – ncfE – Certificate in Counselling
2001 – “HANDLE” Advanced course (Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency)
2002-12 – Development worker at Family Education Development Trust, working with teenage parents.
2005 – Parent Training Facilitator – “Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities”
2007-9 – Co-facilitator at “Eyeshine” family play in nature weekends
2008 – “The Journey” – Embercombe
2011 – “The Body Bears the Burden” – workshop with Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing.
2011 – “The treatment of children with trauma attachment problems and their families” – workshop with Daniel Hughes, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
2012 – Professionals Intensive in Parenting by Connection – course with Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand Parenting
2012 – “Parenting as Spiritual Practice” – course with Miriam Martineau, Next Step Integral
2013 – Introduction to “Aware Parenting” workshop with Aletha Solter
2016 – Apprentice Training in the “Birth Into Being Method” with Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova