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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate - our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."


Professional References

Dori S. Hutchinson, ScD., CPRP, CFRP

Executive Director/Director of Services

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation,

Boston University

940 Commonwealth Ave West
Boston, MA 02215

617-483-3826 |

Michael Townsend, LCSW

Deputy Chief Executive Office Gateway

4500 Furman Ave
Bronx, NY 10470

718-915-3189 |

Rebekah Van Sweden, MSW

Caregiver Initiative Lead

Boulder County Area Agency on Aging

3482 Broadway

Boulder, CO 80304

303-955-8885 |

Philip Yanos, Ph.D.

Board Certified in Serious Mental Illness Psychology

John Jay College of Criminal Justice,

City University of New York

524 West 59th Street, 10th Floor

New York, NY10019

646-271-4200 |

Dr. Clive Williams

Psychologist, Author

A Mudmap for Living:

A Practical Guide to Daily Living Based on Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey

Betsy Hochhauser, LMSW

Director of Adult Clinical Services

Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center Inc.

1727 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10031

917-270-8421 |

A Word From Workshop Participants


"Thank you for bringing the Hero's Journey® Workshops to Naropa.  You are a masterful facilitator with a caring and heartfelt approach.  You created a warm and trusting environment for group members enabling them to share deeply meaningful content from their experience.  It was a very special seven weeks.  It was an honor and a pleasure to experience the creativity you brought to making the hero's journey come alive for each of us. With gratitude." ~ Former Program Director at Naropa

"What a terrific group of people, and I want to tell you I was knocked out by how well the group was led." ~ Naropa student participant


"I was pretty dejected, negative and hopeless when I went in, but the workshop (and the time in between thinking about stuff) helped me end up coming to my own personal conclusion that was much more positive and empowering, and even humorous at times."

~ Caregiver Participant


"I liked the positive and productive approach. I loved the sharing and open dialogue, the trustworthy atmosphere. I enjoyed the content and the process. Discovering our own path is the best way to go. Plus tying it all together with art at the very end was perfect. A nice surprise for me. I enjoyed the people and different experiences and perceptions." ~ Caregiver participant

"It was a safe space to process my specific journey. Acknowledging my resistance to accepting the journey and its difficulties was emotionally challenging. But, once I verbally processed things, I felt relief and supported."  ~Caregiver Participant


"The whole experience made it clear to that becoming a caregiver again is a major part of "The Adventure of My Life" and I am its hero. Then came the treasure, the sincere sharing and camaraderie among people who were initially totally stranger was very heart warming." - Caregiver Participant

"This series of classes has been so wonderful for me...a chance to see how others are doing and to have input to myself for evaluating where I am in may life. Even though my current outcome is not dramatic, I am so much more at peace within myself."

~ Sharon


"The workshop helped me explore many of the issues I was having but also allowed me to ask for help while improving our work and culture as a team." ~ ~ Business Team Member

"This was such a safe, comfortable, open space to share and be vulnerable with one another. I found myself opening up and sharing a lot." ~ Naropa Student Participant

"It helped me review my life and see a turning point." ~ ~ Naropa Student Participant

"JoAnn was very empathetic and had good input 

when I was struggling." ~ Caregiver Participant

"She balanced the tricky task of moving class along while encouraging each of us to share and cover all topics."

~ Caregiver Participant

"The workshop gave me a lot of food for thought and how to direct my mind to achieve the best." ~ Business Team Member


"Very thought provoking." ~ Business Team Member


"It gave me the opportunity to go deeper with my teammates; to know we share in this journey." 

~ Business Team Member

"This class has been a valuable resource for me at this time in my life..I continue to refine and discover my personal truths and path for this journey. The Guidebook which you created for this class is excellent. The readings and homework really helped me to uncover what was really underneath the issues for the stages of this journey."

  ~ Bonnie

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