Jo is an educator with an interest in somatic and meditative practices that promote a greater sense of ease, freedom and connection in everyday life. For the past fifteen years, she has been immersed in yoga and mindfulness practices both as a student, and more recently, as a facilitator. Dedicated to creating spaces that are accessible, inclusive and trauma-informed, Jo’s approach to facilitation is invitational and non-coercive, with an emphasis on choice-making, mindful contact and self-compassion.
Jo is especially sensitive to the ongoing impacts of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief that many people experience in their daily lives. She is specialised in the delivery of trauma-informed and accessible practices through her training as a Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator, and as a Level 1 I:Rest Yoga Nidra Facilitator.
Prior to teaching yoga, Jo worked with young people in both community and state school settings as a teacher, an educator and a coach. An innovator of trauma-informed and applied curriculum and program design, Jo has also worked in the not-for-profit sector, developing local, state and national educational approaches and strategies, as well as training staff teams to integrate new practices into existing programs.
Regardless of whether she is teaching young people in schools, facilitating yoga courses, or designing educational strategies, Jo is dedicated to projects that have an intentional social and community impact. She believes that mindfulness and heartfulness practices have profound potential for both personal and interpersonal healing, and is humbled by the opportunity to contribute to projects, and to hold space for others to explore such practices in their own lives.