Below are some of our certified trainers and graduates of the full IIT program. There are also many other participants who have received certification in their field working as co-creators.
I’m living in a small village in Southern Bavaria/Germany, and work there as geriatric nurse in mobile service. I’m doing the German translation for the IIT website, Tanis’ workshops in Germany and for her books Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns and Embraced by Love, and of all her CDs – all this gives me great joy and makes my heart sing. The rest of my time is filled with family and friends and books and movies and dancing…
In my biography meet 2 motifs.
Firstly, my concern is the internal development and liberation of people from patterns, through the connection with their creative forces to realize them in a social context.
On this background, I did my training for creative social therapist and took courses in non-violent communication according to M. Rosenberg. My second goal was ruled by the encounter with the deeper forces – and the essence of nature.
Besides working as a bio. dyn. Gardener myself, this led to working with Tanis Helliwell since 2003 and a training of “Substance knowledge” with Ilse Mueller. It´s a training in deeper perception.
I combine Christian and anthroposophic experiences with cosmopolitan modern spirituality. An essential source of power and an important element in the encounter for me is the “Humor”.
Sally Headley Burnley
Professionally, I am a Drum Circle Facilitator, with the dream of uniting communities through the power of the drum circle and letting each person realize their inner rhythms are important in unifying the community. For fun and joy, I play the Native American Flute and middle eastern frame drums. Other interests are Labyrinths, Irish music, (playing the Bodhran), traveling, singing in the church choir, teaching an adult Sunday School on Meditation, being a wife, mom, and gramma, and enjoying nature and friends.
RSW, MTS – CounselorSome of my interests are spiritual transformation through active membership with International Institute for Transformation (IIT). As well, I meditate regularly as a member of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. I do Angel card readings monthly for customers at a local New Age bookstore. Other passions, interests are world peace, the healing and unification of all races and religions through the above spiritual activities, including visualization and some political activism.I am also a strong advocate for indigenous issues of justice and healing which I see are connected to the healing of Mother Earth. I have the opportunity to practice this advocacy in a paid position as Aboriginal Student Counselor at a local college where I serve Aboriginal students as well as immigrant students from all over the world. These also imply my interests in healthy body/emotions (using Shen Therapy: healing of chakras/body/emotions), healthy families, and communities. I visualize a healthy and evolving Gaia and just recently have become a volunteer member of a community garden in my city and will be involved with a friend’s bees this summer.And of course, a little fun by hiking, cross-country skiing, swimming, water sports, music, spending time with family and friends, travelling when I can!
Merle began studying with Tanis in 2000 and worked as the IIT Office Manager until 2011. Merle had her own consulting company (Dulmadge and Associates Inc.) specializing mainly in organizational effectiveness and leadership development until she retired in Feb. 2012. She now divides her time between her home in Lantzville, BC, Canada on Vancouver Island and wintering in Yuma, AZ, USA.
Shelly provides community and workplace wellness centered on her energy work. She is self-employed and enjoys meeting new people through drumming and laughing. Shelly lives in Winnipeg with her partner Collin and two amazing children.Designations: Drum Circle Facilitator, Laughter Yoga Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner.
Laura is a graduating student with Tanis Helliwell M.Ed.,founder of the International Institute for Transformation. Skilled and trained in adult learning and movement, Laura has a Masters degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Laura’s mission is bringing wellness into people’s lives.
Jenny Lou Linley
I have been on a spiritual journey for many years. Being part of IIT has meant so much to me. Tanis has been a wonderful teacher and the IIT community has surrounded me in a circle of friends and fellow travellers.For many years I have practiced Hellerwork Structural Integration which is a type of transformational bodywork that aligns the body. It really touches the emotional. physical mental and spiritual aspects of a person. I have in the last few years become a grandma and am loving it!
Verena works in a multinational corporation as an enterprise architect and has a small business specializing on developing business ideas and modeling and planning businesses. She has a Masters in International Economics, is a certified project manager and a bookbinder by trade. As an IIT graduate she has been studying with Tanis for more than ten years bridging the gap between corporate work and the spiritual path and trying to bring the two together in her personal as well as her professional life. Her mission is to “create a synthesis bringing forth the qualities both have in a unique way.”
Margaret Ann Mills
Margaret has over 30 years of experience in facilitating learning in the private and public sectors. She is a coach, management consultant and highly respected trainer. All of Margaret’s work reflects her mastery, integrity and a genuine caring for her clients. Margaret holds three university degrees, including a Master’s degree in Education, specializing in Adult Education and Counseling.
Donna is an adult educator who has designed training programs and facilitated learning in a variety of contexts from literacy training in a community-based organization to training in the federal government and universities. She has an M.Ed. in Adult Education and M.A. in Distributed Learning. Donna loves to combine travel with her work and has succeeded in doing this on 4 continents. She has a passion for intercultural communication and facilitating effective communication. Donna has been studying with the IIT since 2001 and helped to design the online Transform Your Work course.
Chief Creative MuseEmpower your thinking for a competitive edge. Janet is an expert in the applied creative thinking process for innovative business solutions. Learn the keys to building a culture of sustainable innovation that engages people at all levels to collaborate creatively for bottom line growth. Her interactive sessions provide valuable takeaways that can be applied immediately to your business.She has inspired teams for over 25 years as an award-winning Creative Director in some of Toronto’s top advertising agencies. Bringing innovation to brands such as Coca-Cola, Dove, Barbie, Becel, Nestlé, Heineken and many more.She now brings this expertise to leaders of organization that are commitment to empowering their stakeholders in creative thinking for innovative results. She developed the INNOV8 creative thinking model based on 10 years of research and practice in a variety of creative problem solving processes.Janet is a certified Trainer of Adults, facilitator of Foursight™ Thinking Styles and ISPI Assessment tools. She is a RGD Registered Graphic Designer and proud member of the CSTD – Canadian Society for Trainers and Developers and CAPS – Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.Janet is the Chief Creative Muse at Innovation Network Inc, a Toronto-based consulting firm that is dedicated to supporting innovative and organizational change.Innovation Network Inc.
I work in an agricultural self-help organization, being responsible for project organization and expert advice for members and placement of technical equipment for agriculture.In my personal life I’m very interested in the relationship between soil, plants, animals and humans, how do the relationships function in a grounded and practical way, emphazising the aspects, how we can develop a healthful surrounding for all beings.Since 2003 I’m working with Tanis Helliwell and since 2006 I am a member of the International Institute for Transformation. One of my responsibilities is organizing talks and workshops for Tanis Helliwell in southern Germany.
Judy is a spirited Drum Circle Facilitator, business owner, speaker, writer and is well known as a Messenger of Joy! She is the founder and owner of Circles of Rhythm, an Alberta based business in operation for over 14 years. Judy has her masters degree in Adult Education, her thesis was on Soul Based Leadership. Her passion is using the Drum Circle as an experiential learning tool for personal, spiritual and professional development.Judy is a recipient of the Woman of Vision Award, an award from Global TV and The Calgary Herald given to women who have successfully turned their passion into a viable business, and are an inspiration to other women as a result. She is currently providing drum circles for thousands of people, resides in Calgary, has three young adult children, one a lawyer, one a doctor and her youngest undertaking a masters program in Film Studies at York University.”Where you find Rhythm, you will also find Life!”Judy Atkinson, Messenger of JOY
MCE Professional DCF, Owner & President Circles of Rhythm
Colin Andrew Brown
Colin works for the Swiss Pharmaceutical Industry as an IT Consultant and lives in the Black Forest with his wife and six children. For many years he has been researching a method of Intuition development highlighted by Rudolf Steiner and this technique is featured in his novel, The Heart Explosion.
Petra Maria Brown
I am privately and professionally dedicated to children´s education. After a Steiner-Teacher-Training 25 years ago I took up the trail again and I am now doing a State degree for education. At the same time, I have specialized to be a creative children and teenager´s therapist.
I spend a lot of time with my family and six children,and when I have time, I love playing the harp and painting. It is my designation to bring colour, joy and beauty into life – through the heart.
Rilla leads her own professional practice as a corporate, life and spiritual coach, working primarily with senior executives in both the private and public sector. She assesses needs and then challenges and supports the development of individuals and teams towards co-created performance outcomes. She clearly sees the unique gifts encoded in each individual which may not yet be expressed, and guides them on a journey which allows them to identify and fulfill their life purpose.Rilla holds a BA, BEd and MSc in Counselling Psychology, many professional designations and is a graduate of the IIT. Her passions include piano, guitar and adventure travel.
I have been in the hospitality industry for 35 + years. At the present time, I have only one of my businesses still active, that being a 40 unit Motor Inn in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have managers who operated the business and I live in Vancouver, BC. I tend to be a traveler and spend much of my time journeying to Sacred Sites around the world. I have a wonderful partner, Ted, and 3 grown children. Natalie 31, Grant 28, and Nicole 26. I choose Peace, Joy and Harmony each day and I am so very grateful and blessed for the life I have been given. I am here to serve the Light. And I say YES to LIFE! And life says YES to me!
Connie Phenix is a gifted senior consultant and coach with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in Change and Transition Management, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching and Organizational and Team Development.Connie has the ability to establish an early and good rapport with clients, enabling them to trust her and get to the crux of the matter quickly. She has an intuitive and wise capability developed over of years of experience and her own inner work. She can access an amazing number of responsive tools which clients can use to facilitate them finding their own right answer. The processes she uses both support and challenge the leader and organization; a necessary combination for growth.Her dolphin swim programs are designed to weave together the incredible outer experience of swimming with the dolphins, with your inner experience of further discovering yourself. She does these adventure for both corporate clients and interested individuals.Connie is interested in Beauty as a spiritual path. She loves colour, design, clothes and home decor; and assists others to find their own beauty within and without.She is a spiritual guide and meditation teacher.
With 12 years of intensive spiritual study, I am dedicated to bringing spirituality to life in the wider community. As an experienced senior, not for profit program manager, I have worked in the areas of language training for New Comers to Canada, people with physical and emotional disabilities, low income women and families and seniors with dementia. My passion is to support vulnerable populations and build capacities in organizations that assist them.
I have studied chorecosmos dance, which means dancing zodiac and planetary dances and prayer eurythmie and paneurythmie.
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