Yola has been studying and practicing in the healing field since 1986. Her passion for helping people restore beauty and wholeness to their lives inspired her to create Yola Dunne ~ Art of Healing, where in addition to her writing, she offers private sessions, workshops, and ceremonies.
Yola’s 20 year tutelage in the Dür Bön Tradition (the pre-Buddhist shamanic tradition of Tibet) paved the way for her deep immersion and apprenticeship in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition where she serves in myriad ways.
Yola has a profound love for writing. She is the author of a poetry book Hymns to the Beloved, A Call for Sacred Love (2011), Remember Me – A Novel (2017), and the proud mama of Loving Mother Earth Press.
I was born Yolaine Marie Bridget Dora Dunne in Montréal, Québec. The name Yola was whispered to me by a beloved friend and teacher many moons ago. My response to it was so natural and fitting that it became my common name almost instantly.
My healing work was first inspired by nature. I spent a lot of time learning about the ways of life as a child, and this love and passion grew as I noticed the world around me was made of not only physical matter but energy as well. This knowing and experience became an innate part of who I am and how I saw and interacted with life. It was not until I was twelve years old that I realized others did not necessarily hold the same perceptions. This realization came as a shock to me, and sparked a life-long journey in the study of life, death, healing, and spirituality. As a result, I have been blessed with truly extraordinary teachers and guides in my life.
For many years I read all I could get my hands on about healing, philosophy, mysticism, comparative religion, and esoteric thought. I learned to meditate at an early age, and made it a regular practice. One of my first job’s was in a health food store, giving me practical knowledge of healthy living ways. I studied Creative Arts and Peace Studies in college, and moved onto being a student of Comparative Religion at university. A big turning point for me was my decision to leave the traditional route of studies for a more hands-on experiential approach to learning. I knew what I was searching for would not reveal itself in the pursuit of the intellect alone. In 1990 I made a bold choice to move to the other end of the country to study Natural Healing more formally at the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in Vancouver, B.C.
Under the mentorship of Master Herbalist and elder Terry Willard, I learned about plant medicine, the human body and psyche, and the traditional healing ways of the people. He was my first mentor in the healing arts, and I value his kindness, wisdom, and friendship immensely. I assisted him at the Wild Rose College and Clinic, and learned much of the application of natural medicines in the lives of the people he so generously served. During those years I took countless workshops in myriad healing modalities, as well as received my Wholistic Therapist and Master Herbalist diplomas.
During my time at Wild Rose College and Clinic, I met an extraordinary man. Christopher Hansard was a guest lecturer at the College and also offered one-on-one sessions at the clinic. I was assisting that day and was amazed by the transformation his patients displayed after only one session with him. After observing this phenomena repeatedly, I finally introduced myself more formally. This marked the start of a 20 year apprenticeship in the pre-Buddhist Dür Bön Tradition of Tibet. Under Christopher’s tutelage, I learned many forms of discipline including meditation, Khum Nye exercises, recitation of tantras, and deeper insights in the workings of the human mind, heart, body, and soul. I participated and assisted in many sacred ceremonies, gatherings, sacred fires, and retreats. I was introduced to an old shamanic tradition, one that still abides by the ancient oral traditions. My learning has been profound and deeply enriching, and I am grateful for what it has helped me become.
Then in the spring of 2014, I was called by the heartbeat of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Universal Shamanism. It was as if all my life had been a preparation for this moment. I was instantly drawn to the profound beauty within the tradition, which had the power to ignite my remembering of who I Am in ways I could never have imagined. These ancient Peruvian and Hermetic wisdoms are skilfully weaved into the fabric of the modern world, and as such, have completely transformed my life and my service capacity to the world. I am blessed to be in deep apprenticeship with maestro don Oscar Miro-Quesada and the living kamasqa of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.
I am a deeply loving soul. In my remembrance I see myself having always been drawn to the beauty and mystery of life. Like a hummingbird delighting in the sweet nectar of the blooming garden, I am attracted to places of beauty within and without. Awakening a deep knowing of Self and the restoration of beauty are the core essences of my medicine gift to the world.
Why do I do the work I do? I was born for it. Every experience in my life have led me to where I am today. I have been learning and practicing the Art of Healing for over 30 years, and have developed a unique technique of healing that forms the core of my practice. Each day is filled with new discoveries in the art and mysticism of healing and life. I am blessed to be extending this art into my devotion and compacto as a PMT sanctioned teacher.
With Love and Joy, Yola.
- Archetype Consultant and Sacred Contracts Certification: Caroline Myss Education Institute, Chicago. View my profile at CMED
- Wholistic Therapist diploma: Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, Vancouver.
- Master Herbalist diploma: Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, Vancouver
- NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Master Practitioner: Centre l’Empreinte, Gatineau.
- Certified Professional Coach and Certified Spiritual Coach: Fowler Wainwright International.
- Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Sanctioned Teacher (The Heart of the Healer)
- Creative Arts and Peace Studies diplomas (John Abbott College)
- Courses in Comparative Religion (Concordia University)
- Science of Medical Intuition (CMED)
- Reiki (Phyllis Victory, Vancouver)
- Kickboxing, Pro-Kick and Krav Maga/Combat Jiu-Jitsu (K2 Martial Arts, Ottawa)
And much more…
Yola Dunne is a modern day mystic, intuitive healer, and emerging spiritual teacher that can benefit all Canadians.