Joanna grew up in Ohio, within the garden of evangelical Christianity, which engendered her deep commitment to the journey of spiritual transformation. Her spiritual language and understanding of Christianity have expanded since then, but her lived faith remains very close to that of her childhood. She works toward the day when the divine spark in each being is universally recognized, and the individual spiritual journey is honored as essential for the health of the whole community.
She attended Wheaton College in Illinois, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in writing. She continued graduate work at the University of Iowa, finishing with a Master’s degree in English Literature. Along with her husband and young daughter, she moved to Kentucky in 1997, where their son was soon born.
In 2001, Joanna began two years of intuitive training with Colin Chipps of the Lexington (Ky.) Psychic Institute. These classes taught her the basic techniques of grounding, aura reading, and energy clearing. This training also reawakened her intuitive nature from a deep sleep, and connected her to her life’s work.
Following completion of this training program, Joanna set about becoming a more grounded person (meaning spirit fully inhabiting body, and connected energetically to the earth). She took yoga classes, strengthened her intuitive discernment through practice, and applied healing energy work intensively to her own spiritual journey.
Amidst this, in 2005, Joanna and her family moved to an intentional community near Berea, with the shared goal of experimenting with small, owner-built houses, egalitarian community, and shared resources to allow for a better quality of life, as well as having a smaller ecological footprint. She and her husband built a 960-sq. ft. timber-frame, straw bale home.
During this time, she was also involved in co-creating homeschooling networks in the Berea area, including Red Cedar Learning Cooperative. She became a member of Berea Friends Meeting (Quakers) in these years.
In 2010, Joanna was finally ready to offer her grounded intuitive skills and experience to the public. She opened her practice at Berea Healing Arts, focusing mostly on individual sessions. She continues to practice there, learning and growing personally, as well as exploring other ways to offer useful intuitive services.