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Bonnie Sheldon

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Founder and CEO
I enjoy my work as: Coach - Individuals, Coach - Groups, Coach - Organizations, Public Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Online Course Provider, Online Services Provider, In Person Services Provider, Virtual Events Creator, Virtual Events Presenter, In Person Events Creator, In Person Events Participant, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Participant in Collaborative Projects, Certification Specialist, Teacher, Mentor
My Specialties: Mental Health, Stress Management, Physical Fitness, Life & Career Transistions, Creating Positive Change, Psychological Safety, Resilience/burn Out
Modalities: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Energy Healing (e.g., Reiki, Healing Touch), Matrix Re-imprinting, Mindfulness Practice, Trauma-Informed Care
Bio

I have always been passionate about helping others and myself achieve wellness, happiness, and fulfillment. My journey has taken me through various fields and roles, from dance to business to ministry to EFT. Along the way, I have learned from pioneers and experts, overcome challenges and obstacles, and touched the lives of thousands of people.  As a compassionate empath, I understand the difficulties life can bring, and co-work with my clients to achieve a sense of self mastery and ease of empowered mind and movement.

I started as a dancer and choreographer, studying at Princeton University as part of the first class to include women and graduating as a University Scholar while dancing in NYC. I faced difficulties with my dance performance due to physical disability caused by problems at birth, but I did not give up – I discovered the new, as yet un-named field of Somatics, which taught me how to experience and heal my body from within. I became a Body-Mind Centering Practitioner in NYC and continued my dance career while also studying with other Somatics pioneers like Moche Feldenkrais. I later worked as a dance therapist at Bellevue Hospital and helped establish dance therapy as a profession at Hunter College.

I switched to business when dancing became too physically challenging at that time, joining Young and Rubicam Brands, Inc., the then world’s largest ad agency. I rose from account coordinator to Group Director in three years, managing the launch of the pain reliever Advil.

Even as I became more physically disabled, I experienced a calling to return to service and pursued ministry, training at Union Theological Seminary and the School for Ministry of the S.E. Florida Episcopal Diocese. I worked as a minister at Trinity Cathedral in Miami, where I founded and directed a program for homeless families with disabled breadwinners. I helped 300 families a year achieve safe home and financial independence. By this time, I had long been diagnosed with Systemic Sclerosis with a 6-month prognosis, but had already out-lived that prognosis repeatedly, and felt a deep surge of life force within, enabling me to move beyond medical expectation.

I left the ministry for a wider theology as I had been studying meditation and yoga philosophy with my guru from India for 25 years at this point. So, I focused on helping people as a coach and mentor from a spiritual perspective that was no longer religion-specific and continued to work on my own health.

I became interested in Energy, becoming a Reiki Master and doing deep chakra work with my guru. I reinvestigated my studies of shamanism, working with contemporary shamans, going beyond the indigenous shaman work I had done early in my life.

It was through my always passionate search for out-of-the box health solutions that I discovered EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as ‘Tapping’ fairly early in it’s development as a methodology, started tapping in 2010. I became an EFT Practitioner as EFT became scientifically validated and found great joy in helping people overcome various issues, including veterans with PTSD in the Wounded Warrior Project. I created the Heartbreak Rescue program for divorced and separated women, serving hundreds of women who were rebuilding their lives.

Heartbreak Rescue coaching and workshops remain available as Bonnie Sheldon Somatics and Healing Arts opens its doors for Training and Coaching – It’s my great joy to have recovered sufficiently from my health problems that I can continue to find opportunities to serve in the rewarding fields of health and wellness.

Awards and Affiliations

Certified Accredited EFT Master Trainer - EFT and Mindfulness Centre

Certified Accredited Advanced EFT Practitioner - EFT International

Certified Movement Analyst - Laban/Bartinieff Institute of Movement Studies

Yoga 500 Hr. Teacher Training - Yoga International, The Yoga Alliance

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