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Carmen Payne uses Coaching to Create Compassionate Workplaces from the Top-Down

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/14/21 4:00 PM

“For me, it is absolute alignment. I am showing up in absolute alignment doing this work,” says Carmen Payne, who has been a practicing Life Coach since 2013, “It gives my soul so much joy to be serving others in this capacity and be a messenger.”

Carmen had spent twenty years working an IT job, and slowly found the stress of the job compounding until she had the overwhelming feeling that she needed to be doing something more in alignment with her passions. That’s when Carmen pulled out her resume and asked herself some hard questions, including the last time she felt excited and energized to come to work: “The role that literally lifted itself off the page at me was when I was training and coaching people.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Public Speaking, toxic Environments

Amanda Dodd Uses Life Coaching to Cast a Light Over Trauma

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/7/21 4:00 PM

Amanda Dodd was drawn to Life Coaching when she began to feel pulled by a sense of “more”, which is an impressive call when you take in to account that she was already a holistic practitioner working with Reiki, The Emotion Code and The Body Code, as well as doing Mediumship while being a trauma-aware care giver to a special needs child.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Mindfulness, national life coaching month, Trauma Work

Brigette Cross, Spiritual Coach, Encourages Others to Live Their Truth

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/6/21 4:00 PM

As with many souls who are drawn to SWIHA, Brigette Cross found herself at a crossroads in her former field of work. During her time as an account, she describes the feeling that she had something more to contribute: “I was in search of my own spirituality. I wanted more knowledge to enhance my gift so I could share it with the world,” she recalls.

Brigette enrolled in the Mind Body Wellness Practitioner program where she developed her coaching practice, Be-Smiley. Her business’ tagline is: “Life is too precious to live unhappy!” which perfectly encapsulates the goal of Life Coaching.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Spiritual Coaching, national life coaching month

Feeling 'Stuck'? Amber Peitzmeier Will Inspire You to Follow Your Passion for Health & Wellness

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/10/20 2:09 PM


At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, you will often hear talk of “callings” and “signs from Spirit”. Amber Peitzmeier, a Mind Body Wellness Practitioner graduate, has quite the story about how persistent these nudges from the Universe are!

“I started getting ads about SWIHA. I kept ignoring them. I kept telling Facebook they were irrelevant to me. I kept scrolling by,” Amber recalls, “No matter what I did, the ads were still there.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Mind Body Wellness, holistic business, Women's Coaching, Women's Empowerment

Dr. Bibih Ero Expanded Her Range as a Practitioner & Educator with SWIHA’s Hypnotherapy Program

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/1/20 4:00 PM

Dr. Bibih Ero is a University professor with a background in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing and experience as a Health Coach/Naturopathic Nutritionist. “I have always been very passionate about the relationship between the subconscious-mind and human behavior,” she tells us.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Hypnotherapy, Holistic Education, Holistic Entrepreneurship, Naturopathy

Microbiologist Mitra Malaekeh Found a Meaningful Life as a Yoga Teacher

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/25/20 4:00 PM

“I had it in my head that spirituality was against science,” admits Mitra Malaekeh, who has 19 years of experience as a Microbiologist, “I came to understand that they are hand-in-hand for personal development and growth.”

Mitra felt called to expand her understanding of the human experience beyond the physical and biological, and let her curiosity lead her to enroll in both the Life Coaching program and Yoga Teacher Training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Philosophy

Brenda Bentley Flourishes as a Life Coach by Integrating Spirituality & Life Experience

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/19/20 4:00 PM

"I am blessed that I have been able to successfully integrate so many aspects of my life’s personal journey and career into my business model," Brenda Bentley, Life Coach and SWIHA graduate.

As a former international banker, teacher, career consultant, hypnotherapist and facilitator, Brenda has, in her words, "wove various aspects into the tapestry of my coaching business."

"I believe that it's through our own life experiences and challenges that we are able to dig deeper, unearth those hidden treasures so we can step out, make a valuable contribution and be of service to the world during this precious time we have on earth," she affirms.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, spirituality, Holistic Entrepreneurship, transformational Approach

Rocio Castellanos Built a Clientele for Her Thriving Holistic Practice – Before Graduation!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/12/20 4:00 PM

“I have grown in more ways than one, I have a new appreciation for my life and my experiences. I am forever grateful for the SWIHA community,” Rocio Castellanos, a graduate of the Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner diploma, program tells us, “Even though I was an online student I felt I was always ‘there’.”

Prior to her journey at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Rocio had worked in the healthcare field for twelve years as a Respiratory Therapist. “I have to say that I wish I had had this training when I was working in the medical field because it would have helped me be of better service to my patients,” she discloses, “Not that I wasn't, however, I know the skills I now have would have benefitted my patients even more.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, integrative healing arts practitioner, Swiha Online

Emerald Martin on Becoming an Herbalist & Finding Her Purpose

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 8/20/20 4:00 PM

My life has changed in ways I would've never expected,” Emerald Martin, founder and owner of Green Vibes Wellness tells us, “I had no idea what I was getting into.”

Emerald’s company has been thriving since 2019, a testament to her transformative approach towards Herbalism and Holistic Health. Green Vibes Wellness offers services including one-on-one coaching/health review sessions and a variety of herbal remedies custom-made for each individual client.

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Holistic Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Associates Degree

#BlackLivesMatter — Bud’s Life Mattered!

Posted by KC Miller on 7/1/20 1:51 PM

With deep sadness, we as a community honored one of our recent graduates, Edwin “Bud” Sims. He passed from this earth the evening of Father’s Day. While Bud was a big, bold, beautiful black man, it was the size and availability of his heart that stood out as his most defining feature.

“Bud had one of the biggest hearts ever!” was the most consistent and prevalent comment made when people learned the news of his unexpected death due to congenital heart failure.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Gifts and Graces, black lives matter, Scholarships

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