SPACE. HOLDER, WISE. WOMAN, SOUL. GUIDE
The roots of Simone’s practice and teachings are eclectic, drawing upon a wealth of study, various cultural lenses and wisdom traditions. Through her connection to nature, its cycles and its spirit, and her holistic healing knowledge, Simone serves as a conduit for the ‘Wise Woman’. She inspires others to revere Mother Earth and her gifts, and therefore all of Life.
Simone draws on ancient tools of Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Medicine Wheel teachings, in synergy with the plant teachers and shamanic practices. She offers a multifaceted perspective that gently encourages you home, to your heart space and soul’s purpose.
Simone has over two decades of experience as a yoga practitioner and Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher trainer (E-RYT 500). Supported by a Bachelor in Social Work, she has served as a crisis counsellor working from an anti-oppression paradigm with women affected by violence. It was here that she began cultivating her skill for ‘holding space’ – embracing the deepest wells of emotion with full presence to allow others to transform and heal. Simone is also a certified aromatherapist, holistic practitioner, mentor and entrepreneur.
Increasingly drawn to nature-based spirituality, Simone spends intensive periods working in ceremony with various plant medicines. At key junctures of her life, several Vision Quests inspired by Native American traditions and Western psychology have also served to deepen Simone’s connection with nature. There she gained fundamental and humbling insights into herSelf and our place in the other-than-human world, while water fasting during periods of time alone in communion with the wilderness in the Canadian Pacific Northwest and in the American desert of the US Four Corners. Simone also spends time sitting with an elder of the SikSika/Sauk (Blackfeet) tradition who’s Medicine Wheel / Sacred Compass teachings she shares with blessing and permission.
With her life partner Troy McFadden, Simone established the School of Sacred Arts (which remains the parent school of Somah). Providing a holistic approach to yoga teacher trainings and events – their ethos is to celebrate yoga and its Eastern philosophy and cosmology, while honouring and imparting experienced knowledge of the sacred arts of many wisdom traditions. As the world reknown Bali-based Yoga Barn’s original 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, the School of Sacred Arts has certified over 600 Yoga Teachers from across the globe and continues to provide deep and powerful advanced yoga teacher trainings, immersions and retreats through Somah Journeys.
Listen to my Podcast Interview with Pure Flow Yoga
On Yoga Nidra, Plant Medicine & the Changing Landscape of the Yoga World
Creative & Communications Director & Yoga Teacher (EYRT 500, YACEP)
“I work intuitively to inspire, educate, nurture and empower you along your own path back home to your wild, earthy and sensual self.
I will hold you – in a loving way and also to keep you accountable as you journey down and in to remember the truth of who you really are and the gifts you have to offer.”
Irish nomad and Celtic Yogini, Emma facilitates earthy Yoga and Yoga Nidra practices which merge yoga and nature based wisdom. She has been Communications and Creative Director and assistant facilitator with Somah Journeys since 2018.
With a background in creative and performing arts, Emma engages music, folklore and story telling for the purpose of personal and cultural healing in her offerings. She is also a poetic writer, photographer and painter.
Emma sees yoga and tantra as a vehicle for personal and social change and is passionate about practices that support women’s health, empowerment and sexual reclamation including her popular Yoni Nidras.
Emma’s time spent working with the native plant medicines of the Amazon basin, as well as receiving medicine songs and red road teachings during her time in South America, inspired her to study and share her own ancestral roots through Celtic spirituality and the Celtic Medicine wheel teachings.
Emma’s deep wisdom and knowledge of the old ways, guides you to trust your own somatic intelligence and follow your own heart’s song to realise the innate gifts you have to offer the world.
Follow Emma on instagram: @essentialnatureyoga
Working in heartfelt collaboration
One of Simone’s gifts is to bring together incredible teachers and wisdom keepers, who she deeply knows and trusts to impart their hearts and knowledge on her trainings and immersions. The entire Somah team and everyone we collaborate with share a common philosophy: to approach all of our efforts with the idea of pure service (‘seva’ in Sanskrit); to share only what we know to be true because we have experienced it deep within ourselves; and to teach as much as possible by example, letting the way we live reflect the greater truths that we wish to impart.
Check out the individual events pages to know the magnificent teachers we’re collaborating with and bringing with us on our journeys.
Our 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training program operates in heartfelt collaboration with Tina Nance Yoga Therapy. Students across the two schools can combine 3 x 100 hour yoga teacher training modules to complete a 300 hour yoga training tailored to their own interests with more breadth and depth on offer.
We believe that the journey of becoming a great teacher, and more fully human is never over. Life is always handing us new lessons and opportunities for growth. For this reason Somah Journeys is a Yoga Alliance Continuing education provider (YACEP) and all of our trainings and immersions can be counted towards your continuing education requirements.
Trusting Our Heart’s Guidance
Simone’s exploration of Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Sacred Plant medicine work has lead to a realisation that shows how these (seemingly) different methods really do very similar things in affecting the subtle realms, exploring our inner landscapes and purifying mind body and soul.
The living wisdom these many paths hold – whether from the Yogis/Yoginis, Sufis, Shamans, Healers, indigenous tribes or Nature herself all contain an ancient yet innate perception that serve us greatly in our modern lives to remind us what lies at the the very heart of our being. They have shown Simone glimpses of our profound ancestral weaving and help peel back the layers of conditioning to move towards full powered freedom and true and flowing connection with all of Life.
It is through this embodied realisation that Simone guides those who cross her path to learn to trust their own heart’s guidance and come home to their own unique gifts and purpose. During this process, Simone holds safe space with a humble grace that comes from compassion and a wealth of experience. Her deep, centred state of presence which respectfully draws upon these yogic, shamanic and nature based tools allows you to feel seen, heard and felt as you voyage into the profound mysteries that unravel and speaks to the *indigenous soul within us all.
I bow to Spirit and Life itself, (myself one and the same) as my constant teacher, profound influencer and inspiration.
To Mother Nature, Pachamama, Gaia, Danu, Earth and all her profound gifts such as Grandmother Ayahuasca and Huachuma and other Plant Teachers who have been so vastly significant on my path and to their human facilitators rooted in the traditions of the Americas as well as drawing on philosophies of the East.
As a citizen of the Earth, I have sat with both indigenous and westerners alike who weave these traditions together in heart-centered, gracious and generous ways.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
My family, especially my Mom, Irene, who has continuously been a loving guide and a spiritual mentor. My dad, Allan, who always inspired many laughs and who simply is a humanitarian through his way of being. My Grandma who contributed to me having a very happy childhood.
My beloved, Troy, a wise heart warrior, hilarious companion and gifted teacher.
Some of my dearest friends, many of whom are amazing yoga teachers/practitioners themselves and who have taught me so much. Tina Nance, Cat Kabira, Randall O’Leary, Bex Tyrer, Eka Sabeh, Lindsey Wise, Val Nunes, Naomi Gaskin to name a few.
Emma Lowe, a kindred spirit who only recently came into my life and has been instrumental in bringing this undertaking to life.
To my rainbow unicorn sister, Chocolako, for her beauty captured in some of these images and the exchange of ideas for more heart-felt collaborations.
A big thank you and credit to videographer and photographers, Jason Moon, Ulrike Reinhold, Andrei Jewel, and Irene MacKay for their talent and contributions to this site.
A heartfelt thank you to fellow fairy sister Lindsey Wise for sharing her beautiful music tracks, ‘Ah Ni Kuni’ and ‘Woman So Wise’ and Leticia Tika Qantu Sideris for ‘Asatoma Sadgamaya’.
TEACHERS & MENTORS
In recent years, I’ve had teachers/mentors, some even from the unseen and non-human realms, who have guided me to very deep places within myself and also offered me a deeper grasp of the context and cycles in which our life occurs. These include an elder of the Siksika/Sauk (Blackfeet) People and their Medicine Wheel teachings and an African American Tantrika/Shamanka who through drawing on her own Kemetic roots, helped me tap into so much more than words can express.
Stephen Harrod Buhner and his inspirational work on plant intelligence.
My yoga nidra teachers who I’m honored to have studied directly with – Kamini Desai, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Richard Miller.
I bow to them in deep gratitude for the gifts they have shared with me.
MY UNDERSTANDING OF INDIGENOUS
*Every life born on the Earth is native and indigenous to it. “Originating / occurring naturally in a particular place” that of the Earth. Re-membering this collective connection to The Mother / Nature, her cycles and all living things we are able to embrace the inherent pulse that runs through us and all of Life.
I am in gratitude to all indigenous cultures from all traditions that have honoured Earth as sacred and alive, as well as the Earth herself, who share their wisdom despite historical/current attacks, outlawing, destruction and appropriation of your customs and ways. For this I feel deep sorrow in my heart.
May we commit to and continue to rebuild the bridges and honor these practices that help us remember our common humanity and Source.