Joann Engelberth (she,her)

Joann teaches people who want to grow from their stress and injury how to heal themselves by developing an empowered relationship with their bodies.

Joann’s purpose is to offer learning and healing experiences that demonstrate equity and inclusion for all human bodies, hearts, and minds. She guides experiences of learning that are co-created and heart centered and that empowers individuals to use their own discernment and knowledge to make choices that best meet their needs.

Joann Engelberth

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Professional Biography:

Joann began her career in Staff Development in the corporate banking sector after graduating from the University of Vermont, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. After a corporate bank buy out on the day she was due with her first child she changed gears and grew a successful personal training, fitness, and coaching business. After an illness that triggered her transformational healing journey from cPTSD she immersed herself in the study of somatic healing and embodiment for trauma.

Joann has been teaching Hatha Yoga and Yin yoga since 2017. She is a 500 E-RYT Certified Hatha Yoga teacher with more than 1,000 hours of study in yoga. Joann brings 20 years of Personal Training experience, specializing in pre & post rehabilitative work, to her yoga instruction. She holds a Personal Training certification through the American Council on Exercise and is a certified Trauma Informed Weight Lifting coach with the Center for Embodiment and Trauma at JRI (Justice Reinvestment Institute). 

Joann is certified in CPR with the American Heart Association and Mental Health First Aid with the National Council for Behavioral Health. She continues her yoga studies with her teacher Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan and the Svatantra Institute. Her yoga teachers and influencers include Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Todd Norian, Michelle Cassandra Johnson and many more. 

Joann is a certified TRE® provider (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) who studied TRE®  with Jay Gleason MS, LCMHC, LADC of Burlington, VT, and assisted several of his TRE® provider Level 1 & 2 certification training programs. She continues her trauma studies with the works of Stephen Porges, Peter Levine, Deb Dana, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Resmaa Menakem, David Berceli, The Center for Embodiment and Trauma at JRI, et. al.

Most recently Joann earned her professional certificate as an End of Life Doula from the University of Vermont. She is a member of the Vermont Death Doula Network and continues her education to offer end of life education and support for the dying and their loved ones.

Joann is enthusiastic to share these amazing gifts and support people to heal from the effects of individual, intergenerational and systemic trauma as well as growing and recognizing their inner resilience.

Personal Biography:

Joann grew up on a pig farm on an island in Vermont. She was active with sports, school, work, and farm chores and enjoyed reading, watching football with her grandfather and making new friends. 

In her second year of college she was the victim of violent crime and experienced her first bout of intense PTSD. At the time, therapy wasn’t available after the first therapist blamed her for her trauma.  She buckled up and “carried on” building a family, birthing and rearing three children with her husband, creating a business, coaching youth sports, serving in her community and getting by with workaholism. 

In 2012 she contracted idiopathic viral meningitis and went from Crossfit workouts to a shower chair after a week in the hospital with high fevers and hallucinations. A year into recovery she received a cPTSD diagnosis and was living with intense hypervigilance, anxiety, daily panic attacks, depression, IBS, and chronic pain. 

In 2016 she discovered yoga, TRE® (tension and trauma release exercise) and somatic therapy as powerful tools for recovery. She immersed herself in yoga and became a TRE® provider to share these healing gifts with others. Since this time she has added on to her trauma “toolkit” and shares these practices with her private clients and public classes, workshops, and trainings. 

Most recently, she discovered a powerful key for resilience through Ayurveda and has come off of all medications, resolved her history of ten (10) years with chronic pain, IBS, depression and is no longer experiencing panic attacks. She currently facilitates others on this path in her teacher’s courses on “dinacharya” or diet and lifestyle practices.

As  a mother of 3 teens/young adults she’s humbled every day by all she gets to learn from them. She enjoys paddling with her daughters; engaging in thought-provoking conversations with her son; foraging for mushrooms; hiking; snowshoeing; traveling to sacred sites and learning almost anything! 


Our mission is to spread the concepts and practices of TIC to as many people as possible - to get it off the therapist’s couch, if you will.

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