Sonja has always had a strong connection to horses and discovered early that their instinctive and intuitive abilities worked in harmony with her passion to work with others in partnership and collaboration. She is an advocate for health, wellness and spirituality both in her professional and personal life. Currently, she works at Homewood Health in Guelph, a mental health and addiction facility where she coaches has developed and delivers an integrated leadership program, supports clinical and administrative staff through wellness strategies like stress reduction, mindfulness and resilience.
Sonja’s curiosity guided her to a richer understanding of diverse communities where she was privileged to be mentored by community elders in Northern Ontario. In 2004, Sonja formed a deep partnership with Larka, an Appaloosa mare who taught her the meaning of trust, authenticity and heart connection. Profoundly impacted by Larka’s inner
wisdom, Sonja pursued her FEEL certification in 2010 where she gained a deeper appreciation of the healing powers of the horse/human connection.
In April 2010, Sonja received an award for her outstanding teaching contribution at a community college. This award is generated by students who nominate the Instructor who has made the biggest impact on their lives. Her strong and passionate heart embodies her Medicine Name “Cougar Woman Sings” where she uses the power of her voice and the strength of her conviction to open the space of possibility for others.
Sonja completed three years of shamanic coaching and received her MA in Leadership.