JoAnn Saccato, MA
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JoAnn Saccato, MA, is a mindfulness teacher, life-coach, author, inspirational speaker, educator and consultant living in the forests of Northern California. She is the author of Companioning the Sacred Journey: A Guide to Creating a Compassionate Container for Your Spiritual Practice (2013) and Mindful and Intentional Living: A Path to Peace, Clarity and Freedom (2018).
JoAnn lived remotely, off grid, in a 16x16 foot single room cabin without automobile access, running water or indoor plumbing for ten years in the oak woodlands of Lake County, California. With her canine companion Shyla by her side, she re-entered higher education, earning a Bachelors (Liberal Studies) and Masters degree (Co-creating Sustainable Futures) at Sonoma State University.
Known in the Buddhist lineage as Awakened Presence of the Heart (Zen) and Joyful Deathless White Tara (Tibetan), Saccato is an avid traveler, backpacker, photographer and lover of animals. She took pilgrimage in India, sits retreats in the Thai Forest Buddhist tradition in Thailand, and backpacked the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu.
Saccato was the founding inspiration of California's first cooperatively owned online food ordering and distribution system, Lake Co-op. In 2018, she led a team of crisis counselors for the Lake FRC California HOPE project in the aftermath of the Mendocino Complex fire.
With over 25 years of mindfulness practice, JoAnn speaks and teaches regularly on mindfulness, compassion, disaster resiliency, and healthy food systems. She is certified teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute (2019).
JoAnn has spoken for and/or consulted with the following organizations:
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"There is a beautiful depth and simplicity to your writing and I really appreciate it." ~ Nancy Perrin
"She speaks from a place of openness and authenticity of one who has experienced and embodies her message" ~ Norb Yates