A little about me…
Hi. I’m so glad we are meeting virtually, me in my little corner of the world and you in yours.
My name is Dana da Ponte and I offer creative women’s circles, intuitive therapy and retreats to help women transform their relationship, life and parenting challenges into opportunities to heal and awaken.
I also help expectant moms and moms of prenatal and preschool children step into motherhood with a healed heart and mothers of daughters aged 5 – 12 set the foundations for a close and healthy relationship.
When I’m not helping spiritually dedicated women live consciously, I’m creating artwork that celebrates motherhood and the divine feminine.
A random fact about me is that I have this tendency to not quite fit in anywhere.
I’m a little hippie, a little preppy, a book worm and word geek, a vegetarian wanna-be, a prairie girl with a trucker mouth and a little woo woo channeler. I’m a little bit of a witch (ok, maybe more than a little), a little bit Druid, a lot Advaita with a touch of Jesus freak in me. I love A Course in Miracles and Osho’s Book of Secrets but I also love Star Trek and The Princess Bride. I’m a smorgsborg of personalities. A true Gemini I guess.
Why I do this work…
I believe that healing childhood wounds can be fun.
So can the work of growing spiritually. Together, with our sisters across the globe and our sisters in the spirit world, we can inspire miracles, collapse time, remove obstacles, clear the past and help you touch the spark of divinity that is the core of who you really are.
And I believe we can do this all with a paintbrush in our hands (even if we’ve never held one before), laughter in our bellies and a box of tissues by our side (just in case).
How it all began…
I knew I wanted to work with women who have had difficult childhood relationships with their mothers when I realized how deeply I was affected by my own mother/daughter relationship.
My mother, through no fault of her own, did not know how to take care of her emotional needs. This caused her to have no idea how to nurture mine. I grew up with gaping emotional voids that were the seed for the major unhealthy themes in my adult life.
I wasn’t even aware of the unhealthy patterns in my life until I started communicating with the angels for other people.
(Oh, yes! I talk with angels. We can do that in our work together, too.) But it wasn’t until developing my own approach to emotional healing, that I learned all we ever really want is a feeling. The holes in our lives that look like unrequited love, depression, career failure, stress, anxiety, relationship conflict, loss and pain are simply a reflection of a hole that exists somewhere in our own hearts. Most of these holes were formed in childhood (they also have a deeper spiritual root than I ever imagined but I’ll save that conversation for another time).
Most children, and I was included among them, are not taught how to look within for love, acceptance and security. Instead, they look to their parents, teachers and the adults in their lives to make them feel whole, safe, loved and like they are good enough. But these adults were children once too with similar unmet emotional needs that were never nurtured. How could they possibly give what they did not have?
I, like so many other daughters, looked to my mother to fill voids she was incapable of filling.
This one misdirection set the stage for the unhealthy patterns of my adulthood. My addiction to carbs, my co-dependent relationships that always ended in pain, my crippling insecurities, my anger, resentment and hurt were all seeded in my unmet emotional needs. When I made one tiny shift in understanding and learned how to meet my own emotional needs, the past unraveled and the challenging areas of my life started to change for the better.
What came next…
My life had been built around all these unhealthy patterns and once I no longer needed them, major structures in my life started falling apart.
Imagine purchasing a house only to later learn it was built on a poor foundation. Before you could turn this house into your dream home, some serious restructuring would be required. Walls would need to be torn down. Debris would litter your sacred spaces, chaos would reign and the old faulty structures would have to be carried off to the dump before the stronger new structures were set in their place.
At some point in my own healing, my life looked like demolition day. Major structures in my life were falling apart. Things got really hard before they got better. This is where art quite literally saved my life.
As my life transformed into something I no longer recognized, I sought refuge in front of my canvas. It is there I learned the healing powers of art.
Art soothed me. Art kept me in the present moment. Art revealed my subconscious roadblocks.
When I was playing with art, I was in a space I could easily hear my spirit guides and angels. It was that same space I feel just upon waking up or during a great meditation – that space where the veil between our world and spirit’sseems so thin. Art slipped me into that space and miracles started happening in front of my canvas.
I didn’t know it then but art would become one of my favorite forms of therapy. And that is what led me here… to inviting you to play and heal with art right alongside me.
If this seems like something you would enjoy, I’d love for you to explore the services I created for you. You’ll find my online courses for mothers of daughters here. If you’re really into sisterhood you might really like the Moon Sisters Art and Ceremony Circles I lead. But if you’re like me and enjoy deep intimate healing conversations, you might want to learn more about my Intuitive Readings and Intuitive Therapy sessions first.