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Alyona Kobevka

Alyona is a holistic psychotherapist, ceremonialist, and group facilitator devoted to living a life that blooms with radiant compassion and service to the sacred. 

Her calling towards exploring the mystical realms and embodying a vocation within the healing arts was precipitated by personal suffering and familial hardship in her formative years. As an immigrant child, leaving her homeland of Ukraine and moving to the west coast of Canada at the age of seven, she was confronted with having to inhabit a tender and unfamiliar space of liminality. This life-altering event and the symbolic essence of living on the edge, prophesised a way of being that would be nourished by traveling through the inner wild landscapes of consciousness and the outer terrains of this wondrous earth. Required by the powers of Destiny to recognize home and belonging not as a geographical place, but rather, as a way of living on the edges of convention, Alyona now senses her rootedness within the unfolding and ever-evolving path of her heart. 

In her professional life, Alyona has embodied the role of the caregiver and wounded healer for over 15+ years, working as a dementia support aid, a social worker in prisons, a career counselor, and in the past five years as the co-founder of A Healing Bridge with her beloved husband, Alexandre. 

Through A Healing Bridge, Alyona offers soul-nourishing support and empowerment for seekers (individuals, couples & groups) on the psycho-spiritual journey, and is passionate about exploring the areas of sexuality and spirituality, intimacy, love and relationships, grief and death, power and shadow, and transformation through the intentional use of psychedelics and plant medicines. Her style and approach is best suited to individuals who are engaging in self-inquiry, are seeking greater authenticity in their relationships, have a calling to deepen in ceremonial/spiritual practice, and feel inspired to commit to the life-long quest of healing, becoming, and thriving.

In addition to her work with A Healing Bridge, Alyona is the Visionary Program Director for Ecstatic Mysticism, a project from the AWE Foundation. As of 2022, Alyona lives in the Sacred Valley in Peru with her dear husband, Alexandre and sweet dog, Nala where she is a dedicated apprentice of Curanderismo (particularly Tobacco & Trees), and offers her services to people all around the world.

 

To learn more about Alyona’s approach to healing and soul-work, please visit the Holistic Psychotherapy page or the Psychedelic & Plant Medicine Integration page.

Experience & Training

Apprenticeship with Tobacco & Trees - Merav Artzi & Jason Grechanik, In-person dietas in Peru, 2022-Present

Psychedelic Therapy Training (3-Year Program) - AWE, Colombia / Ecuador / Mexico / Gabon / Online, 2022-Present

Beyond Consent Course, Mischa Byruck, Bonobo Network, Online, 2023

Nine-month Ceremony & Rites of Passage Leadership Training - Katie Asmus, Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute & Haaweatea Holly Bryson, Nature Knows, Online, 2021

An Apprenticeship with Sorrow: Community, Ritual, and the Sacred Work of Grief Series - Francis Weller, Online, 2020

Voices of Twilight & Mist: Ritual Facilitator Training; Feeding Spirit Feeds Us: A Comprehensive Offerings Class; The Alchemy of Community: A Training for Community Facilitators - Liv Mokai Wheeler, Earth's Amulet, Online, 2020

Two-year Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy Professional Post-Graduate Training (Received High-Achievement Award) - Metavision Institute, Australia, 2018-2020

Foundations of Ritual & Ancestral Lineage Healing - Daniel Foor, Ancestral Medicine, Online, 2019-2020

Drum Journey Training, Pendulum Training and Plant Kingdom - Sharon Bolt, Temple of Shamanic Magick, Online & In-person, 2018-2021

Holotropic Breathwork™ 5-day Modules, Workshops & Apprenticing - Grof Transpersonal Training, Australia & Spain, 2017-2020 

* The Power Within Module - Tasmania, 2017

* Being on Country Module - Tasmania, 2017

* Music & Transcendence Module - Tasmania, 2018

* The Holotropic Paradigm Module - Spain, 2019

* The Therapeutic Use of Substances Module - Spain, 2019

* Attended 6 x 1-day workshops as a participant, received 8 x consultations with certified HB™ practitioners, and apprenticed 3 x times at 1-day workshops in Melbourne, Tasmania, and Kincumber.

Intensive in Plant Spirit Shamanism (Vegetalismo) 3-month Immersion, 2 months in plant dieta - Santuario Huistin, Peru, 2016

Bachelor of Social Work - University of Victoria, Canada, 2008-2011

I am actively engaged in ongoing training and education which supports me in my evolution as an integrative practitioner. I am committed to continuous personal inner-work and self-inquiry, as well as anti-oppressive, non-pathologizing, and diversity-aware practice, and view this as imperative for being able to guide others with integrity, competency, and care. 

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