John Muraco, ATR, RYT – Philosophy and Experience
John understands that sometimes there are no words to express what a serious life crisis can feel like. The tendency to disconnect from those around you and to lose sight of personal goals is normal, and the ability to express yourself clearly may be diminished. He has also observed that people have their own unique inner resources to heal and re-embrace their lives. Since 2000 John has studied a variety of approaches of creative expression and wellness, for the achievement of self-expression, stress reduction, and the regaining of personal power. These practices have included the visual and performing arts, Yoga and wisdom traditions, and holistic lifestyle education and practice to promote physical and emotional health. In 2010 John received his Masters degree in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. While there, he gained valuable experience using art in hospitals, supporting male and female veterans, and people living with cancer, dementia, and other challenging diagnoses. It was clear that art therapy and yoga provided a space for relaxing, and an expressive outlet for physical pain and deep emotions that were nearly impossible to put into words. After moving to Bucks County, PA, John began working with adolescents in residential treatment centers, who have lived through traumatic circumstances; again, the power of creative expression, movement, and free choice have proven to be instrumental in his clients lives moving forward.
For the past 3 years, his work has been dedicated to a growing practice and wellness center in Southeastern Pennsylvania. HeartWell House Expressive Therapies offers a space where clients and students can gain tools for INNER STILLNESS, EMPOWERMENT, and a deepened CONNECTION to themselves, others and nature. These are the three pillars that John has dedicated his personal and professional life to.
John currently teaches Kundalini Yoga & Meditation classes and workshops, and offers individual therapy services and one on one instruction to beginning or established yoga and meditation practitioners.
Credentials & Education:
Masters of Professional Studies – Art Therapy
ATR – Registered Art Therapist
220 hour Kundalini Yoga and Meditation certification
200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification
RYT – Registered Yoga Teacher
Continuing Education training in Yogic studies, Meditation, and trauma informed work.
Psychodrama training at Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute
Sage School Herbalism Coaching Certification with Maia Toll
Bachelors of Science – Art Education Plymouth State University
American Art Therapy Association
International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association
Samantha Barrett is a 500 hr Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Bucks County, PA. She received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Dragonfly Yoga Studio under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek in 2015, learning Pranayama + Meditation from Joe Simek. She also studied with Rolf Gates, Seane Corn, and Hala Khouri. She completed the Yoga, Purpose, & Action Leadership Training as well as Yoga for Self Regulation + Trauma with the Off the Mat Into the World organization. She is a certified Reiki II Practitioner and graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She lives to serve others through yoga and reconnecting with nature, offering classes and workshops available to people of all backgrounds, providing a safe space to come together. She believes that by slowing down and surrendering to stillness we can unlearn negative habitual patterns and remember our truth as children of spirit. We can let go of seeking that which is outside of ourselves and trust that we are safe to feel and be just as we are in this moment. We can trust that we are never alone in our healing.