A Bit About Jenna Dalton...
Hello, My name is Jenna Dalton. I am an intuitive healer, facilitator, teacher, artist, mother and musician.
I have joyfully led retreats, teen mentorship workshops, private healing sessions, lessons, camps, choirs, conferences, and classes for over 20 years.
I love sharing my joy of love, art, music and meditation by teaching how to build tools toward re-alignment, healing and cultivating creativity.
I was born on a beautiful 355 acre spiritual community nestled in the foothills of the Great Basin Desert. My first fourteen years of life included endless freedom and hours of playing in and connecting with the natural world. Living here gave me spiritual guidance from diverse mentors of all ages, shapes and sizes. I learned to do yoga before I learned how to hula-hoop! I was meditating before I learned how to read, and this unusual and blessed upbringing has continued to be a gift on into adulthood.
At the age of 14, my parents, my dog, Sparky, and I packed our entire house into a U-haul truck and drove to Portland, Oregon. Talk about culture shock! We moved with the intention of staying one year, and it is still considered my family’s home-base 30 years later!
I completed high school, excelling in music and theater and social activism, but thirsted for the spiritual connection that I took for granted as a
Thus began my destiny with uncovering my inner two-spirit nature and finding a spirituality that worked for me - a bi -pan woman who was pretty fed up with the white patriarical society she was surrounded with - yes even in yogic communities.
This venture led me across the country three different times wearing a variety of hats including outdoor survivalist, musician, nanny and spiritual seeker. I received gifts and teachings from Yogi’s, Native American Shamans, Pre-School Children, Insight Meditation Teachers, Alchemists and African Spiritualists. It was as if I was traveling a spiritual treasure hunt and each teacher I encountered gave me an inner gem that helped complete the puzzle that was me.
I spent time in the woods with master tracker Tom Brown Jr., I explored the mystic with spiritual teacher Dennis Klocek, I sat sweat lodges with a Lakota Shaman, I faced my eating disorder and deepened my yoga practice under the guidance and teachings of Sarahjoy Marsh. I grieved with Sobonfu Some and breathed holotropically with students of Grof. I was blessed to study with some of the musical greats such as Christiana Quick-Cleavland, Amanda Lawrence, Dan Compton, Laura Kemp, Par Album and Christian Boelle and
I joyfully attended psychic kindergarten classes A, B, C and D with the radiant Reverend Lilliana Barzola at Lotus Lantern Healing Arts, where I now work!
In the late 90's I also (to my parent’s relief) finally found a college that felt right to attend.
The autumn after my 21st birthday I moved to Arizona. I so enjoyed every second of exploring my undergraduate schooling at the amazing Prescott College where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Alternative Education with a Double Minor in Music and Skills in Spiritual Living.
Just imagine this:
Prescott College had an average class size of 12 and taught every subject experientially with both practical and introspective approaches. This was four years of hands on time in and classrooms varying in diversity from inner city magnet schools to farm-based permaculture schools. This was school credit through African Drumming, White Water Rafting, Dreamwork and Ecology! The outdoor education component of this college deepened my sense and understanding for the natural world and it was here that I had my first exposure to Waldorf Education. Observing and teaching at a school where each day began with poetry, nature and song... well...it was love at first sight! I soon found Waldorf Education to be one of the only educational pedagogies that openly honored and discussed the spirit and soul development of the child. We could actually talk about things like this in a faculty meeting!
After completing my Senior Project “Exploring the Sacred in Education”, I graduated with honors and made my way to California to begin my studies as a Waldorf teacher.
Foundation Year at Rudolf Steiner College was a profound coming home as I devoured the art, the human development approach to education and especially the esoteric studies with a fervor and thirst. This was deep, soul searching work and it rubbed off so many of my harsh edges. It was sometimes painful but always wonderful and it fueled me to pursue my Master’s in Education at Sunbridge College in New York. Here, I completed my first music book for teachers “Songs From Around the World” as part of my Master's Thesis.
And then two voices called to me from the far beyond...
Motherhood! This proved to be the greatest adventure yet, as I shifted my attention from scholarly ambitions to devoting my life, time, knowledge and energy to my own twin miracles and an in-home early childhood program. This was a wonderful time of baking, singing, walks to the river and learning about WONDER!
I was blessed to get to stay home with my little ones for four whole years and when my children proved ready for Kindergarten, I too felt ready to continue my career as a Main Lesson teacher and music teacher at a Waldorf school.
This time in my life felt as if I was living the dream I had spent so many years preparing for. Waldorf teaching utilized and expanded every one of my gifts and filled my life with meaning and purpose for many years.
And as so many of these stories go, the greatest heights and brightest moments often precede a dark night of the soul and end up diving one’s journey to the deepest depths. My fall from grace and dark stormy night included a divorce and an intense need to stand up for what I knew was right in my heart even though it meant having to leave my community, many friends and what was once a dream job.
After teaching for over 15 years, I took a two year sabbatical and focused inward. This heartbreaking and ultimately heart opening journey led me to travel, music and love. Spain and Portugal changed me, the Czech Republic expanded my heart and Hungary helped me re-ignite my inner “hot-mama!"
I found the love of my life as we sang together onstage at the Christmas Revels, I discovered more and more of my true self and ultimately realized that my gifts to the world live best IN my strangeness, my craziness and my unique and wild ways!
So now I step into work that is in alignment with this at Lotus Lantern Healing Arts! Here I facilitate classes, clinics and offer one-on-one mentoring for aligning, clearing and balancing energy, mind and body. I am working from home offering healing sessions, mentoring and music lessons by phone or zoom. I am loving the world-wide connection possibilities of having students from all over the world. And so this wonderful journey continues...
My name is Jenna Dalton.
I am a healer, visionary, teacher, artist, mother and musician.
It’s so nice to meet you!