Verena Young, PhD Candidate Co-Founder Holistic Practitioner Research & Evaluation

About us

Verena Young received her Masters degree in Sociology with a major in Social Psychology in 2009 from the University of Bielefeld in Germany. She worked as a graduate research assistant for an alternative school at the University of
 Bielefeld from 2010 to 2015. Currently, Verena is completing her Ph.D. thesis in the field of educational science. In addition, Verena graduated as a Spiritual Counselor from Paracelsus School for Naturopathy in Bielefeld, Germany in 2014, became certified in Integrative Nutrition and Health from the International Institute of Naturopathy in Switzerland in May 2018. She is currently in the Grof Transpersonal Training for Holotropic Breathwork, enrolled at the Hellinger Institute in Toronto to work as a Family Constellation Facilitator, and studying Natural Health and Homeopathy at the Kingdom College of Naturopathy. She works together with a medium from Germany and connects people interested in guidance with her through phone consultations. Verena integrates her scientific experience into the spiritual work of Soul Quest. She is currently conducting a research study on the social and psychological benefits of Soul Quest retreats on individuals and especially veterans using indigenous plant medicines. The purpose of this evaluation
 project is to analyze expected effects of spiritual healing and plant medicine retreats on the psychological well-being, life satisfaction,…



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