The Clearmind Team
Duane O’Kane - Founder and President of Clearmind International Institute Inc.
Duane O’Kane is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, workshop facilitator, teacher and a dynamic and entertaining public speaker. He has a lengthy background in mental health and social services, with 18 years in the field before forming Clearmind in 1990.
Duane discovered A Course in Miraclesin 1990 while mired in a deep depression triggered
by a personal crisis in relationship, which nothing in his professional repertoire could adequately
address. It opened him to a revolutionary way of thinking and being that allows him to tap into the
joy available in the present rather than reproduce pain from the past. Duane transformed his pain into
an inspired pathway to love; a path where he now leads thousands worldwide. It is Duane’s passion and
creativity that started Clearmind and carried it through to its current evolution with Catherine.
Catherine O’Kane - Co-creator and Senior Clinical Director of Clearmind International Institute
Catherine O’Kane is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, teacher, workshop facilitator and a gifted public speaker with Clearmind International. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, and has been a practicing therapist since 1992.
Catherine was first introduced to A Course in Miracles in 1991, but it was a near death experience in 1994 that awakened her to the reality of the spiritual consciousness that forms the fabric of life. This mystical experience dramatically impacted her view of her own existence, and fundamentally influenced her view on the human psyche and relationships. Catherine is committed to assisting others to tap into that same Loving Mind that ACIM and many other spiritual disciplines describe, because it is from this foundation that true transformation emerges. Catherine first discovered Clearmind in 1996, and is recognized today as co-founder of the company and co-creator of its programs with Duane.
Clearmind International Head Office - Vancouver, Canada
Tasha Simms - Teacher / Workshop Facilitator
Tasha is a Registered Professional Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and a private practice in Vancouver. She uses her skills as a working actor, writer, and workshop facilitator to teach passionate expression and self acceptance of the authentic self in all our human aspects, both shadow and light.
She has been a student of A Course in Miracles for over a decade and has taught and contributed to Clearmind's Program as well as co-creating the women's workshop Drawing Down the Moon, Assistants Training, and The Summit. She is a certified Master NLP facilitator and also trained in bodywork, energy healing and hypnotherapy.
Tasha’s integrity, compassion and juicy celebration of life are just some of the gifts she brings to being of service. She has just produced an audio Body Awareness Training Series which wakes up feelings in the body and invites a sensory experience of the divine.
Joanie Tara - Teacher
Joanie is a Registered Professional Counsellor, works as a counsellor and workshop facilitator, is Director of Crystal Adventure Camp, and works as a teacher for Clearmind. Joanie has a degree in Transpersonal Psychology of Counselling, a Counselling Diploma from Clearmind International Institute, and certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, addictions counselling, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, and Constellation Therapy. Joanie spent 10 years working as a nurse, with 15 years in mental health and disability services prior to changing careers.
Joanie's path to becoming a counsellor began with a spiritual mystical experience in April 1998. It christened a desire to learn, study and contemplate the meaning of life and why we are here on this planet.
In December 1998 she was introduced to A Course In Miracles, and as a result she has a passion to learn all she can about herself, the nature of the universe, and how humans relate to each other.
Maria Alexandre - Teacher and Director of Practitioner Training
Maria is a Registered Professional Counsellor with a private practice, as well as a teacher for Clearmind International Institute. Maria has a degree in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology and a Counselling Diploma from Clearmind International Institute.
Maria is passionate and committed to the process of awakening the human spirit and changing suffering and struggle into a life of grace and purpose. Her own unique life's journey has taught her that psychological pain, once transformed, can be a teacher and guide to the Divine. Living authentically in joy is our sacred calling and Maria is committed to helping others rediscover this truth. The empowerment and the extension of the feminine spirit, as well as the healing work of couples in relationship, are two areas that Maria feels passionate about.
Angela Baff - Teacher / Workshop Facilitator
Angela Baff is a Registered Professional Counsellor, Occupational Therapist, teacher, and workshop facilitator. She was drawn to the Awakening workshop in 2001 as a result of feeling empty in her work. After the workshop, Angela could not deny the perceptual and experiential shifts that occurred inside her, namely that love exists and we are all connected. She was left wanting more, but this time not from a place of "empty" but from a place of following her joy and her heart. Angela brings this determination and passion in guiding others to find their own path to the joy and love that lives inside them. She leads with an accepting gentle heart that is unshakeable in the truth that love is a fact.
Laura Bradley - Teacher
Laura Bradley is a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and a Certified Group Facilitator.
Laura is currently teaching Clearmind's three-year personal growth and leadership program. She has developed and facilitated personal growth workshops, and has experience counselling individuals and families.
Laura is also a community trainer and educator. Her main areas of expertise are post partum adjustment, relationship and parenting. She has appeared on City TV and C-Fun radio, and contributed to articles in The Globe and Mail and Today’s Parent.
Laura’s path to becoming a counsellor began with her own struggle with post partum depression in 1991; she cites her years of working with parents as "a huge influence on who I am as a therapist." She is driven by the desire to give her children, herself, and others, the opportunity to create what they want out of their lives.
Lana Gowler - Workshop Facilitator and Support Group Leader
Lana Gowler has a B.A. in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Professional Counsellor and Recreation Therapist, with over 20 years of experience in mental health. Lana came to Clearmind after realizing that her “full”, apparently successful, life was not promising her the peace that she was desperately seeking. Through surrendering her need to control everything, she opened up to the process of understanding herself and the role she plays in the dynamics of relationship with self and others.
Lana has an intuitive, curious approach to relationship dynamics and is a living example that it only takes one person to change a relationship. Her specialty is inspiring others to fully embrace joy and passion, knowing that in life “pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional”. She facilitates workshops and leads support groups with laser-like insight, humour and tender-hearted love. Lana has also been known to blend her health and fitness pursuits and her love of cooking to connect, and stir others to follow their dreams.
Viktoria Nagy - Director of General Administration
Viktoria Nagy is a graduate of Clearmind International's three-year Practitioner Training Program, and she brings over two decades of customer service and corporate management experience to her position of Director of General Administration. She focuses on solution-based problem solving, while considering the needs of self and other equally.
Viktoria's intuitive nature, sensitivity, and respectful manner enable her to provide a unique brand of encouragement and support to the Clearmind community. Her attention to detail and her commitment to high quality congruent customer service are at the heart of her work.
Her consistent application of Clearmind's teachings in all areas of her life has transformed her life and all of her relationships. She has been a participant and/or an assistant at most of Clearmind's workshops, even venturing over to beautiful Ireland to assist at an international workshop. She is dedicated to her continued personal growth journey and looks forward to connecting with you in service.
Satu Springer - Teacher and Director of Workshops and Promotions
Satu Springer is a Registered Professional Counsellor, and a teacher with Clearmind International. Satu has a Counselling Diploma through Clearmind's Prac for Life Program and ten years experience learning and teaching Shamanic healing modalities and traditions.
Satu left a fifteen year career in corporate administration to come to Clearmind to follow her dreams of becoming a counsellor. In the process, she found herself. She has learned to combine her many business talents with heart, soul, and spirit; all the while learning and teaching how to move through life with balance, integrity, faith and magnitude. Satu brings all her gifts to her work at Clearmind, her shamanic healing workshops, and to her counselling practice.
Elloa Barbour - Newsletter Editor
Elloa Barbour has a BA in English Language & Linguistics and Education, and is a writer and certified life coach. She participated in The Awakening workshop in 2004 and has been involved in Clearmind work since then.
Dedicated to studying and applying the teachings in A Course in Miracles, Elloa is a level two assistant with Clearmind International whose goal is to assist the Rude Awakening and attend the Summit workshop. She is passionate, playful and honest, and enjoys dancing wildly, cycling through quiet country lanes and writing authentic, heartfelt essays and articles.
Fran Brown Fellowes - Co-Director of Lectures
Fran Brown Fellowes has a Masters in Education, is a registered professional counsellor, support group leader, and student in Clearmind's P.R.A.C. for Life Program.
Fran has a background in teaching and worked for many years as a re-evaluation counsellor. At The Awakening, she learned that her life was the real curriculum and that a new relationship with old pain was possible. Clearmind's transpersonal perspective, and the experiential nature of its programs, helped her fulfill her dream of becoming a professional counsellor.
Fran brings a gentle loving presence and intuitive understanding to Clearmind, as well as profound compassion for the human spirit. She believes that what lies beneath our fears is a loving connection with all. She is passionate about working with others to discover the light within ourselves, which can illuminate the path toward our goals and dreams.
Marion Baker - Director of Property Rentals
Marion has demonstrated her love of food and community in her role as Clearmind's in-house cook for the past seven years. She is now a Registered Professional Counsellor and group therapist, having graduated from Clearmind's P.R.A.C. program in 2009. Her goal is to become a teacher with Clearmind International.
Marion is also an entrepreneur, having owned and operated her own Robson Street clothing boutique where she created a community of women that are now friends and loyal supporters of the business and each other.
Marion's vision and passion is planetary transformation through connection and community. She brings a fun and friendly dynamic to her position as Director of Rentals at Clearmind's own Springbrooke Retreat and Conference Centre in Langley.
Steve Pritchard - Teacher
Steve Pritchard is a Registered Professional Counsellor, Certified Hynotherapist, and graduate of the Clearmind Institute three-year program. He provides group and private counselling for individuals and couples, as well as teaching for Clearmind International.
Steve blends clarity, compassion, and humour with his enthusiastic support of individuals to create a life of passion, purpose, and authenticity.
Karen Goodfellow - Director of Marketing and Support Group Leader
Karen Goodfellow, RPC, RCST, has decades of experience in marketing, customer service, corporate leadership development, team-building, strategic planning and facilitation.
She has a diverse educational and vocational background: in addition to her Diploma from Clearmind's three-year Prac for Life Program, she is a Practicing Registered Professional Counselor, a Registered Cranio Sacral Therapist (specializing in trauma), an artist with a Certificate in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and has a Certificate in Marketing from BCIT. In these capacities, she has facilitated over 15,000 participants and countless individuals.
Although Karen has been exposed to numerous teachings, Clearmind's unique blend of proven psychology and disciplined application of transpersonal teachings was a perfect fit. As a result of her own process of cultural transformation, she is able to inspire, focus, and harmonize teams with efficiency and heart.
Alison Taylor - Webmaster
Alison Taylor is a full time web designer/developer, with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computing from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University.
Alison freelances from her home on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and has been grateful to be included as part of the Clearmind 'family' since 2007. She maintains the Clearmind website, lays out Clearmind's monthly eBlast and quarterly magazine The Ripple, and pitches in with some graphic design. As someone who has pursued her own journey in personal growth, Alison strives to bring integrity, enthusiasm, support, and understanding, to help her clients achieve their goals.
Clearmind Stockholm Sweden
Kristoffer Alpsjö - Clearmind Sweden Contact / Support Group Leader
Kristoffer found his way to a Clearmind workshop in 1998, where the experiential work acted like a catapult to a forgotten world of true and joyful connection to others and the world. Through the years he has become one of the cornerstones of the Swedish Clearmind work, bringing his faith, gentleness, compassion, creativity and patience to the community. His current roles include team leader, board member, group facilitator, web master, and workshop producer. He also travels around Europe to assist at many workshops in London, Liverpool and Dublin.
Kirtoffer is a networker and communicator by heart, and combines this with his skills as a freelancing web developer and IT entrepreneur.
Kristoffer has a spiritual passion for rock climbing, a sport where man join with spirit by following mother earth's natural reaching for heaven. He also collects vintage toasters, and enjoys eating cheese and baking bread.
Clearmind Dublin Ireland
Shirley O'Connor - Clearmind Ireland Contact
Bio coming soon.
Tom Carey - Clearmind Ireland Contact
Tom is a life coach, performance coach and Transformational Breathwork therapist. He is also an NLP Master and spinning instructor. Tom has been the Clearmind support group facilitator in Cork since 2009.
With over ten years working in the corporate world as a senior manager, Tom became increasingly drawn to a life of purpose. As he studied eastern philosophies and teachings along with western psychology and human potential, he began to unveil his own true potential and purpose. In 2008, Tom decided to open his own coaching and therapeutic practice and has continued to expand this progressively since then. Tom works in a one-to-one setting as well as with groups, teams and organisations. He has also worked with some of Ireland's top athletes helping them to minimise mental and emotional resistance and maximise their performance, with great success.
Tom's passion is unleashing the pure potential within everyone. He loves witnessing people positively transform their lives.
Clearmind London UK
Sadiye Stevens - Support Group Leader
Sadiye Stevens is a professionally trained Iyengar yoga teacher. She is a support group lear for Clearmind London UK. An student and teacher of A Course in Miracles, Sadiye's personal struggle has brought great compassion and empathy for others that leads her to effectively help others.
Clearmind Liverpool UK
Jacquie Johnston-Lynch - Clearmind Liverpool Contact
Jacquie is a qualified social worker and has managed teams of counsellors, psychotherapists and body workers for the past 15 years. She is highly skilled and experienced in the management of social care organizations and in the leadership and facilitation of therapeutic groups, staff teams and experiential workshops. She has worked with Sally Fisher (Author and Founder of Life Mastery and AIDS Mastery) and has trained as a workshop leader with Northern Lights Trust UK. Jacquie has followed a programme of recovery and has been in a 12 step fellowship since 1997. Since joining Clearmind and finding a new way through her own struggles, Jacquie has inspired and supported many people to re-think, re-learn and re-experience their way out of their own difficulties. She is passionate and outrageous in making things happen. Jacquie is a student of A Course in Miracles and is continually practicing step 11 work throughout her continuing Clearmind supported journey.