Raves & Hugs (aka Testimonials)
About Joanna as a teacher and workshop leader . . .
“The weekend you and Beth created was everything I’d hoped for, and it has lingered with me all week. I look forward to integrating the insights and energies and to journaling and spendng more time with the cards that came forth in the workshop. The Gaian deck has always been a living one for me, but I do believe the chance to work with it in a group energy was very powerful.Thank you again.” — Theresa EagleHeart, North Carolina
“Joanna sees the world through passionate eyes that embrace the divinity of humans and nature, then she brings that divinity to us through her art, stories, and classes.”
- Betsy Sauther, High Priestess, Bellingham WA
“Joanna teaches about the Tarot and women’s spirituality with grace, creative flair and wisdom. Her courses stimulate the mind and awaken the soul. Her unique blend of artwork, story-telling and ritual combined with knowledgeable information make for an inspiring and heart-warming experience that enriches the lives of the people she teaches.” — Carol Kaye, workshop leader & business coach, Vancouver BC
“Lovely, knowledgeable, warm, magickal.”
- Rev. Judith Laxer, founder of Gaia’s Temple, Seattle
“It was a wonderful weekend. It was nice to meet some of the Gaian Circle members and other new friends. You and Beth made everyone feel very welcome and comfortable. This made it easy to share feelings and thoughts during the workshop. It was interesting to see where people were on their path and listen to their deepest thoughts about healing ourselves and the earth. Sunday connected everyone together in the circle outside in nature.
My deepest connection with our circle and the earth was during the Dance of Life and our Nature Observation Exercise. Even though we all were in different places in the woods sitting and observing, it felt like we were all connected just as with everything in nature. As I sit and observe during the year and dance, I will know that others will be sitting and dancing with me working to heal ourselves and the earth. As a seeker, I appreciate and honor the experience and education you and Beth shared this weekend.” — Maggie Lukowski, North Carolina
From participants in Joanna’s workshops at Seattle’s Women of Wisdom conferences, 1997-2009:
“Very present to the group . . down to earth.”
“Fabulous – clear, instructive, equal time for process and instruction. Warm, knowledgeable, creative.”
“It was relaxing, playful, lighthearted and provocative — a beautiful fit of symbol and sacred space.”
“Effective speaker and teacher. Wonderful workshop!”
“I was so moved by the experience it brought tears to my eyes, not out of sadness, but out of a profound sense of connection.”
“Beautiful combination of energy and knowledge.”
“Articulate, energetic, helpful and beautiful.”
“Joanna has a warm, calm energy that facilitates learning and sharing.”
About the Gaian Tarot . . .
“I received my copy of the Gaian Tarot last night. I just have to tell you that this deck is the most joyful, life-affirming tarot I have ever seen. I can’t thank you enough for creating it and making it available to people. The deck sends out a powerful positive energy just laying on the table next to me. Thank you so much — this deck is a gift to the world.” – Sue M., Virginia
“Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment, a great work of art and a gift to to so many. . . Many thanks for all of the gifts you have shared, Joanna. This deck will be at the center of my own spiritual practice now and I am eternally grateful.” – Colleen T., Idaho
“I feel honored and amazed by what you’ve created through your art, the cards, your book, and your attention to the details of making a wonderful surprise and treat for all who receive this gift. My work is to help people realize and share their unique gifts with the world and I have to say this is the most magnificent job I’ve ever seen of just that. So much gratitude and blessings for your happiness and well-being!” – Melissa Y., Oregon
“Thank you for your work and dedication to this project . . . you have already and will continue to touch many lives with it and in the process help heal our world.” – Bev H., Ontario, Canada
“Joanna Powell Colbert’s exquisitely beautiful Gaian Tarot is much more than a tarot deck. It’s a doorway into a community of people living close to the land and its creatures. It’s a journey through the seasons where nature mirrors the joys and sorrows, pain and exaltation of what it takes to live in harmony with and through the earth. It reminds us how to know and respect the planet we live on. This is a very readable deck that, if you open to it, will take you right back to the elemental truth that resides inside everything.”
~ Mary K. Greer, author of 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Tarot Reversals and the classic Tarot for Your Self.
“The Gaian Tarot is one of the most healing, powerful decks I’ve ever used for my clients. Its effect is, in a word, profound. I have observed even the most agitated, cynical, or despondent querents become completely captivated by the beautiful, strong images in these cards. From all backgrounds and walks of life, without exception, my clients strongly identify with this deck. And as they can so clearly see themselves in these cards, they can also envision new, inspiring possibilities and solutions to the concerns for which they have sought guidance. The Gaian Tarot is a rare treasure and belongs in the repertoire of every reader.”
~ Beth Owl’s Daughter, professional Tarot reader and host of the Raleigh-Durham Tarot MeetUp, second largest Tarot MeetUp in the states
“In the first years of the 21st century, humanity needs to be reminded of its unity with all of life. And we need to hold meaningful conversations about how to birth that unity in reality. The Gaian Tarot is one of the most powerful tools to come along recently that can help us to accomplish both of these things. Joanna Powell Colbert’s cards ring with an authenticity that can only come from someone who lives what she depicts. I appreciate that they are rooted deeply in tarot tradition, yet are attuned to the consciousness of Earth and Her inhabitants in our own time. Whether for readings, meditation, contemplation, or ceremony, the Gaian Tarot’s lush images will inspire, heal, and delight.”
~ James Wells, Tarot consultant & teacher, Toronto