Joanna Giannes

Founder and Principal Facilitator of Heal Education

Joanna builds capacity in individuals and communities by drawing from multiple disciplines such as anthropology, cross cultural practices, transpersonal psychology and contemporary leadership theories. Raised in the oral tradition, Joanna draws from her Hellenic ancestry of mythology, archetypes , elements and ancient healing ways to support people and communities to move towards wholeness. Studying with one of the world’s greatest Jungian Psychoanalyst Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes in the United States, Joanna is a lifelong student of ancient and contemporary healing ways.

She has studied human longevity in one of the worlds Blue Zones Ikaria, Greece (the island where people forget to die) and is the first Australian to be studying Ancient Greek Medicine.

About Joanna

In other settings, Joanna has worked as a highly specialised Leadership Development facilitator with thousands of people across multiple sectors throughout Australia. With tertiary qualifications in Transpersonal Counselling, Post Graduate qualifications in Organisational Learning and a Master’s in Education (Leadership and Management) and multiple certifications, Joanna has immersed herself in deep and wide formal learning to support those who she works with, with the highest level of professionalism.

A sought-after speaker at conferences her works continue to take her across Australia where she supports organisations and communities , leads award winning Community Leadership Programs, including Aboriginal and Cross-Cultural Women’s Programs and facilitates at the highest level of leadership development programs in South Australia.

Heal Education


Akadimia Athens, Greece
Diploma Ancient Greek Medicine and Greek Acupuncture

Flinders University
Masters of Education Leadership and Management

Flinders University
Graduate Certificate Organisational Learning

Ikon Institute of Australia
Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling

Certifications & Accreditations

Board Director The Leadership Network
Flinders New Venture Institute
2018 – Present

Mystery School – Dr Martin Shaw

The University of Queensland
Marty Linsky Leading in Complex Times Masterclass
Adaptive Leadership

Esther Perel
Relational Intelligence
A multidisciplinary approach to the field of relational intelligence.

Leap SA
Train the Trainer -Chronic Disease Self-Management Program – Moving Towards Wellness

Kansas Leadership Centre
Adaptive Leadership Masterclass with Ed O’Malley
Evaluation and impact measurement; Program Design and Theoretical Frameworks

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Resilience skills training course
Positive Psychology

Professional Associations

Executive Membership International Institute for Complimentary therapists

Organisations Assisted

  • ACH Group
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Adelaide High School
  • Australian Central Credit Union
  • Badge Constructions
  • Bi-Lo Supermarkets
  • BHP
  • Catherine House
  • Cardijn College
  • City of Marion
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Community Leadership Australia
  • CPS Credit Union
  • Chubb
  • Department of Administrative and Information Services
  • Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure
  • Douglas Mawson Institute of Technology
  • Flinders Medical Centre
  • Flinders Ports
  • Flinders University
  • Greek Welfare Centre
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Lower Murray Water
  • Mayne Nickless Express
  • Mission Australia
  • Mt Isa Mines
  • New Market Hotel
  • New Venture Institute
  • One and All
  • Parafield High School
  • Secondary School Assessment Board
  • Service to Youth Council
  • TNT Transport
  • Toll Logistics
  • Toll Transport
  • Western Diagnostic Pathology

You are a true light worker.


Have you ever had a dream come true? I have, it started with Joanna guiding me to become a community leader. Out of school I had no idea what I wanted to do, all I knew is that I wanted to work for myself. After participating a leadership program with Joanna as my mentor and friend I was given permission and the skills to dream and more importantly to chase those dreams. Few years later I have achieved my ‘big’ dream and I’m now living my truest life chasing even bigger dreams. Thank you Joanna

Joanna held an online space for an intimate group of artists with grace, curiosity, sensitivity and joy. Her work on mindfulness and compassion holds great value in understanding how we relate to our wellbeing within our artistic practice. Being invited to gradually build a new community of multi-disciplinary artists became an additional healing balm during this global rupture, an opportunity made even more special as I could re-connect in real-time from the United Kingdom back into the South Australian arts landscape.

What a gift you are Joanna Giannes. Arete, in you and us. Athena, wise woman, sage, teacher, storyteller, creator of safe space for others stories, able to intuit what individuals and the group needed. Thanks from the heart.


Fantastic, an enriching and meaningful experience to shine a light on gloomy times.

I loved learning more about mindfulness and being given practical tools to help facilitate that.

Very helpful course identifying the need for self-compassion in creative practice, with the chance to learn in a group setting some great practices for helping maintain clear perspectives.

Enjoyable, relaxing and supportive. These workshops provide practical techniques that promote well-being.

It became a highlight in my week, something I looked forward to!

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