Jon 

Handelman

For over a decade, Jon has coached, taught, and inspired people all around the world. With passionate presence, a vast array of exciting tools and methods, and a deep understanding of how to thrive emotionally, physically and financially, working withim will energize your life as you soar to your full potential. 

Jon teaches classes and workshops on empowerment, goal setting, forgiveness, emotional fluency, vocal expression and trauma at various  institutions, gatherings, and festivals around the world. He has trained school teachers on how to build more meaningful connections with their students and facilitates weekly men’s groups. He also runs an all gender all ages free frisbee league to promote healthy living, cooperation, and community building.

Jon has a business degree from Concordia University, and has completed trainings in Coaching for Transformation, Non-Violent Communication, Robbins-Madanes Training, NLP, trauma healing, and Shadow work among many other disciplines. He is the co-creator of Awakening Harmony; a musical connection retreat that promotes emotional empowerment and vulnerability. He was the director of Montreal’s largest children’s day camp for 6 years and was a team building coach for high performance athletes for 5 years. 

During  his 20’s, Jon traveled the world seeking timeless wisdom. He would visit and live on intentional communities, seek out and live with indigenous peoples, apprentice with elders, attend and organize alternative gatherings about more meaningful ways of living, and read voraciously about the human condition. Later on, he incorporated much of what he had learned into art, starting various traveling musical performance groups and circuses, each focusing on cooperation, teamwork, and connection.   

Jon has been coaching and counseling for more than 10 years and enjoys yoga, sports, music, acrobatics, gardening and woodworking. He founded and lives 30 minutes north of Asheville, NC at Sun Song Mountain, a community land project that hosts workshops and immersions on growing food, personal development and creating resilient communities. You can find out more here.

Giving Back

Jon strives to be in integrity as a coach and to fully acknowledge the role his community has played as a solid foundation. He is committed to supporting the health and success of his community and particularly of marginalized peoples. He does this by:

  • Giving 10% of his coaching time to single mothers, people of color, and lower income families
  • Letting these same groups use his office for free for starting a business or quiet study space
  • Running no cost, inclusive (all ages and genders) non-competitive sport leagues