Barbara Dametto: Yoga Instructor, Sound Healer, Expressive Arts Practitioner.
Helping People Cultivate Self-Awareness, Confidence and Creativity
to Live With Joy and Purpose.
Breathe True is an umbrella organization based in Guelph, Ontario. It is a resource for information, teachings and workshops offered in chakra yoga, sound healing, meditation, conscious dance and mask-work (expressive art therapy).
I offer a 6-week online program called, "Creating and Living from Wholeness" and I also make and sell beautiful essential oil products. All of my offerings are designed to help you connect with your own innate wisdom and power.
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The only journey
is the one
One Self, One Source, One Sound,
One Clown Nose
About Barbara Dametto
I must say that I have always been a dual character- engaging in life in a very serious manner and also playing the fool and using laughter as my medicine.
I believe that life is what we make of it. We get to choose if it’s difficult or easy despite the circumstances and cards that we’ve been dealt with. It’s always a matter of perspective. When in doubt, I just say, “Yes and…”
As a child, I was the family and class clown. I impersonated characters, changed my name and wrote a book called, ”Farting Can Be Fun.” I always managed to make people laugh because I was funny and mischievous (and cute as hell!). At the same time, I was afraid of dying.
As a teenager, I was an introverted, subversive punk rocker. I was painfully shy around boys but managed to express myself through dance and art. I was skinny and quirky and goofy. At the same time, I was self-loathing.
In my twenties, I was a freelance dancer and actor and playwright. I went to university and discovered that I was pretty darn talented as an artist. One of my theatre professors told me I was brilliant! I was adventurous and brave and risk-taking. At the same time, I was bulimic and insecure.
In my thirties, I worked as a performer and artist in education. I fell in love with clown theatre and non-verbal forms of physical theatre. I began to experience the power of the arts as a tool for expressing social issues (particularly child abuse, conflict resolution and restorative justice). I was creative and brave and worked as a volunteer in S.E. Asia in a war zone. I was also incredibly lonely.
In my forties, I was a high school theatre arts, dance and English teacher. I loved working with young people and was able to really help them to tap into their own inherent talents. My students often had huge emotional breakthroughs and were always willing to share their personal stories of grief, trauma and inner struggle with me and other students (especially in drama class). I always encouraged them to transform their pain into art and comedy. Eventually, I quit teaching and went back to school to study yoga. I ran my own yoga and meditation retreat centre and I became a sound healer and conscious dance facilitator. I became a spiritual guru and life got very serious. I was one with the Tao and I also felt empty and frustrated.
By the time I hit my fifties, my joyful clown got swallowed up by grief, betrayal, sadness and anger. A lot of so-called “bad” things happened to me. Instead of saying “yes and...” to life, I was saying a resounding “NO!” Somehow the heaviness of my circumstances and stories had managed to define my character and a 10-year-old was running the show. I got squeezed through the eye of the needle, and in doing so, there was nowhere else to go but out the other side and forward.
This brings me to the now and to why I am sharing this information with you. One thing that I have learned throughout my life, is that I am this and I am that! I am cute and afraid. I am expressive and self-loathing. I am talented and insecure. I am courageous and lonely. I am a spiritual guru and I feel empty and lost. I am all of it! And I am none of it. I am complex and multi-dimensional. It’s up to me to dig deep into my experiences and contradictions and look for the teachings. I have all the answers within me and I have built a strong foundation so that I can hold myself up during difficult times. The days of constantly looking outside of myself for answers are over. This is where the mask making and character development process gets juicy but I’ll save that until later...
You too have unique life experiences with an array of blessings and curses. You too are wise and powerful and vulnerable and afraid and that is what makes you human. You too have the ability to build a strong foundation in your body so that you can rise above your so-called limitations and connect to the warrior energy that expresses itself creatively and uniquely. You might just need a little help and that’s where I come into the picture. I am here to help you get established in some profound modalities such as yoga, meditation, breath-work, sound-work, mantra, prayer and expressive arts/mask making and character development etc. so that you can become your own wise teacher, best friend and loving, playful soul-mate.
Barbara Dametto: Official Biography
Barbara (aka Eva) is the founder and director of Breathe True Yoga located in Guelph, Ontario. She is a hatha yoga instructor, expressive arts practitioner, journey dance facilitator, and DJ, sound healer and mask maker, and part-time school teacher.
She received her chakra yoga 500-hour teacher training in Thailand at the Pyramid Yoga Center in 2016 and 2008, her training in expressive arts at Fleming College through the Haliburton School of the Arts in 2013, her sound healers training from Gary Diggins (on-going) in Guelph and Jonathan Goldman in Colorado in 2009, her Soul Motion conscious dance training with Vin Martie in Toronto in 2005 and her Journey Dance training with Tony Bergins in Sante Fe, New Mexico in 2013. Barbara has attended numerous long-term retreats at the Ontario Vipassana Center, the Dharma Center of Canada, the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York and Nilambe Meditation Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Barbara holds a Bachelor of Education degree in Fine Arts Education from York University and an Honors Bachelor of Art (Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies-Dance) from the University of Waterloo, She has worked for the Ontario School Board for over 25 years as an artist in education and school teacher, as well as Voluntary Services Overseas where she taught theatre for social change in Sri Lanka.
Barbara facilitates group workshops and weekend retreats and offers private sessions in yoga, sound healing, shamanic sound journeys, grief journeys and mask journeys. Her creativity, love of learning and eclectic background all contribute to her unique approach to living, facilitating and self-expression.
Here at Breathe True, I believe that the most effective means of personal transformation is an experiential one. My mission is to help connect people to their deepest purpose in life. I do this by offering different modalities of spiritual and creative opportunities to help people tap into their passion and truth. Because each individual is unique, I feel it is necessary to provide many diverse approaches in my teachings and workshops.
Some of these modalities include chakra yoga, insight meditation, sacred sound, journey dance, yantra yoga (yogic astrology), and expressive arts. I also have my own line of unique and custom made essential oil blends for mind and body.
While most of my events take place in Guelph, Ontario, I also work as a guest presenter at various centres throughout Ontario. Occasionally I team up with other like-minded and skilled facilitators to co-create and present classes and workshops. Please check out my section for further details: https://www.breathetrue.com/workshops-and-events
"When we stabilize ourselves enough to become vulnerable, then we can ignite the fire that creates our world.”~ B. Dametto