Yiana Belkalopolos, B.A.A., B. Ed, MACTP
Yiana is a teacher, artist, biodynamic gardener, and a registered, private practice counselor living on the west coast of Canada, on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nations peoples.
In her twenty-five years of developing child of divorce wisdom and researching The Pearl and the Hut book series, several streams of compassionate helpers arrived in her life through her volunteer work in the communities of the Eastern spiritual master, Baba Hari Dass. Her benevolent efforts and learning included bringing care and a healing arts initiative to 76 orphaned children in India.
After the unexpected death of her best friend and life-partner, Nick, Yiana stepped up her decades of support and advocacy for families and children adjusting to the dissolution and restructuring of families, systems, and soul-psyche consciousness in a profoundly changing world. She committed to bringing transpersonal, Anthroposophical wisdom to the wider family of "Pearl" children and adults, along with the research, understandings and practices that had held her strongly through her own adult child of divorce years of highs, lows, loss, trauma and recovery.
The result is a culmination of stabilizing, clarifying, and heart-supportive insights and practices that she and many others have experienced along the child of divorce path as mainstream psychology met the foundational, worldwide work of Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy. Yiana brings to The Pearl and the Hut books a lifetime of consciousness around child of divorce stresses, dangers, and higher purposes - from a place of heartfelt concern and a commitment to help Pearls to heal and grow loving community for themselves.
Yiana holds a Master's degree in transpersonal psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, California and is a member of the BC College of Teachers, the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, and the Anthroposophical Society of Canada.