About Ayni:

Denise Saracco-Zoppi, Director and Founder
Medicine Woman, Life Coach, Author, Ordained Minister, Licensed Massage Therapist

Denise has always wanted to be close with the Sacred.  Like her grandmother, Esther, she found the Sacred speaking with her through the wind in the trees, the sunlight streaming down along a wooded path, intuitive nudges throughout the day, dreamtime, and in many other ways.  It was this practice of walking with the Sacred that brought Denise out of some very dark times in her life.

Life for Denise was not easy.  She battled depression, suicide, trauma, and anxiety for many years.  Traditional treatments did little to help her.  She had tremendous grief in her heart from too many failed relationships and even more losses.  The grand mal seizures she experienced sporadically in her life left her in a healing crisis that no western doctor could diagnose or cure.  Barely able to function or even lift her head off the pillow in the morning, Denise sunk into a deep depression.  Life didn’t look good.  She was sick and stuck.  She had dreams, but had no clue how to achieve them.  She was in a dead-end life, and wanted to end her life.  It was devoid of meaning and purpose.  She always wanted to help people, but she couldn’t even help herself!  One day, in the darkest moment of her life, she heard a voice as clear as if it were uttered from a physical person. “Your problems will follow you whether you have a body or not.”

Realizing this was a message from the Sacred, and that there was no escape from the pain, she embraced the message and committed to her health and wellbeing first and foremost.

Denise found healing in alternative practices, including yoga, meditation, Reiki, and was Divinely led down a path of Shamanism.  Through her apprenticeships with Shamans, Holy Women, and powerful Healers, she learned how to heal herself, and eventually, light the way to help stir healing within others.  She discovered the grand mal seizures was one of three traditional ways one is called to be Shaman, and that Shaman were considered “wounded healers”.

Since 2006, Denise has healed herself by engaging in the practices and teachings she has acquired along the way.  She opened her practice and has treated hundreds of clients successfully due to the Sacred coming in to doctor them all.  She has witnessed the power of Love and its ability to heal any affliction, be it physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.  She watches her clients miraculously heal thanks to the Medicine of Love they embrace inside and outside of sessions.

The Sacred came to Denise in 2009 with a Shamanic Medicine Program to share with future students.  She has allowed the Medicine of the Elders flow through and share a new way of teaching students how to connect with the Sacred.  Since meeting her husband, Joshua, they have followed the urges of Spirit by infusing cultural perspectives and ceremonies back into the shamanic practices.  This is where Denise and Joshua feel the heart and soul within healing can be found within various healing practices of the indigenous worldwide.

In 2018, the Sacred came to Denise again and asked for a book to be written.  A book to help anyone, religious or spiritual, to have direct access to their higher power.  Her new book, “Walking With The Sacred: Ceremonies for Two-Way Conversations” is now available.

Denise believes in empowerment above all.  Her own empowerment in her healing journey has paved the way for the Sacred to enter her life, heal the broken parts of her with Divine Love, and inspire her to live her best and fullest life.  She passes this Medicine along to all her clients and students.  She inspires them to know that they, too, have the ability to turn their lives around just as she did.  Denise Lights the Way for You!


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Joshua Zoppi – Principle, Director of Operations
Shaman, Medium, End-of-Life Transition Guide, Anthropologist

Joshua began his Shamanic journey in 2011 with his wife, Denise.  He came to this path as a broken man who was seeking to rediscover God and the sacredness inside of himself.  He had to face many illusions, fears, patterns of self-hatred, and identity crisis.  Joshua uses his gifts with the help of Spirit now to help others walk with the Sacred, find their own personal relationship with their higher power, heal and walk empowered on this journey through life.  He believes in paying forward the amazing teachings and blessings he has received from Spirit to his clients. It transformed him and it can transform them.

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