About The Owners of Ayni Healing Arts Center
Photo credit: Alessandra Sawick Photography
Rev. Denise Saracco-Zoppi, Director and Founder
Medicine Woman, Author, LMT, CMLDT, Success Coach,
Shaman Mentor, Ceremonial Master
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!
Photo credit: Alessandra Sawick Photography
Joshua Zoppi – Co-Owner of Ayni Healing Arts Center
Medium, Shaman Mentor, Soul Midwife, Anthropologist
In 1993, Joshua had an ability to connect with the dearly departed and loved ones on the other side. Joshua started off with a Roman Catholic upbringing mixed with multiple spiritual disciplines. For many years, he felt broken, depressed, angry, resentful, and unworthy of life. Joshua during his teenage years enters what he likes to call the “dark ages” in his development as a young adult. He lost not only his trust in God but also himself, he gave into fear, felt like a failure, and switched onto auto pilot just to survive.
Joshua attend William Paterson University, where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology. In 2011, the universe answered his prayers through one of his college professors. A chance to change his life and its direction!
Joshua began his walk with the Sacred in 2011 with his now wife Denise. He came to this path a broken, shattered, and deeply scarred man. Joshua knew nothing of who he was or what he was here to do. He took on the shamanic path which helped him to clear out old patterns, heal wounds he thought would never close, find empowerment, open his heart, and re-write the ending of his story. Joshua now uses his gifts and abilities to help others end their suffering through empowerment. He uses his words to speak directly to their hearts and uses Mediumship to connect loved ones heart to heart bridging the space where words fall short.
Joshua is grateful to work closely with Spirit to create a space of transformation and love to be present and rekindle the light of love back into the hearts of those who seek his help.