Joana Franco

PhD in Design & Sciences of Transformative Learning

Mindfulness & Transformative Awareness Mentor

Certified Yoga Teacher

Human Design Specialist


Joana Franco, Ph.D., is a mindfulness mentor and transformative learning scholar who guides individuals to remember their most authentic nature. With more than 30 years of practice in meditation and other contemplative modalities of self-awareness, her work integrates somatic, cognitive, emotional and spiritual intelligence to help individuals realign themselves with their innate healing love and creative inner fire.

Joana dedicated her doctoral studies at USU to research ways to help graduate students engage in mindfulness as a self-care tool. She is certified by UC Berkeley as a mindfulness teacher through Tara Brach's and Jack Kornfield’s program. She is a certified yoga teacher and a quantum human design specialist with trainings in interactive guided meditation, mindful communication and leadership, and trauma-informed mindful movement.


  • Client Review

    “I’ve completed many mindfulness sessions, including sessions focused on mindful communication with Joana and she is amazing! I would highly recommend using her for team trainings!”

  • Client Review

    "I have been fortunate to be able to take part in mindfulness learning and guided meditations from Joana. Joana is an excellent teacher and I recommend her to anyone looking to learn more about how mindfulness and meditation can enrich your life.”

  • Client Review

    “I gratefully acknowledge Joana was chief among my awakening teachers. Helping me pierce through the illusions and shadows of maya all around me, and in true guru fashion, showed me a path out of suffering, and into the source that flows from within.”