The highly engaging John Donovan brings his stories of profound breakthrough with inmates at Folsom Prison, the young and opiate addicted in treatment, Sacramento's homeless, and so many more.
John invites listeners to use the unique methods he's developed to help break down barriers to freedom and find peace in both stillness and chaos.
Working With John
10 Reasons You Should Hire John
John has worked with clients and organizations from the East to the West Coast and at world conferences. He has a wealth of experience in speaking, teaching, and facilitating groups.
From serving as the closing plenary for Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, to speaking at the Adult Children of Alcoholics World Conference, to working with the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department to facilitate groups, John loves to work with the community to change lives for the better.
- John has facilitated four day workshops on Conflict Resolution at Folsom Prison with the nonprofit organization ‘Alternatives to Violence Project.’ He has agreed to return to teach on fifteen occasions over the years.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department contracted John to facilitate groups in Relapse Prevention, Violence Cessation, Personal Development and Intentional Living. He conducted six to nine groups a week from 2003 to 2015.
West Coast Recovery Centers
- At West Coast Recovery John serves as both the Men’s Program Director and Spiritual Advisor. He also Co-Facilitates weekend retreats using Native American and Jungian archetype rituals.
"In every encounter, John speaks from a profoundly deep and other-worldly place filled with compassion, insight, wisdom, and humility. Whether working with me one-on-one, on the phone, or in a workshop, John has been and continues to be a strong, no-nonsense supporter of me and the Truth of my Being. Without John and his powerful, life-changing work, the shy person that I once was wouldn’t be providing workshops of my own." Joanne Noll
“I met John while incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail and spent nine months in classes with him. In that period of time, I learned more about who I am as a human being than I had in my previous 48 years of living. Through his compassion, understanding, and willingness to see me as a human being that holds intrinsic value, he helped me create the possibility of loving myself. His teachings have inspired me to also become a group facilitator using his teaching methods. This has given me a career path and, indeed, a way of life that supports my dreams.” Daniel Gutierrez
What Attendees Have To Say
"Best training I've received in my 15 year career!"
"So educational and insightful. If there were more facilitators that came from an authentic, heart-centered place like John, sickness would no longer be perpetuated, and empowerment through healing would change/save lives--It already does. Thank you so much!"
"Love his authenticity, sense of humor, and his ability to go with the flow."
"Excellent presentation and experiential exercises. I will be using this with my staff and clients. Thank you!"
"John Donovan provides space for the work that matters. Very empowering and healing. I hope to participate in more of his trainings!"
"John Donovan creates a very empowering space where we can reach the core of transformation and be that space for others. A true gift to be in his presence."
"Excellent information and a different way of thinking and approaching work with ourselves and our clients."
What Organizers Have To Say
"I am honored to have had the pleasure of working with John Donovan. He is respectful, humble, knowledgeable, and authentic. He has a command of the subject matter and knows how to present in a way that captivates. Audiences love him." Virginia Johnson
"John's work allows individuals the opportunity to heal and be their own unique self. He empowers others to internalize the change they are seeking to create, and his own authenticity provides the space for others to embrace their value as human beings." Hollis Crittendon
Work one-on-one with John
Yes, John offers one-on-one counseling sessions.
No matter where you live, John is available for remote sessions with individuals who are ready to break down barriers and find peace.