About the Founder, Ariana Ayu

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Ariana Ayu, RN, MSc

The OG CannyNurse® • Integrative Nurse Coach • Cannabis Nurse Educator

Ariana Ayu is a Transformational Mystic and a Catalyst for Conscious Change.

Ariana became a professional Healer in 2000 and has been certified in a wide variety of modalities including: bio-field healing (Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Matrix Energetics, and more), hypnotherapy with a specialty in Past Life regression and  Life Between Lives regression hypnotherapy (taught by Dr. Michael Newton, may he be enjoying the “between”), Deep Memory Process and Ancestral Healing (with the late great Roger Woolger, may he rest peacefully and/or be enjoying whatever he’s doing now), and plant medicine (aromatherapy, flower essences, and cannabis therapeutics).

She was initially Ordained as a Priestess in Costa Rica in March, 2005, recommitted to her spiritual calling when she emerged as a Shamanic Magdalene High Priestess in 2013, and most recently was re-ordained through the Temple of Ascension in 2018. Ariana has studied ancient and modern wisdom from a wide variety of cultures and spiritual traditions. She’s done a wide variety of sacred travel, including Earth-grid work with Drunvalo Melchizadek in Easter Island and Moorea, ceremonies in the arms of the Sphinx and inside Egyptian pyramids with Nicki Scully and Star Wolf, studied Hermetic Wisdom and Alchemy with Raven Sinclaire, and has spent a great deal of time communing with stone circles in Ireland (since 2003) and Scotland (since 2009). Her most constant journey has been an inner one; always seeking to understand her inner workings and evolve into a more authentic expression of her soul’s purpose on Earth.

Ariana became licensed as a Registered Nurse in 2008 due to a desire to understand the body (and our healthcare system) in a deeper way than she had before as a healer. She earned her Masters Degree in Advancing Nursing Practice from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK in 2010 and her dissertation was entitled “Researching Complex Interventions and Holistic Biofield Therapies: A Proposed Phenomenological Study of Reiki“and can be viewed/ downloaded by clicking the title.

In 2012, after seeking an approach to nursing that was more closely aligned with her holistic philosophy, Ariana completed the 9-month Integrative Nurse Coach training from the Integrative Nurse Coach Association (Cohort #2), followed by the Holistic Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (a year-long course whose content included over 100 different dietary theories). In 2020, she completed the 6-month Cannabis Nursing certification program through Pacific College of Health Sciences.

In 2021, after opening her CannyNurse® Certificate Program program to the nurses around the world, Ariana was deeply honored to be voted Entrepreneur of the Year by the Cannabis Nurses Network. Her students had these things to say about Ariana and her program:

“Ariana is the creator and course faculty of the CannyNurse™ Certificate Program. As a graduate of the first cohort in August 2021, I am honored to nominate Mrs. Ayu for Educator of the Year with Cannabis Nurse Network. Ariana has truly created a course on the cutting edge of clinical cannabis care. Ariana Ayu is an excellent educator and her passion for cannabis education is infectious. She has created a cannabis nurse certificate program that allows the graduate to confidently advise safe and effective use of cannabis with their patients. Her commitment to social justice in the cannabis space was greatly appreciated. Mrs. Ayu has set the bar high for comprehensive cannabis education programs.”

“Yo, this woman is making nurse entrepreneurs as a nurse entrepreneur and her program is amazing! LOVE her.”
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Ariana was like a master gold miner – digging deep (with love and candor) and finding not just gold nuggets, but rubies and diamonds. She weaves a magical safe cocoon within the walls of which we, the client, can stretch, grow, trust and metamorphosize into our highest potential. I am deeply grateful.

H.R., UK, Scotland

More About Ariana

Ariana’s diverse professional and entrepreneurial background has spanned the fields of corporate finance, personal finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, business strategy, nursing, and the healing arts. She has founded and run companies in several industries and her compassionate, no-nonsense style of strategic planning breaks complicated processes into practical, achievable steps. (For more information, please see professional biography below.)

Whether in business, healthcare, or personal settings, Ariana’s overall mission is bringing reflection, self-awareness, integrity, and joy into daily practice. All true and lasting change comes from within, and Ariana’s ability to peer into the heart of difficult situations and transform pain into strength is a hallmark of her work. Though change is often accompanied by pain and grief, Ariana‘s ability to facilitate transformation with gentleness, clarity, and compassion means an encounter with her is uplifting and joyful, even in the face of great challenges.

As an embodiment of the divine solar feminine, Ariana shines her light to help people uncover their own personal mission and embody their higher self more fully within this lifetime. She holds a deep nurturing space from which her clients can birth new realities aligned with their soul’s purpose and conscious desires.

Using the wide variety of tools she has amassed over three decades of conscious soul-searching, reflection, and mystic desire, Ariana is uniquely poised to lead and facilitate transformation in those individuals and organizations who are ready to do more good in the world. Her approach is based in unity consciousness: moving from duality into oneness, polarization into harmony, with the clarity that is born from the fires of conscious spiritual death and rebirth.

Called America’s Mojo Maven after publishing her book “The Magic of Mojo: The Creative Power Behind Success,” Ariana Ayu, was National Association of Professional Women’s 2014/15 Woman of the Year. Ariana is the CEO and founder of several companies including Ayutopia International, LLC, which develops profitable and collaborative corporate cultures, personal celebrity brands, and custom branded websites. Ariana is the author of the column: Business Mojo on Inc.com.

Ariana has worked as a high-level executive and board member for a multi-million dollar consulting company as well as working for or with companies ranging from 1 person to over 10,000. She is an internationally respected author, speaker/singer, trainer, and coach, as well as the founder and creatrix of the Bodacious Branding system, Sacred Business Summits™, and the Magic of Mojo™ series. Ariana’s press includes radio interviews and articles in USA Today, International Business Times, ABC, CBS, CBS Money Watch, the CW, Eyewitness News, FOX, NBC, Newsday, Virtual-Strategy Magazine, the World’s Luxury Guide, Renewable Energy World, MoneyShow.com, The Miami Herald, A.M. Best Company, Beyond the Dow, BlogTalkRadio, and Hollywood Industry among others.