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Exploring Life & Business with Tiphaine Bonetti of Whole Wheel Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiphaine Bonetti.

Hi Tiphaine, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
When I was 17 years old, I saw a sticky note on a friend’s refrigerator. On it, someone had scribbled: no expectations = no disappointment = no pain. When I asked my friend, he simply replied, “Oh, my mom’s a Buddhist.” That encounter sent me on a quest to study Buddhism and meditation.

I spent four months in Nepal and India enrolling in teachings and meditation retreats when I was 18, then furthered my studies in Nepal during my junior year abroad, followed by majoring in Comparative Religion in college, and subsequently returning to Nepal whenever I could. Eventually, I got a Nursing Doctorate and completed my dissertation in Nepal, while living and working there for 3 years.

After returning to the States, I missed the infusion of spirituality I felt in the everyday life of Nepal. I began taking energy medicine classes, including Reiki and Healing Touch. Eventually, I began working at The Mental Health Center here in Boulder as what my colleagues wittily called a “thera-nurse.” That job led me into a deep fascination with healing the spirit and taught me that the body, in particular the nervous system, was the home of the spirit.

During that time, I began taking classes at the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. These classes changed my life. The blend of Buddhist philosophy, Applied Shamanic principles, energy medicine, and hypnosis proved to be compelling, effective, and transformative.

I began these classes for personal growth, yet as I found myself becoming more buoyant, flexible, resilient, and happy, I knew I had to become a practitioner in order to offer the same techniques to others. I remember the moment I knew I would spend the rest of my life doing this work and the smooth, clear way I suddenly felt called and oriented to my own path.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I have never worked for myself. I took for granted the groundwork and support provided by the structure of an employer, be it an organization, company, or clinic. Believing in myself to form something tangible out of a dream was by far the most nerve-wracking and scariest goal I have ever undertaken.

Energetically, I had to call on my intention and motivation multiple times a day to keep going when it felt overwhelming or when I had a day without clients. To say I struggled with self-doubt would be an understatement.

Yet, slowly but surely, my calendar began to fill. My nervousness before a session dissipated. My passion grew. My effectiveness blossomed. I found my groove. It is still a challenge; there are hours of hidden time spent cultivating new clientele, managing scheduling, as well as billing and taxes.

Occasionally, I still have slow weeks. And I certainly miss paid vacation and sick leave too! But the joy, sense of alignment with a craft, and inner knowing that fills me up after each session are priceless. The change I see in clients keeps me steady in my focus and determination to provide the best services I can.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Whole Wheel Wellness supports well-being throughout the wheel of life. Through individual, couples, or family work, I partner with people to find and connect with their own inner guidance. Sometimes, this looks a lot like traditional therapy. Sometimes, it looks more like spiritual counseling.

I am a certified Depth Hypnosis Practitioner, Applied Shamanic Counselor, and a Minister through the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. The Foundation of the Sacred Stream is a school for consciousness studies based in Berkeley, CA ( Founding Director Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., teaches multiple pathways to support personal growth as well as certificate programs in various healing modalities.

In partnership with clients, I use the modality that best supports each individual’s path. No matter what the modality, the goal is always to empower individuals to become their own healers.

In Depth Hypnosis, individuals are gently guided to uncover and explore patterns or ways of being that formed as a way to navigate and mitigate life experiences. Oftentimes these patterns develop in childhood or young adulthood in response to particular life circumstances. These patterns then become ingrained into our way of being – our way of interpreting experiences, integrating experiences, and even creating experiences. We fall into these patterns mostly out of habit, not out of choice.

Depth Hypnosis supports individuals in carefully examining their patterns while simultaneously discovering the freedom to create a new framework for understanding experience. This new framework leads to a greater sense of integration, vitality, and peace.

In Applied Shamanic Counseling, individuals learn how to work directly with the energy of their inner wisdom, often called a guide, to deepen their capacity to heal. By listening to drums and inducing a light trance, or journey, individuals can learn where and why they may be experiencing power loss or soul loss and then seek strategies to bring balance back into their lives. ASC blends traditional Shamanic practices with a modern understanding of transpersonal psychology. Journeying uses the language of metaphor; as the practitioner in this model, I support clients in interpreting their journeys in order to deepen and integrate their experience.

In sessions, I strive to provide a safe, interactive and creative environment. Sessions are 70 minutes and usually involve exploring one’s experiences and then choosing a specific feeling or emotion to focus on. From there, we either do a guided meditation or journey work to connect with one’s inner wisdom to bring healing into that emotion or feeling, thereby loosening its grip on us, and freeing any energy that may be bound up within that particular emotion or feeling. Sessions are always aimed at bringing one into closer connection with oneself.

I bring 34 years of Buddhist practice, and 22 years of nursing, as well as my studies in energy medicine and yoga into my practice. I also have a particular interest in working with and understanding the nervous system, based on my years as an infant mental health nurse. Providing psychoeducation about the nervous system is a passion; I strongly believe that befriending one’s nervous system and tuning into its needs, and what it is trying to communicate, is critical to maintaining a sense of regulation.

Nervous system regulation is paramount to resiliency, buoyancy, and the ability to metabolize life. Keeping the nervous system in mind allows me to support clients to build and fortify their internal architecture to tolerate pain and suffering and thereby make space to feel the joy and vitality of life. As a minister, I offer ceremonial services, such as weddings, and funerals as well as rituals for birth or other major transitions.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I work with all age groups and all types of people. Lately, I have had an influx of clients who are teens and young adults- the pandemic was really tough on this age group, and watching them make sense of that experience and move into greater peace within themselves and their place in the world has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

I see clients both in person and on Zoom, which allows me to engage with people across the country as well as internationally. My remote clients benefit from the work in the same ways my in-person clients do.


  • Sessions are $145 for 70 minutes

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