Inner Awakening Writing is a national therapeutic journaling and mindfulness program with a mission to empower individuals by introducing self-care tools for personal development and healing. We are in the process of registering for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
What We Do
Using a holistic and client-centered approach, founder Melissa Hoon facilitates workshops, retreats, and private sessions that teach individuals skills to develop self-awareness through the practical application of innovative journaling and mindfulness techniques.
WHO WE HELP
This program is for new and experienced journalers seeking personal development and self-care. It has been facilitated at counseling centers, hospitals, spiritual retreats, universities, high schools, a home for adults with developmental disabilities, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and mothers, yoga studios, and more.
MEET THE FOUNDER, learn our story
Melissa Hoon is known as a rising entrepreneur throughout Southern California and has been widely recognized for her contributions as a young female business leader. A passion for writing and helping others was ignited in her as a child, and since January 2014 she has run Inner Awakening Writing, a journaling and mindfulness program she developed and teaches to empower people from all walks of life with personal and professional development skills, as well as self-care tools. Her passion for storytelling grew in college where she earned her B.A. in journalism and American studies. She went on to report for the Orange County Register on human rights abuses and was inspired by the survivors of human trafficking she interviewed and their resilience. After completing her M.A. in American studies, where she studied gender-based violence, she became state-certified as a sexual assault counselor and landed a position as Youth Anti-Trafficking Specialist at WEAVE, Inc. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment). It was there that she developed the Inner Awakening Writing program, and was later invited to teach full-time at a retreat center near Portland, Oregon. Her passion for learning and storytelling drove her to then enroll in Chapman University’s MFA in documentary filmmaking program, which she completed a year of. She worked at Chapman University for five years serving students with disabilities, at the Tutoring and Learning Center, and in development, marketing, and communications, including as Alumni Editor of Chapman Magazine. Today she proudly works at U.C. San Diego and lives in Encinitas.
Melissa has taught her Inner Awakening Writing program nationwide, including in New York City, the Pacific Northwest, and across California. Her work has been featured in LA YOGA Magazine, Asana Journal, New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living, among many others. She has been profiled as a leading young social entrepreneur in LA YOGA Magazine, OC Weekly, Chapman Magazine, Daily Titan, and the Center for Oral and Public History's "Women, Politics and Activism" project. She has served for CSP Inc.'s Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and Sexual Assault Victim Services team as an emergency response counselor on rape cases. Melissa is a registered yoga instructor (RYT 200) and incorporates mindfulness practices into her daily life, including in her professional sphere.