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 began her career as a journalist reporting for the Orange County Register. An Orange County, Calif., native, she went on to graduate school where she studied gender-based violence and mentored abandoned, abused, and neglected children while studying abroad in South Africa. Upon her return to the States, Melissa earned her state-certification in sexual assault counseling, specializing in work with sex trafficking survivors. She went on to work for Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE, Inc.) in Sacramento as an anti-sex trafficking specialist, providing support for survivors of sex trafficking as well as victim identification trainings for medical professionals and law enforcement. Melissa developed her Inner Awakening Writing program in 2013 and began teaching it to her clients at WEAVE. She soon began teaching the program nationally, including in New York City, the Pacific Northwest, and many cities across California.
Melissa's work has been featured in LA YOGA Magazine, Asana Journal, New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living, among 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 works at Chapman University, and 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. She holds a B.A. in journalism and American studies, an M.A. in American studies, studied in Chapman University's documentary filmmaking graduate program, and has completed certification work at UC San Diego's entrepreneur program. Melissa is a registered yoga instructor (RYT 200) and lives in Encinitas, Calif.