About Donnette Hill Walto
Donnette Hill Walto passionately guides women in all stages of their lives towards enriching and powerful connection to their deeper selves.
As a Priestess of Goddess student with the River Valley Goddess Temple, Donnette combines her trainings as a healer, yoga teacher, and nature lover to support women on their personal journeys. She was raised on a small farm in Maine and grew up attuned to the flows of land and seasons. Twenty years spent living and working overseas also gives her personal experience with the land and peoples of Eastern and Southern Africa as well as the Middle East.
During her 20s, while overseas, Donnette experienced poor health from recurring bouts with malaria and work-related trauma resulting in post traumatic stress disorder. A friend recommended yoga and energy work. She slowly began to heal from the physical illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Yoga, reiki and nature became a lifelong passions to health and are incorporated into every aspect of Donnette's lifestyle.
Having been on the move for 20 years, Donnette is no stranger to transitions. During each of these moves, she drew on her teachings from her yoga and energy healing work to support her family and other women who had similar situations. The teachings naturally found their way to children; as Donnette’s own children grew, so too grew the classes for girls, leading to work with teen-aged girls.
Donnette lives in the Western Hudson Valley, teaching and leading women in private sessions as well as in circle and small, personal retreats.
Deep healing comes from connecting to and living with our genuine selves, in all of our glorious, and sometimes not so glorious, life phases. Through her work with yoga, meditation, art, journaling, energy work, sound healing, and Mother Earth connections, and Priestess of Goddess training, Donnette gently and compassionately guides this process for each woman through classes, workshops and individualized sessions.
Being the mother of two amazing daughters has been the greatest privilege of Donnette's life. They continue to be her greatest teachers.
Trainings and Certifications:
200hr+ Kripalu RYT;
4 Body Fit™ Method Empowerment Coach and Yoga Therapist 200 Hr YA;
Usui Reiki Master;
Holographic Sound Healer;
Moon Mother; and a
former K - 8 school teacher.
Priestess of Goddess initiate studying under Rachel Greenberg at the River Valley Goddess Temple found in the Hudson Valley of New York.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I attended several yoga classes searching for something, but I knew I had found it after my 1st class with Donnette. I was new and intimidated and Donnette made me feel comfortable. She takes the time to teach poses so that I have a good foundation. I leave feeling I’ve gotten a good workout, have serenity and a sense of peace, yet invigorated.
I wanted to reach out with some words for you...specifically about the circle that I attended in your treehouse. "I felt this powerful female camaraderie in the circle. There was a respectful curiosity. Being one of women in many positions of the cycle, young, mother and crone, listening and sharing experiences, laughing and holding silence, imbued me with a tranquil sense of being a part of a tribe, where we could all be teachers and all be students for each other.
A lovely and refreshing
dynamic from the usually
encouraged competition and excused cattiness."
I have been doing yoga for more than 20 years, and have had many yoga teachers around the world, some more skilled than others.
I can say with utmost confidence that Donnette is the “real deal.” She is extremely well qualified and trained, and is good at and truly enjoys teaching yoga. She is a born yoga teacher!