As author, therapist, teacher, and workshop leader, Carolyn Hobbs has used the heart tools outlined in this book with clients, couples, and workshop students for over thirty years. A licensed marriage and family therapist with a masters degree in humanistic psychology, Hobbs blends her two lifelong passions—Buddhist meditative wisdom and body-centered therapy—into her work, which draws from studies in bioenergetics, Feldenkrais work, Breathwork, as well as Buddhism. This October, Omega Institute in New York will offer Hobbs's five-day Workshop, “Free Yourself: 10 Life-Changing Powers of your Wise Heart,” to teach participants the ten heart powers outlined in this book. Based on her first book, JOY, No Matter What, Hobbs began in 2004 teaching Everyday Joy workshops each spring at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay Area and lecturing to professional therapists at U.S. Journal's annual Self and Family Conferences in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to this, she was a visiting professor at Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, and Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. Excerpts and reviews of her first book appeared in such magazines and professional journals as Woman's World, Woman's Day, Shambhala Sun, AHP Perspective, Imagine, and Essence. Certified since 1992 as a body-centered therapist by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks, she works with clients nationally from her home base in Durango, CO.