Inner Awakening Writing is a therapeutic journaling and meditation program with a mission to empower individuals by introducing self-care tools for transformation, healing and inspiration.
What We Do
Using a holistic and client-centered approach, founder Melissa Hoon facilitates workshops, retreats, and private sessions that teach individuals the power of introspection through the practical application of profound and unique journaling and meditation techniques.
WHO WE HELP
This program is for new and experienced journalers seeking personal transformation and self-care. It has been facilitated at counseling centers, spiritual retreats, universities, high schools, a home for developmentally disabled folks, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and mothers, yoga studios, and more.
MEET THE FOUNDER, learn our story
As a human rights journalist, Melissa discovered her desire to serve the populations she was reporting on in a different way in 2010. She went onto graduate school where she studied gender-based violence and mentored abandoned, abused, and neglected children at Maranatha in South Africa. Upon her return to the States, she earned her state-certification in sexual assault counseling, specializing in work with sex trafficking survivors.
Melissa landed a position in 2013 at WEAVE, Inc. as the youth anti-sex trafficking specialist, where her clients expressed a desire for alternative therapy in addition to psychotherapy. She developed Inner Awakening Writing that same year and began teaching it to WEAVE clients, and later to various populations nationwide.
Melissa's work has been featured in Orange County Register, LA YOGA Magazine, Asana Journal, New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living, among others. She has been profiled 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 lives in Encinitas, Calif.