Jin Shin Do Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure

Classes with Iona Marsaa Teeguarden

Workshops in Sunny Southern California with Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A., L.M.F.T., AOBTA ® CP & CI

About "A Ranch"

This 17-acre ranch has been a special gathering place for a very long time, as can be seen by the pictographs near the classroom, which were drawn by the Cahuilla Indians about 800 years ago, and the nearby bedrock mortars (grinding stones).
About 75% of A Ranch electricity is generated by our solar panels, and pure water comes from our well.

Pictographs by the Cahuilla Indians

     A Ranch is in scenic Southern California, 7 miles south of Hemet and 80 miles northeast of San Diego. It is in the foothills of the San Jacinto mountains, 45 minutes from beautiful mile-high Idyllwild.     
   The nearest airports are Palm Springs, San Diego and Ontario. The Ontario, Los Angeles and John Wayne/Orange County airports are  accessible by shuttle.      There are three houses for students to stay in, trailer hookups and camping areas.




Module I, II & IV classes will be scheduled when there is sufficient interest for particular classes: contact Iona at jinshindo@earthlink.net

(For more information, see: Class Descriptions.)

Continuing Education Credits

Fees at A Ranch

How to Register for Classes at A Ranch

Mailing / Contact Information

Brief Biography

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Continuing Education Credits

The Jin Shin Do ® Foundation is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider (#026771)

Approved by California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 04744 (contact hr = hours of theory 1/3 of practice hours).

FEES at "A Ranch"

Auditor's fee: If you wish to repeat a class that you have previously taken with Iona, you may register as an auditor for this class at a 50% discount, if space permits.
Deposits are nonrefundable due to the need for planning and preparation. Registering as early as possible is recommended, because classes at A Ranch are limited to 8 students. (See below.)



  1. Email Iona at jinshindo@earthlink.net to request the informative email "JSD at A Ranch-airports/scenic sites/lodging" and the "A Ranch Disclaimer," which you must sign and send with your registration.
  2. Type your name, street address, telephone (landline and cell, if you have both), fax number (if you have one), and e mail address.
  3. List which class(es) you wish to take, and how you have met the prerequisites, if any.
  4. Note the fee for each class, and include the multi-class discount if registering for three or more classes at the same time.
  5. Enclose 1/3 deposit per class. 

    If you wish to pay by check, make it out to Iona Marsaa Teeguarden. (Checks must be in U.S. dollars and be from a U.S. bank, which means they will have a 9-digit routing number.)
    If you wish to use a Visa, Master or Discover card, include your credit card number (16 digits) and expiration date.

    Due to the need for planning and the limit of 8 students, deposits are NON-refundable unless the class has to be cancelled.

  6. The balance of the class fees is due at the beginning of the first class.
  7. Reserve lodging by stating how many nights and what type of lodging, and including a 1/3 nonrefundable deposit.
    • Private Room in 1 of the 3 student houses - $45/night
    • dormitory-style (bed in living room, a VERY small room or a very small cabin) - $25/night
    • Trailer Parking - $15/night (with water and electrical hookups)
    • Camping - $10/night

Mailing / Contact Information

Iona Marsaa Teeguarden,
A Ranch,
32012 Sage Rd.,
Hemet, CA 92544

TEL: 951-767-3393    FAX: 951-767-2200
E-MAIL Iona at jinshindo@earthlink.net

Private sessions with Iona are available only after the last class. Inquire if interested.

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Brief Biography:


Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A., L.M.F.T.

A licensed psychotherapist for thirty years, Iona is the originator of Jin Shin Do ®Bodymind Acupressure ® and the founder (in 1982) and director of the Jin Shin Do ® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure ® - a network of Authorized Jin Shin Do ®Teachers and Registered Jin Shin Do ® Acupressurists throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and elsewhere.

It was in late 1971 that Iona first taught an introductory class in what would, in a few years, be called "acupressure." (It was organized by John Lilly at a retreat center with an isolation tank in Big Bear.) Iona was introduced to Shiatsu by Michio Kushi in 1970, and she took Jin Shin Jyutsu classes with Mary Iino Burmeister in 1971-1972 (and again in 1975). Iona studied with French, Chinese and Korean acupuncturists in 1972-1980, and then in Japan for three months in 1976. In Tokyo, she took private Jin Shin Jyutsu classes with Haruki Kato, and had the honor of giving a Jin Shin Do Acupressure session to Katsusuke Serizawa, Sc.D., whose landmark book Tsubo: Vital Points for Oriental Therapy had just been published by Japan Publications (who, for the next couple dozen years, published Iona's three books on acupressure).

In addition to teaching at her "Acupressure Workshop" in the seventies (first in West L.A. and then in Santa Monica), Iona began in 1979 to teach Jin Shin Do ® Acupressure in New York, then at Ohashi's Shiatsu Education Center. She first taught in Europe in 1981 and in Canada in 1985. She has taught Jin Shin Do ® Acupressure classes in 21 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

In addition to numerous Jin Shin Do ® Bodymind Acupressure ® class handbooks and charts, Iona is the author of:
  • The Acupressure Way of Health: Jin Shin Do ® (1978, the first acupressure book to emphasize the "Strange Flows" or Extraordinary Vessels);
  • The Joy of Feeling: Bodymind Acupressure ® (1987, a landmark book integrating classic Chinese acupuncture theory with Eastern/Taoist and Western psychological views); and
  • A Complete Guide to Acupressure (first published in 1996 / Revised in 2002, with 8 chapters by Iona - on the four main theories underlying Jin Shin Do ® Acupressure, Ericksonian principles of change, and abuse and trauma issues - & 14 chapters by Senior Authorized Jin Shin Do ® Teachers).
Beginning in the first year of her practice, Iona’s clients sometimes had emotions and early memories come up during sessions. She found valuable insights into what classic acupuncture theory called the extreme emotions and into what Iona would later call synergic emotions in a voluminous correspondence course that she took from Chinese acupuncturist Dr. Kok Yuen Leung. Also in the early 70s, she experienced co- counseling, read Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s writings including on the segments of armoring, and was a research assistant to Dr. Paul Popenoe on a project to help prevent student suicide through the establishment of peer counseling centers at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Wanting to write a book about the bodymind connection that integrated classic Chinese acu-theory and modern Western psychological theories and practices, Iona returned to school in 1979, received an M.A. in psychology in 1983 from Antioch University, and become a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1983.

In 1985, she attended the landmark Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Phoenix, Arizona – the world’s largest psychotherapy conference, sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. In ensuing years, she attended several other Evolution of Psychotherapy and Ericksonian conferences. At these inspiring events, Iona was privileged to learn from many of the psychotherapists whose books she had read, as well as many others. They included: Mary Goulding, M.S.W. & Bob Goulding, M.D.; Jay Haley; R.D. Laing, M.D.; Stephen Lankton, M.S.W.; Peter Levine, Ph.D.; Alexander Lowen, M.D.; Rollo May, Ph.D.; Salvador Minuchin, M.D.; Carl Rogers, Ph.D.; Ernest Rossi, Ph.D.; Virginia Satir, M.A.; Thomas Szasz, M.D.; Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D.; Carl Whitaker, M.D.; Michael Yapko, Ph.D. and Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D., founder of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, with whom Iona also took classes in Ericksonian hypnotherapy.

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