Meet the Faculty

Reverend Dr. Debra Ford M.Sc.D

Founder and Creator of SolePath, Academy of Inner Wisdom Faculty, SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Dr. Debra’s SolePath is Inspirational Teacher and Spiritual Mystic. It is this SolePath that allows her to connect, create and communicate the original SolePath body of work; and her unique teachings about the Tao. Her core values and core energy are spirituality and connection, inspiration and communication.

Dr. Debra is the course creator for Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner training, SolePath Foundations Program, Basic Zone Feng Shui and Space Clearing courses.

Dr. Debra is one of the world’s foremost experts in metaphysical energy. She has a doctorate in metaphysical science and is a metaphysical philosophy teacher. Dr. Debra is an ordained minister and a member of the American Metaphysical Doctors Association and the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry.  Dr. Debra is the author of 16 books including SolePath the path to purpose and a beautiful lifeDaily Pulse, rhythm of the Tao; In the Feng Shui Zone, good health, great relationships and abundant prosperity; and her children’s books Emilia Rose and the rainbow adventure and The Curious Cousins and the African Elephant Expedition. She is a popular meditation teacher on the Insight Timer meditation app, with over 150,000 listens to her comforting and insightful meditations.

There is only one belief needed to deeply benefit from our courses and training at the Academy of Inner Wisdom. This is the belief that you are ‘more than your physical body’. I am profoundly proud of the fact that our teachings do not conflict with any other spiritual or religious beliefs – they are simply a deep dive into understanding self, into being of service of others, and understanding energy. Welcome.

Dr. Debra Ford

John Ford

John’s SolePath is Charismatic Adventurer and Intellectual Lateral Thinker. His core values and core energy are loving the new and being at the ‘cutting edge’; innovative thinking and original ideas. John was the past president of several multinational corporations in South Africa and Canada, and is a member of Mensa. He combines his Charismatic Adventurer and Intellectual Lateral Thinker gifts with his considerable experience gained in both large corporations and small entrepreneurial organizations.


Reverend Janice Brown SCM

Dean of Academics, SolePath certified master mentor, Academy of Inner Wisdom Faculty, SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Janice’s SolePath is Spiritual Warrior and Intellectual Lateral Thinker. Her core values are her passion for life and her amazing problem-solving gifts. Dr. Janice is a wellness visionary who is deeply fulfilled by helping people see the true brilliance of who they are and discovering the many aspects of the self that contribute to their well-being.

Janice is a co-instructor and co-creator for Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner training; and co-instructor for SolePath Foundations program.

Rev. Janice is a SolePath certified master mentor and educator. She is an avid writer and explorer of life, who teaches understandings of metaphysical concepts and mastery of self through the SolePath Institute. She is an ordained metaphysical minister through CIMM.

It’s been over 25 years since Janice took her first step into a classroom as a post-secondary educator. Her special gift is communicating new and foreign concepts to individuals in a way they can understand. From a little rural classroom, teaching computer skills to trappers in the north, to the beautiful study of Chinese medicine in the city of Calgary, where she went on to hold the position of dean of academics, Janice thrives on sharing ideas and concepts.

The work is you, knowing yourself.

rev. Janice Brown

Reverend Cathy Yost, Subject Matter Expert

Academy of Inner Wisdom Faculty and Subject Matter Expert (Celebrant)

Rev. Cathy’s SolePath is Inspirational Teacher and Spiritual Mystic. Her core values and core energy are spirituality and connection, inspiration and communication.

Rev. Cathy Yost is the co-instructor and co-creator for Celebrant and Spiritual Practitioner training.

Reverend Cathy Yost is a SolePath certified technician, a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™ trained with the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in New Jersey, and a Funeral Celebrant trained with the Certified Celebrants Association of Canada (CCAOC). She is an ordained metaphysical minister through CIMM.

Cathy officiates up to 100 ceremonies each year, including weddings and funerals.

Cathy’s journalism education launched her into writing, producing and production coordinating for television, radio and film. As a Professional Business and Life Coach she took her training in Australia with Coach University and was a member of the International Coach Federation for over a decade.  

There is nothing more beautiful than a story of love or an exceptional life. I would be honoured to tell yours.


What Cathy’s clients are saying

We couldn’t have imagined how accurate, authentic and beautiful our ceremony could be before meeting her. The special details Cathy, getting the little pet names and jokes just right, you know your ceremony was created just for you.

Lori and Stephan

Cathy puts her whole heart and being into her services and we are eternally grateful to her!

Jamie and Claudine

She is such a kind and genuine person, and we are so lucky to have gotten to share and experience our raw and amazing love story with her.

Jamey and Reid

Reverend Deneen Kendall

Founder and SolePath’s Creative Community Commander, Feng Shui and Space Clearing Specialist

Deneen’s SolePath is Intuitive Creator and Spiritual Balance. Her core values are creating beauty and manifesting ideas; going with the flow and living with grace. Deneen’s purpose is to help bring balance and creative ideas to people, helping them connect to their higher selves.

Deneen has dedicated her life to being a SolePath certified mentor and SolePath certified analyst, known for her wonderful laugh and beautiful caring energy. Deneen specializes in space energy – both Feng Shui and Space Clearing – and is available for home and business consultations. | 403.603.0800

Irena Kukina

SolePath certified mentor, Academy of Inner Wisdom Faculty, SolePath Instructor through the SolePath Institute

Irena’s SolePath is Intellectual Expert and Compassionate Healer. Her core values are self-acceptance and personal empowerment. Her passion lies in energy work, spiritual connection, and the application of spiritual principles in physical reality.

Irena is co-instructor for SolePath Foundations program.

Irena is an energy worker, astrologer, Feng Shui practitioner, and solution-finder. She enjoys learning about spiritual principles and connecting them with earthly actions, bridging the two worlds and helping Heaven to flow to Earth. 

Irena is the lead mentor for the SolePath for Pets work, which is called PePi. Your Pet’s Energetic Personality Imprint helps establish an energetic connection for you and your pet. Helping you provide for your pet’s emotional and physical needs.

What Irena’s clients are saying

I recently got out of a highly traumatic relationship and felt at rock bottom. My sessions with Irena really helped me understand a lot about myself, my purpose and really helped to me to see that I am always on the right path (sometimes my life calls for tough terrain). Mostly her knowledge, skills and insight gave me strength and light when it was truly needed. I will absolutely be a repeat customer and would recommend Irena all day everyday!


Irena is very professional and helpful. She takes the time to get to know you, and gives informed and well rounded advise. After speaking with her, I have more clarity and a better understanding of myself, my needs, my strengths and she has given me some tools for self improvement.


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