Hi, I'm Shannon Marone
ARTIST | HERBALIST | ART THERAPIST | FOUNDER OF BROWNBEAR + OWL
I have been working in the field of art therapy and counseling for over ten years. I started my private practice in 2018 after working in various mental health agencies and non profits. I gave countless hours to these organizations only to find myself burnt out, exhausted and unhappy trying to complete a list of never ending tasks while trying to help people who’s treatment was being dictated by insurance plans and profit margins. I left this world to pursue my dream of helping others find deeper connection and meaning in life through art-making and reconnection with nature, which also gave me permission to do the same.
Art has always been a large part of my heart and who I am. At a young age I found that art was a way I could express myself freely. It served as a way to communicate when words failed. For me, art reaches a newfound depth that words can only touch the surface of. Art comes from the same depths as dreams and visions. It is a place of magic and self expression. Within my own art, I find I can weave together the light and dark places of this world. The canvas becomes a home for the deep emotions I carry within, where I can truly appreciate their beauty. It’s from my own knowing that I share the power of art with others.
Nature has aways been my other love in life. Being outside, exploring new lands, getting lost in the forest, encountering wildlife — this is when I feel most like myself. I have always dreamed of incorporating nature’s healing into my practice. In the depths of the pandemic, I decided to become an Herbalist, and am now in my third year of study at Twin Star’s School of Herbal & Energetic Studies. I have since become a Certified Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner and have started my own herbal wellness product line, Potions for Emotions.
When I’m not holding space for others, I love spending time with my animal companions, which include my budgie Winterberry, two hedgehogs Pineapple & Peppa, and two African dwarf frogs Chaga & Enoki.
Education & Training
Licensed Professional Counselor, CT License # 003268
Registered Art Therapist # 15-164
Master's of Art in Art Therapy & Counseling, Albertus Magnus College
Bachelor's of Science in Art Therapy & Environmental Studies, Lesley University
CLINICAL CONTINUED TRAINING
Fierce Love: Undoing Traumatic Meaning to Reclaim the Core Self, Cape Cod Institute, 2022
Internal Family Systems TM Goes to the Mat with LifeForce Yoga, Cape Cod Institute, 2019
Yoga Therapy & Ayurvedic Medicine for Mental Health Professionals, The Connecticut Women's Consortium, 2019
Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders (CBT-E), CREDO/Walden Behavioral Care, 2018
Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level II Training, Trauma Informed Practice & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, 2017
Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner Certification Training, 125 Hours
The Art of Flower Essence Therapy
The Practicing Herbalist, Clinical & Ayurvedic Herbalism Practitioner Training Program (in progress), 200 Hrs of Study
Introduction to Ayurveda, 2023
The Green Witch: Magical Herbalism & the Way of the Witches, 2022
Herbal Practice & Protocol, Level II Training, Certification earned for 200 Hours of Study
Foundations of Herbalism, Level I Training, Certification earned for 175 Hours of Study
Holistic Tarot: The Foundations of Tarot, 6 wk course
Foundations of Astrology, 6 wk course
Wild Woman Project Leader Certification
DONA Birth Doula Training, including 1 Assisted Birth
Certified Flower Essence Therapy Practitioner
Certified Wild Woman Project Leader
Certified SMART Recovery Counselor
Certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor