Our Approach

Play. We break through the outer layer of "life burdens" and "past struggles" and provide immersions that allow you to reconnect with yourself and the world around you in a way that is inclusive, safe, empowering and built on the idea that dreams are meant to be chased and explored. Play is the greatest form of education.

Our Story

We wanted a place to create experiences and adventures for people to discover all the greatness within themselves and encourage them to use that to make the world a better place. People have forgotten how to play, how to escape the daily regimen of life and how to look at the world and themselves with an intentional heart.


Meet the Team

Intentional Heart describes everyone involved with both the day to day operation and the specialized network of providers that empower others to live life with intent to become better versions of themselves and to connect with others for the betterment of all.


Ramona Crabtree-Falkner

Board Member

Ramona Crabtree-Falkner began her wellness career with massage therapy, but this was simply a gateway to a deeper understanding of how to help others. Seeking more from her practice, Ramona began experiencing that growth through yoga teaching and training, eventually completing 500 hours of yoga teacher training.

Once she found her truth in treating not only the body, but the mind and spirit equally, she expanded her knowledge to energy healing modalities, including Reiki and Crystal Bowl treatments. With a strong vision to help others, Ramona developed the Authentic Life Journey programs and has now found the seam to all the truths becoming one. Ramona has cultivated a practice based in helping others find their way on the journey to inner peace.

Ramona offers Group Life Coaching, Private Life Coaching, Group Yoga, Private Yoga, Reiki, Crystal Bowls Meditations, Workshops and Retreats. Your experience with Ramona and the Authentic Life Journey Team will leave you feeling peaceful and open to the journey that is life!

Terri Harper

Terri Harper, MA, LMHC

Board Member

Terri fell into the world of Psychology quite by accident but also fell in love with it. After graduating from college, she started immediately working in community mental health in a drug-ridden, poverty-stricken area where she began to learn how to help those who were living a life that was unknown to her. She obtained her MA in Psychological Counseling and Terri has since worked in non-profit, community mental health in various settings from schools, outpatient clinics, residential substance abuse and community treatment.

Terri is drawn to helping others see their potential and how one can move forward through trauma and abuse, substance use and mental health issues. She believes in being genuine, authentic and transparent-- which is why Intentional Heart spoke so much to her.

Drawn to Shannon's passion and vision for Intentional Heart, she believes in the core message of learning how to be intentional and reconnecting with our hearts through mindfulness activities like yoga, music, artistic expression and being a part of nature. Terri's experience in counseling can help guide the process of healing and moving through to new moments of peace.

Originally from coastal New Jersey, Terri now resides in Central Florida where she works and plays with her two legged and four legged family.


Laura Hawkins, CPT

Board Member

Laura has always been extremely passionate about fitness from very early on.  She began her career in fitness over 15 years ago when she attended the National Personal Training Institute in San Francisco, California.  Since then Laura has been involved with all different modalities of fitness.  She specializes in core, strength, balance, stability and functional training techniques for women, children and men of all ages.  Her main goal is to motivate, educate and inspire others to learn how to create inner happiness and a balanced well-being through healthy diet and exercise. In Laura’s free time she loves to adventure with her husband and 7 year old daughter.  They enjoy biking, hiking, camping, running obstacle races and traveling the world!

Laura joined Intentional Heart because she believes that we all need to work on finding the truest version of ourselves.  Through the workshops, retreats and different immersive experiences, it will give people the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of who they are and what they want to accomplish in this lifetime.  We all need encouragement and support along life’s journey and Intentional Heart has a deep focus on both.

"Our body and mind are the only places that we have to live, so we owe it to ourselves to gain a deeper understanding of the synergistic interaction of both!  We are the only ones that can change our lives.  No one can do it for us!"


Ruth Tureckova, BA, Grad Dip.

Board Member

Ruth has been a professional fundraiser and educator for the past 21 years working with non-profit organizations in higher education, adult education and literacy, health care as well with libraries, museums and other social service agencies. Daughter of an artist, now wife and mother to extraordinarily creative types, she is keen to help anyone, and everyone, including herself, experience the sustaining, nurturing benefits of creative exploration in all its facets.

The focus of Shannon and the team at Intentional Heart - to fill the world with more difference makers, more joy, more kindness and more healthy people that live life with an intentional heart and create a better world – is essentially why Ruth began working in the non-profit sector. Ruth’s core belief is that when you help to change one person’s life for the better there is a ripple effect on people around them. By helping one you can help many. She believes that Intentional Heart’s immersive experiences, retreats, workshops and programming will have a positive effect not just on the participants but on their families, friends and co-workers as they take what they have learned and make it an integral part of how they live their lives and interact with those they love.

Ruth and her family love to travel and explore. Born in the UK, raised in Australia, Ruth met and married ‘her’ artist and fellow explorer in Japan. After close to a decade in Asia, they moved to the beaches of Rhode Island where they continue to learn and benefit from connections with wonderful people like Shannon and the team at Intentional Heart.

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Chris Tibbetts


Chris spends his days at Home Loan Investment Bank, FSB where he has been since 2012 and brings a total of 10 years of experience in the home lending industry. He began his financial career at Domestic Bank in 2005 where he was one of the top producers in the re-financing division. He also has over 15 years of managerial experience.

Chris graduated Cum Laude from Westfield State College in 1991 with a BA in History and a minor in secondary education.

In 2015 Chris made a personal change to focus on his health through basic nutrition and proper supplementation and helps others make the same transition. He participates in the Advocare Champions for Children Foundation to help raise awareness in the fight to end childhood obesity.

Chris brings a love of history, sports, statistics and coaching experience to Intentional Heart with the intent to do more leadership development and character building for both youth and adults as well as mens retreats.


Our Pulse

We need you. Our organization started with a YES that is developing as we grow because we believe that everyone has great ideas and specialties that will make us and the world a better place. If you want to work with a group of people who are intentionally positive, kind, explorers who seek to better themselves and others then you just might love what we do.

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Shannon Tibbetts

Founder & Executive Director

Shannon is especially talented in creating innovative ideas to reach goals and work towards the future and her childlike ability to treat everyday like an adventure helps others see the possibilities in their own life. She is the CEO of Imaginif Media LLC and provides creative services and solutions for clients through program development, talent resourcing and community engagement.

Shannon has a degree in Television Production with 25 years in the Media and Marketing Industry and has received several awards for both broadcast and marketing. Her extensive Management and Technology expertise combined with educational program development and event coordination provides an unmatched resource for increasing awareness and ongoing program development.

In addition Shannon has experience creating hands-on educational programs from preschool through adult and in the last few years began focusing on the importance of getting families more connected with how to fuel their mind, body and spirit. In 2015 she began a second business dedicated to helping others live an active, healthy lifestyle through basic nutrition and proper supplementation, as well as providing a unique income opportunity that provides freedom for people to chase their dreams.

She participates in the Advocare Foundation Champions for Children to help raise awareness in the fight to end childhood obesity and developed Ayers Foundation's Dig Deep program, a community wide basic gardening initiative, to educate and gather for the purpose of helping people to understand our bodies’ connection with food, how it is grown, and the nutritional benefits of locally sourced food and sustainable agriculture.

She is an artist and child at heart and formed Intentional Heart to focus on the individual and provide unique opportunities for personal growth.


Person of Awesome

We encourage you to visit some of our collaborators.

Livingstone Concrete

Livingstone Studios is a collection of artists and builders with a passion for delivering the art of concrete design. They produce the finest aesthetic concrete in Rhode Island and have received national recognition for their work. 
Best of Rhode Island 2012
Circle of Distinction, Cheng Concrete 2007, 2008
Featured in the June edition of HGTV magazine 2015

Lauri Maynard, MA, LMHC, CPC

The Growing The Whole Way system is a guide to help you think bigger, open up and act meaningfully. This makes the journey to your goal much easier to follow. Learning to come from a place of wholeness also means that you have fewer detours and land where you want faster. No matter where you are in your life, Growing The Whole Way can help you see through the chaos and feel confident about what you are doing. Even when it’s difficult you can find some peace. You just have to figure out where to look.

Still Waters Retreat Center

Still Waters. This is where Tao & Amy create a space for groups that are doing important work. A space for people to unplug, think, create, do the inner healing work, connect with nature and each other.

An artist-owned bed & breakfast retreat center with your hosts, Tao & Amy LaBossiere.

Ayers Foundation

AYERSfoundation is a charitable, educational, agricultural, and scientific non-profit corporation. The foundation's goals are to promote, practice and teach sustainable agriculture, holistic nutrition, and healthy living as well as to increase the environmental literacy of our youth.  They passionately believe that creating a real-world connection to local food and farming is the best way to get re-grounded, raise energy levels, and increase self awareness.

Next Steps...

We are actively looking for volunteers, partners and individuals looking to share their talents. Reach out today.