Bonita Labossiere has been fascinated with all of the aspects of BREATH for as long as she can remember. As a small child she recalls the security of cuddling next to her German Shepherd, Ginger, and feeling safe as she felt the power and strength of each breath rising and falling. At the age of 7, she began singing in a choir at the Church in her small New England town and was told that her voice was too soft and that she must take a bigger breath to make it more powerful. That message left a lasting impression. At 13, Bonita began studying voice with the renowned singing teacher, Ruth Ekberg, and for the first time really started to think about the connection between sound and breath. At 17, after being part of an award winning choral program under Gregory Wrinn, Bonita went on to study at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia, with the amazing Baritone, Lloyd Robb. There, under the guidance of Mr. Robb and the modern dancer, Sally Burton, she took the study of breath and sound into movement, space and meditation. That step changed her life forever!
“I always knew that I wanted to go to school in a beautiful environment... with nature at my fingertips for inspiration.” Bonita quotes. Studying in Virginia at a Conservatory that is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, with its rich history and remarkable beauty, certainly proved to be that inspiration. She spent many hours studying voice, piano, theatre and dance and ultimately the connection between space, sound and energy, and why all of nature can benefit from that exploration.
As a performing artist, Ms. Labossiere gained a great deal of confidence by developing and strengthening her own breath support. She also spent several decades passing that knowledge on to actors, singers, dancers, teachers and public speakers in NYC, New England, Virginia, Canada and Finland, in various workshops, private coaching sessions, and professional productions. While being an accomplished coach and award winning singer was a wonderful and meaningful experience, Bonita felt the need to take the process deeper.
In the 1990s, during a challenging period in her own life, Bonita began studying Feng Shui, which simply put, is the awareness of placement and energy flow in order to create an environment that can breathe. “After many years as a performer, writer, director and teacher, everything came together for me in the connection of my breath work to Feng Shui. “If you can control your breath, you can control your world... or at the very least, your reaction to it. Your home and office must also breathe... as you reflect your space and your space reflects you. It is now my mission in life to help others to improve their lives... their spaces... and open the breath that will encourage the transformation that will change the way their lives unfold”.