Joan Mara

Region: Canada


Vancouver, Canada

CFF since 2008

YPO Audiences

  • YPO Members
  • YPO Gold Members
  • Spouses/partners
  • Young Adults/YNG
  • Chapter Events

Minimum daily rate USD$3,000

Maximum daily rate USD$3,000

Daily rate comment or clarification Rates for Forum Fundamentals start at USD3,000. Rates for forum retreats start at USD4,500/retreat

Average rating 9.66

Joan Mara has been working with YPO, YPO Gold and EO Forums for 20+ years. She is a highly experienced forum facilitator with a global practice. With a background in organizational and behavioral science, Joan helps forums more deeply understand the forum process in order to access their potential. Joan is known for bringing an exquisite blend of science, intuition, warmth and challenge to the groups and individuals she works with.


Joan Mara facilitates two kinds of retreats for forums:

  1. A developmental retreat- begins by assessing the level of functioning of the forum; the retreat is then designed to help the forum move further along their developmental path toward greater maturity and higher performance. An excellent choice for a relatively new forum and for forums functioning below their potential.

  2. A thematic retreat- a retreat where the forum explores together a specific theme of interest to the group through a series of structured exercises, discussions and self-reflection. Topics can be developed based on the forum’s desires. Examples have included:

    • Exploring spirituality
    • Better friends and lovers-relationship with our life partner
    • Vision in the second half of life-midlife transition
    • LifePlan-creating a vision and plan for the coming decade
    • When the unexpected happens-exploring recovery from trauma, loss and grief.

Qualifications and Certifications

  • Master of Arts - Applied Behavioral Science- City University Seattle 1993
  • MBTI certification (1996)
  • Leadership Circle Profile 360 Assessment Certification (2014)
  • The Art of Spiritual Guidance - 2-year post basic program (2012-2014)
  • Certificate Program in Traumatic Studies (May 2016)

Languages Spoken

  • English

Travel Preferences/Availability Travel to international destination can be negotiated. I usually do two international trips/year to Asia, Europe, Latin America etc. For these trips I like to work with the region to create a tour to maximize my time in an area and gain travel savings for my clients.

Airport Code YVR

Number of forum programs 23 programs since August 2017

For more information visit To schedule a discussion please call +1 604 531 3772, +1 604 644 3189 or email

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Joan Mara
Vancouver, Canada