About Nativeways


downloadCyndi Koonse is a mother, grandmother and an advocator and educator who delights in empowering individuals to empower themselves via healthy choices.   She received a BSW, with a minor in Psychology, from Columbia College and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with concentrations in Medical and Administrative Social Work.  Her training is conscientiously diverse.  Cyndi has specialty training in the body-centered somatic psychotherapy HAKOMI methods, along with HAKOMI’s specific state of being, Loving Presence Training.  Cyndi started studying with widely respected healer and energy medicine pioneer, Donna Eden in 1994.  Cyndi is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner and has advanced training in Energy Psychology.  She is the CEO of Pathfinder Wellness Consulting, LLC in Columbia, MO, providing Wellness Coaching via Eden Energy Medicine techniques, mediation services and holistic wellness programming.  Cyndi has advanced certification in Mediation of Family Disputes, Conflict Mediation and of Victim-Offender Mediation.  She is a Mediator for Boone and Callaway Counties, 13th Circuit Court and has presented papers and sat on Spiritual Communication panels for the National Association of Communication/Spiritual Communication.   Cyndi is also the Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at William Woods University.


cyndi 2 Through many years of work and life experiences, Cyndi has embraced core values and a knowledge of the culture and traditions of her Indigenous Indian mentors. Cyndi has served as a Tribal Consultant, presenting to Indian Health Services, The National Tribal Judicial College, to Social Service, Law Enforcement and Tribal Court agencies on reservations throughout the U.S., for Veteran’s hospitals with a high concentration of individuals suffering from PTSD, residential rehabilitation centers, universities and state affiliated offices.  She served as a Tribal Consultant for Fox Valley Technical College, presenting wellness programs nation-wide, in the area of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (IASA) from 2003 to 2008.   In addition, Koonse is a traditional Sun Dancer, participating in one of the oldest and most sacred of the Sioux Nation ceremonies.  Cyndi brings a richness to programming, understanding and upholding the Lakota/Dakota saying ‘Mitaku ye oyasin’ meaning All My Relations/We Are All Related.


Cyndi is a Traditional American Indian Storykeeper, Master Storyteller, a Visual and Performing Artist and served on the roster of Young Audiences/Springboard To Learning of St. Louis, from 1994 to 2013.  Cyndi delights in the medium of storytelling as it may best serve, as she weaves opportunities for individuals to compassionately embrace their’s and other’s real life situations, as they embark on their journey of peaceful change and growth.  Cyndi researches and promotes educational programming respecting awareness of and diversity across cultures supporting holistic choices.  Realizing we are both a student and teacher our whole life longs, she not only supports but shares in a thirst to learn from the full circle of life and to promote countless avenues of outreach services to our rural and urban communities.  Cyndi treasures spending time with family and friends, playing with her dog, jewelry making, hiking, kayaking, pottery, photography, and painting.  A dear friend, Donna Wilshire shared, ”To spend time with her is nurturing and inspiring.”