The Heart of Transformation

I met Jo Di Francesco quite by chance recently at a friend’s house. In conversation, she told me a little about her experience of living with cancer and her work to transform her own life and the lives of others.

We met a few weeks later and I asked her to tell me more about her life and her practice, The Heart Of Transformation.

Jo told me that she lives in Begelly but grew up in Swansea with her mum and her Italian father. Her Welsh grandmother was from Pembroke Dock so that drew her back here.

“I always wanted to be a nurse, “ Jo told me. “I trained in Aberdeen and from there went on to work on the oil rigs.”

It was a fantastic life, she explains, and she loved every moment.

What was it that she loved so much?

“Oh, the variety of the job and the wonderful people I met. I think I was very fortunate doing work that I wanted to do and I got to fly to work in a helicopter.”

Jo went on to work as a medical lock attendant on the Channel Tunnel rail link.

“That is a tunnel boring machine (TBM) a hyperbaric unit in the centre. I operated that and rescued people if they became ill. I was involved in occupational health as well as safety. I also did medicals.”

But in the midst of a life she loved, Jo was dealt a body blow that we all dread.

“I had extensive cancer,” she explains.” I had a brilliant surgeon but I wasn’t expected to live. I turned my attention to alternative therapy, and it was the journey I went on that healed me.”

Jo had been doing massage for 10 years which she practised on the men on the rigs, and she had always been open to other forms of healing.

“In 2014 I had the all-clear of cancer. Everyone was surprised at how quickly I recovered. My first step in bringing about that healing  led me to re-connective healing with Dr Eric Pearl.”

Jo describes this as healing from the universe.

I had an open mind. I did the  course and liked the healing.”

Jo could hardly walk at the time. She hadn’t been far by herself for some time following chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. She was staying 35 minutes away from the course venue, so each day she had to get herself there and back.

“ It felt as though something pushed me. I just knew It was going to help me.”

This and her other personal experiences gave her the confidence to continue her journey so that, after the Pearl healing, she went on to the Template ceremonies and discovered the Breatharian philosophy.

“I had a lifelong knowing that we did not need to eat, but it was spoken about there. Three weeks after the Template ceremonies,  I went away for an eight-day Breatharian retreat.”

What happens on a Breatharian retreat?

“The first day you eat only fruit, then juice. Then four days without eating or drinking. The course was facilitated by Akahi Ricardo and his wife, Camilla. I did five days without food and drink, and could feel the health return.

“Since becoming a Breatharian, I only drink coffee… miso, lemon juice and fruit teas. I might go between one and ten days without drinking anything.”

Jo prefers the name Vitarian (living off life) to Breatharian. She teaches people the techniques that she believes have restored her health.

She went on to do rebirthing breathwork with Leonard Orr and Cira Longman, and  hypnotherapy with Marisa Peer, where she learned  Rapid Transformational Therapy.

Jo added all of her experience and these new skills and therapies to her practice.

“I work from home. I mix and match treatments, as people require. I also run intermittent fasting retreats, which I love, and other workshops.”

Jo gives talks on her practice and therapies, has extensive knowledge of herbs and mushrooms, and is part of a Power of Eight group (based on Lynne McTaggart’s work on intention).

Jo works with people as far afield as the US, Puerto Rico, France and Spain, offering hypnotherapy on line.

I asked Jo what kept her going when her cancer looked like it would end her life?

“I had an initial feeling that I would give in to it, but then I knew I would be OK.  I have a passion to do the most I can to help people’s healing. I am still here because I have things to do.”

What does she think is the biggest bar to good health?

“Stress is the biggest problem. It feels that we are all being made to compete. This gets in the way of our true potential. Getting a quiet mind and working with the breath are so important.”

Does Jo envisage a brighter future for humanity?

“My vision is of a world that works out of pure love.  Where there is nothing that we need or want.”

To find out more about Jo’s work, and her therapies, to book an appointment or to enquire about talks or retreats please go initially to her Facebook page, The Heart of Transformation.

She is also listed on

NB Before making any major changes to your diet, you are advised to consult with a healthcare professional.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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