Just Be Love…
When you hear Ann Cabano’s story, it’s hard to imagine that the path she has walked has been carved by anything other than destiny.
As the daughter of a teenage mother, Ann spent time living with and looking after her great-grandparents in Michigan, circumstances which caused her natural gift for caregiving to blossom as she learned to help out around the house. This joy in serving others led Ann to take a volunteer position as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local hospice. It was there that Ann met Joyce, a woman suffering from the final stages of both colon and liver cancer. Little did she know that this patient would end up changing the course of her life…
She is a passionate advocate for humanity, giving voice to the human experience by shining a light on the existential shadows of the psyche and sharing what she discovers.
As a documentary filmmaker, holistic educator and passionate advocate for social awareness, she combines her unique skills to create a sacred space for individuals to dig deep into the unseen layers of trauma and love.
Ann is the founder of The Just Be Love Project which is dedicated to education, awareness and inspiring action for social change through educational conferences and the Dragonfly Film Fest. Learn more at www.dragonflyfilmfest.com
A Bachelor of Divinity in Ministerial Counseling and Metaphysical Healing, Ann is a trained Life Coach, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master Teacher with over 11 years experience as an instructor at an accredited holistic college in Tempe, Arizona.
She has been trained in Traditional and Transformational Reiki in Arizona, as well as Jikiden Reiki in Kyoto, Japan and in 2013. Ann co-created the first ReikiShare conference, a groundbreaking gathering which opened new conversations and connections within the Reiki community.
As an entrepreneur, she has founded several businesses in the past. Banana Soul Girl hosted an annual event for 9 years and was a creative and artistic boutique designed to incubate and offer entrepreneurial support to indie artists in the valley by showcasing their wares. The Energy Mover was a holistic business that ran a reiki share circle for 5 years, hosted workshops and community building circles.
Ann co-founded the non-profit One True Love Project in 2010. One True Love serves the valley’s homeless population and raised funds to purchase and build out a food truck to serve meals on the streets. Ann retired from OTL in August of 2015.
She also co-founded IndieAZ Fest, a film festival aimed at supporting the Arizona film community and raising money for charity. IndieAZ Fest was retired in January of 2016.
Ann attended Arizona State University 1986-1987, studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. After raising her three children she attended the University of Phoenix for Business Management and earned a Master Massage Therapist degree from The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Ann also studied Documentary filmmaking at Scottsdale Community College. Ann has lived in Arizona since 1978 and is a proud mother of three adult children and grandma to two grandchildren.
The JUST BE LOVE Project is dedicated to education, awareness, and inspiring action for social justice and human rights issues through educational events and socially conscious films. Change begins with education and it is their hope to start the difficult conversations and to inspire action in the hearts of those attending this event.
Hear our interview with Host C. Stene Duckworth with featured guest Ann Cabano