Denise DeForest Pastoor



My Story

Growing up, I yearned to be a nurse or teacher to care for others and plant seeds of knowledge.  With 40 years as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and holistic wellness educator, I  plant seeds of choice.  My guiding light embraces our interconnectedness of energy, mind, body, spirit, emotional, social dimensions of self to create wholeness. By blending neuroscience research, holistic nursing skills, and intuitive wisdom, I empower self-healing to build stress resilience and deepen personal transformation. I see myself as a bridge between Western conventional medicine and ancient healing traditions, opening a path that leads toward a life of authenticity. Face your fears, speak your truth, and create a joyful, purposeful, compassionate life.
Join me in the journey! Carpe Diem!      ~~Denise

What I DO:
~Versatile Mind-Body Medicine leader in integrative health program development for universities, corporations, community, and private practice.
~Featured Integrative Holistic Health presenter, adjunct faculty, and workshop facilitator at universities, national conferences, and corporate retreats.
~Experienced yoga instructor in Integral Yoga, LifeForce Yoga, Aqua Yoga, Aerial Yoga
~Visionary founder and facilitator of  Integrative Health Academy at the National Wellness Institute.
~Original founder of Ebb & Flow™, an innovative body-based sensory movement practice, blending yoga, expressive arts, meditation, and qigong.
~Holistic nurse psychotherapist in private practice with creative community integrative health classes and workshops, focusing on meditation, mindfulness, biofield energy therapies, and yoga/ sensory movement. 
~Released 2 well-reviewed guided meditation CDs, Creating Calm Within and Seeking Sleep.
~Healing Touch Practitioner/ Instructor, serving 4 years on the Board of Directors for Healing Beyond Borders and teaching certificate classes in Healing Touch.
~Creator of holistic health educational tools,integrative health retreats, and videos for corporate wellness.
Who I AM:
Running the Great Wall
  • In my 50’s, I ran ½ marathon in barefoot shoes on the Great Wall of China with my family and friends—I am not a runner.  This was a journey into facing fear with determination.
  • In the youth of my old age, I have grown comfortable speaking openly from my heart with authenticity, no worries about what people think.  I hear ” I have never told anyone this…” in conversations because I nurture a sense of trust.
  • My wish is to BE like my dog, Cassie: joyful, cuddly, full of love, and greets everyone with radiant enthusiasm.
  • Raising 2 adventurous sons with a nature enthusiast husband and a new grandson are my greatest blessings!
  • My dream day is to awaken to yoga, hike in nature, kayak on a lake, and drink champagne while watching the sunset over the ocean. Not to mention…ice cream for dessert.
  • My obsession is rocks. I collected and flew home 70 pounds of beautiful rocks from Arizona and Colorado. Thus my favorite gift is …..a rock! Piles of quartz pepper my  garden, collected from native North Carolina paths.Cassie


  • MEd.- Masters in Education in Community Counseling, Georgia State University, 1982
  • BSN in Nursing from University of Virginia, 1978
  • APRN-BC- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified.
  • Certification by American Nurses Credentialing Center as Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, active status
  • CHTP/I- Certified Healing Touch Practitioner & Instructor from Healing Beyond Borders, active status
  • CWP- Certified Wellness Practitioner from National Wellness Institute
  • RYT-200- Registered Yoga teacher, 200 hours. Yoga Alliance, active status
  • Founder and facilitator of Integrative Health Academy of National Wellness Institute
Nursing Professionals

May 2012 – Becoming a awards: Top 25 Nursing Professionals Making a Difference in Healthcare

  • Pastoor, D. (2011). Through Healing Touch, We Are All Healers. Art of Wellbeing. 2: 12-13.
  • Pastoor, D. (2011). Your Body is Listening…And Believes YouNatural Triad. 6: 25-26.
  • Pastoor, D. (2011). The Power of IntentionNatural Triad. 3: 25-26.
  • Pastoor, D. (2011) Holistic Strategies To Welcome Sleep. Art of Wellbeing. 1: 14-15.
  • Pastoor, D. (2010). Nia Technique…Through Movement We Find Health. Natural Triad. 1: 41-42.
  • Pastoor, D. (2005). Work-Life Balance: How to Successfully Juggle Life’s Choices. NWI Wellness Management. 20:4.
  • Pastoor, D. (2004). From Chaos to Competence: Channeling Workplace Stress. BizLife. 16: 44-46.
  • Degges-White,S., Adelman,J., Myers,J., Pastoor,D. (2003). Examining Counseling Needs of Headache Patients: An Exploratory Study of Wellness and Perceived Stress. Journal of Mental Health Counseling. 25: 271-290.
  • DeForest – Pastoor D. (1988) Women and Weight.Delaware Nurses Association Reporter. 23:6.
  • DeForest – Pastoor D, Tirrell C. (1987) Neuroendocrine Factors of Affective Disorders.Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 4: 225-229.
Recent Speaking Engagements:
  • Jan- Dec 2017 Dancing Dog Yoga studio:  Meditation and mindfulness classes,  Inner Zen aerial workshop
  • Sept-Dec 2017- Elon University Stress Resilience/ Holistic Self-Care training for Faculty and Staff, Healing Touch individual sessions and classes.
  • May 2017 Syngenta health promotion/ mindfulness in the workplace
  • Oct 2015-2016- Guest faculty- UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Integrative Health: Biofield Energy Therapies
  • October 16-18,2016-Carolinas Health Ministry Partnership Fall Conference: Intentional Care of the Spirit: Embracing Spiritual Wellness
  • April 30-May 1st, 2016- Integrative and Holistic Nursing Conference: Bringing Healing to You and Your Patients- Scripps Hospital San Diego CA
  • HIV in 2016:  Clinical Update and Vulnerable Population Jointly provided by Greensboro AHEC and University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy~Chapel Hill, NC Speaking on “Integrative Health Approaches to Pain Management”

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