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Heather Leighton

Founder and Director

Heather Leighton is a renowned spiritual teacher, coach, and speaker with a passion for guiding individuals on their paths of self-discovery, healing, and spiritual transformation. With over a decade of experience in health science, traditional Chinese medicine, Reiki, esoteric acupuncture, life coaching, and shamanism, Heather's diverse background empowers her to offer unique insights and perspectives to her audience.


As the founder of Ankara Academy, Heather has dedicated herself to creating an online tribal community that fosters inclusivity and belonging. Her signature courses, "Synaptic Evolution" and "Beginner's Shamanism," have gained widespread acclaim for their exceptional blend of ancient wisdom and modern application, empowering participants to develop their intuition, align daily habits, and access their spiritual guiding team with clarity and structure.


Heather's expertise in coaching healer entrepreneurs and health practitioners facing burnout and loneliness sets her apart as an inspiring teacher, coach and mentor of anyone wanting to creating lasting impact in the community. Her thought-provoking talks and events, resonate with audiences seeking balance, self-care, and meaningful connections within the health and wellness industry.


Drawing from her background and experience, Heather's events and online livestreams captivate and motivate attendees, encouraging them to embrace their intuition, find inner strength, and create profound shifts in their lives. By sharing practical strategies and real-life insights, she attracts clients who are eager to evolve, grow their practices, and find fulfilment while making a lasting impact on their communities and the world. Heather's presence in her online tribal community through Patreon is a beacon of hope and transformation, guiding members on their journey to wholeness and purposeful living.

Heather's skillset experiences are:

-Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) - Endeavour College of Natural Medicine

-Chinese Medicine Internship in Guangxi Hospital (Nanning)

-Reiki I & II with Mark McAuliffe

-Esoteric Acupuncture level 1 & 2 with Alison Clarke-Daly

-Ayahuasca Retreat and shamanic coaching with Ross Heaven - Peru and Spain

-Assistant at Hummingbird Retreat with Shipibo Ayahuasca shamans

-Ibogaine Ceremony - Ko Pha-ngan island

-Life Coaching Training with Authentic Education (with over 300 hours of practice)

-Core Shamanism mentorship with Spiritweaver (Michele Cempaka) 3 years

- Vision Quest to Mongolia (one month) to work with shamans

- Holographic Kinetics modules 1-4 

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Imogen Hobss

Ankara Coach

Imogen experienced a profound awakening following a crossroads that appeared after a redundancy, a relationship breakdown and searching for her purpose. Seeking support from Heather, she embarked on a transformative healing journey. With years of coaching and mentoring experience, she gained a new perspective on life. Despite not having a strictly spiritual background, Imogen's path of self-discovery led her to shamanic medicine training. This journey awakened her intuition and opened a direct link to a new realm of knowledge.


Through dedication and discipline, Imogen has unlocked her potential as a coach, helping others discover passion and direction in their lives. She specialises in preparing individuals for the rigorous training offered by the Ankara Academy and assists them in integrating their experiences both on-site and between courses.


In 2022, Imogen founded Change Channel Coaching with the mission to guide individuals toward lives filled with purpose, passion, and genuine fulfillment. She continues to support the Ankara community by facilitating monthly coaching sessions, which can be accessed via the Ankara portal. Follow the link below to learn more.


1:1 mentoring sessions can help to identify which parts of your life need to change

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A 12 month 1:1 Coaching Program with Heather

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Join our online community for regular events, ongoing shamanic training and regular meet-ups


Get in touch if you're in need of some distance healing.

House and land clearings are also available upon request.

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