About us

Our journey exploring, embodying, and enacting through embodied inquiry and practice

is designed to awaken our embodied wisdom

enabling us to Embody Life More Fully! 

With grateful appreciation, we stand on the shoulders of giants in embodied learning, leadership, and transformation.  

Our learning lineage includes many teachers, mentors, and coaches, several of whom are pictured in the chart above.

Thank you for inspiring our passion for embodying life and motivating us on our continuing journey.

Luann Barndt, Ed.D., PCC

Leadership Embodiment/Master Somatic      Coach & Trainer

Accessing her vast experience working in diverse assignments, across geographies, and in challenging professional and personal situations, Luann guides explorers as they transform success into significance.  As Founder of Axiom Quest LLC, she provides training and coaching to support leaders transform embodied wisdom into skilled action.  Luann aspires to help clients discover what they really care about and then co-creates practices that transform new awareness beyond breakthrough insights into actions.  Tapping into embodied wisdom increases capacity to learn quickly, lead masterfully, and transform challenges into unexpected opportunities.


Luann’s coaching philosophy focuses on client development through embodied inquiry and body-oriented practices.  Working through the body, she helps clients uncover new distinctions and meaning.  Cultivating embodied awareness, clients are able to move unconscious embodied wisdom into conscious embodied understanding that expands opportunities of choosing goal-aligned actions rather than automatically reacting in ways that may be contrary to our values.


A lifelong learner, Luann completed her doctoral research  Exploring, Embodying, Enacting: Transforming Through the Experience of Integrating the Body in Learning at The George Washington University Executive Leadership Program in Human and Organizational Learning. Recognizing the importance of neuroscience in coaching and learning, her passion is furthering our understanding of the relationship between embodied practices and awareness, cognitive functioning, emotional regulation, interactive resonance, and energy patterns.  Integrating body and mind through practice is essential to effectively accessing and applying the suitable energy at the appropriate time.  Understanding and engaging embodied awareness increases our potential to access actionable learning so critical to thriving in our increasingly challenging world. Luann practices Qigong & is certified to teach.


As a retired US Coast Guard Captain (O6) with Command experience, Luann is a proud veteran, married to a veteran, mother of a US Army soldier and a US Navy sailor.  She is also a PADI Divemaster and volunteer diver at the National Aquarium & Warrior Canine Connection.



  • Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University
  • Master of National Security Strategy, National War College
  • Master of Military Art and Science, US Army Command and General Staff College
  • Master of Science in Information Management, The George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Science in Management, US Coast Guard Academy



A graduate of Georgetown University Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching as well as certified as a Leadership Embodiment (LE) and Master Somatic Coach (Strozzi Institute), Luann is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Additional certifications & learning include

  • Emotions-Centered™ Coaching (Dan Newby)
  • Zen Leadership (Ginny Whitelaw, PhD)
  • Integrative Development & Narrative Coach™ Certification (David Drake, PhD)
  • Positive Intelligence® (Shirzad Chamine)
  • Conversational Intelligence for Coaches Enhanced Program® (Judith Glaser)
  • Leadership Embodiment (LE) (Wendy & Tiphani  Palmer)
  • Body = Brain™ (Amanda Blake)
  • Power of Embodied Transformation (Coaches Rising)
  • Art of Developmental Coaching (Coaches Rising)
  • Somatic Experiencing®
  • Using Adult Development Theory to Coach Leaders
  • Coaching through Postconventional Transitions
  • Using Archetypes + Polarity Dynamics to Cultivate Well-being
  • Body-based Conflict Transformation (Paul Linden, PhD)
  • Body-Centered Inquiry (Jonathan Foust)
  • U.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future
  • Action Learning Coach (WIAL)
  • SOAR Facilitator (Success through Observers Action Results; Chalmers Brothers)
  • Nei Gong/Qigong (Lotus Nei Gong)

Discovery Tools Certification

To accelerate your discovery and development, we offer:

  • Leadership Circle Profile™, Manager Edition and Leadership Culture Survey
  • Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI®)
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)
  • Team Dialogue Indicator™
  • Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI)®

Core Values


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  ~ Anaïs Nin