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Transformation starts with You









Transformation starts with You


We live and work everyday supporting individuals, couples, families, leaders, teams, and organizations around the world to embody their true potential and to reach extraordinary goals through identifying and transforming obstacles to success

Our Approach

We specialize in working within the grounding realm. This is the space where internal impediments such as defeating beliefs, assumptions, mindset, preconceptions and blind spots can seriously get in the way of our passion, purpose, and direction. 

Our methodologies are based on profoundly effective and proven approaches of inquiry and facilitation such as The Work of Byron Katie and Philosophical Counseling. Our objective is to transform any impediment into a clear opportunity, with a clear course of action.

At the Innerland Institute, we support businesses and organizations in identifying and transforming obstacles into clear and grounded opportunities for success. Dr. Pedro Cortina shares his experience with bringing The Work of Byron Katie to business and organizations. This method can be used in all areas of business including HR, sales, marketing, operations, finance, distribution, production, strategic planning, and innovation.

"Pedro is a master of "educating" in the radical sense of the word, i.e., Latin “educo”: to draw out or bring forth (that which is already within)" ~ Richard F. Hay

Our Team

Tania Fierro, MA, ITW, APPA is the founding partner at the Innerland Institute. She is a speaker, counselor, coach, facilitator, trainer, management consultant, olympic athlete, and transformation specialist. She offers clients a deeply compassionate, razor sharp awareness to get to the crux of any situation. Together she travels through our most fearful and painful beliefs allowing for profound transformation and clear course of action. There is no situation, emotion or thought that Inquiry can't hold and she invites us not to believe her and to try it for ourselves.

Tania is a Certified Facilitator and trainer in The Work of Byron Katie, and founding member of the Board for the Institute for The Work of Byron Katie. She is also a Certified Counselor by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. She holds bachelor's and masters degrees in philosophy and ethics, she is a graduate from the Harvard Bioethics Program, and she has 20 years of experience supporting individuals and organizations in questioning and undoing the repetitive, stressful patterns that cause suffering in our lives.  Learn more about Tania here. Contact

Dr. Pedro Cortina is the managing partner at the Innerland Institute. He is an author, speaker, counselor, coach, facilitator, philosopher, trainer, transformation specialist, as well as a management and leadership consultant with more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership and transformation roles in the areas of business, education, energy, engineering, construction, and hospitality. He has dedicated his life both to personal and organizational transformation. He is the author of Curflexion, a guide for moving away from our underlying human experience of separation and unfulfillment.

Pedro holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees specializing in philosophy, economics, education, leadership and entrepreneurship from Universidad Iberoamericana, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary respectively. He teaches executive MBA students in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, strategy and human resources. Pedro is a Certified Facilitator and trainer in The Work of Byron Katie as well as a founding Board member of the Institute for The Work of Byron Katie. He is a certified counselor by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association in New York; a Certified Business Solutions Provider from One Smart World Solutions, and a graduate from the Oxford Finance Program for Senior Executives at the University of Oxford. Additionally, throughout his life, he has fully immersed in several eastern transformational traditions such as Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and Advaita. Learn more here.  Contact:

Innerland Coaches and Associates

Bev Maya - Back in university, Bev earned a reputation as a tenacious inquisitive driven to make sense of nature through scientific endeavours . This reputation has withstood the test of time. Bev’s unique background informs her deep investigative approach. Today, as a practicing Medical Herbalist and international speaker at medical conferences and colleges, Bev’s inquiring personality (encouraged by both parents being teachers) has lent itself to her style, as a generous and passionate speaker particularly adept at empowering her audience to deconstruct complex ideas into their simplest form and apply this learning in the context of their own medical practices. In addition to her work at Maya Natural Health, Bev also works in collaboration with several Medical Doctors specializing in wholistic solutions in Vancouver, B.C. Please contact:

Beatriz Amorin López es Directora en CEPHEI (Centro Potencial Humano e Inteligencia Emocional). Es consultora, trainer internacional, formadora e instructora en The Work of Byron Katie y en  Mindfulness . Actualmente trabaja como colaboradora académica en la EEL (Escuela Europea de Lideres) y la UNED (Universidad de Educación a Distancia). Es Coach Co- activa profesional y certificada por la AICM (Asociación Internacional de profesionales del coaching y del Mentoring) y por la UNED, y Coach Facilitadora certificada por Innerland North Vancouver en The Work of Byron Katie. Trabaja desde formadora, consultora, conferenciante, organizadora y coach. La describen sus alumnos y clientes como una persona objetiva, analítica, proactiva y generadora de alternativas. Contactala aqui:

Delyse Sylvester has three decades of social innovation expertise, connecting thousands of social entrepreneurs with corporate leaders, thought leaders, and new media partners. With Ashoka Changemakers, she led over 60 co-branded global campaigns with partners such as National Geographic, Nike, GE, G-20, EBay, Google, and the Robert Wood Johnson, Rockefeller and Gates Foundations.  With CUSO she focused on Aboriginal Cultural Rights in Canada and the South Pacific, and as Executive Director of Selkirk College Foundation she led a team to establish the first B.C. Rural Innovation Chair.  She is currently member of BC Partners for Social Impact secretariat and Executive in Residence at SFUs Beedie School for Business.  Please contact

Lara Patriquin, MD is a physician, speaker and teacher of the Work of Byron Katie in New Mexico. Her personal quest for well being is informed by her medical studies on the brain and on the nature of thought. She lectures extensively in the medical and business communities about the value of clear and reliable practices that optimize key functions of the mind. Through The Work of Byron Katie and other mindfulness practices, Lara's clients are able to access a creative, kinder and more inspired version of themselves. Dr. Patriquin completed her residency at Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA before moving on to a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Her research experience and publications focus on MRI imaging for which she received the Roentgen Research Prize from the Radiological Society of North America. Contact

Lynnene Lewis - Reading about The Work was interesting and powerful for me, but experiencing The Work through the teaching of Tania Fierro was life changing.  Watching Tania describe and share The Work with others inspired me like nothing ever had.  I was so motivated by Tania’s workshops that I was willing to face some pretty big fears and commit to the year long Immersion program.  At the end of the year, I wanted more and gave myself the gift of another year.  Through The Work I’ve become a lover of Truth.   It’s not that life is different; it’s that I can be OK with the ALL that life brings.  I’m not done by any means, but I strongly believe that this is the express route to freedom; I am so grateful.    I’d love to support your journey by facilitating your inquiry. Please contact me at:

Mayte Boullosa Doval - Existe en mi una clara fascinación por la belleza.  Cada vez que paso frente a un vidrio roto, tengo un impulso tremendo de hacer algo para repararlo, de llevarlo a su estado original, de entenderlo y reconstruirlo, del mismo modo, aprecio mi mente cuando está quieta, si un pensamiento estresante aparece, tengo el impulso de someterlo a la indagación que The Work me ofrece. Ofrezco The Work como un puente que te llevará de regreso a ti mismo, a tu verdadero hogar y te hará experimentar el amor y la humildad necesarias para amar tu vida.  Haz The Work por un único motivo: hazlo por amor a la verdad. Puedes contactarme para hacer The Work o indagación filosófica aquí:

Susan Morrison - has studied and practiced numerous healing and transformational modalities since young adulthood. Her passionate interest in the area of human potentialdrew her from the world of food-related pursuits to one of feeding the soul. Taking a non-traditional education path, she has studied extensively in the areas of yoga, chi kung, shamanism, Buddhism, Kashmir Shaivism and Kabbalah.  She has been a yoga instructor for many years and a chi kung teacher for the past five years.  . with her husband of many years.  For Susan, the practice of Inquiry has provided a sense of relief - a welcome rest in the self.  It’s given her a wider appreciation and embracing of all life, and an enhanced connection to the vast intelligence that guides it all. Please contact Susan at:

Some of our Organizational Clients include

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia  
Whole Foods Markets  |  Hollyhock Leadership Program  | S.I. Systems
Urban Matters  |  Mindfield  |  Xstrata Copper  |  Stonewater Properties  
Mediavalet  |  Empeco  |  Institute for Family Enterprise Advisors
Talemetry  |  Traction  |  Senor Pique Restaurant  |  EBC Business School  
Mission School  |  Chill Winston  |  Waterworks Technology School  
Brockton Preparatory School  |  No-Limits Group  |  Grupo Trevox  
Teradici  |  Synchronicity  |  Colligo  |  Grupo Dragon

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" The Work of Byron Katie is life-changing. The Innerland program provides a structure and community to support participants to dive deeply into these transformative processes. My relationship with my family, work and creative passions has transformed 180° over the past year due to this course and a beautiful part of this has been the fact that no one else in my life had to change for this transformation to happen. I've become clearer and more empowered and live with a greater sense of possibility and expansion that I had previously imagined for myself. The program is structured in a way that it could fit into my already very full schedule of parenting and career. Yet it had all the depth and the commitment one would wish from and immersion course. Tania is a gifted and brilliant facilitator and trainer. I would recommend this course to anyone seeking to go deeper into The Work and discover and uncover their own freedom. "

Jacob Steele, Banyen Books Program Coordinator
2014-2016 Coach Graduate

Pedro is a master of "...educating in the radical sense, i.e., Latin “educo”: to draw out or bring forth (that which is already within)"  ~ Richard F Hay

To this day The Work I did with you was the most amazing ever, and not because I haven't done great work by myself and with others, but it taught me that I could do the work with an open heart, and not believe my client's facilitator's stories more than they do.  You showed me by example how to percieve innocence at a level I had never been able to before.  Your open heart is what allowed mine to open also. 

Tania is just wonderful to work and be with. A wide range of qualities come to my mind whilst writing this. Let me name some: gentle, friendly, able to go slow, creative, open to inquire fearlessly, straightforward, looking for simplicity and the profoundness of that, humorous and just wonderful to bewithin that, able to acknowledge where situations could improve in her actions and ways, humble, open to experiment, fearless in stepping into new things, loving, and there you go. So if you want to have fun, learn with each other, have exciting times I would certainly suggest to work and hangout with Tania. I wouldn't hesitate a split second to step into that. ~ Maaike Hoijtink

It took me less than five minutes to realize that Pedro is one of those individuals that you must have close to you. His natural interest and talent for helping people is quite remarkable. It is not about the willingness to help, which is often available from friends and family. It is all about the quality of help that he provides. His broad credentials bring to the table the most surprising questions and practical exercises. His brilliant mind guides you through several scenarios which enable you to make seemingly impossible decisions easily. Once you have your solution, it is amazing how logical it turns out to be. Truth to be told, he comes with deep experience and fresh approach. ~ A. Ramos.

I have been facilitated by dozens of people when it comes to The Work, and Tania is one of the most skilled. In fact, thinking about it, I'd say she's in the top 3, and Byron Katie  herself is one of those three. You're in good hands with Tania.  ~ Rick Hoogendoorn

Doing Inquiry is so uplifting, truthful and freeing and the method is so simple.  Experiencing it with Tania, it becomes even more extraordinary.  Her artful guidance blends fierce honesty, humour and humility and encourages us to move beyond the surface of our existence.  Her lively and enlightened approach has helped me unpack mountains of interrelated, limiting beliefs and long-held behavioral patterns that weren’t serving me in my personal or professional life.   I highly recommend Tania to individuals or groups who are ready to step toward a deeper engagement with life.  Susan Morrison - Board of Directors, Vice-President Kootenay Co-op

I truly believe that a business is an experience that can be as sacred as any other relationship. I wanted to live that sacredness in my business relationship and I am grateful Life sent me Pedro to think outside of the box and to find the tools I needed to validate my heart's desires in business. Through my discussions with Pedro Cortina, I found powerful advice that gave me the clarity I needed to move forward and to empower me during my business transition. By now, I finally make friends with friction and storms, because I have been taught that they offer the gift of spark and wonderful colors...' ~ C. Roy

Tania and I worked together in a tele-course and at a BKI event. Her experience as a Facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie and willingness to hold the space for her clients as they inquire into their thoughts is thorough and compassionate. I endorse her whole-heartedly as a colleague, friend and facilitator.” ~ Robyn Povich"Thank God!!! We have certified facilitators in Vancouver, Canada. Inspiring!  It was absolutely wonderful! Thank you.  What worked: The way she gets involved and does The Work for herself. Tania's soft, caring, loving and compassionate way of doing facilitation. Tania is extremely gifted as a facilitator. Tania's willingness to disclose her deep truth when giving examples. Truly eye opening. Tania was a wonderful presenter. ~ VB
Doing The Work is a very rewarding experience for me - doing it with Tania is rewarding at a whole other level-. It opened my awareness of myself in a way that was profoundly life changing. It was a combination of Tania's incisive clarity and unconditional acceptance, and the result left me feeling as light as a feather and as deep as the sea. That feeling has stayed with me, and has impacted the way I live my life and the way I interact with my family, friends and collegues. Life is more fun, my relationships are richer and deeper, and I find that I am more accepting of myself and others. ~ Carol  
I found Pedro to be truly open, honest, and supportive, a wonderful communicator and an excellent leader and mentor.  It is rare to have the opportunity to work with someone who has your best interest at the forefront while demonstrating the ability to avoid compromising progress.  Pedro has undoubtedly discovered an approach that others would be best advised to follow.  I strongly believe that Pedro represents the type of leader who would benefit any organization. ~ M. Williams

Life changing events are just that – life changing.  When these times occur in our lives we have a choice on how to react to them. Not everyone is instinctively able to choose to accept what happens in their lives in a positive and constructive way. I was one of those people and sometimes still struggle. I thought my life was “done” in a sense when my marriage ended. It was a long journey for me before I found Tania and the Work. It was not until then that I was able to finally begin to heal, learn and grow from the experience. As a result I think I am finally beginning to “live” – really live in a much more peaceful and joyful place and with a zest for life that I could not have even imagined existed. Tania herself has been an excellent resource and coach. She is extremely supportive but also open and tough when she needs to be! She is also very good at finding many ways to explain and illustrate things when you can’t quite see it. I can’t express how lucky I am to have found Tania and the Work. It has literally changed my life. Life can be fun and filled with love and excitement – and after doing The Work and I can say that with complete confidence and believe it. ~ AM Vancouver
As life goes by, I found myself acquiring experience, exposure and higher responsibilities, which for me, is a great thing. On the downside, I found tougher to find in who to trust. People start saying to you what you want to hear instead of their true opinion. Pedro is a key supporter of my well being and he is present in all my important decisions. He is one of a kind, very well prepared and deeply devoted to help people. I’m amazed by his honesty of saying what he thinks about my personal and business situations. He provides a vast range of examples and approaches to solve complex issues which always come as pure oxygen in the middle of any crisis. I wish everyone can benefit from his fresh approach and vast experience. ~ G. Grost
Pedro has this candid way of looking directly in your eyes and then asking the most revealing questions. His smile dissolves your deepest troubles and you find yourself ready to take life once again. He has been there for me in every important decision I’ve made. I hope this continues.~ A. Radson
Meeting Tania Fierro is like meeting a colorful burst of sunlight. As a regular Tuesday morning Wild Woman Workout™ participant, she arrives fresh, focused and full of light, her face open and bright! Our chats throughout the class are lively and enlightened and it is through these exchanges that I have come to know the sincerity with which she approaches her work and life. My journey of artistic growth and self-discovery has led me to many so-called helpers and healers. During this trip I have learned some mighty important questions to ask: Putting all of his/her words, ideas and accolades aside, is this person a healthy, impressive example for me? Does this person come from a place of sincerity or is this person wearing the mask of healing, or the mask of spirituality? Tania is a dedicated journeyer, her travels run deep and true and she wears no mask. I recall one of many poignant moments we shared as we were discussing this wild path of mine, (remembering that I am always a student in my own classroom!), and she simply said, ‘Patience in your truth’. These words stay close by me all the time because to compromise my truth due to impatience would get me what exactly? ~ Donna-Lynne
My experiences in Tania’s parenting group continue to be of enormous benefit in my relationships with my children, husband, friends, and most of all, with myself. Tania inspires me to explore who I really am being in any given moment, and that awareness has positive impacts far beyond any “tips and techniques” parenting course I’ve taken. As a parenting educator, I will never teach another “how to” course because I see that being intentionally present and aware is the key to wonderful relationships, rather than what we say or do. Tania facilitates with great love, presence and patience, allowing every participant to be safe and free being just who they are. ~ Leslie Fitzsimmons
When people in our company wonder about my ability to tackle opportunities and face uncertainty, Pedro always comes to my mind. He has been my personal coach since high school when we developed a strong mentorship relationship. He taught me about the kinds of things that rarely appear on books. These teachings are as good for solving business situations, as for sorting out personal crisis. His sharp and focussed advice always comes at the right time to dissolve apparently impossible situations. The path is not always easy, as he often pushes and challenges your mind to go beyond; yet, results are both tangible and permanent. Hope you enjoy working with him, all you can loose are your conflicting paradigms and troubles. ~ W. Branger
I experienced Tania as a skilled facilitator and mentor who helped me inquire about my uninvestigated stressful thoughts/beliefs using The Work of Byron Katie.  Tania's open and gentle heart combined with her warm sense of humor provide a safe environment for clients to 'go deeper' using The Work.  Ultimately I was able to find freedom (and relief!) from some long-held beliefs. Thank you Tania. ~ Dian
Tania is the consummate professional. She is insightful, compassionate yet firm and has a thorough understanding of the Work and it's use in positively redirecting one's life. I recommend her highly.
~ Chris Storm


- Curflexion - 
Living the Infinite Space of Being


Immediately behind our human experience of internal separation and suffering, there is a vast and open space of understanding, connection and compassion, where we become fully alive and at peace with existence and with ourselves. 

~ We can get there ~


- Curflexion - 
Living the Infinite Space of Being


Immediately behind our human experience of internal separation and suffering, there is a vast and open space of understanding, connection and compassion, where we become fully alive and at peace with existence and with ourselves. 

~ We can get there ~

A Masterful "One Stop Shop" of a Book!

By Richard Hay author of "Out of My Mind and Back to My Senses: The Object of Life Is To Find Out Who I Am."

A masterful "One Stop Shop" for everything you'll ever need to know about the "nuts and bolts" of the "human condition," how to transcend the "self-inflicted wounds" it naturally engenders and, even more importantly, how to maximize an as yet untapped Limitless Potential to Be -- not through personal self-effort that only serves to reinforces ego, but through a direct experience of that "Self-Same Limitless Nature of Being."

On a more personal note, as those of us who love the "heartfelt insights" Dr. Cortina's ingenious questions on Face Book inevitably call forth know, Pedro is a master of "...educating in the radical sense, i.e., Latin “educo”: to draw out or bring forth (that which is already within)"; as another master teacher and dear friend is fond of putting it.

Buy this book -- you won't be disappointed!

Rich Hay
Author of "Out of My Mind and Back to My Senses" and
"The Object of Life Is To Find Out Who I Am."

"This is the real deal. Dr. Cortina's words are so profound and true. It brings together wisdom of many masters and traditions in a format I can understand, in a real world way. I'm grateful for his understanding of the mind and his great capacity to bring it to the world in a helpful way."

~ Dr. Lara Patriquin, MD

What is Curflexion?  When we step between opposing mirrors we are stepping into an infinite reflection. Imagine now that your body becomes transparent while you are standing between those two mirrors.  What would you see?  You would see pure, endless space.  You would be looking at infinity from infinity and hence subject and object would disappear eliminating all source of conflict, allowing for perfect space, wholesome spontaneity, inner sustainability and profound fulfillment to manifest. This is Curflexion. 

Dr Pedro Cortina

SEE what others are saying about CURFLEXION:

Finished reading the first round of Curflexion and WOW! I feel some of the words rippling and swirling and some sinking into stillness whole and complete into Silence...utterly non-utterable Silence. Thank you for the instant years of you that shine in this book!  ~ J.T.

I have been a buddhist monk in Thailand, studying Zen for more than 18 years, I have some experiences in hermits monasteries and also some of solitude and silence in Siberian and Thai forests and caves. I've read Zen classics, buddhists sutras, and some of christian mystics and fathers of the desert... ...and from all this experiences I must say, that this book is just brilliant! This 'must' come from deep understanding of total freedom. Thank you! ~ J.S.


Dr. Pedro Cortina is the managing partner at the Innerland Institute. An author, speaker, counselor, coach, facilitator, trainer, transformation specialist and leadership consultant with more than 20 years of experience in leadership and personal transformation roles that include business, education, consulting, coaching and counseling.  He has dedicated his life both to personal and organizational transformation. He is the author of Curflexion, a guide for moving away from our underlying human experience of separation and unfulfillment.

Pedro holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in philosophy and economics, education, and leadership from Universidad Iberoamericana, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary respectively. He teaches executive MBA students in the areas of leadership, strategy and human resources. He is a Certified Counsellor by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association in New York, a Certified Facilitator from the Institute for The Work, a Certified Business Solutions Provider from One Smart World, and a graduate from the Oxford Finance Program at the University of Oxford, UK.  Additionally, throughout his life, he has fully immersed in several eastern transformational traditions such as Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and Advaita.  Contact:

Immediately behind our human experience of internal separation and suffering, there is a vast and open space of understanding, connection and compassion, where we become fully alive and at peace with existence and with ourselves. 

~ We can get there ~


"In this book, we will explore each of the composites of human experience that keep us being part of our apparently endless, exhausting, confusing, and painful separation condition, in order to understand and alleviate our situation. We will also explore a practical model to embody Curflexion so that we may finally step into the vast open space of freedom that we intuitively know exists beyond our daily experience of confusion, separation, anxiety, or overall suffering.

This book is certainly not to be presented as an academic or even necessarily as a structurally logical approximation to address a gradual understanding and systematization of the elimination of suffering. Far from being a psychological manual or a traditional self-help book, this work is intended to be an engaging and applied philosophical and educational invitation towards actually experiencing the fully independent, self-sustainable, self-fulfilling, and entirely self-contained state of Curflexion."

The poetry in CURFLEXION ...


Now lives within.
It is the answer behind the answer.
The lost tradition of inquiry.
The clarity that bears everything! 

It produces compassion,
yet compassion does not produce it. 

It produces bliss,
yet bliss will not take you there. 

It gifts you invincibility,
yet invincibility will deceive you. 

It manifests peace,
yet peace will not create it.

O, Inner Truth!
Defending nothing,
losing everything.

It is complete.

More about CURFLEXION ...

"In Curflexion, there is no grasping or sense of being incomplete, and therefore, we experience Being at its fullest. An answer to our suffering condition as human beings actually lies in allowing for the pristine, endless space of Curflexion to manifest, rather than attempting to fix our problems by juxtaposing positivity with negativity or trying to find lasting refuge from suffering in the many alternatives we are usually offered.

The way to access Curflexion is not through a particular method, strategy, sequential procedure or mechanism. The fact is that there is actually nothing to change or oppose. In essence, we access Curflexion naturally and effortlessly as a result of allowing the profound assimilation and deep experiential understanding of the true nature of our internal reality."

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