Founder & Executive Director
Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, Spiritual Life Coach,
Ayurvedic Counselor in Training & Plant-Based Chef
The idea of Villa Kali Ma came to me while I was in Bali Indonesia taking a 200-hour Yoga Teacher training in early 2012. Just prior to this I had attended a 30-day residential treatment center and spent 4 months in a women’s sober living facility. As a result, I had experienced a dramatic transformation and healing of my psyche, as well as an ‘awakening’ experience that was so profound that it radically changed the way I think and live my life. From these experiences, the idea for Villa Kali Ma manifested.
After my first teacher training in Bali, I continued to study and expand my knowledge and skills in yoga, spirituality and meditation. I began with taking a Spiritual Life Coach certification course and then I began training with every enlightened teacher I could find. I studied and took courses with over 15 internationally known Yoga and Meditation teachers from around the world. I completed a second 200-hour teacher certification course in Kundalini Yoga and completed the Inner Engineering Training Course with internationally known spiritual mystic Sadhguru. I am a certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher and I am also certified in Lifeforce Yoga for Depression.
Along with all of the yoga and meditation studies, I also attended approximately 15 continuing education conferences for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment over a period of 4 years, taking courses in Addictions, Eating Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Attachment Disorder, Co-Dependence, Love Addiction and other Mental Health Disorders. I am currently studying the ancient healing art of Ayurveda and will soon be a certified Ayurvedic Counselor.
I opened Villa Kali Ma in late 2012 as a Transitional Living Program for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. I taught daily yoga, meditation and spirituality groups and ran the whole program on my own. I was the chef, driver, teacher, life coach, group leader and housekeeper. Four years later, after gaining enough experience and knowledge in the field, I obtained licensure as a Residential Treatment Center in late 2016. Besides fulfilling my role as Executive Director at Villa Kali Ma, I still work directly with the clients and lead a group called Mindfulness, Meditation & Movement 3 days each week. As the head Chef, I do the meal planning and prepare dinner for the clients 5 nights per week.
Villa Kali Ma is a such a gift from beyond. I could have never planned or imagined my life would lead me here, but I am beyond happy and extremely grateful that I believed in this idea and somehow was gifted the tireless drive and inexhaustible willpower that it took to bring it to fruition. Now many amazingly talented women who are passionate about holistic healing have joined with me and together we have made Villa Kali Ma one of the most unique and powerful places on Earth for women to come and transform their lives.
Wellness and Mindfulness Coach
Nadia’s passion for learning and spirituality began as a child and lead her to completing a BA in communication at SDSU, then pursuing certifications as a Reiki Master, meditation teacher, art therapy life coach and RYT200 yoga instructor. As an active volunteer with Integrative Therapies in Hospice, Nadia brings to the forefront of her teaching the healing qualities of gratitude in present moment awareness.
Each workshop offers a sensory meditation that focuses on self-care by cultivating compassion, setting intentions and learning breathing techniques for stress resiliency and daily application for vitality.
With the creation of Mandalas or Zen art, each session uses botanicals and natural earth elements to celebrate the philosophy of impermanence while experiencing a tangible and visual meditation.
Nadia’s home has been qualified as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary, she shares her love of organic gardening with aromatherapy herbs and flowers all year long at each workshop. Creating beauty and sharing wellness practices from across her training and experiences is her passion and joy.
Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner & Chef / Yoga Teacher
I was introduced to Ayurveda at a yoga teacher training 10 years ago and loved it so much that I enrolled in the San Diego College of Ayurveda. Upon completion of the program I began seeing patients and recommending Ayurvedic supplements, spices and cleanses to help my clients heal and optimize their health and wellbeing. Knowing how important the role of diet is in Ayurvedic healing, I decided to continue my education and became a Certified Ayurvedic Chef at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley. I then attended Culinary School in Cincinnati and upon completion I created my own company, Wild Vedic Living, where I teach Ayurvedic cooking classes and workshops.
I find great joy in helping people learn about their dosha (constitution) and how their body and mind are made up of the 5 elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) in different combinations in each individual. Finding out what your imbalances are and then bringing them into balance to create optimal health and wellbeing is one of the key lessons in Ayurveda. It is a blessing to help individuals learn how to heal and thrive through Ayurveda. It is my mission to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with as many people as possible, so they can feel lighter, brighter, and healthier than they ever have!
Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach / Certified RYT800 Yoga Teacher / Beyond Addiction: Kundalini Based Recovery Program Practitioner
As a former Social Worker in the Middle East, I have always been passionate about working with women to overcome trauma and addiction. Having battled with these myself from early childhood and experiencing many years of unsuccessful treatments, I took it upon myself to find a solution. I have studied everything from psychology to nutrition to Eastern Medicine and yoga, all of which helped me to understand the power of the mind/body connection and its innate healing wisdom.
Through mindfulness, movement, meditation, and mentorship, I created a way to help others stop fighting and start living. With compassionate guidance I challenge the women I work with to move beyond their perceived limitations to realize their full potential and ultimately reconnect with their true authentic selves. My aim is to empower you with the tools you need to find freedom from addiction and live a life of passion and purpose.
I studied Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Beijing, China in 2000 for 3 years and then transferred to SCUHS in Whittier, California to get my Masters in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, along with my Doctorate of Chiropractic. Having also received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from UCLA in 1998, I have a well-rounded knowledge of the human body. The body and mind are amazing in the way each organ works individually, as well as holistically.
I became particularly interested in Addiction as I worked with more and more patients in the field. I found that alcohol and drug use were symptoms of a much deeper infliction. Acupuncture helps with the depression, anger, anxiety that are at the root of addiction – and without side effects. It also helps with any physical or emotional withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced. When we treat the body as a whole with acupuncture, the nervous system and the brain begin to balance out into our natural state of equilibrium and we can then function the way we were born to.
Health is not just the absence of disease or infirmity but the expression of life itself- being that of optimal physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. My goal is to help the patient overcome obstacles within their body and life to regain or maintain confidence through healthy living.
Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Foods Chef, Ho’oponopono Practitioner
Due to my own “dark night of the soul” experience, I awoke to something deeper, not based in the concepts of the mind. I experienced an emotional and psychological death so profound that for 2 weeks I felt as if I was not on earth. In the words of author Eckhart Tolle, this is the space in which “Nothing makes sense anymore, there’s no purpose to anything… and the meaning that you had given your life, your activities, your achievements, where you are going, what is considered important, for some reason collapses.”
I know the emotional, psychological and physical pain patterns that underlie addictive behaviors and the desire to escape reality. I know the roller coaster of hope and failure, the feeling of life being sucked right out of you, guilt, fear and meaninglessness. But most importantly, beyond these patterns, I know that “impossible” truly means, I’m possible.
And yes, I am in deep gratitude for this incredible journey, as it continues to unfold. I have dedicated my life to unconditional love, and to sharing powerful practical tools like Ho’oponopono, to awaken the true radiance that is the Essence of each Being. To compliment this soul journey, I became a certified holistic nutritionist, natural food chef, and detox expert. I guide clients to nourish them selves by creating an intuitive internal dialog with food. I joke that “Scales are for fish, not humans” and I don’t count calories or pounds, but I see real change happening, one conscious bite at a time.
“Your relationship with food is a metaphor for Life, how you nurture yourself is a window to your Soul.” ~ Elli
Sound Healer/ Reiki Practitioner
I am a holistic practitioner with degrees in Psychology and Management, certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Life Coaching, Reiki, Yoga and Meditation with an emphasis in Sound Therapy. My main mission is to empower others to work through additions, heartbreak, traumas and self sabotaging patterns.
One day, after realizing that my life had become one repetitive cycle, consumed by depression and social anxiety, I launched myself down a self-care holistic healing path. I discovered the many health benefits of reiki, yoga, sound healing, meditation and cognitive psychology. I’ve built a wellness practice, E.I.P.L. (Every Individual Person is Love) Healing, utilizing the techniques that have helped me overcome and break patterns of cheating, addiction, mental abuse and emotional manipulation.
I fuse my knowledge of psychology, relationships, yoga, meditation and sound therapy to help people connect to themselves on a deeper level, helping them uncover and face their darkness and shadows. I provide a space for them to practice acknowledgment, acceptance and change. I enjoy teaching people how to establish authentic connections and build healthy relationships to invite more love into their lives’, starting with themselves.
Holistic Trauma Practitioner
I was born and raised here in Southern California. I am a Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, and TRE ®(trauma releasing exercises) facilitator. Growing up as the oldest of four siblings I’ve always had a strong desire to be of service and help others. Dealing with my own anxiety from a young age, I believed that feeling like this was part of my identity. I tried my first yoga class at the age of 15 and remember feeling a sense of peace in those last two minutes of Savasana I didn’t know I could access. The more I practiced the more this feeling would linger and I began to use the breathing techniques I learned in class throughout my day to day life. I couldn’t help but wonder why something as simple as knowing how to breathe deeply wasn’t common knowledge. I became passionate about learning more about Yoga and knew I wanted to share this with others. I began the process of becoming a yoga teacher right after graduating high school. I got my 200 hour Yoga certification through Core Power Yoga in 2016. Shortly after my training I received my first Reiki 1 attunement, which gave me a greater understanding of the subtle energy body and “holding space” for my students in class. After teaching for a few years I did another 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Annie Carpenter’s Smart Flow Yoga Teacher Training. Eventually this path led me to one of my favorite healing modalities TRE® (Trauma Releasing Exercises). TRE has helped me navigate through different traumatic experiences in my life and has become a staple in my own self care routine. Through combining the knowledge of each one of these modalities my mission is to hold a space of safety, guide people back into full body presence, restore their nervous system and provide the tools to heal from within.
Born and raised in South Africa, I believe coming from Africa has been an important gift that has supported my journey as a Healer.
I bring to Villa Kali Ma 30 years of experience in the field of Esoteric-Spiritual
Healing and the Mystical Arts.
From an early age, I was initiated into healing by the Shaman I met in South Africa. They encouraged me to “walk the way of the Healer”, through their instruction and years of spiritual exploration I was guided to open my “bag of bones” (healing tools) gifted to me by my ancestors. I hail from a long lineage of Intuitives and Healers, which naturally allowed me to follow my passion and discover my innate healing gifts.
My life has been dedicated to walking the Way of the Healer, my education and spiritual explorations span across many forms of healing modalities and shamanic practices, which is a long list of modalities, ranging from Evolutionary Light Healing, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Vedic Counseling,
Colour, Sound, and Aroma Therapy, plus, many more modalities.
Through my years of experience in the healing realm, I have been witness to marvelous miracles of spontaneous healing of mind, body, and spirit.
I feel honoured to share my gifts with the ladies who grace Villa Kali Ma. What I have witnessed is knowing, “anything is possible”.
My journey as a healer has allowed me to work with many individuals from all walks of life, including Olympic and World-class athletes.
I believe my pathis to inspire, awaken, and enlighten women on their healing journey.
I am an Ordained Minister & Priestess practicing Spiritual Healing and Intuitive Counseling, Sound Healing, Yoga, Vedic Counseling, Meditation, and much more. For more information visit me at BelindaPearl.com.
Holistic Healer and Massage Therapist
My path to holistic health started when I was about 5. My love of nature and my dad’s vegetable garden drew me to a life of discovering how our body works, and how important it is for us to live at one with nature.
I started my journey as a manicurist and utilized reflexology to care for my client’s ailments. From there my path grew as I became a reiki practitioner and enrolled in holistic massage school. I began studying Traditional Chinese medicine, martial arts, healing the body with food, Ayurvedic medicine, bodywork, and energy work.
This year, I reached 26 years of providing therapy for the mind, body, and soul and I am in just as much awe now as I was then at this magnificent life we all share. In working with so many people throughout the years, there is a common factor that leads a person through any hardship, problem, or condition and that is to fully embrace self-love. When we search for the depth of self-love we begin to shift into a higher perspective that embraces our internal wisdom, greatest healing power, and the connection to the oneness of all.
My mission is to guide people to understand how powerful, beautiful, and miraculous they are so that their souls can shine and become the light for others.
Holistic Healer / Reiki Practitioner/ Yoga Teacher
I grew up in a small town called Easton, Pennsylvania and embarked on my truth seeking journey to California in 2014. I grew up around alcoholism and addiction and it had given me problems of my own, which later turned into my biggest gifts and the work I am so grateful to do today.
The suffering I endured led me to finding Kundalini Yoga in 2018. That had led me to doing more trainings such as Y12SR (Yoga and the 12 Steps of Recovery), Kundalini Yoga – Beyond Addiction, Sekhem Reiki, Laughter Yoga, Breathwork facilitator, Holistic Health Coaching, as well as traveling to India to deepen my studies in Kundalini Yoga. I did this all the while continuing my day job as a dental hygienist. I’ve been practicing dental hygiene since 2006 and I am also passionate about the connection between our mouths and our bodies.
My mission and purpose is to help raise the consciousness of humanity so everyone has a chance to heal and experience heaven on Earth. I believe that the root cause of most health ailments and dis-ease lies within our unhealed childhood trauma and wounds. By taking a holistic approach to overall health and wellness, we have the ability to thrive in life and access our true potential and remember who we truly are. It is an honor to be your guide.
Shamanic Healer & Reiki Practitioner
Born and raised in San Diego, I feel a special connection for the land here and a drive to support the community from my heart. I owe a lot of my spiritual gifts and my work as a Shamanic Practioner to my own healing journey and the awarenesses I learned along the way. I believe the deeper we heal, the more space we open in our lives for beautiful experiences. It’s my mission and my purpose in life to raise the consciousness of those I come into contact with; to support others in their own healing journey towards creating space for the magic and beauty life has to offer.
I have always been on the path of the healer, before I was even aware what that really meant. The profound awareness of how the soul holds the energy of all of our experiences, spanning lifetimes has guided me on the path of a seeker to become the best healer I can be for others. This journey has led me into facilitating various modalities including shamanic journeying, crystal healing, sound healing, quantum energy healing, ceremony, meditation, past life work and so much more. Every modality holds a different key and I am honored to share some of these healing keys with the women at Villa Kali Ma.
Katherine “Kat” McEwan MA, REAT, ATR
I gained my undergraduate degree in Creative Expressive Therapies and postgraduate training in Art Therapy in 2015 in Derby, England. After my studies and several months of eye opening travel I moved from rural England to San Diego, CA. While living and working in beautiful San Diego I gained my Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR) credentials.
Over the years that I have offered Art Therapy services in clinical settings, I have had the honor of witnessing the powerful potential that Art Therapy is able to unleash in the recovery journey.
Although I have worked in many wonderful settings I have discovered my true passion lies in providing Art Therapy services to those embarking on the healing journey from trauma, addiction and co-occurring experiences. I am honored to be part of the Villa Kali Ma team providing a safe and welcoming space to discover, utilize and witness the creative process that is within every one of us.
"I don't believe it to be an exaggeration to say that Villa Kali Ma saved my life. I couldn't have asked for a better environment to heal and redirect onto a path towards true living."Kristen B.
"This place completely changed my life. I needed a drastic change from the typical recovery environment in order to stay sober long term. Villa Kali Ma was more than able to provide a safe healing environment for me to cultivate a strong spiritual connection through yoga, meditation, and an organic lifestyle. I can honestly say that I love who I am today and I am forever grateful for Villa Kali Ma!"Cynthia B.
"I am so grateful I found Villa Kali Ma, it has truly changed my life. Kay is awesome and the entire team who works there is absolutely amazing. I was introduced to many different types of therapy, healing and recovery options. I was able to choose what works for me and continue them outside of treatment once I went home. VKM is truly a tranquil place to start healing. If you are looking for treatment I would highly recommend making this the start to your recovery."Suzie H.