CrainioSacral & Massage Therapist
Massage Therapy caught my interest after college when I researched its positive effects: alleviating depressive symptoms, reducing stress, enhancing attentiveness, reducing pain, and improving immune function. I moved to Colorado and studied massage and neuromuscular therapy. For over 16 years, I have loved helping others experience such benefits through massage and other beautiful modalities that have crossed my path. In 2000 I was introduced to craniosacral therapy during a workshop and I was fascinated by this form of working with the nervous system that was not yet well known. Four years later I began receiving sessions when I was pregnant with my daughter and I was amazed by it’s gentle, and yet deeply powerful effects. Never before had I experienced bodywork so profound and I knew this was a modality I wanted to study extensively. I enrolled in a 2 year Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy program where I healed, processed, and learned about the physiological and somato-emotional intricacies of the craniosacral system and how it relates to our whole being. I have worked at several centers for health and wellbeing, spas including The Four Seasons, and The Chopra Center where I was trained in Ayurvedic treatments and meditation, but I found that I best use my gifts working in a treatment center where clients are wanting to shift and transform their lives. I provided craniosacral therapy and massage at Casa Palmera Treatment Center to over a thousand patients confronting addiction, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, and/or depression. I love witnessing others’ capacity to heal and I am excited to be a part of the team at Villa Kali Ma.
Yoga & Guided Meditation Instructor
It is my passion and purpose to assist individuals through the process of embracing their own journey of healing. It was through my personal journey of healing from anxiety, depression and codependency that I was led to numerous years of self-study which included the research and self-experimentation of various healing modalities, one of which was Yoga Nidra.
In a short time of discovering Yoga Nidra, my life began to transform, seemingly effortlessly, before my eyes. Disruptive patterns and habits were replaced with more constructive ones, and positive, lasting, change began to take place. Through my own journey of healing and transformation, I felt called to share this practice, and others, with my students.
I hold a Masters degree in psychology and I am an accredited 500-hour yoga and meditation teacher. Additionally, my studies and expertise expand into the areas of mindfulness, positive psychology, happiness and law of attraction. I have successfully molded my interests in these areas to create a unique experience that is designed to assist individuals on their path of transformation and healing, while bringing about positive changes and improving the quality of their life.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
I am a certified level 1 Kundalini yoga teacher. I have practiced yoga for over a decade, and was inspired to sign up for teacher training at Yoga West in Los Angeles, after taking only a few Kundalini classes. I am especially motivated to bring this technology to those healing from addiction and is currently studying plant based nutrition at e-Cornell University. I live in San Diego with my amazing teenage daughter and our Sphinx cat, Bellatrix.
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
Holistic Nutritionist, Health Coach and Chef
My name is Madeline and I’m a holistic nutritionist/health coach and plant based chef. My passion for health and cooking started when I was dealing with my own chronic illness diagnosis. I knew that I didn’t want to feel sick and was determined to learn every thing I could about natural healing.
I studied holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where in addition to learning the foundations of nutrition as it relates to the mind, body and spirit, I learned how to listen to people to address underlying causes of their health grievances.
I have since taken a keen interest in herbalism and medicinal mushrooms and love to spread my knowledge to others. My classes are focused on taking away the idea of perfectionism as it pertains to diet and to find joy and meaning in preparing and eating plant based food. I seek to educate others on how to live a natural, plant based lifestyle that is easy, accessible and sustainable in every day life.
Sustainable Living Program
My name is Erik Hjermstad, and I am a Gardener, Permaculture Designer, and lifelong resident of North County San Diego. A health crisis in my teens has encouraged a life path of deep exploration of what it means to be healthy, and how we may best achieve health in our lives. I have discovered that the connection with nature and the abundance of our garden are our true sources of health and happiness. I have now dedicated my life to designing and developing healthy garden ecosystems, from the backyard scale to farm scale and beyond. I am grateful to invest my time and energy into this ultimately important task, and grateful for the many community collaborations in support of this work.
Massage Therapist and Certified Reiki Healer
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and found my passion for healing while working for two years as a physical therapist assistant in an orthopedic rehabilitation center. Wanting to expand my horizons, I moved to San Diego, California in 2014 and graduated as a Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School. Soon after, I completed my 200 hr Yoga teacher training at the Soul of Yoga, noticing how interconnected massage and yoga are.
I believe we all have the innate capability to heal ourselves once we honor where we’re at in the moment, physically and energetically, without any judgement. I use an intuitive approach to create the ideal safe environment for your bodies (energetic, emotional, physical) to unwind. I strive to make each session on my table a meaningful experience by listening to the body and applying modalities such as deep tissue, Lomi-Lomi, Tui-Na, Swedish, Myofascial Pain-Relief, Reiki, and more, according to your specific needs, in order to guide you toward peace and equanimity
"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.