I am a dedicated student of ancestral healing practices and have been on the path of holistic healing since 2002 when I was first initiated in the art of Reiki I, II and III achieving Master level at age 15 in my home country Colombia. Since then, I have trained in different therapeutic modalities such as plant medicine work, indigenous shamanism, traditional Thai massage, yoga, Andean energy medicine and transpersonal psychology. I am an avid student of the ancestral cultures that have preserved these practices and follow the traditional principles of natural healing as observed by traditional Ayurvedic medicine and traditional indigenous medicine. I seek to integrate the tools I have learned in offering a sacred and safe space for therapy, and enjoy facilitating learning environments where others can learn these tools and offer their gifts to the world
As an anthropologist I works closely with the traditional indigenous healers and medicines in my home country Colombia as well as in Peru and I’m a researcher of therapeutic uses of plant teachers in ceremonial contexts. I hopes to help bring to light the benefits that can stem from the use of plant teachers and expanded states of consciousness in the awakening of self-awareness and higher wisdom.
I’m devoted to the cultivation of traditional healing practices through the use of plant teachers, therapeutic touch and self-awareness. It is this fascination for the intersections of body, mind and spirit that has guided me on the path of self-inquiry and has inspired me to practice with discipline as a vehicle for growing love and compassion for all sentient beings.
Maria holds a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies, Transpersonal Psychology and Transformative Life Coaching at The Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of North Florida and am a Licensed Massage Therapist from FSM in Gainesville, FL. I am also an independent massage educator an NCBTMB CEU approved provider for other licensed massage therapists. My yoga training has taken place in the United States in the lineage of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan as well as Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga in Colombia and Peru through the Inbound School of Yoga. I have spent time in Costa Rica, the United States, Peru and Colombia as a massage instructor and yoga teacher trainer where I have led several massage certification retreats and yoga teacher trainings through Inbound Yoga. My Thai massage training has been largely in Gainesville, FL under the tutelage of my long-time mentor and friend, Ariela Grodner director of the Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage. Additionally, I has traveled to Thailand to further my studies in Thai massage at the Sunshine Network School and TMC, and have spent time with recognized massage masters like Kam Thye Chow and Pichest. I thoroughly enjoy studying Hinduism, Buddhism, and indigenous wisdom from different cultures.
Besides all the studying I whole-heartedly enjoys singing, laughing, acrobatic yoga, martial arts, warrior yoga, traveling co-creating healing spaces and facilitating ritual and ceremonial work for others and sharing compassion and wisdom with those around me.
I am happy to share with you what resources may encourage your growth, if you have specific questions please contact me and I’ll be glad to answer any inquiries
My heart goes out in gratitude to all the medicine men and women, altar carriers, healers, shamans, yogis, meditators, philosophers, professors, and teachers I have had over the years in formal and informal settings. I cannot detail particular institutions where I have received some of the most profound teachings, because some of these have simply occurred in the context of life and through my world travels. I am happy to share stories and particular details in conversation if you have interest in any one particular direction. My path is your path, and the true compass lies in your heart.
-Prakriti by Robert Svoboda to learn about Ayurveda
-Books on Thai Massage by Kam Thye Chow, Asokananda and Ariela Grodner available on Amazon.com
Schools I have studied massage at:
-Bodhi Sangha Thai Massage – Gainesville, FL, USA
-Florida School of Massage- Gainesville, FL, USA
-TMC- Thai Massage Chiang Mai, Thailand
-Sunshine Network School of Thai Massage- Chiang Mai, Thailand
Schools I have studied yoga at:
-Yoga Veda – Bogota, Colombia
-Inbound School of Yoga International – Cusco, Peru
-Kundalini Research Institute – Orlando, FL, USA
Courses I have taken on Vipassana:
-Vipassana As taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, GA, USA
-University of North Florida, FL, USA
-The Graduate Institute, CT, USA
-Escuela de Reiki Universal – Bogota, Colombia
-Reiki Energia de Amor Universal en linaje de Mikao Usui , Bogota, Colombia