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CERTIFIED BY I-ACT Advanced Level and CERTIFIED BY NBCHT Advanced Level at Circle Of Life Healing Center, 912 Baca St Ste 5, Santa Fe, NM  87505. The teachers could not have been more lovely. Incredible teachers. They are now creating herbal botanicals.

As a young person in my twenties, colon hydrotherapy made complete sense to me. In New York City at that time, most practitioners were nurses practicing in chiropractic offices or out of their homes. It just always made sense to me, even at a young age. One wonders at these things on hindsight. No one I knew was doing any of these things and, in fact, my theatre friends were not much interested, but no matter, I was juicing, eating raw back-and-forth, often eating in an unbalanced way, i.e. too many nuts and dried fruit, mounds of carrot juice, but I was learning. When I finally decided to become a therapist, I felt it would be very intense work. I thought, well, it’s a match, l’m intense. Actually, ‘perception is all’. And that applies here as well. I no longer perceive it as an intense thing. You need to clean your house, so clean it. What’s the fuss.

Formal Nutritional Training at Hippocrates Health Institute

West Palm Beach, Florida, under the directorship of Brian Clement.

The year they opened, I was there for over six weeks. Anna Marie had her 2 year old little girl in a play pen. Being brand new, and necessarily cheaper, I had this incredible room with a hot tub and lots of amenities. The classes were superb, Florida was a treat, all this raw food, juicing wheat grass, sprouts, implants, yoga, you name it, we did it. So much energy we were playing frizbe at 3 in the morning. Just BUZZING.

Assistant to Dr. Gabriel Cousens Author of Conscious Eating

Gabriel CousensGabriel Cousens was my most influential teacher in terms of the Raw food lifestyle & some aspects of spirituality. He is, without reservation, the finest Raw Food guru/teacher in existence. He has done extensive work in many arenas. Thank you Gabriel. I’m honored.

When my daughter was four, I was looking to move out of the city. I adored New York, but raising a child as a single parent, you begin looking around for something else. I was in a book store in New York and Rainbow Diet by Gabriel Cousens dropped off the shelf, in that ‘way’, you know. It began everything. I read it, I called, he was giving work shops in the city or surrounding areas. I went to several, I hosted a Zero Point workshop, I asked him if he needed any help in Petaluma. The answer was yes, and we moved to Petaluma.

Participation in numerous of Dr. Cousens‘ Training Programs: Raw Food Preparation, Fasting Retreats, Nutritional Training, Reiki Training, Essene Training, Zero Point Training

Eventually Gabriel moved to Arizona to create Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. So, there I was in Petaluma. “Great place to raise kids” a man on the plane had said when I was flying out to live there, not knowing one thing about California. Talk about ‘going on Faith!’. Night sweats. High anxiety. Out on a limb. Far out. And so it goes and here I am.

Give yourself a treat. Watch his wonderful videos


With luminaries such as Gabriel Cousens – Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Brian Clement – Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Viktoras Kulvinskas – Hippocrates in Boston, Elaina Love, Cherie Soria, and James Reese (of personal assistance to my own balancing). I had taken so many nutritional classes and I became qualified to help persons with elimination diets, diets which are balanced for your Aurevedic body type, understanding how people with present intolerance for raw foods may learn to include more raw foods. And learning how to include smaller portions of steamed vegetables and — pending a client’s personal needs and preferences — small amounts of fish or poultry, possibly minimal specific low-mucus grains, etc, to find what works!

With Cherie Soria: Two Raw Food Preparation Certifications,
Live Culinary Arts Associate Instructor

Cherie Soria is the Queen of Raw Foods, hands down. I have since taught many classes in Raw Food Preparation. At present, I have taken a hiatus from teaching as my plate is very full and some of us know the intensity of conducting a raw food preparation class! Oye! Perhaps this is why my former husband used to say that my favorite thing to make for dinner was… Reservations ;-> When we were married, he once surrounded the kitchen with yellow crime scene tape! In defense: my classes were actually fabulous (see testimonials). I am adept at putting on a good show, but it’s not where my passion is. When really good raw crackers came on the market, I was in deep ecstasy!


1983 I was initiated into Reiki I and Reiki II in New York City. When I came to work for Gabriel Cousens as his assistant, I renewed my vows, so to speak, and took the work for Reiki I and Reiki II once again. An interesting thing happened to me as I received the initiation for Reiki II. That night, during my sleep, it felt exactly as though my spine was being worked on. Re-arranged. So much clicking around. It was profound at the time. I spent about a year doing Reiki III with Victoria Jayne who was initiated as a Master by Gabriel.

Unlike many present standards for attaining Reiki Certification and Reiki Masters. It took me the better part of a year to fulfill all the obligations. It made a huge difference.


In 1982, I was Licensed by the state of New York as a Massage Therapist having studied at the prestigious Swedish Institute in New York City. Our course of study was one year and 700 plus hours. A State Licensing Exam was required. I have been a successful massage therapist for twenty seven years. In California I gleaned a certificate in Thai massage and took a number of week end classes in various places.


I am a twice Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor

I received Certifications in two places: The Muktananda SYDA Yoga Ashram in South Fallsburg, New York and the Shivananda Method at the Serenity Yoga Center on the Upper West Side of New York City. I taught at the latter for a number of years and it was my first experience tapping into ‘why I’m on the planet’. I adored Yoga. I still believe there is nothing like Yoga. I used to cry every single day when I was becoming an instructor. I was releasing. But ecstatic releasing. It was before I knew these experiences had names, such as : You are experiencing Kryias; You are experiencing Kundalini; and so on. I admonish you not to name things too much. It diminishes, when you put something in a box.

I was a wonderful Yoga instructor. I adore it to this day. I felt it washed and cleaned me. I felt it took my body apart and reassembled it closer to the person that I came on the planet to be. Yoga is an Evolved Science. Even when you do it minimally, it is beneficial. And that is, and continues to be, my experience.