Kachina is a gentle spirit with an inner strength and ability to focus energy for healing. Her deep yearning for Spiritual development and expression guided her journey to South India at the age of 24 to delve deeply, for over 30 yrs, into ancient practices that ultimately awakened in her clarity through intention, compassionate sensitivity and a discerning intuition.
These qualities express through her life long training in the healing arts of: The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, Bones for Life, Iyengar Yoga, Wu Style Tai Chi and Chi Gong, Massage Therapy, Jin Shin Jytsu, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Kachina is a Wisdom of the Earth Medicinal Aromatherapist.
The infusion of the high frequencies of Wisdom Of The Earth Essences into her own body has graced her life and that of the others she serves. The Spirits of the Plants and Trees, through Wisdom Of The Earth Essences, open our hearts and invite a depth of sweet, self compassion essential for our personal and global transformation. Anointing student/clients before or during a session accesses this core alignment to their Source to guide their healing/freedom process with gentleness and love.
With over 20 years of experience as an Integrative Wellness Practitioner, Leila’s Level 1 WOTE certification class offers a wealth of information.
In addition to the three-day beautifully curated curriculum, you will also receive valuable aromatherapy case studies from Leila’s clinical aromatherapy experience during her work at the UCI Samueli Institute. Whether it’s studying virtually or in person, this Level 1 class will truly be a life-changing experience in terms of connecting you to the powerful energies of the medicinal essences.
Leila’s classes are a beautiful heart-opening journey, designed to reconnect you to yourself, to the Natural world that you live in and to open you to the living wisdom of the essences. The healing, wisdom + gifts you will receive from taking this course will last you a lifetime and afford you the ability to serve your family, friends, pets and community in a practical way.
Leila’s creative, loving and joyful method of teaching combines her vast background in the Healing Arts, Yoga, Vedic Sciences, Universal Kabbalah and Astrology.
Leila is a graduate of the Southern California University of Health Sciences. Leila is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, California Massage Therapist; Naam Yoga + Shakti Naam Teacher; Aerial Yoga, Aerial Yin Restorative and Aerial Pilates Teacher; Wisdom of the Earth Medicinal Aromatherapist & Level 1 Certification Teacher + Instructor and Harmonyum Healing Practitioner.
Leila is a board-certified professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM).
Kat Augustdottir – Shuford ~ is a Master Medicinal Aromatherapist, Shamanic Healer and Intuitive for Plant Consciousness. She is grateful to be one of the original teachers for Wisdom of the Earth which has blessed her with over a decade of personal, family and client successes to share with her students. Her personal protocols and “plant prescriptions are shared in her classes in order to give her students a jump start into the powerful world of essential essences. She credits the essences with strengthening her galactic and off world connections as well as deepening her remembrance of her commitments to Gaia. Kat teaches practical medicinal aromatherapy for all health concerns and has raised all three of her children as well as her first grandchild with an out of the box approach that is counter to western medical standards. She promotes personal accountability and courage and supports her students in making radical steps to healing on all levels that reach far beyond their time in the classroom.
“There was a moment of intensity at the onset of the journeying with the plant essences that came close to being overwhelming for me. Deep inside myself, because of similar past experiences I knew I was alright and that the process was of breaking through a barrier of self limitation that I was willing to go through. But a reassurance was needed. And in that moment Kat was there for me as a strong, compassionate guide…She held me with her eyes until I felt completely safe. And with that renewed strength I ventured forth into a journey that was transformative. Kat’s level of attention and depth of perception is a gift you may wish to experience first hand.” Kachina A. Texas!
Kat would love to hear from you and learn more about your journey and your interest in the power of the the plants and trees! She is always happy to share her classes, sacred music and healing work with the essences and Mother Earth in hopes to inspire you on your path.
In 1996, while living in Los Angeles, Susan Bender had an “Ah-ha” moment. Despite years of success in the entertainment industry, she was discontent and feeling disconnected. Her mind kept going back to a time in her life in which she spent months in physical therapy recovering from a near fatal bike accident. “I remember how much pain relief and well-being I felt through the natural healing arts during my rehabilitation,” she recalled.
She realized a high-stress career was not the right choice for her. She began studying and practicing traditional massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy in California, but felt drawn back to her roots in New Mexico, settling in Santa Fe, a community she loves for its natural beauty and openness to holistic lifestyles.
As a licensed massage therapist, specializing in Ancient Lomi Lomi, Susan is drawn to ancient healing practices. She spent years looking for the best essential oils to use as medicine in her practice. When she met the owner of Wisdom of the Earth in 2011, she knew she had found the right match.
Finding these essences was like finding a missing puzzle piece. Helping others uncover their true light and healthiest self is Susan’s passion. In addition to teaching Level 1 classes, she provides private consultations and has developed Anointings, using the essences to specifically enhance immunity, energize, release stress and boost overall wellness. More information can be found on Susan’s website.
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Jen has been captivated by the brain-body connection her whole life and how plants can help strengthen and heal that connection. First attending UC Berkeley at age 12 for Neuropsychology and moving on to Pre-Med at UC Irvine, she thought her path was in western medicine.
However, after being discouraged by the medical system and trying to heal her own chronic illness, she began a more shamanic journey. This led her down to the jungle multiple times to work with the healing plants of the Shuar, Matses and Shipibo tribes and up to Montana to mentor with a medicine woman.
She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, and WOTE Level 2 Medicinal Aromatherapist. She trained in the Peruvian Jungle with the medicines of the Matses Tribe and has been blessed to share Kambo with the western world.
She believes that plant essences are one of the most supportive connections we have available at this time on earth to help us with the many transitions and transformations (whether physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual) we are facing inside and around us.