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My job is to awaken possibility in others. 

I have always been a healer, but haven't always known how to do it well. I had to go through my own series of personal disasters in order to come out on the other side with the compassion, wisdom and maturity to then assist others in freeing themselves. 

I am an artist, a teacher, a musician, a scientist and a healer. I am a trickster, dreamer, and wisdom-keeper. I am an earth protector—called an Ilpho in the tradition of my teacher. I work and live to heal relationships, both those we have with the outside world and each other as well as those we form with ourselves. I am a vegetarian and insomniac, a writer and a reader, a meditator and an over-thinker. I am a lover of beautiful things, a feng shui novice. If things go well I’ll finish this life as a loving assistant and architect of rooms and buildings and societies as well as of minds and hearts and bodies. I am a perceiver and creator of all things awesome, inspiring and curious. 

I am a Shamanic Healer, in the true sense.  Traditional Shamans were the ‘total’ healer in tribal communities, functioning as psychologists, medicine people, teachers, mentors, artists, priests and musicians.  I, like other shamanic practitioners, am a channel. A bridge. I am and always have been able to connect with other ways of knowing, and when you have forgotten your connection to all that is it is this medicine that calls you back. 

I know things, and I don’t know how I know them. My work is the act of surrender and stepping aside--as this medicine is how source energy comes through me--and then teaching that practice of surrender to others so that they may also experience the full expression of their potential. We are all here to participate in the healing of the world, if we believe that to be so. This is the medicine for those people who trust that concept and want to contribute to the building of a world founded in compassion, joy, mutuality and possibility as well as the full expression of their individuality. 

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Integrative Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and am an initiated Shamanic Practitioner after five years of study. I have studied with Bolivian, Tibetan, Lakota, and Haida teachers. 

I am also a certified Crisis Interventionist, Yoga Teacher, Wellness Coach, Reiki practitioner, wife, and mother. 

My gifts in practice are humor, clarity and joy. I work with the energy and spirit of the trickster, and while I tend to use the light side of this as often as possible, if you are need of a well-placed kick in the ass I will not think twice. What I want, more than anything, is for those who seek healing to find it, and it is my role and purpose to help facilitate such work. 

 

 

Testimonials

Ciel is a very bright individual, and is a great light not only for integrative medicine, but also for the world in general. She has a thorough grasp of the scientific perspective of herbal medicine and its effects on the body, as well as a profound connection to the spirits of medicine inherent in the plants, that if invoked grant benefits far beyond what can be expected from standard naturopathic care.

Ciel is a multifaceted, dynamic practitioner who is very down to earth and scientific with a depth of mind that reaches into the unknown and brings to light what is essential to heal.
— Kurt B, Herbalist
Ciel has been my life coach for more than a year, and has helped me in so many ways. Originally I was only looking for help with my eating habits and nutrition. However, I get so much more of our sessions, as she coaches me on mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of my life as well. I always come out of the sessions all fired up, ready to make changes, full of new ideas, greater self esteem. I am learning how to love myself no matter what, which is big for me.

Its easy to open up to Ciel, she has this easy to approach, friendly, trustworthy personality. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of life and gives great suggestions. Also, in between sessions, she follows up with me on the plan we have set up for the week, and sends encouragements.

I strongly recommend her to be anybody’s life coach. I’m a changed person since Ive known her. Thank you Ciel for all your kind, encouraging, caring words and advice.
— Renata P, Nurse

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Ciel is an extraordinary presence in the lives of the people she and her work touch. She doesn’t just bring, she is calm, love, deep insight and an incredible store of knowledge about how to heal the human mind, body and spirit.
— Tara-Nicholle Nelson, CEO Transformational Consumer Insights/Former VP Marketing MyFitness Pal

Ciel has been a phenomenal healer, guide and friend throughout our
somewhat adventurous journey towards healthy bodies and overall well-being. We were lucky enough to meet her at a time when we were both grappling with significant emotional and physical challenges, and she’s been instrumental in our recovery and approach to our health.
She combines insights and practices from different systems of medicine and healing, and does so with extraordinary intelligence and generosity. Working with her has helped us begin to rediscover ourselves with joy, not frustration... and that is the greatest gift she could have ever offered us! Thank you, Ciel.
— Ashwin & Anusaya, Cultural Creatives