N A O M I L O V E
E D U C A T I O N A L
E X P E R I E N T I A L J O U R N E Y
Before I was born, my father planted a rose bush for me outside our home. For me, this gesture began to form my path to connecting with the plants. One of my first memories was walking around eating rose petals and honeysuckle flowers, being with the plants as a young girl was how I survived. By the age of seven I had started playing with making rose water. It was so beautiful to put those petals in a bowl filled with water, and how quickly the water smelled of roses. Rose is my beloved, my most cherished mother, teacher and guide. Rose medicine works with the spiritual heart, teaching us to be open and soft like her petals, yet have boundaries, thorns.
I had an adopted uncle that took me to the book store at age twelve, and said I could pic out any books I wanted, which then began my journey into studying herbal medicine, magic and spells, Native American healing and massage therapy.
I began studying more in depth when I was a little older when I met my first herbal teacher, Brigitte Mars, internationally known author and herbalist. She taught me the magic of the plants and how to use them for common ailments.
In 1997 I saved up enough money to go to India on my own. I stayed for six months, traveling learning and studying. I had the opportunity to sit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his yearly teachings in the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. I pilgrimaged to many of the sites where Buddha had travelled and sat and taught. Completing my travels with a six week silent Buddhist meditation retreat where I received transmissions of Medicine Buddha. New Years Eve 1997 I participated in an all night a full moon meditation in Bodhgaya, under the Bodhi Tree, at dawn I placed my forehead on the trunk of this sacred tree and a leaf fell to my feet, so very auspicious.
India was a mystical time for me, my encounters and experiences there, forever changed me.
While in India I also volunteered at the local clinic offering acupressure and massage to children afflicted with polio, to help relieve their pain and suffering. I had the honor of working with a seventh generation Reiki Master, which began studies in energy medicine.
After returning to the United States I decided to move to Ashland, Oregon and found myself apprenticing at the Herb Pharm, one of the country’s best botanical medicine companies. It was an amazing experience to work on a medicinal herb farm and live in a community of like-minded people. In trade for working on the farm we had a lovely home to share and the chance to learn from the local healers and herbalists in the community. After the program was complete I worked and lived on another flower farm in the area before I decided to return to Boulder to attend school to go to herb school.
In 1999 I moved back to Boulder to attend The Rocky Mountain School for Botanical Studies. I loved every moment of my three years at herb school and graduated a Certified Clinical Herbalist/Nutritionist. I have had the honor of learning from the worlds best herbal teachers some through the school and some through herbal conferences or personal relationships; David Hoffman, Rosita Arvigo, Susan Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Matthew Becker, Feather Jones, Paul Bergner, Sevensong, James Snow, Matthew Wood, Ryan Drum, Juliette de Baïracli Levy, Mindy Green, Brigitte Mars, Ann Drucker, Jyoti Wind, Deborah Francis, Alakananda Ma, Jeannine Parvati Baker, Terry Willard, David Winston, Rebecca Luna and Michael Moore to name a few. I was living in a teepee back in those days, in Boulder while in school, which makes it seem even more romantic when I look back on those times.
While at herb school I also began my studies in Shamanic Healing first with Shamanic Healer and Astrologer Jyoti Wind. Studying astrology gave me a deeper understanding of the general blueprint we each come into the world with and how the plants and the cosmos affect our lives on a very intrinsic level.
I also had the honor of apprenticing with Earth Centered Shamanic Healer and Herbalist, Ann Drucker for five years. Ann is such a dynamic teacher and healer, and remains a huge inspiration for my work in the world. Learning about the unseen worlds, helping spirits and the spiritual uses for plants from an earth-centered, wise-woman, shamanic tradition gave me insight and understanding of the world in a way that I always knew, but couldn’t speak to. Shamanism taught me about how we hold our emotions in our body, how to be in right relationship with the Earth Mother, and with our helpers and guides, how to travel to the unseen realms, how to support others through the process of soul retrieval, shamanic bodywork, extraction work and more. I am so blessed to have found Ann at such a young age, she is very dear to my heart.
When I was a teen I read the book, Sastun, My apprenticeship with a Maya Healer, by Rosita Arvigo. Ann was good friends with Rosita and inspired me to go down to Belize and immerse myself in the Maya tradition of healing. It was so empowering to learn about the female body in a different way than I had ever before. We learned the rituals, ceremonies and modalities the indigenous Maya healers had used for thousands of years to support women and men in coming home to their truest selves. I had the opportunity to study with Rosita Arvigo, Miss Beatrice Waight and Miss Granny Hortense, from whom I learned Maya Abdominal Massage and Spiritual Healing from the Maya tradition.
While I was staying at the magical Ixchel Farm in Belize, I had a dream that I moved to Hawaii to study bodywork. In order to offer this work to others Rosita wanted those learning to have a certain level of education in the ability of touch, so I thought to myself, I can make this happen, I can move to Hawaii and go to massage school. And a year later I moved to Maui!
My intention, when I moved to Hawaii, was to attend a local massage school, but after attending for a month I realized it wasn’t a match for me and decided to seek a more personally resonant experience. I found an amazing woman to apprentice with, Shari Sunshine, internationally respected Master Bodyworker and Healer. She has created her own style of bodywork called Syntropy, a brilliant synthesis of all her years of hands on healing experience woven into an amazing, and gentle style of bodywork. As a part of my apprenticeship I went with Shari and a few other students to India. We spent months receiving intense transmission from His Holiness and we had the chance to sit with the Dalai Lama’s oracle, his medicine man, his teacher and also the Karmapa. Next we made our way to the warmth of Southern India to study, rest, and experience Ayurvedic treatments. The last part of our five month journey led us to Bali, where Shari and I volunteered at Bumi Sehat clinic for a month assisting births and helping in any way that was needed. I truly loved being useful and learning from the amazing women there.
When I returned to Maui in late 2005 I had the chance to study with Hawaiian Kumu, Maka’ala Yates, this three week Hawaiian Lomi Lomi intensive. This has become the foundation of how I touch people. This intensive program helped deepen my relationship with the spirits and plant medicines of the islands. It also gave my the transmission of Ho’oponopono, a forgiveness ritual which has profoundly influenced my own healing journey, and it’s something I have also woven into my work.
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My first official employment as a massage therapist was at the Four Seasons Resort on the island of Lanai, Hawaii. I considered this time as clinic time, a place to gain valuable visceral experience. I had the opportunity to work with literally thousands of clients over the five years I was there. I was an undercover healer there, as it was hard on my heart to work there in many ways, but the views of the Pacific ocean, the rainbows, dolphins and whales in the distance, made it all worth it. I also have to say that I learned the art of excellent standards, giving me something that, in many ways, sets me apart in the healing world.
While living on Maui I studied Somatic Movement. Similar to Syntropy, this technique combines Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique to support recalibration of the nervous system, brain and muscle connections through slow movements that work to bypass the sensory motor cortex of the brain, thus reestablishing functional calibration and functional movement of the muscles. This work has influenced my hands on healing and yoga teachings in a profound way and it’s a modality I weave into what I call embodied movement.
In 2009 I returned to India for the fourth time for a solo mission of daily meditation, panchakarma, intensive investigative self inquiry and personal growth. I was receiving daily treatments and studying with a seventh generation Ayurvedic Doctor. This trip wasn’t easy on me, but as usual I learned a lot! I have extensively studied the art of cleansing and have tried many of the present day cleanses and detoxes. I have been leading cleansing programs for over ten years now and love co-creating a personalized program that supports all aspects of you and your life.
I left Maui in 2010 to expand in my education bandwidth, and ended up in Boulder, Colorado. When I first got there I was so hungry for education that I may have jumped into too many things at once! I did a doula training and attended a few more births. My previous Herb School teacher, Paul Bergner, invited me to take his last course in Clinical Nutrition with his school, North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. I also attended a Prenatal Yoga Training and a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Shannon Paige, where I learned three yoga styles; Vinyasa Yoga, Anjali Restorative Yoga and Bhava Vinyasa. The prenatal course was more for supporting my pregnant clients by being able to make them more comfortable during pregnancy, and the training with Shannon actually helped me to be able to communicate movement cues to my clients on the table. I love teaching a more restorative, somatic, earth-centered style of yoga.
In 2012 I took another course in Nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition making me a Certified Health Coach.
In November of 2012 I became a Certified Self-Care Instructor for the Arvigo Institute of Maya Abdominal Therapy. As of April 2015 I quit teaching for the Arvigo Institute so I could move more into my own body of work.
In 2013 I attended level one and two CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. This work has inspired me to listen deeper to the subtle energies and taught me how to offer healing with a lighter touch, with less effort.
To get a little refresher in herbal medicine, I signed up for the Herbal Medicine Course for Women’s Health with Aviva Romm, Master Herbalist, Midwife and MD.
June of 2013 studied Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, because working with the womb, we also need to work with he lymphatic system.
Because I love studying human behavior, I was feeling a void in my education around this topic, so in October of 2013 I attended an intensive seminar with John DeMartini, Human Behavioral Specialist. This work supported my foundation in understanding Universal Law and Human Behavior.
In September of 2014 I attended SomatoEmotional Release (level three craniosacral) with the Upledger Institute.
I was a geek I have to say, wanting to learn more amazing recipes and chef’ing I studied Raw Food preparation and raw food nutrition. As a Nutritional Therapist I am a food educator and I love to empower and inspire you to cook, prepare and make delicious supportive, nutritive foods.
I have also studied with Sandra Ingerman, a leading authority on Shamanism in the US.
In November of 2014 I began my journey to creating a school, it is the culmination of my many years of study and practice. In May of 2015 my first class of nine graduated from my 6 month Hands On Healing Apprenticeship, they learned self care, earth-centered healing and ceremonial botanical bodywork. I am so honored to now have students out there doing something I taught them, so satisfying. Through this apprenticeship program my own work evolved and changed, this often happens when teaching.
In 2016 I have 21 women taking my level one Apprenticeship Program!! And in 2017 we had 25 graduates between level one and two!! The school has become my offering to the world - Wise Womb Medicine Path ™
In May of 2015 I attended a workshop in Hakomi, which is a body based psychotherapy technique using loving presence and somatic awareness to help one drop into an inner awareness to support deep and profound healing. I found this work to be a version of shamanic soul retrieval. The influence of Hakomi into my practice has been profound and has literally changed my life!
In 2015 I began studying with an amazing Energy Medicine Healer, Intuitive, Seer, Psychic, this has profoundly influenced my work and gave me an understanding into some of my super powers.
In June of 2015 I decided to take my botanical work to a deeper level and attended the Flower Essence Society’s Flower Essence training in California. I LOVE flower essences and already was a certified practitioner, however, I love re-imersing myself and taking what I have learned and practiced even deeper. I know use primarily flowers essences in my practice because they bring such deep and powerful results.
In 2015-2016 I have continued studying and deepening my knowledge base through studying with one of my most favorite teachers and healers – David Crow, Founder and Creator of Floracopeia Essential Oil company. The class is Medicine Plants and Spiritual Evolution. He is an amazing teacher who speaks my language and speaks to the things that are important to me and what I see the world needs more of. I was also called to do a 9 month apprenticeship called The Path of the Universal Shaman Advanced Intensive with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada. I felt drawn to him because he has a special way of being and way of presence. He is teaching me more about indigenous shamanic healing from South America and I am finding it inspiring and supporting, deepening my work both personally and professionally.
In August of 2015 I started my journey to become a priestess for the goddess Ixchel, who I have worked with in the Maya tradition for over 15 years. Ixchel ceremonies are a beautiful experience for women to gather and connect with the divine feminine, promoting a deep connection to the earth and community. Together we honor Ixchel and prepare ourselves in specific ways to receive healing from her. I have had amazing insights given to me during these ceremonies as well as personal healings.
In 2016 I was called to immerse myself in an earth centered study of sacred sexuality. Most of us have an uncomfortable relationship to our bodies, to sexuality and haven’t had great role models or conditioning around beauty, sex, or arousal which I see has led us to a deep fear of true intimacy, to true vulnerability, and this fear keeps us from truly connecting with one another. So, I decided my theme for this year was connecting more intimately to the sensual aspect of the Divine Feminine & Sacred Sexuality. I attended a month long teacher training in April of 2016 in Bali, with a specific focus on the Sacred Feminine and Tao Tantric Arts. This was a PROFOUND and intense healing experience and training.
In September of 2016 I began the journey to go deeper in my person healing and offerings for women studying Holistic Pelvic Care ™ with Tami Kent, The Wild Feminine. This is an internal “massage” supporting the pelvic floor, and womb health for women.
In October of 2016 I was called to move back to the beautiful island of Maui for a while where I focused my energy on personal healing, taking some time to integrate and to create the virtual aspects of the Wise Womb Medicine Path living school.
The Bali trip was such a profound healing for me that I was invited to attend again as an assistant for their next training in 2017. I went to Thailand for 8 weeks to assist the course and offer healing sessions to the students. While I was there, I also ended up teaching my own work at the Sanctuary Thailand! I love it there so much! I can’t wait to go back. To complete my time in Thailand, I was blessed to assist my friend Daisy Kaye at The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan in her Breath Medicine Workshop and Five Element Dance/ Cacao Ceremony and was asked to teach my Wise Womb Medicine Workshop there, which was a joy and a surprise to have doors open so easily for my work.
For the most part this is my general education flow… I haven’t included as much personal story, but it’s long enough!!
The culmination of everything I have learned and experienced had led me to create this incredible school, this is what spirit is requesting that I do in the world and I have devoted my entire life to it. My experiences gave me the drive I needed to dedicate myself to this path of becoming who I am. It is because of my experiences that I am able to meet YOU fully. I have devoted my life to personal growth and evolution.
I specialize in Womb & Sexual Healing, Sacred Temple Arts, Intimacy and Relationship Coaching, Earth Centered Shamanic Healing, Evolutionary Alchemy, Ritual, Ceremony, Flower Essences, Herbal and Nutritional Medicine.
I offer my work through teaching through the platform of this amazing school and in my personal work - I offer In Person and Remote Sessions, Personal Healing Retreats, Signature Programs and Ceremonies.
I work with people who identify as woman or man, and with couples.
If you have any more questions send me a note! firstname.lastname@example.org