The Divine Peace Garden Collective
Martha Alter Hines, MSW, is a mom, an author, a healer, and an astrologer. Martha has twenty years of experience as a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and body worker. She has primarily studied Evolutionary Astrology with Ari Moshe Wolfe and is currently a student of Heather Ensworth as well.
Martha bridges her trauma informed clinical background with her astrological knowledge, as well as a deep understanding of ourselves as beings of the cosmos, Earth, divine, heart, mind, and more.
Martha was born in Thailand and grew up in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kenya, and the United States. Therefore, she has a deep passion for alleviating the suffering of our world.
Martha is dedicated to serving our world, to helping us each to thrive, and to supporting us to come back into the infinite wisdom and healing that is our natural state of being.
As a Traditional Naturopath and Author, Vanessa Nixon is passionate about helping women thrive during the spiritual initiation of their menopausal journey.
She is adept at attunement to natural health, invigorating dance and therapeutic movement, and teaching women to see their innate natural beauty.
After reimagining her life at age 50, Vanessa discovered a profound and deeply intuitive process that helped her to embrace her fabulous inner wise woman fearlessly.
She now shares these powerful and ancient initiations with women in the US and beyond who want to reclaim vibrant good health in their own sacred mid-life transit.
Vanessa Nixon lives in the Pacific Northwest and is CEO of the natural cosmetics company, Natural Look Mineral Make-Up.
When she is not practicing in the realm of natural health and organic beauty, she is a professional Belly Dance instructor.
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Kristen Holmberg Paradiso, born and raised in northern California, is an artist and an art teacher.
She is a firm believer in using her creative gifts to help cultivate a deeper connection to the natural world. It is her deepest intention that her artwork and teachings be used as a vehicle for our collective healing through creative expression.
The imagery she creates integrates various symbolism, tales, alchemy, practices and teachings with animal, plant, and elemental Medicines.
It is through her evolving relationship with these allies that their unique qualities and lessons are shared through her work. She transcribes her visions through a variety of media such as watercolor, acrylic paint, and pyrography.
Her artwork is a vehicle for self healing as she provides visual representations of the gifts that are freely offered to us from the living elements of the natural world.
Kristen has been teaching art since 1998 and currently offers online as well as in person art classes in the Bay Area. These art classes integrate creative expression, animal medicine, and community with a ceremonial aspect rooting us more deeply to the rhythms of nature.
Kristen has also taught art at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California since 2002, where she encourages her students to discover the power of their artistic voice from the well-spring of their unique creativity.
Aimee Tomczak, LMFT is a Creativity Coach, artist and psychotherapist, who has been working with people for over 20 years.
She leads workshops, groups and 1:1 work. With a background in dance, performing, music and art, she has always found peace and wholeness through the power of creative expression. Finding a sense of belonging as a child among the redwood trees led her to discover the power of spiritual presence and nature connection.
Aimee has studied yoga, meditation, dance/movement and somatic therapies and teaches mindfulness meditation, as well facilitating transformational groups, workshops and retreats.
Aimee loves to guide and accompany people on their journeys of transformation into self knowing and essential wholeness.
Michele Cipressi resides in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia, Canada where she enjoys cooking and putting food by, foraging, gardening, art and dancing. She has long been a dedicated student of healing, consciousness and living a natural lifestyle.
Michele is a Certified Creative Depth Coach (JourneyPath Institute), SoulCollage® Facilitator and Certified Cosmic Smash Book Guide.
She is a former dance studio owner, dance troupe director and dance performance artist.
Michele has worked as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Trauma Resolution Practitioner, and Women’s Transition House Support Worker, and brings a trauma-informed lens to her work.
She blends a multi-modal approach to working with individuals and groups, supporting healing and wholeness.
Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT is a Somatic Expressive Arts Psychotherapist, Educator, Consultant and Multi-media Artist who specializes in transforming trauma into empowerment.
She has a private practice in Berkeley, CA and online in English and German. She is adjunct faculty at Sofia University and the California Institute of Integral Studies, CIIS. She was a past ECC and board advisor to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
She is a contributing author to “Anxiety Warrior Vol 2,” “Anxiety meets Compassion” and contributing author to the Mental Health Trainer’s Guide by Pacific Center for Human Growth: "Unlocking Stigma" working with LGBTQI2-S children, TAY, adults and older adults. Compassion Fatigue, Well-Being, And Burnout: An Expressive Arts Workbook for Healthcare Workers. 2021 CCHS Wellness Team. CCHS Wellness Playbook: Mindfulness, Yoga, Music and More. July 2021.
She also facilitates healing ceremonies, workshops and rituals.
Kathleen Joan is a priestess of Brigid committed to the resurrection of the Divine Feminine, especially within her own Catholic Christian tradition.
She holds Master’s degrees in theology and ministry and has over 10 years’ ministry experience, including directing retreats, teaching classes on religion and spirituality, and leading small group spiritual communities.
She offers Reiki energy healing and spiritual direction for all genders, as well as women’s circles and retreats, to help you claim your sacredness in the image of the Divine Mother and take your place in the Great Rebalancing that is happening in today’s world.
Barbara Juniper is an exceptional healer whose life has been dedicated to the study and practice of vibrational medicine, her spiritual path and the transformational potential of both.
Having worked with hundreds of people over a span of three decades, her intuitive abilities and compassion shine as she connects with groups or individuals.
As a sound healer she uses her voice, her instruments, and her musical gifts to create a field of resonance that not only nourishes and re-calibrates the nervous system but also supports growth and personal transformation.
Her passion is helping people awaken and open to the beauty and dignity of their own being, their true home.
Barbara is a graduate of the "Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts" program at California Institute of Integral Studies (2008) as well as a graduate of the Institute of Classical Homeopathy (1996).
She is a Community Dharma Leader through the Sukhasiddhi Foundation in Marin. She teaches meditation and offers both spiritual mentoring and sound healing online and in Marin County, California.
Michelle Marlahan is a yoga teacher who speaks the language of sensitive introverts and misfits, and who loves the magic that happens when we find one another on the path.
Michelle has taught yoga for over 20 years, though her movement practice became more diverse after a hysterectomy thrust her into menopause in early 2021.
She welcomes fellow students to a blend of strength training and yoga to help us feel strong and supple in our bodies and have energy for the things we love.
The foundation of her teaching is kindness, welcoming all parts of ourselves to the party.
Suraya Susana Keating is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist, and Registered Yoga Instructor who helps youth and adults to be wildly self-expressed, joyful, and connected to their deepest self through an embodied, heart-based approach to psychotherapy.
Suraya's healing work with others is influenced by years of experience with mindfulness-based, body-based practices that at the core are rooted in the idea that love for all parts of our self is essential for healing and growth.
Suraya works individually with youth, adults and couples to help them access this core of self-love, and to utilize the arts and the creative process to help call forth all the underlying parts of ourselves that want to be seen, heard and expressed.
During the past 18 years, Suraya has also worked extensively in the California Prison system, using theater as a tool for transformation with incarcerated men in the Marin Shakespeare Program at San Quentin State Prison, with men and women in Bay Area County Jails, and with teenagers in Juvenile Hall.
Suraya supervises MFT Associates and trains psychotherapists, teachers and group facilitators in the use of the expressive arts (drama, movement, music, visual art and creative writing) and drama therapy to deepen and enhance their work.