Meet the KojolaPower Community

I’m so fortunate to get to work with so many amazing business owners in the community that I want to highlight some of them and share the amazing work they are doing!

My summer intern Caroline Harris interviewed many of my clients about the healing work that they are doing and how it impacts our community.

Here are her interviews.  Enjoy!

A Beautiful Necessity: Interview with Kristen Holmberg

A Beautiful Necessity: Interview with Kristen Holmberg

All her life, Kristen has recognized the beautiful necessity of helping others. A natural healer, Kristen has been drawn to art from a young age. She especially enjoys dreamwork – magical visions of trees and the human body. Over time, she began working with aerial artists to create fantastical images of our bird friends. This… Continue Reading

Yoga and Body Balancing: Interview with John Marino

Yoga and Body Balancing: Interview with John Marino

For healer John Marino, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis became a lifelong career. John turned to massage work, yoga, and body balancing with the vision of becoming well himself. Once he realized the healing potential of these arts, John began helping others through classes and sessions. To this day, he pursues personal wellness and helps… Continue Reading

Compassionate Care: Interview with Melinda Wiggins

Compassionate Care: Interview with Melinda Wiggins

Melinda’s work in acupuncture and integrative medicine brings her deep fulfillment. “I love, love, love my work,” Melinda tells me. “I’ve never been happier. People think they’ll be in pain forever, and I show them they don’t have to be.” Indeed, Melinda’s passion for healing runs deep. Melinda was born into a health-conscious family, and… Continue Reading

The Safe Place: Interview with Evelyn Hall

The Safe Place: Interview with Evelyn Hall

Evelyn Hall is a visionary. Her goal is to help disadvantaged youth reconnect with themselves and with the earth. To that end, she co-founded Prometheus Family Support, a holistic counseling program that helps kids realize their fullest potential. The center looks at mind, body, and soul, using techniques like mindfulness training, psychodrama, and creative arts… Continue Reading

Art and Animals: 30 Minutes with Sharyn Brotz

Art and Animals: 30 Minutes with Sharyn Brotz

It has always been Sharyn’s goal to make other people smile. As an illustrator and artist, she does just that. She specializes in watercolors, gouache, markers, and adorable animal portraits. “You name an animal, I like it,” Sharyn declares. She later admits that she has a soft spot for animals from Australia. Koalas, kangaroos and… Continue Reading

The Whole Person: Interview with David Shevick

The Whole Person: Interview with David Shevick

David Shevick sees the body as it is – alive and pulsing. He is fascinated by how the body heals and works, and has built his practice around those two central interests. David is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, specializing in fertility, back pain and chronic fatigue. A natural healer, David has always been a body-centered… Continue Reading

In Stillness, Peace: 30 Minutes with Jared Michaels

In Stillness, Peace: 30 Minutes with Jared Michaels

Jared Michaels’ goal in life is to stand for something sane in a world that is so often not. Inspired by Nietzsche’s teachings, Jared realized in his twenties how materialistic and superficial our society can be. Jared set out on a journey to change that. He formed his own value system, a system centered around… Continue Reading

Meet Anne Cabrinha and Susan Fox

Meet Anne Cabrinha and Susan Fox

At the Balance Restored Center for Integrative Medicine, a group of independent healthcare providers located in Mill Valley, it is all about community and collaboration. The Center is a healing powerhouse comprised of acupuncturists, medical doctors, chiropractors, psychiatrists, physical therapists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and herbalists. I interviewed co-founders and acupuncturists Anne Cabrinha and Susan Fox.… Continue Reading

Meet Chappy Wood

Meet Chappy Wood

Meet Chiropractor and Health Advisor Chappy Wood Chappy Wood has been passionate about fitness and wellness for all his life. Throughout middle and high school, he participated in all sorts of different sports. He proved his dedication time and time again through all the early-morning workouts and late-night practices that accompanied his love of sports.… Continue Reading

Meet Willa Bepler

Meet Willa Bepler

Meet Licensed Massage Therapist Willa Bepler “I have a great job because I make people happy!” Indeed, licensed massage therapist Willa Bepler really does know a lot about making people happy. By helping her clients relieve stress and other sources of negativity, Willa guides them towards richer and happier lives. But she didn’t always know… Continue Reading

Meet Rain Stickney

Meet Rain Stickney

Meet Integrative Healer and Founder of Dragonfly Bay Rain Stickney Rain Stickney’s integrative healing business, Dragonfly Bay, has been in the makings for much of her life. In junior high, she first became interested in the body and healing. In high school, her interest in psychology took off. In college, she considered the connection between… Continue Reading

Meet Beth Crittenden

Meet Beth Crittenden

Getting to Know: Financial Organizer, Counselor, & Founder of Love the Zero Beth Crittenden Love the Zero refers to when income minus savings and expenses equals zero. Financial organizer and counselor Beth Crittenden aims to get clients to not only love the zero, but to also have a sense of self-love and communication about money.… Continue Reading

Meet Bekka Fink

Meet Bekka Fink

Getting to Know: Professional Organizer & Space Clearer Bekka Fink On traditional Native American birthdays, instead of receiving gifts, the birthday boy or girl gives gifts away. It is considered a personal blessing to give something no longer needed to someone whose life that gift may touch. As a space-cleaner and organizer, Bekka Fink lives… Continue Reading

Meet Alicia Rypma

Meet Alicia Rypma

Getting to Know: Master Trainer and Owner of Marin Gyrotonic Studio Alicia Rypma Visit the website for the Marin Gyrotonic Studio and just beneath the logo, you can see the tagline “The Art of Exercising and Beyond”. And for the owner of Marin Gyrotonic Studio, Alicia Rypma, gyrotonic truly does go beyond exercise by providing… Continue Reading

Meet Christina Ardemis

Meet Christina Ardemis

Getting to Know: Professional Organizer & Space Cleaner Christina Ardemis Resting, Relaxing, Invigorating, Inspiring. For professional organizer and space cleaner Christina Ardemis, these words are all part of daily vocabulary used to describe her business Ardemis Organizing. We all know the dread associated with thinking about that messy garage or disordered refrigerator or ever-growing clothes… Continue Reading

Meet Dave Deppen

Meet Dave Deppen

Getting to Know: Green Architect Dave Deppen Ask Dave Deppen about his work as a leading green architect and his voice will brighten with enthusiasm. “I just love what I’m doing!” Indeed, how could one not be enthusiastic about the cutting edge work he is doing to pave the way for green design?   Dave… Continue Reading

Meet Kathleen Carroll

Meet Kathleen Carroll

Getting to Know: Owner of The Potting Shed Kathleen Carroll “Small businesses are what makes the world go round!” Kathleen Carroll and her Fairfax-based gift and plant boutique are living proof that her soundbite proves true. Kathleen dreamed of owning a cute little mom and pop shop, and with time, her dreams were realized when… Continue Reading

Meet Brent Johnson

Meet Brent Johnson

Getting to Know: Sound Healer and Musician Brent Johnson Meet Brent Johnson, a professional guitarist and sound healer with a profound love of music. Brent’s interest in sound healing began in church, where he instantly connected with visiting Peruvian healers during sound sessions and flower ceremonies. Continue Reading

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