transformation tour guides

Valli Baron trained in naturopathy, massage and breathing therapy in Germany and Switzerland, and practiced at healing centers in Munich and Canary Islands before arriving in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 1997, she has offered therapeutic massage at Ten Thousand Waves, and also works in private practice as holistic life coach – integrating body, mind and breath into her healing modalities.

It is Valli’s passion to help end suffering in this world. She offers compassionate, loving support for our Transformation guests in the spirit of Awakening into Presence.

For more information about her work, please visit http://breathbodywork.com/

 

Sonja Frenz earned her M.A. in social work/pedagogy from the University of Kassel, Germany, and holds a current professional counseling license in the state of New Mexico. She has worked for more than 20 years as a counselor and therapist in a residential trauma facility treating clients with mental illness and addiction, drawing on her training in the Hakomi method: a body-centered psychotherapy and somatic modality for promoting healing of the body, mind and soul.Sonja has been part of the Ten Thousand Waves family since 1986.

For Transformation, she offers deep compassion, heartfelt connection, and a sincere passion for personal growth realized through her own lifelong mindfulness practices.

 

Nancy Gagan attended UCLA for her undergraduate work, then earned her M.A in counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. Throughout her career, she has worked as a reproductive health educator in private practice and with Planned Parenthood of New Mexico, family therapy counselor, and hospice support.

Having practiced in a wide range of medical and mental health settings, serving individuals from all walks of life, Nancy has cultivated a deep respect for the unique paths we lead, as well as a well-developed sense of humor and a reverence for authentic human connection. She has been part of the Ten Thousand Waves family since 2013.

 

Lizzie Hart is a holistic coach and group facilitator devoted to the revealing and replenishment of our personal and collective mythologies, in service to future generations. She guides individuals, couples, and community organizations in resourcing themselves spiritually, emotionally, and in embodied relationship with the living Earth. 

Lizzie holds a BA in Creative Writing - Memoir from the University of New Mexico and received an integrative coaching certification from Interchange Institute in San Francisco. She also served as a coach and facilitator within the Ecology of Leadership, a program of the Regenerative Design Institute, an educational organization that serves as a model for how people can live in a mutually enhancing relationship with nature.

Learn more about her work at www.lizziehartguide.com

 

Tasha Silberman has been part of the Ten Thousand Waves family since 2016. As the resident lead carpenter, she brings life to the ornate woodwork seen throughout the spa, restaurant and lodgings.

Tasha has a BFA in design from California College of the Arts; her role as Transformation tour guide integrates her skill in art and design with her passion for personal growth. She is committed to helping people find joy and momentum in their lives, and brings sensitivity, attunement and warmth to our Transformation guests with her unique ability to build trust with others through humor, levity and compassion.

 

Meghan Sparks is a lifelong practitioner of healing arts, earning her reiki certification while still in high school. She studied massage at the Calistoga School of Massage in California as well as at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, where she earned her certification in Polarity and Massage Therapy and level 1 Cranio-Sacral therapy.

At University of New Mexico, Meghan earned a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and has specialized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, nutrition counseling and mindful eating, and lifestyle skills. She is currently completing her graduate studies in Clinical Counseling.

 

OUR STAFF

Our staff, tour guides, and medical providers ensure a safe and comfortable experience for you. All our practitioners are trained and experienced in psychedelic-assisted care, and are available to work with you for ongoing support.

leadership

Transformation Director and COO Courtney Morris joined the staff of Ten Thousand Waves in 2003 and has long served as manager of our world-renowned spa. Courtney leads our staff of medical providers and Transformation Tour Guides who manage the guest experience at our Transformation retreats.

Passionate about cross-culture disciplines in health, wellness and self-care, Courtney has traveled the world in search of innovative treatments to bring to our guests at Ten Thousand Waves. In 1996, after graduating from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts program in massage therapy, Courtney was instrumental in the launch of Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Costa Rica. She also worked as spa consultant at Maya Tulum and served as Spa Director for Equinox in New York City before coming to Santa Fe.

 

medical & consulting staff

Dr. Ken Stewart, MD FACEP FAAFP, is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Stewart served as Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Gallup Indian Medical Center and was instrumental in developing their trauma program. He co-founded the first ketamine clinic in New Mexico in 2016. He is a board-certified acupuncturist trained in Chinese and herbal medicine and also sub-specializes in Hyperbaric and Dive Medicine. Dr. Stewart trained at the University of Washington and University of New Mexico.

For more information about his work, please visit Insight Ketamine of Santa Fe

 

Dr. Mahan Boyd trained at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, she works with MAPS - Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies - in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Prior to medical school, Dr. Boyd followed a path of self-discovery and healing, working as an artist, in the film industry, as a snowboarding instructor and raft guide, and as a yoga and meditation teacher. Her goal is to guide you in finding your inner wise healer.

 

Sally Smith is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in emergency and hospital medicine in rural New Mexico. She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Puget Sound, a BSN from the University of Washington and an MSN from South University. She has trained in shamanic leadership through the Power Path School of Shamanism.

Sally has a background in indigenous plant medicine studies and serves as Traditional Medicine Director for Amazon Promise, a non-profit in Iquitos, Peru, where she promotes and advocates for traditional Amazonian healing modalities in conjunction with western medicine. She is a member of the Association for Ketamine Providers and CEO of Luminosa, a private ketamine practice in Santa Fe, NM.

 

Clinical Consultant Kendra Bloom is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, PACT-trained couples therapist, somatic psychotherapist and Reiki-certified intuitive energy healer. She is also an experienced ketamine therapy facilitator with a warm, organic, relational and evidence-based approach.

Kendra combines modern neurobiology with holistic healing arts, positive psychology and body-based practices to create a dynamic and experiential method of transformation on all levels. She draws on years of experience creating curriculum for diverse wellness programs, training therapists in somatic and spiritual practices, and supporting hundreds of people through the process of radical reflection and change.