About The Teacher

Hello, and greetings from my perch high in the mountains of Monteverde, Costa Rica. ~I’m Karen Gordon, founder of Revive Healing Arts.Equal parts soul-filled scientist, inspired educator, integrative massage therapist and mountain medicine woman, my roots dive deep into an ever-evolving understanding of how bones and muscles, history and heart, energy and mystery work in concert within the habitat of the human form. My attention is drawn to the subtle spaces where mind, body and spirit intersect upon the unique landscape of our lives.With a 20-year career as a field biologist, restoration ecologist, environmental educator and healing arts professional, my work has flowed from the fjords of the North Atlantic, across the reefs of the Caribbean Sea and up to Costa Rica’s cloud-forested mountaintops. As a restoration specialist, I am in service to the moments in our lives which call for sacred stillness, custom-crafting retreats for individuals who seek quietude, rest, replenishment, renewal and reWilding so that they are able to fully blossom forward on their path.Another one of my “greenhouses” tends to the growth and development of professionals in the healing arts who are ready to expand their offerings. Through classes, immersion retreats and mentoring services, I help them soulfully walk their gifts into the world with skill, ease and confidence. ~ It's All Connected ~ There is no doubt that my authentic connection to the Earth, its systems and elements infuse my professional practice: the essence of who I am and how I work is woven into a unique, balanced blend of science, soul and spirit. It is a joy to share these gifts with my local community as well as clients and students from all around Costa Rica and the world.~ I invite you to share in some mountain alchemy ~The principles which thread through all ecosystems – energy flow, connectivity and balance – are the touchstones upon which I return, time and again, in my life. They are what keep me tethered to my path, and to the 40-acre organic farm and nature sanctuary I've joyfully shared with my family for the past 17 years, at the base of the world-renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest preserve in Costa Rica. ~ My List o' Creds ~I hold a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and post-graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.I am Reiki Master/ Teacher Certification (Usui-Ryoho lineage) and carry the most advanced level of certification in Integrative CranioSacral Therapy (ICST). I have trained as a birth doula and also provide transition / compassionate end-of-life hospice care to my mountaintop community. Supported by 25 years of instructional experience, I offer a unique 4-day CranioSacral therapy course in retreat format for national and international bodywork professionals three times per year. I also offer Reiki training courses with professional certification in retreat-style format, and facilitate both private and small-group retreats. If you are wondering whether my services are a good match for you, feel free to meander through the my website to explore more!

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