About The Teacher

Amber grew up in a very loving yet broken home with two parents who were both wounded descendants from alcoholic and highly dysfunctional families. As a result Amber’s early life was embedded with codependency, developing into resistance and anger in her very early teens. This led her not surprisingly to her own forms of escapism with drugs, alcohol and a series of unhealthy and addictive relationships.

Amber and Anthony met in early 2007, they fell in love almost immediately and began their now 12+ year journey as soul mates the day after they met. At the time either had done any true personal work, Anthony was deep in addiction and Amber was a classic enabler.

When Anthony’s addiction finally led him to the bottom, it took their relationship with it and Amber found herself alone and deeply wounded with nothing but her own behaviors, thought patterns and conditioning to confront. No longer could she ignore her wounds in the shadow of her husband's pain, she needed. The Ayahuasca and Iboga medicines became very strong anchors for her in this process.

Her newfound clarity around a pervasive sense of unworthiness and victimhood from her childhood helped Amber loosen and begin to release her programming. Through both of their commitments to heal, Anthony and Amber were able to come back together and build a solid, connected and healthy relationship. The re-programming that the medicine provides along with other modalities, she has let go of the old stories defining her life.

In early 2017 Amber joined Anthony to work at the Iboga Wellness center- as their chef, house manager and assisting in the ceremonies. In this experience it become clear that she truly wanted to be of service to the world in this capacity and ultimately move out of being a full-time chef. Soon thereafter she and Anthony opened Awaken Your Soul and began holing their own pop-up retreats until they opened The Sanctuary in early 2019. Amber is a certified Transformational Coach with Being True to You, has completed the Austin Shamanic Center Mesa Carrier course and is currently in a training with Conscious Creation Coach Nanice Ellis.

“Through this journey of awakening, I have been able to release fear, the need to control and fully learn to embody self-love. I am constantly cleaning and clearing my own blockages to be of the highest service to other’s conscious transformation, as well as to simply feel more peace and joy in my life. We do not consider ourselves the "healers" per se- I feel like our job in this environment is to create a safe and sacred space for others to discover their own truth".

~ Amber

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