About The Teacher
In my growing up years in Southern California, I lived in a love-filled home that my mother built with her mother. It seemed only appropriate for my mother to help me build my home in Hawaii, now The Dragonfly Ranch: Healing Arts Center. Creating this nurturing environment while honing my healing skills has been my life's work.
When I turned 30, I was gifted two extraordinary blessings: (1) to be the Big Island’s first lomilomi massage student of world renown kahuna haha, Aunty Margaret Machado, and (2) to become the steward of beautiful acreage in the middle of the ancient "Healing Triangle" on Hawaii's Kona Coast. My dear mother/best friend helped me build my unique home here until she was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer in 1978. Together we decided to travel around, experiencing holistic treatments at several healing centers in and out of the US. While I seriously studied diet and nutrition, I gave my mother lomilomi massage regularly. We did a series of cleansing programs together, fasting and doing colonics for several days at a time. Miraculously, and much to the surprise of the doctors, my mother cured herself. She then continued to help me with my education in the healing arts while we developed the Dragonfly Ranch into a healing center.*
In 1980, I had a spiritual awakening at the Temple of Abydos on "The Journey of Transformation" with Jean Houston. I got a distinct message that my home was to be used as a center for growth and transformation, especially for healers and creative artists. When I returned from Egypt, I expanded my SwissFamilyRobinson-style home into a 5 bedroom Bed & Breakfast - Healing Arts Center.
One of my greatest joys is having the opportunity to share with my guests the amazing healing experience of playful dolphins that like to swim with us in nearby bays. These Spinner dolphins, like my Chihuahuas, beam transformative love energy.
After learning another powerful healing modality with the Flower Essence Society in Nevada City, I experienced a "command dream" about making Hawaiian orchid flower essences. As an agricultural experiment I built a rainbow cathedral "Illuminarium" to grow these orchids interactively with movement therapy. I created a colorful labyrinth for centering and focusing positive energies. This dream I am still working at manifesting has to do with relating to the orchids, elevating our consciousness as we create powerful orchid flowers that can then be made into essences.
While crafting my gigantic “tree house,” I learned how to work in harmony with the land, combining permaculture with ancient Hawaiian "Aloha Aina"--love of the land. Lately I have felt more "on purpose," using the Dragonfly to fulfill it's potential as a center for sharing the Aloha message while hosting symposiums, retreats, workshops, and weddings as well as providing a safe haven for individuals seeking peace, creativity, greater health and spiritual awareness.
Here in South Kona near the ancient "Place of Sanctuary," the true Hawaiian lifestyle has been preserved. Hand and hand with Hawaiians, we work together to protect the Honaunau Valley from over development while respectfully maintaining the Spirit of Aloha.
Having received one to one training in the art of Lomilomi (a sacred rejuvenation treatment), in recent years I was given the added blessing from Kahuna "Aunty Margaret" Machado to teach this art to others. Gratefully perpetuating this ancient art is an important mission in my life.
After spending 5 decades in Hawaii, I deeply appreciate its people and culture. It is my sincere belief that sharing Hawaiian wisdom, we can potentially all realize that we are the Ohana (family) of the World. I pray daily for assistance in this realization for us all.
I am open to having people of impeccable integrity assist me with my work at the Dragonfly. As a harmonious family, a few select people join me apprenticing at the Dragonfly, having fun together while learning from and serving others.
Welcoming people into my Hawaiian hideaway and my heart is the path I have chosen with Aloha.