Karen Cappa CMT, CCHT

A native Californian, Karen has been interested in all things related to human health and healing since she was a teenager living in the San Francisco Bay Area. At 16, she began a quest to learn about natural foods, which led her to a range of study topics related to healthy bodies and a healthy environment, including vitamin therapy, juicing and organic gardening. Since her first class in 1969, she has been a student of Yoga.

In her 30s, she attended a workshop on polarity in Berkeley, CA, which introduced her to the field of bodywork. In 1986, she graduated from the International School of Massage in San Francisco as a certified massage therapist (CMT). In 1990, she completed a course program at the Hypnotherapy Institute of Berkeley and is a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCHT).

Her ongoing studies have led her on an amazing journey in the field of healing, inspiring her profound appreciation of the body-mind connection and the often underestimated resilience of our physical nature. With her passion for vibrant health, Karen has been fascinated with how well-being can be influenced through alignment of body and mind. She continues to keep abreast of developments in healing and seek new insights to help her clients retain or regain their health and happiness.

In 2004, Karen embarked on a course of study to becoming an ordained priestess with the Iseum of Mary Isis in Annapolis, CA. She learned to embrace the Divine Feminine and widened her scope to include the profound aspects of ritual and ceremony.

After the death of her beloved mother and a good friend in 2005, she was introduced to the home funeral movement. She completed the coursework to become a death midwife, helping clients to care for their deceased loved ones at home—a role that changed her view of this final rite of passage. She continues to work on the Core Council for Final Passages in Sebastopol, CA. She is also a trained hospice volunteer with Memorial Hospice in Santa Rosa, CA, leading bereavement workshops during the year, in addition to serving as a hospice direct care volunteer, lending support to terminally ill clients and their families. Karen also co-facilitates Earth based rituals and ceremonies to celebrate the changing seasons and leads woman's support groups throughout the year. Karen became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2011 and now joyfully teaches yoga classes and private students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Karen lives in Rohnert Park, CA with her husband, dog and two cats. She is an avid gardener, ceramic artist, herbalist-in-training and wild woman.