Working Together

Staff Members


Valerie Sami Porras

Her ancestral origins are Costa Rican and Egyptian, was born and raised in Canada but has for several years been residing in Costa Rica and works at home and abroad. She is a psychologist, medicine woman, Moon and Sun dancer. She has received guidance from medicine people working ancestral rituals and ceremonies from the north and south and has received their blessing in guiding certain ceremonies including the Temazcal (sweat lodge), work with the sacred feminine, women's circles, and sacred medicinal ceremonies. She also gives individual healing sessions which include body work and work with crystals, she does energetic as well as physical cleansing of persons and places, and gives counselling sessions as well. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Rurico Benitez Valencia

Ruico is a native of Mexico, artisan, drummer, singer, Aztec dancer, and sun dancer. Rurico works and travels back and forth from Mexico to Costa Rica. He works  in construction, particularly specializing in natural building and building traditional mexican sweat lodges (temazcal). He has been leading a Mexica (Aztec) dance group for six years and also does work running sweat lodges. His artisanal work includes drum and rattle making, stone sculpting, and work with leather.


Joshua Adam McKnight

Born and raised in Florida, is a musician, scenic artist, and sound healer. With formal training in western classical musicianship, Josh plays a handful of instruments; including guitar, ukulele, piano, and trombone. He is currently practicing and developing multimodality, holistic healing techniques collectively called Intuitive Vibrational Therapy. Professionally, he has experience co-creating large scale art projects using various skills and mediums such as painting, sculpting, and texturing. He also spends much free time on wire wrapping crystals into personal wearable art and intentional healing pieces.


Lauren Touchette

Lauren grew up in Indiana, has a degree in community health/psychology is a Reiki Master and practices other energy healing modalities. She is passionate about caring for and teaching children, enjoys working with a variety of art mediums and is a lover of nature. She offers customized Reiki sessions, runs medicinal purges/cleanses and assists in medicinal ceremonies. 

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