About Dr. Ali Maya

Clinical Psychologist
Plant Medicine Support Guide
Ceremonial Musician and Healer

About Dr. Ali Maya

Clinical Psychologist
Plant Medicine Support Guide
Ceremonial Musician and Healer

Ali has been a student and teacher of world mysticism traditions and indigenous shamanism for over 25 years. She integrates this background with her academic training, weaving together the wisdom of body, mind and spirit. 

Her retreats, programs and music are guided by the prayer for the alleviation of human suffering and the opening of the human heart, in service to creating a healthier, happier world for all.

EDUCATION  

  • Buddhist and Meditation Studies,  Reed University 1996
  • BA in Comparative Religion (focus on Buddhist Studies) New College of Florida  2000
  • Buddhist Studies, Naropa University  2000-2001
  • Master’s and Specialist degree in Counselor Education, University of Florida  2003
  • Somatic Psychotherapy training, Lomi School of Psychotherapy  2006
  • Postdoctoral training, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology 2009-2011
  • Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, CIIS (focus on East-West & Somatic Psychotherapy)  2009

TRAINING

  • Ecopsychology and wilderness – ongoing since 1990
  • Jungian Institute in Switzerland: 1995
  • Study and training in cleansing and detox ongoing since 1996
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Training: 1997-2000
  • Somatics and African, Latin, improv dance: 1997-2006
  • Kalachakra Tantra – initiation to the Buddhist path under Lama Yeshe lineage since 1998
  • Yoga and meditation teacher training: 1998
  • Heartwood Institute of Massage: 1998
  • Reiki Master Certification: 1999
  • Pacific School of Bodywork and Awareness: 2004
  • Study and training of Peruvian shamanic healing – ongoing since 2005
PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Founded a private Clinical Psychotherapy practice – Aptos Counseling Center
  • Founded Ali Maya Retreats, est. 2008
    • Domestic and International in person retreats
    • Online courses
    • Mentorship programs
    • One on one coaching packages
  • Joined the Plant Spirit School Faculty, 2022
  • Released 4 Studio albums of ceremonial music:
    • Oceans of Compassion, 2011
    • Ever-Flowing Fountain, 2017
    • Washed Free, 2019
    • Miracle of Healing, 2022
  • Yoga and meditation instructor since 1997
  • Ordained minister officiating weddings and other sacred ceremonies since 2008

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