Empowerment Center

We are so very honored to have such an incredible team holding the circle of Empowerment.
The Empowerment Center is place to ground and empower yourself with the support of our amazing team.  2019 classes, facilitators and info will be announced in the spring!


THE EMPOWERMENT CENTER IS A RE-SOURCE CENTER for the BODY, HEART & MIND , A PLACE ​torecenter, recharge, realign and reconnect on every level WITH THE SUPPORT OF OUR CARING AND SKILLFUL TEAM. We are a group of professional therapists, coaches, and spiritual counselors here to support your mental, emotional and spiritual process. We offer three main services.


Participants will have the opportunity to authentically express, come back to their truths, and share in an empowering way in a loving and sacred space. Empowerment classes will be centered around specific topics such as:
  • Art Exploration & Integration with Stephanie Moreno, Moon.
  • Get in your Body: Morning Embodiment Practice, Sunder Ashni, Sun.
  • Light Your ​S.E.X.Y​.: ​Se​ nsual ​E​mbodiment to e​X​press ​Y​our feminine wisdom with Taira Restar, Sun and Moon.
  • Grounding Meditation (body scan and guided imagery) Yoshiko Hedges, Sun.
  • Evening Integration, Grounding Meditation with Sound, Sandra Bowling, Sun and Moon.


 Empowerment Circles

Participants will have the opportunity to authentically express, come back to their truths, and share in an empowering way in a loving and sacred space. Circles will be informal and also centered around specific topics:

  • Welcome/Intention Setting Circle with Stephanie Moreno, Sun.
  • Welcome/Intention Setting Circle with Celina Jacques, Moon.
  • Non~Monogamy and Open Relationships with Sandra Bowling, Sun.
  • Art for Integration with Yoshiko Hedges, Sun.
  • Art as Sacred Play with Taira Restar, Moon.
  • Embodiment and Chronic Illness Open Circle with Sandra Bowling, Moon.
  • Integration Circle with Celina Jacques and Sunder Ashni, Moon.



One-on-One Sessions

One on One sessions are for those who would like to receive further support regarding their experience at the event, integrate learnings or insights that are occurring, or would like personal assistance to facilitate shifts and awakenings related to their spiritual path and process. Our primary intention is to provide a clear, loving and liberated space where folx can recenter, be witnessed, and connect deeply within.


In gratitude,

The Empowerment Center Team

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Sunder Ashni

Sunder Ashni

Ashni is a Flower Essence therapist, healing channel and educator born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Movement, music, healing and their expansion through meditation and love are essential keys to Ashni’s being. From early experiences with death, escapades in library stacks to discovering yoga and teachings with Buddhist monks in High school, Spirit has always peaked her curiosity and tickled her heart. From an early age, Ashni has been devoted to learning from and listening to Spirit.
“I serve, love and inspire those within my local and global communities by providing tools of nourishment. These tools, in the form of flowers and energy-work, assist in fostering connections between the hearts and minds of individuals and the heart of our world.””
— Sunder Ashni

Ashni currently has a private practice at MINKA.  She also facilitates rituals, meditations and experiences permeated with love that cultivate equity, radical awareness, appreciation of self and overall ecstatic wellness within participants and their community with the intention of re-cultivating a deep connection with our Earth mother.  Follow Ashni on Instagram @ashnilivingthedream and Find out more about her work at sunderashni.com

Yoshiko Hedges, MA LMFT

Yoshi is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Youth Mentor, Wilderness Leader, Art Facilitator and Women gatherer. She lives by the ethos, “To push myself a little further than I believe I am able.” and is dedicated to empowering her clients and community to do the same. By leading urban youth on wilderness trips, taking women who doubt their physical ability on bike tours, and facilitating art groups for those who have sworn off creativity, she guides people to discover that they are more powerful than they have ever imagined. A fierceness that is wrapped in tenderness and compassion, she hopes to reawaken a sense of curiosity and connection to self and the world through her work.

Currently, Yoshi enjoys the vibrant urban life of Oakland California, and exploring its many pockets of nature. She works as a director and mentor with eastgatementoring.com, leads a weekly women’s expressive arts group, offers in nature therapy sessions, and is launching sacred-craft.com, a new project that supports people in creating their own personal ritual to honor a life transition.

If you are interested in connecting with Yoshi to hear more about her offerings, drop her a line at yoshiko.hedges@gmail.com


Celina is a creative soul, a wounded healer, an artist, psychotherapist, and art therapist.  She is a Licensed Marriage and FAmily Therapist (LMFT) and Board Certified Art Therapist. Her journey has included 20 years of reconnecting with spirituality, studying meditation, neuroscience, psychology, and the ancient healing practice of curanderismo.  Celina specializes in integrating creative expression, spirituality, and psychotherapy, through Mexican indigenous practices, Relational Sacred Psychotherapy, and Art Therapy. Her practice offers support in healing from trauma, elevating mood, calming anxiety, and facilitating spiritual healing by helping others fortify inner strength, and cultivate hope and joy. She uses an intuitive, holistic approach to therapy depending on each person or groups needs.  Her vision is to passionately engage creativity and ritual as a healing tool for the heart, mind, and soul.

Celina has a private practice in Los Angeles, where she lives and enjoys grounding in the mountains, painting, or spending time with her partner and close friends.  She holds individual therapy sessions with adults and families as well as community art therapy workshops. In addition to local services she also facilitates an annual retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  You can find out more about her offerings at celinajacques.com


Taira Restar

Taira Restar, MA, RSMT, is a somatic movement therapist, body-based empowerment coach, and founder of Wise Hearted Woman. She mentors women to tap into their body’s wild wisdom as a shortcut to transformation.

For over 30 years, Taira has facilitated in-person workshops and retreats. She teaches that our bodies are wild nature.  Many of her workshops have been held in and with nature, including the high desert of Santa Fe, an old growth forest in Mount Fuji, Alpine lakes in Switzerland, and a black sand beach in the shadow of Bali’s sacred volcano. She has guest taught at universities in Istanbul, Tokyo, and Seoul, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Taira lives on the coast in northern California. Her neighbors include coast live oaks, black-tailed deer, bobcats, snowy plovers, and stinging nettles. She has been married for over 25 years and is mother to a grown daughter. She invites you to connect with her on Instagram @wiseheartedwoman and to receive a free gift by visiting https://www.wiseheartedwoman.com

Stephanie Moreno

Stephanie Moreno, MA, ATR, is an integrative wellness practitioner. She is a holistic Art Therapist, self love coach, and energy worker providing 1:1 support and group therapy.


Originally from Los Angeles, Stephanie currently lives and practices in Brooklyn NY. She is a Registered Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and holds an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy specializing in Clinical Art Therapy. Her practice takes an integrative approach incorporating her vast clinical experience, mindfulness, creativity, energy work, and her indigenous Mayan and Aztec roots.


She is a warm spirit by nature, intuitively holding space with love and compassion. Her personal experiences and self healings have organically navigated her work and practice. More recently leading her to provide maternal mental health support for those who are grieving pregnancy and infant loss.


Follow Stephanie on IG @artofselflove and learn more about her at http://minkabrooklyn.com/stephanie

Sandra K. Bowling

Sandra K Bowling, MA, LMFT is a transpersonal and somatic psychotherapist, sound bath facilitator, vibrational bodyworker, and jewelry maker in Berkeley, CA. Sandra’s offerings are rooted in supporting authentic expression, healthy conscious relations and vibrant embodiment. She is especially passionate about awakening the sensual connection and communion with the earth as a resource and teacher. Sandra works with individuals who seek relief and transformation from symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, empathic burnout, chronic health conditions, existential and identity crisis. Sandra is also an experienced provider of therapeutic support and mental health first aid for communities gathered for education and transformation.

As a body worker Sandra focuses to support the clearing and transmutations of energetic impressions and emotional memory’s that block or impede energy flow and impede wellness. Integrating a number of modalities including Acutonics tuning forks, chimes, metal and crystal singing bowls, light, and hands on massage techniques Sandra creates a field of transformation in which you are invited to release and receive in order to expand and flow.

You can learn more about Sandra on her websites and can contact for a complimentary consultation call.
Follow her on Instagram @sandrakathleenjewelry