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Background & Credentials

  • Fireside Project hotline volunteer, currently

  • Vital Psychedelic Training, 12 month certification program, 2024

  • Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Self Regulation, Heartmath Institute, Boulder Creek, CA, 2022

  • Certificate in Community Coaching – Leadership That Works, 2018

  • Certificate in Holistic Stress Management Instruction – The Paramount Wellness Institute, 2009

  • Certificate in Massage Therapy – Healing Spirits Massage Training Program, Boulder, 2009

  • Certificate in Comfort Touch, Hospice Care of Boulder, 2008

  • Master of Arts, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, Boulder, 2005

  • Certified Dahn Healer, Dahnhak Training Center, Sedona, Arizona, AZ 2005 

  • Esalen Massage Intensive Weekend Training, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA 2004  

  • Certificate in Gerontology, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO 1997

Mexican Street Decoration

Why the Owl?

On her journey studying various healing methods of the world, Velina often came upon Shamanic Practitioners who told her that Owl was her Totem. They believe that all animals as well as plants offer healing through their “medicine”. Velina wasn’t so sure she understood or even believed in it, but when she investigated “Owl Medicine”, she knew they were right.


Velina is very respectful, only offering what her clients are asking from her. But if you want to know what is under the surface where you may be in the dark, she will illuminate that which most others can not see. This is what the Shamans would call her “Owl Medicine”.


Have no fear as the truth shall set you free. And it is only you who can know for certain what that truth is. Velina will offer her guidance and suggestions but knows that she is only a facilitator. You are the driver and master of your journey. She is at your service to provide whatever support you deem fit for this journey.

Velina's early history

Velina was born and raised in a small California town where her father’s family settled in 1938 after leaving their farms in southwest Texas. They came from Mexico around the turn of the century to escape Pancho Via and the dangers there. They found a better life in California. She was blessed to grow up in an extended Mexican-American family where she learned about her father’s culture and got to know her great grandmother, who was the matriarch of her large family and a Medicine Woman/Healer in the community.


When Velina was 12, she was asked to babysit her cousins, late on the 4th of July. Her beloved uncle and God Father who lived down the street, was a Vietnam war veteran. She was told her uncle needed to go to the hospital. She arrived and found him with a blanket wrapped around him, shaking and looking into space, his eyes looked gray and far away. That moment never left her and began her compassionate journey of understanding trauma.


She had no idea until she was much older, that she, too, had deep trauma and that her journey had profound meaning in the process of healing herself as a necessary step in carrying out her life mission.

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