My life spans three countries and had steep ups and downs.
I'm thankful for all the lessons I learned and the people who helped me overcome challenges and grow.
The Gifts I Received
In Japan (my home country)
The Zen principle of being in the moment.
The Shinto (ancient Japanese spirituality) teaching of recognizing the divine in nature, people, and myself and purifying my mind to unite with sacredness.
Mindful art (tea ceremony, Ikebana flower arrangement, calligraphy) and connection with the beauty of the four seasons.
In Bali (where I raised my family)
Balinese philosophy of accepting and harmonizing duality (light creates shadow: Honor both).
The power of community: caring for each other and growing together.
Spiritual name: Surapsari is a heavenly dancer in a Balinese myth. I'm thankful for Ida Bagus Oka, a Balinese high priest who gave me the beautiful name.
In the U.S. (my adopted country)
My identity as a global citizen.
Personal power, courage, resilience, and a sense of purpose.
The joy of being one with the wild nature (backpacking, camping, and hiking).
The passing of my husband of twenty years shuttered my life. It was painful but opened me to deep love.
I found my life purpose and created a new life that is an expression of my values.
Helping others become more mindful, overcome their challenges, and create a rich, rewarding life is now my lifework.
I wish you much love, joy, and peace.
My Experience & Qualification
Mindfulness, Retreat & Meditation
15 years of experience offering meditation classes and guiding silent retreats in the USA and Bali. Retreat Guide at the Wuji House, the serene private retreat facility in the Texas Hill Country, U.S.A. Guest teacher at Anand Krishna Ashram and The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali. Created, directed, and taught a 8-week Creative Mindfulness Youth Summer Camp for a hundred children and taught the Mindfulness in the Workplace workshop for the City of Austin. Meditation training at Nanzenji Zen Temple in Kyoto, Japan and Sivananda Ashram in India. The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course graduate.
Board Certified Coach (certified by the Center for Credentialing and Education). Certified Professional Coach and Purpose Clarity Coach (recognized by the International Coach Federation, the leading authority in the coaching field). Facing the Mourning Facilitator (certified by the HeartLight Center in Denver, Colorado). Mentor service at the Girl Forward, the Austin NPO that supports teenage refugee girls’ life transition.
Mindful & Healing Art
Studied Japanese calligraphy, Ura-Senke style tea ceremony, and Ryuseiha style Ikebana flower arrangement in Chiba, Japan. Completed the Healing with the Arts course (certified by University of Florida).10 years of experience teaching mindful art in person and online.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor (certified by American Institute of Vedic Studies in New Mexico). Advanced Ayurveda study at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and Kerala Ayurveda in India. 500-hour certified yoga teacher (200-hour training with Yoga from the Heart in Florida + 300-hour training with Integrative Yoga Therapy in Texas). Advanced yoga study at Sivananda Ashram and Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in India. Taught Ayurveda and Yoga in the U.S., Mexico, Bali, and Japan.