Siddiqa Salter

Siddiqa Salter

Siddiqa is the founder and director of The Institute of Loving. She is a spiritual teacher, aromatherapist, bodyworker, and advisor who specializes in practical, down-to-earth tools for awakening. As a long-time devotee of yoga and meditation, Siddiqa draws on these Eastern philosophies in her work with plant medicine, sacred healing circles, moon meditations, spiritual bodywork, and medicinal aromatherapy.

In 2009, Siddiqa earned a Master's of Arts Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in California. In 2015 she completed an additional third year, receiving an emphasis degree in Consciousness, Health and Healing. In 2017 she participated in a year-long volunteer service project at the University.

Siddiqa was the Director of the Institute for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork from 2013-2018. She was the founder of Blossom Wellness, a healing arts studio for personal growth, Spiritual Psychology and Medicinal Aromatherapy from 2011-2019. She has been a certified Hatha and Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1999 and is the former owner of Mainline Yoga.  She has facilitated classes in meditation, yoga, spiritual psychology principles, medicinal and spiritual aromatherapy, women's wellness and spiritual body and light work for over 25 years and has been involved in education and developing curriculum since 1996.

Siddiqa is committed to the path of remembering the truth of who we are - authentic spiritual beings steeped in wholeness and love. Her mission is to support others in discovering their essential nature by creating heart and soul centered educational and learning environments that foster the revelation of the Authentic Self.

Maria Ioanna Ashirah

Maria Ioanna Ashirah

Maria is a Spiritual Counselor and founding faculty member at the Institute of Loving. She has co-created with Siddiqa the creation and development of the Foundations of Spiritual Psychology I curriculum.

Maria received a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in 2007 and added an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing in 2008. Since 2009 she has served as a USM program assistant for the following courses: Master's Program in Spiritual psychology Year 1 and 2; Consciousness, Health and Healing and Soul-centered professional Coaching.

Maria is a trained graduate from the Agape University of Transformational Studies and Leadership Practitioner Program. She has been a student and assistant facilitator of mysticism for over 15 years with focus on sacred service, prayer internship and direct study in: Universal Laws Governing Spiritual Living; Meditation and the Evolution of Consciousness; The Life Visioning Process; Prayer as a Way of Life; and Meditation Practices and Principles.

Her intention is to assist others in leading a heart-centered life, while growing in consciousness to the truth of their Divinity. Maria is dedicated to being a therapeutic agent of Spirit for the upliftment of every being who requests healing of body, mind and spirit. And to being in service to the realization of Wholeness in her community and the world.

Cynthia Olivera

Cynthia Olivera

Cynthia is the Educational Director for Wisdom of the Earth Essential Oils. She is a Master Medicinal Aromatherapist and Spiritual Counselor who uses medicinal essences to help cut old paradigms and patterns. Cynthia is the founder and facilitator of Inner Landscape Training, a deep movement/meditation method that unlocks past lives, releases pain of the heart and re-patterns the body to give the capacity to love more deeply. Her workshops in rediscovering the juiciness of life through sacred sexuality, movement and heart dreaming are experiential learning environments that allow a shift in personal reality to joyously occur.

Cynthia's mission on Earth is to anchor the Light and help awaken the human consciousness to its true magnificence, Having had her first awakening when she was 13 (on her stoop in Queens, NY), she sought teachers who would bring her to new levels of understandings and has never stopped this quest for authenticity. She has been a truth seeker and metaphysician for over 50 years.

As a life-long meditator, she has had contact with many Angelic and Extraterrestrial Beings. For years Cynthia has worked with the energies of the Magdalene, Sophia, Mother Mary, Isis, Quan Yin, Sekmet, of the Ascended Masters, and the Plant and Tree Kingdom, to bring balance to the Divine Feminine and Masculine within. She now also works with the Beings that reside in the Temple of Light to bring more awareness and love to Gaia as she moves though her Ascension process. The Earth is moving into a higher cosmic template of love, and all that is not love must be brought to the surface to be released and healed.

It is her privilege and joy to know and serve so many beautiful souls that are here on Earth at this magnificent time of transformation.

Marianne Mitchell

Marianne Mitchell

Marianne is a Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner, Ancient Wisdom Teacher, Spiritual Counselor, IMW-Certified Modern Wisdom Practitioner and KRI-Certified Aquarian Teacher of Kundalini Yoga. She is also a Certified Reiki Master and teacher, certified Cranial-Sacral Therapist and has studied Medicinal Aromatherapy, Polarity Healing, Plant Medicine and Earth Skills. She is the Director of Sacred Ceremony and Certification Director of the Institute of Modern Wisdom's Practitioner Program as well as a member of the Elder Council. She is lead faculty at the Institute of Modern Wisdom With the Modern Day Priestess Training, Certified Practitioner Training, Mechanics of the Universe course and Oneness Prayer Alchemy class.

Marianne works with individuals and groups, teaches a number of tele-class experiences about spirituality and healing and co-facilitates seasonal cleanses. She is also a Nature-Connection Rites of Passage Facilitator with Earth Path Education for Girls and Young Women.

Marianne is the creatrix of The Starlight Project, a monthly channeled distance healing group as well as Wheel Walkers, a year-long tele-class celebrating Cycles, Seasons and Ceremony.

Marianne believes deeply in creating space to go within and allow the Divine Intelligence as YOU to wake up and remember beyond what can be "learned". She aims to provide students with direct experience of who they are as beings of Light.

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