Jessica’s multidisciplinary background creates splashes of color that enliven her work in the healing arts field. Her BA in Philosophy highlights her innately inquisitive spirit, her drive to find meaning in life, and to help others open to the majesty of life’s seemingly unanswerable questions. Her history as an athlete instilled an ease of movement and spatial awareness in her own body, while engendering an experiential understanding of the functional integration of human bodies in general. She discovered her love for travel and teaching while exploring the possibility of Outdoor Education as a career, guiding kids through Central California and Ecuador during two consecutive summers. And while these summers were profoundly transformative, she felt something still lacking…a sense of meaning, of interpersonal connection, of self development. She enrolled in massage school and found a discipline that has not only deepened her knowledge of the human body, but opened her awareness to the nonphysical dimensions of what it is to be human.
Becoming a member of the Integral Travel team affords her the opportunity to combine her love of travel and teaching, with her passion for the healing arts and personal growth.
An explorer by nature, Holly has spent most of her life learning to traverse both the inner and outer landscapes of this world with a seeking curiosity. As a teenager in Colorado, she was introduced to the great potential of outdoor experiential learning combined with process-based inquiry, primarily through the written word. An interest in history, culture and art led her to study Art History and Writing in college, as well as Business and Nonprofit Management – a theme of opposite pursuits that would come to define Holly’s evolution of interests over time. After college, Holly was motivated to work as an art teacher and community garden director with at-risk and incarcerated youth, focusing on self awareness through expression and skill development. An eye-opening and challenging experience, it was at this time that Holly became interested in the neuroscience of trauma and healing, which became the impetus for her own healing journey. Holly began her studies of the healing arts in 2011, when she completed her training at the Kripalu School of Yoga in Massachusetts. In 2012, she traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study Thai massage. Upon returning to the US, she completed 200 hours of focused training at the Chicago School of Thai Massage. In 2013, she completed training in the art of bodywork at the Berkana Institute of Massage Therapy in Denver, Colorado.
Her studies have led her to understand the body as a map of unique experience, where our anatomical structures create a landscape of emotional, mental and spiritual pathways to the home within.
Sunny Klaber van der Star, BS, MS, RMT Director of Education
Combine a varied educational background that includes degrees and certificates in Geology, Environmental Policy, Massage Therapy and Yoga with 20+ years of professional teaching and guiding experience in disciplines ranging from Environmental Science and Mountaineering to Thai Massage; add a passion for conscious travel that has inspired multiple pilgrimages to remote areas of Thailand, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Costa Rica, South Africa and Botswana; and you get a woman uniquely qualified to design and lead our integrated travel programs.
Sunny is grateful for the opportunity to explore the mystery and majesty of life through the medium of Integral Travel, and she is looking forward to introducing you to her favorite people and places.
Laurie Boyer, LMT, RYT Lead Instructor, Northern Thailand
Laurie has been passionately serving in the healthcare field for over 30 years. Her first steps on this path were as a provider of education, nurturing touch, and compassionate support for woman and families during childbirth. Her thirst for knowledge in the healing arts led to certifications as a birth educator, labor doula, massage therapist, Thai Yoga massage practitioner and yoga instructor. Laurie is on the seasonal staff at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, where she is expanding her studies to included diverse forms of energy healing. Offering a wide variety of bodywork modalities, she maintains a devoted following of private clients.
In addition to her private massage practice, Laurie began facilitating healing journeys in Thailand and Bali with Integral Touch Institute in 2014. She embellishes her teachings with valuable self-exploration tools including journaling, guided visualization, movement, mindfulness based stress reduction, and meditation, while also creating a calm and non-judgmental atmosphere for growth and learning. Laurie considers it an honor to accompany and support others as they awaken to their highest potential for health and happiness.
Abby is a massage therapist, yoga teacher and environmentalist who is happiest when she is connecting deeply with people and nature. Her passion for service and environmental sustainability has taken her to some fascinating parts of the world and exposed her to many different cultures and ways of living. Whether she is working in Guatamala with the Peace Corps, teaching about Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde, or instructing massage in Telluride, Colorado, Abby exudes compassion and strives to empower others with knowledge and valuable skills.
When she is not on the road with Integral Travel, Abby practices massage and teaches yoga in Cortez, Colorado.
Ramphai joined Integral Travel as a translator and logistics coordinator in 2012. Working with Integral Travel sparked her interest in studying yoga and Thai Yoga Massage and she has spent the last few years developing a dynamic and uniquely informed (not many Thai’s learn Thai massage from ‘farangs’) practice.
When Ramphai is not on the road with Integral Travel she lives and works at Pun Pun Living and Learning Center in northern Thailand where she teaches Thai cooking, organic gardening, and natural healing methods, and makes natural products such as herbal soap and shampoo. She is also involved in the Thai Plum Village, and recently returned from Sri Lanka where she was teaching small scale farmers methods to help them adapt to climate change.
Ramphai has a contagious smile and enough positive energy to make any adventure fun, and we are thrilled that she is coming back this year as an Assistant Instructor for the Northern Thailand program!
Peggy and ‘Jo’ Organi Farmers, Earthen Builders, Social Activists
Peggy and Jo are the founders of Pun Pun a small organic farm, seed saving center, and sustainable living and learning center located a couple hours north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since 2003, it has been Pun Pun’s mission to sustain a self reliant lifestyle by growing organic food, building natural homes, and experimenting with low tech appropriate technologies, and to teach others how to do the same. Peggy and Jo have been instrumental in the earthen building movement in Thailand and have cultivated a highly harmonious and productive “unintentional community” of about 15 folks who live and work on the farm. Integral Travel’s Northern Thailand participants love spending time soaking in the picturesque views and healing vibe of the hills and hearts that make up Pun Pun. Thanks for welcoming us so warmly Peggy and Jo!
Bodhi, Tu & Boon Sustainable Tourism Pioneers, Social Activists
After a devastating Tsunami hit the Andaman Coast of Thailand in 2005, Bodhi and Tu responded by creating an organization called North Andaman Tsunami Relief. Soon their mission of relief for the surviving villagers evolved into a push for self-reliance and Andaman Discoveries, a community-based voluntourism non-profit organization emerged. Integral Travel has proudly partnered with Andaman Discoveries since 2006 and we have been impressed and inspired by the success of their sustainable approach. Each year our southern Thailand participants call their home-stay experiences which afford them a rare opportunity to form authentic relationships with local villagers and learn about their unique culture and lifestyle, a major highlight of their journey. Bodhi, Tu and their son Boon now manage Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, a nature resort in stunning Khao Sok National Park. Stop in and say hi!
Wayan Karja Painter, Sculpter
Karja is a Balinese & international artist & art educator based in Penestanan, Ubud Bali Indonesia. Karja was born a painter in a family of artists. His first memory is of sitting on his fathers’s lap with a brush in his hand. Karja learned about colours as a young child from his family and from the “Young Artist” painters of Penestanan including Arie Smit, the master of color. Currently at the height of his powers, Wayan Karja’s paintings are collected throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA. In 1990 Wayan Karja began teaching art and art appreciation at the School of Fine Arts in Ubud and at The Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Denpasar. Over the years he has taught painting and western art history and held a wide range of teaching positions. Currently I Wayan Karja is Dean of the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Denpasar Bali. Participants in the Integral Artistry retreat in Ubud, Bali will have the privilege of studying painting with Karja, and enjoy the unique experience of practicing yoga and Thai Yoga Massage in his studio surrounded by his beautiful masterpieces. Karja and his work are both colorful, richly layered and highly inspirational!
Wayan Sriyani Balinese Dancer
Wayan Sriyani was born in Payangan in 1975. She began dancing at age 7 and gained experience at many temple ceremonies in Bali. She graduated from SMKI Conservatory and STSI University in Denpasar. She performed at Hotel Bali Hilton for 8 years and taught dance at the Chedi Hotel. In 1993 she founded Sanggar Sri Wedari for teaching Balinese dance to children, and she is active teaching extra-curricular dance in local schools. In 2004 she toured England, holding workshops at several schools through the Inspire Work Program. Since 2007 she sings in performances with the Sanggar Wayang Kulit Cengblong. Wayan Sriyani has taught Balinese dance at Flower Mountain since 2003. Wayan Sriyani is an incredibly gifted and patient teacher and we are grateful for the opportunity to study dance with her during the Integral Artistry retreat in Ubud, Bali.