In 2019, Andara Christina Michael was unhappy, unhealthy and unfulfilled. Her journey had led her through the corporate finance and consulting world, overseas to Southeast Asia and then to Seattle, where she continued her secret cycle of alcohol, drug and food addiction. At her heaviest, she was 265 pounds. Then, on January 1, 2020, Andara had a profound energy healing session that brought her back “online”. She began doing Kundalini yoga, holotropic breathwork, and attending healing retreats. Three months later, Andara quit her job, sold her belongings and moved out of her Seattle apartment to focus on her own self development and recovery while contributing her skills to wellness companies, healing business and coaches abroad. Now, Andara manages a retreat center in Playa Negra, Costa Rica and continues to learn and study new modalities that expand her capacity to hold space and help others through their own healing journeys.
“It was a lovely weekend as it always is at Menla! Thank you. It truly is a special place in many ways. The people who work there and run the place really do make the difference, as they are all very nice and kind. I’ve been to other like places where that typically isn’t the case. I realized this past weekend that just being at Menla is simply awesome!”
“Menla offers integrative healing—merging Tibetan, Ayurvedic and other holistic traditions—along with fresh clean air, hikes and perhaps the most authentic Tibetan treatment therapies this side of Lhasa.”
Rona Berg, Organic Spa
“Menla means Medicine Buddha in Tibetan, but I think the esoteric translation must be ‘magic’. Menla is a place unto itself.”