About me

MariaNazdravan trauma-informed mindfulness meditation teacher

Hi, I'm Maria.

I'm a former creative who traded her decade-long advertising career for a lifetime of learning, healing, and serving others on their path to greater awareness.

I practice a form of spiritual and therapeutic coaching fired by the belief that we all are born whole and perfect. However, I know firsthand that some of our difficult experiences growing up force us to adapt to life in ways that no longer serve us as adults. In my work I invite these old patterns to emerge and slowly unravel, rebalancing the nervous system, recovering abandoned parts of yourself, and revealing your alchemical inner gold.

My approach combines elements of Jungian analysis, mysticism, alchemy, psycho-education, trauma treatment, storytelling, somatic therapy, mindfulness, and interactive guided meditation with a healthy dose of playfulness and humour to help you navigate the paradoxes of life.

It's important to me that this inner exploration is not just for the privileged. I have a waitlist for free coaching packages and I offer concessions on a case-by-case basis - please get in touch before booking and we can discuss a rate that suits your financial situation.

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

- Kurt Vonnegut

I'm a firm believer that the answers to our deepest questions are already within us. It's just that sometimes we need another to hold our hand while we get there. And I am privileged to be that hand.

My story

Like many people, I became aware of the effects of my upbringing after a powerful crisis in my early twenties. The immobilising fear finally landed me in a therapist's office, where I slowly began to reveal layer upon layer of hurt, neglect, abandonment, and shame. After years of inquiry, psychedelics took my exploration to an unexpected depth. My work with psilocybin connected me to my inner wholeness and power, the alchemical inner gold of my being. Thus, a new path emerged.

One spiritual emergency and Kundalini Awakening later, I quit advertising at the end of 2019 and dedicated myself full-time to retraining and growing into the kind of helper I wish I'd had through the toughest, darkest times. And through personal experience and studies I learned that in order to thrive we need both the psychological and the spiritual. Being human is truly about balancing heaven and earth - but it sure ain't easy. 

The way I work today combines Western therapeutic approaches with Eastern philosophies. I approach each client with curiosity and compassion for their unique story, and guide them through the uncertain territory of their unconscious to their personal source of infinite wisdom. I'm a firm believer that the answers to our deepest questions are already within us. It's just that sometimes we need another to hold our hand while we get there. And I am privileged to be that hand.

I credit where I am today to the many people who have been my teachers, therapists, healers, shamans, and cheerleaders, and to the many authors whose books continue to expand my consciousness. My current path consists of studying, personal therapy, trauma release, meditation, yoga, tarot, Reiki and lots of silly dancing.

If my story resonates with you and you'd like to explore working together, please get in touch for a free consultation.


Professional Training

In my opinion, becoming a good helper is first and foremost a personal process. After all, how could I assist you in finding your alchemical gold if I haven't yet dug out mine, and separated it from all debris I accumulated through life? 

That's why I am committed to a long path of learning and inner transformation. My skills and certifications come from some of the world's leading teachers in trauma and mindfulness: Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, David Treleaven, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Janina Fischer, Deb Dana, and Stephen Porges. 

On top of that, I am in weekly personal therapy, weekly supervision, and a member of the CTAA, adhering to their code of ethics.