ABOUT SA✨RA 🌘L.
"I am the unseen
of love, of laughter,
of creation herself.
black essence in my eyes,
in my heart,
holding all potential...
choosing what thought,
word or action to grow
from the liquid golden rays
of diamond light, of consciousness.
Giving form to
what is true,
what is pure,
of light, of life...
creating joy, beauty,
harmony and peace
in ever ongoing, evolving,
I live within
alchemical field of love.
My life experiences are
deepening my presence,
to support you, and me...
with the strength, stamina
and steadiness required
to be who we truly are...
to remember who we always were:
pure love, pure light, animating earth.
Each as unique as our sound,
our eyes, our hands, our feet.
to this space
Sara is a trusted advisor, powerful change agent, inspirational teacher, heart-centred visionary, timeless mystic, gifted healer, and compassionate soul coach. Her approach to guiding others is grounded, balanced, healthy and safe, and includes the mind, body, and spirit dimensions of an individual. Sara's intention is to offer each soul pragmatic and practical ways to express their natural gifts and talents authentically, joyfully and impeccably in life.
Sara helps individuals get into alignment about where the soul meets the practical, how energy manifests in the physical, and what healthy and healed possibilities are available for an individual or group at any given moment in time. She can help remove barriers for moving forward and helps individuals gain greater clarity and efficacy about navigating their own lives.
An expert facilitator and trauma expert, Sara brings a whole-brained, grounded and embodied approach to integrity, impeccability and authenticity. She helps individuals and organizations align their vision, mission, purpose and intention with our current time and a healthy planet, while simultaneously offering ways to enhance physical wellbeing, emotional resilience and mental stamina.
Sara is passionate about improving the lives of others and she believes that each individual has the capability inside to live a joyous, naturally abundant, healthy and purposeful life while contributing to the health of our planet at the same time.
Sara has been featured on Blogtalk Radio, Active Life DC, Unleash Your Voice, Galtime and Transformation 365. She is a Sacred Stories Luminary where she offers an online course as well as several guided meditations and free gifts. Sara also has authored two ebooks and has written several articles in German and English ranging from self defense and prevention to shamanic healing, intuition and energy medicine. Her presence is deep, her knowledge well rounded, and her experiences are far reaching.
Some of the clients Sara has supported over the years include Global Journalist Security, Witness, United States Institute of Peace, Amnesty International, Georgetown University, Polaris Project, DC Rape Crisis Center, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Trinity College, Population Services International, CommunityRed, Yui Company, The Foodie Alchemist, Teal Center for Healing, Smith Center for Healing, DC Time Bank, USAID, Executive Offices of the President, Government Workers, Team Leaders, Executive Teams, Massage Therapists, Counselors, Psychologists, Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, Police Officers, Veterans, Active Military Personnel, Secret Service Agents, Artists, Self Defense Instructors, Krav Maga and Martial Arts students, Single Parents, Teachers, Ministers, Film Producers, Writers and Novelists, Security Specialists, Healers, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors and more.
Sara is a native speaker of both English and German. When Sara is not coaching, strengthening, supporting or guiding others, she enjoys laughing, dancing, singing, spending time in nature, meditating, going for walks, being inspired through music and children's books, deepening into her soul space, and connecting to her soul family all over the world.
EXPERTISE BY AREA
Sara graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland with a major in psychology, earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and spent nearly a decade as a senior change management consultant before beginning her entrepreneurial ventures. She has extensive professional global experience including working in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
As a change management consultant, Sara helped Fortune 500 companies navigate through large-scale changes. During that time, she has worked with organizations in the pharmaceutical, health care, financial services, manufacturing and consulting industries. She has supported large-scale change initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, organizational restructurings and re-designs, business process redesigns, and HR strategy development, program design and implementation. She implemented complex change management and communications initiatives and facilitated leadership and executive teams to implement change in organizations.
Sara has also provided one-on-one strategic advice and trainings for executives, team leaders and individual clients on topics such as cultural awareness, sensitivity and diversity. She also helped leaders role model desired behavioral changes to affect change in employees. Sara has been an avid supporter of diversity and minority issues from the beginning, serving in Women's Shelters, as well as on the Board of the Black MBA Student Association and Students for Responsible Business.
Sara is considered an expert in personal safety, risk reduction and self defense. She has more than 30 years of athletic experience, including being a competitive athlete and a Division I Team Captain and Starter for the University of Maryland’s field hockey team.
She has completed self defense programs such as IMPACT and RAD (Rape Aggression Defense). She is a Brown Belt in Krav Maga as well as a nationally certified Expert-II level Krav Maga instructor, certified by both, Krav Maga Worldwide and the Krav Maga Alliance.
Sara is also a Fit-to-Fight Coach as well as a From-The-Ground-Up Coach certified by the Fit-To-Fight Republic, and she is certified in handgun personal protection tactics. Sara is also an expert in advanced self defense techniques, including defenses against guns, knives, sticks, and other weapons. She has taught Krav Maga to students from beginner to advanced levels for several years.
In 2011, Sara founded, opened and led a self defense and healing center in the heart of Washington DC with the intention to heal, transform and empower lives (view the web archive). Her center combined energy medicine and shamanic healing practices with self defense training.
Sara pioneered an integrated approach to self defense called Luminous Warrior. This approach was unique at the time in that it addressed the entire continuum of self defense, from awareness, to avoidance, to self defense and self care. Her programs and curricula integrated practical tools for trauma-free training as well as self healing without lessening the intensity of the training. These tools helped increase the mental, emotional and physical resilience and stamina of the students and instructors she served.
MIND-BODY / PSYCHO-SOMA
Sara’s experience in trauma healing and crisis management is multi-faceted. She has been working with therapists, counselors, healers and caretakers in trauma centers and nonprofit organizations since 2005. She offers deep healing, transformation, and true self empowerment to men and women survivors, as well as their families, all over the world.
Sara has worked as a California-State certified rape crisis counselor in the Bay Area, the first rape crisis center founded in the United States. She advocated for and supported survivors directly as part of the Sexual Assault Response Team, on hotlines and in counselling sessions, as well as by supporting survivors in court and during hospital visits post attack. She also provided survivor support and advocacy by coordinating with (and providing training and educating for) Special Victims Units of the police, healthcare personnel in hospitals, as well as the local community in general.
A few years later, Sara focused on bringing trauma healing to the warrior and veteran communities in the DC area. She conducted nearly 900 Moments Of Mindful Gratitude for the post-9/11 fallen service members. She was subsequently named Honor Guardian for Arlington Cemetery by the Mindful Memorial Foundation for her work to support Gold Star Families and their fallen service members.
Between 2012 and 2016 Sara served as a Senior Trainer for Personal Safety and Emotional Self Care for Global Journalist Security (GJS). During her time with GJS Sara helped activists, journalists, human rights defenders, aid workers, and numerous individuals from NGOs prepare for their travel to hostile environments. She also helped them heal any potential trauma they may have experienced after returning from such deployments.
In 2016, Sara took a few trips to Germany where she began to offer hands-on-healing to refugees and taught compassion fatigue prevention skills to caregivers at refugee centers.
SPIRIT / ENERGY
Sara spent nearly six years studying energy medicine. She earned a certification as Master Practitioner in Energy Medicine and Luminous Healing through the Four Winds Society, one of the leading training institutions for Energy Medicine in the world. Her advanced training included Shamanic Healing and Energy Medicine techniques such as Advanced Soul Retrieval, Advanced Destiny Retrieval, and Advanced Shamanic Tracking techniques. She worked intensely for several years as a Shamanic Healer and Transformation Coach and offered workshops, retreats, mentoring and coaching services founded in the Shamanic traditions of the South Americas.
Sara also completed private brainwave development training with Anna Wise, author of the book, Awakening The Mind. The purpose of the training was to ensure that Sara's shamanic journeying and meditation techniques are measurably and consistently producing specific changes in brainwave activity, thereby accessing the parts of the brain that are appropriate for the healing at hand.
Sara also completed the Level I and Level II training of the Healing Touch Association. She is trained to work with therapeutic-grade essential oils, butterfly and mushroom essences, and crystals. She continuously trains in advanced healing modalities. In 2020, Sara received initiations into deeper workings with animal spirits, the Wisdom Teachings of the Essenes, as well as the Angelic and Archangelic realms.
LIST OF QUALIFICATIONS
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, MBA 2001 | Washington DC
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, B.A. PSYCHOLOGY 1997 | College Park MD
GERMAN ABITUR | 1994
TRANSCENDENTAL MUSHROOM ESSENCES INTENSIVE | JULY-AUGUST 2020
BUTTERFLY SPIRIT ESSENCES TRAINING | JUNE 2020
ESSENES WISDOM TRAINING | DECEMBER 2019 - APRIL 2020
FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM TRAINING, Washington VA | SEPTEMBER 2016 - APRIL 2017
TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION TRAINING, Rockville MD | 2015-present
MUNAY-KI TRANSMISSIONS & TRAINING, various locations | 2007-present
CRYSTAL INITIATION & TRAINING, Baltimore MD | 2012
HEALING TOUCH ASSOCIATION TRAINING, various locations PA | 2010-2011
THE FOUR WINDS SOCIETY ADVANCED SHAMANIC TRAINING, various locations USA | 2009-2012
ANNA WISE CENTER BRAINWAVE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING, Berkeley CA | 2009
TULSI HOLISTIC LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS TRAINING, Washington DC | 2009
TOWERS PERRIN ESSENTIAL FACILITATION SKILLS TRAINING, Philadelphia PA | 2002
DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG, smART LEADERSHIP PROGRAM & FUTURE GENERATIONS NETWORK, Frankfurt a.M. | 1997-1999
FIT TO FIGHT CERTIFICATIONS, Charlotte NC | 2010-2012
KRAV MAGA WORLDWIDE CERTIFICATIONS, Los Angeles CA | 2007-2010
THE FOUR WINDS SOCIETY, HEALING THE LIGHT BODY SCHOOL CERTIFICATION | 2007-2009
BAY AREA WOMEN AGAINST RAPE CERTIFICATION, Oakland CA | 2004
SOUL COACH, CONSULTANT & SPIRIT GUIDE, Global | 2018-present
MINDFUL MEMORIAL DAY FOUNDATION, Honor Guardian, Washington DC | 2016-present
GREEN COMFORT SCHOOL OF MEDICAL HERBALISM, Apothecary Apprentice for the Medical Herbalism Apothecary Program, Washington, VA | 2016 - 2017
LUMINOUS WARRIOR TRAINING CENTER, CEO, Founder & Director, Washington DC | 2010-2017
GLOBAL JOURNALIST SECURITY, Director & Senior Trainer for Personal Safety, Assault Avoidance and Self Care, Washington DC | 2012-2016
TULSI HOLISTIC LIVING, Shamanic Healer, Washington DC | 2007-2009
KRAV MAGA DC, Certified Krav Maga Instructor, Washington DC | 2007-2009
BAY AREA WOMEN AGAINST RAPE, Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, Oakland CA | 2004-2005
TOWERS PERRIN, Senior Change Management Consultant & Intellectual Capital Champion, Philadephia PA & Washington DC | 2001-2010
CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, Senior Analyst, Houston, TX | 2000
COMMERZBANK AG, Personnel Coordinator, Frankfurt a.M., Germany | 1999
GEMINI CONSULTING, Management Consultant Intern, Bern, Switzerland | 1998-1999
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, Learning Lab Specialist, College Park, MD | 1998
DRESDNER BANK, Credit Analyst Trainee, Bangkok, Thailand | 1998
DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG, Project Manager Associate, Frankfurt a.M., Germany | 1997
"My focus is on living what I teach and for me to be an expression of my healthy, healed and joyful soul in all aspects of my life, while contributing to a vibrant earth at the same time.
The wisdom, tools and techniques I pass on to others come from my training as well as my personal experiences. However, I am aware that the tools that worked for me may not necessarily help another soul. I am also aware that some of the tools that do not work for me, may actually help you. I also realize that learning something for my personal healing and growth does not automatically mean that I can pass it on to another soul. In order to pass on tools or techniques, I must have tried them out on my own and gained the wisdom behind the teachings, as well as have received the proper training.
Knowing my expertise, gifts and strengths is as essential to serving others with authenticity, integrity and impeccability, as is being aware of my limits. Therefore, I refer individuals and groups to other experts whenever and wherever it is healthy and helpful to do so for all involved.
The soul's journey is ever ongoing. To be a soul in our healthy, healed and naturally vibrant state requires steady awareness and daily work. It is an honor to support you in your learning, healing and growth as I tend to mine at the same time, with love."
Sa✨Ra is a wonderful and wise guide for our sacred journey, not only for those individuals and organizations who work with her, but for our planet and collective evolution at this time.