We, Ashlee and Val, met in Asheville in an acroyoga class and immediately knew we must be friends. Matching each others' enthusiasm and dedication, we started training together. Non-stop. Shortly after, we traveled through California, ending the roadtrip with an AcroYoga Immersion. Besides a shared love for adventure, we share a passion for nature and a deep desire to help others see the healing within it. For over a decade, Ashlee had been cultivating a dream that we quickly realized we had both been working toward. Our excited energy was contagious and we inspired each other to chase after that dream. Our talents and abilities are complimentary to one another and together we know that we can offer more than individually. Since then we have been designing this idea that is now MAHA Retreats.
Ashlee currently resides in Charleston, SC where she is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher. She is passionate about combining all of these modalities in unique ways to discover greater depths of healing.
Fifteen years ago Ashlee’s life-long journey into the community of healing arts began with yoga and massage. Her dedicated practice, combined with a love for travel and an intimate immersion into nature, empowered her and brought her a tremendous amount of joy, freedom and a higher mind-body awareness. This lifestyle lead Ashlee to further her education by studying Chinese Medicine, after it lead to her own profound personal healing. She considers it a great honor to help people along their path in discovering what healing means to them.
Ashlee received her Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, NC. She studied under Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and a leader in bringing Classical Chinese Medicine to the West. She completed the 1,000 hour program at Boulder College of Massage Therapy. She studied at The Institute of Thai Massage and under Ajarn Pichet Boonthumme in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Ashlee completed her first yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Grass Valley, California in 2005 and assisted the same teacher training in India in 2008. Her second yoga teacher training was in Venice, California with Shiva Rea where she studied Prana Vinyasa. She has completed an AcroYoga Elemental Immersion and trained with AcroYoga co-founder Jason Nemer at a Solar Immersion. Other influential studies have been Restorative and Yin Yoga trainings in Asheville, North Carolina.
Valerie is a freelance photographer and holds a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She photographs a wide variety of genres from portraits to adventure travel. She assists National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen and leads international trips for National Geographic Student Expeditions. She worked as a Senior Instructor for Red Cliff Ascent Wilderness Therapy Program, leading students in the desert mountains and mentoring them in survival and life skills. Throughout college and most of her career, Valerie has spent much of her time facilitating groups, leading trips, mentoring and teaching numerous crafts; both professionally as well as volunteering.
Valerie sojourns throughout the world immersing herself in other cultures, collecting life experiences, adopting what inspires her and brings back traditional aspects to her community. This expanded knowledge has inspired her to share the collective wisdom with others to achieve wholeness. Valerie is passionate about our intrinsic connection to the natural world and using food as medicine. She spends her time traveling, rock climbing, practicing acroyoga, dancing, playing fiddle and bowhunting. She has trained under AcroYoga co-founder Jason Nemer at a Solar Immersion. Acroyoga has lead her to her most recent passion of learning the art of Thai massage. She started her Thai massage training in Asheville, NC and has continued her studies in Thailand with Ajarn Pichet Boonthumme.