Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Coffing.
Hi Carla, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I gave birth to my first daughter seven years ago and the experience was an initiation, a plundering and soaring to the depths and heights of me. I had never suffered from depression before. I had never been shaken awake before. It was a total obliteration of the self I had constructed, a deep calling from the voice of my soul to heal. I had been practicing yoga and meditation for over 10 years at the time, but it was hard to maintain my practice as well as my art during the beginning stages of motherhood, and coupled with the isolation, it went pretty dark for a while. I am so thankful for that time now and all that it alerted me to, including the deep and resounding ache to create a safe space for others to engage in their own healing work. It was a darkness that I have deep reverence and gratitude for. It was the birthplace of The Moon Sanctuary.
I truly believe that we are each our own best healer and teacher, but often we need a safe container, a community, and practices that help us trust the wisdom that is already within us. That is my intention with the space. It is a profound honor and fills me with so much joy to have so many incredible souls come and share their magic here.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I read on a matchbox somewhere that “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” (Franklin Roosevelt)
I spent (and spend) a lot of time lost at sea with all its depths of shadows and unbelievable beauty and light. I am so grateful to all of my teachers and friends for offering me the tools to help navigate these humbling and expansive waters. Kundalini Yoga + Meditation, Breathwork, and Somatic Embodiment practices have walked me through addiction, depression, and profound loneliness. I have learned tools that have connected me to a belonging that I have longed for my whole life, a longing to belong to myself. It is with deep respect for lineage and through the lens of my own experience and discernment that I hope to share these tools with you.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The Moon Sanctuary is a community-forward studio for classes in the healing and creative arts, nestled behind a home in Atwater Village, Tongva land. The studio offers a number of healers to work with privately as well as classes and workshops for all ages and physical abilities. It is also available to rent for private and group healing sessions, sacred events, and as a film/photography location.
Space to hold space. Heart gathering space. Space to be silent and heard. Inner space. Space of light and shadows. Space to root deeper and reach higher. Space to let go and space to remember. Inclusive space that honors lineage and culture and each other.
Two offerings I would love to highlight:
– Safe Haven: If you know someone who is forced to travel out of state for abortion care, and needs a safe space to stay and recover, please put them in touch with us (email@example.com). C
– Mother-in-Residency: A healing space for a mom to be away from her kids for a few days to reset and resource, with time to process and time to be alone. Includes homemade organic vegetarian meals, a healing session with me (combination of kundalini yoga/breathwork/somatic embodiment practices), open access to a steam shower and fire-pit and outdoor bath, and an optional add-on for a session with one of our healers at a discounted rate.
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
Perhaps it won’t be surprising after reading this article, but I spent (and spend) a lot of time at the bottom of the ocean. I am still sorting and sifting and learning how to share the treasures I have found down there. I think it can be a misconception that when someone is compelled to hold space that they have healed or have things figured out. I don’t think it works like that. The path to healing is simply forever spiraling. It is not comfortable and it can feel a lot worse before it feels better, and often you keep unearthing deeper things to discover. I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I yearn to be a voice who is with you at the bottom of the ocean encouraging you to keep going.
- Website: http://www.themoonsanctuary.com/
- Instagram: @the.moon.sanctuary
The two photos with me in them are credited to Lucia Doynel, the other ones are my images. Thank you.