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Meet Kristin Dwan of The Healing Woods in Pasadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Dwan.

Kristin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Dying and coming back to life from a house fire in 1998 put me on the spiritual healing path I am currently on now.

I was 23, and didn’t have a lot of direction in life, but having my heart literally stop on the operating table as they were treating my 3rd degree burns over 30% of my body with skin grafts made me realize that I was here for a reason, and that reason was to first heal myself, and then help others to heal using Reiki.

I never knew what Reiki was before I had a beautiful experience of an energy coming from the universe into the hospital room to help me when I was in the darkest pit of physical pain and emotional turmoil with 30% of my skin feeling as if there were hot irons on it. This beautiful healing came out of nowhere when I was praying for help to whoever would listen.

I go into great detail of the energetic healing that came from The Universe that night in my book, “Baptism By Flame – 10 Steps to Ignite Your Light Within.” This book is not only a memoir of dying and coming back to life and my spiritual journey after…but it is also a tool for the reader to go on their own journey to have a spiritual healing journey without having to burn their home down and end up in a burn ward like I did. There is an online part of the book which leads the reader on that journey with exercises and guided meditations to do.

Once I was healed enough to help others using Reiki, I started The Healing Woods in 2000, and helped people with Reiki sessions, teaching them Reiki, doing Tarot readings, Akashic Past Life readings and many other healing modalities. Together, we go on the healing path that is correct for them.

After almost 20 years of helping others heal, I am currently also taking on other healers and mystics as their Business Coach to help them do the healing they were put on this earth to do full time, instead of in between day jobs. This world needs us out there helping as many people as we can…there needs to be armies of healers out there to counteract the armies of destruction that have been in place for quite some time.

Great, 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?
There was a point where I had a full-time job as a manager in the Advertising Industry, was the lead singer and booker/promoter of a band and also taking clients at The Healing Woods.

I worked 9-5pm at the office, 5-9pm at The Healing Woods and did shows with the band 9-2am.

It was not easy…but The Healing Woods and healing has always been my passion, so I pushed through and always found the energy to show up 100% to whatever I was doing. The Reiki energy helps a lot too. It’s amazing how a 20-minute meditation using Reiki can make you feel like you just slept 8 hours…even if you really only slept 3 hours that night!

Thankfully, 5 years ago, I was released from my full-time advertising agency job due to budget cuts, and I decided to also release myself from the band, so I could put 100% of my energy and focus on building The Healing Woods to be my only source of income.

It was scary to not “look for a job”…but I knew I was building my soul’s work in life, and after 5 years, I am happy to say it is beautifully abundant, and I love sharing my secrets of building a conscious healing business with my Reiki Students and Coaching Students.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Healing Woods – what should we know?
The Healing Woods is a spiritual and energetic retreat within the beautiful tree filled town of Altadena, nestled up against the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.

It is a peaceful place where people can escape the pressures of their day to day life, and receive some much-needed peace, healing and release using Reiki, Tarot, Spiritual Guidance, Sound Healing and Akashic Past Life Readings.

I also work with people all over the world with Reiki, Akashic Past Life Readings and Tarot, as Reiki can be sent across oceans and still be just as effective as if we are in the same room.

I specialize in all things Reiki from Reiki sessions, teaching people all levels of Reiki, doing live events called Bullshit Bonfires up and down the coast introducing people to Reiki, doing Reiki house and business blessings and helping other healers build their businesses.

What sets me apart from other healers on a business sense is the fact that I have had 15 years of corporate training on how to brand, promote, write copy, speak in front of people and run a tight business. This is the wisdom I use in working with other healers in helping them build their businesses, because usually, these things do not come easily to most healers.

What sets me apart as far as other Reiki practitioners in the healing arena would be the fact that I have been in the depths of depression, suicide attempts as a teenager and huge amounts of emotional and physical pain.

There was a time I was in a space of feeling like I would never get out of that pain and fear. I can meet my clients right where they are at in their fear and darkness and not be afraid of it. I know the way out, because I have been there, and it is my passion to show people their light within, even though they can’t see it themselves. This is the power of Reiki and working with the shadow and subconscious.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I truly feel that being open and vulnerable to my clients has been most important to my success.

I write blog posts about my own healing journey, and they are not all about rainbows and light…there is a lot of darkness in this world, and loss, and to just look on the white light of things is not helping the world in the least.

We need to embrace our shadow and our pain and work through it…feel it…and not suppress it into thoughts of white light.

I am very open about my past and roots of pain and depression on my website, and because of this, most of the people that come through my door say, “I just knew you were the person to understand and help me when I read your website.”

I am an open book…and I even wrote one, I felt so strongly about sharing my journey and my ups and downs. My earlier life has been really hard…but I wouldn’t have it any other way, because my life now is magical and exactly what I was working through all of that pain and darkness to become.

That pain and darkness are my roots though…so I will never forget or disregard who I was back then. She took the first steps to get me to where I flourish today.

I look forward to helping anyone reading this to see their light within through all of the darkness, and help you with your first steps to creating power from your pain.


  • One hour session for Reiki, Tarot or Akashic Reading $175
  • 90-minute sessions for Reiki, Tarot or Akashic Reading $225

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