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Living in the Moment

About Us


is a consulting, training, and research organization dedicated to building mindful and ecological villages from bottom up, and top down.

Working with individuals, families, and professionals, we consider

whole-being intelligence and conscious group dynamics as primary in healing communities to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Our innovative continuum eco-villages are dedicated to providing strong

community-based support for the whole human life-cycle:

preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting.

Our Story

Who Are We?

We are a growing group of nature-based educators,  environmentalists, mindfulness practitioners, midwives, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, and healing arts practitioners. As culture creatives, we are shifting society toward wholeness, healing, and sustainable communities. Everyone deserves healthy education, environments, and self-care!

Our Vision

Setting the foundation for a new kind of Whole Wellness Intelligent Care™, we're blending mindfulness and local ecology with the healing arts for social justice. 

Whole Wellness Intelligent Care™

Mindful Heart for empathy and compassion.

 Mindful Embodiment for experiencing life.
Mindful Knowledge for freedom of choice. 
Mindful Relationships for social change.
Mindful Mind for sustainable vision.
Mindful Interconnectedness to the whole.

Our Culture Creatives

Holding Mindful Space for an Empowered Life

Jennifer Jeffcoat


 Mindful Ways

Director of Human Health & Well-being/The Urban Eco-Village of San Jose 

As an integrative human health and well-being consultant, Jennifer Jeffcoat has over 25 years of teaching experience. Founder of The Awakened Method, Whole Wellness Intelligent Care, and The Urban Eco-Village of San Jose, she fuses her expertise in local ecology, mindfulness, pre & perinatal birth psychology, somatic studies, and holistic healing to support individuals from preconception to professional stages of life. 

Natalia Romano-Williams

HHP, CMT, & Yoga Teacher

My passion for studying the human body and holistic approaches to healing have merged in a beautiful way. These life long studies have helped me to understand the interconnection of energy and emotions and how they interact with the physical body. The many layers of the body including mind, spirit and subtle energies are woven into our relationship to physical and spiritual health. I believe that just like the tides of the ocean our health can also ebb and flow, and as we change and grow our body, mind and soul can thrive with support. The experiences that I've had with Bodywork, Yoga, and Reiki in my own personal healing journey have transformed physical, emotional, and energetic blocks. This self healing journey awoke my deep calling to assist and hold space for others.


Shawn McSweeney

Mindful Practitioner, Awakened Birth Apprentice, Birth Doula, & Yoga Teacher   

Shawn has been teaching yoga for over 30 years, offering prenatal yoga, mother-baby yoga, couples yoga for labor, children yoga, and adult yoga classes. She is a skilled and trained birth doula, postpartum doula, and lactation consultant.

Shawn is interested in re-awakening the connection to sacredness in ordinary daily living. She creates a space for her clients to develop and explore this connection and provides them with skillful means to continue this inquiry on their own, whether practicing yoga, raising a family or exploring their role in the collective unfolding of life.

Lisa Wong

Resident Acupuncturist

Lisa is a California Board Licensed and Nationally Certified Acupuncturist. She holds a M.S. degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University,  Her

specialties are Auricular Medicine, a comprehensive

integrative medical modality which diagnoses and treats

diseases of the body through inspecting and stimulating acupoints in the ears, and Healing By Design™ Self-Care Technology which she developed and teaches her patients and the general

public. Lisa founded Center for Healing By Design, a 501c3 non-profit, a partner organization of the Urban Eco-Village of San Jose. She is also a member of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology And Health.


Dmitry Vulfovich

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

Healing holistically means following the guidance from the body back into a state of wholeness. I believe that symptoms are not something to go to war with or get rid of, but rather they can be a compass to track where there is emotional pain. I use a mixture of mindfulness, conscious movement, body-orientation and gestalt process therapy to help you heal yourself. 


Gina Tang


Mindful Group Facilitator

As a Holistic Fitness Coach and Expressive Artivist, Gina works with any form that transcribes the relevant message, from articles and blogs to spoken word poetry. She obtained a B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of California, San Diego, where she helped to launch an award-winning integrative wellness center on campus. Since the birth of her third child, Gina has returned to her roots (and her passion) in expressive journaling. Her mission is to help humans help themselves through the power of language and lifestyle. Her current project, Motherhood Express, is a wellness resource for newborn moms based in connected self-expression.


Karina Salenger


Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Movement Specialist

Karina uses a play-based, relationship-centered, child-led-adult-directed approach to improve postural awareness, fine motor skills, self-regulation and attention.

She received her M.S.O.T. at San Jose State in 2013 and  has worked in schools and outpatient pediatric therapy clinics. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Karina worked part-time in schools teaching gardening and life-sciences, and as a massage therapist and yoga instructor.

Karina is an avid naturalist, forager and outdoor enthusiast. As a result of international travel and a year spent living in Venezuela, she is fluent in Spanish.


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