Curriculum Vitae

Sahara Sun

Intuitive Healer, Five Element Acupuncturist, Author, Artist, 

New Earth Pioneer

 

Phone:

808-868-9281

 

Email:

saharasun365@gmail.com 

 

Address:

P.O. Box 2298

Kihei, Hawaii 96753

Date of Birth:

August 11th, 1974

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Aloha! I'm Sahara

 

My love of nature, the earth, and helping humans to heal has been my passion since I was a child. The culmination of my education, curiosity, and experiences has been woven together to integrate skill sets and knowledge that bridge Indigenous, Eastern, and Western Philosophies. 

Developing a conscious relationship with food transformed my health. I am passionate about helping people to heal, thrive, and evolve through their empowered relationship with the Earth.

EDUCATION
 

2007-2011

Master's Degree

ACUPUNCTURE SCHOOL

M.S. East Asian Medicine, Traditional Five Element Acupuncture and Jung Psychology


Wu Hsing Tao School for Traditional Five Element Acupuncture, Seattle, WA

Completed all core requirements in course hours and clinical residency to sit for the NCCAOM board exams as a licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner. 

2004-2005

Medical School

NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOL

Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA

Completed six quarters of medical school encompassing Gross Human Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Ayurvedic Medicine, Herbology, Craniosacral, Massage, Hydrotherapy, Naturopathic Philosophy and sixty hours Physician Intern hours. 

1998-2000

Master's Degree

GRADUATE SCHOOL

M.S. Plant and Soil Sciences

The University of Kentucky, Department of Agriculture Sciences, Lexington, Kentucky

Thesis Title: Biomass and total phenolic content of purple coneflower (Echinacea sp.) grown in Kentucky, the U.S.A. as influenced by genotype and cultural practices. 

1992-1997

Bachelor's Degree

UNDERGRADUATE

B.S. Biological Sciences

Northern Kentucky University, Departement of Biological Sciences, Highland Heights, KY

Area of Concentration: Botany and Chemistry

LICENSURE
 
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TRADITIONAL FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE

2011

Licensed Traditional Five Element Acupuncturist

NCCAOM

NATIONALLY LICENSED

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

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HAWAII

Board of Acupuncture License

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007- PRESENT

Owner and Practitioner

SHEN SANCTUARY, PSC

Intuitive Healer, Five Element Acupuncturist

 

Offering intuitive healing sessions online and in-person on Maui, Hawaii. I treat patients for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalances using Traditional 5 Element Acupuncture, Shamanic Spiritual Healing, Counseling, Herbs, Diet, Supplements, Healing Protocols, Energy Healing, and Conscious Accountability. 

Specializing in treating stress, trauma, PTSD, chronic conditions, pediatric conditions, infertility, anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. 

Maintaining professional licensure, the backend of the business with web development, newsletters, patient charting, marketing, and workshops.

2009-2010

Adjunct Professor

Biology Department

EDMONDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Edmonds, WA

I taught Introductory Biology courses, Human Biology, Nutrition, and Environmental Science for health science majors, nursing students, and general education. Major environmental, biological, and health concepts were taught, in addition to field trips, research projects, student presentations, and academic counseling. 

2008-2009

Adjunct Professor

Biology Department

RENTON TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Seattle, WA

I taught concepts in Biology, BIO 160 lecture – introductory biology course for general education and health science majors.  Major biological concepts were taught. 

2003-2004

Associate Faculty

Biology Department

GATEWAY COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Covington, Kentucky

Professor and Academic Advisor

Designed, developed, and taught online Environmental Biology courses and developed the course curriculum for the General Education Biology classes for non-majors and nursing students. Worked towards implementing the construction and design of new science labs as the Dream Team Leader for the future layout and construction of the South Campus

2001 - 2003

Conservatory Curator

Biology Instructor

Lab Sciences Manager

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

Birmingham, Alabama

Biology and Chemistry Departments

I was hired to transition faculty, staff, and materials to the new Science Center as the Lab Manager for all departments. Wearing many hats in this position, my primary duties involved the conception, design, and maintenance of the Medicinal Plant Conservatory, which opened in October 2001. This involved a marketing launch for the public and research interest, guided tours, and educational materials. Also, initiating the first annual campus-wide Earth Day celebration at Samford University, involving the students and community.

I taught Human Biology and Lab for pre-med majors and as Laboratory Manager proctored the safety regulations for the Sciencenter. Worked to comply with OSHA and EPA regulations and developed and assisted in writing a Chemical Hygiene Plan, Hazardous Materials Manual, Biology Laboratory Safety Manual. I designed and implemented a chemical inventory system comprising of 8000 chemicals. I used Microsoft Access and designed the program myself with collaboration from the University of Alabama.

1998-2000

Assistant Web Designer

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 

Horticulture Extension Agency

Research, writing, and graphic layout for the Kentucky Garden Flowers website. Attended the Kentuckian Greenhouse Association Fall Trade Show to promote the website.

2001

Adjunct Professor

Biology Department

BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN COLLEGE

Birmingham, Alabama

Research, writing, and graphic layout for the Kentucky Garden Flowers website. Attended the Kentuckian Greenhouse Association Fall Trade Show to promote the website.

1998

Internship Gardener

CINCINNATI ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, Cincinnati, Ohio

I assisted in the general maintenance and installation of plants and irrigation throughout the zoo and new animal exhibits, i.e., Children’s Zoo, Rhino, Komodo Dragon, and Gibbon Exhibit, and Peacock Pavilion. Assisted in the coordination and layout of the International Bonsai Exhibit. Worked in collaboration with volunteer programs such as youth and church organizations. Assisted zookeepers with specialized animal diets from procured plant material found in zoo botanical gardens. 

1998-2000

Teaching Assistant

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 

Horticulture Extension Agency

Teaching Assistant for Principles of Plant Propagation, preparing plant material for laboratory experiments and assisted professor in lectures, grading, and research. 

1995 - 1997

Assistant Perennial Manager

AAMON'S LANDSCAPE SUPPLY

Florence, Kentucky

Maintained twenty-four greenhouses, assisted in customer sales, propagation, ordering, and development of perennial catalog describing the plant, habit, available stock, and prices.  

GRANTS AND AWARDS
 
  • AWARD 2020

    Schaefer Art Gallery 

    Maui Arts and Cultural Center

    Annual Juried Exhibition for Maui Artists. This prestigious art show selected my acrylic painting 'Remember'

  • AWARD 2017

    Silver for Best Heroic Journey

    Nautilus Book Awards

    Self Published Authors Award for my first book publication, Heart Broke Open

  • GRANT 1998-2000

            Funding

    Graduate Student Academic Staff Notice of Appointment

  • SCHOLARSHIP 1999

    Kentucky Garden Scholarship

    The University of Kentucky, Cooperative Extension Service funded. 

  • AWARD 1997

    Biological Honors Society

    Second Place Seminar Presentation for field research on the antibacterial properties of ferns at different elevations throughout Ecuador. 

 
PRACTITIONER DEVELOPMENT
 

2011 - PRESENT

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CEU)

As part of maintaining national licensure,    60 CEUs are required every three years. Examples of courses taken:

  • Five Element Pediatrics

  • Deciphering the Shen and Trauma

  • Male Infertility

  • Pregnancy, Menopause, and Hormones

  • Healing Trauma with Ghost Points

  • Alchemical Acupuncture

  • Healing Emotional Trauma

  • Ethics in Pregnancy

  • Five Spirits approach to Trauma

Certificates for the courses available upon request. 

2011 - PRESENT

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Maintaining CPR requirements for NCCAOM licensure. 

  • National Detox Acupuncture Specialist, 2011

  • Clean Needle Technique 2011

  • Disability services training, 2003

  • Diversity Training for College Life, 2004

1992-2008

SHAMANIC PRACTIONER TRAINING

At a young age, I understood that to heal was beyond physical symptoms. Below are classes and workshops for Shamanic Spiritual Healing to help bridge my medical training with spiritual healing:

  • Plant Spirit Medicine Workshop 2008

  • Soul Retrieval Training (7 DAYS) 2008

  • Energy Healing I and II workshop with Traditional Native American Shaman, 2007

  • 7 chakra system using yoga and meditation 2006.

  • Introduction to Qi Gong 2006

  • The spirits and nature. 2003

  • ​Power Animals. 2002

  • Soul Retrieval. 2001.

  • Introduction to Journeywork.1999

  • Shamanic Apprentice.1996 -1998

RESEARCH

1998-2000

Horticulture Deparment 

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Lexington, Kentucky

Research towards a Master's thesis on the biomass and phenolic content of Echinacea sp. purple coneflower. I grew a two-acre plot of Echinacea, harvested and prepared plant material for extraction, made the extraction of plant material and analyzed using HPLC, biomass, and cultural practices as my variables.

1998

Entomology Department

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Lexington, Kentucky

Research assistant in studying the pheromones of Trichoplusia ni, Cabbage Looper Moth in mating field experiments. 

1996

Biology Department

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF QUITO

USA and Ecuador

Research on the antibacterial properties of ferns at different elevations throughout Ecuador. I traveled for two months throughout the various ecosystems of Ecuador gathering specimens to research back in the lab in Ecuador at the University of Quito and, later, at NKU. 

 
 
PUBLICATIONS

Sun, Sahara. Conscious Healing Blog.  2011 - 2020.  Blog topics on health, spirituality, wellness, emotional and physical hardships. 

 

Sun, Sahara. 2016- 2017. Maui Vision Magazine. Featured author for their quarterly magazine. 

 

Sun, Sahara. 2016. Heart Broke Open. Shen Press. Self-published teaching memoir. 

 

Vires, J.H. 2001. Biomass and total phenolic content of purple coneflower (Echinacea sp.) grown in Kentucky, the U.S.A. as influenced by genotype and cultural practices. Thesis. The University of Kentucky.

 

Vires, J.H., R.L. Geneve, and R. Anderson. 2000. Biomass and phenolic content of Echinacea species grown in Kentucky. Hortscience.  35:435.

 

Vires, J.H., R.L. Geneve, and R. Anderson. 2000. The production of Echinacea grown in Kentucky. ASHS Southern Regional Conference.  Hortscience. 58:238.

 

Vires, J.H., R. Anderson, and R.L. Geneve. 1999. An introduction to Echinacea Production in Kentucky. The University of Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Crops Research Report.

 

Vires, J.H., R.L. Geneve, and R. Anderson.1999. Evaluation of Coneflower (Echinacea) species for nursery production under field conditions.  The University of Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Research Report. p 8.

 

Heringer, J.E. June 1997. Antibacterial properties of ferns at different elevations in Ecuador. Bios Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society Quarterly Journal.

PRESENTATIONS

ART REVEAL

Maui, Hawaii
2017

Presentation for original works of art and the story of how they came to be based on a medical recommendation from a neurologist. 

TEMPLE OF PEACE

Maui, Hawaii
2016
 

Guest speaker a the Temple of Peace Community Service. Topic: Gratitude and my book Heart Broke Open

THESIS DEFENSE

Treating the whole person with Five Element Acupuncture
Seattle, WA
2011

Presentation explaining the Five Elements to understand how healing beyond the symptoms is a way to thrive instead of surviving. 

UNITY CHURCH INTERIM MINISTER

Everett, WA 
2011-2014

Served as the substitute for the minister of Everett Unity Church. I filled in as the minister, conducting the service, and giving the inspiring sermon for that Sunday. 

HEALING WITHIN RETREATS

2008-2012

Facilitated seasonal retreats ranging from two to five days at Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, WA. The intention was to help develop nature-based skills to heal, listen, and awake. 

THE HISTORICAL USES OF MEDICINAL PLANTS

Herb Society Convention
Birmingham, AL
2002

Why did pharmaceutical drugs and medicinal plants become mutually exclusive? 

MEDICINAL PLANTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Samford University 
2001-2003
Medicinal Plant Conservatory Student and Public Tours, one to three times per week. An informative talk on the uses of medicinal plants, their integration for pharmaceutical and herbal medications and indigenous use. 

THESIS DEFENSE

The University of Kentucky
2000
Thesis Defense: Biomass of total phenolic content of purple coneflower (Echinacea sp.) as influenced by genotype and cultural practices. 

CONVENTIONS 1997 - 2000

The following are other speaking engagements on topics of botany, horticulture, and medicinal plants. 

American Society for Horticultural Sciences. Echinacea Production in Kentucky. 2000

Kentuckiana Greenhous Association Fall Trade Show. 1999

UK Horticulture Farm Tours. 1999

Biological Society National Convention. 1997

Kentucky Academy of Science. 1998.

 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

MAUI ALOHA PROJECT

2015 - 2017

As part of the Vision Council, developed the business plan and financial proposal for investors for the Maui Aloha Project. Vision: The Maui Aloha Project aspires to create a sustainable thriving Eco-Village in sacred land trust on Maui, Hawaii. This community offers a healing center for the transformational arts and an inter-generational holistic learning environment for children in alignment with responsible paradigms for peaceful living on planet earth.

NATIONAL ACUPUNCTURE DETOX SPECIALIST

2010

Training in providing community acupuncture as supportive care for methadone addicts as well as trauma. The training allows me to establish an acupuncture clinic of 20 or more people to give swift acupuncture to those struggling with extreme stress. 

PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE TRAINING

Portland, OR

2011

Integration of the 5 Elements with plant spirit shamanism with Eliot Cohen

COLLEGE DREAM TEAM

Fort Wright, KY

2003

I was the leader for the future planning and layout of South Campus

Scheduled completion for 2008

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND EDUCATION

Birmingham, AL

2002

Associate Research Scientist for Vulcan Materials Education and Stewardship program for Environmental Science. 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLAR PANEL

Birmingham, AL

2002

NEXUS ONE interactive discussion about environemental topics with students at Samford University

FOUNDATION OF SHAMANIC STUDIES

 2001 - present

Associate Member taking training for Shamanic Spiritual Healing

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCES

199-2002

As a member, I volunteered for many events such as the Regional American Society of Horticultural Sciences in Lexington, KY.

TRI BETA BIOLOGICAL HONORS SOCIETY

 2001 - present

Vice President of our University chapter.

SIERRA CLUB REGIONAL CHAPTER

1993

As head of public relations, I spearheaded the first Earth Day event at Eastern Kentucky University. As the director of the Earth Day event, I worked with university officials, vendors, speakers, and entertainment and a team to coordinate this event. 
 
SKILLS
WEB DEVELOPMENT

I'VE BUILT SIX WEBSITES

FOR MY BUSINESS SINCE 2007

 Wix

GoDaddy

Word Press

MailChimp

Create Space from Amazon

SOFTWARE

GOOGLE

G Suite

All Google Drive Features

COMMUNICATIONS

Zoom

Google Hangouts

Skype

What's App

Messenger

 WINDOWS

Microsoft Programs

Word

Excel

Powerpoint

Access

Publisher

MEDIA and MORE

Canva

Shutterstock

Trello

Acuity

Schedulicity

ProEditor

PhotoEditor

Quickbooks

Square

Stripe, Venmo, Paypay

GoFundMe

Grammarly

LIFE SKILLS
FOOD
Self-Taught Master Home Cook Baker and Break Maker

Food Processing

Sauces, and Dressings

Sustainable Harvesting Procuring local sources

Teas and Preserves

PLANTS

Gardener, Propagator, Harvester

Floral Designer

Wildcrafter

Garden Design

Composting

Soil Amending

Homemade Insecticides and Cleaners

CREATIVITY

Artist

Drums, Jewelry, and Knitting

Dancer! Singer!

 Minister of Fun!

SURVIVOR

The level of perseverance, patience, and fortitude to survive not only a chronic illness but the ramifications of one in our society and medical system has given me a tempered strength and resolve.

Contact Me

Sahara Sun, MS, LAc

New Earth Pioneeer