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.

 
 
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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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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

 
 

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.

 

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. 
 

Sahara Sun, MS, LAc

New Earth Pioneeer