Karina Stewart, Master in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine (MATCM), is committed to creating an environment where healing and harmonious transformation can flourish. From the age of 14, when she began meditating and exploring Asian spiritual philosophies, her heart was opened to an existence of devotion and self-discovery. She later went to Princeton University and completed a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Asian religions. Karina’s fascination with the East and passion for health led her to California’s Yo San University, where she gained a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine followed by internships in Japan and China. Her training extends to structural therapies such as Hellerwork and Cranial-Sacral Manipulation, as well as yoga and Taoist philosophy and practices.
In 2000, after conceiving and growing for many years the vision that would become Kamalaya, Karina and her husband John Stewart embarked on the journey of the creation of Kamalaya in Thailand. Working together with passion and complimentary contributions, Karina and John founded what would years later become Kamalaya – Koh Samui, a profound expression of their life journeys and deep commitment to service and positive contribution.