Andrea Olivera

Multidisciplinary Therapist : Teacher : Ayurvedic Visionary
Andrea Olivera is a proactive, highly trained leader in the revolution of the spa industry. Her excellence is demonstrated clearly by a successful career expanding over twenty years as a Spa Specialist and Educator, Ayurveda Specialist and Educator, Aveda Educator, Aromacologist, Advocate for Ayurveda Awareness and Director of Ayurveda Expos. Andrea Olivera Centre for Ayurveda is well founded on integrity, endurance and purity in practice.

Serving prominent spas such as Civello Salon and Spa and Aveda as well as an extensive list of other Canadian and U.S. spas, Andrea has provided comprehensive Ayurvedic training that is second to none.

Many progressive yoga studios, like Toronto’s Sananda Devi Yoga Studio, Downward Dog Yoga Studio, JivaMukti Yoga Studio, The Yoga Sanctuary, Balance Yoga Studio, Bliss Yoga Studio and Calgary’s DownDog Yoga Studio, have incorporated training components provided by Andrea Olivera Centre for Ayurveda.

While reaching new markets within expanding holistic communities and distributors of Ayurvedic products, Andrea continues to be in high demand as an educator for community colleges and private schools such as George Brown College, Humber College, Aveda Institute, Collega for Aveda and Aveda Civello Network. Private instruction has been provided to her diverse clientele which includes numerous well known personalities within the performing arts.

Andrea’s educational accomplishments in India as well as North and South America highlight her great commitment to excellence. Her studies abroad with Doctors of Ayurveda, such as Dr. Upadiya and Dr. Gupta, as well as many Spiritual Teachers, have been integrated into the unique services and products she provides today.

Andrea’s commitment to serving humanity is unwavering and includes a keen interest in overall health promotion. Andrea’s experience speaks for itself and continues to expand into new dimensions of the global market and humanitarian projects.

Andrea Olivera, highly respected as a multidisciplinary specialist, as well as being prominent as a revolutionary within the spa industry, continues to act as a guide toward Ayurveda awareness and best practices in the spa and beauty industries. As improved health for individuals is supported and healthier communities abound, Andrea’s success is everyone’s success

[learn_more caption=”Overview”] Spa technology, mind-body medicine and other healing sciences have underlined Andrea Olivera’s life for over 15 years. Andrea Olivera naturally gravitated to psycho-physiological Eastern healing disciplines. Andrea is well versed in twenty-first century energy-based vibrational mind-body healing processes and utilizes her training in Ayurveda, Shiatsu, Reiki, Kinesiology, Crystals, Aromatherapy, Vedic Philosophy, Shamanic journeys, and Rice Readings to serve each client”s individual needs. Some of her titles and qualifications include; Certified Aromatherapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Neurotherapist, New Decision Therapist(™) and Educator, Reiki Master, Living Foods Health Educator, and Professional Beauty Esthetician. Truly a gifted educator, Andrea has conducted technical demonstrations and motivating workshops on all aspects of Ayurvedic rejuvenation. Andrea has an excellent reputation among visiting celebrities. She has treated numerous stars, including Duran Duran, Helena Christensen, Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, Rahul Khanna, and director Deepa Mehta.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Training”] As an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Andrea has studied extensively in India. She was first introduced to Ayurveda eleven years ago by Dr. Upadiya, International Himalayan Hospital, in Haridwar India. There she was trained in Shirodhara and became familiar with Pancha Karma. These studies were furthered in Vrindavana, India, Lord Krsna”s birthplace, with Dr. Gupta, Ayurvedic doctor and Pancha Karma specialist. This involved case studies, offering Ayurvedic consultations, assessments and treatments, for ashram residents. Additionally, devotional service for the community was practiced, through the Food for Life program, feeding thousands of the poor each day. Her studies include; two years at the Canadian School of Eastern Medicine, under Dr. Pankaj Seth, for a Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine; a continual correspondence course at the American Institute for Vedic Studies, under Dr. David Frawley, for an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certificate; an Ayurvedic Neurotherapy Diploma from the International Federation of Neurotherapy (IFN), under Ismat Nahani; studies at the Tantric College of America under Dharmanidhi Saraswati, Ayurvedic Practitioner; numerous personal training courses with Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing, and; various Ayurveda courses by Bri. Maya Tiwari, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Vasant Lad, Harish Johari and Dr. Nitan Shah. Andrea believes in ongoing education and is currently enrolled in further Ayurveda studies.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Consulting Record”] In a consulting capacity, AOCA has worked with numerous clients including Civello Salon/Spas, St.Anne’s Country Inn and Spa (Colberg), Ben Miller Inn (Godrich County), The Cornorstone Spa (Clinton), Rosa’s Day Spa(Stoney Creek), Dharma Studios (Calgary), Aveda Maritime (Halifax), Manhattan Club (New York) and several day spas and salons across Canada. Andrea continues to consult and define unique treatments for the Beauty Industry, borrowing from; East Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Egyptian, and South and Central American traditions. Presently, Andrea has formed a strategic alliance with Fluidity Spa Technologies Ltd., a vertically integrated worldwide mega-theme spa design firm dedicated to mainstream healing and technologies. She has been a consultant and educator with The Collega for Aveda–a global leader in the manufacturing of environmental lifestyle products–for over nine years, creating some of the most innovative esthetic beauty treatments available in the Aveda/Civello Spa Network. Andrea has organized and lead technical demonstrations and motivational workshops as an Aveda Purefessional. She appeared alongside Helga Hefner in the Aveda’s International Congress Festival.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Past Events Organized by Andrea”] With Dr. Robert Svoboda The first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. Lived in India 1973-80 and 1982-86. Since 1985 I travel the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing. I serve as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. WEBSITE

  • Spirituality or Psychosis? Jivamukti Yoga Centre (September 14, 2005)
  • Rasayana Rejuvenation. The Omega Centre Bookstore (May 26, 2005)
  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)
  • Kundalini: The Serpent’s Siren Song. Govinda’s Dining Hall (October 1, 2003)
  • Cultivating Your Relationship with The Unseen. Govinda’s Dining Hall (May 21, 2003)
  • Fire and Elemental Balance. Govinda’s Dining Hall (October 20, 2002)
  • Ritual Self-Development. Downward Dog Yoga Centre (May 19, 2002)
  • Ayurveda Expo 2002. The Hare Krishna Temple (February 2, 2002)
  • Victory to the Goddess! The Yoga Sanctuary (October 28, 2001)

With Ismat Nathani Ismat (Dhala) Nathani is an Ayurvedic Neurotherapist M.D. (MA), Founder and President of the International Federation of Neurotherapy. Ayurvedic Neurotherapy, “Nadi Mardan Kriya,” is an ancient Indian rehabilitative therapy based on vedic principles and philosophy. Learn your Ayurvedic constitutional body type and daily routines using diet, herbs, and more to balance Vata, Pitta, Kapha. WEBSITE

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Dr. Nitin Shah Dr. Nitin Shah, a native of India, has been a practitioner, philosopher and teacher of Ayurveda and Yoga for more than a decade. He is one of very few Postgraduate Ayurvedic Doctors residing in North America. Currently he lives in the Toronto area. Upon graduating from Gujarat Ayurveda University in 1984 with honors, Dr. Shah traveled to Varanasi for in depth study of Yoga and Ayurvedic Surgery. After completion of his post graduation from Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research he practised Ayurveda in the cities of India. His knowledge and experience is vast in the fields of Ayurveda-Panchakarma, Herbology, Ayurvedic lifestyle management and dietetics, and the management of Ano-Rectal disorders with specialized Ayurvedic para-surgical procedures. WEBSITE

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Susan McNaughton Susan McNaughton began the study of Vedic Astrology in 1985 with Hart de Fou and has been practicing and teaching since 1993. In 1987 she met her guru and deepened her studies with the study of Indian philosophy, spiritual practices and Sanskrit to acquire knowledge of the philosophical system of which jyotish is a part. Susan also holds an MA in Fine Arts as well as an MA in Social Anthropology from York University with a research focus on the society and culture of India. It is Susan’s wish to use this profound and inspiring astrological system to help others gain insight into life and relationship themes.

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Helen Goldstein Helen Goldstein is a mind-body educator and a certified yoga and meditation teacher. She is the Founder and Director of The Yoga Studio in Toronto, the leading personal growth facility in Canada. Helen has trained with Dr. Deepak Chopra, the internationally acclaimed speaker, author and teacher of mind-body techniques, and she is honoured to be one of the first individuals certified by Dr. Chopra to teach Primordial Sound Meditation in Canada. WEBSITE

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Ananda Sakti Xenia Splawinski Ananda is a gifted teacher of the ancient science of Yoga. She uses Yoga practices and other sacred healing arts, such as Ayurveda, Energy Medicines, Shamanic Journeying, Hands-on Healing and karmic clearing through “Core Pattern” exploration, to assist clients in healing the experience of being separated from Divinity.

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Ray Civello As founder and President of the CIVELLO Salon-Spa Group and COLLEGA Inc., Canada’s National Distributor of AVEDA Pure Plant and Flower Essence Lifestyle Products, former Vice President of Global Education, Artistic Director and most recently, Creative Consultant for the AVEDA Corporation, Ray Civello has been a visionary and a pioneer in the beauty and wellness industry in Canada for over 2 decades. WEBSITE

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Walter “Shantree” Kacera Shantree is an Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic and Shamanic Herbalist, and Constitutional Iridologist has over 30 years experience in the Natural Healing Arts. He is the founder and co-director of Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, Eco-Spiritual Education and Retreat Sanctuary founded in 1983. The Centre supports Conscious Living through The Sevenfold Path and Living Foods Lifestyle. Since the 70’s Shantree has been exploring the effects of live-foods and the energetics of a plant based lifestyle on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. He teaches at numerous centers in Canada, U.S. and Costa Rica. He offers numerous certification courses in Ayurvedic medicine, herbalism, living nutrition, Constitutional Iridology and shamanism.

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera is a Life Coach with over 25 years of experience. She supports a discovery of the Divine within through body and nature centered practices. Her training includes Continuum Movement Therapy, Breath and Sound Therapy, Sacred Dance, Body and Energy healing, Chi Gong, Nature as Healer, Live-Foods Lifestyle and 33 years on a conscious spiritual journey. She offers workshops and retreats in Costa Rica and at her home in London, ON, Canada – Spirit of the Earth – The Living Centre. WEBSITE

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Dr. Ghanshyam Singh Birla Ghanshyam Singh Birla founded National Research Institute for Self-Understanding and the Palmistry Center in Montreal, Canada, in 1972. Dr. Birla has lectured extensively and written numerous articles and texts on the powerful insights of the Vedic sciences, including Love in the Palm of Your Hand: How to Use Palmistry for Successful Relationships, Magnet Therapy: A Gentle and Effective Way to Balance Body Systems, and Destiny in the Palm of Your Hand: Creating Your Future through Vedic Palmistry. Dr. Birla has appeared in Living in Balance on Wisdom Television, WebMD, Breakfast Television on City TV and Good Morning America. In 1998, Dr. Birla established a 300-acre lakefront retreat in Chènèville, Quebec, which serves as an international facility for studies and services in palmistry, astrology and Ayurvedic healing. WEBSITE

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With SWAHA:: Meenakshi and Ron ReidSWAHA performs music that is both sophisticated and uplifting. It is a unique blend of ethereal vocals and earthy rhythms. The songs are the inspiration of Meenakshi and Ron Reid.

  • Ayurveda Expo 2003. The Hare Krishna Temple (September 27-28, 2003)

With Brhat-mrdanga das Brhat-mrdanga das, a former school teacher from Durban, South Africa, joined ISKCON twenty years ago. Presently he is the President of ISKCON Pretoria and Chairman of the ISKCON’s International Board of Sastra (Vedic Scriptures) Examinations. Brhat-mrdanga das founded the Bhaktivedanta College of Education and Culture (BCEC) in July 1991 in Durban. He was the BCEC’s International Director till December 2000. Under his direction, BCEC has expanded to Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu, New Delhi, Mayapur, Nairobi, Mauritius, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Trinidad and Guyana. Short seminars were also conducted in New York City, Washington DC, Dallas, Philadelphia and Amsterdam. With Bri. Maya TiwariBri. Maya Tiwari is a Vedic spiritual teacher who emanates the spirit of compassion and healing. Maya Ma, as she is affectionately known, is one of the world”s only female Ayurvedic experts. She has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and is one of the world”s pre-eminent spiritual leaders who was invited to the United Nation”s Millennium World Peace Summit. Maya Ma”s unique work — Ayurveda in Wise Earth Tradition — restores the long forgotten grass roots or sadhana origins and practice of Ayurveda. Her work on Ayurvedic sadhana focuses on healing without medicine through nature”s templates of Food, Breath and Sound.

  • Book Signing for The Path of Practice. The Omega Centre Bookstore (September 29, 2000)


[box] “Vayu (wind) caresses all nature, as rocks in a stream are massaged by the refreshing current, as leaves on a tree yield to the scented breeze. Father Sun illuminates and warms Mother Earth, charging her with each ray. Abhyanga is the universal language. The ancient Vedic scriptures speak of touch as physical medicine and communication, on multiple levels of consciousness. As nature is a constant reflection of the divine, the human seeks the same. My Inspiration has come through the Truth in the Vedas and I dedicate my life to communicate Her message. My vehicle is touch. Vayu caresses all Nature.”[/box]

My heart is grateful to all of those who gave their energy, creativity, support, and most of all, their love. Thank you to Nancy Jamieson The Museum, who believed in my vision and blessed me forward; The Witches, who are all the gifted women in my family, my mother Amelia Olivera The Seer and Artist, my grandmother The Herbalist, my Tia Rosa the Guide, my sister Vikky the Concoction-ist, and my cousin Isabel the Handmaiden. To them I am most grateful for sharing their Craft. Thank you for your wisdom; to my Guru Mantriji, the Maharaja who makes all possible, thank you for your love. To all the creative team, Raivata Das (Rod Castro), whose work speaks for itself; Anand Maharaj, photographer; Kim Waters from Rasa, for her sacred art and music; Yogini, Xenia Anandasakti, my spiritual sister for all of her Tantric moves; to Yogi Cheong Ng for all of his assistance; to my dear friend and spiritual sister Rita Duggan for always being there for me; to Gandharva Rosita Stone, to my Godparents, Ancestors and my Father Ponciano, my spirit guide, thank you; and to my beloved Deities who have always blessed me. Thank you, I dedicate this to you.

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