Senior Instructors

The Body Mind Morphing team of teachers.


Kutira Decosterd was born and raised in Switzerland. She traveled at the age of 21 to India and Nepal, where she studied with yoga and tantra masters. In the West she explored cutting edge psychology and combined the teaching of East and West into a teaching called Embodied Spirituality and Sustainability. Her strong background in meditation, breath work, NLP, Hakomi (Body-centered psychotherapy), Bioenergetics, non-violent communication (NVC) has made her an internationally known and accomplished teacher and seminar leader.

Kutira is also a certified Permaculture designer and passionate explorer of creating healthy and yummy food for body and soul. Together with her husband Raphael she created the greenest spot on Maui, a beautiful retreat center based on sustainability and spiritual guide lines that honors the earth and lets anybody who visit, experience the healing power of Mother Nature. Students from all over the world contribute to the ever expanding vision of creating heaven on earth.

Kutira is also well known throughout the alternative healing movement as a master of ritual. There is a certain “specialness” that occurs when she officiates weddings, performs land blessings, pujas, concerts, and leads retreats. She has a natural talent for bringing an expansive field of love into any space she facilitates so that everybody can relax and feel safely held within a circle of love.


Raphael ~ his music can be described as essential, intuitive and spiritual, while at the same time physical and an earthly-Pan incarnate. His mother was a powerful psychic similar to Edgar Cayce; his father, an elegant ragtime piano player.

Raphael has a unique talent for teaching deep and profound eastern and western techniques in a simple, clear and common sense way. (He was born and raised in Oklahoma and is proud of it.) It has been his experience that when these teachings are empowered with the heart, they become miraculous. He also has a talent for bringing people to deep states of enlightenment in a fun and pleasurable way.

He is well known for his private sessions for singles and couples which may include “psychic readings set to music”, teaching men the art of using Taoist practices for strengthening the immune system, healing and balancing relationships or exploring the art of time travel. For ten years, Raphael was a musician at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying with and creating music for leading, alternative innovators like Milton Trager, Dr. John C. Lilly, Gabrielle Roth (for 12 years), Alan Cohen and Dr. Emmett Miller. He is a much sought after visionary musician who always performs with a deep attitude of service.

Raphael’s Music To Disappear In (Volumes I and II), on the Hearts Of Space label, is known worldwide as a premier evocation of the new alternative healing movement.

“The way something is taught is as important as what is taught. If the teaching and experience is clear and simple, you’re set for life.” ~ Raphael

Joan Heartfield, PhD.

Joan Heartfield, Ph.D. is the former director of the Divine Feminine-Awakened Masculine Institute where the sacred teachings of Tantra, Tao and Spiritual Psychology are woven together into a complete curriculum that provides powerful support for illuminated understanding.  A counselor, writer, and guide for over 25 years, Joan is passionate about empowering women and men in deep intimacy, sacred sexuality, compassionate communication and radiant health. She and her husband Tomas facilitate workshops and retreats, as well as offer personal counseling sessions. Visit their website, Talking Hearts to learn more. Her book, Romancing The Beloved, A Sacred Sexual Adventure Into Love, is available at your favorite book retailer.

“How we feel about, think about and treat our bodies is reflected in our aliveness. The deeper the respect, love and appreciation we have for every part, every organ, every cell of our body, the more alive and happy we feel.” ~ Joan

Wendy Grace

Wendy Grace has been in the healing arts for over 35 years. She is an extraordinary visionary and simply being in Wendy’s presence increases your capacity to tap into your creative essence. She is bringing to these delicious days her experience as an artist and a poet to facilitate an inner journey into scared dimensions of your self that will deepen your experience both personally, and as a group.

“It is an honor for me to be witness to this ultimate transformation. Seeing these men and women come into their genuine beauty and power is a constant reminder that this program is not just a healing of the body, it is a healing of the soul.” ~ Wendy

Chef Teton

Chef Teton Culinary Chef-Maui (Creator of Chef Teton’s Essential Cuisine, DVD Series)

Susan Teton Campbell, an evangelist for great food, began her career when she went to work with John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and Healthy at 100. While working with notable health professionals and environmental authors, she co-authored the Healthy School Lunch Action Guide with endorsements from the USDA, California State Child and Nutrition Department, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

With an award-winning curriculum Ms. Campbell toured the country, inspiring students to choose healthier foods and offering a school to serve them.

Convinced that food is a significant factor in rising epidemic of youth-related health issues, Ms. Campbell continues her educational work with a new multimedia project titled Essential Cuisine, a culinary system combining great taste and smart food.

Manuela Christener

Manuela Christener 
Manuela was born in Switzerland and worked with her mother, Dr. T. Vogt as a nurse in Zurich at the Bellevue Clinic for 30 years. Between 1969 and 2007 she assisted in administering the now-famous HCG Weight Loss Program, providing continuous support to thousands of patients during both the weight loss and maintenance phase of the program.

She successfully educated many of these patients on how to eat more wisely so they could maintain their desired weight. Hundreds of them recovered from eating disorders with the HCG program, shedding the unhealthy pounds they were never able to lose otherwise, while avoiding risky surgical procedures like liposuction.

Manuela Christener is also certified Avatar Trainer and Intuitive Healer. She brings all of her skills to support clients individually and in the BodyMindMorphing retreats.

“I am proud to have learned these life-altering procedures from a great teacher, my mother, and wish to keep helping others achieve a healthy weight and beautiful lifestyle.”