About Marc-Henri Sandoz Paradella M.A.

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Born in 1963, I studied Protestant theology at the University of Geneva to become a pastor. I worked in this profession as a life mission for fifteen years in an evangelical church. A deep questioning led me to resign: I realized the sectarianism and the blockages at the heart of my faith and the personal and generational sufferings that hid behind them.

 

I gradually faced my shadows, and I started therapeutic work. I went through ten years of doubts, uncertainties, personal upheavals, professional reconversion, divorce. It was a dark and challenging period, but very rich and of great value to me.

 

Then I discovered meditation and yoga thanks to Evelise, the exceptional woman who is now my wife. I trained in Mindfulness meditation at the University of Geneva, then in Yoga Nidra and meditation, then as a Rasa Yoga teacher. I taught meditation and Yoga Nidra for several years in Geneva while working full time as a counselor. 

 

The amputation of my left leg due to bone cancer in May 2018 left me with the need to find a new balance for my life. The first thing to do was to learn to walk and live with one leg. Second, I had to build meaning for this tragedy. In this process, I discovered a more profound and renewed spirituality, fully taking into account what was happening to me without embellishing it or falling into a kind of magical thinking. A spirituality that could help me to face reality. It is still a work in progress.

 

Having faced such trauma and such a threat, I saw it become the portal to a more enlightened and awakened phase of my existence. In this process, I discovered and treated toxic residues buried in my body and my soul through my religious education and my family heritage. This whole experience has resulted in a healing process and what I call spiritual decontamination, resulting in renewed health and joy.

 

From this process was born a book: 'Toxic Jesus, my journey from holy shit to spiritual healing and an online course Heal Your Spiritual Life.'

 

Trainings:

  • NARM, Healing Developmental Trauma, Practitioner Training Program, The NeuroAffective Developmental Model. 2021, still in process.

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy, The UK College for Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. 2020-2021

  • MCT ‘Masters Center for Transformation’ psychothérapie psycho-spirituelle et intégrative. 2019-2020

  • 'Rasa Yoga Teacher Training' with Sianna Shermann, yoga teacher training. Recognized course 300 hours Yoga Alliance International. 2018-2019

  • “Inner-technologies immersion training”. Immersion training for yoga and meditation teachers with Sri André Ram, disciple of Dharma Mittra. 2017

  • 'Yoga Nidra teacher training,' Santosha Institute. Under the supervision of Barbara Kuendig, author and teacher. 100 hours Yoga Alliance International recognized course. 2015-2016

  • 'Mindfulness-based interventions.' Certificate of advanced studies given by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the University Hospital of Geneva. Based on the teaching of John Kabat Zinn and the protocol 'MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. 2015-2016

  • MBSR, 'Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.' Basic program with Jean-Philippe Jacques as part of the Association for the Development of Mindfulness, Geneva. 2012

  • Master in theology, University of Geneva. 1982-1987