About Marc-Henri Sandoz Paradella M.A.
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 which were at the heart of my faith, and the sufferings which hid behind them.
I gradually faced my own shadows, I started a therapeutic work. I went through a period of ten years of doubts, uncertainties, personal upheavals, professional reconversion, divorce. It was a difficult and dark period, but very rich and of great value to me.
Then I discovered meditation and yoga thanks to Evelise, the exceptional woman with whom I am now married. I trained in Mindfulness meditation at the University of Geneva, then in Yoga Nidra and in meditation. I taught meditation and Yoga Nidra for several years in Geneva, while working full time as a counselor. I recently completed a Yoga teacher training.
After the amputation of my left leg due to bone cancer, in May 2018, I was left with the need to find a new balance for my life. The first thing to do, literally, was to learn to walk and live with one leg. Second, I had to build meaning for what was happening to me. In this process, I discovered a deeper 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 really 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 was able to discover and treat toxic residues buried in my body and my soul through my religious education and my family heritage. This 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, in publication (in English): "Toxic Jesus, my journey from holy shit to spiritual healing".
License in theology, University of Geneva.
MBSR, “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction”. Basic program with Jean-Philippe Jacques as part of the Association for the Development of Mindfulness, Geneva.
“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.”
“Yoga Nidra teacher training”, Santosha Institute. Under the supervision of Barbara Kuendig, author and teacher. 100 hours Yoga Alliance International recognized course. Based on the tradition of Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
“Inner-technologies immersion training”. Immersion training for yoga and meditation teachers with Sri André Ram, disciple of Dharma Mittra.
Various courses and seminars with Sianna Shermann, Rolf Sovik (Himalayan Institute), Richard Miller (I Rest), Uma and Nirlipta Dinsmore Tuli (Total Yoga Nidra Network), Sri André Ram.
“Rasa Yoga Teacher Training” with Sianna Shermann, yoga teacher training. Recognized course 300 hours Yoga Alliance International.