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QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION
  • ADOLF-REICHWEIN GYMNASIUM, GERMANY, high school diploma

  • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK, MD, USA, Bachelor in Psychology

  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON DC, USA, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • BAY AREA WOMEN AGAINST RAPE, California-State Certified Rape Crisis Counselor

  • THE FOUR WINDS SOCIETY, Certified Master Practitioner in Energy Medicine & Luminous Healing

  • KRAV MAGA WORLDWIDE, Certified Krav Maga Brown Belt and Krav Maga Expert II Instructor

  • FIT TO FIGHT REPUBLIC, Certified Fit-to-Fight Coach

  • FIT TO FIGHT REPUBLIC, Certified From-The-Ground-Up Coach

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • TOWERS PERRIN, Senior Change Management Consultant & Intellectual Capital Champion

  • BAY AREA WOMEN AGAINST RAPE, Certified Rape Crisis Counselor

  • KRAV MAGA DC, Certified Krav Maga Instructor

  • GLOBAL JOURNALIST SECURITY, Director & Senior Trainer for Personal Safety and Prevention

  • MINDFUL MEMORIAL DAY FOUNDATION, Honor Guardian for Arlington Cemetery

  • GREEN COMFORT SCHOOL OF MEDICAL HERBALISM, Apprentice for the herbal pharmacist program

  • LUMINOUS WARRIOR, CEO, Founder & Director 

  • SARA SALAM, Consultant & Change Agent

  • SARAH HAWK, Soul Coach

LEARNED TECHNIQUES OF ENERGY MEDICINE*

  • Creating Sacred Space

  • Space Cleansing

  • Setting Intention

  • Shamanic Journeying (including clean and safe guidance on these mental journeys or meditations)

  • Aura & Energy Field Cleansing

  • Aura & Energy Field Balancing

  • Chakra Illuminations

  • Cutting Energetic Cords

  • Energy & Trauma Extractions

  • Energy & Soul Retrievals

  • Destiny Retrievals

  • Advanced Soul Retrievals

  • Advanced Destiny Retrievals

  • Shamanic Divination Techniques 

  • Advanced Divination Techniques

  • iChing Readings

  • Ancestral Healings

  • Curse Removals

  • Remote Healings

  • Personalized Ceremonies

  • Personal Blessings

  • Activations & Initiations

  • Energy Transmissions

  • Death Rites (metaphorical or literal)

  • Surrogate Death Rites (for unexplained or unhealed deaths)

  • Transition of Stuck Souls (e.g. in houses, on public land or former battlefields)

  • Grief Healing Ceremonies

  • Land Healings and Activations

  • The Great Rites: Munay Ki (Munay-Ki.org)

  • The Rite of the Womb (theriteofthewomb.com)

  • Conscious Dying (www.dyingconsciously.org)

 

*The energy medicine techniques listed here are only a selection of those I have learned in my training. Different techniques, a combination of techniques, or none of the techniques listed may be appropriate for the situation you are dealing with. I will always offer you what feels most effective, healing and safe at the time of our work together (including referring you to other qualified professionals when the time is right). It is always up to you whether or not what I offer appeals to you. The power of healing is always yours. A healer can only create and hold the space -or offer the methods- that can make healing possible or help you to heal. You can read more about the above healing methods on my Blog at sarasalam.com here.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • TOWERS PERRIN - ESSENTIAL FACILITATION SKILLS TRAINING

  • TULSI HOLISTIC LIVING - ESSENTIAL OILS TRAINING

  • ANNA WISE CENTER - BRAINWAVE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

  • THE FOUR WINDS SOCIETY - ADVANCED SHAMANIC TRAINING

  • HEALING TOUCH ASSOCIATION - LEVEL I & LEVEL II TRAININGS

  • TOM RIGLER - CRYSTAL TRAINING & INITIATION

  • MUNAY-KI - ADVANCED TRANSMISSIONS & TRAINING

  • TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION - TRAINING

  • FOUNDATIONS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM - TRAINING

  • ESSENCE WISDOM - INITIATIONS & TRAINING

  • BUTTERFLY SPIRIT ESSENCES - INITIATIONS & TRAINING

  • TRANSCENDENTAL MUSHROOM ESSENCES - INTENSIVE COURSE

  • FACING HUMAN WRONGS - ONLINE COURSE 

Sara's Birthday at the DC Center 2013
Self Defense Training LW Center
Sara Atlas Mountains
Sara's Mesa on grass of DC Mall
Sara Teaching Luminous Warriors
Sara Punching
Sara Brown Belt Test
Raymond Wong & Sara after Brown Belt Test
James Hirosima & Sara Winter Krav Maga Camp
Blue Ridge Mountains Fire Ceremony
Sara holding an Amethyst Crystal
Sara Teaching Self Defense
Sara Punching
Sara Teaching Luminous Warrior
Sara giving a knee
Sara Knife Defense
Sara Illuminating Heart after Self Defense
Sara being interviewed at Meditation Center
Sara Teaching Path of Power
Soul Circle Community
Washington DC Self Defense Warm Up
Mesa Carrier Circle
Sara Salam & Frank Smyth
Global Journalist Security Training Farm
Jeff Jimmo, Sara Salam, James Hiromasa at Krav Maga Wintercamp
Community Circle Group Journey
Kelly Campbell & Sara after Krav Maga Blue Belt Test
Ryan Hoover & Jeff Jimmo Fit to Fight Certification
Sara looking out DC Mall
Sara's Brainwaves being measured by Anna Wise The Awakened Mind Retreat
Sara checking chakras with a pendulum
Sara Energy Healing
Sara Healing Touch
Sara with her Mesa in DC
Sara guiding a GJS student through a training exercise
Sara conducting an Earth Ceremony
Sara preparing to teach at the Land Celebration Retreat Center
Sara teaching teh Path of Power Medicine Wheel at her DC Center
Holly Arines & Sara in DC
Self Defense Students after a Krav Maga test
DC Self Defense and Healing Center
Luminous Warrior Students after their test
Self Defense students after testing
William Henry at the DC Center
Sara, William Henry & his wife at the DC Center
Sara & her instructors at the DC Arboretum
Sara at Fire Ceremony
Fre Ceremony
Fire Ceremony preperation
Mesas and Despacho Ceremony
Sara knife defense
Gun defense
Sara conducting Earth ceremony
knife defense
Women Warrior Training
Sara cinducting ceremony
Sara calling on Sacred Space
Alfredo Sfeir Younis & Sara
Sara on her way to Obama's 2009 Inauguration
Sara working with Chumpi Stones
Sara placing stones
Sara thanking the Atlas Mountain
Sara teaching instructors
Sara moving forward
Hummingbird Retreat Group
Sara teaching at Gallaudet University in Washington DC
Sara Self Defense Circle
Ancestor Fire in Yachtas 2011
Advanced Mesa Carrier Training Utah 2010
Sara calling in Sacred Space on the DC Mall
Sara teaching Women Warriors
Sara and Wake Wheeler Teaching
Sara Defense against two hands held
Sara horsing around with Christian after Blue Belt
Sara teaching knife defense
Member Potluck
Graduation 1997
Sabrina Gravestone
Sara Mesa
Sara US Citizenship 2013-06-25
Kiki & Sarah in 2012
Arlington Ceremonies Oct 2016
Arlington Ceremonies 2016-10-19
Arlington Ceremonies 2016-10-19
Arlington Ceremonies 2016-11-23
Arlington Ceremonies Nov 2016
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Arlington Ceremonies Dec 2016
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Arlington Ceremonies 2016-12-29
Arlington Ceremonies Dec 2016
Arlington Ceremonies Dec 2016
Arlington Ceremonies Spring Equinox 2017
Sara in the Mani 2018
Steimelhagen 2020

EXPERTISE BY AREA

MIND

 

Sara graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland with a major in psychology, earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and spent nearly a decade as a senior change management consultant before beginning her entrepreneurial ventures. She has extensive professional global experience including working in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

 

As a change management consultant, Sara helped Fortune 500 companies navigate through large-scale changes. During that time, she has worked with organizations in the pharmaceutical, health care, financial services, manufacturing and consulting industries. She has supported large-scale change initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, organizational restructurings and re-designs, business process redesigns, and HR strategy development, program design and implementation. She implemented complex change management and communications initiatives and facilitated leadership and executive teams to implement change in organizations.

 

Sara has also provided one-on-one strategic advice and trainings for executives, team leaders and individual clients on topics such as cultural awareness, sensitivity and diversity. She also helped leaders role model desired behavioral changes to affect change in employees. Sara has been an avid supporter of diversity and minority issues from the beginning, serving in Women's Shelters, as well as on the Board of the Black MBA Student Association and Students for Responsible Business at Georgetown University.

BODY

 

Sara is considered an expert in personal safety, risk reduction and self defense. She has more than 30 years of athletic experience, including being a competitive athlete and a Division I Starter for the University of Maryland’s field hockey team.

 

She has completed self defense programs such as IMPACT and RAD (Rape Aggression Defense). She is a Brown Belt in Krav Maga as well as a certified Expert-II level Krav Maga instructor, certified by both, Krav Maga Worldwide and the Krav Maga Alliance.

Sara is also a Fit-to-Fight Coach as well as a From-The-Ground-Up Coach certified by the Fit-To-Fight Republic, and she is certified in handgun personal protection tactics. Sara is also an expert in advanced self defence techniques, including defences against guns, knives, sticks, and other weapons. She has taught Krav Maga to students from beginner to advanced levels for several years.

 

Sara pioneered an integrated approach to self defence called Luminous Warrior that addressed the entire continuum of self defence: from awareness, to avoidance, to self defence, and self care. Luminous Warrior combines energy medicine and shamanic healing practices with practical self defence training.

 

In 2011 Sara founded, opened and led a self defence and healing center in the heart of Washington DC to bring the Luminous Warrior approach to the greater Washington DC area with the intention to heal, transform and empower lives.

Sara has since closed her center in Washington DC so that she can focus on equipping other instructors to become more well rounded teachers and guides for their client base by introducing trauma free training to their centres. She also helps instructors with utilizing self defence techniques specifically tailored for survivors in order to heal their trauma.

Sara's programs and curricula integrate practical tools for trauma-free training as well as self healing, without lessening the intensity and efficacy of the training itself. These tools she teaches help increase the mental, emotional and physical resilience and stamina of the students and instructors she serves.

 

MIND-BODY / PSYCHO-SOMA

 

Sara’s experience in trauma healing and crisis management is multi-faceted. She has been working with therapists, counselors, healers and caretakers in trauma centers and nonprofit organizations since 2005. She offers deep healing, transformation, and true self empowerment to survivors, as well as their families, all over the world.

 

Sara has worked as a California-State certified rape crisis counselor in the Bay Area, the first rape crisis center founded in the United States. She advocated for and supported survivors directly as part of the Sexual Assault Response Team, on hotlines and in counselling sessions, as well as by supporting survivors in court proceedings and during hospital visits post attack.

 

Sara also provided survivor support and advocacy by coordinating with -and providing training and educating for- Special Victims Units of the police, healthcare personnel in hospitals, as well as the local community in general.

A few years later, Sara focused on bringing trauma healing to the warrior and veteran communities in the DC area. She conducted nearly 900 Moments-Of-Mindful-Gratitude Ceremonies for the post-9/11 fallen service members. She was subsequently named Honor Guardian for Arlington Cemetery by the Mindful Memorial Foundation for her work to support Gold Star Families and their fallen service members.

 

Between 2012 and 2016 also Sara served as a Senior Trainer for Personal Safety and Emotional Self Care for Global Journalist Security (GJS). During her time with GJS, Sara helped activists, journalists, human rights defenders, aid workers, and numerous individuals from NGOs, to prepare for their travel to hostile environments. She also helped these individuals heal any potential trauma they may have experienced after returning from such deployments.

 

In 2016, Sara took a few trips to her native land Germany, where she began to offer hands-on-healing to refugees and taught compassion fatigue prevention skills to volunteers and caregivers at refugee centres.

SPIRIT / ENERGY

 

Sara spent nearly six years studying energy medicine. She earned a certification as Master Practitioner in Energy Medicine and Luminous Healing through the Four Winds Society, one of the leading training institutions for Energy Medicine in the world. Her advanced training included Shamanic Healing and Energy Medicine techniques such as Advanced Soul Retrieval, Advanced Destiny Retrieval, and Advanced Shamanic Tracking techniques. She worked intensely for several years as a Shamanic Healer and Transformation Coach and offered workshops, retreats, mentoring and coaching services founded in the Shamanic traditions of the Americas.

 

Sara also completed private brainwave development training with Anna Wise, author of the book, Awakening The Mind. The purpose of the training was to ensure that Sara's shamanic journeying and meditation techniques are measurably and consistently producing specific changes in brainwave activity, thereby accessing the parts of the brain that are appropriate for the healing at hand.

Sara also completed the Level I and Level II training of the Healing Touch Association. She is trained to work with therapeutic-grade essential oils, butterfly and mushroom essences, and crystals. She continuously trains in advanced healing modalities. In 2020, Sara received initiations into deeper workings with animal spirits, the Wisdom Teachings of the Essenes, as well as the Angelic and Archangelic realms.

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