Mel’s life journey originally began with a range of challenging life events – which inspired a passion within her for exploring the far reaches of consciousness.

In 1971-1972, when Mel was 16, she had a Kundalini awakening which deepened her ability to tune into the realm of Spirit. Mel began her studies of healing in her 20’s, which led her to later explore Reiki, Reiki Tummo and Reconnective Healing. Eventually Mel developed her own intuitive healing style for working with clients - which has helped many people to heal and release trauma - plus pain of all kinds. Mel has also received a degree in fine art Textiles from California College of the Arts in Oakland. She is well known for producing fine artwork and photography which has strong emotional resonance.

Medicine Cards With Booklet

Ultimately Mel decided to combine her respected talents in the fine arts and her renowned abilities in the healing arts to create her beautiful deck of Medicine Cards.


"Mel is a photographer with grace, insight and artistry. Her ability to capture detail and subtle nuance in expression has added so much dimension to my website and made it an inviting place for all who visit. She has also photographed many events at my studio and never ceases to amaze and delight me with how she conveys intimate moments as well as the overall character of the event. She always finds beauty in unexpected places. I treasure her photos and highly recommend her work to anyone wishing to capture a special moment."

Valerie Carpenter
The Vestibule Center for Sound Living,
El Cerrito, CA


"I met Mel when she was 13 years old. She was a student at a school where I was teaching. I was impressed with her artistic ability. She was working on batiks and she gave me a lovely square with her version of the tree of life. She embroidered a wall hanging for my apartment: “Om sweet Om.” Mel’s artistic skills matched her spiritual development: advanced! And she had a sense of humor. I try not to miss Mel’s art shows and always come away with a beautiful fine art piece: a lovely digital print of the web of life, a hummingbird photograph she took and then transferred to canvas. This hummingbird hangs on my living room wall surrounded by a plant. It gives my great pleasure. One year I had 12 hummingbird photos on a calendar she made. What a joy to be friends with such a talented and prolific artist."

Sallie Hanna Rhyne

Mel, Jayne and dog Andie
Mel, Jayne, Andie

My personal life journey

Hi, I’m Mel. I live in Berkeley, California with my wonderful wife, Jayne, and our cuddle-loving dog, Andie.
Our multitalented daughter Emily lives and works on the East Coast. Along with her late father, Stephen, she is in the 2021 Academy Award nominated documentary “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.”
I’ve experienced a challenging odyssey of events in my life which awakened the mystic in me and inspired me to explore the far reaches of consciousness.
Mel's Daughter Emily