“Other than the trees, we have some pretty awesome teachers here at Bare Feet.”

Julie Bray
Julie Bray, M.A. Clinical Psychology, Shaman, HeartMath Practitioner.

Julie received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from The University of Texas Permian Basin. She worked as a Psychology lecturer and had a private practice, licensed as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). She expanded her practice to obtain Board Certification in Neurofeedback using some of the most advanced techniques including; HeartMath Biofeedback, Brain Mapping and Brainwave Training. Miss Bray earned her counseling continuing education credits and was trained by the world-renowned physician and author, Dr. Deepak Chopra in Meditation. She advanced her training at conferences with some of the world’s top Psychologists/Physicians including—Dr. Beck, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Joe Dispenza and bestselling Author and American Buddhist Jack Kornfield.

After moving to Costa Rica, she set out to seek non-traditional ancient knowledge from healers in India, Thailand and Peru. In Peru, Julie received the ancient Munay-Ki rites of the Shaman. Julie combines her worldly knowledge in an eclectic approach to give her clients the best of science and ancient wisdom.


Julie is the author of her award-winning memoir, The Year of The Frog, an adult fairy tale come true about her own journey seeking healing and love. Her newest book to be published soon, PachaMama Prattle is her most creative endeavor combining her love of nature, meditation, poetry and art. Find her author works on Amazon under her pen name “Juls Amor”, a name she chose to honor her soul and her Mother’s maiden name “Love”.

MannyManny Scardina is 71 years young. He was born in NYC, and lived many years in Tampa, Florida before moving to Costa Rica some 14 years ago.  For the last 9 years he has been living in Samara. When he first visited Playa Samara he knew immediately this was the place he wanted to live out the rest of his life and he wants you to know that when you visit you will understand why.

Manny became interested in healthy living at a very young age thanks to an uncle who was years ahead of is his time when it came to nutrition, meditation, and living for a peaceful world. He has been a vegetarian for 45 years in the truest sense, not eating animal flesh of any kind (although not yet vegan). However, Eighteen years ago he became a 100% raw vegan not even eating cooked food with very few exceptions.

According to Manny, ” It was the beginning of an amazing journey that not only saved my life, but has liberated me and brought me to a place that I never knew existed. I have been blessed with helping many people through the years turn their life around and have become an activist for world peace, and healthy living.”

Mr. Scardina has spoken on TV, Radio, at Universities and has been interviewed in several newspapers through the years. Manny has dedicated the rest of his life to pursuing a peace-filled and disease free planet. Manny is adorably humble when asked what he does, saying,  “I  AM a student of Chi Gong which has captivated me enough to start teaching this self-healing moving meditation.”

We are captivated and honored to have Manny as part of the Bare Feet Staff to assist us on our path.

Special Guests
Julie has had the honor of meeting and working with many clinicians, shamans and scientists, conscious and focused on raising the vibration through peace and love. Each month Bare Feet Retreats will bring in healers from all over the world to offer a variety of therapies combing ancient wisdom, nature and science in our sacred space.




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