Melissa is a passionate nature enthusiast and outdoor educator. Hiking, climbing, hounding, natural waters, and foraging are just a few favorites! “Nature itself is the best medicine” Hippocrates simply said it best.
When asked about her future in the health and medical field Melissa Happel says, “I’m currently interested in the interdisciplinary fields of Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacognosy, and Permaculture; Expanding Western colonization has created an interconnected ecological crises of both the depletion of human digestive micro biome and the depletion of environmental macro biome caused by unsustainable agriculture practices and food production. I believe native botanicals as food medicine is the missing link, and the solution to the crises."
Melissa is the proud sole parent of an Unbelievable 2-year-old and a rescued working colorado cattle dog.
Clinical and Integrative Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
SOMA Institute, 2011
One of the Nation's leading schools for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the only school certified to teach Clinical TMB.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2011
Hands on experience with Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedic, and Pediatric patients.
Somatic Psychology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Shamanism, Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai, Herbalism, and Aroma Therapy.
Certified Shiatsu, Usui Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Clinical Bodywork Practitioner.
Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Yoga
Padma Rigdzing Ling Temple, 2013-2018
Longchen Nyigthig Ngondro (The Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse), given by Ven. Lama Jigme Rinpoche, is the special study of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Hayagriwa Empowerment and the Longchen Nyinthig Phowa Transmission
Padma Rigdzing Ling Temple, 2013
The one who gives such an empowerment should have a perfect lineage such as that of Ven. Lama Jigme Rinpoche. Lama Jigme received the empowerment of Hayagriva from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1996 after being personally invited by him to his residence. This teaching stretches from the Buddha, to the Dalai Lama, to Lama Jigme, and eventually to us, the fortunate Sangha members.
Deeksha Blessing Giver
O&O Academy USA, 2011
Deeksha (also called Oneness Blessing) is a transfer of divine, intelligent energy. It is a blessing for humanity to awaken into higher states of consciousness. Melissa was initiated as a Deeksha Blessing giver during a very special 3 day process in Las Vegas. She was initiated by Debra Apsara, whom received the blessing initiation directly from Sri Bhagavan. Sri Amma Bhagavan are sages from India whom initiated the blessing of consciousness on a mass scale. Over one million people follow the teachings of Sri Bhagavan for their purity of thought and globally relatable context.
Outdoor Educator Program
National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS), 2014
Glacial Mountaineering Guide and Top-rope Climbing Instructor. LNT Certified