Tahoe often attracts people who are transitioning from one stage of life to another. A prime example of that phenomenon is Kali Carmel Cathie. She lives in North Tahoe and is a hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation instructor, and teacher of a course called “Sacred Feminine Wisdom.”
“We need to value and honor life. It is really about valuing humanity to turn the ship of humanity.”
She says that she loves where she is now, but it was a long journey, both in distance and in the changes she has gone through.
Carmel Cathie was born and raised in New Zealand. She was living on a boat in London in 1999, recently divorced, when she went to a wedding in San Francisco. There she met a man from Lake Tahoe who would later become her husband. The relationship was cemented in March 2000 when they sailed a 65-foot catamaran from Mexico to California. “It was the craziest journey ever, a super rough trip. It challenged everything,” she said. Soon after, she moved to Lake Tahoe and they married in 2002.
In 2004, she began studying hypnotherapy, which she calls “a private investigator of the mind. It’s about finding the secret doors that unlock our innate potential.” She has been practicing for 12 years. Clients come to her to deal with anxiety, addictions, depression or confusion about their life path.
Becoming a hypnotherapist, she says, “Blew my mind in so many ways. Set me on a path I’ve been looking for my whole life.” Unfortunately, it was also the beginning of the end of her marriage. She moved back to New Zealand in 2005; soon after she was divorced.
For the next eight years in New Zealand, she ran a hypnotherapy business, which took off when she appeared on a “20/20” TV show on past life regression. On the program she was shown treating, via hypnotherapy, three people with unusual phobias. The show dramatically increased her business but led to her adrenal fatigue. “I was chronically stressed out. It wiped me out and put me in a tailspin,” Cathie says.
By 2009, she had begun studying Zen meditation and took on the name Kali, which symbolizes being fierce and wide-awake. During a five-year period she focused on “intense spiritual study” in an effort to face major issues that were leaving her depressed and unable to live life to its potential. For instance, when Cathie was 14, she was supposed to spend a day horseback riding with a friend. She never made it to the stables. Unfortunately, her friend died in an accident while riding. Cathie realized during analysis that she was still feeling deep survivor guilt about the tragedy.
She was also desperately wishing to become a mother, but her body refused to cooperate. “I got eczema. I was angry and depressed,” she said. She had endometriosis, cysts and polyps. She decided to put her business on hold and take a three-month sabbatical in America to recover after surgery.
When she arrived in America, just a few weeks after the surgery, several life changes occurred. Her mind and body were telling her that she needed to realign her life with the wisdom of the sacred feminine.
“The Dalai Lama says women can save the world. We need to let the divine feminine energy of nurturing, caring and collaboration come forward, but we can’t do it without the man. Let’s bring it together. We need to value and honor life. It is really about valuing humanity to turn the ship of humanity,” she said.
This new focus on connecting women led her to dissolving her business in New Zealand and establishing herself stateside. “Both professionally and personally, where it all began, but with a whole new take on reality other than the one I’d left with eight years earlier,” she said.
She also rekindled her relationship with her ex-husband and in 2014 they remarried. Sometimes things do come full circle.
Now Cathie has turned her focus on women’s energy, into creating her “Sacred Feminine Wisdom” course that focuses on understanding the female cycle and emotions. “The more women get to know their cycle, the better they can convey it to the man. We need to know how to communicate it in a way that is intelligent. It only comes from a place of deep caring and love,” she said.
Carmel Cathie teaches yoga classes, meditation and workshops and conducts hypnotherapy sessions. Her next “Sacred Feminine Wisdom” six-week online course starts on July 5.
For information, visit kalicathie.com.