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Inner Soul Work, applied Dream Work, Right-Livelihood, Creative Arts, Spiritual Counseling, Shamanism and Mystery Wisdom Traditions: Workshops, Groups and Private Consultations


 Since 1990, Kristena West Studios has provided a forum for women and men to engage in sacred dialogue, creativity, spiritual tools and performance in therapeutic ways to promote self awareness, growth and expansive change. Kristena West holds an M.A. in Transformative Arts & Consciousness at JFK University, Berkeley, California. She holds a BA in Communications/Psychology from Antioch, Santa Barbara, and an AS in Fine Arts, Graphics & Fashion Design.
Kristena holds groups and private practice consulting for soul work and retrieval, applied dream work, life purpose, and the creative arts. Her teacher trainings on how to run sacred groups have been taken by beginners to Ph.d University instructors and shamanic teachers internationally. She is an inspired speaker, arts activist and life long dream teacher. and  fashion designer

Private Practice Spiritual & Right Livelihood Counseling, Dream Work & Process Art Sessions: Fees are on a sliding scale of $80-$100 per hour. Phone consultation are 1 hour. Please email to book a session between 10am-5pm M-F


The only way to stand up internally to stress, changes and the political environment is to do INNER WORK. It is the foundation we stand on and that comforts, supports, and encourages us to meet every day with courage & equilibrium. In these workshops we will learn how to hold sacred space and develop an artistic, spiritual or dream practice that assists us in understanding our deeper story arising and clarify intent. Coming together in groups has shown to be encouraging, uplifting, creating friendships, and sharing from a deeper place creates sacred space. Welcome to Art & Soul & Dreaming a Creative Life. 






I have been working with Kristena for three years. I was in her WOMANSPIRIT circle in Sacramento. Now I work with her long distance from Germany. She understands how to guide me towards my own inner wisdom, rather than telling me what to do. She facilitates and encourages me to strengthen my resources, and challenges me to take responsibility for more authentic action. She does not encourage dependency. I am grateful and respectful for her wise guidance. I feel my own strength and accomplishments. For me, this is what distinguish's a truly good teacher.

Dreamwork with Kristena added a new dimension to my previous Jungian analysis. My dreamwork became more interactive in a way I can actively access. I recognize that some of my dreams are precognitive, others are "big dreams" granting insight into ancient wisdom as it relates to my current situation. My dreams have become a source of information, deeper knowledge, and guidance.

Paula Masters Ph.D.
Research Fellow, UC Davis


Kristena is an advocate that we all have natural gifts or abilities, she supports students to identify and understand their natural talents and how these can be developed and translated into personal life or livelihood goals. She brings not only her academic education but also her years working with indigenous peoples within various wisdom traditions. Her knowledge of various modalities gives her the ability to speak to each student at their own level as well as respecting their cultural modality. I am constantly impressed by Kristena's ability to motivate and inspire people. She is a rare and unique individual who is a true leader and visionary teacher.

~Rev. Trisgimesta Taylor MA
Create wtih Spirit

Kristena entered my life at a time when I was ready for the teacher to appear. Being open to how Spirit moves in one's life is essential for work with Kristena, as she is Spirit's greatest advocate.Her enthusiasm for the Mystery in Life has supported my willingness to delve deep and to open a line of communication with other realms that support my personal and spiritual growth.

Kristena is direct in her instruction because she believes with unwavering conviction that we are capable of moving through our stuff whenever we are ready to do so. Through Kristena's guidance I have been able to tap into a Divine Source that has informed and guided my self exploration in ways I had not yet experienced.

She has a keen sense of knowing what her students need in moments of great transformation, and she holds a great deal of integrity in assuring that we honor our inner work and those that support us. I am grateful to Kristena that I have connected to a rich source of wisdom that is always available to me.

~Jessica Diaz
Ph.D. of Santa Barbara

Kristena has a deep commitment to the embodiment of authentic personal expression and an equally deep engagement with how that expression moves outward into service and community. I feel that her inquiry into the nature of transformation, spirituality and healing is a life long process that she will find to be an ever sustaining source of meaning for herself and for the larger community.

~Professor Karen Sjoholm
JFK University, Berkeley

I began to work with Kristena taking on the process of unwinding and letting go of my fears. She helped me find the information and tools I needed to walk my path. I learned about right livelihood and began to understand what was really most important to me regarding my life purpose.Out of the work I did with Kristena; including healing from sexual abuse, private counseling appointments and phone or email sessions, I came to believe in myself more. She helped me to see I could live my life with more integrity & empowerment, by becoming aware of my patterns.

Three years after beginning the work with Kristena, I am no longer struggling or fighting against life or run by my fears. I have the luxury of choosing to take risks. I feel strongly, that without the guidance that Kristena offered and the multiple tools and years of experience she has at her disposal, I would not have been able to be where I am today--an advocate of battered women and a graduate student in Psychology.

~Erica Deitrich; MA
Psychology and Plant Spirit Practitioner of Santa Cruz


In the past year working with Kristena I have gone through some phenomenal changes. Some are readily seen in the physical and others are within.The most apparent change has been in the explosion of my creativity.

I am a commercial tile artist by profession, so creativity is not foreign to me, however the art I am creating on my "off" hours is from a deeper sacred place of my soul. I feel the spirits smiling on me as I work. I have begun the path of authenticity and can speak my truth from a place of balance which feels at once powerful and compassionate. I feel I am able to interact in this world while being more fully present in my body. I am actively pursuing dreams and goals that in the past seemed too scary or big to even try for.

The journey work has been amazing for my focus, intention and confidence. I recommend this work and Kristena is a kind compassionate gifted circle leader who will help guide you to see who you were born to be.

~SDB Santa Barbara


When I started working with Kristena West I was a lost puppy. I wasn't clear about my life path and I was scared to death of anything conservative world view was killing me.Ms. West, with her kind, thoughtful, and generous spirit took hold of my hand and helped me discover aspects of myself I never knew existed. Through her shamanic and dreaming background she helped heal my fragmented soul.

After working with her I'm now pursuing my creative passions as a writer. I'm more grounded in my motherhood role and I'm open to this magical, mystical universe in ways that would not have been possible without Ms. West.

She has my highest recommendation!

Elizabeth Anderson M.A.
Family Therapist, Writer & Mother of Los Angeles

I am a director of a mental health hospital and hold a  Ph.d. in psychology, such has been my long career. I have worked with all the well-known "new age" teachers from Shakti Gawain to Angeles Arrien, and they all do excellent work. But working with Kristena in her 5 months WomanSpirit program has completely altered what I have come to consider as deep rich soul work. Kristena has uncanny soul capacities,  and has the ability to create a sacred field and hold a cauldron for shadow, ritual and renewal work for all members.  She teaches how consciousness can confront, heal and change in a truly magical therapeutic manner. This is beyond-the-ordinary deep spiritual alchemy. I trust her implicitly, and she is a joy to sit in circle with. Enjoy your time with her.

M.W.F. Ph