We had the good fortune of connecting with Carla Coffing and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Motherhood buckled my knees and stretched me in all directions. I had never experienced depression before becoming a mother. The moment I looked my daughter in the eyes I met the height of my strength and love, and the depth of my insecurity and fear. I am so grateful for that expansive and humbling experience now – for waking me up and alerting me to my path. The Moon Sanctuary was born from that place, and from the deep ache to hold space for the vastness of the human experience.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The Moon Sanctuary is a community-forward studio for classes in the healing and creative arts, nestled behind a home in Atwater Village. A space to hold space. A heart gathering space. A space to cultivate interior life. An inclusive space that honors lineage and culture and each other.

I was going to open the doors to the studio the week the pandemic hit. I have had to pause, pivot and keep dreaming. I have been working on building an outer space to go into inner space. I have been dreaming about future gatherings – parallel programming for children and adults, a MA Spa day, Kids Yoga + Healing Art, Kids Spanish + Music classes, a Mother-In-Residency program, Kundalini Yoga + Meditation, Breathwork + Somatic Embodiment, Blessingways, Dream Circles and Death Cafes. Oh and a good old friendly neighborhood poker game 🙂 Until it is safe to gather, I am going to be offering online classes and workshops starting mid-February.

The Moon Sanctuary is also available for rent. If you have been allowing not having a space prevent you from sharing your gifts with the world, please reach out. Available for – private healing sessions, classes + workshops, sacred event location, high production online offerings or video recording (camera + microphone + my assistance included), photography and film location (originally designed as a portrait studio with gorgeous natural light).

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
– a croissant at Proof – a hike in Griffith Park – sandwich at All Time – a falafel at Dune – a bike ride along the LA River to Spoke for coffee – a samosa at India Sweets and Spices – a soak and scrub at a Korean Spa – – pupusas at the Atwater Farmer’s Market – a taco truck – The Rose Bowl Flea Market   The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Some people appear in your life and their trust in you somehow gives you a deeper trust in yourself, and their belief in you somehow gives you a deeper belief in yourself. Raghubir Khalsa Kintish is one of those people for me. She inspired me to become a teacher. Not the kind of teacher who holds all the answers, but one that holds a loving a safe space for people to find the wisdom and healing inside of themselves. Thank you, Raghubir.

Website: www.themoonsanctuary.com

Instagram: @the.moon.sanctuary / @go_carla_go

Image Credits
The portrait of me is by Lucia Doynel. The rest are my images, Carla Coffing. Thank you so much.

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