We had the good fortune of connecting with Corey Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corey, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
2 books called “Dharma Punx” & “One breath at a time” I got sober in 2005 and went to lots of AA/NA meetings. After 2 years of meetings I found myself not resonating with much that was said and wanted more of a connection with other like minded people. I went to the book store looking in the “recovery” section and stumbled upon a book with a guy on the cover with tattoos all over him….This I can relate to. I bought the book and found so much connection to his (Noah) story and this is when I started meditating and learning about Buddhism and the relationship it has to recovery. One breath at a time broke down the 12 steps into a “Buddhist” language that I could relate to. For me it was just about finding someone who “spoke my language”.
What should our readers know about your business?
My first career was a chef, which started in 1995 after I graduated Culinary school in San Fransisco till 2012 when I decided I wanted to be a drug and alcohol counselor. Being a Chef taught me so much about managing employees and learning how to talk to people(we all speak different languages) while being a counselor also taught me how to approach difficult situations. While being a counselor I wanted to do more for my community. So I started a donation based meditation group that met every Monday in Costa Mesa in summer of 2016 which grew from 1-2 people showing up to 20-40 showing up. After 6-7 months I knew I was on to something. People kept asking how they could help and wanted to offer differs types of healing modalities for the group, so every Monday night was a bit different, we’d have yoga, sound baths, qigong & meditations. Then I met frankie a year later and at the time I had a retreat company, we were doing retreats in Sedona & Costa Rica geared towards the sober community. I asked Frankie to do a retreat with me and we really got to know each other that week, I shared with him my vision of BTL’s future and he gave me his insights and thoughts. Then I said “Lets do this” and 3-4 months later we opened as a full time healing collective in March of 2018 To backtrack a bit, when I first moved to OC from LA in 2009 I couldn’t find a meditation group I resonated with like I did with Dharma Punx in Melrose, so decided to start my own.
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?
Breakfast/Brunch-Gypsy Den, Sea Birds Lunch-Sea Birds, Freds HB, 2145 Pizza Dinner-2145 Pizza, R&D Kitchen, Houstons, 25 Degrees Hikes-Laguna Wilderness, Crystal Cove, El Morro Bike rides-Huntington Beach and Santa Ana River Sunsets-Huntington Beach Pier, Laguna Beach, Seal Beach Pier Hang out/drinks/apps – Main Street Huntington Beach, Pacific City, PCH & 2nd, Laguna Beach Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
BTL would not be what it is if I had not met my business partner & co-founder Frankie Salazar. Frankies insights have definitely made BTL what it is today. My vision was always a “Meditation” studio, Frankie brought the words “Healing Collective” to the table and everything changed, for the better.
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