Instructor, Founder

Stephanie Van Hope

Dr. Stephanie Van Hope, RN, DNP is a Registered Nurse, certified nurse coach, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. She graduated with a DNP in the specialty of Integrative Health and Healing from the University of Minnesota in 2019. Stephanie has worked in for the last 10 years in the nursing fields of oncology, hospice, and health coaching. In 2011 she served as study guide for NYU's Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety project, guiding cancer patients through psychedelic journeys with psilocybin mushrooms. She is a Reiki practitioner and a student of yoga, meditation, shamanic healing, astrology, plant medicine, music and dance, and the sacred teachings of many faiths. She currently resides with her husband, son, and many animals in an intentional community in the Catskills region of New York. Please visit for more info and a list of publications, including those on nursing and psychedelics.


Naku Kiwa

Naku was born in Uganda and lived in several countries in her early childhood. She migrated to Canada with her father and four siblings to escape political persecution. Growing up, she always had interests in nature, learning about different cultures and often daydreamed of the galaxies and mythology. She studied nursing in Canada and moved to the US to reunite with her birth mother. ⁠ Her nursing career has been very colorful - she has worked in gerontology, dialysis, psychiatry, trauma/med surg, home care and hospice.⁠ ⁠ Hospice care deepened her spiritual connection to the universe. While living in NYC she started practicing yoga and meditation, and began research in nutrition, sustainability and shamanism. She also obtained her permaculture certification. She travelled to Costa Rica to further her studies and worked on an eco-farm, also spending time studying fungi in an intentional community.⁠ ⁠ Presently, she is working on a farm in upstate NY in a spiritual community. Her interests include mushroom cultivation, shamanism/indigenous studies, caring for the land, children and universal family. ⁠