Jumana Sophia, Founder and Executive Director
At the heart of AquaMystica is a reverence for Water as a living embodiment of the divine, and an understanding that the practice of the water arts or "water medicine" is an exquisite form of devotional worship.
As priestesses or ministers in service to the water, we fuse impeccability, embodiment, and communion in the cathedral of embracing, timeless, immortal Love that we call Water.
Jumana founded AquaMystica in 2013, after nearly a decade of cultivation, study, and ministry in the water. In residential apprenticeship first at Sierra Hot Springs, then Harbin Hot Springs (both in northern California), from 2004 - 2008, she trained at the School of Shiatsu and Massage, and then served on health services staff in the healing pools at Harbin. She was particularly taken by the beauty, ecstasy of surrender, and depth of experiences that guide receivers on a journey both above and below the surface of the water. Of her 1000+ hours of training and practice in the water during her time at Harbin, most of that was under the exquisite instruction/influence of Shantam Lanz and Richard Bock.
Moving to Ashland, Oregon, in 2008, Jumana forged a relationship with the local hotsprings, Jackson Wellsprings, and eventually, in 2010, co-founded and now co-directs the Goddess Temple of Ashland on the Wellsprings grounds. The Goddess Temple is an interfaith, gender inclusive sanctuary and center of communion with the feminine divine. For centuries, the waters that spring from the grounds around the Goddess Temple have been revered for their healing properties, and the land has served as a place of all-times peace. Even warring tribes agreed to lay down arms to honor and to share in the upwelling grace of the Mother's healing water.
In current times, the waters have been gathered into an orthodox, kosher Jewish Mikvah - a sacred pool for cleansing and purification. The Mikvah at the Goddess Temple is extremely rare, as it is a place where non-Jewish water rituals and rites are welcome as well. With other ministers and priestesses of the temple, Jumana has led private and group ritual immersions and ceremony in the Mikvah since the temple opened in 2010.
AquaMystica was born in Jumana as she distilled principles of movement, support, and presence gathered from her time and training at Harbin, and then infused those principles with the spiritual realities and esoteric practices of ritual submersions, immersions, baptism, and ancient water rites that have graced sacred practice for thousands of years, in every place and in every tradition on Earth. At the heart of AquaMystica is a reverence for Water as a living embodiment of the divine, and an understanding that the practice of the water arts or "water medicine" is an exquisite form of devotional worship. As priestesses or ministers in service to the water, we fuse impeccability, embodiment, and communion in the cathedral of embracing, timeless, immortal Love that we call Water.
Jumana believes that water medicine is the medicine of our times, and the directive of the ministry is to bring the touch of Grace that moves through us in the water into as many lives as possible.