Cristina

CEO and Co-Founder.


Cristina is an expert in Ayurveda and OM. She founded Olive's life-enhancing initiative in 2011 in Spain, after jumping off the wheel of stress and killer competition from the top floor in the telecom sector.  

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Ray

Co-Founder of Olive Mind Detox Dialogue.


Ray joined Olive in 2012, after decades of experience in academia, government and the private sector, and in over 40 countries.


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The Second Law of Thermodynamics.


In brief, when energy is transformed, as in doing pretty much anything, some energy is always lost, i.e., wasted, and the natural tendency of any isolated system over time is to degenerate into a more disordered state.


That means, there are no free lunches, but there are  lunches freer than others. A vegan diet is the best defense against waste and disorder.

Breath is the movement of time

For those of you who are new to our world, below is a little history. For those of you who know us, we're still here, but we have cleaned our caches and are refining our approach to the new world in as simple a fashion as possible. Stay tuned.


Olive was founded by Cristina and another partner in Spain, in 2011. She's half Swedish half Spanish, with a handful of additional languages stored within. Ray, who's American (sort of) joined Olive in 2012, and continues to share a part of the Olive story of helping others. 


Each of us enjoyed a measure of conventional success working in both the public and private sectors globally, before turning our attention and entrepreneurial skills to work in service of nature itself - life - and the hope it brings us. Having learned more than we imagined, we now live a 100% outdoor and innovative healthy lifestyle, in which the exploration of life in all its amazing forms is our most intriguing and satisfying activity.


We truly feel that life is a miracle, in spite of the challenges it brings, and we love and respect it all.

After ten very successful, fun and hectic years of helping individuals create healthy lifestyles via retreats, books, events, meetings, and research, The Corona has encouraged us to sit tight in Thailand where we have since planted miracles in us and others, in our herbal garden and in our innovative venue - The Future House - for a thermodynamically efficient lifestyle (for more read about the second law of thermodynamics), for real healthy long beyond fancy white (chlorine) sheets and other marketing.


In addition to our online work, we love to write, books included, none of which are best sellers, but many of which have reached the hands of readers from around the world, especially "The Hippiepreneur" series and our Health Guides. Now is a good time to read any of our books, all of which were written about health and happiness for the 21st century human and earth, if one wants that. 


Working online has been a blessing, and with that in mind we created a full seven-day online  detox retreat, much needed after Covid and vaccines, with videos and interactive meetings and health assessments. Otherwise, home is both Spain (when we get there) and Thailand, where we built "The Future House", in Khao Tao, a modern OSHRAM where we ditched a lot of the old cliches that doesn't served humanity or the earth very well, a place for tranquility and equality, innovation and detoxification, and a herbal garden for EC­čî┐Ayurveda.


Cristina has an MBA in Economics from the University of Stockholm, and certificates and training in Nutrition (Sweden/USA), Orthomolecular Medicine (Spain/USA), Ayurveda (Sweden/India) and other holistic methods such as Bio-decodification (Spain), Medical Acupressure (Spain) and a Masters in Ashtanga Yoga (Stockholm/Spain/India). At Olive we live what we teach because it feels so darn good and it works so darn well! It's light, sustainable and as kind as possible, beginning with ourselves, every day and hour, as part of and not separate from evolution and our history as humans. In between the classes Cristina is studying the source (Vedas in Sanskrit), the microbiome at uni, and working on the grand theme of her life - motherhood and it's low statues in military nations.


Prior to devoting herself to health, Cristina worked for many years as a market strategist in the mobile telecom sector, and the skills she derived from that experience would come in handy later in life when researching  mainstream medicine and health care. A turning point came when she would realize the flaws in existing research. She jumped off the career wheel at the very top (Nordic Brand Manager for Telia Mobile) and start a new career in 2004.


Ray has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Brandies University, with specialties in Anthropological and Non-Essentialist Sociolinguistics. He has taught at universities in the USA, China, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia and randomly to individuals and organizations in Spain and Thailand. He has studied meditation in Nepal, Tibet and Thailand, and familiarized himself with all the religious and spiritual traditions of the times, as well as the people who practice and believe in them.


He spent ten years working in the Saudi Government as a Communications Advisor to the Governor and Chairman of the Board of SAGIA, during which time he met many heads of states (kings, PMs and shit) and private sector leaders, including the Chairman and CEOs of the word's largest and most profitable companies, in some 40 countries. He's the guy behind the largest (still existing) conference in the Middle East and the ghost writer for some famous names.


He and Cristina wrote the Olive 08 Mind Detox Dialogue, a method which has helped hundreds of people from all over the world answer the most basic questions about themselves, by first learning to question the most basic answers. In only seven days we can guide a rigid, cemented idea into sparkling flow.


"96% of our client's report that they feel happier and are healthier six months after working with us, and 82% of our clients report better lives and improved professional performance still a year later."