Breath is our time here
We help individuals create healthy lifestyles and businesses and groups create healthy organizations - via retreats, books, events, meetings, research and mentoring. Normally we operate in Spain and Thailand, but have also hosted distant activities in many other countries, including Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Sweden, England and the US.
Presently Cristina is in Europe, and Ray is in Thailand managing the venue and its gardens toward as thermodynamically efficient a lifestyle as possible.
In addition to our retreat work, both online and on the ground, we love to write, including a few well-traveled books and health guides. Given the state of the world, now is a good time to read any of our books, all of which were written about health and happiness for 21st century life on this amazing earth.
We are working more frequently online now, and have developed a full seven-day online detox retreat that can be implemented anywhere and anytime, and that includes post-covid and post-vaccine immune-system boosting diets and activities.
Who are we?
We each enjoyed a measure of conventional success 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, and having been asked to support and report more of all we learned, we now live 100% outdoors in pursuit of an innovative, healthy lifestyle in which the exploration of life in all its amazing forms is our most intriguing and satisfying activity. By becoming truly healthy, life becomes a miracle, in spite of the challenges it brings.
We love it, all of it, in all its forms.
Even the stub-tail macaques, sometimes.
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 good and it works so 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 members of the genus homo.
In between the classes and assessments, Cristina studies with her never ending curiosity and ability to dig deeper. For the moment her interest goes to studying the source (the Vedas, and the etymology of Pali and Sanskrit), virology and the microbiome at uni(s), and working on the grand theme of her life - a book about motherhood and its low status in competitive cultures, and the consequences that brings for health and the planet Earth.
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 started a new career in 2004. She studied and worked with Orthomolecular Medicine and at other health and detox retreats for eight years before starting Olive and EC🌿Ayurveda.
Ray has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Brandies University, with specialties in Anthropological Linguistics, Semiotics (non-essentialism), Semantics, Sociology, Psychology and Social Psychology. He has taught Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics and English at universities in the USA, China, Lesotho, Saudi Arabia and to individuals and private 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 and private sector leaders, including the Chairman and CEOs of the word's largest and most profitable companies, in some 40 countries.
He and Cristina created 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 assumptions. In only seven days we can guide a rigid, cemented idea into the sparkling flow of a healthy, creative life.
Ayurvedic and Orthomolecular Practitioner
Expert, Natural Body & Mind Health / MBA
Cristina has devoted 25 years of her life to understanding natural health, drawing on research in Nutrition Studies, Bio-Chemistry, Medical Sciences, Ayurveda, Orthomolecular Medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chinese and other traditional systems. The result is an incredible, highly accurate and intutive sense of what each guest needs to be healthy. Prior to founding O·live in Spain in 2011, she enjoyed a successful management career in the telecom sector.
Expert, Mind Detox & Mind Health
Ray joined Olive in 2012, after decades of experience in academia, government and the private sector. He's visited more than 40 countries and worked with leaders of many of the world's largest companies. He is often referred to as the "questioner," the "big-picture guy," the "go-to-guy," and the "smartest guy around" (within a radius of fifty centimeters). His formal education grew around Cultural Anthropolgy and the question of meaning.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics.
In brief, when energy is transformed, as in doing pretty much anything one does in life, 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 health costs to every action, but also that some actions are less costly than others. A vegan diet is the most energy efficient start to the most energy efficient and therefore healthy lifestyle one can imagine, and best solution to degeneration into more disordered states.