About Marc-Henri Sandoz Paradella M.A.
Born in 1963, I studied Protestant theology at the University of Geneva to become a pastor. I practiced that profession as a life mission for fifteen years in an evangelical church. Deep questioning led me to resign: I realized the sectarianism and mind blocks that were at the core of my faith, and the sufferings hiding behind them.
I faced little by little my own shadows, and began a long-term therapeutic and integrative work. I passed through a period of ten years of doubts, uncertainties, personal upheavals, professional reconversion, divorce. It was a difficult and dark period, but very rich and of great value to me.
Then, I discovered meditation and yoga thanks to Evelise, the exceptional woman who is now my wife. I got training in Mindfulness meditation at the University of Geneva, then in Yoga Nidra, then in other meditation techniques. I taught meditation and Yoga Nidra for several years in Geneva, while working full time as a counsellor.
After the amputation of my whole left leg due to a bone cancer, in May 2018, I found myself with the urge to find a new balance for my life. The first thing to do, literally, was to learn to walk and live with one leg. Secondly, to try and make sense of what was happening to me. In that process I discovered the need to grow into a deeper and renewed spirituality, one that would fully take into account what was happening to me, without sugar-coating or falling into magical thinking. A spirituality that would truly help me to face reality. Definitely a "no bullshit" spirituality. It is still a work in progress.
Having passed through such a life threatening trauma, I've seen it become the portal to a more awakened and enlightened phase of my existence. In this process , I discovered how much my religious upbringing and family heritage have left toxic residues buried into my body and soul. It resulted into a healing process and what I call a spiritual decontamination, giving place to renewed health and joy.