La Maida Institute’s mission is to offer a new way of approaching health; where the human experience, communal support, and spiritual development are central to the healing process. Rooted in both ancient wisdom traditions and evidence-based practices, we are committed to delivering participatory and integrative programs that empower transformation and restore wholeness.
"Awakening the innate wisdom and resilience that dwells inside each of us and our communities, we become our own creators of health."
La Maida Institute’s vision is to become the leading preventive model of integrative community-based healthcare, and pioneer the cultural shift from isolation and disconnection, to one which promotes conscious connection as the foundation for the health of the individual, family, and community.
There is an inherent harmony to the universe that is ever present, and living in alignment with this harmony is how we stay healthy.
Consciousness is awareness. It is the willingness to be aware of the interconnected nature of all things, and our responsibility to each moment.
Commitment to Self Care
Self care is the ongoing commitment to act in the service of maintaining our health with integrity.
Personal empowerment is the innate resilience of our bodies and minds to withstand stress. Healthcare should focus on recovery from and prevention of illness through education, natural resources and lifestyle change.
As interdependent animals, we are biologically driven to create bonds for safety. Belonging is the foundation of the human condition, and so the values of family & community must be secured.
Storytelling and narrative heals. Throughout the ages, story has inspired resilience in the face of hardship and stress. Despite all the forces we must manage, the focal point of our lives is the human experience itself.
Integrative Psychiatry is an approach to mental health care that focuses on the whole person in the assessment and treatment of illness. Honoring foremost the innate wholeness and capacity of the individual to heal, the physician works to empower change through a collaborative process, intervening through natural methods and promoting lifestyle change whenever possible.
“Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.” - University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Interpersonal neurobiology is an interdisciplinary field which brings together many areas in science including, but not limited to anthropology, biology, linguistics, mathematics, physics, and psychology. Its goal is to develop a consilient model of the mind, and in doing so, a more comprehensive model for understanding mental health and a science of mental well-being.
Ayurveda is a medical science originating in India alongside yoga. Using many different methods of healing, including dietary and lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, it seeks to help you heal and develop self-care practices to prevent illness through a balanced state for your mind, body and spirit. As a holistic science, all aspects of your being are accounted and cared for.
Resilience describes the natural ability of a system to restore integrity after any change. In mental health it refers to the innate capacity of the individual or community to naturally recover from stress, pain, or loss.