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Jill Patricia sitting outside in nature

Jill attended a breathwork workshop Patricia facilitated several years ago when she first moved to Costa Rica. Friends ever since, they have collaborated on projects over the years, but this is their first children’s book.

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Meet Jill 

Jill is a former higher education professional. She holds a doctorate from the University of Virginia in Educational Psychology with expertise in gifted education. Though she has taught undergrads, grads and teachers, her favorite classroom is kindergarten. A lifelong researcher who has presented data in more places than can be recalled, she now prefers surfing, playing tennis and running on jungle trails. She lives in Costa Rica with her wife, two boys and four dogs.

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Meet Patricia

Patricia has two decades of elite executive coaching in Switzerland. Her further education in both Transactional Analysis and Integrative Depth Psychology help her dive deeper into human complexity. Her style of breathwork draws richly from her training by world-renowned Breath Master Dan Brulé, trauma release work and the study of physical, emotional and mental health. Patricia has enjoyed creating stories since she was a small child. This story brings together the psychological depth of today’s life experiences and the daily societal challenges we face and provides well conscious tools for solutions. Patricia lives in Costa Rica with her husband, daughter, grand-child, and two dogs. 


With Maleku’s Gift we hope to bring the incredible tool of the breath to children of all ages, but in particular, lower elementary age children. Having just been through a couple of challenging years navigating a pandemic and issues related to it, we know how important the social emotional growth of our young children is and we recognize that this is the perfect time to introduce the power of  the breath in the regulation of big feelings and strong emotions. 


Additionally, we have seen the potential for damage to our youth caused by the increased use of technology and specifically, social media and entertainment platforms. We want to recognize and validate the important role that technology plays in bringing the world closer, but we also want to encourage healthy use, and more than that, how to unplug and reconnect with the natural world.


As Maleku explores the big world, learns how to utilize technology and discovers within herself the ability to regulate her emotions, it is our hope that children will be captivated by her experience and begin harnessing their own breath to help them manage their feelings and reconnect to nature.

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