Community Director & Founder
As the founder of Sojourn Healing Collective, Whitney Yarnall aspires to help others find their wholeness through community. Building connections that help people to learn to love and heal. From an early age, Whitney noticed others were drawn to her comforting and healing presence. This gift pulled her into a role of counseling, healing and helping guide others in a direction authentic to themselves. During her high school years, a personal tragedy nudged her off of this track into several heavy years of depression, pain and self-destruction. At age 19, Whitney slowly began her journey of self-healing, and for the first time, began to explore and understand her gifts and many healing modalities, including Ayurveda, Meditation, Reiki and Yoga. Within Sojourn, Whitney is the Collective & Community Director, leading and developing the community’s healers and members. She also leads Yin Yoga classes, Chakra Balancing, Spiritual Mentoring, Reiki Healing and Flower Essence therapy.
Virgil Sim has always felt a deep-rooted connection to plants and animals. He felt emotion and intrigue seeing this connection firsthand. This connection opened his eyes to healing through touch. His healing journey began at the European Massage Therapy School in Las Vegas. Although massage in a commercial environment exposed him to many modes of massage, he felt disconnected from the mind, body and spirit. His journey led him to San Diego, where yoga saved his life. Yoga enabled him to connect within, through releasing deep-rooted pain from lack of self-worth. Virgil has developed healing journeys (Virgil’s signature massage) to blend spirit with massage. He begins all sessions with an oracle card reading to address the link between the root cause of physical pain and mental wellness. From the card reading, a mantra is chosen as a personal meditation. For Virgil, the partnership of Sim Massage and Sojourn Healing Collective is a divine calling with the intention to bring self-awareness to the community and world at large.
Marketing & Community Engagement Manager
From a young age Raffaella has used her intuitive and empathic nature to bring joy, advice and healing to others. At the age of 15, Raffaella lost her father which led her to experiencing anxiety, depression and panic attacks that worsened upon entering the traditional 9-5 workforce in her early twenties. After seeking traditional counseling, she unexpectedly crossed paths with a spiritual medium that relayed incredibly specific and healing messages from her father. After that experience, she knew that there is more to this life than what we can see and has strived to explore and learn more about the spiritual world ever since, which she credits for combatting her anxiety. This journey of self-healing and discovery has led her to the life she always dreamed of in San Diego, where she is fulfilling her life's passion of promoting the type of healing she has experienced and help others live a happy and healthy life. Within Sojourn, Raffaella manages the community’s marketing, design, special events and workshops.
SOJOURN AFFILIATE & REIKI ROOM SAN DIEGO FOUNDER
As a natural-born clairvoyant, Melanie Esperon assumed the world saw life how she did, but quickly realized she was different and that society wasn’t quite open to her “seeing” abilities. In her 20s, she lived through a foreseen tragedy of her love passing away. She was brought to a place of deep struggle. Inevitably, she was drawn back into her most authentic self as an open channel, healer and guide. She trained extensively under the wings of public figures, including Doreen Virtue of Hay House, Joy Guerrero of Angel Talk Café and many more. She believes that true healing can only occur with the alignment of mind, body, and soul. Through countless validations, Reiki Room San Diego was born. Melanie and the Reiki Room team spent almost 10 years channeling for and training clients worldwide. With the mixture of intuition, reiki, meditation, nutrition and yoga, she was able to resonate with people from all walks of life. With divine timing, Melanie and the Reiki Room team joined Sojourn Healing Collective with the intention of growing together as one.
YOGA INSTRUCTOR & COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
For Nia, Yoga has been the foundation of her exploration into holistic health. At the age of 16, she began her health journey by losing 85 pounds through diet and exercise. It wasn't until college that she realized the reigns strict dieting and obsessive exercise had on her body and life. That was when she discovered the transformative power of yoga. After college, Nia moved to San Diego to continue her career in hospitality, but soon found herself uninspired and wanting more from life. In 2016, she eventually began to suffer from work related depression and anxiety. Not knowing what direction to move forward in, she went to her mat and hoped an answer would come through in class. That was the day she quit her "9-5" to become a Yoga Teacher. Since then, she is now Reiki 1/2 Trained and in her last year of grad school studying Integrative Nutrition. Nia has a deeply rooted passion in helping others achieve their highest self through yoga and holistic living just as she has.
Within Sojourn, if not greeting you at the desk, you can find her in the Yoga Studio where she guides Vinyasa and Yinyasa style classes. Nia only hopes that she can inspire meaningful change on and off the mat.