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Sifu Mathew Carver

Founder of Zen Recovery

With a down to earth nature and humble persona, he is the heart and soul and key ingredient of the Zen Blend. Sifu emanates positive energy. Anyone who has ever held a conversation with him will instantly feel the warmth of his genuine love for human kind. Though he is the founder of Zen Recovery Path, you will always find him on the premises actively participating in the recovery process of each client going through great lengths to help those seeking a real change. He has cultivated a comfortable environment where everyone can express themselves through art and music. He is also quite the talented musician and will often jam with clients in the barn.

Studied and trained in external and internal martial/healing arts as well as Qigong, Tai Chi and Chinese Medicine and Taoist Philosophy for over 25 years with several prestigious masters including Master James Kiel and Grandmaster Hing-Wo "Richard" Tsim (Lau Kune Do system).

Certified instructor of Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meditation and Kung Fu by the state of California.

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Graduate of Loyola Marymount University. Certified Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild.

Author of "The Five Chinese Elements and the Lost Art of Change" and "Zen Recovery Path Workbook"

Master Herbalist and Formula Architect for Human Roots Herbal Supplements, LLC

2011 - 2012 - Founded Zen Recovery Path at Sure Haven. This complementary and alternative addiction treatment system has exposed recovering addicts and alcoholics to the myriad balancing and life shifting techniques explored by ancient Eastern healing traditions for centuries. Zen Recovery Path functioned as an alternative recovery track and includes addiction therapy, case management, martial arts training/discipline, meditative arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It had now been turned into our stand alone holistic rehab in Orange County.

2008 - 2011 - Founded outpatient recovery center called Phoenix Healing Arts where he developed and implemented cutting edge addiction recovery programs centered on Eastern Healing Methodologies used in concert with traditional addiction recovery formulas (12-step/AA). These complimentary and stand alone "Eastern Tracks" offered clients advanced meditation techniques, tai chi stress reducing skills, martial arts discipline, yoga balancing, life coaching, reiki, acupuncture, acupressure and social model addiction counseling.

2003 - 2011 - Launched Lau Kune Do Martial Arts, Lake Forest, CA Branch. This is full-time teaching facility of Chinese martial and meditative arts. Sifu trained over 5000 people in self-defense, meditation and how to avoid conflict and stress in their lives. This school is an empowering force within the Orange County community and touches people's lives in a positive way on a daily basis.

2005 - 2007 - Instructor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at The Academy of Natural Healing in San Clemente, CA. Classes focused on traditional martial healing liniments and basic herbal identification, preparation and administration. Instructed students in meditation techniques and how to manage stressful situations.

In addition to teaching at his own facility, Sifu Mathew Carver and his staff have pioneered therapeutic Tai Chi and Qi Gong at several well-known and highly respected hospitals, universities and private drug/alcohol treatment facilities in Southern California, namely:

Mathew Carver, Holistic Rehab Orange County

Sure Haven Treatment Center Provided comprehensive outpatient services and sobriety programs for female sober living population as well as weekly in-house lectures and seminars focused of the art of staying sober and living an authentic life.

Mission Hospital - Pacific Coast Recovery Responsible for over 25 patients weekly. Duties include teaching tai chi and relaxation techniques as well as utilizing Chinese Philosophy lectures to draw parallels to modern 12 step programs. Also provide Outpatient lecture series aimed at holistic health and alternative sobriety tracks.

Hope by the Sea Provide a comprehensive Eastern Studies program for both male and female clients that includes tai chi, alternative sobriety paths and a pantheon of other holistic healing modalities.

Brookside Institute Integrated Tai Chi and Qi Gong program for a medical-model facility. Participants attend voluntary weekly classes designed to reduce stress and promote a safe, healthy detoxification process.

Sober Living by the Sea - The Rose Conducting weekly Tai Chi, Reiki, massage therapy and meditation classes at the "Rose" facility. Classes include herbal counseling and Chinese medicinal practices.

Sober Living by the Sea - The Landing Giving weekly lectures on alternative sobriety paths as well as spearheading a tai chi mediation class that arms clients with the tools of focus, clear-mindedness and inner calm.

Anamika Recovery Center Created Tai Chi and Qi Gong program for patients recovering from alcohol/drug related health issues. Working closely with staff and owners developing an Eastern Arts inspired treatment model for addiction.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Originated a Tai Chi and Qi Gong program for patients recovering from alcohol and drug related health issues under the guidance of Jeff Donnelly.

University of California, Irvine - Chao Cancer Center Speaker and teacher at monthly Women Cancer Survivors clinic emphasizing Tai Chi and Qi Gong as complementary medicine.

Ocean Recovery (Solutions by the Sea) Revitalized existing martial arts program creating a comprehensive health program geared toward mental, spiritual and physical balance.

Oasis Treatment Center Implemented therapeutic Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercise program for recovering alcoholics. Administered complementary medicine techniques in treating liver and kidney disease.