The Journey

To Creating My Spiritual Ritual

Anyone who knows Tara Teipel would say she began her journey as a healing arts practitioner, trainer, author, and entrepreneur at the moment of her birth.

From her earliest days Tara was aware there was “something more” to life than what she encountered in day-to-day events, a deeper meaning to the human experience and to her life purpose beyond what she could see and hear and feel. 

When she was 11, Tara began a lifelong relationship with consciousness teacher and mentor Marsha Sheldon, a noted a protégé of teacher and healer Brugh Joy, MD. Marsha guided the development of Tara’s intuition and nurtured the exploration of her inner life using dream work and Voice Dialogue techniques based on the work of Hal Stone, PH. D. 

Tara’s search for answers led her to study with many world renown wisdom-keepers and healers versed in ancient and modern practices: She learned to honor the myriad layers of the soul’s journey with Brugh Joy, how “biography becomes biology” with Caroline Myss, that our thoughts create our lives from Byron Katie, and how to create and navigate internal and external Sacred Space from shamanic facilitator Maria Elena Cairo.

Tara’s growing fascination with the mind-body connection and energy medicine prompted her to become a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Reiki Master. She became certified in Reconnective Healing with Dr. Eric Pearl; learned herbal medicine, homeopathy and nutrition from the iconic holistic herbalist Hanna Kroger; received certification as a Bach Flower Essence practitioner; studied essential oils with Young Living Essential Oils pioneer Dr. Gary Young and aromatherapy with Botanical Medicine expert David Crow, L.Ac.

When she was just 24, Tara opened her first Aveda Spa in Denver, CO with three other women, and built an active massage therapy practice. She became a Licensed Esthetician through the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis and was invited to become a professional trainer for Aveda Spa’s throughout the United States.

In 2003, Tara founded The Lemongrass Aveda Spa and Salon in Encinitas, CA. She has served as its CEO and guiding light for 15 years. To date, Lemongrass has provided over 200,000 spa and salon services to the San Diego community. 

Tara’s life journey has taken her to Germany to visit spiritual teacher Mother Meera, to India to study at the Oneness University with spiritual master Sri Bhagavan, to Mexico for studies with Mayan healer Abuelo Antonio, to Peru to learn from Indigenous Plant Medicine Guide Jessica Bertram, and to Brazil to work with the renowned healer, John of God. 

Tara’s A-ha! Moment came in 2006 during a meditation at the ashram of Sai Baba, an enlightened Indian master. From the depths of her inner stillness, a joy-filled laugh rang out within her and a loving inner voice said, “You thought you needed to come to India to find it?” In that instant, every cell of her being knew the Love and Truth she was seeking outside herself was within her, was within us all. 

In 2017, the alchemical blend of Tara’s work, studies and travel inspired her to birth My Spiritual Ritual, a mission-based company passionate about helping others use spiritual ritual to connect with the sacred in everyday life. To that end, Tara has written three books of “invocations” to awaken greater self-love, health and wealth; developed three hand-blended spiritual ritual anointing oils; created the “Because of Love” cards to cultivate the joy of giving; and custom-crafted  the My Spiritual Ritual Kit that includes these and other curated ingredients that nurture the life-changing benefits of spiritual ritual. Tara donates a portion of the profits from the sales of the My Spiritual Ritual to support single mothers and single women over 60 in the greater San Diego community.

Tara continues to expand Lemongrass’ services and outreach as well as her entrepreneurial ventures, writing and training. Every Thursday morning, from 9 AM to 10 AM, she can be found leading a meditation and sharing the Deeksha Oneness Blessing with the spiritual community that has risen up around her work. 

Watch Tara’s story and how she was inspired to create

My Spiritual Ritual