Guide & Founder
Prior to receiving the vision for Spirit Quest, Alexis Leiva was working as a Spanish interpreter and, despite years of personal development and leadership trainings, he remained unfulfilled. Alexis knew that an essential part of his path included offering opportunities for transformation, but he was not yet sure what form that would take.
Alexis prayed for a breakthrough and for his next steps. He wanted to serve the Sacred and carried a deep desire to live in alignment with Creator's will for him. The morning after his prayer, he received a call from Kimberly Sherry inviting him to serve as a Spanish interpreter for Ayahuasca ceremonies held by the Shipibo tribe deep in the jungles of Perú. He said "Yes" and his life was forever changed.
Alexis Leiva journeyed to Perú first as a Spanish interpreter and participant and received a clear calling himself to bring others to the awe-inspiring healing, love, and transformation that he experienced during his time in the jungle. His intention in sitting with the Medicine was to discover what to do next in his life and the message was clear: Bring people back to Perú and to the Medicine.
In addition to plant medicine, Alexis is also deeply passionate about music. As a DJ, he performs as Fllow at events and conscious parties in the Bay Area and beyond.
Matt brings a broad perspective and background in both science and spirituality, from the depths of the physical world to the heights of the metaphysical world. For example, he has been exploring work with crystals as an ontological process, in addition to their energetic qualities. In all things, he seeks innovative ideas, new perspectives, and ways to upgrade people’s lives.
Matt’s background includes over 20 years of advanced personal development training on empowerment, communication, relationships, leadership, spirituality, and self expression.
This training came from well-respected teachers, books, ceremonies, plant medicines, mentorship, travel, and programs including Landmark, Being a Leader, One Taste, The New Masculine Program, and StirFry Seminars. Matt also received a B.B.A in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston in 2007, and began his career in software sales and marketing.
With his coaching clients and program participants, Matt seeks to create vulnerable and transparent connections that facilitate profound results in their relationships, careers, and all areas of life. In addition to Spirit Quest Programs, Matt has supported clients with diverse coaching ranging from opening their hearts for deeper intimacy to implementing marketing programs for bringing in new clients. With any client or participant, he brings a foundation of integrity, accountability, approval, and exploration that can empower each person to clear their blocks and achieve their visions for success.
As program coordinator for Spirit Quest, Matt supports the creation and facilitation of our multi-week international immersions, multi-day workshops, and other events. His capacity to envision the flow of logistics allows programs to be full of activities that flow well together, while also preserving the integrity of timelines by rapidly adapting to the dynamic circumstances as they arise. He also supports the creation of marketing via events, videos, photography, social media, etc. He brings a very deep, spacious presence and balanced masculine energy to this sacred exploration.
Mellissa completed coursework toward a Master's degree in Psychology with emphasis in Depth Psychology from Sonoma State University. She is passionate about entheogenic plant medicines and their abilities to (re)connect us with ourselves, the Earth, the divine, and each other. She is currently conducting a phenomenological study on individuals' encounters with animal and plant spirit allies in altered states of consciousness and their impact on personal transformation.
In addition to her studies, she is devoted to walking in the world in relationship with the Sacred and seeks guidance from nature, the spirit realm, and plant medicines in every area of life. She is also passionate about intuitive dance and has been channeling dances since 2012. For her, dance is a healing modality, a prayer practice, and a tool to commune with Spirit and receive guidance.
Mellissa is committed to her calling which is to open the hearts of others by guiding them toward remembering their innate connection with the natural world and the invisible realm in the service of a paradigm that values spirit and the interconnectedness of all beings.
During a Huachuma ceremony, she received the message that her path in life is to "knock on people's hearts to help them open." She has come to find that bringing others into relationship with these medicines is a beautiful way to bring them into open-hearted living. Mellissa used to serve as a High School English Teacher prior to experiencing plant medicine ceremonies that opened her to realms of Spirit, connected her to her guides, and led her to recreate her life in alignment with her highest callings.
As a guide, she has a warm nurturing presence and loves holding space for others' through deep inner processes. She loves supporting people with pre-ceremony preparation and post-ceremony integration.