About Vivien

Vivien Schapera is the founder and current chair of FourWinds Academy for the Healing Arts & Sciences. Established in 1999, in response to a perceived need for professional training, FourWinds Academy integrates traditional academic standards with current developments in Healing.

Vivien has been trained in multiple modalities, beginning with a traditional academic background in Psychology, receiving her Masters degree from the University of Cape Town in 1984.

Simultaneously with her Masters, Vivien did a three-year training in the Alexander Technique, a century-old method for integrating mental and physical functioning through guided kinesthetic education.

Vivien has presented at national and international conferences in her field and has written numerous papers and articles for professional publications such as Massage & Bodywork. Her published books include: How to Establish and Maintain a Strong Client Base (1996), Everyday Magic (2002), How to Lose Weight and Gain Money (2004) and Guided Lessons For Students of the Alexander Technique (2010).

Vivien continues to run two training facilities as well as her private practice as a teacher and healer. In 2007, Vivien was selected as a finalist in the Health Care Hero awards program, in the category of Community Outreach, for her leadership of FourWinds Academy.

Vivien has been working professionally with crystals since 1994 and is a trained Melody Crystal Healing Instructor. Vivien has taught Crystal Surgery in Cincinnati, New York, London and Cape Town to people from all over the world. Most importantly, in this context, Vivien has an amazing ability to “hear” crystals and receive information from them, in a way that continues to surprise her on a daily basis!