About Gabriel Gargari
I never imagined I would create a company to facilitate workshops, seminars and guest speakers.I found this next step of my life through this ancient and rare practice of lomi lomi called Ke Ala Hoku, The pathway to the stars, by attending a retreat led by my mentor, Jody Mountain, my music and operatic training , and traveling to 33 countries thus far.
I was born in New York to Mexican parents who have lineages in Poland, Russia/Belarus, Italy, France, Spain, and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism mixed with Catholicism. Growing up in Washington state, I lived in Mexico for two years as well, I had a desire to become a psychiatrist and found a passion for singing. That passion made me pursue music through high school and earned a B.A. in music, specifically operatic singing. After earning a master’s in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, I began life as a professional opera singer with visions of singing in opera houses around the world and becoming a star as a comprimario tenor. Little did I know what lie ahead.
After auditioning in Europe in 2013, I went to Jody Mountain’s workshop for some spiritual rejuvenation, which changed my life. For the first time in my life I looked at myself in a mirror and said “I love you.” Something had awoken within me. Some parts of the bodywork came quite easily and naturally, almost as if I had done it before. Other parts were quite challenging, even petrifying.
The following year, I attended three more of Jody’s retreats in Europe. My personal and professional life started to reflect the transformations, acknowledgments, and releases I did during the retreats. Although I was becoming more successful in my opera career, I found it lacking.
From 2015-2019, I continued to do more study with Jody, achieved accreditation, and began assisting her with her retreats around the world. I finally left my opera career in 2016. I have over 2,500 hours under my belt and ancient lomi lomi is the ONLY form of bodywork that I practice. For more information on Kaona: Ancient and holistic massages, go to www.kaonamassages.com