Originally from Amsterdam, Ayi is now partially based in Costa Rica after being called to be of service on this special land. She is the co-founder of Shanti Sounds Costa Rica alongside her life partner Michael Wong Mayzel where together they share Sound Journeys, workshops, and trainings throughout Europe, Asia, Central America, and the US. Ayi is a gifted sound practitioner who uses her depth of experience to intuitively guide groups and individuals deep into their process. She specializes in individual sessions in which she offers people an opportunity to do deep therapy work in a relatively short amount of time.
Ayi has an MA in Philosophy and Asian studies as well as numerous certifications in various healing and bodywork modalities. From her early experiences with Vipassana meditation, silence has remained a central teacher leading Ayi to study with the great yogis Sri Dharma Mittra and Andrei Ram Om, and Pio Vucetich a teacher of ancestral medicine. She is also a practitioner of Qigong and a devoted student of Mingyur Rinpoche, where she has once again returned to the path of silence through Tibetan Buddhism. As a direct result of her experiences with the silence of sound, Ayi connects deeply with the sounds and vibrations of the gongs, chimes, tuning forks, and crystal bowls and harps.
Originally from Canada, Michael now spends most of his time based in Costa Rica. He is the co-founder of Shanti Sounds Costa Rica alongside his life partner Ayi Wong Mayzel where together they share Sound Journeys, workshops, and trainings throughout Europe, Asia, Central America, and the US.
Michael has been sensitized to the subtleties of sound for most of his life. As a percussionist, he received his first initiation into sound and continues to bring his life’s experiences to its joyous creation. Michael is a longtime practitioner of meditation and a Nationally Certified Instructor of the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi. He is known by his students as a clear, inspiring, and joyous teacher. Michael has also been involved in Asian practices for over 30 years and holds a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. His sensitivity to the power and subtlety of movement is based on a deep understanding of the holistic energetic body. This understanding also offers Michael a unique approach to the creation of sound that allows him to deeply connect to the vibrations of the instruments.