Introducing Our Team

Holistic, Non 12-Step Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii

Joy Gardner


Joy Gardner brings a depth of compassion, unconditional love, and a profoundly non-judgmental attitude to her work of over 40 years. After experiencing her brother’s suicide at the age of 13, and the loss of a baby, she discovered the death-and-loss work of Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and studied with her to become a Bereavement Counselor. She was one of the founding members of the Nelson and District Hospice in British Columbia, where she trained volunteers.

Joy has been a pioneer in holistic health since 1968, when she worked with the Country Doctor Clinic in Seattle. In conjunction with the clinic, she published her first book, Healing Yourself, which was the first medicinal herbal in North America in modern times. Later she was one of the founding members of the Siuslaw Rural Health Center near Florence, Oregon. Joy went on to publish 10 more books, which have collectively sold over a quarter million copies. She has taught and practiced throughout the US as well as in Canada, England, and Australia.

Throughout her busy career, she raised two sons. She survived her first marriage, which was fraught with violence, and survived the death of two of her husbands. Her mother was bipolar, and for many years Joy struggled with drugs. She believes that her own journey into the underworld has made her into a more compassionate and knowledgeable counselor. Her specialty is in working with the subconscious and Gestalt Dreamwork. She believes that the subconscious must be engaged before deep and lasting change will take place.

Joy is a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild and the International Society for the Study of Subtle Medicine. Her most recent book is Joyous Food for High Frequency People. She loves to swim, especially with dolphins, and she enjoys making spontaneous music. A great lover of nature, you will often find her outdoors. Her radiant good health and the joy that flows from her is clear a testimony to the depth of personal transformation that she has experienced, in combination with her good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle that she enjoys sharing with her clients.