Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Katia came to New York City in 2005 to pursue graduate studies in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Before transitioning into private practice in 2010, she served chronically mentally ill adults and children in foster care. She currently sees clients for individual psychotherapy from her office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to her advanced psychological studies, Katia incorporates into her practice teachings from the Vedas- ancient Indian scriptures- as interpreted by the Advaita Vedanta tradition. In 2012, Katia began working alongside maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher), Thom Knoles- known in India as Maharishi Vyasananda Maharishi. She manages Thom's public teaching schedule and appearances in the US, Canada, India and some parts of Europe. Inspired by their teacher, Katia began collaborating with Gerald Forster early 2013 and the seeds of Welcome Earth began to germinate.