February 18, 2015


In Memory of Svetlana Kouzmenko

                                                                            (10/26/1964 – 11/5/2014)

To the amazing individuals seeking to make this world a better place,

We are Masha, Dasha, Cherish and Sydney. Inspired by our own self transformation through community group workshops, we decided to serve individuals on their quest to becoming bold enough to find their own voice, brave enough to listen to their heart and live the life they always imagined. Yoga classes are not hard to find, but most of these classes focus on the physical aspects of the practice. As modern science progresses, the world is beginning to understand how vital the connection between mind, body and spirit is. Our mission is to provide a place for people to deepen their understanding of this connection so they too can find their true happiness. Through mindfulness, soul connection and healing of the body we can all discover our purpose and consciously live it.


Our organization is currently known as Silicon Valley Wellness (SVW). Under this title, we have hosted over 100 events, retreats, and workshops in our current location, but are growing rapidly and are ready to expand to a full-size wellness center.  Imagine a Wellness Center where people can come and grow spiritually while at the same time healing the physical body. Imagine a place free of judgement where you can relax the mind and listen to your inner voice. Our center will be a place for many activities such as yoga, meditation, dance, group sharing, life-purpose driven workshops, life-purpose retreats and so much more.

We need your help to help secure land in Silicon Valley for our organization that we started in our home four years ago in West San Jose.

We are seeking people with an open mind that can give us any insights that could help manifesting this dream into reality. We would love to speak with anyone interested in giving back to the community and making the world a better place. We want to hear your ideas! Please share this with anyone and everyone. We know that many share the desire to make this world a better place and we are offering an opportunity to join us on this amazing mission.

Some ideas on how to collaborate on this new world retreat center:

  • Come up with a creative idea to help secure land in Silicon Valley

  • Help us find someone that is willing to let us use their beach-front property for 7-10 retreats/year

  • Connect us with anyone who might have any resources that could help us.

  • Connect us with anyone who has already done this or might be on the path

  • Connect us with anyone with land who might have unused space

  • Participate financially through investment, trust, inheritance, etc.

  • Participate or introduce us to someone that has an investment opportunity (rental) which they might have a property with tenants they would like to exchange for our wellness center through a program we call Good Karma Exchange.

  • Participate physically by help create banners, solidify our business plan, join our team

  • Participate energetically by sending out good vibes toward our mission

Our Dream Team


Masha Kouzmenko works at Bikram Yoga San Jose as a promoter and event planner. She is also the co-founder of SVWC and actively leads meditation sessions, health workshops, and collaborates with other local organizations for community events.

In addition to co-founding SVW, Dasha Shar is a local Realtor and Author of two books. You can find her books on Amazon, titled “7 Steps to Sold” and “The Girl with the Buddha Tattoo.”

Cherish Drivas is a full-time touch therapist for women, as well as a herbalist and holistic practitioner helping more effectively heal the body from the inside out.

Sydney Noteboom is a front-end developer creating a platform for our holistic practitioners.

How we got started?

In 2014, Masha’s and Dasha’s, 49-year-young mother was diagnosed with Stage 4B cervical cancer and was given a few months to live. After chemotherapy and radiation didn’t yield results, we were desperate. We began to look to alternative healing modalities such as juicing, enemas, meditation, reiki, and more. Nothing worked. Six short months later, our dear mother’s spirit was lifted above and beyond us as she passed on. Although heartbreaking, this catastrophe showed itself to be a blessing as we continued to heal ourselves and those around us. We were amazed at the changes we were seeing in ourselves and those we practiced with. We were not able to change our mother’s situation, but with our newly acquired knowledge and power, we can help others around us to maintain healthy minds and bodies. By connecting our community with alternative healing methods, we aspire to be the conduits for people to will gain access to the tools needed to heal themselves and live to their fullest potential.        

We are extremely grateful for any support or feedback.

Call Masha at 408 – 406 – 6656 or email masha.kouzmenko@gmail.com


We love you and sincerely appreciate your time,

Masha Kouzmenko, Dasha Shar, Cherish Drivas and Sydney Noteboom


“When we harbor negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. It disables a person’s emotional resources. The challenge…is to refine our capacity to love others as well as ourselves and to develop the power of forgiveness.” 

-Caroline Myss

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