Rev. Karla Kamstra
Rev. Karla is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister who helps people find a path to God through ritual and personal connection.
A lifelong learner, Rev. Karla always sought to understand how God is revealed in the world. This led her, at age 50, to leave her Christian spiritual roots to explore spirituality in all world religions and how spirituality is experienced beyond the walls of traditional, organized religion.
After a number of years of self-study, Rev. Karla returned to college for Biblical studies and world religions at Indiana Wesleyan University and Arizona State University. During her time at ASU I began to hear the call to attend seminary. I attended the two-year seminary program through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York, and was ordained an interfaith/in spiritual minister in 2017.
Since becoming ordained in 2017, Rev. Karla has offered spiritual care for people through in-person sessions, video conferencing and small group sessions. Recently, she made the decision to focus entirely online as our country navigates a pandemic by embracing the age of digital technology for human connection.
Each week, Rev. Karla offers writings and videos that reflect a specific theme, such as why it is okay to be spiritual but not religious, embracing change, and managing grief. These teachings are offered on Facebook (including “Friday’s Thoughts on Faith”); Instagram (including Sunday’s “Spirit in the Cloud” video on IGTV); Pinterest and TikTok, where some videos have over 1 millions views.
Along with her daughter, Lynette, Rev. Karla is a co-founder of Numa Soul.
LMT | Certified Aromatherapist
Lynette is a Licensed massage therapist in the state of Indiana, and a Certified Aromatherapist recognized by The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and the Alliance of International Aromatherapist.
Lynette began an 11 year career in corporate management in 2003. After observing the role and effects that stress has on the body, she began to look for natural ways to support herself and newborn son.
After experiencing the healing benefits of an aromatherapy massage and using natural solutions to help reduce the pressures of becoming a new working mother, Lynette was determined to change career paths that would lead her to more meaningful work.
Lynette is passionate about connecting with her clients, while discovering their needs and concerns. Recommending solutions that are personalized, as opposed to offering a one size fits all solution has been the foundation for her work. Lynette believes that aromatherapy is a beautiful and intentional way to support our emotional, physical and spiritual health. By learning about the chemistry and therapeutic benefits of essential oils, Lynette is able to safely make recommendations that can help to balance emotions, anxiety, and help to ease physical pain. Helping clients during these unsettling times continues to be her priority and driving force.
I consider myself a Hoosier even though I found my way to Bloomington, Indiana via New York City, via Kansas City. Missouri that is. Go Chiefs! It was my brother who lives in NYC, that suggested I leave Missouri and move to the Big Apple. If I was going to be an artist, I felt that the big city would help my chances.
Soon after my arrival, I discovered that a publishing company was moving from LA to NYC—and they were hiring. Here was my chance for an art job! The art director decided to give this Missouri girl a chance. How fortunate to learn graphic design on-the-job. Mind you, this was before computers. The skills that I learned from this job have lasted a lifetime.
Years later, I sought a different career path, and began studying Reflexology at the Laura Norman Reflexology Center in the heart of NYC. Unfortunately, to practice legally, I needed a massage license. After receiving national certification, I left my beloved city for Indiana where Reflexology is exempt from the massage law—because, in case you didn’t know, Reflexology is not Massage. I can honestly say that practicing Reflexology has been a fulfilling experience, for I have worked with the kindest and most grateful clients.
During my Reflexology years, I’ve always had a side job where I often used my design skills. Through one of these jobs, I was fortunate to meet Karla Kamstra, now co-founder of Numa Soul. We stayed in touch over the years, and when the need arrived, she offered me a design job. How lucky am I that I get to design, learn, and work with the fantastic team of women at Numa Soul. This is where I discovered my latest love, Essential Oils.
I am often asked which Essential Oil is my favorite. I can easily say the one I use the most is Copaiba. It is my favorite to use during a Reflexology session. Applied directly to the feet, Copaiba helps my clients feel soothed and relaxed. I personally use Copaiba as a pain reliever for achy muscles. Plus, it smells divine!
Pre-pandemic you could most likely find me sitting in the front row of a concert, dining with my friends, or enjoying the Bloomington Salt Cave.