Meet Our Founder / Practitioner

About the founder

Patricia Vernhes has been on a path of research, study, teaching, and consulting in Yoga & Ayurveda, Reiki, Native American Energy Medicine, Eastern European and Mongolian Medicines, Sound Therapy and Binaural Acoustics as well as many other release and shift techniques for body, mind, and Spirit for over 20 years. A Sivananda Hatha Yoga teacher under Swami Brahmananda and a disciple of Dr Marc Halpern of California College of Ayurveda, she is a certified Ayurveda Yoga Therapist and a Reiki Master in the lineage of Usui Reiki Ryoho. Following in the footsteps of her ancestors – medicine women and herbalists in Eastern Europe, this path allowed her to formulate an intuitive approach which draws from many schools so she can guide her clients in a unique healing experience.

Twelve years ago, Patricia settled in the Mojave Desert of California.

In her own words:

“I left society to find my true role in the world as a human being through the deepening of my Yogic path in devotion, silence, and solitude. The result of this life changing journey laid foundation to a practice of service to others, daily study and tapping into my own field of transcendental creativity. This is how Mojave Desert Skin Shield was born.”

Whilst living in the desert, she began working with indigenous traditions and plants, and was invited to learn with a local Native American elder.

She also had a rare opportunity of studying with Nancy and Joanne Karl and apprenticing as a sound therapist with the use of Quartz Bowls at The Integratron.

Patricia now treats at her Wellbeing Space in Pioneertown in the Mojave Desert, and offers lectures, workshops, ceremonies, and individual sessions around the world.

Bridging her continuous research in the fields of Ayurveda, sound therapy, nutrition, skincare formulation and skin healing, health and longevity, with ancient traditions and cutting edge innovation, she personally formulates and designs Mojave Desert Skin Shield’s organic skincare and wellness products and offerings. The brand’s ethical supply chains are built on sustainably sourced ingredients, recyclable UV protected glass packaging and respectful, Earth friendly practices.



Our pricing is negotiable according to your capacity and our availability. Your wellbeing is our top priority, so please let us know how we may best serve your needs. Additional prorated time can be added to your reservation to focus on any specific issues, areas, or imbalances you would like to address.

Gratuity is shared with those in need through community offerings and via the support of nonprofit initiatives.

For group bookings, please fill out the request form here.