Raising the Mental Health IQ of Our Communities

Mental Health First Aid Training

Meditation Yoga Therapy Reiki Sound Healing


The VA Way is dedicated to helping our communities stay healthy and rise above the current pandemic. Please contact us for inquiries about PPE supplies. 


A healthy mindset takes practice and exercise, just as a healthy body does. We offer one-on-one mental wellness coaching as well as Mental Health First Aid Training, which teaches you how to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.


Help us bring Mental Wellness Coaching, Mental Health First Aid, and Self-Care practices like Yoga & meditation to first responders, healthcare workers, musicians, Veterans, and those suffering from mental health challenges and others who are in need by donating. 


Practices like Yoga, Meditation, Reiki and Sound Healing are proven to bring immense mental and physical health benefits, reducing and sometimes eliminating symptoms of mental illness. Book an in-person or telehealth appointment with one of our wellness experts at The Om Collective today.  

Covid-19 Pandemic 
Crisis Navigation


We are now offering one-on-one Mental Wellness Coaching & Yoga Therapy "telehealth" sessions online. 

Talk to us today about how one of these sessions can help you or someone you know let go of stress and learn self-care skills to help navigate through this crisis. 

Who are these sessions good for? 

First Responders, Healthcare workers, teachers, essential personnel, parents, anyone feeling overwhelmed, lost, or fearful. 

bringing mental

health first aid

to the music


The loss of iconic musician Jeff Austin hit founder of the VA Way, John, very hard. 

Yonder Mountain String Band was the first time he was introduced to bluegrass music and it was in New Orleans at a 2am show during Jazz Fest. That show forever changed his life. He believes that night discovering Jeff Austin set him on the path that he is on today.  Jeff's death highlights the crises of mental health in ALL communities, especially our music community.


The VA Way is partnering with the Delfest Foundation to bring Mental Health First Aid Training to our Music communities.  Our goal is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness - to make it okay to not be okay, to make it okay to seek help, and to increase the awareness and the overall Mental Health IQ of our community so that as a community we cultivate understanding and compassion for ourselves and others and build a strong support network to prevent future loss of any of our brothers and sisters due to mental illness. 



The VA Way partners with

The Om Collective to offer holistic therapies that are scientifically proven to help reduce symptoms of mental illness and improve your overall wellbeing -

mind body and spirit. 

Our team includes Certified Yoga Therapists (MS Yoga Therapy, C-IAYT), Reiki Master, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Sound Bowl Healer, and Body Workers. 


We also partner to offer Wellness Retreats both locally and globally, such as Virginia and Costa Rica that bring the best healing modalities we have to offer to beautiful destinations, allowing you to unplug from stress, connect to nature, and heal.


For more on our Wellness Retreats, or to book one-on-one or group therapies please visit The Om Collective or email us.

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