FINDING NEW WAYS TO CONNECT AND GROW WITH OUR PARTICIPANTS IS OUR JOY. HELPING PEOPLE TO LOVE LIFE AGAIN IS OUR PASSION.
Barn Life Recovery was the vision of Sifu Mathew Carver, who spent decades training in martial/healing arts as well as Qigong, Tai Chi, Ba Qua, Chinese Medicine and Taoist Philosophy under Grandmaster Sifu Tsim.
In 2003, he opened a Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Temple which he ran for 8 years working with students (over 4000) from all walks of life. It was during this time that he began teaching and working in various Substance Abuse Facilities across Orange County, CA, pioneering holistic health programs.
Over time, he devised a system for his own recovery program called Phoenix Healing Arts, which opened in 2008. This outpatient treatment center incorporated many of the eastern arts that Sifu Carver had been teaching and practicing in local recovery centers. During the next 2 years, Sifu Carver wrote two books The Five Chinese Elements and the Lost Art of Change and Zen Recovery Path Workbook which composed the backbone for the program model.
His desire to offer patients a better alternative to pharmaceutical drugs led him to become a Certified Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild and a Master Herbalist and Formula Architect for Herbal Roots Supplements and Zen Blend Herbs.
In 2012, he opened Zen Recovery Path in Costa Mesa, California with Keith Coronado. This internationally known facility successfully treated hundreds of recovery addicts and seekers of change. This facility was accredited by The Joint Commission, the highest accreditation in the industry.
In 2018, Mathew and his fiancée, Alyssa Panis opened Barn Life Recovery at the same location where Carver’s Zen Recovery Path once stood. Barn Life would go on to become the first fully licensed facility sanctioned to treat Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders in the State of California.
We’re proud to have created this first-of-its-kind facility to stop the stigma of mental illness and offer a long term, effective solution to recovery. Thank you to all of our participants who have allowed us to become a part of your story. It is our honor and passion to help you love life again!
Doctor of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Qigong Taiji Instructor
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
Assistant Admissions Coordinator