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!

Polly Sweitzer

Doctor of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Edgardo Gonzales

Qigong Taiji Instructor

Julie Joyce

Administrative Assistant/HR

Bridgit Berney

Clinical Director

Carl Reisling

Case Manager

Hanne Christensen

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

Joe Sosta

Primary Therapist


We are in-network with all PPO plans. We are proudly a certified Tricare provider. We are now able to work with Magellan Health/Blue Shield of CA HMO plans.

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Hear From Those We've Impacted

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Barn Life is uniquely special. As someone who has had long stretches of sobriety with "traditional" communities and methods, Barn Life stepped in when I started struggling during the pandemic and said "traditional" methods failed to help.The staff here are exceptional. This is a truly subjective statement, but it is my honest opinion that the people from the owner (Hi Matt!) to EVERYONE else works there because they believe in the work and want to share the tools they found.Barn Life and their little sibling, Peer Mental Wellness were the launchpad from a shell of an existence to person with self-love/respect, and a life-mission of personal development.

Steven D.
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Best for someone looking for spiritual healing in addition to their mental health healing.

Luka P.
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Barn life is probably one of the most amazing facilities you could ever attend when it comes to mental illness. This was the first place that popped up when I was searching for help and I’m so thankful that it did. The environment is very therapeutic, the staff is awesome, and the group discussions and activities were so helpful in me understanding what I was experiencing. Do not hesitate to be a part of this place. It’s literally a game changer. I was only there for 6 weeks but I wished I stayed at least 6 months. Ever since returning home, I’ve been much happier and my perspective has changed dramatically. I’ve done things and participated in events at my college that I never thought I would be able to do. This place is truly amazing and I’m forever grateful that I found this place.

Ariana E.
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Through trial and error of trying to stay sober this program is definitely the most caring and supporting of them all if anyone needs help and is willing to help themselves I suggest barnlife they will for a fact give you the push you need and the tools to keep you going

Mason T.
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My daughter has been at Barn Life Recovery now for two months. It was my last resort to send her 9 hours away from me. She has been in drug and mental health rehabs in and out for two years. This was my last stitch effort to save my daughter and get her back to herself. Alyssa and I spoke multiple times before deciding. Their willingness to do everything for her and the different teams they have work with them is amazing. My daughter is happy again and clean and sober. She loves it there in their outpatient program. They restore your faith in humanity. They help restore someone who is broken in so many places to themselves. They have put the light back in my daughters eyes. They are committed to helping each person who truly wants the help. They assist in helping them get jobs and be responsible members of society. I recommend their program to anyone wanting to recover from drug, alcohol and mental health.Thank you to all the people at Barn Life who have made my daughter smile and bring the light back to her eyes. I am truly grateful.DawnaLee

DawnaLee W.
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I am alumni from Zen Recovery Path / a great place , and live a happy healthy life ever since / great peaceful place to recover // Namaste

Michael M.



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