Sifu Mathew Carver

Quick Stats

  • Founder, Zen Recovery Path at Sure Haven, Zen Recovery Path, and Barn Life Recovery
  • Author, “The Five Chinese Elements and the Lost Art of Change” and “Zen Recovery Path Workbook”
  • Certified Herbalist, American Herbalists Guild
  • Master Herbalist & Formula Architect, Human Roots Herbal Supplements and Zen Herb Blends

On My Bucket List

  • Live in Spain and Japan for a year
  • Watch the Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl live

What Led Me to Barn Life

I’ve been a martial artist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than two decades. I have a deep passion for helping people become the best possible version of themselves that they can conceive. But what truly led me to Barn Life was bad directions! I was lost on my bike one day and saw the “for lease” sign on what is now Barn Life. I have been here ever since!

My Role At Barn Life

Our clients may come to us for help solving problems, but what they’re really looking for is community, a voice, and a little bit of love and understanding. Problems are how we often label the unknown – which fails to highlight the inherent opportunity that is hiding within every chaos. Seeing past the problem, and toward the gift is what I try to give to our clients.

What I Love Most About My Work At Barn Life?

Well, first and foremost, I’ve been doing what I love for way too long to even consider it work at all. But what I truly love about my “work” is our clients. They never cease to amaze and inspire me. So many people have been through so much, and yet, they continue to strive for improvement. Each day presents miracles that unfold right before our eyes.

On My Bookshelf

  • “Chinese Medicine and the Psyche”
  • “Finding Stillness”

What You Might Find Me Doing Outside Of Barn Life

Reading, hanging out by a fire, playing music, and watching my children play rank pretty high on my list!


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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