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The Mandala Team


Jove Schrottmann
Owner, CEO, Managing Director

"I am a part of all that I have met."

A Boracay resident since 2006, Jove first joined the Mandala family by trying his hand at all aspects of the business from front office agent to guest relations officer and as restaurant service staff. Inspired by his father, the late Dieter Schrottmann's vision and legacy, he ventures out into the world by earning two degrees at the prestigious International Hotel Management Institute (IMI) in Luzern, Switzerland – IMI specializing in Events Management and Tourism Management, finishing with Second Upper Class Honors with a Bachelors in International Events and Tourism Management.

He returns with the greatest lesson of all, one that can only be learned with an open heart, which is that we all share the same path. “As we learn from every encounter, we must give something of ourselves to each one.” He has since taken the reigns, taking the highly acclaimed wellness institution to greater heights, as it expands into new territories by inspiring others to realize and embrace a better life.

Paul Henares
Corporate Secretary, Board of Directors

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." ~ Lao Tzu

Paul has been involved with Mandala in various roles over the years. A former corporate executive and trainer, he is a former Executive Director of the Boracay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and headed the ‘Boracay Lives’ project that initiated the island's solid waste management program in 2005. An avid organic farming specialist, he facilitates the company's organizational and human resource development programs when not tending to Mandala's urban farming and tree planting initiatives.

Aaron Civitarese (Civi)
Director of Consultancy

“Think big, act small.” ~ Jason Jennings

Civi graduated with a Master Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from the International Hotel Management Institute in Switzerland, leading him to pursue the industry’s trend towards Southeast Asia. With humble beginnings in Geneva as a management intern, Civi quickly advanced to front line operations supervisor in Singapore, onward to department manager and on to Hotel Manager. On Boracay, Civi now holds a General Manager position at SLE Hospitality, encompassing multiple properties and exercising his entrepreneurial spirit with several small businesses and side projects. Civi is the newly appointed Director of Consultancy at Mandala Spa & Villas, focusing on expanding the brand within as well as outside the infamous walls of Mandala sanctuary.

Nadya Civitarese
Resident Manager

“Love the life you live, live the life you love.” ~ Bob Marley"

Born in Russia, Nadya is always excited to travel and learn new cultures and to meet new people. Beginning her nomadic journey in 2006, she moved to Malta to learn English then moved to Switzerland and began her extensive hospitality education and internship process. In 2010 she graduated with honors from the International Hotel Management Institute in Luzern, Switzerland with a bachelors degree in Hotel and Events Management, with working experience at the five-star One&Only Reethi Rah Spa Maldives. Moving to Singapore as a Senior Executive with the Mandarin Oriental group, Nadya embraced the corporate fundamentals and grew exponentially as a manager. She is grateful that her decision to move to Boracay and to join the Mandala Spa & Villas family has given her a charmed and balanced life, and a wonderful opportunity to share her experience with the already multiple award winning company. She admires the Filipino spirit and culture, “and how everyone greets you with a smile.”

Liza Gamo
Resort Operations Manager

“The only journey is the one within.” ~ Joseph Campbell.

Before joining Mandala Spa & Villas in 2005, Liza worked as a project accountant for a Canadian-funded community-based project in the Southern Philippines. She is committed to providing the best experience for each and every guest that walks into Mandala, and their happiness is her joy. True enough, her endearing charm and pure sincerity enhances the unique and soulful care that the institution is valued for.

Jen Taduran
Spa Operations Manager

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." ~ Beverly Sills

In 2007, Jen embraced the opportunity to work in Boracay to try an alternative career path in the spa industry. She embarked on a seemingly uncertain adventure far from a sheltered life back home. From the humble beginnings of a therapist trainee to a sought after specialist in her craft, Jen's passion, optimism, commitment, and loyalty continue to empower her as Spa Manager. She feels privileged by the personal and professional growth that Mandala offers her, and with a grateful heart, she strives to give back to the Mandala Spa team, that touches and inspires lives, one spa treatment at a time.

Freida Dario-Santiago
Brand Marketing & PR Consultant

"Life is to be enjoyed and not endured." ~ Dieter Schrottmann

A veteran travel and lifestyle journalist, Freida left a successful career as managing editor at ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.’s Metro Magazine and moved from Manila to Boracay in 2004 to immerse in this tropical subculture where the lines between fantasy and reality are often blurred. She joined Mandala Spa & Villas as Marketing Manager for three years then ventured into freelance writing and publicity. Highly regarded for her craft, Freida is a correspondent and contributing writer for both local and international publications, ushering readers through the intricate detours of a soulful and intimate Boracay. She agrees with Puerto Rican playwright Miguel Piñero who said, "Writing is half inspiration, half inhalation,” and writes from experience, with inspiration and conviction. Her captivating prose speaks volumes with spot-on precision, veracity and utmost sincerity. Also a newspaper and magazine editor, she leaves her desk to rejoin Mandala in forging ahead towards the new age of wellness, while taking the brand to the global forefront of invaluable and innovative service, and a catalyst for change.



Resident Masters

Karen Villarica-Neff
Certified in Watsu & Yoga

"My ethos in life is to be the sea, to embrace all that is."

Through Mandala Spa & Villas, Karen realizes her ethos. Compassion and nurturing characterize her style when giving a Watsu, and as she surrounds you with loving energy. Karen's mission in life is to plant a seed of awareness through service with the hope that one day the seed will sprout, take root, and consequently create a better world.

Tom Neff
Certified in Watsu & Yoga

"The journey is the destination."

This is one of Tom's favorite quotes when spending time with friends or guests. As a former entrepreneur of a successful insurance company in California, Tom learned a lot about people and what is really important – SERVICE. A Watsu practitioner, poet, philosopher and yoga teacher he believes that giving is living. “I get up each day and ask myself: how can I be of service today, whose life can I touch for the better?” Grateful and content, the highlight of his day is sitting and watching the Boracay sunset, counting his endless blessings.

Louise Lee
Certified in Watsu & Yoga

"When life gets tight, breathe."

A Boracay resident since 1993, Louise is known as ‘the good spirit of the island’. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communication Arts at the San Francisco State University, Louise sought out a Hatha Yoga ashram in India in 1999. In 2003, she pursued a teacher's training degree from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in India where she returned in 2004 for the Advanced Teacher's Training. She has had the privilege of practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore India with B.N.S. Iyengar and with David Swenson in 2004. Louise describes her yoga practice as “coming home”. For her, personal yoga practice is the natural thing to do and teaching it, is following an inner calling.

Sierra Michelle Bullock
Health & Wellness Consultant

"Align and Flow"

This Fil-Am with Kapampangan roots from San Francisco has returned to the motherland to share her experience on how to live a healthy life. She brings with her a Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Education as well as 20 years of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation experience. Her background in service is diverse, as a teacher and counselor for the deaf and hard of hearing, a graduate of the Institute of Psycho -Structural Balancing with 200+ hours of massage therapy training, and most recently, her CrossFit Level 1 Certification. Her value system of inspiration versus obligation brings authenticity to the Mandala Spa family and experience.


Visiting Masters

Julie Martin

Director of Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India, Julie Martin is an internationally recognized teacher of both Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga. She has been teaching worldwide for over 16 years and has run highly respected training programs at Brahmani for the last 9 years. Each class becomes a choreographed journey through the body and mind, fusing the qualities of traditional yoga with personal discovery and self-expression.

Clayton Horton

Clayton is the director of Greenpath Yoga. It was 2005 when he made his first trip to Boracay and fell in love with the island and Mandala Spa. Walking the beaches of Boracay is a dream come true. To Clayton who began teaching yoga in 1996, yoga is a healing path back to the Self, allowing us to experience true peace and happiness. Being kind and living in balance with nature are qualities that continue to guide his life.

He studied with both masters Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and the Greensufi for many years, both of whom gave him great inspiration to practice daily and develop a yogic lifestyle. Clayton received Formal Authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore, South India in 2003 and he received Level Two Authorization in 2010. He continues his study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute under the direction of Sharath Jois.

Clayton’s teaching style is traditional yet light hearted and relaxed. He believes that by practicing and living yoga, we can transform ourselves and the world around us. He travels regularly in Asia, Europe and the Americas to teach workshops, trainings and retreats.