Karin Durflinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued her education at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California, earning her Master's degree in Depth Psychology. While she was at Pacifica she was introduced to the concept of Council and the therapeutic benefits from it. Ever since, she has wanted to use this practice to help pre-teens and adolescents gain higher self-esteem so that they could better combat the negative effects of peer pressure and other social and personal issues that pre-teens and adolescent's are struggling with.
She is a trained facilitator through the One Circle Foundation and uses their curriculum to facilitate Girls Circles as a contractor through the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department. She also facilitates Mindful Me SB summer camps in which she developed her own curriculum, exploring such issues as friendship, self-esteem, personal values, setting and achieving goals, and how to better nurture oneself. She believes that by discussing these issues in group format and then following up with theme-related activities this process will lend to a broader perspective and greater insight for the adolescent with the intention being to strengthen their connection to their true selves.
Karin has been married for 17 years to her husband, Glenn, and is the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, and 5-year-old son, Kyle. She enjoys roller blading along the beach, walking, hiking, photography, journal writing, crafts, entertaining, baking, cooking and keeping her family healthy and happy.