It is with deep personal sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Rachil B. Vincent. Rachil passed on Sunday, May 29th, with her adoring husband Scott and family members by her side. Our sincere condolences are extended to Scott, and all of Rachil’s loved ones.

Rachil’s dedication to Healing Opportunities began while she was a student at Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine (SBCOM), where a program of community service was initiated, called Compassionate Care for Caregivers. In synchrony with this program, Director of SBCOM, Joann Tall, along with Scott Blossom, founded nonprofit Healing Opportunities to enable services of integrative medicine and other modalities of healing. As an intern, Rachil was an integral part of the program that offered care and support to the families and caregivers of terminally ill patients. She was deeply moved and inspired by this work, and remained a contributing force for the organization for years.

Upon the closure of SBCOM, in 2007, Rachil and close friends and colleagues Renee Barsa, and LeAnne Thomason were asked to take on leadership of the nonprofit. Together, Rachil, Renee and LeAnne worked to grow and adapt the Healing Opportunities’ mission, and over the years, to realize a collective vision for the organization reflective of the tag line that Rachil authored: Community well-being is our focus. Rachil created both the Care for Caregivers Program and the Love is in the Ear Outreach: programs of ear acupuncture utilizing the NADA protocol to bring stress-reduction to the workplace of all caregiving professions, as well as provide information and access to all community members. Rachil’s deep knowledge paired with her gentle and thoughtful care inform her legacy within Healing Opportunities; and her legacy is woven into every treatment facilitated by this organization, and these core programs that she fostered.

In her private practice, Rachil founded the Sage Center for Health, where she created wellness programs for her patients, and generously shared these program ideas with Healing Opportunities. As an acupuncturist trained in clinical nutrition, and a practitioner of Chinese medicine, which included: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Constitutional Dietary Training, Shiatsu, Cupping, Tai Qi, and Qi Gong, Rachil enjoyed helping people heal themselves naturally. By educating and guiding her patients, she empowered them to access their bodies’ own healing powers, and thereby create health and prevent disease. Rachil touched many lives through her center and guided countless patients onto brighter, better illuminated paths. Her work as an advocate for wellness, natural healing, and integrative approaches to full body health were most evident in the years she committed to growing Healing Opportunities as a community serving organization dedicated to promoting health.

On a personal level, we experienced the love and earnestness of Rachil’s friendship, and the power of her exquisite will to actualize many things in her life —and in the lives of those to whom she cast her attention and intention. So fortunate are we who experienced her abundant kindness, her depth of generosity and the beauty of her grace and humanity. We are grateful, and we are better for her presence in our lives. The chasm of Rachil’s loss is deep because her impact in the lives of so many was absolutely profound.

Celebration of Rachil’s Life Information:

A Celebration of Life Reception Announcement from Rachil’s family:

Wednesday July 27th — 1pm to 5pm — La Cumbre Country Club
Here is a link to the invitation – Rachil’s family requests that you please RSVP.
[this reception will follow a private, family-only ceremony (at 11:30am) at the Vendanta Temple, which can be viewed on zoom, —a link will be provided in the week preceding.]

At the request of Rachil’s family, in lieu of flowers:
Remembrances in honor of Rachil can be made in the form of Donations to HealingOpportunities.org.