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The Brain Optimization™ Holistic Institute

What Our Students Have to Say About BOHI

"The quality of education I received at BOHI is beyond compare. The teacher to student ratio is exceptional, often one on one! This allows BOHI to offer quality education in a uniquely personalized environment. I highly recommend Gian Girardi as a professor, and the BOHI for an exceptional experience. I loved the books chosen for the course. I also really liked the emphasis in discussing real cases to help the student develop clinical skills. I enjoyed the class atmosphere and it felt always comfortable to share personal concerns and experiences."

                                        Susan S. Dr. in Nutrition

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Who Are the Founders?

The founders of the Brain Optimization Holistic Institute are
Gian Girardi, MS, MA and Viviana Girardi, B.A. CYT.


Gian and Viviana, Santa Monica, 2011

Gian was born in 1955, to an Italian/Spanish family in Chile. From early childhood he felt a great interest in science and later for the humanities, especially for the Psychology of Consciousness. At age 24, he graduated in engineering from the most prestigious University in Chile.

After marrying Viviana their spiritual interests brought them to the US where Gian completed a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and obtained a California State License to practice psychotherapy. He accumulated extensive clinical experience, gained through more than twenty years of working with clients. His counseling work has been focused into three main areas -- Nutritional, Psychological and Spiritual.

Eventually he renounced his license as a statement of personal independence from the tradition-laden mainstream, with its inherent limitations and over-regulations. He presently devotes most of his time to education and
to his vision for BOHI.

His holistic vision for BOHI has been a natural expansion of his own, long personal, transpersonal and professional process. His initiation into the mysteries of the body, mind and Spirit began in 1979 and continued uninterruptedly for 33 years. Towards the beginnings of 2012, during a conversation with a non-dual teacher a sudden insight, followed by an avalanche of secondary insights, triggered the ending of the search for enlightenment. This end has brought peace and contentment, and a mental clarity that is impossible to access
through any other mean.

Viviana was born in Southern Chile -- one of the most beautiful
places on the planet.

From early childhood she felt inclined towards sports and Physical Education. She graduated from the prestigious University of Chile with a BA in Physical Education.

In her early twenties she felt a deep interest in the spiritual life and Yoga and has had a personal Yoga practice for over thirty five years. She is certified as a Yoga teacher by Erich Shiffman, as a therapeutic yoga practitioner by Cherri Clampett, and as a Reiki Master (level 3) by Helle Pearson.

BOHI students rave about her food! As a cook her dishes are artistic, colorful and well-presented, including raw, vegetarian, and ethnic.

Viviana's raw food at one of BOHI's One Day Workshops



The Brain Optimization Holistic Institute

The Institute has been serving its students, clients and friends since March 2005. March 2018 marked our 13th anniversary.

Statistics show that after 5 years, only 10% of businesses are still in business. Our school already overcame that challenge time ago and is becoming, day by day a solid online educational institution, and an example that other schools are following. We thank our students for their trust and support.

BOHI approach to graduate education is unique. As our students have found out participating in our school guarantees to have a very personalized training, very difficult to find anywhere else.

The Brain Optimization Holistic Institute especializes in flip-learning education. This revolutionay method consists of a combination of video-classes and one-on-one coaching session with the teacher on Skype, phone or in-person.

The Brain Optimization Holistic Institute has been one of the first educational institutions to offer this revolutionary approach. Now is been implemented by major Universities all over the world.

Advantages of the Flip-Learning Approach to Education

The Flip-Learning Method offers unique possibilities of customized education, to address the personal needs of the student.

For example:

We have been able to serve celebrities and professionals working in the film industry with extremely erratic and busy schedules.  BOHI's unparalleled class schedule flexibility has allowed them to pursue their studies
and certifications regardless.

We have young students with great potential as counselors, teachers and coaches, but with no previous training in psychology. We have students enrolled in the same program, that are in their fifties and have been working for a lifetime in the counseling and teaching professions.  It is the flip-learning method what allows us to customize our programs and serve them with equal effectiveness.

The one-on-one coaching aspect of the Flip-Learning approach allows us to address effectively, psychological, spiritual, vocational or professional challenges affecting our student throughout the course. The student is provided with proper counseling and support until the issues are resolved or transcended.

We have found through the years that these challenges are extremely valuable, not only for personal development, but also for the student's professional development. For example:

in our Certification in Brain Optimization™ with Emphasis in Nutrition, we have had students suffering from severe depression and painful dependence on pharmaceuticals. Throughout the certification course, with support and counseling, they were able to free themselves from the depression and their dependence on pharmaceuticals. And of course, a student that has a personal experience like this, is bound to become a better Brain Optimization™ Counselor.

We have had students experiencing difficult relationship issues. The Certification Course in Wellness/Life Coaching with Emphasis in Cognitive Psychology, provided them with the support and counseling necessary to solve their issues, and establish healthier relationships. These healing experience will allow the student to be more effective in the future; when their own client is facing
relationship difficulties.

We had a student that during the course in Psychology of Consciousness experienced multiple, challenging life situations, including law suits, relationship issues, and painful childhood memories that needed resolution. The coaching sessions allowed us to support and counsel him one on one, until these challenges were transcended and solved.

This healing process offers invaluable educational material to help our
student become an effective practitioner.


Does Flip-Learning Education Cost More?

The answer is no. Flip Learning Education is uniquely cost effective and does not compromise the quality of education whatsover.

Certification Program


Where Are We Located?

The Institute began operating in Studio City California

Later, for years our classes were broadcasted from the conference
rooms of The Shores Towers in Santa Monica, where local students
were participating in person.

Then we moved the Institute to Glendale, where we had three
times the space we had available in Santa Monica -- space we need as
BOHI continues to grow.

Then we moved to Sedona, Arizona. We are pursuing buying a specific property for the Institute. This will allow us to create a spiritual retreat and to have our international headquarter.

Here, some pictures from the time we spent in Santa Monica:

The Shores Towers in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach; magnificent view from the North Tower 15th floor

Students during a presentation class on Brain Optimization with
Emphasis in Nutrition --
Conference Room North Tower

   Gian Girardi BOHI Founder and teacher Art Galest walking on the Shores during a workshop

Gian Girardi, founder, walking
 with Art Galest in The Shores' lobby, during one of the  breaks of the last workshops
presented in Santa Monica. Mr. Galest gave an excellent presentation
on "how to use social networks to market your private practice."

Dirk, BOHI's wizard of technology, computers and videography


Sunset in Glendale California



Due to the spiritual nature of some of our courses with certification, we are occasionally asked whether we are connected to a church, sect or cult. 
The answer is the following:

The Brain Optimization Holistic Institute is not connected in anyway with a church, sect or cult. BOHI is strictly an academic institution.

We guarantee also that our Certification Course in Psychology of Consciousness with Emphasis in Non-Duality is presented in an atmosphere absent of all dogma, and spiritual paraphernalia.

Psychology of Consciousness is based on a fundamental, simple principle
which is compatible with science:

"to have an honest, direct seeing into our own human experience, and...
to trust what we see."

This honest seeing cuts through endless, false beliefs that
cloud our view and keep us in bondage.

Awakening happens as a result of this simple, honest seeing.



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Tuition Free Classes

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The Brain Optimization™ Holistic Institute offers classes, information and courses with certifications on drug free solutions to ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse and other forms of brain / mental suffering and disorders. Certifications include Brain Optimization™ with Emphasis in Nutrition, Life/Wellness Coaching with Emphasis in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Consciousness with Emphasis in Non-Duality. The Brain Optimization Holistic Institute also offers a Certification in Holistic Life Coaching for those who complete the three certifications mentioned above.

Brain Optimization Holistic Institute's broadcasting and recording studio for online classes and coaching sessions is presently located in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. Students from adjacent cities and locations like Pasadena, Studio City, San Fernando Valley, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Irvine and Orange County can take the Coaching Sessions in person, on Skype or on the phone. Students living in cities and locations further away in the States or abroad like San Francisco, San Diego, New York, North and South Carolina, Miami, London England, Paris France, Rome and Milan Italy, Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, Santiago Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ecuador, Quito, Montreal, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, New Zealand, Hawaií, Kauai, Maui, Kenya, Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta in India, Hong Kong and Shanghai in China, Taipei in Taiwan, can take the one-on-one coaching sessions on Skype or phone. All classes are presently presented by the
Brain Optimization Holistic Institute's founder Gian Girardi, MS, MA.