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"Honor the Fallen, Empower the Wounded.

Always Faithful to those who have paid the most.

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SFHW is a mission-focused organization focused on training, education, and empowerment. We were founded by career holistic health and wellness practitioners and educators.  We work together to deliver advanced assymetric solutions tailored to meet the most sensitive needs of Wounded, Ill and Injured service members and veterans that we serve.  The journey and ideals of Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness were born and forged at the time honored US Marine Corps institutions of Parris Island, S.C. and Quantico VA.  Elijah Sacra and Alvaro Matta started on their Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness journey when they met in 1991 while serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C. in the 2d Marine Division.  Alta Sacra, Elijah's sister has been  instramental in the development, administration, and marketing of SFHW since its inception.  After connecting with Elijah in Baltimore, US Marine Captain Cj Keller joined the SFHW team as a Co-Founder and used his determination, commitment and discipline in laying the foundation for what is now SFHW Yoga for Vets.  In addition, he also brings tools from his career path in Ocupational Therapy to our team.  While attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York, Elijah met Co-Founder Clarissa Kussin.   She is a holistic personal chef, juicer, and nutrition and health counselor who spent the past twenty plus years striving to raise the standard of whole food cooking in each establishment she participated in and is responsible for the nutrition programming that we began with at Camp Lejeune's Wounded Warrior Battalion.  She also brings years of business management, consulting and leadership skills to the table.  Members of our team have worked in the health and wellness, food and beverage, and nutrition industries for years parlaying their life experience into creating Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness' programming.



The Marine Corps philosophy has evolved over its history into a three-pronged approach to individual and team development:

  • Character Discipline

  • Physical Discipline

  • Mental Discipline  


The USMC is a dynamic force designed for expeditionary operations by air, land, or sea. It teaches leadership at every level, instinctive action and perserverance in any situation. Click here to see our Good Life Traits.


In the Marine Corps, there is a motto that describes our commitment to each other, the Corp and and our country. It is Semper Fidelis or "Semper Fi." Translated from Latin, it means "Always Faithful".  




The lotus flower or Nelumbo Nucifera is sacred to many cultures. For thousands of years, it has symbolized enlightenment and healing. The green lotus in these cultures signifies a transfromation from within. Its five points represent the five senses.


The flower grows from the mud at the bottom of ponds and rises to the water's surface. At night, the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again, and because of this, it is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth.


It is the only flower to fruit and flower simultaneously. Its extract is still used as a remedy against illness. The flower’s essence is also used to accelerate spiritual evolution and enhance healing on every level within the system.

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