The Story Behind the Name
The logo includes a stylized calligraphic image of the Japanese character Kumo (pronounced koo-moe) which means cloud. I developed it with the help of professor Takemoto and his calligraphy master Fujii Yoshiyasu while at Whitman College. In Oriental Medical theory clouds have a poetic relationship with mankind because we are both a combination of Yin and Yang in constant flux. It is said that man (Ren) is made of the combination of the Yang of Heaven (Tian) and the Yin of Earth (Di) while a cloud is made of the Yang of the sun with the Yin of water.
In contemplation with my wife we chose the name Kumo for my practice because of this poetic relationship and the fact that one of my favorite meditations is to be still and watch the clouds change.
The Tea Room
Often, it is nice to have a space to relax in, either before or after an acupuncture session. My hope is that the tea room will serve that function, so that you can enjoy a nourishing cup of tea in a calm environment, before having to return to the hectic pace of life.
The teas are herbal blends prepared by Walla Walla's Grateful Herbs, and the room also has a selection of books that I have found helpful or inspirational on my path.
Roberto Masferrer L.Ac., M.Ac.O.M. graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in the fall of 2010 and is a member of the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM). He is a certified Qi Gong instructor through the Ling Gui International Qi Gong School. His interest in Oriental Medicine began through his study of Okinawan Martial Arts which he has been practicing since 1990. Roberto believes that a healer should be a guide to wellness. In a compassionate environment, he spends time assessing your needs in order to facilitate your journey toward optimal health.
Roberto and Katie met while attending Whitman college and fell in love with Walla Walla. After graduating from Whitman they joined the Peace Corps and left Walla Walla, but intended on returning to raise a family. Now after ten years they have two wonderful children, and are glad to say that an opportunity presented itself and they are back in Walla Walla, realizing a dream that began long ago.
Roberto's commitment to health extends beyond his acupuncture practice. He has been President of the Board of MEJOR Communities, a nonprofit organization promoting health in rural communities of Peru through youth empowerment, since 2007. Roberto also served as a Community Health Volunteer for the Peace Corps in Peru from 2004 to 2006.