MEET OUR FACULTY:

As part of your personal retreat, or as an option for your group retreat, Ratna Ling offers a wide variety of classes including movement, yoga, meditation, sacred art and cooking. We are fortunate here to have so many wonderful, dedicated and talented teachers, bringing a collective 110 years of experience and education to their work! Take a moment to meet them!

Shari Sunshine
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Shari has been a consistent meditation practitioner since 1976 and has studied with outstanding meditation masters from traditions all over the world, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She holds a B.A. degree from Naropa University and a Master’s degree from World Medicine Institute in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has studied with Qi Gung masters in China, Hawaii and Thailand, and movement teachers in the U.S. and Israel. Shari welcomes you to experience the joy and discovery of meditation and meditative movement during your time together.

Rosalyn White

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Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over 40 years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently Co-Director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. Ros loves the deep sense of connection and peace that comes from group meditation. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her life, which inspired her to share her knowledge in order to help others to find the beauty and purpose in their lives.  She also has a passion for Tibetan art and believes the richness of the symbolism provides subtle insights into the nature of our universe, and how we can view it in a more joyful and appreciative way. Her goal is that your time with her will help you to get in touch with a stiller, deeper part of yourself that will leave you feeling a greater sense of health and balance.

Visiting Faculty: 

 

 

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Dr. Bob Dozor  is the founder of the Integrative Medical Clinic and has practiced Family Medicine for over thirty years in Napa and Sonoma counties. Even before attending medical school, he has held a consistent vision of building a healthy life style as the core of our best health, and applies this in both his professional practice and personal life. With his wife Ellen Barnett they have three children and three granddaughters.

 

 

 

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Rochelle Jaffe, M.S.

Rochelle Jaffe is on the adjunct faculty of the Psychology Department of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She has been a mindfulness instructor for 14 years, and has discovered that self-compassion is at the heart of mindfulness practice, and of a life filled with well-being.

 

 

 

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Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD

Dr. Ellen Barnett is a family doctor who has been practicing in Santa Rosa, CA for over thirty years. A major emphasis of her practice is working with individuals to clarify and support their health goals. She is on the clinical faculty at the Sutter Family Practice  Residency and developed the Imagine YOU program of the Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation.

 

 

 

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Judith holds an MST (Master of Science in Teaching) from The University of Chicago, and certification in Art Therapy from the New School of Social Research in New York City. She also holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Santa Monica, one in Spiritual Science and one in Spiritual Psychology. Dr. Caldwell was a former professor in the Education Department at Central Connecticut State University and has taught classes at Stanford University. She was an inspirational co-founding pioneer of Stonebridge, the successful Charter School in Napa Valley, California.
 

 

peggy-kincaidPeggy Kincaid, Marriage and Family Therapist

Peggy Kincaid is licensed in California as a marriage and family therapist with over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She is trained in traditional and transpersonal psychotherapy. Along with her background in psychology, Peggy teaches Tibetan Yoga, and has a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine® from the Academy of Intuition Medicine® in Sausalito, California. Peggy speaks the languages of energy, psychology and spirituality. She is known for her calm presence, clarity and sense of humor.

 
Michaela Codding

Michaela has been teaching yoga for eight years, having received all of her training through Baron Baptiste. Before teaching yoga, she worked as a personal trainer for several years, developing a strong background in anatomy that she uses today to keep her yoga students safe in their practice. At Ratna Ling retreats, she will embolden students to seek mindful growth, supporting a deeper practice with advanced positions while also ensuring health and safety by guiding students through modifications in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

 

Ginger Schechter, M.D.

Ginger is a Board Certified Internist with fifteen years of experience in healthcare. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley, received her MD at the Chicago Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. She has worked extensively with veterans through the Veterans Administration and currently serves as Yoga ONE’s Medical Director of Education, working closely with Deacon Carpenter on developing and facilitating its continuing education programs.

Deacon Carpenter

At the age of sixteen, chronic illness and obesity led Deacon to a fateful meeting with a local Ayurvedic doctor, which created a seismic shift in Deacon’s perception of food, health, and physical balance. To Deacon, Ayurveda and yoga just make sense together. As a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist with a background in communications, Deacon believes in a practical, straightforward, and easily “digestible” approach to Ayurveda and yoga, which he has taught and practiced for over ten years. Deacon looks forward to sharing with members of Ratna Ling’s balancing retreats.

 

Emily Bullard

Emily is a certified fitness trainer through the National Personal Training Institute and has been practicing yoga for nine years. In 2010 she obtained her clinical nutrition certification from the Natural Healing Institute, and began working with people privately, helping them to improve the balance in their lives and achieve a healthier lifestyle. Emily was certified with the Yoga Alliance in 2015 and soon after as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor in 2016. For Emily, yoga is not just a practice, but a rich and fulfilling lifestyle.