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: 

 

 

dozor 2014 Bob Dozor, MD

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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Deborah Price is the Founder and CEO of the Money Coaching Institute, which provides money coaching services and training to individuals, couples and families. A former financial advisor with more than 20 years experience, Deborah left the financial industry to pioneer the field of Behavioral Money Coaching in 2001. Coping with money issues, both practically and psychologically, continues to be a major life struggle for millions of people. Deborah developed a unique, step-by-step coaching program that helps clients move beyond barriers to their personal and financial success. Deborah has written several books on money therapy and coaching, and is considered one of the foremost experts in her field.

 

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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.

 

 


jamesJames Keolker, Ph.D.

Dr. James Keolker  has a long history of meditative practice and has been a popular teacher of meditation and mindfulness techniques for the past several years.  Those who have taken his classes have called his work both insightful and inspiring, and while he offers a wide spectrum of techniques and experiences, his main goal is to teach skills that are practical and beneficial.  He is a certified master teacher from the Mindfulness Institute of San Francisco and has taught widely in the Napa Valley and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

 

 

 

judithJudith Caldwell, Ed.D,

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.

 

 

kalKal Edwards, MA

Kal Edwards specializes in helping others to prepare and become more successful in their retirement. He is likewise committed to bringing to his workshops and seminars the latest research and practices to aid in one of the most important and vulnerable times of our lives: retirement.  Kal is the founder of the Retirement Renewal Forums, which provide intellectual, scientific and social information on wellness, nutrition, and finance, among other retirement related topics.  He is the author of Time Tested Wisdom for Directing Your Work and Personal Life and the Retirement Renewal Planner.  Kal holds advanced degrees in Communications Management and Career Psychology, and has served as Professor of Life Legacy Studies at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco.

melinaMelina Meza

Melina holds a BS degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University, where she deepened her interest in the world of whole foods nutrition. She has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Robert Svoboda for 10 years, and is a certified Ayurveda Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda. Like many other traditions, Ayurveda utilizes practices that cultivate self-awareness in body, mind and spirit for physical and mental transformation. By cultivating mindfulness skills around diet, lifestyle, emotions and habits, practitioners gain the ability to change unhealthy habits to healthy habits. Melina is the author of the Art of Sequencing books.

 

sachinSachin Deshmukh

Dr. Sachin Deshmukh was trained as a physician in India and holds several degrees and diplomas, including those in holistic medicine, homeopathy, ayurveda, and yoga therapy. He practiced medicine for ten years in India, where he headed the Department of Natural Therapy and Yogic Sciences at a hospital in Pune.  Dr. Deshmukh’s approach to holistic medicine combines ayurveda and homeopathy with the classical limbs of yoga, encompassing asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, kriya, chanting and nada-yoga, along with Transcendental Meditation® and other mental practices. His approach is tailored to the specific needs of his students and clients.

 

ShaniShani Robins, Ph.D.

Dr. Shani Robins is an instructor at Stanford University, where he teaches Wisdom and Career with Meaning courses. He is a California Board of Psychology Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Ph.D. Program Director of clinical training. Dr. Robins pioneered the field of Wisdom TherapyTM in 1998, and is the founder and president of the Wisdom Therapy Institute. He has been a corporate consultant for Fortune 100 companies, and has given numerous talks and trainings on the applications of Wisdom Therapy, emotional intelligence and mindfulness in the workplace towards stress reduction, conflict resolution, and productivity.

 

 

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.