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Faculty 2018-05-22T18:14:19+00:00

Ratna Ling Retreats Faculty


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Robin Duryea

Robin studied with teachers Janet Stone, Stephanie Snyder, Darren Main, and Ana Forrest who have informed her unitive offerings that combine alignment-based vinyasa, pranayama, and chanting. Robin’s Buddhist studies have been with Pema Chödrön and the Dalai Lama, and include a solo trip through India, which inspired her to call students to convert their yogic insights into actions. Robin’s inclusive approach to yoga and life enables me to relate with and to hold space for students wherever they are in their practice and their lives. At the same time, she believes in the power of the practice and the potential…

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Shari Sunshine

Shari Sunshine is the Director of our Mandala Wellness Center. She has a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from World Medicine Institute, Honolulu, HI, and is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. She has taught Mindful Movements and Healing Qi Gung for three decades. She is the founder of Syntropy Insight Bodywork, an awareness-based healing art.

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Rosalyn White

Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over forty 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. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her life, and inspired her to share her knowledge in order to help others to find the beauty and purpose in their lives. Her goal is that in your…

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Judith Caldwell, Ed.D

Judith Caldwell, Ed.D, 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.

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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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Peggy Kincaid, MFT

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.

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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 Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency and developed the Imagine YOU program of the Integrative Medical Clinic Foundation.

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Melina Meza

Melina holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, and is a certified as an Ayurvedic Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda and is a Certified Yoga for Aging Teacher, 500-ERYT. Melina has been teaching for over 21 years and has pioneered Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplined approach to well-being, and is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Melina facilitates year-round yoga and Ayurveda workshops and leads retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries around the world. You can find Melina’s unique offerings on the Yoga Anytime, YogaUonline, or at Gaiamtv, and…

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Christine DeCristofaro

Christine manages our Group Retreats and is a co-creator of many of our Programs. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Civil & Family Law Mediator. She uses mindfulness practices and techniques in her therapy and mediation practices. She is a passionate listener and loves to help others touch the infinite wisdom which lives in each of us.

Denelle Numis

Denelle Jarro Numis is an advanced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) based in the bay area. Denelle composes an authentic experience on the mat where each student can immediately connect with the rhythm of their body and their breath. With a background in modern dance, Denelle builds her Vinyasa classes through a progression of dynamic sequences to stimulate energy and vitality throughout the body. She infuses her classes with eclectic music and inspiring peak postures. Even though her classes may be challenging, Denelle’s vibrant and gregarious personality motivates her students to stay playful in their practice. Denelle now teaches integrated vinyasa…

Jack Workman

Jack Workman (E-RYT 500) discovered his love for yoga at a young age. At just 24 years old, he has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. For Jack, yoga is not just the physical practice of stretching, strengthening, and improving balance, but also the (sometimes difficult) process of moving through trauma, learning to love yourself, and embracing the unique manifestation that is you. Jack teaches a physically intensive class without foregoing skill, attention, and mindfulness. Students feel both the physical benefits of the practice and that they learn something new each time. In alignment with this approach, Jack welcomes…

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Meg McCraken E-RYT 500

Lover of life, yogini, trail runner, climber, snow boarder, mommy, writer, teacher, spiritual guide, activist and loyal friend on the path. Sometimes together, sometimes falling apart, but always inspired and empowered by love! Meg is passionate about sharing the full, rich teachings of yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, mudra, philosophy, poetry) in a truly experiential way that helps to positively transform our whole experience of being alive. Having worked as a yoga therapist for over a decade, she is continually inspired by the vitality of the human spirit and the power of yoga to help us tap into a deep…

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Lauri Glenn, RYT 500

Life is a wild and dynamic ride, full of great joys, immense sorrow, and limitless possibility.  Yoga offers us many tools to navigate the journey of our lives with more skill, love, patience, compassion, and grace.  I’m passionate about and honored to share these teachings in a practical way, accessible to Every Body. Lauri has been walking the path to well being with her clients and students since 1995.  Through the practices of Yoga, Massage, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral Therapy, Lauri enjoys weaving an Integrative approach to health for each unique individual.  She also brings the unique experience and knowledge from 8…

Rochelle Jaffe, M.S.

is certified through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and is on the adjunct faculty of the Psychology Department of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. A Mindfulness instructor for 14 years, Rochelle has discovered that self-compassion is at the heart of any mindfulness practice, and of a life filled with well-being.

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Cheryl D. Pierson, PT, MS

Cheryl  works with the Kaiser Permanente Neuro Physical Therapy Residency and is an avid communityvolunteer. Her health care roles include clinician, manager, educator, researcher and consultant. Her teaching is enriched by her studies at the School of Lost Borders and her beliefs in the healing quality of nature and community service. She is pursuing certification as a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher through UCSD Center for Mindfulness with Kristen Neff & Christopher Germer

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Arlene McCarthy PT, DPT

Arlene McCarthy, PT, DPT is a board certified neurologic physical therapist with extensive experience as a clinician, leader, teacher, mentor and consultant. Arlene is also trained as a yoga instructor at the 500 hour level and has a holistic and integrative approach to health. She is the current Director of the Kaiser Permanente Neuro Physical Therapy Residency, and is a part-time faculty member at the UCSF/SFSU PT program. She is interested in the role of compassion in healthcare and is studying at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

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Lydia Hwang

Lydia Hwang studied with Sound masters Fabien Maman and Wolfgang Deinert, and have been practicing vibrational healing using Sound and Color since 2004. She shares her expertise and passion through her private practice, giving workshops and concerts.

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Tara Ristau

Tara Ristau started working for the Yeshe De book project over 10 years ago. Since then she has worked in a wide variety of capacities within the organization. She applies Skillful Means in her daily work while also engaging in traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice and study. She finds sharing these teachings with others to be a great source of joy and meaning.

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Rudi Lankreijer

Rudi Lankreijer has worked for the Yeshe De Project for 20 years in bookbinding and printing. He loves to work both with machines and people, and he teaches Skillful Means and the Classical Tibetan Language.

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Mckenzie Coffee

A Portland native, Mckenzie is an actress, producer, and yoga teacher in Los Angeles.  She is a practitioner of drama therapy and is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Education.  She has been facilitating women’s circles for the past 4 years and is passionate about the healing of our planet through creative expression, honesty, and spiritual practice.

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Heldine Aguiluz

A Los Angeles native, Heldine has been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching since December 2016. She earned 500 hours of yoga certification with Shivakali Yoga, studying alignment-based vinyasa and elemental tantra. She started taking pole and twerk dance classes in January 2017.  Heldine sees yoga and dance as meditative ways to deepen awareness about one’s body and thoughts and hopes to give others the tools they need to find deeper self-love. More info: trainersvault.com/heldinea

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Gloria Baraquio

Born and raised in Hawaii, Gloria has been teaching vinyasa since 2006, studying Tibetan Buddhism since 2004, and singing devotional music since she was a young child.  She earned her 200-hour certificate from Yoga Hawaii and her 300-hour certificate with Raghunath Cappo and Radhanath Swami in India.  Her aim is to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with themselves and their surroundings so that they can live more fully, with love, peace,  gratitude and well-being. More info: www.gloriabaraquio.com

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Mia Ximena Willson

Mia discovered yoga and meditation in 1992 after a car accident resulting in a back injury requiring surgery. Yoga and meditation, at a young age, became her medicine for the injury. She has been able to avoid surgery for 25 years as a result of her practice. Mia completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Shivakali Yoga in 2017. She has studied and practiced Hot Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  Currently, Mia is founder/owner of The Coral Group in Santa Barbara offering international students housing and events while they study in Santa Barbara. It is Mia’s hope,…

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Robert Greenberg

Robert is an American composer, pianist, and musicologist who was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has composed more than 50 works for a variety of instruments and voices, and has recorded a number of lecture series on music history and music appreciation for The Great Courses.

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Kamali Minter

Kamali is passionate about helping people restore connection where it has gone missing; both in their relationships and their bodies.She did her 200 YTT with Shivakali Yoga, Tantra teacher training with Embody Tantra, is a certified Sacred Feminine facilitator through Tao Tantric Arts and the Universal Tao, and is a trained Reiki Master.  Her approach to healing is about making ancient wisdom relevant to our modern lives by guiding practices that have been used for thousands of years to reach enlightened states, in ways that are accessible and fun. http://www.spaceforlove.com/

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Stephanie Kate

Stephanie Kate integrates her background as a professional aerial dancer, Reiki master, and herbalist with her experiences of Kundalini, Vajrayana Buddhism, and time spent in the Amazon jungle. With 15 years of yoga experience, Stephanie completed her 500 hours of yoga training with Shivakali Yoga and earned her certificate in Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. She believes the unity of body, mind, spirit, and soul allows for deep healing and regeneration. Movement is medicine; movement is prayer.

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Kimberly Millard

Kimberly Millard, 500 RYT, discovered yoga when she was living in chronic pain and emotionally lost.  She believes one must descend into the deep and dark places of the soul to find the light.  Based on this, her classes are built from a foundation of compassion and encouragement to discover the mysteries that lie within. She teaches with the intention to serve and aim to anchor the ancient teachings of yoga into modern life so that they may be useful tools as we traverse down into light. She is currently studying Yoga Therapy at Loyola Marymount University.

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Caroline Kelley

Caroline’s yoga journey started in 1992, when she became passionate about daily Yoga practice as a way of calming my mind and managing pain. Since then, she has been certified by Teachers and Masters from various lineages and traditions around the world. Caroline received her first 500-hour certification from The British Wheel of Yoga in 2000, with two exceptional mentors who trained directly with B.K.S. Iyengar. Their faith and encouragement were the catalyst for her traveling to India for six months of extensive studies in Mysore to deepen her Yoga asana and meditation practice.

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Serge Berliawsky

Serge Berliawsky, E-RYT500, is the Founder, Director, and Lead Teacher of Shivakali Yoga School. He has been practicing the Yogic arts of India & Tibet since his youth, and teaching Yoga since 2001.  His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula (yogic community), engaging in lengthy daily practice before the hours of dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, Serge blends his knowledge of traditional Yogic practice & philosophy with 1000’s of hours of training in Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga, Yin Yoga,  Rudra Yoga, Kundalini, Ayurveda and Tibetan Buddhism.  He holds a BA in Religious Studies…

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Pranathi Reddy

Growing up in a traditional South Indian household, Pranathi was exposed to the ancient Vedic practices of mantra, meditation and yoga since the age of 5.  She started following her mother’s lineage when she was 16, when she was initiated into the matriarchal shakta tantra teachings of Sri Vidya through her first teacher, Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati of Devipuram, India.  Pranathi holds a B.S. Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She spent 7 years as a speech pathologist in New York and Los Angeles, working with children on the Autistic spectrum in clinical, school and home settings.  It was during this…