Ratna Ling Retreats Faculty


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Adam Bauer

Adam Bauer travels the globe sharing the heart-expanding beauty of Kirtan. From Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust to more intimate festivals, ashrams and yoga studios, Adam enchants and inspires listeners with his deep, soulful presence wherever he goes. Adam was blessed to spend many years playing bass in support of sacred chant pioneer Krishna Das, and later with Bhakti Yoga legend Shyamdas, both of whom nourished his love of sacred sound and the yoga of devotion. His critically-acclaimed first solo record, Shyam Lila, debuted on Mantralogy Records in 2014. His new album Wonderville was released in September 2017.  www.iamadambauer.com

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Amreen Karmali

An educator, activist and consultant for the past 15 years, Amreen is dedicated to helping educate and empower children, youth, and adults to communicate around the most difficult of topics such as race, gender and sexuality. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Cal State Los Angeles, has presented her work at conferences around the nation, is a co-founder of the People’s Education Movement, and is a founder of The Real Talk Project!  Amreen’s educational approaches focus on inclusive, experiential learning, fully embracing the culture and priorities of her audiences and integrates with existing communities to serve students, parents,…

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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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Christine DeCristofaro

Christine is our Group Retreats Director, teacher, and co-creator of many of our Ratna Ling Retreats and Programs. A former corporate finance consultant for Fortune 500 Companies, Christine left all of that behind in 2009 to pursue her true love – being in service and she has never looked back. Christine is a passionate listener, truth seeker, fearless warrior against guilt and shame, and feels blessed to live a life where she helps others touch the infinite wisdom that lives inside each of us. Christine believes heath and wellness are achieved once we receive awareness of our full potential and integrate it: mind, body…

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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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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. Gloria is our Programs and Education Director at Ratna Ling.  More info: www.gloriabaraquio.com

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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 completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Shivakali Yoga, her Tantra teacher training with Embody Tantra, and 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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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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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…

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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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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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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…