Ratna Ling Retreats Faculty


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Abbe Blum, Ph.D.

Abbe Blum, Ph.D., teaches Tibetan yoga, contemplation, and mind courses at the Nyingma Institute and Dharma College in Berkeley, California, and has helped to edit some of Tarthang Tulku’s books for Westerners. She is also a faculty member in the Psychology program at Saybrook University. She is part of a team that will be offering Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga teacher training for the first time through the Nyingma Institute, based in Berkeley, CA, and offered online in August 2020. 

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Andi Egle

Andi Engle received degrees from both the College of Arts of Riga and the Academy of Arts of Latvia. He has been a student of the Tibetan master, Tarthang Tulku, since 2009. During this time, he has created numerous sculptures in the Buddhist tradition, along with studying and practicing various forms of Kum Nye.

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Beate Sophia

Beate Sophia is a Yoga alliance certified Yoga teacher who studied with well-respected international teachers: Cheri Rae Russell, Annie Carpenter, Swami Harish Chandra, Sheela & Sreedevi Bringi, Govind Das founder of Bhakti Yoga Shala & Tracee Stanley as well as a team of dedicated teachers at Core Power Yoga and master teachers at the Himalayan Yoga Association in Rishikesh, India. Beate has received 200 hours certifications from Annie Carpenter (Smart flow) Govind Das (Bhakti Yoga) Core Power Yoga (Hot Power yoga) a 300 hours certification from the Himalayan Yoga Association (Ashtanga based Vinyasa flow) as well as a Certification in…

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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 a faculty member and co-creator of many of our Ratna Ling Retreat Programs. After nearly twenty years in finance and technology, Christine felt frustrated with corporate business practices and culture.  The financial crisis of 2008 sparked an epiphany.  She decided to change the direction of her life and pledged to live a life of service, vowing to use her skills and knowledge to strengthen wisdom, service and compassion in herself and others. Christine returned to school and received a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and became a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.  She worked in public…

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Deviyana Livneh

Devi has been practicing moving meditations for twenty years. She started with Yoga and Kung Fu and later found her way to Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Her teacher, Master Nzazi Malonga, inspired her to teach and pass the art forward. Together they published two books: “Breath”- Qi gong for wellness, and “Walking on Air”- Tai Chi life practice. Devi started working with people as an MFT therapist.  Fascinated by the mind-body connection, she shifted to a more somatic approach to healing.  This led her to focus on energy work such as Reiki and Qi Gong. A practice that unblocks…

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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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George Wiegand

George Wiegand has been a student of our Founder Tarthang Tulku and a full-time volunteer in Nyingma organizations for more than 30 years, as a chef, baker, kitchen manager, temple builder, book binder, and pressman.  He has a Master’s of Education in Counseling and has worked as an educator and counselor in several high school systems.  His hobbies include bread baking, basketball, and choir singing.

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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.  Gloria has practiced with spiritual, indigenous, and ancient traditions from Hawaii, Catholicism, Christianity, Baha’i, Agape, Vaishnavism, Hinduism, Tantra, Kundalini, Zen, and Vajrayana Buddhism.  Her aim is to help each individual 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 Director of…

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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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Jack Petranker

Jack Petranker holds degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a student of Tibetan teacher Tarthang Tulku for more than 40 years, and has worked for the Nyingma organizations as an editor, writer, and teacher. A past Dean of the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, he is Director of the Mangalam Buddhist Research Center and the Center for Creative Inquiry, and has taught mindfulness for decades.

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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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Kate Vogt

Kate Vogt is a teacher and writer.  Her offerings focus upon giving voice to the wisdom within sacred poetry and nature. She believes lasting systemic social change is supported by attuning our personal inner perspective toward wholeness, reverence, and beauty.  Her books include Our Inherited Wisdom:  54 Inspirations from Nature and Poetry, Mala of Love: 108 Luminous Poems, and Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems.  For more information, please visit katevogt.com

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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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Lydia Hwang

Lydia Hwang is a Sound and Color vibrational healer using different sacred instruments, color essences, silks and her voice. She channels  divine energies in her private sessions and has a dedicated practice in Woodside, CA at the Spirit House. Her journey began when she was searching for her own healing, and this led to intensive training with Sound master Fabien Maman, color teacher  Patricia Janusz and ordained Druid priestess Nicole Bertolucci in South of France and in the US. She further mastered her knowledge in Sound with Master Chime creator and teacher Wolfgang Dienert from Munich and also became a certified…

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Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson, J.D., LL.M., currently works full-time on sacred art projects with the Nyingma Mandala of organizations as a project manager and has helped create over one hundred thousand prayer wheels. He first encountered several great masters of the Nyingma lineage in the mid-1970s and is an avid student of Buddhism, with great appreciation for its vast and rich collection of texts. In his professional career, Mark was a practicing attorney, recognized by the California State Bar as a certified specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. In the nonprofit sector, he served as both a Board Director and…

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Pema Gellek

Pema Gellek, M.A., is a disciple of her father, Tarthang Tulku, and Chadral Rinpoche, and studied Tibetan Buddhism at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal. Working within her father’s mandala of organizations, she serves as a bridge between dharma in the East and West and has helped carry out Tarthang Tulku’s dharma activities in Asia for the past 20 years. Pema is also a filmmaker and director of Guna Foundation and has been a faculty member of Dharma College. She is co-dean at the Nyingma Institute and her areas of teaching at the Nyingma Institute are Buddhist Studies and Nyingma Psychology. 

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Richard Dixey

Richard Dixey holds a Ph.D in Biophysics from London University, an M.A. with distinction in the history and philosophy of science from London University, and a B.A in Cell Biology from Oxford. In 1979, he was appointed the Director of the Bioelectronic Research Unit at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London, a position he held for fourteen years before founding and becoming the Chief Executive of Phytopharm PLC, a biotechnology company that listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1997. Richard retired from Phytopharm in 2007. Since 1972, through his interest in Buddhism, he has worked on the interface between scientific…

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Ritch Addison

Ritch Addison, PhD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and the Behavioral Medicine Director at the Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. He maintains an independent clinical practice as a licensed psychologist specializing in seeing physicians and other health care clinicians. He has led both Personal and Professional Development groups and Balint groups for physicians and other health care professionals for over 35 years. He is a Past President of the American Balint Society.

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Tara Ristau

Tara has been a volunteer for the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers since 2007.  She began her journey along the Buddhist path at the Yeshe De bindery making sacred texts to help preserve the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of wisdom. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of capacities within the organization including Volunteer Coordinator and Operations Manager at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center.  She applies Skillful Means in her daily work while also engaging in traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice and study.  Tara is an avid seeker of truth, passionate about the Dharma.  She finds sharing these teachings with others…

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Wangmo Dixey

Wangmo Dixey, born in Berkeley, California, in 1969, is the eldest daughter of Venerable Tarthang Tulku. In addition to her role to as Director of the College, she is Executive Director of the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International and President of the International Buddhist Association of America. She has been awarded many international accolades for her work in Asia. She holds a BA in International Relations from UCLA and an MA in International Development from American University. Married to Dr. Richard Dixey, she has two children.

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Will Marsh

Will Marsh has been a dedicated student of the sitar since 2006. He was initiated into the rich classical tradition of North Indian music by Ustad Aashish Khan (eldest son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) while a student at the California Institute of the Arts. His commitment to this art form has made Will a member of a new generation of serious Indian musicians from the United States. He has also had the privilege of studying with sitar master Roshan Jamal Bhartiya, from Mumbai India. Will completed his MFA in North Indian music from Cal Arts in 2013. Will is…

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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…