Ratna Ling Retreats Faculty


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Alex Tighe

Alex is a recording musician and yogi from Arizona.  After many years of sitting hunched-over behind a computer, he came to yoga as a way to heal his body and restore his posture. He began practicing Ashtanga balanced with restorative yoga. Alex completed his 200-hour teacher training with Shivakali Yoga, where he learned that through asana and meditation, he could practice bodhicitta, an intention to free all beings from suffering.  In addition to yoga asana, Alex is a multi-instrumentalist musician and leads Kirtan practices. He is a natural teacher and hopes to lead others toward a path of deep self-exploration and…

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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 with awareness of our full potential and taking steps to integrate…

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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.  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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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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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 has 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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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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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…