Ratna Ling Retreats Faculty


Andi Egle

Andi Egle 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.

Andrew Todhunter

Andrew Todhunter is an award-winning writer and lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches writing, interdisciplinary creativity and contemplative practice. He is the co-founder and co-director of two programs at Stanford—The Senior Reflection, and the LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning. His book A Meal Observed won the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. He is also the author of Dangerous Games and the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller Fall of the Phantom Lord. A longtime…

Barry Schieber

Barry graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He began his professional life working in investment banking before becoming a student of Tarthang Tulku in the early 1970’s. From 1988-1993 he was Dean of the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, California. In 2002 he founded Silent Moon Books a publishing company to relate stories for children and adults about Moritz, his therapy dog. He has taught Kum Nye (Tibetan relaxation yoga) throughout the world for over…

Baxter Bell

Baxter Bell, MD, has been actively deepening his understanding of the power of yoga since making the stress-reducing move from a career as a busy family doctor to that of a yoga teacher and medical acupuncturist. Baxter is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, and served as Director of PYS’s Deep Yoga Program for many years, teaching the Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Technique, and Yoga Methodology portions of that training. Baxter…

Bex Urban

Bex leads classes with enthusiasm, warmth, and a gentle sense of humor. Her students attest to her authentic ability to bring them into the moment, and guide them to a place of focus and greater self-acceptance. She weaves sequences that are safe, creative, challenging and filled with reverence. Bex invites students to set their own intentions, making the practice uniquely their own. She brings spirit, love, and openness to her teaching with the ultimate goal…

Calista Ocean

Calista is a writer, yoga teacher, and adventure-seeker.  She’s passionate about inviting others to journey through the beauty of their inner landscape by practicing yoga and self-reflection.  Her classes and workshops combine postures, breathwork, dynamic movement, and visualization to support students who long to reconnect with their body and remember their own wisdom. Calista started teaching yoga in 2002 after receiving her first 200-hour teaching certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy.  She continued to study with…

Carmen Ojeda

Carmen Ojeda Egle is an experienced Kum Nye practitioner and a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She has been connected with the Buddhist Dharma for over 10 years, and she has participated in many retreats and seminars in Europe, the USA and South America lead by Arnaud Maitland. She has also been a full-time volunteer for 4 years at Ratna Ling, supporting in a variety of tasks for Dharma Publishing. She loves spending time in nature, gardening…

Charlotte Keane

Charlotte proudly carries her Grandmother Canela’s ancestral tradition of healing and medicine directly from her lineage in Mexico, Central and South America. Guided by the beauty and grace of the Divine Mother and the Oracle of Grandmothers, she blends these indigenous practices with deep tenderness and love of The Holy Rose. Her calling brings the missing component of ceremony back into our culture and consciousness. It is an important part of community. And community is…

Christie Pitko

Christie Pitko began practicing yoga in 2001. Since then, she has found that yoga has healed her spirit and ignited her creativity. She teaches an alignment-based flow in both the 200-Hour and 300-Hour Yoga teacher Training programs at Yoga Garden San Francisco. She also teaches yoga and meditation at Salesforce Headquarters in San Francisco. Christie received her 200-hour teaching certification in 2011, and 300-hour advanced training in 2015 at Barefoot Movement in Oakland. Inspired by…

Dana Hancock

Dana Hancock is known for her soulful and creative vinyasa classes. Each class with Dana features fun, sweaty sequences, great hands on assists, spiritual teachings, music, and meditation. After many years of studying as a classically trained opera singer, musician, and composer, Dana sees yoga practice and teaching as an art form. Dana has been studying yoga since 2003. She trained with master teachers Lesley Desaulniers from the Jivamukti Yoga tradition, and Nubia Teixeira from the…

Dariece Warren

Dariece took her first yoga class over 30 years ago. She was looking for something to help her manage stress and relieve back pain, and she secretly wanted to touch her toes again. By the end of class she was completely relaxed mentally and physically. Touching her toes came later, but she was hooked! Teaching since 2004, Dariece has completed teacher trainings in Svastha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Yin. She has studied with teachers…

David Cho

From an early age, David had a fascination in the human body. After a successful dance career in Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera, he now shares his passion of movement and mindfulness with others through yoga & meditation. David is passionate about guiding his students to uncover their own potentials – physical and otherwise. With over 15 years of teaching dance, yoga and mat Pilates, he creatively combines his knowledge of all 3 disciplines…

Denelle Numis

Denelle Jarro Numis is an advanced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and meditation teacher. With a decade of experience, Denelle offers an authentic and intentional perspective to your experience both on the yoga mat and on the meditation cushion. Since movement is her biggest passion, she guides students through an intelligent and exploratory yoga asana sequence while incorporating mindfulness and real-life lessons into the practice. In addition to her yoga studies, she has a B.S., an MBA,…

Diana Stork

Diana Stork is an acclaimed harpist and a longtime Buddhist student and practioner.  She has shared her harp music for decades with Buddhist teachers, spiritual retreats, and a wide variety of healing and spiritual settings. Diana finds that she is devoting an increasing amount of her work with the harp, to the service of harmony and world peace. www.harpdancer.com

Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark, a novelist (Shy Girl: FSG, Seal Press, finalist for the Ferro-Grumely and Lambda Literary Awards) and award-winning filmmaker (producer of Lost in the Middle: Best Feature at Broad Humor 2019 and a Festival Favorite at Cinema Diverse; co-director and co-writer of FtF: Female to Femme and Little Mutinies, distributed by Frameline), co-hosts the podcast Story Makers Show, and co-directs and teaches at Sonoma County Writers Camp and Book Writing World. She earned her…

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.

Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes and she is the co-founder and co-director of Sonoma County Writers Camp. www.ellensussman.com

Felicia Evans

Felicia is a Body Mind Coach and 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She guides her students and clients to embrace their own unique individuality, inner wisdom, and strength within. Felicia encourages everyone she works with to embrace who they truly are and step away from the fears of not fitting in. She believes that life is too short to spend it judging ourselves, and instead we should use this human experience to be who we are…

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.

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 child.  She earned her 200-hour certificate from Yoga Hawaii and her 300-hour training with Raghunath Cappo and Radhanath Swami in India.  Gloria has practiced with spiritual, indigenous, and ancient traditions of Hawaii, Catholicism, Christianity, Baha’i, Agape, Vaishnavism, Hinduism,  Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism.  Her aim is to help each individual cultivate…

Gretchen Donovan

Gretchen has been teaching yoga for 20 years. After extensive experimentation and study in the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Prajna Yoga, her teaching cultivates a broad range of techniques. She carefully weaves the subtle energies and precision of these disciplines into her teaching, creating a unique style. Her enthusiasm and commitment to helping others access  growth and self awareness (beyond asana) is both accessible and infectious.  She is a Certified Feeding Your Demons…

Heldine Aguiluz

As a Los Angeles native, Heldine has been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching since 2016. She earned 500 hours of yoga certification with Shivakali Yoga, studying alignment-based vinyasa and elemental tantra. She started taking pole, twerk, and aerial 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.

Hugh Joswick, Ph.D.

Hugh Joswick, Ph.D., has been studying and practicing at Nyingma Institute under Tarthang Tulku’s senior students since the mid-1990’s. He has also co-edited several books under the close direction of Tarthang Tulku, including Caring and the Lotus Trilogy books. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, and a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught philosophy at the university level and is currently the Managing Editor of Mangalam Press, the publishing…

Ignacio Ercole

Ignacio Ercole (they/them) is a latinx psychologist, artist and mindfulness trainer. They have been trained as a psychodrama group coordinator and as a contextual and mindfulness based therapist. They completed the Full Presence Mindfulness teacher training and are currently the Art Director of the Center for Creative Inquiry.

Jack Petranker

Jack Petranker has been a student of 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 now the Director of the Mangalam Buddhist Research Center and the Center for Creative Inquiry, and has taught mindfulness for decades. He has led retreats on four continents, and he holds degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School,…

Jacqui Rowley

Jacqui teaches an alignment-focused class, exploring the actions of each pose and building toward a theme for her classes. Born and raised in South Africa, her background is in ballet and modern dance. Her teaching is informed by the knowledge acquired through a lifetime of playing with the physical form. Jacqui’s first yoga class was in 1996, when she joined her mom for a community class near her home in Johannesburg. It was not love…

Jason Bowman

Jason Bowman leads teacher trainings, retreats, and guest lecture series both around the US and internationally and is strongly influenced by years of Ashtanga Yoga and Vipassana Meditation practice. www.jasonbowmanyoga.com

Jen Lo

Jen loves to teach. From painting to yogasana, she brings her devotion and sensitivity to all she offers. She believes that every person is creative and her mission is to be a torchbearer for artists—Yoga as artistic meditation. She seeks to inspire clients by being their muse, a playful conduit that aligns with the spontaneous nature of creation. Jen is a graduate of the Bhakti Nova School, her dear teachers include Nubia Teixeira, Toni Cupal,…

Jenn Russo

Jennifer Russo, M. S., E-RYT 500, Massage Therapist and Health Coordinator, began her yoga studies in San Francisco in 1997. Having a background in Kinesiology, Anatomy and Massage therapy, teaching yoga came very natural to her. She immediately fell in love with the flow of the practice and the strong connection to her ‘center’. Jenn has studied with many teachers and in many traditions of yoga. She finds a strong connection to Vinyasa Yoga, linking…

Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay, M.A., E-RYT 500, YACEP, C-IAYT Originally starting her career as a high school biology teacher, Jill shifted her presence from the classroom to the yoga studio.  After a bout with cancer, Jill realized the yoga she’d been practicing could help with pain management, mood regulation, and overall strength and wellbeing.  Yoga became an anchor in her life, and her passion for yoga blossomed as her drive to teach persisted.  Jill’s focus in her classes…

Jonah Willihnganz

Jonah Willihnganz is the Bruce Braden Lecturer of Narrative Studies at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Storytelling Project, an arts program that explores how narrative craft and practices can deepen natural human capacities such as courage, empathy, and gratitude.  He has published fiction, essays, and literary criticism, and has taught literature and creative writing for more than 25 years. As co-director of the LifeWorks Program for Integrative Learning, he also teaches courses that…

Kat Shotz

Kat Shotz has been drawn to the healing arts for most of her life. She finds joy in sharing creative healing practices to help others know themselves in a deeper way. Her approach engages a holistic view of weaving mind, body and spirit together, which leads to an energetically, aligned sense of well being. Looking through the lens of the heart, she brings a sense of loving kindness to her clients and friends. She reminds…

Kimberly Millard

Kimberly Millard is an esteemed Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Yoga Teacher Trainer. She received her 500hr Yoga Teacher Training certification through Shivakali Yoga, International Association of Yoga Therapists Certification through Loyola Marymount University, and 750 hour Ayurveda Health Counselor certification through Joyful Belly. Kim’s classes weave together extensive training in sanskrit, vinyasa, hatha, ayurveda, yoga nidra, restorative, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy based on sacred texts such as The Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and…

Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen teaches yoga classes, workshops and trainings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and leads retreats all over the world. Lauren was a dancer and competitive figure skater for nearly 15 years and first started practicing yoga in college to help manage anxiety. To this day, she credits yoga as the practice that saved her life and is infinitely grateful to have the opportunity to share the practice with others. She completed her first…

Linda Copenhagen

Linda Copenhagen  holds a degree in accounting from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma lineage since 1996.  For the past several years she has been a CFO and financial consultant in the non-profit sector. Formerly, she has held roles as Director of Corporate Accounting at Art.com, Inc, Senior Director at Leapfrog Enterprises and Controller/Director of Finance in several technology startups. Linda now brings…

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…

Magda Costa

Magda Costa has been studying and practicing the Tibetan Buddhism since 1991. She started her studies in Sao Paulo Nyingma Center, Brazil, and moved to the US in 2004 to be the Financial Officer of Dharma Publishing. In 2010 she moved to Odiyan to do the traditional three years retreat and after the retreat she continues living in Odiyan practicing, studying, and working under Rinpoche’s guidance.

Maria Helena Kubrusly

Maria Helena Kubrusly is a founding member of the Nyingma center in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. An Odiyan resident since 1999, Maria Helena works regularly with Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche on administrative and community matters. Maria Helena has offered retreats and courses in the US, Brazil, and Europe, online and in person. She has a masters degree in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University, UK.

Mary Beth Ray

Mary Beth Ray began studying and practicing yoga in the early 1990s and has been teaching since 2009. She studies primarily with teachers within the lineages originating with Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. Her practice has drawn her deeply into the moving meditation and self-discovery of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Mysore system and more recently into the subtle, breath-centered inquiry of Viniyoga. MB’s approach to sharing the teachings and principles of yoga is to guide you in how to…

Melina Meza

Melina Meza is a pioneer in the field of yoga, nutrition, and Ayurvedic Health, sharing her knowledge with yogis around the world for more than 25 years. She is the creator of Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, a holistic practice that features lifestyle, diet, and yoga practices tailored to the rhythms of the four seasons to help people stay healthy as they age. Her passion for Nature, the five elements, beauty, and humor forge the foundation of…

Melody Hopkins

Melody had the desire to ease suffering in others at a young age. After working in the medical field as a nurse’s aid and as an in-home caregiver for disabled persons, she decided to find a path that would better enable her to reach her personal and humanitarian goals. This led her to the healing arts. After attending massage therapy school in 2002 she studied alternative medicine to have a deeper knowledge of herbs, ayurvedic…

Merrill Peterson

After encountering Tibetan Buddhism in college, Merrill Peterson has been studying Buddhist teachings and his own mind for now over 50 years. He became a student of Tarthang Tulku in 1970 and has plunged into reading the texts and making the work of preserving Tibetan traditions his main focus in life. He was the Production Manager at Dharma Press from 1974-1978, and the Project Manager for the Derge Kangyur & Tangyur reprint from 1978-1981.  He…

Monica Bravo

Monica Bravo is a yoga teacher, breathwork facilitator and board certified hypnotherapist. With over two decades of dedicated experience, Monica Bravo, blends the ancient art of yoga with the profound healing of breathwork. As a 500 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher she integrates a diverse range of healing modalities into a cohesive and powerful approach to self healing. Monica received her training and certifications under Shiva Rea and Clare Venet. She is the founder of…

Natalie Colvin

Natalie has been teaching yoga and sharing the dharma for almost 15 years. She is a certified Shivakali yoga teacher and spiritual counselor, as well a meditation guide and energy worker. Her background in environmental management has deeply shaped her teachings as she considers Mother Earth her first spiritual teacher. Natalie relies on her Buddhist teachings to support individuals in connecting with their best selves. She deeply believes in the power of play and joy as a means…

Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin is a teacher, coach, writer, and retreat leader. She is a caring and transformative guide, blending genuine expertise with warmth and compassion. Nicole’s calming presence and gentle guidance create a safe space, guiding you to find relaxation, inner strength, and self-awareness. Passionate about mindful living, growth, and exploration, she curates transformative journeys for those seeking meaningful connections. As a guide, mentor, and friend, Nicole leaves a lasting impact, empowering others to explore self-discovery…

Nikki Estrada

Nikki has more than 20 years teaching experience and has been leading 200 and 300-hour teaching trainings for more than 17 years. She is YA500hr E-RYT and was Director of Trainer Development for YogaWorks for more than 7 years where she supported and mentored teacher trainers. She leads intensives, immersions and workshop series in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She contributes to Yoga International where you can find her articles and videos. She also…

Patricia Becker

Patricia Becker is a Yoga, Breath and Diet Coach with 30 years experience of study, practical experience and coaching. Certified Yoga Alliance RYT®  E-RYT®.  Patricia has a Yoga TV Show, YouTube Channel, Live Online Programs. She was a Yoga Instructor for Stanford’s Health Improvement Program for 11 years. Learn More at https://yourhealthandjoy.com/

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…

Ralph McFall

Ralph McFall has worked for the Nyingma organizations for 40 years. A past Dean of Nyingma Institute, he is currently Director of Dharma Publishing, in addition to printing books for Yeshe De projects. As an Odiyan long term resident, Ralph is one of the Instructors of the Classes & Books team.

Richard Addison

Ritch Addison, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and an Emeritus Professor of the Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency. He leads both Personal and Professional Development groups and Balint groups for physicians and other health care professionals and has done so for over 40 years. He is a Past President of the American Balint Society, and organization that focuses on improving the patient-clinician relationship. He co-edited Entering the circle: Hermeneutic Investigation in Psychology, an anthology…

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…

Tina Rath

Tina Rath is a Bay Area yoga teacher and visual artist who often describes what she does as being in the transformation business. Described as spirited, warm, insightful and authentic, Tina weaves storytelling, art history and a bit of word-smithing into her thoughtful, nurturing yoga practices. In the yoga studio and in her art practice, she embraces the framework of neuroaethetics as a foundation for healing and helping others to remember who they are. https://tinarath.com/

Yvonne Kingsley

Yvonne Kingsley, E-RYT500, is deeply committed to living wholeheartedly and sharing the timeless teachings of yoga. She approaches the practice from a holistic perspective – weaving together mindful movement, breathwork, meditation and philosophy – and encourages each person to discover their own path to clarity, steadiness and ease. Based in San Francisco, Yvonne offers public and private classes, meditation courses, teacher trainings and retreats. www.yvonnekingsley.com

Rosalyn White

Rosalyn White was the Director of Ratna Ling for 7 years.  She 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 has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have…