Ratna Ling Retreats Faculty


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…

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.

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…

Anita McNulty

Anita has been a student of the Nyingma teachings since 1982. She has a special interest in the study and practice of Kum Nye. She is retired from a 42 year career as an RN & currently lives in Michigan with family.

Annete Kogler

Body Worker   About Rosen Method Bodywork:  Rosen Method Bodywork is a gentle yet powerful massage that uses attuned and compassionate touch to relax chronic muscle tension, calm the nervous system and restore wellbeing and ease. It can help release long held physical and emotional tension and bring awareness to holding patterns in the body. Many clients report states of deep relaxation and increased awareness in body and mind after receiving a treatment.  Rosen Method…

Barbara Belew

Barbara has a Masters’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and a BA in Education, and has provided teaching and psychological treatment services for adults and children for nearly 50 years. She assisted as an editor of the Caring book prior to publication and has participated in the development of the Caring Program curriculum. Barbara has taught several Caring courses and retreats, both in-person and online.

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…

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)…

Ben Kalra

Ben (he/him) teaches Yoga from the perspective that all beings deserve to find peace and freedom from suffering. In Ben’s classes, you can expect an explorative, and open-minded environment rooted in the traditional methods of Hatha and Raja Yoga. Each class with Ben provides an opportunity to expand and soften while creating strength and flexibility – both in the body and mind. After completing his first yoga teacher training in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ben has…

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…

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.

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…

Chelsea Rappel

Chelsea Rappel is Yoga Therapist and Somatic Counselor in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chelsea specializes in weaving together the ancient wisdom practices of yoga and meditation with the latest in modern neuroscience research to provide profound healing to those who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance-use disorder, and traumatic stress. She is the founder of Awakened Recovery, offering sliding-scale, holistic care to individuals, treatment centers, and groups around the country. Chelsea lived,…

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…

Christine DeCristofaro

Christine is a former resident volunteer and co-creator of many of Ratna Ling’s signature programs. Christine is a passionate listener, truth seeker, fearless warrior against guilt and shame. She 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 it: mind, body and spirit. She loves supporting others along…

Damian Quinn

Damian Quinn (she/they/he) has received 500 hours of yoga teacher training through Shivakali in the CA redwoods, on the shores of Hawaii, & amongst sacred water temples in Bali. They have taught yoga in Honduras, Hong Kong, New York & Austin. She is a Queer activist, filmmaker & comedian, committed to finding joy beyond our pain.  http://www.damianjosephquinn.com/

Dana Sweeney

Dana Sweeney is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher based in Portland, Oregon.  Her teaching style is modern, uplifting and fun, while rooted in yogic history.  Her background in dance and massage therapy informs a deeper understanding of movement and anatomy in her classes while a lifetime of music appreciation informs her curated and eclectic playlists. With carefully crafted sequencing and diverse musical soundtracks, classes are accessible, transformative, and fun! She is a womxn in recovery,…

Danny Fluker, Jr.

Danny (he/him) Danny is a conscious creative, wellness consultant, community healing advocate, author-speaker, and instructor specializing in meditation, yoga, and mind-body wholeness. He is also the founder of Black Boys OM, an international non-profit organization. Black Boys OM provides spaces for Black Boys and Black Men to engage with various mind-body health practices. The organization boasts a network of over 400 trained Black Male Wellness practitioners who lead these spaces. Since its inception in 2018,…

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 Egizi

Diana Egizi is a vocal embodiment guide, sacred vocalist, songstress and cacao ceremonialist devoted to awakening transformative Love in service to personal and collective healing. Weaving her background in performance with the mystical and healing arts, her offerings are imbued with the potency of courageous self-exploration, radical self-love and reverence for the sacred within and all around.   Some notable studies include: Usui Reiki, sound healing, Bhakti Yoga, and mindfulness. She has also been certified by…

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

Donna Morton

Donna Morton, PT, NC, a physical therapist, holistic nutritional consultant, and health educator, first encountered Nyingma teachings in 1997. In 2001, she completed a 6-month Human Development Training Program at Nyingma Institute. Since that time she has taught here primarily in the field of Kum Nye, a gentle form of Tibetan Yoga developed for Westerners by Head Lama Tarthang Tulku. Her whole-person therapeutic approach draws from and integrates a variety of healing modalities including whole-foods…

Dr. Elon Goldstein

Elon Goldstein is a Lecturer in Buddhist Studies at Harvard University’s Divinity School where he has taught since 2017. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Buddhism, Comparative Religion, and Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Buddhism and South Asian Religions with training in reading Sanskrit and Tibetan texts. Additionally, he has an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and a…

Dr. Laurie Hopman

Dr. Laurie Hopman trains residents in hospice care and has been engaging Nyingma teachings for many years. She brings a medically-informed perspective to death and dying, hospice, and compassionate care.

Dr. Richard Kingsland

Richard Kingsland (associate instructor), holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Davis, and an M.D. with honors from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine from the University of California, San Diego, and served as an emergency physician in San Diego County for many years. He has traveled frequently to India and Nepal and has been a student of…

Dr. Ron Purser

Ron Purser, Ph.D. (Associate Instructor) is a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. Author of eight books, including McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Penguin Random House/Repeater Books), the Handbook of the Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness and the Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Springer). He writes for such media outlets as Tricycle, The Guardian, Salon, Alternet, Tikkun, Pando Daily and Transformation. He began studying Time, Space and Knowledge…

Dr. Sumbul Beg

Dr. Sumbul Beg is a certified yoga educator, life coach, and physician who has dedicated over a decade to teaching yoga. In addition to her role as a doctor, she currently organizes yoga and meditation retreats and creates engaging curriculum content for experiential programs and workshops for her patients. Dr. Beg is driven by a passion for personal and professional growth, and she also offers mentorship to others. She is committed to fostering compassionate inquiry,…

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

Elske van de Hulst

Elske van de Hulst worked in the theatre as an actress, director and author, between 1969 and 1995. She taught at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and for many years was a member of the Dutch Arts Council. In 1998 she started studying the theatre of the mind, guided by Tarthang Tulku’s books, and has not stopped since. She is now a co-dean at the Amsterdam Nyingma Centrum and teaches Meditation, Knowledge of Freedom,…

Erica Martzen

Erica Martzen was a former volunteer at Ratna Ling. She is a Yoga Teacher, Health & Wellness Coach, and founder of Bija Wellness currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona. An advocate for authenticity, Erica partners with others to uncover their truest self and how to live in alignment with that core being through weekly yoga classes, private coaching, group programs, and wellness retreats. Erica has experienced Yoga to be a place that resides within each of…

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…

Fiji McAlpine

Fiji McAlpine is an ERYT 500 yoga instructor and teacher trainer who has been teaching for over 20 years, and is one of the founding yoga teachers featured on DoYogaWithMe.com. Fiji’s personal practice and classes focus on vinyasa flow, infused with power, strength and precision. Having trained extensively in California, Costa Rica, and Canada, her classes are often described as a strong practice that allows students to face challenges with support and guidance, inspiring them…

Frances Belleza

Frances Belleza is a local Bay Area native and yoga teacher whose practice marries movement, sound, breathwork and devotion. She believes that everyone can tap into divine self through their mind, body and soul. Frances supports this discovery through yoga styles like Hatha and Vinyasa, centering practices like meditation and elevates collective frequency through music and chanting. 

Genevieve Cipes

Genevieve is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and has an integrative healing practice. She offers services as a mentor, teacher, coach, Reiki practitioner, intuitive and ceremonialist. She is a lover of people and life and is intent on helping others in every needed way. Her mission is to support and engender the power of each human being to impact their own lives in positive and affirming ways. Genevieve has studied with indigenous teachers since…

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 Facilitator and…

Harvey Deutch

Acclaimed physical therapist, yogi, and beloved teacher, Harvey Deutch, P.T. has been merging the art and science of yoga and physical therapy for over 42 years, exploring and perfecting the the nuances of each. His laser-sharp precision and keen eye for working with the physical form join his innate ability to understand and finesse the energetic body. Along with his signature humor, Harvey is well-known for taking two-dimensional anatomy off the page and making it…

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.

Helena Gold

Helena Gold has worked for the Nyingma organization in Brasil since 1986. In 2008 she moved to USA to work for Dharma Publishing at the Center for Skillful Means Programs. Helena is currently Director of Nyingma Centers International. As an Odiyan long term resident, Helena is one of the Instructors of the Classes & Books team.

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,…

Jack Workman

Jack Workman ERYT-500 discovered his love for yoga at a young age and has been teaching since 2010. His teaching approach is rooted in alignment, accessibility, and having fun. In Jack’s class you can expect to feel the physical benefits of the practice and learn something new about your mind and body each time. Jack uses humor and playfulness to communicate yoga’s most important teachings in an approachable way. https://www.jackworkmanyoga.com/

Janet Smith

Janet has a Bachelors degree in Education and a graduate certification in Special Education. She has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s teachings for 40 years and has lived within the Nyingma community since 2006. Janet is currently studying and teaching the Caring courses and retreats. She is a resident of the Odiyan community where she is a member of the Sacred Art sewing team.    

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., Certified Yoga Teacher, 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,…

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…

Joao Pereira

João Paulo Pereira is the founder of the BASA Yoga Method and has been teaching yoga since 2001. The belief that intense disciplined practice is best balanced with play and his unique fusion of breath, awareness, strength, and alignment (BASA) have offered his students a dynamic experience to connect to the living tradition of yoga. João began his training in Brazil at Universidade de Yôga and in India with Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute. He has trained…

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…

Judith Caldwell

Judith is a long-term friend of Ratna Ling and  has offered many workshops and classes on meditation in Napa county  and is a gifted teacher and facilitator.  We are excited to have her join us!

Karin Meyers, PhD

Karin received a Ph.D. with distinction from The University of Chicago Divinity School in 2010, and since then has taught Buddhist Studies at several colleges and universities in the US and abroad, including Kathmandu University and Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, where she directed the master’s program in Buddhist Studies until returning to the US in 2017. Karin’s scholarly work focuses on bringing Buddhist perspectives to bear on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary…

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…

Kayleen Asbo

Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is a cultural historian and spiritual director who has taught   on the faculties of Dominican University, Sonoma State University, the Osher Lifelong learning Institute at UC Berkeley the  Mythological Studies faculty of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara  in the fields of women’s studies, mysticism and the arts. The Director of the Mythica Foundation,  Dr. Asbo leads retreats, pilgrimages and workshops on the contemplative traditions throughout the world. www.kayleenasbo.com

Ken McKeon

Ken McKeon, M.A., a student of Tarthang Tulku since the 1970’s, is a highly regarded poet and a devoted High School teacher. His love of both the English language and the possibilities for human growth inherent in explorations of meaning, led him early on to become first a student, and then a teacher of the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision. Ken brings a sense of wonder and delight to his classes at the Institute, as…

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…

Kristina Welch

Kristina is a Sound Ceremony Facilitator, Yoga Instructor, Breathwork Guide, and Usi Reiki Practitioner dedicated to spreading the love of holistic wellness and meditation to the world. Kristina curates individual healing programs and experiences that are a custom blend of these holistic modalities designed to empower each person towards their own inner healing. Teaching a loving and presence-based practice that serves to awaken the body and soften the mind, so that you can become your…

Lama Palzang

Lama Palzang is a Nyingma lama who was born in the Gyarong region of Tibet, where from a very young age, he was trained in the dharma under Jigme Tenpa Dargye Rinpoche. He was formally educated at Minyak Lhagang Monastery in Kham and trained in the Longchen Nyingtik tradition under his root teachers, Khenchen Chodrak Rinpoche and Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. He completed a traditional three year retreat under Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche in Beyul Yolmo, Nepal. …

Leigh Deering

Leigh has been a student of Tarthang Rinpoche’s teachings for almost 20 years. She has worked with people from around the world as volunteer coordinator for TNMC centers in Berkeley, and at the country centers of Ratna Ling and Odiyan in Sonoma County, CA. Currently she lives and works at Odiyan at volunteer recruiting and coordination, studying and teaching the Caring program, gardening and sublimation sacred art and text production.

Leila Swenson

Leila Swenson, E-500 RYT, is a joyful, kind, and inspiring Vinyasa teacher, whose classes flow naturally from the heart. Her yoga studies began in 2000 at the Himalayan Institute, and she has been teaching full-time in the SF/Bay Area since 2010. An experienced teacher guiding public classes, workshops, yoga teacher training, and retreats, Leila is deeply grateful to her teachers and devoted to the students she serves. She believes yoga is the most effective practice for self-discovery,…

Lesley Desaulniers

Lesley Desaulniers is known for her energizing, soulful and inspiring classes. Her gift for storytelling and passionate connection to music and art make each class a dynamic journey of sound, spirit and soul. She was trained in yoga under the expert guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, and is one of Northern California’s most in demand teachers. Lesley has been studying yoga and meditation since 1996, taking her practice to New…

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…

Loren Altura

With over 1900 hours of training hours, Loren has been teaching yoga for over a decade and practicing for over two decades. Teaching a blend of the “ha” (sun) and “tha”  (moon) practices, Loren teaches an alignment based yoga practice which often includes pranayama techniques, mantra, music and yoga philosophy. By focusing on precision, Loren creates a container where freedom can be found through focus. Loren teaches public yoga classes in Marin/S.F. as well as…

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 Tarthang Tulku’s guidance.

Mairin McCracken

Mairin was drawn to yoga back in 2011 because it seemed to align with her dance background and helped her overcome an injury. She stayed because it soothed her nervous system, helped her through life’s challenges, and increased her capacity for loving herself (and others). Mairin began teaching yoga in late 2016 and has been teaching Vinyasa and Sculpt Yoga (Vinyasa-style classes that infuse strength training and plyometrics) ever since.  Mairin grounds her classes in…

Marc Hoeppner

From Burlington, Vermont – Marc  is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and gardener at Ratna Ling Retreat Center. Training in the GrowBiointensive gardening method, Marc sees the garden as a great teacher of oneness, compassion and love.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Olivia Hurd

Olivia Hurd, B.F.A, is a textile artist and retired children’s publisher. She was a co-founder of the Peaceable Kingdom Press, a children’s publisher featuring art from children’s books, which she ran for many years. She is a long-time meditation practitioner and has been a student at the Nyingma Institute since 1997. Olivia says, “In my years studying at Nyingma Institute, my life has taken a wonderful turn. I’ve increased awareness of whatever activity is at…

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/

Pauline Yu

Pauline Yu is a full-time work-study volunteer and staff member at Nyingma Institute. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Art History, minoring in Philosophy, encountered meditation in 2006, and has worked full-time in the Nyingma Mandala community since 2007 on graphic design, film projects, and as a jack-of-all-trades. She has also been studying and practicing under Tarthang Tulku’s senior students since 2007 and completed Nyingma Institute’s 1,200 hour Path and Practices of…

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.

Renate Marx

Renate Marx joined the Nyingma community in 2010 after a four months retreat at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, leaving behind a career in international arts and education management. A passionate home baker, she professionalized her skills when asked to develop a Cafe for Nyingma Zentrum in Cologne/Germany. This became Cafe ÖM, a hub of the local community and neighborhood, offering daily vegan and vegetarian bread, cakes, and snacks. Cafe ÖM also served as an…

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…

Richard Kingsland

Richard Kingsland (associate instructor), holds a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Davis, and an M.D. with honors from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine from the University of California, San Diego, and served as an emergency physician in San Diego County for many years. He has traveled frequently to India and Nepal and has been a student of…

Ritch Addison, PhD

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…

Robin Caton

Robin holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. She is an attorney, poet and teacher who has studied Buddhism for many years, both at the Nyingma Institute and under the direction of Founding Head Lama Tarthang Tulku. Her published works include a volume of poetry, The Color of Dusk. Robin was the Director of Dharma College from 2010 to 2017.

Robin O'Brien

Robin O’Brien, musician and sound healer, has recorded six albums of music, leads contemplative chanting circles in Sonoma County and accompanies labyrinth walks at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Rondy Isaac

Rondy Duval Isaac is the founder of Chocolate Buddha Wellness and Barbershop Yoga, which serves Black men and boys. Our tagline is “Trimming Our Trauma One Asana at a Time.” Chocolate Buddha Wellness is a yoga program designed to help folks find their purpose within to foster harmony outside. https://rondyoga.com/

Santosh Philip

Santosh Philip, M.A, an architect and entrepreneur, has studied Nyingma teachings since 1995. His primary teaching area is Kum Nye, where he conveys his considerable love and respect for Tibetan Yoga self-massage and movement practices to his students, both at the advanced and introductory levels. Nearly every Sunday throughout the year, Santosh and fellow Kum Nye instructors alternate teaching a drop-in Kum Nye morning class from ten to Noon; Santosh also teaches Nyingma Practices classes,…

Shoshana Hebshi

Shoshana Hebshi, owner of Revolution Yoga in Santa Rosa has been teaching and practicing yoga for 25 years. The practice has changed her worldview, her mission in life and her driving purpose. Through the creation of Revolution Yoga, she aims to manifest her desires for Healing the World one breath at a time. revolutionyoga.net  

Sierra Vandervort

Sierra is a writer, modern mystic & community builder. She’s been practicing yoga for nearly a decade & got certified to teach in 2018. She teaches all about connection: connection to the body, to nature & to the universal love that holds us all together. She also loves blending witchy practices like moon magic & the wheel of the year into her classes. Sierra’s global community network – The Mystic Members Club – helps women deepen their…

Simon Cook

Simon Cook has a Geography Degree from Southampton University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University. He taught English Language to adults for many years, in the UK and Europe, and has taught Tibetan refugees in India. Simon did the Nine-month Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga Program at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley in 1986/87. He works for the charity Age UK, helping older people. He teaches Kum Nye at a local therapy center.

Sprout Sera Sagrada

Sprout Sera Sagrada (They/Goddess) Their name is an embodiment of who they are-Sacred Being. Born and raised in California, Yoga found them at age 18, and 10 years later began teaching mindful hatha. The lineages that resonate deeply with Sera are Bhakti Yoga, Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Following this path led them to their re-indigenization to their Mayan roots (Guatemala, Nicaragua y México). They facilitate Cacao Gatherings as an offering to their ancestors and to…

Sriya Bhattacharyya

Sriya Bhattacharyya, PhD, is a Bengali-Indian American psychologist working at the intersection of social transformation + creative healing. With a background in community development, yoga, and art therapy, she teaches, researches, designs programs, and provides individual services to dismantle systems of oppression, uplift community voices, and liberate all beings. Her facilitation style is compassionate, curious, and playful. Sriya was introduced to yoga and meditation through her family,  a mix of Hindu priests and Freedom Fighters who…

Stacie Overby

Stacie is known for her deeply inspiring classes and heart-centered wisdom. With almost 2 decades of teaching experience in San Francisco as well as a Masters in Integral Psychology from CIIS, she seamlessly weaves together Eastern Yogic Philosophy with Western Psychology to curate an embodied experience on the mat through the physical, psychological, and spiritual to awaken the intuitive wisdom within our hearts. Stacie leads immersions, residential retreats and offers an ongoing mentorship program for…

Sue Ellen Parkinson

Sue Ellen Parkinson, artist and ritual specialist, was a long time practitioner of Buddhism before she began painting icons of Mary Magdalene in 2010. See her vast portfolio of images of the Sacred Feminine at https://www.sueellenparkinson.com.

Suzanne Zuber

Suzanne Zuber, E-RYT 500, certified Anusara® Yoga Instructor and teacher trainer, has been teaching Yoga for 15 years in the Bay Area, Berlin and Stockholm. She studied classical asana and philosophy as well as cutting-edge anatomy and therapeutics with some of the world’s most skilled teachers, including Noah Mazé, Sianna Sherman and Douglas Brooks, as well as meditation masters Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. From a young age, Suzanne understood the world around her through…

Tara Ristau

Tara is a resident of Ratna Ling’s sister center, Odiyan, where she works and studies under the guidance of Tibetan Buddhist master Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. A volunteer for the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers since 2007, she has worked in a wide variety of capacities to serve the mission of preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture and transmitting its sacred wisdom to the West. She is an avid seeker of truth with a deep passion for Dharma practice…

Teresa Van Eyk

Teresa Van Eyk is a yoga teacher, healing sound artist, and the owner of Satya Yoga and in Saugatuck, Michigan. She is an experienced and registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level. Teresa received her training and certifications under Karina Mirsky at the Sangha Yoga Institute. Teresa is also the founder and lead trainer of Satya Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program. Her classes are inclusive and adaptive, intelligently and safely sequenced, and infused…

Teri Beckman

Teri Beckman leads HIGOL, a boutique coaching and consulting company that works with mission-driven leaders to help them increase their community impact and revenue within their organizations by aligning their human, technical, financial resources with their vision. She has studied and practiced Skillful Means and Buddhist psychology as presented by Tarthang Tulku for thirty years. She has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Chapel Hill and is a graduate…

Tetske Hoitsma

Tetske Hoitsma has worked for more than 40 years as a physiotherapist and haptotherapist in various rehabilitation centers. In addition, she has followed years of training in energy work. Guiding people who suffer from the loss of their health and need to find a new balance in their lives has always had her heart. Tetske has been involved with Nyingma Centrum Nederland since 1998 and teaches Kum Nye. She was the main coordinator of the…

The Ratna Ling Community

The volunteer staff at Ratna Ling Retreat Center

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/

Tracey Graves

Tracey is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Zambia in 2018. It was there, leading her first yoga session to a group of village girls that she realized how universal the language of Yoga is, and how it was her duty to share it with as many souls as possible. She holds a degree in Sociology. She’s Reiki 2 certified and a registered Yoga 200-hr teacher. She promotes breaking free of how we…

Tracey Noseworthy

Tracey Noseworthy is an ERYT 500 yoga instructor and teacher trainer who has been teaching for over 20 years and is passionately dedicated to the teaching of yoga. Tracey leads from her heart – stirring emotion, infusing joy and honouring inner strength. She is a graduate of McMaster University and has been an active health and wellness teacher for over 30 years. She is known for creatively-sequenced workshops, teacher trainings, on-line classes and graduate mentorships. Tracey is often complimented on her…

Tsering Palmo Gellek

Tsering Palmo Gellek was appointed by her father Tarthang Rinpoche to build and direct the Sarnath International Nyingma Institute. She believes in the power of small, focused groups to do good, and enjoys when people are working towards their highest potential. Tsering was born in Berkeley, California in 1973. Raised in a multicultural family and community, her early childhood was spent traveling between the East and the West and enjoying nature in Sonoma County. She completed…

Uli Koehne

Uli developed a love for Yoga through her biggest life passions: Running and Hiking. First as a means to cross train but as her practice evolved, the tremendous physical and mental benefits motivated her to dive deeper. Uli has hiked extensively in Southern Marin and trekked in Peru, Patagonia, Nepal, along the PCT and John Muir trails in the High Sierras and climbed Mount Shasta. Over the past few years Uli also led several hiking…

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…

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…