As a celebrated international author, meditation leader, and nutritionist, Tarika Lovegarden carries forth her lineage by applying ancient meditative traditions to contemporary life challenges. Tarika’s warmth and approach makes her meditations loving, inspirational and fun, giving you an immediate experience of what meditation is all about.
Elizabeth Sockolov specializes in insight meditation practices. She has experience teaching meditation to teens, young adults, and people struggling with addiction. Elizabeth studies at Sonoma State University where she is working on a master's in clinical mental health counseling. She leads meditation groups at Sonoma Insight, local sober living and treatment centers, as well as online. She regularly goes on silent retreats with Against the Stream at Joshua Tree, and with various teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Gina Vance is a Collaborative Life and Career Coach, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and graduate of the Academy for Guided Imagery and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Teaching evidence-based practices and programs for stress reduction, pain management, trauma healing, team-building, and wellness. The methods she teaches increase attention, enhance impulse control, increase empathy for self and others, improve relationship dynamics, and encourage skillful responses to challenging life situations. These are methods that are used in hospitals, medical schools, prisons and private practice in the US, and for trauma relief around the world.
With a passion for caring Deeann Kelly teaches from the heart. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Certificate in Family Health, she is also a former Army Medic. Deeann has an additional 150 hours of specialized training as a Yoga Therapy Coach to work with people with limitations. She is certified and loves to teach Senior Yoga, Yin, Chair, Adaptive, Gentle, Yoga for MS, Hatha and Restorative yoga. Deeann will welcome each yogi with an open heart and ensure modifications are made for people with limitations.
Joanne Martin Braun PhD
Joanne specializes in the areas of Money and Mindfulness, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala meditation tradition, and has been teaching mindfulness programs in businesses and organizations nationally for over 20 years. Some of her business clients include Silicon Graphics, University of California, Kaiser Permanente, Charles Schwab, and Sun Microsystems.
In 2005, I found yoga. It has been a cornerstone for me ever since. I have had several teachers over the course of the years, and have learned Iyengar and Ashtanga-based practices. Yoga has become the foundation from which I expand and plunge into my other interests with strength, grace, and ease. I am so pleased then, to be able to offer that same support to others as acertified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Garden San Francisco. I also offer restorative yoga classes, as I have completed a Relax and Renew® Training by Judith Hanson Lasater. I complement my yoga practice with meditation, having sat for retreats at Green Gulch, Tassajara, and Spirit Rock.
Alicia has taught meditation and mindfulness since 2002. She has practiced extensively overseas, including ordaining as a Buddhist nun under Sayadaw U Tejaniya at Shwe Oo Min and under Sayadaw U Revada at Pa Auk. In addition, she has spent over a year in silent meditation practice through retreats at Spirit Rock and IMS. She is currently a member of Spirit Rock's Advanced Practitioners' Program and has completed the 2-year Dedicated Practitioners' Program.
Whether working individually with clients, teaching Insight Meditation, facilitating MBSR or any other mindfulness-based intervention- Alicia’s warmth and nurturing style shine through. Through her background as a therapist, she blends a range of clinical approaches tailored for each individual and client group. Her passion is customizing strategies for bringing mindfulness into each person's unique life, regardless of how challenging or optimal the circumstances appear, knowing that insight and freedom are always possible.
Amie Brooke, MSOM is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board certified herbalist, and energy healer. For over 20 years Amie has treated thousands of patients for simple to complex medical conditions and her specialties include sports medicine, mood and sleep disorders, facial rejuvenation, and pediatrics. Amie teaches meditation classes, coaches athletes, leads international retreats, and is the co-founder of Tamalpais Community Acupuncture in Mill Valley. She believes lasting health comes from inspired daily movement, finding your tribe, and a personal commitment to bringing more love and joy to your life. Amie loves to explore the world and play with her two daughters and when she’s not in her clinic you will find her outdoors at the beach, or in the mountains on her bike, skis, or on a trail.
Catherine (Betsy) Ryen
As a yogi for the past 16 years, Catherine found her favorite pose to be shavasana or corpse pose where she felt completely at ease and at peace with the world. After years of studying various forms of mediation she read about Richard Miller’s iRest Yoga Nidra program 5 years ago and was hooked! This form of meditation most resonated with her quest to find an accessible practice for healing. After years of training and retreating she has recently completed the two year certification process, and is honored to bring this practice to Soulstice Body + Mind!
Karyn has studied yoga, meditation and energy healing with master teachers for more than 16 years. Her love for yoga shines through in her teachings in a lighthearted, down to earth way. With precise attention to detail and warm encouragement, she guides students into a deep, strong and nurturing practice. Her passion for spiritual growth and personal transformation make her classes both invigorating and inspiring. Walk away with practical guidance to help navigate daily life with more clarity, ease and joy. Karyn is the founder of One With. A line of products and accessories to support well being and beauty.
Simone de Winter of Marin Ayurveda
Simone has been practicing Ayurveda in Marin County for thirteen years. She is a graduate from the California College of Ayurveda, studied with several other teachers in the US, and in the private practices of doctors in India. Her training includes panchakarma (cleansing/purification) therapy, pulse assessment and herbology. Her specialty is digestive health. She also has an extensive background in yoga (as a certified yoga teacher). She has a very earthy and grounded approach to healing, and works with all that comes from the earth: food, herbs and oils.
Amanda teaches meditation and mindfulness in a way that both honors tradition and encompasses today’s need for mind, body, and spirit integration. Her expertise draws from several bodies of knowledge making tools and techniques for meditation and mindfulness natural, approachable, and sustainable. Through 12 years of contemplative practice, and a daily Vedic mantra meditation practice she teaches from her own experience, studentship, and love for the many effects meditation has on our daily life.
Amanda is a Certified Meditation Instructor in Primordial Sound Meditation and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness. She was Center Director for The Aging Metabolism and Emotions Center at UCSF, running and publishing clinical research on the biological and psychological affects of mindfulness and meditation.Her classes are full of insight, inspiration, philosophy, scientific research.
“My somatic training and research have shown me that every neurological event has a physiological component and visa versa. The delicately interwoven threads of “body-emotions” and “mind-feelings” are the backbone of the work I do. Supporting cognitive regulation via the body and somatic regulation via the mind is lastingly transformational for my clients.”
Rebekkah has been practicing Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching these practices for the last 17 years. Rebekkah helps her clients and classes re-train their brain and nervous system and return to their unique homeostatic balance. As director and lead teacher of a thriving Yoga and Mindfulness Center from 1998 – 2008 Rebekkah guided thousands of students to reconnect with their hearts, minds and bodies. She taught at Spirit Rock Meditation center as their ongoing Family Program Teacher from 2010 – 2013. Currently, through this mindful life, she supports individual clients and groups with somatic counseling, a mindfulness-based approach to mind-body wellness, and MBSR classes.
She has studied and been mentored by wonderful teachers including Silvia Boorstein, John Kabat- Zinn, James Baraz, Tara Brach, Gil Fronsdal, and Bob Stahl. She trained as a teacher through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, ART (Awareness and Relaxation Training), and further MBSR teacher training with the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Her Somatic Experiencing training is the foundation for her counseling and she is currently in the culminating phase of her graduate degree in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University with concentrations in somatic counseling and nervous system regulation (brain and body balancing).
Anne Cushman is the director of Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training. She teaches mindful yoga and embodied meditation retreats both nationally and online and offers regular classes in the integration of meditation and creativity. She's the author of the novel Enlightenment for Idiots; the spiritual India travel guide From Here to Nirvana; and Moving Into Meditation, a mindfulness course for yoga practitioners. Her essays on yoga, meditation and daily life are widely published. A practitioner of both Buddhist meditation and yoga since the early 80s, she is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program and has completed the IMS/Spirit Rock dharma teacher training program (2016). She teaches yoga as a support for and an expression of meditative awareness, compassion and insight.
Beth Greer, known as the Super Natural Mom®, is one of the foremost experts on sustainable and toxin-free living. She is an award-winning journalist, environmental health advocate and holistic lifestyle educator who eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery by detoxing her body and her home. She’s author of the best-selling book, Super Natural Home, (Rodale) endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Ralph Nader, Dr. Joseph Mercola, among others. She shares her wisdom through her live events, Huffington Post columns, webcasts, and personalized in-home detox audits and webinar trainings. She was named one of the Top 50 Health & Environmental Journalists to Follow in 2016.
Beth is former President of The Learning Annex, a nationally renowned adult education company. She has appeared on ABC-TV, NBC-TV, CNN and NPR and is a popular speaker at industry expos, private firms, non-profits and schools offering strategies, insights, techniques and proven methods to radically transform your health and vitality.
Modern Way Mystic:
Hillary Skibell and Cindy Storman
Hillary Skibell and Cindy Storman, co-founders of Modern Way Mystic, blend their passions and experience in Intuition Medicine®, yoga, and meditation to offer you their unique approach to transformation. Together, they will support you on a path of healing and authenticity as you step more fully into your divine power and purpose. You will acquire intuitive tools and meditation techniques to access greater embodiment, creative expression, and connection to your innate wisdom. Through this integrative work you will release old energetic patterns and beliefs and gain an amplified sense of joy and vitality.
Hillary and Cindy teach classes, workshops, and retreats locally and abroad. They both hold a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine® and lead small coaching groups and one-on-one intuitive healing sessions.
Jennifer has been teaching yoga and meditation for several years in Marin and Sonoma counties. She seeks to share with her students the immeasurable benefits that yoga and meditation practice can bring to their lives, far beyond the mat. Jennifer has experienced profound personal and spiritual transformation through her own practice of yoga and meditation. After leaving careers in music and law, she discovered that teaching yoga was her soul’s calling. Her classes offer a rich blend of strong physical practice, breath work (pranayama), yoga philosophy, and light humor. As a teacher, Jennifer’s greatest joy comes from guiding students to connect and align with their inner source of wisdom, and witnessing the increasing joy, clarity and peace that begin to infuse and transform their lives as a result. She is an “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher” at the 500 hour level with Yoga Alliance
Minna is a certified sound practitioner. Her approach to sound healing is gentle and subtle. The main focus is to expand the body/mind awareness and foster deep relaxation. In her classes, Minna merges proven sound healing protocols, intuition, deep listening, guided imagery, mindfulness, meditation, sacred geometry, mantra and chanting. Typical experiences in the sound healing classes are stress release, improved mental clarity and focus, release of physical and/or emotional anxiety, relief for sleeping issues and restoration of inner balance and harmony.
Built on her direct experience and extensive studies on the effective and affective power of sound in stress management, Minna created a Sound Rejuvenation Program for the San Francisco Bay Area corporations. She has also a private sound healing practice in Oakland, CA and she offers well-being classes around the USA and Europe.
Terrie Burns uses her clairvoyance and intuition to observe and read energy. Whether she’s teaching classes or providing insights to her clients, she’s passionate about being a model to others who want to tap into their own innate wisdom. Her insights shift consciousness, while validating a spiritual journey in a shifting world.
Terrie was born in Marin where she continues to live with her family
Nicole Gnutzman is a certified Soul's Path Coach, who guides her clients to find their soul gifts and path, and access their inner wisdom, through ancient Mayan practices and cacao ceremony, animal spirit guides, and dreamwork. She has trained as a cacao medicine carrier and has been working with (and learning from) cacao for several years in personal, individual and group ceremony. Nicole lives in Sausalito, and her soul is nourished on the beach and in the redwoods.
Jarl Forsman has been a Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner for 46 years and a teacher for more than 30 years. She studied Tai Chi with Master Kuo Lien Ying in San Francisco and later branched out to other teachers and forms of Tai Chi and Qigong, including Shen Zheng Wuji Yuan Gong with Master Li Jun Feng, former head coach of the Chinese National Wushu team and Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong with Chiang Hui Liu, at the Wen Wu School, where she also learned the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Beyond Tai Chi and Qigong, Jarl has passionately pursued self-awareness through various forms of meditation, healing modalities, self-exploration and personal inquiry. In 2010 she co-founded Gratitude 24-7.com with her husband to offer free daily emails that are focused on developing self-awareness. She shares with her students what her endeavors have taught her: the necessity (and blessing) of integrating body, mind and spirit. She is filled with gratitude to have discovered that, whenever she needed it most, the perfect teacher has always appeared. Perhaps she is the right teacher for you.
Nania Merkley is Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, Transformation Coach, and the founder of BODYMIND ALCHEMY where she facilitates groups and individuals towards self-healing. The focus of her work is designed to create a strong inner support system based in Loving Self-Care; A foundation you can trust no matter what your circumstances may be.
Her expertise and compassion comes from 30 yrs. experience in the Natural healing arts and her own healing journey. This work is especially helpful to those healing from trauma, chronic conditions, and unexpressed emotions and grief.
"Bodywork and holistic therapies saved my life and opened doors that were meant to be opened. Many accidents are not accidents at all."
"It is through our thoughts, beliefs and emotions that we create our experiences. Stepping into them in a loving and accepting way can be revealing and liberating."
Deeply grateful for having found Yoga, Rena Chase lives her life devoted to her work through her own continual growth. Holding a B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Rena offers a safe space in which to practice through the depth and clarity in her teachings.
What is special about her classes is the way she infuses her warmth and wisdom into the practice through self-inquiry and quiet pauses. This invokes a spirituality in which is relatable and translatable both on and off the mat. Rena has studied with many influential teachers over the past sixteen years, yet most recently with the accomplished Noah Maze’ and with Master meditation teacher, Amrito Cross.
“Gratitude is the highest power in life. It is how we stay open to our blessings.” -Gurmuk
Allie Klun is dedicated to helping people change their lives for the better. Whether the goal is manageable mindfulness or business success (well, both, of course), Allie works with her students and clients to empower them to find and choose the lifestyle that best supports them on their journey.
Practicing for 11 years, Allie is a certified yoga instructor with training in traditional meditation, mindfulness and asana techniques. She also has extensive experience working in and for Fortune 500 companies, agencies, political campaigns, startups, and non-profits. This range of expertise has given her a unique perspective on the ever elusive "work-life balance" that we all seek.
Allie teaches Hatha and Vinyasa based Flow yoga classes that focus on balancing the body and mind through movement, breath, and meditation. Her experience with Hakomi Method Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy and Vipassana Meditation inform her personal practice and teaching style. Her teachings place an emphasis on incorporating sustainable, healthy habits into a busy lifestyle.
In 1984, nearly 10 years after my initial search for truth began with my introduction to a Gurdjieff’s school, I encountered the Tarot and began to study with teacher-mentor Angeles Arrien.
The Tarot has been my constant companion and guide since then and has become an area of focus and mastery assisting myself and others on the path of awakening.
My eclectic studies have exposed me to a variety of metaphysical, psychological, multi-dimensional, spiritual and shamanic teachings with notaries Ram Das, Stephen Levine, Jack Kornfiield, Byron Katie, Adyashanti, Dr. Richard Moss, Gangajji, and Dr. Tom Pinkson, But it has been my students and clients who have taught me again and again the depth and magic in the mystery of how the Tarot’s infinite ways of healing and revelation present themselves. As well as being a poet, a collage artist and Tarot teacher/consultant, I facilitate spiritual groups, community ceremonies and rituals, sound healing and forgiveness workshops, with my partner Ron Nadeau, at our small retreat center in northern California, Spirit House Center for Healing, founded in 2006.
Whitney brings a pure joy and profound stillness to her classes. Her mission is to bring Ancient Spiritual Technology to the modern world in order to serve humanity to reach its highest potential.
She is a certified Healer, initiated Celtic Shaman and Meditation Teacher with The Modern Mystery School, a 3000+ year old lineage of King Salomon the Wise. She began studying with the school in 2013, but her curiosity for the spiritual arts began in high school when she was introduced to the ancient mythologies of the world. She has studied Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Subtle Energy at Luminous Body integral School of Energy Medicine. She is currently being trained as a Healing Tao instructor in Master Mantak Chia’s lineage.
In addition to leading meditation classes, she offers one on one healing sessions, private meditation instruction, and corporate wellness packages. Her dynamic background allows her to serve her students on a holistic level, leading them to the next step in their spiritual progression.