Teachers


Amelia Hall, PhD

Dr. Amelia Hall is an Assistant Professor of Buddhism and Department Chair in the Wisdom Traditions Department at Naropa University. She gained her PhD. in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford in 2012. She has taught and developed courses on Buddhism at Central Michigan University and Antioch…

Andy Spall

Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Andy has been adventuring in the wilderness his entire life. His parents’ philosophy was that for every year he was old he could hike that many miles with his pack in one day. His family hiked often and he climbed his first fourteener…

Arturo Peal

Arturo Peal has spent over 30 years inspiring and educating yoga teachers, body workers, and movement specialists across the globe through his classes in Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Therapeutic Touch. With a unique gift for translating complex scientific concepts into tangible teachings for his students, he raises awareness of how the…

Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash is a lover of the alphabet and practitioner of contemplative art practices. A longtime Buddhist she explores the mixing of Asian sensibility with Western art forms and has collaborated with musicians, storytellers and dancers in fresh forms of visual learning. Barbara has written and illustrated a number of…

Becca Prolman

Becca Prolman is a graduate student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Integral Counseling Psychology program. She has been working with kids since she was 12 years old, and started working at summer camps at age 17.  Becca has four years experience as a summer camp counselor,…

C.C. White

With her beloved signature burst of color (Red Head Wrap) C.C. White’s distinct Soul Kirtan concerts have won her worldwide recognition as “The Queen of Soul Kirtan.”  Her unique, soul flavored chant experiences effortlessly enrapture audiences, lifting their vibrations sky high with powerful, soaring call-and-response vocals and masterful musicianship.  C.C.’s…

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. At the age of 12, he was given the responsibility of becoming the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest ever. He is widely recognized as a chief and the spiritual leader…

CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE

Born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, he was given the responsibility of becoming the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe at the age of twelve. He is widely recognized as a chief and the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux…

Christina Monson

Christina Monson is a Tibetan language translator and interpreter with over thirty years of study, translation, and practice experience in Buddhism. Her interest in Asian philosophy led her to immerse herself in the study of religion as an undergraduate student at Brown University. Later, she focused her studies on Tibetan…

Christopher Crotty

Chris Crotty, M.A., is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor. He was authorized to teach in the western insight (vipassana) tradition in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by the Venerable Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing, Myanmar). Chris’s teaching combines Theravada Buddhism’s emphasis on insight…

Dönla Tsering

Dönla Tsering was born to a Tibetan family in India, and at a young age was entrusted to the care of famous Tibetan scholar and astrologer Ngawang Dakpa. After finishing high school in Delhi, she moved to Italy, where she became a student of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in 2002 with…

Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton

Dorje Lopön Chandra is a teacher, author, and translator of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the lead senior teacher at Tara Mandala Retreat Center, founded by Lama Tsultrim Allione. She serves on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Council, develops programs and curricula for Tara Mandala,…

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

Dr. Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, in North Eastern Tibet. Interested in Sowa Rigpa, the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, where he completed his medical education…

Erin Treat

Erin Treat is the Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in northern New Mexico and a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, where she is a core faculty teacher of the 6th Community Dharma Leader program.  She lives in Durango, CO and serves as Resident Teacher at the…

Florian Fath

Florian Fath is an occupational therapist and systemic therapist in private practice. He works as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples and families and accompanies as a supervisor institutions and clinics that care for mentally ill people. He specializes in the treatment of early and developmental trauma and has completed additional…

Gena McCarthy RN, MFT

Gena McCarthy RN, MFT  is an EMDR certified perinatal psychotherapist.  She is the founder and developer of the Birth Spirituality and Healing Network, the Contra Costa County Perinatal Depression to Wellness Network and developed two local HMO Perinatal Integrative Health Programs.  She co-founded the East Bay/ SF Peer Perinatal Professional…

Gretchen Donovan

Gretchen is a longtime meditator and has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She met Lama Tsultrim in 2015 and is currently part of Magyu: The Mother Lineage and The Apprentice Teacher Training Program at Tara Mandala.  She carefully weaves Buddhist philosophy, subtle energies and precision of yoga and…

H.E. Chung Tulku Rinpoche

H.E. Chung Tulku Rinpoche comes from an unusual yak-herding family with 7 sons, 5 of which have been recognized as tulkus. He is the third son, and second tulku of the family. He was born in Bhamarpo in Bhutan, very close to the sacred three-peaked mountain of Gangkharpunsum, which represents…

Heike Andrea Müller 

Heike Andrea Müller is a gestalt therapist and certified & ‘Feeding Your Demons®’; therapist in her private practice in Würzburg, Germany. She started meditation in 1989 and encountered Buddhism in 2005. For several years, she studied Buddhist foundations and Green Tara practice, mainly with Sylvia Wetzel. After spending three months on…

Jake Nagasawa

Jake Nagasawa is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been studying classical Tibetan and Sanskrit formally for ten years. Jake’s research focuses on Tantric Buddhism in ancient and medieval Tibet. He is particularly interested in the tantras and the oral tradition (bka’ ma) of the Nyingma School. Jake also…

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, is a professor within the Transformative Studies Doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, working from a distance via the foothills of Boulder, CO. Previously, she was a professor of Environmental Studies at Naropa University, a Buddhist inspired institution, started her…

JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy an insight meditation (Vipassanā) practitioner and teacher; founding member of the Meditation Coalition, www.meditationcoalition.com a teacher’s council member at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, visiting retreat teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center and a collaborator on many online meditation programs. She was born into a Catholic family…

Khandro Kunsang Chozom

Khandro Kunsang Chozom, teacher and consort of the late Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche, beloved teacher at Tara Mandala and master yogi of the Nyingmapa tradition.

Lama Rod Owens

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Lama Rod is also a teacher with the Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple, the Urban Yoga Foundation, Inward…

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama Willa Blythe Baker has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last thirty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She completed two three-year retreats in the nineties, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching…

Lisa Svensson

Lisa Svensson, Sangye Chödrön, is a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 2012. Swedish by nationality she lives with her husband and three children in Munich, Germany. She is a gestalt therapist and works in her own practice in Munich with single clients and with couples. She leads meditation groups…

Mark Coleman

Mark is an inner and outer explorer, who has devotedly studied mindfulness meditation practices for three decades. He is passionate about sharing the power of meditation and has taught Insight meditation retreats in five continents for the past twenty years.  Mark is a senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation…

Meg McCraken

Meg McCraken, E-RYT 500. Meg is passionate about sharing the full, rich teachings of yoga and meditation in a truly experiential way that helps us to positively transform and enrich our lives. Having worked as a yoga therapist for over a decade, she is continually inspired by the vitality of…

Michael Meade

Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals.  He is the author of Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World,The Genius…

Nina Rao

Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was a young girl. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York City in 1996. Nina moved often as a child and spent time living in…

Olivia Hoblitzelle

Olivia’s love for the dharma began in the early ‘70s primarily with Vipassana followed by many years in a devotional tradition from India.  In the mid ‘90s, she met her root teacher in Tibetan Buddhism and has since practiced primarily in the Dzogchen tradition. She is a dharma teacher and…

Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Osho Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, born to parents who migrated from rural Louisiana at the start of WWII, has walked through many different doors spiritually and academically. She was ordained in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She has a PhD and she’s also a poet and author. Essentially, she’s a Seer in…

Prema Dasara

Prema Dasara is an international teacher of sacred dance and dharma. She is the creator of the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. This profound practice is a vehicle of empowerment, calling forth from dancers and audience the highest expression of wisdom and compassion. Her dances have been…

Regina Reeb-Faller

Regina Reeb-Faller studied medicine and specialized in internal medicine, psychosomatics and psychotherapy. She works in her own practice and in an acute hospital for psychosomatic health development and self-organized and holistic concept development as medical director. She is trained in analytic psychology, hypno-systemic and trauma therapy, also working with nature rituals…

Rev. Grace Schireson, Ph.D.

Rev. Grace Schireson, Ph.D. Grace has trained extensively in American and Japanese Zen in both the Soto and Rinzai schools.  She has also received a Ph.D., from the Wright Institute in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Antioch University and has practiced professionally as a clinician…

Rhonda LoPresti

RHONDA LOPRESTI – END OF LIFE COACH, HOME FUNERAL GUIDE As an End of Life Coach, Rhonda is passionate in holding and creating sacred space, personal ritual, spiritual practice and creative choices through dying and deathcare. She believes we can learn to die and in learning to die we actually…

Sangye Khandro

Sangye Khandro became a Buddhist in 1971 when she traveled to Asia, finally arriving in Dharamsala, India, where she began six-months of study at the newly opened Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. Throughout the next seven years, she continued her studies of Buddhist teachings and the Tibetan language. She…

Sigrun von Borcke

Sigrun von Borcke has studied medicine and specialized in psychotherapy – trained in analytic therapy, gestalt therapy and somatic experiencing. She has been working in her own practice with single clients and with couples since nearly three decades.  Deeply interested in the psyche and its shadows, inspired by the work…

Ulrike (Ulli) Jaklin

Mag.a Ulrike Jaklin encountered Lama Tsultrim and her book Feeding Your Demons at the very beginning of her interest in Buddhism in 2011. After three and a half years of exploring different Buddhist traditions, mostly studying in India, Nepal and Japan, Ulli found her way from her home country, Austria,…

Ven. Dr. Myodo Jabo

Venerable Dr. Myodo Jabo is a Buddhist Priest and Zen Master in the Five Mountain Zen Order. A meditator since 1998, she has been teaching the Buddhadharma and meditation since 2008 and was ordained as a Priest in 2013. She founded Single Flower Zen Center in Claremont, California in 2014.…

Venerable Sogan Rinpoche

Ven. Sogan Rinpoche (Tulku Pema Lodoe) was born in 1964 in the Golok region of Amdo, in eastern Tibet. At the age of seventeen he went to Bayan Monastery to start his formal spiritual training. Later, he was recognized by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama as the 6th Sogan Rinpoche…

Victress Hitchcock

A long time Buddhist and filmmaker, Victress’ works include – Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet and When the Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West. In 2013 she was authorized as a Buddhist teacher by Anam Thubten. Since retiring from production in 2017, she has become…

Wendy Garling

Wendy Garling Wendy has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA specializing in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a vajrayana practitioner and dharma teacher in the Lam Rim tradition; her root teacher was Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden. In 1976, she took…

Katchie Ananda

Katchie Ananda is an international Yoga and Dharma teacher whose leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world. Katchie has 25 years of experience as a full-time yoga teacher and trainer, and is certified in…

Magyu Lopön Charlotte Rotterdam

Magyu Lopön Charlotte Z. Rotterdam has studied Tibetan Buddhism for the last 20 years, was authorized to teach by Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2006, and received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala from Lama Tsultrim in 2016. Lopön Charlotte teaches in…

Erik Jampa Andersson

Erik Jampa Andersson is a practitioner and instructor of Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) and the Yuthok Nyingthik. He is a graduate of the Shang Shung Institute of Tibetan Medicine, where he received a comprehensive training in the Four Tantras (rGyud bZhi) of Tibetan Medicine, and is currently completing an MA in…

Tulku Ösel Dorje

From his own personal retreat practice, Ösel Dorje has gained a strong appreciation for the importance of developing a deep understanding of the philosophical side of Buddhist study, while bringing it to life through meditation experience. Inspired by stories of realized masters of the past, Ösel Dorje has spent time…

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Fabio Andrico

  Fabio Andrico was born and raised in Italy and is an internationally recognized expert on the unique tradition of Tibetan Yoga, known as Yantra Yoga, from the lineage of the renowned Tibetan translator and Dzogchen master, Vairocana. Fabio studied directly under the great Tibetan Dzog Chen master, Chögyal Namkhai…

Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is the bestselling author of Women of Wisdom (1984), Feeding Your Demons (2008), and Wisdom Rising Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (2018). Lama Tsultrim is the founder of Tara Mandala, a 700-acre retreat center with the three-story temple and library  dedicated to the divine…

Jonathan Barfield

Jonathan Barfield, PhD began his personal practice in 1997, with two years of intensive shamatha practice. Continuing his practice, in 1999, he moved from Chicago and into the deserts and mountains of the southwest where he studied ecology, earned a PhD in psychology, and lived in a tipi on the…

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen is a teacher and a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. He has been teaching various practices and retreats in Lama Tsultrim’s lineage in the US and abroad since 2006, offering a blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion. He co-leads the Boulder Tara Mandala Sangha with Lopön Charlotte…

Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S.

Karla Jackson-Brewer, M.S., Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for over three decades and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. She has co-taught Chöd since 2013 with Lama Tsultrim and Löpon Chandra Easton. She has also taught and led Chöd Practices for the NYC Tara Mandala…

Ellen Booth Church

Ellen Booth Church (Yeshe Choepel) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for 30 years. She is a Buddhist teacher, meditation coach, former member on the Tara Mandala Board of Trustees, and an accomplished educator and author of many educational books and articles for parents and teachers. Formerly a professor of Education…

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, is a Tara Mandala senior authorized teacher and has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992. She has also studied with Lama Alan Wallace for over three decades. Under the tutelage of Lama Alan Wallace, she has studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of…

Dagmar Loewenkamp

Dagmar Loewenkamp has been on the Buddhist path and worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor in Analytic Therapy, Hypnotherapy,  Breath and Bodywork since 1989. She has been a student of several different Buddhist schools and studied with Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for many years. Through her Buddhist practice,…

Michael Blossom

Michael, father of of Ruby, is a lover of art and dharma and the places where the two commingle. He is honored to be a part of the Tara Mandala family and delighted to make new friends in buddha-dhamma-sangha. Michael directed a poetry and art program in the afterschool hours…

Barbara Staemmler

Barbara Staemmler has studied medicine and specialized in psychotherapy. For more than thirty years she has been working as gestalt therapist and supervisor in private practice; she is also conducting gestalt therapy training programs. She has had additional trainings in psychoanalytic therapy, in musical therapy, and in body work. She…

Scott Blossom

Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant. He has been studying yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1997. His primary teachers are Zhander Remete, founder of Shadow Yoga, and Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar. In 2011 he founded DoctorBlossom.com, a site…

Robin Gayle

Robin Gayle, PhD, MDiv, MFT has undergraduate and graduate degrees/publications in theology, psychology, and east-west studies. She is a Tara Mandala authorized Feeding Your Demons® psychotherapist in private practice in Marin County, CA, and currently serves as Professor and Chair of Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California, and Research…

Debra Quayle

Debra Quayle is an Authorized Teacher for Tara Mandala as well as a Licensed Psychotherapist. She has been on the Buddhist path since 1982 and has had the good fortune to receive many teachings from Buddhist teachers and Lamas in the United States as well as in Asia. She began…

Matthew Brensilver, PhD

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, began practice in the Tibetan tradition and since 2003, has studied with Shinzen Young. He served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA’sMindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom…

Marlow Brooks

Marlow Brooks is a calligrapher, painter, Five Element acupuncturist, healer, and longtime Buddhist practitioner. She teaches at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and conducts private classes in calligraphy and healing. She is a featured artist in the documentary “Chinese Calligraphy in 5000 Years,” and she recently published a book of…

Dana Price

Dana Price DOM, L.Ac. (Pema Khandro) has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years and has been devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 2009. She started her vajrayana path studying under the guidance of Lama Lodru Rinpoche of Kagyu Droden Kunchab based in San Francisco and Yongey Mingyur…

Kunze Chimed

Kunze Chimed, a native of Mongolia, began her study and practice of Buddhism at the age of seventeen under the tutelage of old Mongolian Buddhist masters who survived the Communist regime. She joined the Jamyang Choeling Buddhist Nunnery in Dharamsala, India for three years, and pursued further study of Buddhist…

Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. An American Buddhist nun, Pema studied under the meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and currently studies with…

Laura Clemmons

Laura Elvira Clemmons is a certified herbalist and graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. She studied under Dr. Gu Ding in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Shen Nong Center in Philadelphia, PA, and Mayan Traditional Healing Practices and Uterine Care with Ms. Beatrice Waight, Belize. She held…

Adriana Dal Borgo

Adriana Dal Borgo is a Psychologist and psychotherapist. She met the great Dzogchen Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Italy in 1986 and has been his student ever since. Adriana learned Chögyal Namkai Norbu’s Vajra Dance from him directly and in 1994 was authorized to teach this method and further authorize…

Julie Daley

Julie Daley is an educator writer, consultant and leadership coach who has led hundreds of people from all walks of life to awaken the soul–the source of true creative expression within. Julie guides individuals from around the world in discovering and uncovering their true nature as creative human beings. She speaks about…

Krishna Das

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.”  With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken…

Ram Dass

Ram Dass was one of the first to bring Bhakti Yoga to the West through his book “Be Here Now.”He continues to share his enormous heart with new generations of seekers through his retreats, online workshops, and new books.

Sudakini Davies

Sudakini Davies has been a practicing buddhist for more that 20 years and a student of Lama Tsultrim since 2008. She is an experienced Movement Psychotherapist and Couples Counsellor with a background in professional dance performance and teaching. Her work as a dancer and therapist has been deeply informed by…

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche is a master yogi of the Nyingmapa tradition. He was a student of H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and a lineage holder of Dudjom Lingpa and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. He has also studied with H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche, Lama Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, and many other…

Khandro Tsering Drolkar

Khandro Tsering Drolkar was born in Bumthang, Bhutan in 1963. In 1984 she began an eleven year retreat under the guidance of her consort Lama Naljorpa at the Phurpaling Retreat Center in Tashiyangtse. During Lama Naljorpa’s lifelong retreat there, she received many teachings and experiential trainings directly from him. She…

Jetthe Fabioola

Jetthe Fabioola, Jungian-oriented psychotherapist, meditation teacher, mentor and supervisor MA. Longtime student of Lama Tsultrim, teaching Feeding Your Demons, Prajna Paramita and The Mandala in Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. Certified FYD therapist. Jethhe has a passion for Lama Tsultrim’s practices as uniquely creative ways of bringing personal work into the spiritual…

Mary Flowers

Mary Flowers brings over 25 years of experience with children of all ages as she guides the children’s program this year. As an award- winning educator, Mary’s approach focuses on the integration of heart and mind through all facets of learning. She delights in connecting Dharma and daily life, and looks forward to sharing…

Ranjini George, MA, MFA, PhD

Ranjini George, MA, MFA, PhD Ranjini George holds a PhD in English (Northern Illinois University, USA), an MA in English (St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi, India) and an MFA in Creative Writing (University of British Columbia, Canada). She was a Georges and Anne Bochardt Fiction Scholar (Sewannee Writers’ Conference) and…

Chitra Giauque

Chitra Giauque is founder of  the Dakini Wisdom School of Yoga, a living confluence of Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish and Continuum movement.  A certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Chitra studied with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic institute where she developed and taught the Yoga Curriculum and Yoga teacher training program for 8 years.…

Susan Glumac

Susan’s spiritual journey began in 1976 after she found herself living next to Paramahansa Yogananda’s hermitage. She experienced a strong connection with him and became a dedicated yogini while pioneering the use of Eastern healing modalities in her careers as a physical therapist and ergonomist. She encountered and began pursuing…

Roberta Godbe-Tipp, Ph.D.

Roberta Godbe-Tipp, Ph.D. is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist with over 40 years of meditative experience. Her private practice integrates Western Psychology with Eastern Meditative Traditions and incorporates Lama Tsultrim Alione’s Feeding Your Demons® process. She brings a Dzogchen perspective to her work and teaching, derived from her root male and females…

Ann Hackney

Ann Hackney is a Transformational Wilderness Guide and Life Coach. She works with families, young women and groups to help them build authentic empowerment, transform through life transitions, initiations and edges, and deeply connect with nature.  Ann is a skilled Earth Centered Healer, Herbalist, Naturalist, Guide and Educator. She has…

Lama Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1974, and has been teaching and translating since completing a three-year retreat in 1980 under the guidance of Kyabjé Kalu Rinpoché. She was associate professor at Naropa University for twenty-five years in Boulder, Colorado, where she currently resides, and has been…

Mutima Rose Imani

Mutima Rose Imani is a Social Justice Visionary, Reverend, Trainer and Facilitator working to Heal the Heart of Humanity. For 35 years, Mutima has offered healings and Rites of Passage programs to women. As a Global Diversity Specialist, she is passionate and skilled at bringing diverse groups together to transmute old wounds and establish…

MacAndrew Jack

MacAndrew Jack is a psychologist in Boulder, Colorado and a leading clinician, educator, and writer in the integration of Buddhist  psychology and meditation with psychotherapy. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for more than twenty years, and has been a student of Lama Tsultrim since 2003.  He is a past…

Luke Karamol

Luke has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaches Tibetan yantra yoga and hatha yoga. He was authorized to teach in the thrul khor system of yantra yoga through Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 2013. Additionally Luke is a hatha yoga instructor having completed a 300 hour…

Stephen Karcher Ph.D.

Stephen Karcher, Ph.D., is an internationally known scholar, writer, translator, graphic artist and an initiated master diviner. He has taught and lectured on the Yijing and divination in the United States, Great Britain, France, Spain, Switzerland, and South Africa. As Research Director of the Eranos Foundation (Ascona, Switzerland) he pioneered a depth psychological…

Drubpön Lama Karma

Venerable retreat master (Drubpön) Lama Karma was born in eastern Bhutan and joined the Long-Nying Chöling Monastery at a young age. His root teacher was Lama Naljorpa, the great yogi of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, from whom he received numerous vows, empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions, including the Chöd Rinchen Trengwa…

Nadine Keller, MA

Nadine is a Somatic Therapist specializing in intimacy, sexuality and spirituality. She holds a Masters in Somatic Psychology, teaches Hatha Yoga, and is an Ordained Priestess and Minister.  She has worked with individuals, couples and families for over 20 years. She facilitates workshops and retreats into the mysteries of the…

Chagdud Khadro

Chagdud Khadro has taught the meditation of P’howa, transference of consciousness at the moment of death, since 1986. Like many Buddhist practitioners, especially in the Tibetan tradition, her teaching is informed by the writings and oral transmissions of such great masters as Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, the Dzogchen Ponlop…

Chöying Khandro, M.A.

Chöying Khandro, M.A., holds the complete transmissions of two lineages, the Ganden Ensa Ear-Whispered Lineage and the Machik Dakini Ear-Whispered Lineage, from her teacher, the late Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dampa (1932-2012). She brings more than three decades of intense study and practice to her teachings and has completed a number…

Traleg Khandro

Traleg Khandro, long-time student and wife of the late Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX, is the Director of E-Vam Buddhist Institute America and Nyima Centre Online Learning in Australia. Khandro studied Buddhism under Traleg Rinpoche’s guidance for 30 years and has undertaken numerous long meditation retreats. At Rinpoche’s request Khandro received…

Nawang Khechog

Nawang Khechog is the first Tibetan Grammy nominee and the most renowned Tibetan flutist in the world. He has won multiple awards from several countries, and is one of Tibet’s foremost world music composers. Nawang was a monk for 11 years and studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation with His Holiness…

Anne Klein

Anne Klein/Rigzin Drolma is a Professor and former Chair of Religious Studies at Rice University. She is also the founding director and Resident Lama at Dawn Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Temple, founded in 1996 (www.dawnmountain.org). Her scholarly dharma training includes close textual study with Geshe Wangyal, Lati Rinpoche, Loling Kensur Yeshe Thupden, and…

Nikita Gayle Romanzov

Nikita remembers spending much of her childhood at Tara Mandala with her mom, Robin Gayle (authorized Tara Mandala teacher and Feeding Your Demons Therapist).  She took refuge with Lama Tsultrim at just one year of age, given the name Shewa Osel. She then returned to Tara Mandala for the summer…

Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert M.A., L.M.H.C.

Lopön Beth Lee-Herbert M.A., L.M.H.C. began her practice of Tibetan Buddhism under Lama Tsultrim Allione at 22, and completed the practices of the Dzinpa Rangdröl in three-year retreat at Tara Mandala between 2009 and 2012. In 2013, Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche made her the Tsalung Lopön, teacher of the esoteric practices…

Nick King

From an early age Nick was enamored with nature, often camping or mountain biking with his family in Southern California. He began traveling solo internationally at fourteen and has since journeyed to Nepal where he took refuge at Kopan Monastery. Now living in California, he works as an outdoor educator…

Yungchen Lhamo

Yungchen Lhamo born in Tibet she escaped to India overland in 1989. Lhamo’s name means “Goddess of Song” – a name given to her by a Lama soon after she was born near Lhasa. She has made pilgrimage to Dharamsala, to receive the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama . She reaches out to the world…

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the Director of Training at the Greater Good Science Center, Eve is an experienced speaker, researcher, and group facilitator with a unique background ideally suited to training individuals and organizations in the science of happiness, resilience, compassion, mindfulness, and emotional awareness. Eve creates dynamic trainings adapted…

Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy Ph.D.

Joanna Macy’s wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers,…

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for over 35 years under the guidance of her root teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the author of two books, The Power of an Open Question and The Logic of Faith. She edited two books by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, It’s…

Ācārya Malcolm Smith

Ācārya Malcolm Smith met the Dharma in 1989. His principle gurus are H.H. Sakya Trichen, the late Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, and the late Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. He is a veteran of a traditional three-year solitary Tibetan Buddhist retreat. He is a translator and has several published and forthcoming translations with…

Marcia Meyers

Marcia K. Meyers has been a Dharma practitioner for over 40 years and has practiced in the Vajrayana tradition since 1990. After earning her MSW and PhD she engaged in research, writing and graduate education addressing issues of poverty and inequality for many years. She recently stepped down from her…

Andrew Keller

Andrew is a husband, father and mentor committed to the upliftment of humanity and bringing back the wisdom and magnanimous heart of the Divine Masculine.   Dedicated in his own spiritual practice, working in ceremony and brotherhood, he collaborates with Shamanic Practitioners holding ritual, ceremony and prayer in his community.  Andrew…

Heike Andrea Müller

Heike Andrea Müller is a gestalt therapist and certified Feeding Your Demons® therapist in her private practice in Würzburg, Germany. She started meditation in 1989 and encountered Buddhism in 2005. For several years, she studied Buddhist foundations and Green Tara practice, mainly with Sylvia Wetzel. After spending three months on her solo…

R. Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure. His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged…

Wes Nisker

Wes Nisker has practiced Buddhist meditation for over 35 years with various teachers in Asia and the West. He is the author of the bestselling booksBuddha’s Nature; The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom; andEssential Crazy Wisdom, and the founder and co-editor of the Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.”…

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was born in Derghe, eastern Tibet in 1938. As a child he was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master, Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924), and later by the 16th Karmapa as a reincarnation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), the first Dharmaraja of Bhutan. As a teenager…

Akiko Oncken

Akiko is a lifelong pilgrim and yogini. Born and raised in Ecuador, she discovered yoga and mindfulness as a teen. After moving to the US, Akiko attended trainings in diverse yoga lineages as well as contemplative and spiritual modalities. This path of exploration led her to teachers such as Lama…

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was born in England in 1943 and named Diane Perry. She and her older brother were raised by her mother in the Bethnal Green area of London after her father’s death when Diane was 2 years old. Mrs Perry was a spiritualist who held séances in the…

Phakchok Rinpoche

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 and is a lineage holder of the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa from the Nyingma School of Early Translations and one of the throne-holders of the Riwoche Taklung Kagyu Lineage. Phakchok Rinpoche’s primary root gurus are his grandfather, the late Kyabje Tulku Urgyen…

Khandro Noble

Khandro Noble has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for almost twenty years and a dedicated student of Lama Tsultrim since 2010. Khandro serves as a Kalyanamitra, or spiritual friend, for the Tara Mandala community and leads the recently formed Tara Mandala satellite sangha in her home of Tucson, Arizona.…

Brenda Proudfoot

Before finding Tara Mandala, Brenda was the owner/instructor of a yoga studio in California for 17 years. During that time she studied Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, practiced Shamatha and Pranayama, and worked individually with a Buddhist teacher. Brenda taught weekend yoga retreats that included asana, pranayama, meditation and silence. She also…

Lama Gyurme Rabgye

Master painter and craftsman Lama Gyurme was born in Dranang, Tibet in 1969. His family sent him to the Mindroling monastery upon the invitation of the head monk to study painting and traditional arts when he was 15. Lama Gyurme’s first teacher was from Kham (Guangzhou) located in Eastern Tibet.…

Anna Raithel

Anna Raithel completed her B.A. in Religion and then lived at Tara Mandala for six years, working as Lama Tsultrim’s Executive Assistant and the Temple Manager. She studied Tibetan language and gyaling, coordinated the annual Drubchens, and was the lead umdze (chant leader) and chöpön (ritual arts leader). She recently finished…

Shiva Rea

Shiva Rea bows to the master teachers, elders and grandmothers from around the world from Africa to Asia who have expanded and deepened her integration of yoga and movement meditation. With a M.A. in World Arts and Cultures, Shiva is the founder of Global School of Living Yoga, Prana Vinyasa,…

Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche

Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje, who was the son of Adzom Drukpa Pawo Dorje. He was born in the year of the Iron-monkey (1980) in Bumthang, a region of central Bhutan, which was blessed as a hidden, sacred land by Guru Padmasambhava. He is…

Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche

Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche was born in 1939 in the Langkor Valley in West Tingri, Tibet. The region was the Tibetan home of Padampa Sangye, the founder of the Shije and Machik Labdron, the founder of Chod. Lama Wangdu Rinpoche began studying with his root lama, Naptra Rinpoche, at age 8.…

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche III was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the reincarnation of Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche II. He is a renowned master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and also holds the Tsoknyi lineage, which is based on Ratna Lingpa’s termas. Since 1991, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide in the Dzogchen…

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam International Centers around the world. Born in 1952 into one of the oldest families in Tibet, which eventually came to be known under the name Namchak, or “sky iron,” in an area called Chamdo in the Kham region…

Peter Rowan

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted,…

Miranda Shaw

Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., Harvard University, is a Buddhist scholar known for her inspiring and groundbreaking work on women in Tantric Buddhism, chronicled in her renowned book Passionate Enlightenment, which has been translated into seven languages. She is also the author of Buddhist Goddesses of India, a thorough and fascinating historic…

Alejandra Siroka, M.A.

Alejandra Siroka is a truth seeker who has devoted her life to the study of language and communication. She believes that developing conscious skills with our language and communication is an essential spiritual practice in the path of awakening. Alejandra founded Language Alchemy™, a transformative process that allows individuals, couples…

Alexis Slutzky

Alexis Slutzky, MFT is a mentor, educator, guide and facilitator whose work supports cultural restoration through listening and mindfulness practices, nature connection, grief tending, dream work, rites of passage and community ritual. Alexis holds a Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in depth psychology, is Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University,…

Sparky Shooting Star

Sparky Shooting Star is a Sun Dancer of Cherokee & Irish decent who has led vision quest ceremonies for almost 20 years. Sparky started working with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1988, when Lama Tsultrim asked her to lead the sweat lodge ceremony at the first Dakini Retreat. Sparky and Lama Tsultrim…

Michelle Stransky

Michelle Stransky, Founder of WisdomWomen, believes that it is time for women to bring their deep wisdom forward into co-creating the life-affirming world we know is possible. Michelle was the conference director at Wisdom 2.0, where she launched WisdomWomen in 2013. A former management consultant and executive coach, she is…

Bodhi Stroupe

Bodhi met the Dharma at the age of 18, and has been practicing for the past 14 years. He first took refuge with Kyabje Tri Rizong Rinpoche, the 102nd throne holder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since then he has studied with many great teachers including H.H. the…

Dr. Robert Svoboda

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori…

Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in…

Frank Trombetta

Frank graduated with a degree in Zoology and later received a doctorate in Holistic Health. He is also a Hakomi (body centered psychotherapy) graduate, trained by instructors from the Naropa Institute. He has done a number of wilderness solo vision quests ranging from two weeks to three months beginning in…

Cary Twomey

Cary Twomey, (Rangshar Karmo Khandro), was raised in a Catholic family. She was introduced to Eastern meditation and the spiritual practices of Paramahansa Yogananda in her late teens, and immediately felt she was home. At age fourteen she begin a committed yogic and meditation practice in his Self-Realization Fellowship Lineage,…

Vajralila

Vajralila has been a practicing Buddhist for over 25 years and a student of Lama Tsultrim in 2008. She subsequently went on to train in teaching the Feeding Your Demons practice and she and Sudakini have been teaching group workshops in the UK each year for both private groups and…

Demetri Velisarius

Demetri Velisarius is a long-time Dzogchen practitioner and meditation teacher and co-founder of Prana Danda Yoga. Students of Lama Tsultrim in the Yab Yum and Dakini Mandala, Demetri and Shiva’s global offerings can be found at www.pranavinyasaflow.com and www.yogaalchemy.com

Paula van Lammeren

Drs. Paula van Lammeren is a psychologist (MSc), living in the Netherlands. She worked as a scientific researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction and taught at the Utrecht University on preventive mental health care. She is trained in Transpersonal Psychology, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychosynthesis and yoga. For…

Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk

 Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk is one of the rare advanced level Bhutanese monastics that is willing to teach full-time in the West. Khenpo has studied and practiced Buddhism since the age of 7, and in 2001 completed a nine-year course in Buddhist studies, receiving a Master’s degree (MA) in Buddhist Philosophy from…

Rianne van Rijsewijk

Drs. Rianne van Rijsewijk is a psychologist (MSc) living in the Netherlands. She worked in the mental health care and wrote a book about women and grieve. For 15 years she was executive director and teacher at the school of ‘Being-orientation’ a modern approach on the integration of psychotherapy, bodywork…

Gudrun Binder

Gudrun Binder studied psychology and philosophy at Vienna University focusing on the question of “I, self and reality.” Brain research, constructivism and system theory became her Western background leading to her study of the all-integrating philosophy and psychology of Buddhism. Integrating the wisdom of Buddhism in psychological work became her main focus…

Chris Warren

Chris Warren has been an outdoorsman all his life. He has raised 3 children with his wife, Jen, and they all participated in the Tara Mandala Family retreats for years. Chris, a landscaper/gardener, is a Pied Piper with little ones and is looking forward to leading the children in a…

Yamuna Becker

Yamuna Kerstin Becker (Pema Garmo Dechen Khandro) is a German-English translator, spiritual dancer and professional astrologer in Neuss, Germany. She discovered Buddhism in Thailand in 1982, took refuge with Tenga Rinpoche in 1998, and met Lama Tsultrim Allione in 2000. She has been deeply inspired by Lama Tsultrim Allione and…

Christine Ho

Christine (Kunzang Khandro) fell head first into the deep pools of the Dharma when she met Lama Tsultrim and Chod in 1996. She took refuge with Lama Tsultrim and has received many teachings and blessings from her, such as the chod, FYD, and dakini practices, as well as the ngondros…

Jennifer Warren

Jennifer Warren spent her formative years in Norway, playing in primordial forests. She’s taught elementary school for over 20 years, including 7 in Waldorf schools. Jen is a Certified Master Gardener and Wilderness First Responder. She first became a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner when she lived in Nepal in the 1980’s. Jen is thrilled to be…

Stephan Wormland

Stephan Wormland, 1965, Germany. MA in clinical psychology and trained in Gestalt therapy. Stephan has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, spent altogether five years in retreats and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers…

Stacy Zumbroegel

Stacy Zumbroegel is a practicing counselor and meditation teacher who lives in Myanmar and California. Her love of the Dharma and Asian culture has her traveling throughout India, Nepal, and Myanmar. She has been practicing Buddhism for over twenty-five years. As a counselor and mentor, Stacy has experience working with…

Jeffrey Tipp MA/MFT

Jeffrey Tipp was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968, entered the into Dharma with Lama Tsultrim Allione in 1973, met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded  Blue Heron Zen Community, an urban residential Zen Center in Seattle, in 1980. He received Inka…

Regina Bommer

Regina Bommer, born in 1963, works as an organizer and has been on the move internally and externally for as long as she can remember. She learned various therapy methods such as breathing and body work, NLP and talk therapy. For a while she also studied numerology, astrology and tarot. She has…