Apprentice Teachers

Tara Mandala Apprentice Teachers

Apprentice Teachers hold varying roles of leadership in the Tara Mandala Sangha and in their communities. They are on varying stages of the path to becoming an Authorized Teacher.

Erik Jampa Andersson

Erik Jampa Andersson is a practitioner and instructor of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and the Yuthok Nyingthik. He is one of the few westerners to have completed a comprehensive education in the Gyu-zhi (Four Medical Tantras), an earth terma of Traba Ngönshe, as well as clinical training in Tibetan herbalism, dietetics, and manual therapies. Erik Jampa maintains a clinical practice in Los Angeles, where he is also part of the medical and astrological faculty at The Sorig Institute, though he travels widely across Europe and Asia. Erik first met the Dharma at age 13 while living in nearby Durango, where a young…Read More

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 Rinpoche of Tergar International. Dana Price is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine who studied both in the United States and China and opened a multipractitoner integrative women’s health clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001. She is known for creating bridges in the world of reproductive medicine and is a founding…Read More

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 container, making it possible to walk the talk about compassion and wisdom. Apart from dreamwork she knows of no other practices that so safely lead to the depth of the psyche and back again, allowing the practitioner to explore and transform archetypal patterns, and end up in the Nature Of…Read More

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 the dharma in 2004 after attending a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka where she woke each morning to the Heart Sutra being chanted at the neighboring monastery.  Throughout her life she has had the good fortune to study with and be guided by a vast array of visionary Eastern and…Read More

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 President of the Board of Trustees of Tara Mandala and an apprentice teacher. MacAndrew trained in Clinical Psychology with a focus on mind-body integration at the University of Tulsa and Temple University in Philadelphia.  Operating at the interface of psychology and medicine, MacAndrew worked with heart and kidney transplant teams before…Read More

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 academic appointment to deepen her study and practice of the Dharma, after launching a “Mindfulness and Compassion Practice” course for graduate Social Work students. She has studied and traveled with Lama Tsultrim since meeting her in 2014 and co-leads the Whidbey Island Sangha. She is honored to have been invited…Read More

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 pilgrimage in India and Nepal, she learnt about ‘Feeding Your Demons’, and became Lama Tsultrim’s student. What she enjoys most: asking new questions and discovering new ways to combine Buddhist practice, personality development, and everyday life so that they enrich each other in a lively manner. For many years, Heike Andrea has…Read More

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 Tsultrim Allione and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. Currently, Akiko is a practitioner in the Magyu Lineage receiving teachings under the guidance of Lama Tsultrim. She is the Program Manager for Tara Mandala. She is authorized by Lama Tsultrim to facilitate the Feeding Your Demons® process and is an apprentice teacher. Akiko is…Read More

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. It was in a bookstore at the age of 20, however, that she first encountered the Buddhist teachings. The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, with its cover image of the great cotton-clad yogi, immediately caught her eye and stirred a feeling of familiarity and significance. By the time she was…Read More

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 worked with students individually on yoga asana and meditation practices.  Additionally, Brenda is trained in Thai Yoga Massage/Therapy and in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Soon after Brenda began searching for a Buddhist Monastery or Dharma Center, she found Tara Mandala. In March of 2017, she became full-time staff at Tara Mandala as…Read More

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, which she has since continued. Cary is a Jungian Psychoanalyst, practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine, and Movement teacher.  She received her BFA in Dance and Choreography in 1991 and has been teaching dance, healing movement, Yoga and Pilates for the past twenty-eight years. She began training as a Jungian Analyst in…Read More

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 as a psychologist. In practising Authentic Movement and improvisational theatre she has been exploring valuable forms of being and expressing the moment for many years. Since 2004 she has been practising Chan Mi Qigong – an over 2000 years old Buddhist Qigong School combining elements of Zen and Tantric Buddhism –…Read More

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 Tenzin Palmo whose books, Women of Wisdom and Cave in the Snow introduced her to Yeshe Tsogyal, Machig Labdrön and the inspiring stories of yoginis. She studied Charya Nritya Dakini Dance in Kathmandu, Nepal with lineage holder Prajwal Vajracharya (who supported Lama Tsultrim while Lama was in Nepal). A major…Read More

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 (foundational practices) of the longchen nyingthig and dzinpa rangdrol lineages. Christine is currently in the Complete Transmission group of the Gateway program and the Magyu pathway. Along with Lama Tsultrim, her main teachers have included Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, Arjia Gyatso Rinpoche, and Tulku Sang-Ngak Rinpoche. She held the sanghas for…Read More