A group and personal retreat center north of San Francisco in the redwood forests of Sonoma County. Grounded in the wisdom traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Yoga Retreats (7)
Gloria Baraquio, a Hawaii native, has been teaching Vinyasa since 2006 and studying Tibetan Buddhism since 2004. For four years, Gloria served as the Wellness Director of The Springs in Downtown Los Angeles, managing the yoga studio and wellness center. Gloria is passionate about making yoga and meditation accessible to all, and she is currently a Lead Teacher for Shivakali Yoga, facilitating teacher training, and retreats throughout the world. Her aim is to help others cultivate an intimate relationship with themselves and their surroundings.
Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over 40 years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently co-director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. Ros loves the deep sense of connection and peace that comes from group meditation.
Christine manages our group retreats and is a co-creator of many of our programs. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a civil and family law mediator. She uses mindfulness practices and techniques in her therapy and mediation practices. She is a passionate listener and loves to help others touch the infinite wisdom which lives in each of us.
Kamali is passionate about helping people restore connection where it has gone missing; both in their relationships and their bodies. She did her 200 YTT with Shivakali Yoga, Tantra teacher training with Embody Tantra, is a certified Sacred Feminine facilitator through Tao Tantric Arts and the Universal Tao, and is a trained Reiki master. Her approach to healing is about making ancient wisdom relevant to our modern lives by guiding practices that have been used for thousands of years to reach enlightened states, in ways that are accessible and fun.
A Los Angeles native, Heldine has been practicing yoga since 2010 and teaching since December 2016. She earned 500 hours of yoga certification with Shivakali Yoga, studying alignment-based Vinyasa and elemental Tantra. She started taking pole and twerk 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.
Tara has been a volunteer for the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers since 2007. She began her journey along the Buddhist path at the Yeshe De bindery making sacred texts to help preserve the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of wisdom. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of capacities within the organization including Volunteer Coordinator and Operations Manager at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center. She applies Skillful Means in her daily work while also engaging in traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice and study. Tara is an avid seeker of truth, passionate about the Dharma.
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, bookbinder, 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.
Alex is a recording musician and yogi from Arizona. After many years of sitting hunched over behind a computer, he came to yoga as a way to heal his body and restore his posture. He began practicing Ashtanga balanced with restorative yoga. Alex completed his 200-hour teacher training with Shivakali Yoga, where he learned that through asana and meditation, he could practice bodhicitta, an intention to free all beings from suffering. In addition to yoga asana, Alex is a multi-instrumentalist musician and leads Kirtan practices.
Lydia Hwang studied with sound masters, Fabien Maman and Wolfgang Deinert, and has been practicing vibrational healing using sound and color since 2004. She shares her expertise and passion through her private practice, giving workshops and concerts.
from United States, December 2019
The incredible and thorough teaching of yoga philosophy and movement was far beyond my expectations! Not to mention the journey of introspection and growth that happens organically within the atmosphere created by the amazing teachers. I honestly wouldn't have changed a thing.
from United States, November 2019
"Found my Joy!"
The whole training was amazing! The routine was challenging, the teachers were positive and encouraging and meeting the goal day after day brought me immense joy.
from United States, November 2019
"Wonderful experience overall"
We loved the facilities, the food was amazing and the yoga and meditation was wonderful. The staff and volunteers were all so kind and loving. We would love to come back and spend more time there.
from United States, May 2018
"Yoga retreat review"
The location is beautiful - quiet, peaceful, lovely flowers. The meditation room, reading room and outdoor area are all just lovely.