Acharya Richard John 2021 Northern California Visit

Acharya Richard John is one of Shambhala’s senior teachers and has a special relationship with our Northern California community. He has been visiting us each year for many years, and we anticipate his annual teachings. Please join us for a special hybrid series of programs this November. We will gather in small, COVID-safe groups at … Continue 

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Beth Clarke with baby

Warriors in the World: Beth Clarke

While we all strive for balance in our lives, Beth Clarke is accomplished at one distinctive discipline that requires her equilibrium to be in constant flux: the slack rope. A founding member of the San Francisco circus troupe Sweet Can Productions, Beth’s vision and range of theatrical and circus skills contribute fundamentally to their warm … Continue 

Amy Saltzman

Warriors in the World: Amy Saltzman

A warrior in the world, Dr. Amy Saltzman is devoted to exploring the ways in which mindfulness can enhance the human experience, especially to the experience of being a child or adolescent. As a trained medical doctor, she offers a holistic perspective in the field of mindfulness. As a mother, she offers compassion. She is … Continue 

David Möschler

Warriors in the World: David Möschler

“It’s not enough just to passively want there to be change in the world. You have to actively do something.” Talk to David Möschler, even for a few minutes, and you realize that he is spending his life doing something that matters to him. Go to one of the sessions with his organization, the Awesöme … Continue 

Warriors in the World: John Rettger

John Rettger, PhD always has a smile. His dedication and generosity propel his work in the world. Holding many seats, Johnfacilitates healing through yoga and mindfulness in a multitude of ways. John received the PhD in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. John’s diverse training background and practice integrates psychological approaches … Continue 

Sam Himelstein, PhD

Warriors in the World: Sam Himelstein

Sam Himelstein, PhD exudes authenticity and genuine presence. Sam, a formerly incarcerated youth himself, is dedicated to and passionate about serving high-risk and incarcerated youth, populations suffering from addiction, and those suffering from trauma through the practice of mindfulness and other emotional intelligence skills. He brings a great deal of both personal and professional experience to his … Continue 

Meena Srinivasan

Warriors in the World: Meena Srinivasan

Meena Srinivasan possesses a warm, glowing presence. Immediately upon meeting her, one can sense her generous, open heart. Meena’s work in our community is an inspiration and her willingness to share her experience and wisdom with others is a source of great joy. Meena is a thought leader in the mindfulness in education field. She is currently part of … Continue 

Alex Van Gils

Warriors in the World: Alex Van Gils

Alex Van Gils likes to make noise. Like many young Americans, he found his way into a rock n’ roll band as an electric bass player. With the benefit of a dharma upbringing he describes as “skillful,” Alex investigated the lineage of bass players he admired. He tuned in to who his favorite musicians’ mentors … Continue 

photo portrait of Acharya Melissa Moore

Warriors in the World: Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore wasn’t all that interested in Buddhist meditation nor was she looking for a spiritual path when she arrived at Naropa Institute in Boulder in 1979 to study contemplative psychology, dance and other arts programs. Yet she was nourished by the atmosphere, and enthralled with the parties. “Naropa allowed me to participate in the … Continue