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Meet our Tribe

 
 
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hayley SaraswatI, Founder

Saraswatī embodies the essence of the creative Mother, balancing loving softness with a graceful strength. Her powerful presence inspires and empowers others to step into their full potential, through vibrant authenticity and the awakening to the expansive joy of the heart. Her work brings together the teachings of yoga, non-dualism and earth wisdom, infused with a deep reverence for life.

Saraswatī wholeheartedly offers herself through the path of devotion; offering kirtan, ceremonies, workshops, retreats and trainings with yoga, breath work, sound healing, singing circles, dance, satsang & sharing circles. She loves to be in the forest, contemplating Oneness within nature while dreaming and designing landscapes of harmonious interaction, offering visions of an alternative global community for the future generations. Saraswatī is one of 8 co-founding members of the Kula Collective, an organization weaving together diverse holistic experiences and educational offerings. 

Watch the Kula Collective video series episode "Meet Hayley Saraswati" 

 
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diego romano, RESIDENT manager

Diego was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After spending several years studying law and philosophy and when it seemed his life was somehow sorted already professionally, he still felt something greater was missing.

He left his country in 2012 and since then he has lived and worked in different places around the world fulfilling an equal number of different roles. Spending the majority of these time in countries like India, Nepal, Thailand or Indonesia brought him closer to eastern philosophies and encouraged his thirst for personal enquiry and self development.

The influence and teachings from the Buddhist monks he lived with while in Thailand or subtle pieces of information shared by his teachers in India can be seen and felt just by talking with him or specially amidst his yoga classes. Although in the last years he had been fully dedicated to his teaching (RYT 500hrs), after becoming the Yoga Forest Manager in 2018 his management skills bloomed and now he is also expanding in different directions.

Knowledgeable about Thai and Ayurvedic massage, energy healing techniques and passionate about Wellness in general, he strives to provide the best environment for everyone who comes to the YF to have the opportunity to go through a transformational experience.

 
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Madhuri dasi, design guru

Madhuri Dasi is a published journalist, Communications graduate, and internationally certified dance and yoga teacher. After 5 of years of marketing management in the publishing and digital media realm, she’s shifted her focus from the corporate multimedia industry towards heartfelt, holistic projects and devotional lifestyle. Naturally a dreamer, she is guided by her vision to create a sacred biosphere for bhakti and raja yoga. Her mission is to offer experiences through the practice of yoga that uplift the spirit and nurture interconnection; and she is impassioned to beckon all to find and answer the call of dharma.

As a yoga teacher, she has led yoga and movement internationally in Guatemala, United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Estonia, and the U.S.A. She is dedicated to interweaving prayer, bhakti, artistic movement, swādhyāya, mantra, live music, and joyful expression into her offerings and daily sadhana. Raised as a child on the teachings of Buddhism, and classically trained as a contemporary ballet dancer, she is in love with the union of Devotion, Presence and Movement.

Madhuri Dasi is currently on a yatra through Europe, finding refuge in the holy names and can be found chanting and dancing with the kirtan band, The Hanuman Project.

”And we are put on this earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love.”

— William Blake

 
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AMY CARL, MARKETING guru

Amy is a lover of life, nature and animals. She values connection with others, time spent outdoors, being challenged mentally and physically, the art of yoga and eternal practice of mindfulness. After leaving the software/tech industry behind, she carved out a non "9-5" lifestyle by pouring herself into what she is passionate about. Considering herself a "jack of all trades", Amy is continuously working on numerous projects that fill her soul. Along with being an internationally certified Yoga teacher, she does branding, design, website development and social media for companies around the globe.

Amy is the ultimate adventure seeker, constantly searching for ways to spend her time outdoors in Mother Nature. She recently returned from a 220-mile long distance backpacking trip through the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the John Muir Trail.

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man".  

 
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suhan Badalamenti, admin manager

Suhan loves nature, the sky, the sea and her connection with the Universe. She feels a deep devotion for her practice and aims to continue her growth as a Yoga student as part of her Life path. Following her call, she intuitively guides practice aiming to empower souls through introspective asana and meditation that she calls “Yoga with Intention”. She believes and teaches the power of self-transformation through guiding connection with the Higher Self & the practice of mindfulness achieving non duality and awareness in the Now...

Suhan is a native Guatemalan who worked ten years in country brand marketing and fell in love with her Mayan Culture as with the Wellness offered in the magical mountains of Lake Atitlan.  She now shares there the mission to spread wellbeing for others and forms part of the Yoga Forest, the Forest Family & common projects for the local communities. 

 
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jill Lacasse, retreat coordinator

Jill is a health enthusiast passionate about holistic living through being conscious of the mind, body and spirit connection. Her love for health and wellness blossomed through her degree in Kinesiology, her research in social media and body image and teaching fitness classes.

She completed a two month yoga internship in Hawaii and that was where she fell in love with travel and all things yoga - and knew it was her calling in life to share the ancient and healing practice. She is a free-spirited yoga teacher, harpist and sound healer that loves to bring bhakti, reflection and fun into every space she holds. She has taught in Peru, Guatemala, Canada and now in California, as she continues her yogi education through the path of Ayurveda.

She finds balance and inspiration in her happy place of being in nature with instrument in hand, mantra in mind and surrounded by community. Her bold and bright spirit leads the way in helping shape her simple, community-based and nomadic life where she can inspire, teach and motivate others to live with mindfulness and purpose.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou.


WELLNESS STAFF

 
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Jayānanda James Roland, RESIDENT POET, MUSICIAN, Yoga PHILOSOPHER, FOUNDER OF SOUND CEREMONY

Hi, you can call me Jaya. I am a life-long student of Wisdom and the Sacred Arts with a multidisciplinary approach to self-development. A practitioner and teacher of Meditation, Yoga and practical Eastern Philosophy I have taught over 25 month long Teacher Trainings at beginner and advanced levels. Since early childhood I have familiarized myself with many shamanic tendencies which have evolved to the bulk of my work with indigenous plant medicines, entheogens and ceremonial traditions from my studies in Brazil and Peru. With this synthesis I act as a bridge, or an instrument where I am continuing to learn and refine my role as a medium.

The speciality here is with cathartic & Emotional Release therapies aiding in opening and healing of the body/mind complex which may garner new perspectives and realizations. Often I see people who are being troubled by anxiety, stress, trauma, PTSD and addictions. I can also help with negative spiritual openings, Kundalini awakening, spiritual emergency and crisis.

In 2012 I founded Sound Ceremony to share my journey as a Sound Therapist. Since then I have seen hundreds of people. lead countless Sound Healing Ceremonies and hosted sell-out courses around the world which has given me a unique percpective into the relational and philosophical way deep listening and sound understanding can help restore us to our essential nature.

Deeply creative at heart and a multi-instrumentalist, I love to share the joy of Sound and Music through Prayerformance, Sacred Chant, Mantra & Medicine Music and the resulting devotion it offers to one courageous enough to walk on the path of the heart. The last thing I want to share with you are my words. I did not ask to be a poet. It is something that chose me. I have several published books, 3 of which you can find in the gift store, with many more on the way as endlessly I am writing and finding myself lost in intricate patterns of beautiful words that lead me to such a wonderful astonishment at the simplest things in life and the joy of being alive.

 
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Rosie santos

From a very young age, Rosie has been interested in the human condition, psychology, radical points of view and the betterment of the environment and applies compassionate, striking points of view to everything she does. After finishing her degree in Visual Communication in Australia in 2008, Rosie was aware that she wasn't able to solve other peoples problems until she solved some of her own. This curiosity led her into a following sequence of events that shifted the course of her life. Her journey to understanding the relationship between these entities began in 2012, when she found herself unexpectedly immersed in the Ayurvedic teachings of Balaram Chandra in Thailand. This profound experience invited simplicity, perspective and dialogue to a deeper part of her being. She felt her feet finally on the ground. 

Since then, Rosie has travelled around the world, studying various styles of yoga (Anusara, Kundalini and Hatha), Kinesiology, Reiki, Astrology and Shiatsu. Wherever she is, nature is her grounding force - her home - days submerged in bright greenery, dancing, drawing, cooking and experiencing the joy and privilege of radical freedom that comes even with the most simplest of things. Rosie’s practice and learning thrives from a profound interest about the body, its own internal universe and the world around us. Her practice is an accumulation of all of these, and continues to develop with experience. She sees it as medicine, as an ability to move from a deeper place gaining access to a more meaningful daily life. She feels as though she is perpetually at the beginning of something fantastic, ever unfolding.

 
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Allison Graham wellness team leader

Allison has always held a deep interest in psychology, the human condition and how we can optimize our lives and our precious time here on Earth. After receiving her degree in Psychology and Special Needs Education she realized that her role and passions for helping others reached far beyond a classroom setting.

Her journey lead her to yoga where she has dedicated her life to practicing and studying the path of yoga as a healing modality. Allison obtained her 500 hour E-RYT in Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga and has explored supplemental healing modalities such as meditation, breath work, and reflexology.

A certified Reiki practitioner as well as a certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach; Allison uses the practicalities of a coaching session mixed with intuitive gifts to guide her clients towards healing psychically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As a lifelong student, she continues to explore both ancient wisdom and modern knowledge to deepen her understanding of why we are here and how we can contribute to make this word a better place.

 
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Dee Leborgne

Growing up in Paris, Dee always wanted to be a dancer but life led her in a different direction. Dee became the A&R Coordinator at a big music publishing company, Warner Chappell Music France, helping the careers of songwriters to grow. Feeling incomplete in that job, Dee turned to what she's also always been passionate about which is the self-healing modality that she discovered in her teenage years: the ancient Indian holistic medicine called Ayurveda.

Dee is a certified massage therapist and lifestyle consultant in Ayurveda, helping people balance their body, mind and spirit. Also a qualified yoga teacher, she uses these ancient sciences to assist her clients’ to draw on their own inner resources and experience self-healing. Dee helps clients find their life purpose and journey to shape their energy body so they can tap into their greatest potential.

 

Eran Dolev

Eran is a qualified and experienced Ayurvedic therapist and a Yoga & Meditation teacher, combining in his therapy a vast knowledge with holistic and integral approach. Certified by IAA- International Ayurveda Association, Tel-Aviv University & Satyananda Yoga Academy.

 
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Izaias Sajvin Mendoza

Izaias was initiated as a Shaman, a year later his wife Izabel was initiated as a Shamaness to bring balance and support for both. Izaias began his journey 8 years ago, practicing the Mayan Calendar Readings through the nahuales, Cacao ceremonies and Fire ceremonies. Thanks to Cacao, Izaias found his path which helped him open doors to new opportunities.

Izaias uses your birthday and ancient symbols to explain your Nahual Maya, and to find out what is holding you back, gain a better understanding of the cycles of life, your currante age and what is your pasión of life. Izaias helps to blend your spiritual partnership of your being with the ancient cosmovision.