Special Guest Teachers
On each Retreat I have chosen skilled, talented, wise, passionate, spiritual, heart-centered yogis, teachers, Ayurveda health coaches, massage therapists, and tour guides. In some cases they specially fly in to help make your experience as memorable and life-changing as possible. In other cases, they live locally and can offer their expertise in the culture and the native land.
Dr. Nolan Lee
In Dec. 2011, I was the Assistant Manager of a new yoga studio in Lincoln Square, Chicago. In putting together the schedule, I had not yet met Nolan but had heard that he was both a great person and a great instructor. I reached out to him and he agreed to teach our Sundays noon class. From there a friendship blossomed. Over the past 4 years we have enjoyed Wanderlust in Copper Mountain, Bhakti Fest in Madison, yoga festivals, and functions. In between our busy lives, when I am in Chicago, we try to meet monthly for dinner to share laughs and try a new restaurant. I appreciate Nolan not only as great friend but also as a genuine, kind, humble, grounded, accessible, skilled professional who left his successful career in Real Estate to pursue his passion.
Dr. Lee is a board certified and licensed chiropractic physician and certified acupuncturist specializing in movement assessment and dysfunction. He has a passion for functional anatomy and biomechanics and believes that movement is life. His goal for his patients is to keep them moving optimally and pain free to pursue all the life activities that they desire. Dr. Lee has a long history of involvement in movement arts and body work including martial arts, yoga and Thai massage. He received a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Doctorate of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences where he graduated as valedictorian for both degrees. He is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through National Academy of Sports Medicine. In his personal time, he enjoys yoga, working out, and cooking. When not treating patients or teaching yoga, he also leads lectures and workshops on functional yoga anatomy. Please enjoy the FREE information in Nolan’s blog YogiDoc!
I met Cameron while teaching yoga in Chicago. I was immediately drawn to her open heart, knowledgeable practice, and old soul. She is not only a skilled yoga teacher that focuses on all aspects and limbs of yoga; she is also a natural healer, an adventurous and beautiful soul. She radiates divine feminine energy and is a peaceful human being.
Cameron, is a heart-centered, passionate and knowledgeable yoga instructor dedicated to living yoga in each moment. Cameron began practicing Vinyasa yoga in 2003 and teaching in 2009. Her yoga practice has transformed over the years to include many styles of yoga (Kripalu, Iyengar, Kundalini, Anusara, and Restorative), breath work, meditation and self-study. Cameron leads classes from her deep love of yoga philosophy as well as her passion for anatomy and celebrating our physical forms. She has a talent for expressing specific anatomical as well as psycho-spiritual information in an accessible way. Cameron’s work is to create a safe space for students to consciously and compassionately be with themselves and become empowered to be their own best healers. Cameron is a student of various healing arts and believes in the profound ability to create mental and spiritual wellness through the body. Cameron is a Reiki Master, and has been practicing the ancient Japanese energy healing technique since 2012. Cameron is a spiritual seeker and student of divine feminine energy in all living things. She believes being creative is a huge part of the healing process and enjoys making music, singing, dancing, writing and playing with friends. Cameron stands for living an authentic life full of self love and radical acceptance.
I met Radhika on the first day at the Rishikesh International Yoga Festival in March 2014. We instantly became friends. Over the next 11 days we shared many meals, walks through Rishikesh and time together. She is extremely down to earth, grounded, genuine, honest and passionate about living and sharing Yoga and Ayurveda to live a life full of optimal health. She is a skilled Acro Yoga (partner yoga) teacher and loves leading playful workshops for couples to have fun and connect while strengthening their trust.
Radhika is a dynamic woman. Her health and wellness expertise includes yoga, acro yoga (partner yoga focused on playfulness and trust), Ayurveda cooking, health coaching, as a host and guide to local excursions. As a native to India, she is fluent in the language and knows Indian culture. Radhika grew up and currently resides in Bangalore, India. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 and has studied Hatha Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, Pranavashya Yoga, Pranayama and Kriyas. In addition to teaching yoga and offering yoga therapy, she is an Ayurvedic health coach offering. She is also founder and creator of “Yoga- Matters,” which is an outreach program in Bangalore, India that provides free yoga sessions in public outdoor spaces with the intention of creating communities and spreading awareness. Her personal brand of yoga is called “Kiki’s Yoga,” which she coined ‘Slow-mo-flow;” a strong dynamic vigorous practice balanced with a restorative practice. She is also trained in traditional Thai Yoga Massage (Level 1), loves building community, sharing her passions for health and wellness offering playful acro yoga workshops, horseback riding, trekking, adventure and fun.
Her vision and mission is “Conscious Living.”
Her guiding principal is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.
While traveling, I met Sorrel in South India (Kerala). We instantly began talking and connected. I had just arrived from Amma’s ashram, she was on her way there; we both would be at the Rishikesh International Festival in Rishikesh a month later. We ran into each other several times in Rishikesh and I understood the sign from the universe that there was more to our story.
Originally from San Diego, Sorrel fell in love with the natural beauty of Costa Rica and has been living there since. She is a dynamic and eclectic woman. She is an amazing Ayurveda cook, passionate health coach, organic gardener, skilled yoga instructor and beautiful human being. Her formal training and certifications includes: a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Food Science and Dietetics, Ayurveda Diet and Lifestyle Counselor, Nutrition and Herbology, Reflexology Certified, Chi Nei Tsang Certified, Womb Healing, Healing Love, Intuitive Massage, Reiki Level I Certification, ERYT 200 – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Certified Yoga Instructor, Heart Opening Hatha Immersion, Laughter Yoga Certified, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea Certification, Ayurveda of Yoga – Balancing the Elements, Nosara Yoga Vinyasa/Therapeutics/Yoga as Inquiry/Interdisciplinary of Multidimensional Self Certification, Esssential Nature Restorative Yoga Certification, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation & Visualization Practices, Sound Healing and Mantra Studies, Pranayama Practices.
Her wish: “To bring Peace & Beauty to the World through direct experiences in nature. To encourage wonder, respect, love of nature to learners throughout the World. To become everything. To love everything.”
Join us on a sacred soul journey and adventure to Costa Rica, Pura Vida. It will be beautiful, amazing, and a blast. Guaranteed to be great for your body, mind, heart, and soul!