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Gurubhai (Joe Rich)

Gurubhai is a master of Kundalini Yoga and Tantric Numerology. He trained personally for several years with Yogi Bhajan, the master teacher who brought Kundalini Yoga from India to the United States over fifty years ago. In the decades since, Gurubhai has borne the wisdom of this ancient and authentic lineage, reverently called the “Golden Chain” of teachers. For him, the teachings truly begin when one steps off the mat and into the world. Gurubhai focuses on “applied consciousness” by bringing universal spiritual teachings to the realms of relationship, career, communication, health, food and world events. He derives joy by helping people move beyond their limiting subconscious response patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior, into a conscious life that serves both the individual and the world at-large. He will personally lead the Yoga of Relationship and Intuition Satsangs, and will throughout the retreat offer unique perspectives that frame discussion topics through lens of yogic philosophy.

Victor Briere

Victor is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and the co-founder of Pacific Coast Ayurveda. Victor is a gifted Ayurvedic pulse reader, clinician, and educator. He presented at the 2019 National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference, and regularly consults with clients from all around the globe. His dedication to his yogic practice make him a rare gem in the health community, bringing both a highly sophisticated intellect and a deeply
intuitive sensing to his counselling and teaching. He has developed expertise on the vagus nerve and its relationship to trauma, addiction and healing. Victor will be co-facilitating our Ayurvedic health workshops and will be available for questions and personalized consultations throughout the retreat.

Jennifer Briere

Jennifer is our lead retreat director and co-founder of Rootdown Retreats. In addition to being a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, she is Rootdown’s grand conductor, establishing the organizational framework and fine tuning all the details. She is our powerhouse for all things practical and is your go-to for guest relations.  Jen will be leading the meditative nature hike, offering her guidance, wisdom, and consistent presence throughout the retreat.

Patrick Hentschel

Patrick is a climate action activist and educator with an impassioned edge.  He has a unique ability to confront the truth and inspire people to take a more holistic look at how issues of climate and environment relate to their personal lives. He is the host of “Running on Empty,” a radio show that centers around the global climate crisis, and serves on Mendocino County’s Climate Action Advisory Council. He has facilitated discussion panels at multiple colleges around California, welcoming the voices of youth activists, environmental leaders, and politicians. He is an active participant in the grassroots protests and movements inspired by climate activists around the world. He intends to help lead a transformation in consciousness that leverages both our personal and collective potential for the creation of sustainable and joyful lives.

Madison Madden

Madison is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and Dance/Movement Specialist. She is the co-founder of Pacific Coast Ayurveda and Rootdown Retreats. She is most well-known for her healing hands, where she specializes in a hands-on Ayurvedic technique called Marma Therapy. Invited to speak at the 2019 National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s Annual Conference, Madison brings an approachable and inspired approach to education as well as healing. Her passion is empowering people to heal themselves and discover their inseparable relationship to the natural world. She will lead the morning yoga practice and co-facilitate the Ayurvedic health and healing workshops. Madison will be one of your main touchstones for questions and guidance throughout the retreat.

Benjamin Brown

Ben is a gifted Vedic Astrologer (Jyotishi), Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and musician. He merges the Vedic and the Tantric traditions as a devoted student and teacher of both sacred lineages. He has a knack for breaking down the very complex dynamics of astrology into grounded and approachable building blocks, either for those looking to learn about astrology, or more commonly, for those looking to understand themselves more deeply through the lens of astrology. Ben will be leading the Vedic Astrology Workshop, and will also lend his musical talents to play with our guest musicians.

Our Team

Testimonials

I loved how this day touched and integrated physical, mental and emotional balance starting with introductions and intention and moving into asana, meditation, digestion, Kirtan and deeper meditation.

I would say the most impactful was the knowledge of the cooking class. Food is medicine.  The hike was a great reminder to take the time to breath and be present, connecting with nature. Helped me reset and focus again.

Thank you for introducing new techniques of Ayurvedic practices that we could actually feel, enjoy and use as habitual disciplines in our lives.  So much in so little time!

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