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Dr. Ricky Fishman

Ricky Fishman

Director

Ricky Fishman has been a Professor of Humanities at New College of California for over twenty years and has also taught at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College and the California Institute for Integral Studies.  Courses taught include History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Integrative Health Studies, Ways of Knowing, and many more.  He has been leading educational tours, taking groups to Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, Peru, Burma, and Indonesia, to study "Global Health Systems", "Art, Culture, and Politics in Latin America", and "Mind/Body Healing through Yoga and Meditation". In addition, Dr Fishman is a practitioner of Integrative Chiropractic Care at Chiromedica, in San Francisco, California as well as a published author and photographer, a recording musician and the proud father of a teenage son. www.rickyfishman.com


Larry Cammarata, Ph.D

Larry Cammarata, Ph.D

Larry Cammarata, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and educator who has practiced psychology for over 20 years. He is the clinical director of Skyland Behavioral Health Associates, a multidisciplinary behavioral healthcare practice in Asheville, NC. Through his writing, teaching, and clinical practice, Larry is a recognized expert in the field of mind-body medicine. He has advanced training and expertise in the areas of clinical hypnosis, family therapy, brief therapy, and mind-body approaches to health and wellness.


Da'Mon Vann

Da'Mon Vann

Da'Mon Vann, M.S, RScP, is a master fitness trainer, wellness coach and health promotor. He is the founder of A Fit Second Half Fitness & Wellness, offering exercise and wellness services exclusively for adults over 50. He is also Co-Founder of Casa Del Toro Wellness. Da’Mon was named one of the Bay Area’s Top Ten fitness trainers by the San Francisco Chronicle. With over 15 years experience in the health and wellness field, Da’Mon has guided hundreds of people to achieve greater health, fitness and well-being. As a licensed spiritual counselor with United Centers for Spiritual Living, he teaches meditation, visioning and prayer. His greatest joy is promoting active aging. Da’Mon specializes in working with older adults who face chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity. He enjoys being known as the "New Aging Gym Guru"! www.afitsecondhalf.com


Dr. Jorge Partida

Jorge Partida

Dr. Jorge Partida is a clinical psychologist and author of The Promise of the Fifth Sun: Ancestral Journey of Self Discovery and La Promesa Del Quinto Sol (Spanish Edition). He is a television and radio presenter appearing weekly with Univision Radio and Television network. Dr. Jorge is the founder of J. Partida Consulting, working nationally and internationally with faith-based, government and nonprofit organizations in areas of health, education, social services and leadership. He is also Co-Founder of Casa Del Toro Wellness. Throughout his career, Dr. Jorge has incorporated the influences of culture, spirituality and native practices of healing to inform his work. Dr. Partida has worked extensively in Africa, Europe, Latin-America, and throughout the United States. He facilitates healing retreats, which integrate shamanic healing practices and rituals with traditional psychology. Dr. Jorge has served as Director of the Doctorate Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill) and Deputy Director of Behavioral Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). www.drjorge.net


Jerry Dekker

Jerry Dekker

Jerry Dekker is a native of San Francisco, California. He is a professor of Political Science and has taught Humanities and Cultural Studies in the USA, Iran, China, Denmark, Greece and the Philippines. Jerry has led cultural tours to Cuba, Central and South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His philosophy of education focuses on learning about the world by being in the world. Jerry believes in learning through travel and has led field studies from the Himalayas to the Amazonian rainforest. Jerry also serves as an Iranian travel consultant and tour coordinator for Iran Traveler


Barbara Voinar

Barbara Voinar

Barbara Voinar is a teacher to yoga teachers. She also inspires beginners to explore the life enriching physical and emotional healing benefits of establishing a consistent practice and mentors and encourages experienced students to confidently deepen their yoga practice. Barbara's richly textured thirty year teaching experience provides a unique and intimate workshop learning opportunity to students at all levels. She has been on the faculty of teacher trainings and mentors aspiring teachers. Barbara has led numerous retreats and workshops.

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