Meet our amazing team that helps facilitate our trainings and retreats through continual support, creativity and spreading the Kula love!
David Sonshine - Marketing Director
I met Kula's Coby and Ananda on a surf trip to Troncones. They held my first cacao ceremony, but not my last. I returned to my job in San Francisco, but later after quitting, I'd meet back up with them in Peru for more ceremony. I help the Kula market their life-changing trainings and retreats - it's a perfect way to promote openness in the world and follow my internal compass towards the nomadic life.
On this journey, I've been learning about community living, natural building, permaculture, and present moment living. In personal relationships, I adopt Don Miguel Ruiz's 4 Agreements. In making any risky decision, I try to remember: “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.” -Noam Chomsky
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Johana stark - sales director
I am an Argentinian-born, nature-loving woman who relishes in my connection with mother earth. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, working in the industrial abyss of Northern Alberta, and experiencing deep grief, I felt the call to dive deep inside and heal. In 2013 I completed my 200YTT under the sweet guidance of Jiya Randall and Jessi Luna in Guatemala. Using the tools I learned in my YTT, I followed the guidance of my heart and made a career shift taking me to Vancouver Island, where I managed an office at an outdoor education center and taught yoga to my heart's content.
It was in nature that I found myself again while I listened to and felt Khalil Gibran's words of wisdom: "...forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”. I draw inspiration from the elements, nature and geology while weaving these influences into my personal practice and teaching. One of my favourite studios is the water - any body water. A flat lake or lazy ocean set the perfect stage for a sweet SUP Yoga session which I LOVE to teach. On my downtime you can find me chanting in the woods, practicing my mermaid skills, gardening, dancing, or hiking a new peak. I am the oldest of 3 sisters and dream of travelling with my nephews and niece so I can show them the beauty this world holds.
I am so grateful for this path that led me all the way back to my teachers. Now, as the Sales Director for Kula, I help others register for the Yoga Teacher Training course of their dreams and field all kinds of questions coming into that famous firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. Aham Arogyam. Aham Anandam.
kylie roswell - director of expansion
A Pisces dreamer, adventure seeker and traveling yogi, Kylie Roswell is a compassionate and energetic person. Taping into her creative side, Kylie makes jewelry by day and sews costumes by night. At heart, she is a mountain girl who attended the University of Colorado Boulder, focusing on sustainable design and graphic design. After enduring major foot surgeries post college, she experienced a major life change and quit her “stable” job to follow her passion- yoga. After buying a one way ticket to Asia, her dream became her job. This adventure was filled with healing and personal discovery, self expansion and clarity. The adventure turned into a path and the path turned into a reality.
In her role with Kula Collective as Director of Expansion, she helps keep the Kula fractal growing by supporting the Kula Ambassador, Dharma and Kula Path programs. She is on the Kula Path to become a Kula Facilitator.
jill lacasse - website intern
Jill is a health enthusiast passionate about holistic living through being conscious of the mind, body and spirit connection. She is a free-spirited veggie-loving yogi that loves any kind of adventure that comes her way, whether that is rock climbing, paddle boarding, waterfall rappelling, cliff jumping or learning a new inversion. She finds balance and inspiration in her happy place of being in nature and swimming in the ocean. She ensures that everything she does is in alignment with her truth – to have a grateful and vulnerable heart in order to live in a positive and light filled way.
She loves to travel and learn from other cultures and the experiences of new people she meets along the way. She loves to be creative through writing on her blog, playing the harp, developing her yoga thesis and learning new things. She can’t wait for her next steps in her journey as she finishes her Kinesiology degree and takes on the world, awaiting all that the universe has in store for her. She knows her bold and bright spirit will lead the way in helping share her future of a simple, nomadic life where she can inspire, teach and motivate others to live in a mindful and purpose filled way.
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Tori Rayy - social media master
I enjoy reading, writing & playing. As a teenager, I would spend my breaks off the grid exploring the mountains, volunteering on reservations, climbing on rocks and rafting down rivers. My heart is happy when I am outdoors. I fell in love with yoga whilst traveling around the world. As I explored different countries, cultures and religions, I kept finding myself back on my mat. No matter the country, yoga is home.
No matter the language, yoga is universal. Working for the Kula Collective allows me to combine both of my passions - Yoga & Marketing. I love marketing something that I believe in, something that will make the world a better place. This position allows me to connect with the Kula Community, sharing inspiration and love around the world. Social Media plays such a huge role in our day-to-day lives that it’s a blessing to apart of this team.
Publishing Intern - Amanda carson
Amanda is a dancer, yogini, and adventurer who believes that movement is medicine. She felt called to yoga at a young age and has been teaching yoga and various forms of dance for over 7 years. Her deep love for self expression and exploration through movement creates an 'experience' that is both joyful and grounded, explorative and structured.
Sales Intern - Chaska smith
Born in the desert of West Texas, as a teen Chaska had a calling to move to the beautiful rockies of Colorado, where she pursued her B.S. in psychology. After several years of working at a psychiatric hospital, she realized in order to truly help heal her community, she needed to heal her Self.
It was during this time of self-inquiry and introspection where she decided to attend her first YTT. After completion of her YTT, she connected with the Kula Collective in Telluride, Colorado where she joined them in several sacred cacao ceremonies. Upon meeting members of the Kula, the feeling was powerful and reassuring; she knew she had found her tribe.
Chaska’s greatest passions in life are facilitating health and wellness within her community, as well as within the Self. She enjoys exploring various mediums for healing and expression including asana, meditation, music, art, sacred ceremony, and reconnecting with nature. She enjoys teaching asana, traveling, and creating meaningful connection with those around her. After spending many years searching for her tribe, she is blessed and grateful to be a part of the Kula Collective.
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” - Joseph Campbell