Meet our amazing team that helps facilitate our trainings and retreats through continual support, creativity and spreading the Kula love!
David Sonshine - Chief technology officer
David met Kula's Coby and Ananda on a surf trip to Troncones. They held his first cacao ceremony, but not his last. He returned to his job in San Francisco, but later after quitting, he meet back up with them in Peru for more ceremony. He helps the Kula market their life-changing trainings and retreats - it's a perfect way to promote openness in the world and follow his internal compass towards the nomadic life.
On this journey, he has been learning about community living, natural building, permaculture, and present moment living. In personal relationships, he adopts Don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements. In making any risky decision, He tries 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
Johana is an Argentinian-born, nature-loving woman who relishes in her connection with mother earth. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, working in the industrial abyss of Northern Alberta, and experiencing deep grief, she felt the call to dive deep inside and heal.
In 2013, she completed her 200YTT under the sweet guidance of Jiya Randall and Jessi Luna in Guatemala. Using the tools she learned in her YTT, she followed the guidance of her heart and made a career shift taking her to Vancouver Island, where she managed an office at an outdoor education center and taught yoga to her heart's content.
It was in nature that she found herself again while she was guided by 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”. She draws inspiration from the elements, nature and geology while weaving these influences into her personal practice and teaching. One of her favourite studios is the water; any body water, whether that be a flat lake or lazy ocean, sets the perfect stage for a sweet SUP Yoga session.
On her downtime, you can find her chanting in the woods, practicing her mermaid skills, gardening, dancing, or hiking a new peak. She is the oldest of three sisters and dream of travelling with her nephews and niece so she can show them the beauty this world holds.
She is so grateful for this path that led her all the way back to her teachers. Now, as the Sales Director for Kula, she helps others register for the Yoga Teacher Training course of their dreams and fields 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. Kylie also facilitates Kula 200 HR yoga teacher trainings and retreats.
Upcoming with Kylie…
jill (veta) lacasse - Creative Director
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.
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Chaska smith- Sales Intern
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