Meet our amazing team that helps facilitate our trainings and retreats through continual support, creativity and spreading the Kula love!
David Sonshine - Marketing Director
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. 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
Tori enjoys reading, writing & playing. As a teenager, she would spend her breaks off the grid exploring the mountains, volunteering on reservations, climbing on rocks and rafting down rivers. Her heart is happy when she is outdoors. She fell in love with yoga while traveling around the world. As she explored different countries, cultures and religions, she kept finding herself back on her mat. No matter the country, yoga is home.
No matter the language, yoga is universal. Working for the Kula Collective allows her to combine both of her passions - Yoga & Marketing. She loves marketing something that she believes in, something that will make the world a better place. This position allows her 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 and it is such a blessing to be apart of the Kula and online community.
Amanda carson- Publishing Intern
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.
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