Our Faculty and Administration

Henry Shukman: Co-Director of RGMI and Lead Teacher

Henry is the guiding teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center and a certified Zen master. He recently published the acclaimed One Blade of Grass, a 2019 memoir of a writer’s journey into mindfulness. He writes regularly for The New York Times and other publications. He is dedicated to helping people find more peace, love and responsiveness. He has an MA from Cambridge University.



John Braman: Co-Director of RGMI, Assistant Teacher, School Integration Specialist

John has a 2018 teaching certificate from Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), a national organization specializing in mindfulness for teens. He began his career as director of the experiential education at Albuquerque Academy. He has an MA in Educational Administration from Teachers College at Columbia University.



Helen Young: Movement Specialist

Helen teaches yoga at El Camino Real Academy — 300 + kids and two adult classes a week. She loves sharing yoga with people to help them connect with their bodies in a fun way, as well as giving them tools to calm themselves. Helen believes we need yoga now more than ever. When there is chaos outside, we can be the peace in the world. She has a BS in elementary ed w/ PE endorsement from Southern Illinois University and a Masters of Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University.


Sarah Giffin: Experiential Specialist

Sarah is passionate about embodied play and critical inquiry; creating projects and facilitating learning experiences that are participant-driven, experiential, project-based, and deepen both the self knowledge and group connection. She strives to create a journey that is relevant and resonant; inspires curiosity, creativity, and drives inquiry. She has a BA in psychology and a Creative Arts Therapy Certificate from The New School.



Felicia (FeliceMarohn: Teacher

Felice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in private practice since 2012. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based, emotion-focused treatment that is grounded in mindfulness skills. She is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 1995. She offers treatment for depression, anxiety, and trauma/post traumatic stress (PTSD). Some of her other interests include racial/ethnic awareness, gender studies, non-violent communication and neuroscience/neuropsychology.


Kathryn Stedham: Teacher

Kathryn is a visual artist, Zen Meditation student and former Mountain Cloud Zen Center Board Member.  She has taught teacher training programs and youth, in schools and underserved communities for over fifteen years.  Kathryn is a full-time painter, exhibits her artwork internationally and the founder of a Classical School of Painting. Kathryn teaches introductory Zen and Mindfulness.  She is trained in stress reduction mindfulness techniques and fostering mindful solutions for well-being.

Lydia Maier: Teacher

MBA and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the Dean of Student Affairs at Waynflete School. She began her career as an Instructor, Staff Trainer and Diversity Coordinator for Outward Bound programs where she led trips for all girls, cancer survivors, resettled refugees, urban youth, adjudicated young adults, and courses in life/career renewal. A trained Gestalt therapist she facilitates wellness programs in contemplative education, positive risk-taking and social emotional learning for students and adults.


Yvonne Sebastian, Program Administrator

Yvonne was born and raised in New Mexico. She has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. She has dedicated her career to youth and adult education and community service; doing wilderness therapy, international community extension work in mental health and community development, substance abuse prevention and intervention, college student services and middle/high school counseling. She incorporated mindfulness techniques into her work and tries to maintain a daily meditative practice.


We are currently expanding our teaching faculty and developing a teacher training program. Our faculty will have specialities in interpersonal communications, cognitive based therapy (CBT), body work, yoga, wilderness skills, intercultural leadership, program development, and other capabilities that will advance the mission of RGMI.































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