Our Faculty and Administration

Henry Shukman: Co-Director and Lead Teacher

MA, Cambridge University. Co-director of RGMI, lead teacher, and certified Zen master. He is author of One Blade of Grass, a 2019 memoir of a writer’s journey into mindfulness. He also writes regularly for The New York Times and other publications. He is dedicated to helping people find more peace, love and responsiveness.



John Braman: Co-Director and Assistant Teacher

MA, Educational Administration, Teachers College; BA, Brown University. Co-director of RGMI and mindfulness teacher with a 2018 certificate from Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and a certificate from the Harvard Pluralism Project for studies on contemplative traditions. He began his career with a decade of service at Albuquerque Academy.



Helen Young: Movement Specialist

Helen teaches yoga to kids 5-14 years of age in a public school — 300 + kids and two adult classes a week to her colleagues. 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 — tools they can use throughout their entire lives. We need yoga now, at this time, on our planet more than ever. When there is chaos outside, we need to be the peace in the world. It works from the inside out.


Sarah Giffin: Experiential Specialist

Sarah is passionate about embodied play, critical inquiry, and creative projects to create and facilitate learning experiences that are participant-driven, experiential, project-based, and deepen both the participants’ self knowledge and connection to the group. Sarah strives to create a learning journey that is relevant and resonant; that inspires participants to get curious, creative, and drive the inquiry; that activates many ways of knowing and styles of learning; and that deepens participants’ relationship to the issue and to one another.


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 health and agriculture, 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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