Our Faculty and Administration

Henry Shukman: Co-Director and Lead Teacher


Our lead teacher, Henry, is a published author, poet, and Zen teacher with about 30 years of meditation practice.

He currently leads teacher workshops and student mindfulness sessions at Santa Fe Prep in New Mexico, as well as with schools in Southern California – not to mention his work with adults worldwide.


John Braman: Co-Director and Assistant Teacher

John is a student of Henry and a longtime meditator. He is past president of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) after being awarded the Klingenstein Fellowship for excellence in teaching.

He is currently a mentor for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and specializes in holistic program development.



Helen Young RYT and RCYT: Teacher

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: Teacher

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.

Lydia Maier LCSW, MBA: Teacher

Lydia 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, MSSW: Program Admin.

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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