Our Faculty

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.

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.

Helen Young RYT and RCYT:  Teacher

Helen teaches yoga to kids 5-14 years of age in a public school — 300 + kids a week and two adult classes a week to her colleagues. She loves sharing yoga with kids to help them connect with their bodies in a fun way. She also loves giving them the tools to calm themselves — tools they can take with them throughout their entire lives. Kids and adults 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. “This is my dharma, my path.”

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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