Authorized Teachers

Teachers Authorized to Transmit and Teach the Following Practices:

Ellen Booth Church

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis
  • Mandala of the Yab Yum Buddhas
  • Three Yanas: Sutrayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana

kwtaramandala@aol.com

Keywest, FL

(607) 351-1325

ELLEN BOOTH CHURCH (Yeshe Choepel) is a 25+year practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist teacher, and an accomplished educator and author of numerous books and articles on Education.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Education at NovaSoutheasternUniversity. Ms. Church has studied with Lama Tsultrim Allione since the first Dakini Retreat and has  since  assisted her at Tara Mandala. Ms. Church has also created three satellite Tara Mandala Sanghas (Key West, FL, IthacaNYand Marathon, FL). She is authorized to teach a wide variety of Lama Tsultrim’s work and is the guiding teacher for the Tara Mandala Key West Sangha. www.keywesttaramandala.org

 


Debra V. Quayle

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I
  • Three Yanas: Sutrayana and Mahayana
  • Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

debra@taramandala.org

Pagosa Springs, CO

(530) 205-5593

Debra Quayle Travis

Debra V. Quayle has been on the Buddhist path for almost thirty years. She has a firm foundation in the Theravadan tradition and, while living in Asia in 2005 and 2006, she began her study and practice of Vajrayana. She has taught many meditation classes and retreats to students in a variety of settings, including in her private psychotherapy practice, in hospitals, universities, at professional conferences, in prisons, and in foreign countries. Ms. Travis is a student of Lama Tsultrim Allione who has authorized her to teach. Ms. Travis is Tara Mandala’s Program Director and a Resident Teacher. She also is the guiding teacher for the Tara Mandala Pagosa Sangha.

 

Dagmar Loewenkamp

Authorized to  Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I
  • Dzinpa Rangdröl Ngöndro Lung and  Explanation

dagmar-loewenkamp@t-online.de

Geisfeld, Germany

I have worked since 1989 as a psychotherapist  and supervisor ( Analytic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Breath- and Bodywork). By that time my Buddhist path started. I went through different Buddhist schools and studied with Sogyal Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for many years. Through my buddhist practice I felt the need to bring the path into my therapeutic work. From 1999 till 2005 I participated, assisted and co-teached (in  “Karuna Training”  – the german version of the Naropa Institut`s Contemplative Psychology program). I`m a shamatha meditation instructor. In 2004, I met Lama Tsultrim. Since then I have been her student and felt deeply grateful to have finally found a path of female wisdom.

 

Charlotte Rotterdam

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I
Boulder, CO(720) 472-1956 or (720) 472-2511www.skymind.us

Charlotte Rotterdam is a teacher, organizational leader, and consultant/coach with a strong commitment to helping others foster creative growth, self awareness and spacious presence in all aspects of their lives. She has been teaching and guiding meditation and Feeding your Demons nationally and internationally for several years, and is Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University. She received her Masters degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School and has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for 15  years, and of Lama Tsultrim Allione’s for the last five.

Charlotte has brought compassionate and creative leadership to Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center where she served as Executive Director for the last four years and currently serves as Trustee; and to Naropa University’s School of Extended Studies, where she served as Program Director for nearly ten years, from its inception to its development into an award-winning international center of holistic learning. Her strengths lie in articulating and manifesting organizational vision, developing trusting relationships within the group and supporting individual growth on personal and professional levels.

The mother of two, she has written on the intersection of spiritual practice and motherhood.

 

Pieter Oosthuizen

Authorized to  Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I

skymind7@gmail.com

Boulder, CO

(720) 472-1956 or (720) 472-2511

www.skymind.us

Pieter Oosthuizen is an entrepreneur and CEO of Paracelsus Labs Inc, a start-up focused on launching a new organic consumer brand.  In the past Pieter has brought innovative leadership to institutions such as Naropa University where he held the position of Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, overseeing the School of Extended Studies, and Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center, founded and led by Lama Tsultrim Allione, where he served as Executive Director for four years.  He is currently a Trustee on the Board of Tara Mandala.  His years of leadership have been dedicated to creating healthy, creative, and effective organizations built on cultures of openness, authenticity and honest communication. He completed the Authentic Leadership Training in 2004.

Pieter has been teaching and offering guidance in meditation and the process of Feeding your Demons for several years. To this end he brings a unique blend of incisive insight and genuine compassion.  Among other disciplines, he has studied in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for two decades and most recently with Lama Tsultim Allione.

 

Barbara Staemmler

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I

wuerzburg@taramandala.org

Max-Reger-Str. 11

D-97074 Wuerzburg, Germany

49931-12921

www.gestalttherapie-staemmler.de

Dr. med. Barbara Staemmler has studied medicine and specializes in psychotherapy. She has been working as a gestalt therapist and supervisor in private practice for more than 20 years. She also conducts gestalt therapy training programs with additional trainings in psychoanalytic therapy, in musical therapy, and bodywork. She has been a disciple of Lama Tsultrim’s for over five years. Barbara is certified in Kapala Training and regularly assists Lama Tsultrim in these retreats and trainings.

 

 

 

Chandra Easton

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche Chod

Berkeley, CA
(805) 896-6654
(805) 896-6555

In 1996, Chandra’s strong interest in Buddhism led her to Dharamsala, India, where she studied Buddhist philosophy, meditation and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, founded by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Later, she received her degree in Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara where she focused on Buddhist Studies and translated Tibetan Buddhist texts on meditation with B. Alan Wallace. She also had the good fortune of studying Tibetan language with Ngawang Thondup Narkyid, a Tibetan elder and an official biographer for H.H. Dalai Lama. While at UCSB, she taught Tibetan language, as well as, supervised the cataloging of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon for Davidson Library. 

Chandra has studied the Sutrayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with many qualified teachers both at the scholastic and practice levels. Her primary studies have been in the Tibetan Vajrayana teachings. Starting with taking refuge with H.H. 16th Karmapa when she was five years old, she continued to receive teachings and empowerments from authentic teachers such as H.H. Dalai Lama, Kusum Lingpa, Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche, Khenpo Wangchuk Sonam, Gyatrul Rinpoche, Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, Lama Wangdu, Lama Tsultrim Allione, and Lama Pema Dorje. She has also studied with the Vietnamese Mahayana teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. She completed the Longchen Nyingthik Ngondro in 2003 and continues to cultivate her own practice.

Chandra has been teaching Buddhism and Hatha Yoga since 2001 and is  authorized by Lama Tsultrim Allione to teach Prajna Paramita meditation, Chöd, Feeding Your Demons, and the Tara Mandala Sutrayana course. She is also on the faculty of the Insight Yoga Institute. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her family.

Visit www.shunyatayoga.com to learn more.

 

Jeff Tipp

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I

jefftipp@gmail.com

San Rafael, Sebastopol, and Nevada City, CA

(206) 463-5808 or (415) 485-5607

www.clearmindcounseling.org

skype: jmtipp

Jeff was ordained as a monk in an order of Christian mystics in 1968 and ran a Mission in Hawaii. He entered the Dharma in 1973 with Lama Tsultrim and is an authorized Feeding Your Demons Psychotherapist. He met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, and founded Blue Heron Zen Community in 1980, an urban residential Zen Center in Seattle where he teaches . He recieved Inka from Zen Master Ji Bong in 2006, and permission to teach from Lama Tsultrim in 2010.Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Kilung Rinpoche have both trained Jeff in the highest Dzogchen practices , having completed the Barchey Kunsel Ngondro and many extended group and solo retreats. Jeff’s 45 years of contemplative practice and teaching inform his whole life and his Psychotherapy practice. Jeff and his wife Roberta work as a married therapeutic team with couples in their private therapy practice in San Rafael as well as over Skype. They both have taught retreats and workshops for many years around the US and in Mexico.

 

Roberta Godbe-Tipp

Authorized to  Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Kapala Training Level I

robertagodbetipp@gmail.com

San Rafael, Sebastopol, and Nevada City, CA

Roberta has been a Transpersonal Therapist and Coach in private practice for 30 years.  Her work as a therapist creatively synthesizes Western Psychology, Easter Meditative Traditions and Non-Dual Therapy.  She has been a practitioner for over 42 years, and leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States, focusing on the integration of meditation, spiritual transformation and non-dual contemplative teachings.  She has a Skype video coaching practice with clients who live at a distance.

 

 

Karla Jackson-Brewer

Authorized to Teach:

  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Namkai Norbu Rinpoche Chod

khadro22@earthlink.net

New York City
(212) 260-7613

Karla is an advanced student of Lama Tsultrim Allione and has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for the past 22 years.  She has traveled to Tibet and assisted Lama Tsultrim in teaching the Chöd for the past 11 years. She is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Sine Qua Non:  Allies in Healing – an integrative therapy practice in New York City.  Ms. Jackson-Brewer has been serving clients in the area of personal emotional growth for the past 31 years and has offered workshops in Feminist Spirituality, Yoruba Belief System, and meditation.  She is a professor at Rutgers University in  Women’s & Gender Studies and Africana Studies Departments.  She is also an initiated priest in the West African Yoruba system of Ifa.

 

Polly Ryan

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajna Paramita
  • Feeding Your Demons
  • Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

PollyRyan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1989. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace she has also studied Shamata, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen and other practices for over two decades. She has received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H H the Dalai Lama in the late 1980’s. Having met the educational and practice requirements of Lama Tsultrim’s Kapala Training in 2008, Polly is now certified as a Feeding Your Demons Therapist and utilizes this process as a vital and transformative therapeutic life tool to assist clients in feeding rather than fighting their inner blocks to healing, growth and transformation. Polly has practiced psychotherapy for over 25 years in Truckee, CA and Reno, NV. She leads the Tahoe-Reno Sangha at For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee.

 

Jeanne Lepisto

Authorized to Teach:

  • Prajñaparamita
  • Feeding Your Demons

Langley, WA

(360) 331-7441
lepisto@whidbey.com

Costanzo Allione-Osel Dorje

Authorized to Teach:

  • Dzinpa Rangdrol Ngondro
Pagosa Springs, CO

Ösel Dorje(Costanzo Allione) has done almost four years of solitary retreat, during which he completed five ngöndros, chöd, several kinds of deity yoga, and the highest Dzog Chen practices.

Ösel Dorje’s root teacher is Adzom Paylo Rinpoche, under whose guidance he has done his retreats. He is particularly fond of the practice of ngöndro (the foundational practices) and he is also enthusiastic about Tibetan Buddhist history, biographies of realized yogis and yoginis, the Tibetan language and epistemology.

Ösel Dorje has also had the fortune to receive guidance from his mother, Lama Tsultrim Allione, since he was a child. More recently, he has also received teachings from from Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, both of whom he has known for over 15 years. From his own personal retreat practice, Ösel Dorje has gained a strong appreciation for the importance of developing a deep understanding of the philosophical side of Buddhist study, while bringing it to life through meditation experience.

Sabine Kalff

Authorized to Teach:

  • Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

www.buddhazollikon.ch

Zollikon,Zürich,Switzerland

sabinekalff@freesurf.ch

Zurich, Switzerland
(044) 391-8166

Sabine Hayoz Kalff, Buddhist Meditation Teacher, born 1952 in Bern/ Switzerland, studied anthropology and art therapy and worked in a psychiatric ambulatorium and in her own painting studio (till 2007). Since 1981 she practices and studies Buddhism under the guidance of Tibetan Lamas from the Gelugpa, Kagyü and Nymgma tradition (Gesche Jampa Lodro, Tenga Rinpoche,  Khamtrul Rinpoche and others) and Western Buddhist teachers. She is the president of the Buddhist Center of Zollikon/Zürich. She and her husband Martin Kalff are the two resident teachers.

She receives ongoing guidance concerning the Tibetan Buddhist tradition from Lodro Rinpoche, great Tibetan scholar (Gelug), he is mainly aTaraspecialist and Chöd master who teaches also at their Center. Since 1994 her main teacher is Sylvia Wetzel fromBerlin. She has been trained and authorized by her to teach. Sabine H. Kalff is a founding member and teacher of Tara Libre, Sylvia Wetzel’s meditation network mainly for women and is the leader of the Swiss branch. Since 2003 she received all the main teachings of  Lama Tsültrim Allione. She assisted Lama Tsültrim Allione in most of her European retreats and has been authorized by her to teach the Mandala of the 5 Dakinis.

 

 

Hubert Backes

Authorized to Teach:

  • Dzinpa Rangdröl Ngöndro Explanation

hubert-backes@t-online.de

Geisfeld, Germany
0049 9505-5608

I work in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. My Buddhist backround: My guru was Chögyam Trungpa Rimpoche since 1984. After his Paranirvana his Guru Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor took care of us. I practiced the Mandala’s of Vajrayogini, Charkrasamvara and Vajrakilaya and met Lama Tsültrim in 2005. Since 2009 my preference is the Dzinpa Rangdrol. I am certified Meditation instructor for Shine Meditation.

 

 

 

The following teachers all teach Feeding Your Demons:

Gudrun Binder

Authorized to Teach:

  • Feeding Your Demons

gudrun.binder@aon.at

Vienna, Austria
0043 (0) 699 12552074

Psychologist – studies focusing on consciousness- and brain research, chaostheory, constructivism and philosophy of science, what finally led to Buddhism. Practitioner since 2005, Kapala training (Level 3), certified psychologist for Feeding Your Demons since 2008, authorized teacher since 2009. After some years as an employee in social network management, project management and product devolopement in further education and counseling I am now self-employed since 2005 doing psychological work (counseling, attendance, workshops) and scientific research. 7 years performer of improvisation- and playback theatre; Wushu,Taiji since 2001, Chan Mi Qigong since 2004;student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 2005

 


Vajralila

Authorized to Teach:

  • Feeding Your Demons

Vajralila has been practising Counselling since 1998. She is fully qualified in many modalities and now offers an integrative approach to therapy and tailors the way she works to suit the individual.

Vajralila has experience co-managing a Counselling service in a GP surgery for many years. She has held a private practice for 12 years and has worked as a group therapist in a residential rehabilitation centre for people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse for 5 years. She is also experienced in working with clients from minority groups.

Vajralila has a strong emphasis in her style of counselling of ‘turning towards’ the painful emotions or physical illness and listening to these parts of the self rather that trying to get ‘rid off’ them. She has trained with Tsultrim Allione which has helped her develop this transformative approach.
Vajralila also works as a Supervisor for 1-1 and groups and sees clients in both eastbourne and Brighton. She is also an ordained Buddhist.

 

Sudakini Kaery Davies, BA, PGdipDMT, RDMP

Authorized to Teach:

  • Feeding Your Demons

Sudakini is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist since 2002, following many years as a professional dancer and teacher. Her work as a dancer and therapist has been deeply informed by her Buddhist practice of 23 years. Sudakini sees clients for 1:1 work as well as holding groups; she has been authorized to teach Feeding Your Demons by Lama Tsultrim since May 2010.