Meet the instructors for the 2018 Restorative Arts

and Yoga Festival June 1-3 here.



Shawna Lee West, Event Organizer

Upon moving to Tahoe, Shawna found in Granlibakken an ideal place for exploration and growth. She has relished in the unique setting of Granlibakken as a place to work and play for a decade.  In 2010, Shawna revived the Women's Wellness Weekend, formerly hosted by Tahoe Forest Hospital District, as a weekend that women could learn from experts in conventional medicine & information. Shawna has responded to the evolving needs of participants, developing a more robust curriculum, inviting both genders, including integrative medicine, offering movement classes & other healing arts modalities.

In Shawna's eyes, intentional health and wellness are an extension of Granlibakken's inherent natural beauty and serenity. The unique grounds of Granlibakken, set on 74 acres of private forestry inspire her to bring new, creative programs to Granlibakken Tahoe and create opportunities for people to gather, learn, and be inspired.  Shawna continues to incorporate health & wellness into the fabric of Granlibakken through yoga retreats and now RAY!


Restorative Arts and YogaAshley Aarti Cooper: Event Organizer, Opening Session, Shinrin-Yoku

Yoga started as a way to feel grounded and calm when life felt hectic or when Ashley was dissatisfied with her day to day routine. Even when she didn't understand the therapeutic applications and profound history of Yoga, she still felt the affects in her mind and body as well as the influence it had in her life. 

In 2009 Ashley found herself falling in love with Yoga. She traveled to Goa, India, to deepen her spiritual study and receive her 200-hour Teacher Training Certificate. She learned a lot about her Self there, and began teaching shortly after.  

Ashley moved to Truckee, CA, in 2013. A nature-adventure guide and private Yoga instructor, she spends her work and play time deep within the wild forests of Lake Tahoe and California. She know that her dharma, or life's duty, is to share Yoga and the natural world with people to help create a deepened awareness of our interconnection with Mother Earth and personal well-being. 


Tracy Desens Restorative Arts and YogaTracy Desens: Sunrise Yoga

Tracy's love for yoga started 15 years ago in Southern California. She moved to Tahoe in 2000 and loves it here! Tracy obtained her certification in the YogaWorks method by Lakshmi (Angie) Norwood in March of 2014. YogaWorks is a combination of Iyengar, Ashtanga and ViniYoga; put simply, alignment with flow. In Tracy's classes you can expect a level 1-2 in difficulty, breath awareness with flowing movement, use of gentle sun salutes to warm the body, an empahsis on alignment in postures and use of props.

In addition to Tracy's love for yoga, she greatly enjoys being outdoors; hiking, mountain biking, SUP, skiing, XC skiing, camping, dancing to live music with her husband and having adventures with her two young, beautiful daughters.


Tahoe WellnessMark Kuehene: Tai Chi

With a profound love for the Taoist philosophy, Mark centers his life on balance in all areas. His dedication to providing healing to others is only matched by his love of playfulness. He spends many mornings out on the mountain, snowboarding or telemark skiing in the winter and downhill mountain biking in the warmer months.

Mark acquired his massage therapy license in San Diego, with a specialty in sports massage, and began his studies in bodywork. He then continued to practice while attending the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in order to obtain his degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Learning from Masters such as 30th generation acupuncturist Dr. Yitian Ni and fifth generation acupuncturist Dr. Richard Tei Fu Tan, Mark completed both curriculums of Acupuncturist and Herbalist. This training helped him pass the necessary licensing exams to become a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in 1995.

In 2000, Mark and his wife Lily moved to Lake Tahoe to combine their practices for the good of the community, while living in an area that afforded them the ability to indulge their playfulness. They joined their talents together to offer complete wellness by purchasing and establishing the Lake Tahoe Wellness Center in 2001.


Yoga Retreat Tahoe Katie Capano: Acroyoga

Practicing yoga since 1998, Katie started teaching yoga in 2007 and has since trained in multiple styles of yoga and bodywork. Katie thanks Kundalini Yoga for teaching her discipline, Thai Massage for teaching her patience, and Prajna Yoga for teaching her humility. Currently, Katie focuses both her teaching and her self-practice on restorative yoga, mindfulness meditation, and alignment-based hatha. She loves the fusion of yoga and social justice, discussing the importance of cultural awareness amongst yoga teachers.

In addition to her 2000+ hours of yoga trainings, Katie works as a family nurse practitioner at a Medicaid clinic in Nevada and as a nurse midwife in a free-standing birth center in California. With a strong background in international aide, Katie is grateful for the 13 years she has spent in the US, Africa, and Latin America utilizing both her Eastern and Western skill sets to offer holistic approaches to medicine, when appropriate. She is also an associate professor for the schools of Medicine and Nursing at The University of Nevada, Reno, and she mentors students regularly.

Kate Leist

Kate Leist: Sacred & Soulful: A Kundalini Journey, Self-Love, & Empowerment

Kate Leist's yoga journey is about discovering one's truth and living a healthy and fulfilled life. "The practice of yoga allows us to look deeply within and break down the barriers we build up for ourselves, leading us to understand our true essence while giving us the strength and confidence to achieve our dreams," says Kate. She is passionate about the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual benefits of yoga and generously shares this knowledge with her students.

Kate's teaching style is gentle, well-paced and fun with subtle, challenging variations, keeping all students engaged with an emphasis on proper alignment. While certified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow teacher, her classes seamlessly blend influences from Kundalini yoga, powerful and transformational breath work and guided meditations. Since Kate received her 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification in the Himalayas of Northern India, she has been avidly teaching classes in Lake Tahoe, leading workshops, and continuing her own education through travel, practice, self-study, and attending workshops and trainings.

Kate grew up in beautiful Northern Michigan and currently resides in Truckee, CA located in North Lake Tahoe. She enjoys anything that involves water (in or near water), traveling to new places that expand her mind and question her perceptions, being immersed in mother nature, cooking & eating delicious food, spending time with loved ones, taking her beagle Penny Lane on adventures, talking in accents, live music, and dancing (to name a few).

Brooke Butler: Exploring Energy Medicine

Brooke is a diversified and skilled healer.  In addition to having studied BodyTalk Fundamentals, the building blocks of BodyTalk, she has studied The Principles of Consciousness, the Musculo-Skeletal System, 5 Elements, Bio-Dynamics, Orthopedic Evaluation, and PaRama. This two year course is likened to the post-doctorate work for The BodyTalk System.  It incorporates state of the art energy medicine utilizing the principles of quantum mechanics, neurophysiology, neuro-psychology, lateral logic, and philosophy, thus expanding the scope of practice for transformation on a core level.  More recently, Brooke has been studying homeopathy and detoxification, also working with sound healing.

Additionally, Brooke is a Reiki Master/Teacher, has a BS in Biology, is certified to teach yoga to both children and adults, has been a tour guide in the United States and western Canada for over 12 years, and is a Wilderness First Responder.

Her future goals involving BodyTalk include bringing BodyTalk Access to Lake Tahoe (a one day course for EMT’s, Search and Rescue, Ski Patrol, the Fire Dept, professional health care providers, and community), working with BodyTalk in the wilderness, and community outreach in third world countries.


Deborah Lapkin: Iyengar

Iyengar yoga has taught me to look beyond the outer physical layers and explore the inner layers of mind energy and spirit. It develops strength,stamina,concentration coordination, flexibility, and more. Using physical alignment as a starting point, Iyengar yoga encourages the spread of intelligence throughout the body, the growth of self awareness, and an experience of the asanas as a form of meditation in action!
Please come and join me at the Ray Restorative Arts & Yoga Festival at Granlibakken Tahoe.


Yoga North Lake TahoeMeghan Ruiz:  Finding Balance

Meghan Ruiz is known for her creative, challenging intelligently sequenced classes that honor the importance of the fundamental asanas and alignment along with the meditative qualities of vinyasa flow. She loves using the fundamentals to create a foundation for understanding of the asanas that empower students to safely explore more advanced postures such as inversions and arm balances.

Meghan is a 300 E-RYT who has been teaching yoga classes and workshops in the Truckee/Tahoe/Reno community since 2009. She recently started The Truckee Yoga Collective in Truckee, CA.


Lauri Glenn:  Yin-Permanence

Lauri believes that we all have a purpose in this life, in yoga called svadharma, that is unique to each of us.  The world needs us, urges us to heed the call of our svadharma.  Lauri's purpose on this journey through life and with the work/teachings she shares, is to offer a safe and welcoming path Home.  A path Home to the Self, with Love and Acceptance.  A path Home to Sangha, a welcoming, supportive community.  And a path Home to Spirit, our essential nature of Equanimity & Grace. Lauri is honored to walk this path awhile with you and she wishes to welcome you Home.

Lauri transplanted to Truckee 22 years ago from Washington state and never looked back. Yoga began for Lauri as a physical fitness endeavor, but quickly revealed itself to be much more. Since beginning her practice in 1995, yoga has taught and continues to teach her not just how to handle the external world with more love and patience, but how to navigate the internal world of Mind, Emotion & Energy with more skill, compassion, and grace. The practices of Yoga are expansive and Lauri strives to share them in a practical, accessible way.  She believes the true measure of our practice is not what happens on the mat, but how we take that into our lives so that we can turn ordinary days, into extraordinary moments.

Lauri is a Yoga Alliance 500 Hour registered teacher, with the focus of her studies in Yoga Therapy. Her past and continued training includes Iyengar, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Yoga as Medicine, Yoga Nidra Meditation, Yoga for Pain Management, Mindfulness Meditation, Alignment-Based Vinyasa and she recently began studying Sanskrit, the ancient "language of Yoga." She is a Reiki Master, as well as a Cranial Sacral & Massage Therapist in practice for over 17 years.  Lauri spent 8 years as a Firefighter/Paramedic as well, an experience which reinforces her passion to work proactively, preventively, and sustainably to care for our Health now and into our future.


Deanna Kay: Hatha Flow

Deanna Found Yoga whole-heartedly in 2009. During this time, she traveled to India and began practicing various forms of Yoga: Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini accompanied by an array of meditation techniques. When she returned to the states she began her studies in Anusara Yoga with Ashleigh Sergeant and Siri Peterson.

Deanna has been teaching since and continues to refine her expression of what yoga truly is to her. Her style of teaching incorporates alignment-based Asana, (postures), along with Pranayam, (breath) and meditation. For Deanna, Yoga is about calming the mind, freeing the body of pain, raising our energetic vibrations and opening and bringing light into the heartspace.


Breeze Cross: Sound Healing

Breeze retired from a 40 year career as owner/operator of Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co. at the end of 2012, which enabled him to pursue his passion, to awaken consciousness in the world using meditation, inquiry, sound, movement & the breath.

He first discovered the power of bowls at an Asilomar 5day silent retreat with Adyashanti when he was asked to be time-keeper and ring the meditation bowl. There something very deep got touched and over the last 10 years, his travels have led to acquiring a unique collection of endocrine and chakra attuned alchemical Crystal Tones singing bowls, a set of tuned metal Tibetan Bowls & various other instruments.

He combines breath work, toning, chanting and his musical bowls to invite people into their bodies, where the tonal, alchemical & sacred geometric vibrations can touch those deep places that store old emotions and stuck energies.


Tahoe Flow ArtsTahoe Flow Arts: Performance

Inspired by the natural beauty of their home Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Flow Artists are committed to crafting performances which move with purpose, both educating and entertaining.

Using performance art as a vehicle for change, the flow arts team strives to create awareness through community events fundraisers, workshops, and performances. With the mantra "Play, Train, Perform," Tahoe Flow Arts Studio aims to bring the community together to make positive change in the Lake Tahoe basin and beyond.


Drum TahoeLiz Broscoe, aka Drumchik: Drum Circle

Liz Broscoe aka: Drumchik, accomplished performer and educator, specializes in bringing diverse groups together through rhythm. Drumming has been her life's work for more than three decades.

Liz is a creative facilitator of drum circles for classes, team building, leadership, empowerment, university workshops, wellness retreats and special events. Her personal and professional mission is to encourage and inspire others, through drumming, to be their very best.  It’s easy because drumming always brings out the very best within us!

It is proven that focused facilitative drumming energizes people, delivers a host of wellness benefits plus it’s fun, stimulating and all-inclusive.


Purplecloudzz aka Katabliss: Music

Purplecloudzz, aka Katabliss a multi genre DJ / Producer and Sonic Artist who represents the earth through melodic mystery and grounding sounds.

After the many years of festivals and global exposure, he has tuned in his deep passion for harmonically aligned music and magical dance rhythms to offer DJ services that unite sound, music and movement. Katabliss believes that we are in the midst of an exciting time for music and dance. He is excited an honored to be on the ride and offer his talents and passion at RAY.



See the full schedule of events for RAY 2018 here.

Book the second annual Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival here.