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Meet Our Team


Raphael graduated from Naropa University in 2002 and has since worked as a therapist specializing in working with individuals and couples struggling with loss, loneliness, relationships, shifts in identity. He is experienced with acute, developmental and complex trauma as both a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and an EMDR-trained Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the Bay Area.


Due to his extensive history in the performance arts, Raphael enjoys helping people get out of their own way and safely into their body to access and release stuck energies and helps them to unleash latent creativity through acting improvisation classes. He also has sixteen years of meditation practice that increasingly deepens his appreciation for humanity’s essential and good nature.


Layla Redding


Layla Redding is a both a student and teacher of yoga specializing in yin and restorative practices. She is also currently embarking on attaining her yoga therapy certification which she plans on using to assist and support both humans and animals alike. She is an Artist holding her Bachelor Of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University.


She has taught in private after school programs, focusing on encouraging children to use their own ideas and cognitive skills and in art galleries and non-profit organizations for several years. She is the owner and founder of Athena’s Goblet kombucha and takes great pride in crafting her healing potions. She’s both a lover and an advocate for animals and believes in their messages, medicine, and ability to help us heal.


Victoria Garcia

Travel Agent

We are excited to partner with Victoria, a travel agent who embodies our principles in every way. For travel inquiries please contact Victoria at:

No Borders Travel Agency | Travel Reservations for our Destination Retreats for Healing, Meditation, Yoga, Massage, Local Cuisine in Mexico

Having studied and practiced Tibetan meditation for 16 years, Nikolas received his Master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2005. During his time at Naropa and in the years since, Nikolas has attended numerous solitary and group meditation retreats and studied closely under genuine spiritual teachers. He has taught extensively in both the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs at Naropa, since graduating. While in his graduate studies and since that period, he has supported and guided people struggling with a variety of life transitions, specializing in relationship challenges, persistent psychological distress, grief, trauma, as well as repetitive patterns that cause harm.


For over 15 years, Nikolas has served his clients with a kind, precise, humorous and highly-intuitive mind to follow his them into and through these various transitional spaces. With a love for one-on-one counseling as well as group and family counseling, he feels a confident passion in assisting people through a variety of lenses and modalities.


For over a decade he has deepened his studies of the human mind and heart under the guidance of his closest mentor. In recent years, Nikolas has traveled extensively through the Yucatan, the Central Mexican Peninsula and Southern Baja and has fallen in love with these environments as well as the people who live there. His authenticity as a friend, father, and care provider help people feel at ease and open to expressing themselves with authenticity and exploring the places that are challenging for us, as humans.


Nikolas is an avid music lover, hiker, swimmer, and a devoted father to his 9-year-old daughter. In his spare time he can be found orchestrating dance music, hiking with his labrador, enjoying the company of dear friends and family, and sharing loving times with his daughter.

Nik Maslow, M.A., L.P.C 


Sarah Hope


Sarah Hope is an ordained priestess, spiritual coach, entrepreneur, and a high school teacher. She is the founder of Reclaiming the Sacred- purposeful spiritual retreats and rituals. She is also a co-founder of Puente Dorado- a bilingual mindfulness retreat service for people for individuals in spaces of life transition. 


As a coach and instructor, she works both individually and with groups. Her unique approach to this practice is to guide people back to their connection with the sacred and to navigate them back to their power so that they may actualize their unique contribution to humanity.

Raphael Barker

Amy Biondo

Amy is a vocalist, composer, dancer, and educator based in Boulder, CO.  She graduated from Naropa University in 2005 with a Master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy.  For many years, she worked with individuals in extreme states of mind through Windhorse Community Services, and taught psychology and Buddhism in the graduate and undergraduate departments at Naropa University.  Having practiced meditation in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa since 1997, Amy was trained as a meditation instructor by Reggie Ray in 2006.  She has also completed numerous group and solitary retreats and training programs with esteemed meditation teachers.

Amy has trained extensively in the contemplative arts with Barbara Dilley, Art Lande, and Mark Miller, and she teaches Contemplative Dance and Contemplative Voice, facilitating students in connecting with deep play and kinesthetic and sonic delight.  Through improvisation and exploration alone and with others, this work brings students closer to an understanding of their own creative impulses and the unique contribution that they have to make in the world.  

A mother of two energetic and wildly creative elementary school-aged boys, Amy enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, tending her giant organic garden, keeping bees and chickens, and having adventures with her family.


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