OUR GUIDES

 

CLAIRE RAGOZZINO

Claire is a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT & YACEP), plant-based chef and women's wellness coach.  From living in India studying yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, to working as a living foods chef and cleanse instructor, her deepest passion lies in the many sacred ways we nourish ourselves and find connection to ourselves and community. Claire is the founder of Vidya Living, a holistic wellness company that blends Ayurvedic lifestyle, holistic nutrition and yogic philosophy to cultivate deep inner wisdom for empowering inner transformation. She currently works with clients around the globe through her coaching programs, guiding seasonal cleanses, teaching workshops on the overlap of yoga and food, and sharing the experience of a loving meal at retreats. She feels deeply blessed and grateful to share the wisdom of her teachers through her work. 

Claire is the company founder and kitchen alchemist, planning and preparing our daily nourishing meals and guiding workshops around the yoga of food and sacred nourishment. When she's not in the kitchen, she's leading yoga, pranayama and meditation, and teaching the ways we nourish ourselves beyond food.

Website // www.vidyaliving.com


CASSIE BALLARD

Cassie is a brand designer and photographer based out of Southern Michigan. She is the founder of Veda House, a studio that focuses on finding clarity and resonance for conscious lifestyle and wellness brands. Her wellness journey started when she started to look for holistic ways to cure recurring migraines and disruptions in hormonal health. Today, she is devoted to exploring plants as medicine, advocating for woman’s health when she can, finding ways to live more sustainably, and constantly being inspired by the wealth of knowledge in this community.  

Cassie is our resident photographer, designer and magic maker, creating and capturing beauty and loving connections during our retreat experiences. 

Connect // www.thevedahouse.com


KAMALA SANTOS

Kamala is an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and massage therapist. She is the founder of Soma Doula, a doula service that provides nourishing comfort through life's transitions (postpartum, divorce, end-of-life and bereavement) using the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga. She is a licensed massage therapist, IYT yoga therapist, and has completed a two-and-a-half-year Ayurvedic lifestyle immersive apprenticeship and five-year Ayurvedic mentorship program. Her additional studies currently include Dr. Frawley's Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and End-of-Life Doula Care. Her service in this life is to offer nourishment through actions that create beauty, instill a sense of calm and facilitate relaxation. 

Kamala is our resident massage therapist, creating healing spaces through private Ayurvedic bodywork sessions and offering loving lifestyle guidance in workshops.

Connect // www.somadoula.com


DILLON TISDEL

Dillon is a plant-based chef, spiritual practitioner and mama of two. She is the woman behind the food at Antara and sees retreat meals as potential vehicles for healing. She discovered her passion for cooking while living on the Big Island of Hawaii, studying with spiritual teacher, David LaChapelle. She began to cook for David’s retreats and in that process discovered a deep place of resonance. After a year on the island, immersing herself in spirituality, healing, food and the connection between them, she headed to New York City to study food and healing at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, graduating in 2008. After culinary school, Dillon worked at Mas (farmhouse), a Michelin starred restaurant in Greenwich Village. 

Having lived with chronic digestive issues, Dillon became fascinated with using food as medicine and took a deep dive into ayurveda, the sister science of yoga. Using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda as her guide, she devoted herself to her own healing, eventually resolving her long-standing health issues. In 2014, Dillon graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and in 2015, she started Oh, Holy Basil, a plant-based food blog. In 2017 she established PLANTFEAST, a plant-based community dinner series. You can find Dillon making mantra-infused meals, chasing children around the land and immersing herself in the study of Ayurveda,  biodynamic agriculture and medicinal plants.

Connect // www.ohholybasil.com


BRIANNE BEAUREGARD

Brianne holds the lineage of Nada Yoga, the devotional practice of union with sound, as her primary healing discipline and vehicle for transformation of consciousness. Working with sound, breath, bhakti and non-dualistic philosophy, she integrates mantra and meditative, vocal toning techniques to her individual and group sessions. Brianne offers over 15 years of experience in the world of mind-body-spirit medicine to her clients around the world, specializing in trauma release and resting in the stillness of reality.  Studies in India, Hawaii, and The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, inform her offerings as a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Panchakarma Therapist and Yoga Teacher. Brianne bows in deep reverence to the transcendent wisdom of Vedic culture that has found a home to flourish in her heart and be shared, joyfully, with the world.

Connect // www.briannebeauregard.com


KATERINA MARTIN

Katerina is an Ayurvedic chef and 200-RYT. She received her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification at the Himalayan Institute. She recently moved from Iowa to Hawaii this past year to work as an Ayurvedic chef at Hale Pule Ayurveda. 

Previously, Katerina worked in psychiatry research studying the effects of diet on mental health. When she discovered Ayurveda, she immediately connected with the holistic healing science and the ancient wisdom of using food as medicine. Katerina experienced first hand the healing power of Ayurveda when she transitioned to a diet of freshly cooked whole grains, legumes, and vegetables. She noticed a significant shift in her energy and her mind--she felt more clear, calm, and joyful. Katerina loves to teach others how to use easily digestible food to support the body's natural ability to heal. 

Connect // @katerina.marie.martin


CANDICE NEAVES

Candice is a 200hr Yoga Alliance registered Hatha yoga teacher. With an emphasis on cultivating awareness, her classes combine mindful movement, pranayama and meditation.

Candice uncovered her deep love for yoga in her early teens when she began attending classes with her mom in Southern California. Yoga supported her to release stress, heal depression and maintain great physical and mental health throughout her youth. In 2003, she moved to NYC where she continued studying yoga and deepening her personal practice. She now lives and teaches in Hawai’i.

When she’s not on the mat, you’ll find her sharing her passions for holistic health, organic farming, music and raising mindfulness in the world. 

Connect // www.candiceteresayoga.com