Our entire team shares a common philosophy: to approach all of our efforts with the idea of pure service or ‘seva’; to share only what we know to be true because we have experienced it deep within ourselves; and to teach as much as possible by example, letting the way we live reflect the greater truths that we wish to impart.
DIRECTOR & SOUL GUIDE
A nomadic Canadian raised and educated in Switzerland, Simone worked as a counselor specializing in women’s issues before adopting the simple, free and romantic life of a traveling Yogini, studying and teaching yoga throughout the greater Asian realm for many years before establishing The School of Sacred Arts in Bali.
Increasingly drawn to nature-based spirituality, Simone passionately utilizes both yogic and shamanic tools in support of growth and transformation, holding space with gentle grace in SOSA’s trainings, workshops and retreats around the world.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
School of Sacred Arts
For more information on Simone and her personal offerings, including the Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Plant Medicine retreat in Peru check out somahjourneys.net
CO-FOUNDER & WISDOM WARRIOR
After establishing The Sanctuary Resort’s Spa and Wellness Centre in Southern Thailand in 1998 and a yoga studio in the US in 2002, Troy co-created The School of Sacred Arts with his partner and an extraordinary team of teachers and guides.
In addition to his work with SOSA, Troy facilitates mindfulness groups via TeamUp and the Asian Leadership Institute’s 3C program and serves as a personal coach, mentor, and consultant, supporting his clients as they go deeper and move forward into a richer, fuller experience of life.
Believing that following a tradition or a specific teacher should be secondary to discovering one’s own, unique path, he encourages everyone to be responsible for their own liberation as they help others to do the same, guided by heart, soul, and the voice of Spirit within.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500
School of Sacred Arts
Randall O’Leary aka Ram Giri Baba has practiced and taught both Hatha and Jnana Yoga for over 20 years. Beginning his studies in the Iyengar tradition in 1991, he later apprenticed with esteemed ViniYoga teacher Gary Kraftsow in Hawaii before developing his own style and approach, ultimately completing his advanced teacher training with Louisa Sears at Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, Australia.
After years spent studying with the sadhus of Northern India, he eventually took diksha (initiation) as a sadhu of the Giri Sampradaya sangha, living the simple life of the renunciate while learning to read, write and speak both Sanskrit and Hindi.
Randall holds workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
YIN YOGA GODDESS
Founder of TNYT Yoga Therapy, director of Alchemystic YogaDance and trained in both Yogic and Taoist/Chinese modalities, Yin Yoga specialist Tina has taught Yoga and movement meditation for the past decade throughout the globe, sharing her passion for ‘healing’ while celebrating the interconnectedness of body, mind and Spirit.
Exuding a rich, earthy femininity, Tina’s radiance and accessibility inspires her students to explore the depths and heights of yoga practice,
it’s rich symbolism and inherent beauty.
YOGA TEACHER & DEVI OF MOVEMENT
With a background in political science and development, Bex works with children and young adults around the world who live with war, occupation, and poverty, in addition to—and along with—her sharing of Yoga.
Studying and practicing yoga throughout her humanitarian journeys, Bex attended her first of many teacher trainings in Dharamsala, India. Her belief in the ‘One Human Family’ is reflected in her original and extremely popular yoga classes, built on themes of cooperation, peace and justice.
A voracious student, Bex brings a wealth of experience in many styles and practices, including AcroYoga (she’s a certified instructor) and is always working to bring yoga off the mat and into the larger world.
YOGA TEACHER & SINGER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Balinese native Eka Sabeh discovered that yoga helped to balance his hectic lifestyle while studying for a Master’s degree in communications in the United States under the Fulbright Program, and while working as a broadcaster at the Voice of America in Washington DC. Returning to Bali to deepen his exploration of yoga, Eka now teaches Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, combined with Balinese tradition and culture, in addition to his role as an administrator and facilitator with the School of Sacred Arts.
With a deep passion for music and singing, Eka regularly performs at local venues, sharing his gift with those fortunate enough see him perform in the Ubud area.
SHAMANIC FELINE & ENERGETIC GUIDE
Combining her studies with yoga masters, healers and shamans around the world, Cat offers a personal interpretation of Forrest Yoga along with guided meditations and energy work during her classes. Having overcome great personal challenges through her practice, Cat teaches with passion, clarity, and a finely tuned ability to connect deeply and immediately with her students.
Her philosophy is simple: be real, be you, be here, be now, connect with your core, stay in your power, and do not stray.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
DR. RACHEL ELLERY
ANATOMY PHYSIOLOGY AND KINESIOLOGY
An international anatomy and movement teacher and osteopath, Rachel specializes in teaching yoga students and yoga teachers the structure and function of the human body.
Drawing on over 24 years of hands-on experience as a practitioner and 15 years of teaching, Rachel blends her extensive knowledge of osteopathy, sports therapy, Pilates, Thai bodywork and yoga into unique, interactive anatomy and movement classes with the help of Charlie, her skeleton.
Encouraging her students to develop their own self-awareness, Rachel inspires a playful curiosity about what happens under their skin. Her down-to-earth teaching style includes storytelling and case studies, visuals of the body, interactive exercises and informative handouts to make anatomy an engaging subject for all her students.
DR. SUJATHA KEKADA
A certified Ayurvedic doctor (B.A.M.S), who completed her degree in Karnataka, India, Dr. Kekada has worked at respected clinics and retreats throughout Asia, practiced as a consultant in Europe, and teaches regularly in North America.
Her knowledge of Ayurveda, combined with her warm and caring attitude, has facilitated deep healing for many people. A mother of two, Dr. Kekada specializes in pre and post natal care, and runs her own ayurvedic clinic in Ubud, Bali, where she is a beloved member of her adopted community.
LETICIA TIKA QANTU SIDERIS
A 5th generation member of a shamanic tradition from Chachapoyas, Leticia has studied, trained, and practiced with various indigenous tribes in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru over the last 8 years, and now holds medicine as well as sweat lodge ceremonies for the Sacred Valley Tribe with strong motherly energy, a blooming feminine wisdom, and exquisite music.
Leticia also assists people individually, helping them to integrate the plant medicine ceremony experience (using shadow work and the reprogramming old patterns) with presence, integrity, and a loving heart.
Humble Yogi, Wise Elder,
With degrees in botany and education, Paul, an avid rock-climber and secondary-school teacher, emigrated from England to Canada in his youth before travelling to India, where he lived in an ashram for the better part of the next fourteen years, studying yoga, meditation and Sanskrit.
Arriving in Peru in 1999 to explore the shamanic use of traditional plant medicines, Paul now owns and operates the Hummingbird Retreat Centre (together with his partner Suzanne) based on the principles of sacred geometry and designed to support the ceremonial use of Huachuma (San Pedro Cactus) as well as the integration of this ancient tradition into contemporary life.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
Growing up on the Irish sea, life’s liminality and an innate quest for meaning and connection guided Emma to roam on the yogic path.
A SOSA graduate from Bali and Peru, Emma directs the admin and comms here at SOSA, sharing our passion for holding space for deep transformational self-enquiry and she nurtures others to follow their heart’s song and realise the innate gifts they have to offer the world.
With an emphasis on accessible movement and connection to the deep feminine for all, Emma offers earthy Yoga and Yoga Nidra practices that draw inspiration from the only true teachers; Nature and Life itself as well as from the light of her own wild, Celtic soul through writing and song.
WEBSITE DESIGNING AND DEVELOPMENT
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Having been in the web industry for over 5 years, they have hundreds of satisfied clients across the world. We’re one of them!
“Every client we work with becomes a part of the team. Together we face the challenges and celebrate the victories.”
A2A BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
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Driven by a passion to excel, A2A Optima’s mission,
their commitment to their clients, is simple yet powerful:
‘Let’s Be Found’!
With their 100% ‘White Hat certified’ approach, excellent pricing structure, and professionalism—including consistent communication and support—A2A Optima has helped us enormously and we are delighted to be their customer.
DRIVER, TOUR GUIDE & FRIEND
Trustworthy, friendly and loyal, our good friend and professional driver Dewa Alit is available for all of your transport needs while in Bali. A careful, reliable and otherwise extremely competent driver (the importance of which cannot be overstated in Bali), Dewa offers his 22 years of experience, his knowledge of Balinese culture, tradition and special areas outside of the usual tourist zones, as well as fair, reasonable, pre-discounted rates for all SOSA yoga students.