Our Teachers & Facilitators

Celeste Mallett Jason

Celeste has lost count of the number of years she has been teaching (over 35 years and not quite 40 years). She started first as a school teacher in the land of her birth, South Africa.. Her love of the Sea and the spectacular landscape of the Cape, and physicality of Africa, left such a deep impression, that the language of Nature continues to inform her teaching. Living on a Farm on the West Coast of Canada breathes life into her, inspires her, and keeps her humble.

Celeste has studied various forms of Yoga, with many well known Yoga Masters, but is particularly drawn to the Therapeutic aspect. She dives deep into Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga and loves to assist folks pre-and-post surgery, either in Private Sessions or in her well-loved Chair Yoga Classes. Mixed Level classes are always fun, comprehensive and do-able, as she believes Yoga Asanas are more accessible than we realize.

Creating Sacred Spaces is also a passion, yet to Celeste, seen as a service offered, for folks to come together to share both collectively and independently, their interpretations of their own Divinity.

Catherine Bennett

Catherine’s strength lies first in her passion for teaching. Her classes are supportive, encouraging and inspiring. Offering well-grounded, sound exercise, at an energy level that suits the individual. Catherine is continually mindful of good practice. Motivated to be the best she can be and a true believer in all forms of exercise as the route to sound health. She truly loves what she does!, Catherine was encouraged to apply her teaching skills to the Health Industry through fitness and has developed a variety of unique class styles which she has taught over the past 35 years. She is a fully Certified Fitness Instructor and her CPR and First Aid certification are annually updated.

“The joy which I strive to instill in myself motivates me to share with, and inspire all class participants to reach new levels of fitness and good health.”

Howie Baral

Howie Baral

Ever since I was young, movement and challenging my body have been a way of life for me. From gymnastics to martial arts, I found a challenge to test my focus, strength, and athletic ability. It was while I was training for my black belt 2nd degree in Tae Kwon Do when a friend invited me to a yoga class. It was with Bryan Kest, in Santa Monica, the creator of Power Yoga. I was amazed and challenged like never before in my life!

I began to discover a renewed joy and passion! Wow, a moving meditation, letting go of my ego, reducing the noise in my head, and listening to my body more, all in one simple yet profound movement with the breath. I stopped my martial arts training and dove all-in to my yoga practice. After 15 years of practice, I took my first 200 hour RYT (registered yoga training) in Hatha Yoga, and then another 300 hour RYT in restorative yoga and began teaching 8 years ago.

I love sharing my passion of yoga and know whatever inspiration students find in my class or any other yoga class they take, comes from within their own desires and their own passions and their own abilities. Any teacher is simply a guide to each yogi’s path! I am so grateful for all my teachers who guided me. I look forward to also guiding every student who finds their way to my classes and I’m grateful for the passion and inspiration they show me as well! Namaste, Howie

Teacher Li Mei

Li Mei

Li Mei is a yoga teacher, high school teacher and toddler-mama. Using yoga as rehabilitation and therapy over the years, she now uses yoga off the mat to feel embodied and balanced in daily tasks. She completed her yoga teacher training in an ashram in India, and dove into further yogic studies all over the world. Her interest in somatic movement, dance, and trauma-informed practice led her to explore conscious breath and movement through a myriad of lenses. Using this perspective, she has facilitated yoga in schools, studios, community centres, detention centers, and festivals. Mei feels strongly about using yoga to create a safe space to play and explore.
Adam

Adam Huber

It has been a long and circuitous road which has led me to become a sound energy facilitator. It all began many years ago with a severe autoimmune disorder which consumed my life for 11 years. This brought me into the realm of alternative physical and Spiritual practitioners of all sorts. But it wasn’t until I completely surrendered into the grace of one deep prayer that things changed. Within a year of that prayer, all symptoms disappeared when I finally met the one healer that was directly in my path.

This sparked within me an understanding of which direction I was to take and has led me to the place and position where I am in facilitating deep transformation through crystal and voice sound energy.

Hanna Munneke

Hanna Munneke

I fell in love with yoga as a young mother. Practice became my centre point amidst the beautiful chaos of raising 3 children. After completing a 3 year yoga apprenticeship, I was certified as a Vijnana Yoga RYT800. I am deeply grateful to my teacher Cathy Valentine, and to the lineage of yogic sciences and spiritual traditions of India for this gift that gives me new life every day.

I have been teaching Yoga and Tensegrity Repair classes on Salt Spring Island since 2015, and have recently taught on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

I love how yoga creates space in the body and mind, helping our fresh vitality and wisdom to flow.

I love how yoga is a process, and an inquiry that each of us can experience uniquely.

Expect to build strength and softness in my classes, while exploring the many principles and dimensions of our inner space.

Tara Galpin

Tara Galpin

Yoga has been an integral part of Tara’s life since 2009. She has completed a three-year, 800 hour Traditional Yoga Apprenticeship with Cathy Valentine and a Vijnana Yoga International teaching certification with Orit Sen Gupta. Through years of study and teaching, Tara has deepened her understanding of yoga philosophy, meditation, pranayama and asana practice. Her classes focus on listening to our inner intelligence and allowing this wisdom to guide our practice. She is also a gardener and a beekeeper, with a strong love for the body and the spirit. Tara lives a life dedicated to seeking truth and living in the heart.

Tara Galpin

Deb Cobon

With a background in figure skating, Deb has cultivated a relationship to her body through movement from a young age. Her yoga journey began in 2008 when she was introduced to Vinyasa yoga in Victoria, BC.

After the sudden loss of a loved one, Deb immersed herself in the practice as a way to move through the grief and connect back to herself. After many years of experiencing the transformational and healing powers of yoga, in 2020, Deb completed her 200h YYT with Ryan Leier of One Yoga. Deb is primarily a student of the Krishnamacharya yoga lineage.

In Deb’s classes you’ll be encouraged to make your practice your own by approaching each class with intention and curiosity while listening to your body and following the rhythm of your own breath.

Simone Artz

Simone Artz

Simone has been practicing mediation and yoga since 2017. The path has helped her through life’s most extreme ups and downs, bringing balance and peace. She recently obtained her 200RYT through Coastal Bliss Yoga Studio in Tofino, BC. She has traveled and lived overseas for years, returning home to the island in 2021. Currently studying for her Holistic Life Coach and Mind-Body Practitioner certificate, she loves to challenge herself, be close to the ocean, and is obsessed with all things cacao! Simone believes we can grow and heal through movement and mindfulness.

“I bend so I don’t break”

Simone Cazabon

Simone Cazabon

Improv to me is something that is practiced daily with all interactions if I’m being aware of it or not, but I prefer to be aware. Life is full of opportunities where we can accept or deny the offers made by people we share them with. Practicing improv is not only fun, it puts our spontaneous gears in motion and helps us adapt to changing situations in the ‘real world’.

Improv Theatre Sports has a focus on active play, theatre principles, goofiness, embracing awkward moments, and is an overall great way to break free from our day-to-day personas.

Jerome

Jerome Acosta

Jerome Acosta has been in the fitness industry for over two decades and uses proven modalities to safely and effectively work with a broad range of individuals, from therapeutic and special populations to performance and sports specific athletes. Along with being a level 2 fully certified STOTT Pilates™ Instructor, he is also a STOTT Pilates ™ Instructor Trainer, teaching students functional anatomy, posture analysis, and programming in order to develop empowered and knowledgeable trainers. Jerome expanded his education by obtaining multiple MeltMethod™ certifications, focusing on the latest neurofascial science, which has been a large part of his success in helping people get out of chronic pain, increase performance, and live an active life. Jerome also completed his 200 hour YTT from the Mount Madonna Institute School of Yoga and incorporates mindfulness and meditation in his sessions, facilitating even deeper transformation.

In Jerome’s private practice he utilizes the Melt Method, a Pilates Reformer and Tower, a Pilates Chair, free weights, resistance bands and small equipment to address any specific conditions your body needs support with. Experience with : osteoporosis, spinal fusions, disc bulges and herniations, scoliosis, hip replacements, pre / post surgery and cancer treatments and so much more!

Call (858) 337-7150 or email [email protected] for a free consultation.

Blair Francis

Blair Francis

Blair has been practicing Music Therapy, Sound Healing & Vocal Empowerment for the last decade, studying with renowned teachers such as Amit Carmelli (Vocal Roots), Uria Tsur (Vocal Freedom), Jonathan Goldman (Healing Sounds), Karina Schelde (Soul Voice) and Dr. Todd Ovokaitys (Pineal Tones & the Lemurian Choir). He is a dedicated musician, music producer & music teacher, and he thoroughly enjoys bringing people together to share in song and ceremony using the power of the human voice.