Rolf Gates, author of the acclaimed books on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga and the newly released Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion, is one of the leading voices of modern yoga. Rolf conducts Vinyasa Intensives and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad. A former addictions counselor and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who has practiced meditation for the last twenty-five years, Rolf brings his eclectic background to his practice and his teachings.
Rolf and his work have now been featured in numerous media outlets to include Yoga
Journal, Natural Health, Tricycle and People Magazine and as one of Travel and
Leisure’s' Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World. A frequent conference presenter, he is
honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Yoga Service Council Conference
at Omega in Rhinebeck NY. Rolf is also honored to be a contributor to The Good Men
Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood being featured
nationally on television and in print to include Ron Reagan's Air America, Fox and
Friends, EXTRA and The Tyra Banks Show and more. (All proceeds from this project go
to support groups working with men and boys at risk).
Rolf Gates is the co-founder of the Yoga, Meditation + Recovery Conference, Kripalu
Center, Lenox, MA and Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA and teaches at Spirit Rock Insight
Meditation Center in Northern California. Rolf also works weekly one on one with
clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program.
Rolf now lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, author Mariam Gates, and their two children.
Their co-authored children’s’ book Yoga Friends: A Pose by Pose Partner Adventure
releases in April 2018 (Sounds True). He has become an avid surfer and puts his yoga to work on his board and as a husband and father.
Spring Washam is a well-known meditation teacher, author and visionary leader based in Oakland, California. She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. She is one of the founders and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, located in downtown Oakland, CA. She received extensive training by Jack Kornfield, is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for the last 20 years. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices for over a decade. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom. Her writing and teachings have appeared in many online journals and publications such as Lions Roar, Tricycle, and Belief.net. She has been a guest on many popular podcasts and radio shows. She currently travels and teaches meditation retreats, workshops and classes worldwide.