has spent close to 20 years investigating aspects of his family history; integrating the journey with his meditation practice that’s primarily informed by the Insight Meditation tradition. He has undertaken many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. He has completed the STAR (strategies for trauma awareness and resilience) program. Devin participated in The Slave Dwelling Project, while serving as a board member of Coming To The Table. Along with Noliwe Alexander, he co-lead Healing Trauma Overcoming Stress; A ground-breaking program in Oakland dedicated to working with Black elders and Intergenerational trauma, using mindfulness practices. Devin completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he is a visiting teacher. He is currently in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program. Devin is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA. He has recently relocated to Western Massachusetts and teaches nationally. Devin is passionate about the power of witnessing and storytelling as a liberation tool. He is deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities knowing that through the integration of reflection and insight, clarity and wisdom give rise to wise action.
is an educator and historian with degrees in Ethnic and American Studies. Having recently retired from 20 years of teaching with a focus on “People of Colors History” in the United States, she has done extensive research on her ancestral lineage and continues to explore and experience her healing journey along with her ancestors. Rosetta’s passion is West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, primarily as a healing medium for self and others. She was introduced to the Dharma in 2002 at the first African American Retreat held at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Rosetta recently completed a two-year Dharmacharya program with the Venerable Pannavati and Pannadipa having taken refuge in the Triple Gem and receiving Confirmation of Ordination. Rosetta now welcomes the chance to immerse herself in practice and healing!
has been a student of Vipassana meditation for over 15 years. Throughout this time of deep devotion to the Dharma, Noliwe has become a dedicated practitioner, teacher of various sitting groups around the Bay Area, facilitator of community workshops and Buddhist meditation day longs and class series programs. She is a Life & Business Coach dedicating both her coaching & Dharma practice to the POC, LGBT, At Risk and Elder communities. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's CDL4 program and completed EBMC's Commit 2 Dharma program in 2010. Noliwe will be participating in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training from 2017-2020. Noliwe is a wisdom keeper and humbled by the presence of her ancestors spirit that lives within and walks beside.
As a practicing therapist for more than 30 years, DaRa has dedicated herself to working at the intersection of social justice, spiritual practice and authentic expression of well-being. She is committed to the healing of intergenerational trauma and social disconnection through which she seeks to integrate the natural driving force to be well with the tools and understanding to make it so. DaRa also teaches retreats at New York Insight and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has practiced meditation for more than 25 years.
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith
& Diane Yaski
Ramona brings over 25 years of meditation practice to her work as a Retreat Manager at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Deep Time Liberation. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation and studying the Dharma in the Theravada tradition for the past 12 years and is a graduate of the East Bay Meditation Center’s Commit to Dharma (C2D3) program and Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP6). Ramona Lisa has an MBA in Management and a BA in Business Economics with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She has years of experience in nonprofit management and board leadership. She is known for cultivating and maintaining collaborative relationships and her dedication to customer service, support and service in the Dharma. Ramona Lisa is humbled to be part of the Deep Time Liberation team.
Diane’s journey of Buddhist practice began in her early 20s where she was introduced to Zen Buddhism. She is currently a committed practitioner of the Vipassana and Theravadan lineage. Diane is a graduate of East Bay Meditation Center’s Commit to Dharma (C2D3) program and is currently the Retreat Program Coordinator for Spirit Rock Meditation Center as well their Administrative Coordinator for the current Teacher Training program, Advanced Practitioner Program and Community Dharma Leaders program. She is honored to be part of the Deep Time Liberation team which has opened up & deepened her awareness of her ancestral heritage.