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5 5 5 5 5
North Port, FL
Dec 11, 2019

I came to Heartwood Institute for the first time this past weekend for a mini immersion in Yoga Philosophy. It is an amazing place created with much love and care by teachers that are truly invested in providing the very best education to students continuing on the yogic path. Thank you Ginny, David and Denver, looking forward to seeing you all again for further studies.

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Angela
Angela Castillo is an RYS-500 certified yoga teacher, having taken her 200 & 300 training at Heartwood. The Venerable Upaśānti Geshema (Layname: Angela Castillo) is fully ordained Gelongma (nun) in the Vajrayāna lineage of Buddhism – more specifically the Tibetan Gelug school. Ven. Upaśānti first met her root guru, Ven. Sudhárma, in 1989 at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, NY. At the request of Ven. Sudhárma, Ven. Upaśānti received full bikshuni ordination in the Theravada lineage of Buddhism in 1990 under the Buddhist Association of the United States (BAUS). It was with their guidance that Ven. Upasanti ultimately made her most profound connection, studying sutra theory and dissemination of sutra with the world renown peace advocate, environmentalist and lifelong monastic, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, from whom she continues to study with today.
In 1991, Upaśānti received her B.A. from Western Connecticut State University in Medieval Literature with a minor in Critical Literature Theory. Having been awarded a Scholarship of Excellence for Underprivileged Future Achievers in 1993, Upaśānti went on to receive her Graduate Degree in Theological Studies and Philosophical Sciences from Harvard University Divinity School - Online. Upaśānti went on to take full ordination in the Gelug school of Vajrayāna in 2009 in Ithaca, NY, and found her Lotus Guru in His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai A valued member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Upaśānti Geshema also served as a Junior Representative to the UN Commission for World Affairs to eradicate poverty, United Nations Commission for Human Rights and Ethical Treatment, and worked in collaboration with Columbia University’s Institute of Religious Studies, the World Health Organization, Human Rights Watch, World Food Programme and The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as The UN Refugee Agency. 

 


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Featured review

Featured review
5 5 5 5 5
North Port, FL
Dec 11, 2019

I came to Heartwood Institute for the first time this past weekend for a mini immersion in Yoga Philosophy. It is an amazing place created with much love and care by teachers that are truly invested in providing the very best education to students continuing on the yogic path. Thank you Ginny, David and Denver, looking forward to seeing you all again for further studies.