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Featured Retreat Leaders

There are many gifted teachers, presenters, and facilitators that hold their events at Sunrise Ranch. If you’re searching for the perfect program for your own renewal, learning, and transformation, take a look at these inspiring leaders:

The Arts

Jonathan Goldman is an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. Author of Healing Sounds, he is director of the Sound Healers and president of Spirit Music, the original organization dedicated to the education and awareness of sound and music for healing. He is also president of Spirit Music, which produces music for meditation, relaxation and self-transformation. Jonathan has hosted the Healing Sounds Intensive at Sunrise Ranch every July for 14 years.

Ruthie Foster and Liz Barnez Sunrise Ranch Concert Series

A native of New Orleans, Liz Barnez captures masterfully the sound of “Louisiana Folk Rock.” She blends acoustic harmonies with soulful lyrics and deep grooves producing a rich, lively southern expression. Liz tours extensively, most recently as the support act for the “subdudes” . Liz has shared the stage with Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Patty Larkin, Dave Mason, among others. She has performed at such prestigious events as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans French Quarter Festival, Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Lyons Folks Festival, and Fort Collins New West Festival and more. Liz has released three solo records of original music: “Liz Barnez Band”, “Inkmarks on Pages” and “Revealed,” her most recent, which was produced and recorded in Los Angeles by David Channing. Liz lives in Fort Collins, CO. Liz’s company Mudhead Productions partners with Sunrise Ranch to Present the Sunrise Ranch Concert Series.

David Wheeler

David Wheeler, musician and ethnomusicologist, entered the tutelage of shakuhachi master Junsuke Kawase III in 1977. He received his M.A. in musicology from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1985. Since 1982 he has been performing, teaching, lecturing and writing about shakuhachi and Japanese music both in Japan and the US. David specializes in the classical tradition but performance activities cover the full range of music today from Japanese to Western and classical to the avant garde. David was one of the main organizers of World Shakuhachi Festival 1998 and presently resides and teaches in Colorado while maintaining an active touring schedule playing locally as well as abroad.

Dances of Universal Peace at Sunrise Ranch Colorado

Sara Rain leads rituals, chant, dance and Zikrs to the northern Colorado community. She is a workshop leader at the Heart Beat Festival and a member of the group Kalliope.

Spiritual Life

David Karchere is a songwriter, poet and writer. He offers seminars and coaching for people who are transforming consciousness in this critical time of global transition. David is the spiritual director for Sunrise Ranch and the Emissaries of Divine Light. He is a founder of the Attunement School and the worldwide Creative Field project. Join him at the Creative Field Conference and the Imaginative Journaling workshop this year!

Jun Po Denis Kelly received his Zen Masters recognition in 1992. He was Vice Abbot and head monk as well as resident yoga teacher at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kong Ji in the Catskill Mountains in New York state from 1987 through 1993. His Inka Zen lineage is in the Rinzai tradition, through Eido Shimano Roshi of the The Zen Studies Society. His yoga lineage is that of BKS Iyengar and Patabi Jois. Jun Po has been practicing, studying and teaching Zen and Yoga for over twenty-five years. The Mondo Zen Facilitators Retreat takes place at Sunrise Ranch

Personal Growth

Jim Warner is an entrepreneur, author, and transitions expert. During the 1980s and early 1990s, he founded, grew, ran, and eventually sold an international software company. After a three-year “midlife sabbatical,” he formed OnCourse International as the platform for guiding both businesses in transition and individuals seeking personal transformation.
Jim’s Business Transition work is a blend of CEO coaching, executive team development, and succession planning. The overarching goal in all engagements is productive, efficient, drama-free interactions among managers and leaders at all levels of the organization.
Jim’s Personal Transformation work with individuals, couples, and family units includes whole-life assessments, life-planning retreats, ongoing coaching, and life-enhancement programs. All offerings help committed clients to find a deeper sense of life meaning, to forge and sustain authentic relationships, and to live out their innate essence.

Martin Hahn is the President and Lead Facilitator of Setting Hearts Free. Martin incorporates his many years of working in Canada’s wilderness as a Game Warden and Search and Rescue Technician in his work to bring you his unique blend of nature’s wisdom and down to earth practicality. His deep connection to nature allows him to see you for who you really are and to serve you in very profound ways. He has continued his study into methods of releasing people’s personal power for many years and also utilizes his past experience as a Police Officer and martial artist to bring clarity and incredible insight into some of life’s most challenging questions.

Healing and Wellness


Michael Gaeta is a visionary teacher, practitioner and writer in the field of natural healthcare. Michael studied attunement with Roger de Winton. He holds New York licenses in acupuncture, nutrition and massage therapy, and is a Doctor of acupuncture in Rhode Island. In 1990, Michael founded the Hands-On Health Wholistic Centers, a successful group practice in New York. He has appeared on the CBS Early Show, NBC News and WB11 News.  He writes and lectures nationally on nutrition, herbal therapy, business success, medical ethics and Chinese medicine. Michael is on the faculty of the Attunement School.

As a young girl growing up in Germany, Carmen Baehr put on a pair of ballet shoes and never stopped moving. Learning martial arts and meditation in her teens has inspired Carmen to a life-long study of mindfulness within movement, and so, movement within mindfulness. In the next three decades, Carmen would earn an M.A. from Naropa University in Contemplative Psychotherapy, become a Licensed Professional Counselor, earn a Black Belt in NIA [Neuromuscular Integrative Action] and work as a Certified Instructor in the Anusara Yoga tradition.
Carmen’s students admire how she bridges yoga know-how with an innate wisdom. Even more importantly, the loyalty and friendships fostered among her students are at the heart of Carmen’s practice: the forming of community. Her gift in connecting with all kinds of people, and they, in turn, with each another, is what makes Carmen’s yoga classes and intensives magic. Join Carmen and Dennis at the Healing Light Yoga Retreat at Sunrise Ranch.

A childhood back injury inspired Dennis Tenney to seek freedom from pain and peace through movement. Thirty years working with technology in academia and industry continually challenged him to love his body and himself. In 2002 an injury led him to his first Anusara teacher, Carmen, and the philosophical ground where pain and failure can be skilfully used as gateways to joyous transformation.
An Anusara-inspired yoga teacher , teaching since 2004, Dennis enjoys helping each student align attitude and body. Alignment invites freedom from pain and offers a path to deeper freedom; joyous liberation. Helping others walk their path to freedom gives Dennis great joy. Join Carmen and Dennis at the Healing Light Yoga Retreat at Sunrise Ranch.


Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems building design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007. In 2008, Patrick obtained his permaculture teacher’s certificate from Sandy Cruz and Becky Elder of the Permaculture Institute. Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe and attended the International Permaculture Convergence in Malawi in 2009. After three seasons producing food for 80+ people at Sunrise Ranch, Patrick is now co-manager of the garden and a practicing permaculturalist and permaculture educator.

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  1. Holly Harvin Says:

    Hello there. I am looking into a work study program. Do you offer this? Thanks so much!

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