Kristen Rulifson

 Is an interdisciplinary artist, wellness educator, and youth developer. She received her Bachelor's from UC Davis in Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior and holds minors in Performing Arts and Spanish. She was gifted the opportunity to work for HealthCorps at Encina Preparatory in Sacramento (2014-2016). There, she developed a restorative justice performance company that toured the Sacramento area with dance and spoken word, expressing the youth's voice in conversation with community issues. She has since trained in the Life-Art Process, an Expressive Arts Therapy approach, at the Tamalpa Institute. Kristen is currently a teaching artist at Vallejo Charter School and tours the west coast teaching and performing.


James Damiani

Is a passionate youth developer who has dedicated his career to generating safe healthy spaces for young people and elders alike to grow, learn, and find a sense of connectedness. He has an extensive background in facilitation and curriculum development. During his time at the Niroga institute, James studied Dynamic Mindfulness, a CASEL approved approach to implementing mindfulness in the classroom, and has been integrating these teachings into his work with young adults and staff. As a life long student James is always seeking to expand his understanding of social systems, human development, and collective liberation.