Henrike came as a volunteer in December 2012, while on a road trip up the coast with her son Max. She stayed for a month, thriving in the peaceful and balanced Krishna Farm atmosphere and the healthy organic environment. It soon became apparent that her business background and management experience would allow the Krishna Village to grow and expand, so she moved to Murwillumbah in April 2013 and co-managed the Village for several years. In May 2016 she took on the role of managing director and has since continued to grow an awesome team and expand the Krishna Village Centre for Yogic Studies to provide even more accredited trainings and courses.
Aside from the management side of things, her main focus is her Life and Business Coaching practice. She holds a Diploma in Life Coaching, is a Master Practitioner of NLP and, apart from coaching clients in her private practice, acts as a mentor for new Life Coaches for TCI (The Coaching Institute) in Melbourne. Henrike gives weekly coaching classes for the Yoga Teacher Trainees and retreat guests and is available for 1:1 sessions upon request.
Michael began his yoga journey at the age of 20 when he left his profession as a studio musician and joined a bhakti Yoga Monastery. For the next 10 years he travelled Australia, New Zealand and India as a celibate monk, daily studying the traditional yogic canons and engaging in strict daily yogic sadhana. Then after another 6 years as a traditional Vedic (Hindu) priest, he took an interest in the more physical aspects of yoga. He successfully completed a 3-year diploma course with Satyananda Yoga before finally finding his passion with Power Vinyasa. Since then he’s been certified by Baron Baptiste, became certified with Anti Gravity level 2, founded one of Australia’s most successful regional yoga studios, and has helped pioneer, develop and facilitate many teacher training programs here in Australia. As a teacher trainer, Michael brings with him great integrity and depth, forged by more than 31 years of strict, yet joyful daily practice. His teaching is full of compassion, humour and authenticity, with a deep respect for tradition, but without being over zealous.
Damodar Govinda Das
Damodar is the Krishna Village volunteer manager and oversees all the different jobs around the retreat center and gardens that have to get done every day. Originally from Italy, he came to the Krishna Village in early 2016 to complete his own Yoga Teacher Training and – like we all did – fell in love with the place and the people. Having a degree in agricultural and environmental studies and extensive management experience, running the ISKCON Villa Vrindavana in Florence (Italy) for one year, he has been a great addition to the crew and is looking forward to meet you if you come as a volunteer or Karma Yogi.
Clarissa is one of our yoga teacher training assistants and most passionate kirtaneers. She started to practice yoga at 14 years old when her grandma gave her a yoga mat and blocks. 10 years later, she received her 200hr yoga teacher certification here at the Krishna Village and subsequently came back to help us teach and inspire our trainees. She is wonderful singer and a true violin virtuoso and offers magical 1:1 sound meditations for our retreat guests.
Lila completed an Education degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 1998, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. After spending 2.5 years deeply immersed in the yogic lifestyle as a volunteer in a yoga ashram, from 2008 onwards she has been working full time as a yoga teacher trainer in Byron Bay [Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, RYT-500, Cert IV in Training and Assessment]. She completed Pre/Postnatal Yoga training with Bliss Baby Yoga in 2012, and now also is a regular presenter on their courses. After becoming a mother, Lila completed a Kid's Yoga teacher training with Zenergy Yoga in 2014 and occasionally teaches Mum's and Bubs, Mum's and Toddlers and Kid's yoga classes in the Byron Shire.
Lila also holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, is the lead singer of the enCHANTed band which holds regular kirtan evenings in the Byron Shire and at Yoga Festivals, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda through years of study and regular trips to India. Lila is a passionate Bhakti yogi inspired to share the things she loves through yoga teacher trainings.
Michael is a Yogic Science teacher by day and writer by night. At 17, while studying Maths, Physics & Business, he was noticed by Young Enterprise after joint-founding a company that personalised gifts in London. It won a Future100 award for ethical and environmentally-friendly business. At university he met a student of the mentor of both Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela who exposed him to the spiritual path of Bhakti-yoga.
After graduating from Cass Business School and trading for a global bank, he decided to explore the wisdom of yoga further. Having been to India 9 times in the last 6 years to study the secrets of Indic wisdom texts like the Bhagavad-Gita, he was invited to teach philosophy and host interactive seminars in universities and institutions in places like the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Nigeria, India, Australia & NZ from 2010.
Outside of teaching Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, playing football, volleyball, basketball, rapping, advising, problem-solving and challenges anyone on earth at table tennis.
Karunika is the lovely and welcoming face you will first encounter when visiting the Krishna Village reception. She has been a part of the Krishna Farm community for many years and has joined the Krishna Village team in July 2016. With a wealth of experience in running cafes, shops and her artist husband Danshwar's gallery for many years, she is not only making sure that we are well organised, but has also an incredible eye for details. As a mother of seven, she is the most caring and kind hearted soul and mother-of-all. In addition, she holds a degree in counselling and is therefore a compassionate listener and experienced advisor.