The Yogini Project Team: Who We Are
Founder | Creative Director
Michael Ash founded The Yogini Project in 2011 with the inspiration to provide more mature role models of authentically empowered women in the world today for his daughter Kisa and those like her, all beings really. He was greatly inspired by the vivid example of wisdom in altruistic deeds, specifically in support of women in spiritual practice, by his root teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
His work with the project is multi-leveled and various, as necessitated; creative throughout. He is steadily committed to the results of actions that arise only from sustained meditation practice and clear positive motivation.
Creative Director: Overall project structure, interplay, evolution, and guidance.
White Lotus/Women On The Path: Director, producer, camera, editor, subtitling. From pre-production, production, to post-production, in brief.
Yogini Fund: Development, networking and collaboration.
Dakini As Art: Founder and gallery manager; website design and evolution; curator; order facilitation; events networking; artist representative.
Yogini Archives: Platform design and integration, post-production editing & subtitling.
Organization/Fundraising: Overall administration; organizational structure and refinement; platform integrations; networking; fundraising.
Website Design: Thorough website creation and design, all projects; platform integrations and maintenance.
Content Team: Contributes to the site content and blogs, as well as overseeing the overall arc of TYP media activity.
Translations: Facilitates, subtitling.
Anastasia Eremenko is a translator, having graduated from the Linguistic University of Moscow. In 2010 she met Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, her root teacher, and since that time follows his teachings. Beyond her dedicated involvement with The Yogini Project, she collaborates with the Shang Shung Institute in promoting different aspects of Tibetan culture in the West. Based in Moscow, Russia, she loves dancing, soulful music, and inspiring people.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Rachel Arrey first encountered the dharma in 2012 when a group of nuns from Keydong Nunnery visited her college to create a Chenrezig mandala. That fated moment planted a seed in her that continues to grow to this day. Her interests in Buddhism, spiritual care, and social justice led her on to Union Theological Seminary, where she is now an M. Div student in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement. She hopes to one day be a chaplain. Rachel is excited to be working with the Yogini Project!
Sascha Alexandra Aurora is a new member of The Yogini Project content team, living in Odense, Denmark with her daughter Mandarava Rose. Sascha is now working on writing blogs and is about to join our social media team. Her first article, the first in TYP’s dream series of reflections on motherhood and practice by practitioning mothers around the globe, was published during the solar eclipse on September 16th, 2016:
Stella Bonnie first contacted The Yogini Project regarding a typo on the website and was recruited soon thereafter based on previous editorial experience as well as her enthusiasm for researching and writing about Tibetan Buddhism. She holds a Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Religious Studies, with concentrations in Contemplative Religions and Tibetan Language, and has aspirations to be a translator. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Stella currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her dog, Honey Pie, and her cat, Sgt. Pepper.
Montse Marce lives near Barcelona, Spain, practicing Tibetan massage. She is strongly devoted to Dharma activities such as filing Stupas, translation, organizing frequent trips to teachings and events, etc. She is presently following the “Parallel” Retreat (a 5+ years cycle of the same teachings and practices as the traditional 3-year retreat) developed by Chanteloube under the guidance of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche and Tsawa Rinam Rinpoche.
Montse joined our content team in November 2015 and has been doing research, and contributing to our new Yogini Blog 2.0 launched in May 2016, as well as to our social media where her posts have sometimes reached a 2 million person reach. She has been on sabbatical for most of the summer ’16 on retreats and time traveling with her son, Pau.
The many faces of Yogini Project translators…
Just some of the many faces of the translators who have contributed through translations of The Yogini Project interviews and media, the film Blessings, and more over the past 6 years.
Languages translated to date:
If you would like to apply to translate some of our media in a new language or join an existing team, contact us with details of your experience and dharma history.