The Yogini Project Team: Who We Are
Founder / Creative Director
Michael Ash founded The Yogini Project in 2011 with the inspiration to create a platform to provide more mature role models of authentically empowered women in the world today for his daughter and those like her, all beings really. He was greatly inspired by the example of the wisdom and altruistic deeds in the support of women in spiritual practice by his teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche. The benefits for all are obvious.
His work with the project is multi-leveled and various, as necessitated, creative throughout. He firmly is committed to the results of actions that can only come from sustained meditation practice and clear, positive motivation.
Creative Director: Overall project structure, management, and guidance.
Yogini Fund: Development, networking and collaboration.
White Lotus/Women On The Path: Director, producer, cameraman, editor, sound, research and networking.
Dakini As Art: Gallery founder and manager; website creation, design, and evolution; order/commission facilitation; artist and events networking; artist community development.
Yogini Archives: Platform design and integration, video editing & subtitling.
Organization/Fundraising: Overall administration and accounting; organizational structure, development, and refinement; platform integrations; networking; crowdfundraising and private donor development.
Website Creator/Designer: Thorough website creation and design; 95% of content research and integration; platform integrations and maintenance.
Content Team: Contributes to the website content and blogs, and also keeps an eye on our social media activity and makes project related posts, news updates, and shares inspiring beauty when called.
Translations: Overview, translators facilitator, subtitling.
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.
Sound Man/Production Assistant
Juan Porzio joined our Women On The Path film team in Kathmandu as our sound man for our filming at Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s nunnery at Chobar for our White Lotus bonus feature as well as for interviews with Ani Choying Drolma in Kathmandu, Ani Bumchang at Tso Pema, and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Rita Gross at DGL Nunnery in northern India for Women On The Path. He also assisted as a production and logistics assistant during the time of our filming in Northern India.
Juan, from Argentina, is a musician and adventure tour guide based in Boudhanath, Nepal. He assisted greatly during the crises that followed the tragic earthquakes that struck Nepal in late April of last year.
Media Director, 2012-2013
TYP’s Media Director for our first two years, Maya van der Meer.
Maya produced several of our initial interviews to our Yogini Channel at YouTube:
Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Sangyum Kamala Rinpoche,
Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, and Traleg Khandro.
Beyond producing a series of stellar, provocative interviews for our landmark video interview series with prominent women in the dharma today, Maya van der Meer is a single dharma mother and the founder of Bodhi Kids, which provides ‘compassion-based resources for children and families that employ storytelling, the arts, and environmental activities to convey the core principles of the Buddha’s teachings’.
Bodhi Kids received a Khyentse Foundation grant for its work in 2014. Maya has dedicated her service work solely to Bodhi Kids since spring 2014. We are grateful for her significant contributions to the vision and purpose of The Yogini Project at our inception.
The many faces of Yogini Project translators…
Just some of the many faces of the translators who have contributed through primary translation or reviews to The Yogini Project’s translations of Blessings, interviews, and more over the past 4 years. To be updated soon with some of our new faces!
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.
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:
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.