Gina Barrett

Gina Barrett & John Rene Berard

Gina and John Rene are a husband and wife team that have been sharing a Taoist & Yoga based tantra path for 20 years. They share private sessions, workshops, sacred unions, ceremonies, retreats, immersion programs and teacher trainings that include tantra practices, communication & intimacy building techniques in Crestone- Salida, Colorado and well known centers for yoga and health world wide. Individuals of all ages and sexual orientations are drawn to Gina and John Rene’s authentic and playful style, as well as their ability to assist individuals and couples with a wide range of relationship and sexual health concerns. Participants feel at ease within the safe and sacred container they create. Gina and John Rene have been sharing engaging workshops for 30 years. Gina is also the author of  Lighter: Living Tantra.


Gina Barrett, BS, MIA, E-RYT, C-IAYT

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Gina Barrett, BS, MIA, ERYT, C-IAYT, author of Lighter: Living Tantra offers private sessions, workshops, sacred unions, ceremonies, yoga teacher trainings and retreats in Crestone, CO and world wide.  Gina shares a tantra yoga, shamanic and qigong path, which is informed by her spiritual practice.  As a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, she creates a safe container for physical and emotional holistic healing. Gina has been facilitating engaging workshops for 30 years and has been working as a holistic health practitioner for 20 years, during which time she developed her own unique approach in assisting others. Gina has assisted individuals with a variety of conditions from anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma to injuries, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer, arthritis, pre- and post-natal, peri-menopause, vertigo, multiple sclerosis, post polio and other structural conditions, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, as well as those experiencing sexual concerns and challenges.

Gina spent her earlier years working in the environmental field as an educator, technical support specialist and DEP consultant.  In 1999, after attending a 9 month women's empowerment & holistic health program, she was inspired to open her own yoga and retreat center.  Maintaining basic Spanish fluency and holding a graduate degree in International Administration, Gina has lived in and shared her holistic health & consultant services in the U.S., Central America and Jamaica. Gina gathered her holistic health skills by studying with the Masters of tantra yoga, qigong, chinese medicine, women's health, spiritual counseling, therapeutic movement, women’s empowerment, yoga therapy, meditation, sacred sexuality, shamanism, energy healing, raw food and nutrition & conscious communication.  During her many years of spiritual practice, she has been gifted clairvoyance and energy healing techniques. With such a diverse repertoire, she is able to assist a wide range of clients in clearing away what is masking their true calling and ability to access their Highest potential. Her own journey with healing fibromyalgia and breast cancer has informed her work to be able to assist many to live healthy, joyful & energized lives.

This wealth of rich life experience and training allows her to easefully assist her clients in a variety of ways. In addition to her holistic health skills, she is also an expert marketer, manager and communicator and has helped many establish successful small businesses, such as artists, retail store owners, yoga studio owners and wellness providers. She has also assisted those working in corporate fields & management to advance, while maintaining a balanced life. Gina shares Yoga Alliance Continuing Education trainings for yoga instructors worldwide on the topics of Tantra, Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga and Yoga Assists with Therapeutic Elements.  She is a Certified-International Association Yoga Therapist. Gina is deeply committed to transmitting her wisdom about tantra, yoga, qigong, chinese medicine, women's health, shamanism & emotional healing, so that all live satisfying lives.

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2017 Qigong, Taichi and Eastern Medicine Conference at Eastover, Lenox, MA

Shared workshops on Energy Balance and Connection and Sacred Sexuality

2016 – Present Tantra Yoga & Qigong Educator (World Wide Workshops and Retreats) and Private Healing Arts Practice in Crestone and Salida, CO

Author of Lighter: Living Tantra, Tantra to Love™ Lifestyle Immersion & 60 hr. Educator Certification Program, Private Tantra Instruction for Couples, Yoga Therapy, Private Yoga, Qigong, Spiritual Counseling & Mentoring, Workshops and Retreats.

2016 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioners Conference in Bristol, VT

Shared "Transforming Sex Abuse with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy" workshop

2007 – 2016 Tantra Yoga & Qigong Educator (World Wide Workshops and Retreats) and Private Healing Arts Practice in Portland, Maine

Author of Lighter: Living Tantra, Tantra to Love™ Lifestyle Immersion & 60 hr. Educator Certification Program, Private Tantra Instruction for Couples, Yoga Therapy, Private Yoga, Qigong, Spiritual Counseling & Mentoring, Workshops and Retreats.

Winters 2012 – 16  Yoga & Qigong Instructor and Yoga Therapist, Jakes Resort & Spa, Jamaica

Winter 2006 Yoga Business Consultant, Bocas Yoga, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Assisted in start up of new yoga studio (Bocas Yoga), while owner was away for a month. Provided life coaching to owner, facilitated studio set up & created first teaching schedule.

Winter 2006 Yoga Instructor, La Fluente del Futuro, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Provided weekly yoga classes for families in indigenous village, assisted Directors with organizational development & with English & art classes.

2005 – 2007 Private Practice & Yoga Instructor, Northampton, MA area

Same private services offered above. Taught at Shelburne Falls Yoga & Northampton Athletic Club (4 – 5 classes/week)

2004 – 2005 Therapeutic Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist, Boulder BodyWorks, Boulder, CO

Offered 5 classes per week including mixed level hatha, prenatal, Baby & me & restorative. Provided yoga therapy sessions to clients receiving physical rehab treatment at this clinic.

2003 – 2004 Yoga Instructor, Good Karma Garage, Nederland, CO
3 mixed level hatha classes per week

2002 – 2004 Private Practice, Nederland, CO
Life Coaching, Spiritual Counseling & Yoga Therapy

Winter 2003 (3 mos) Yoga Instructor, Bosque Encantada, Nosara Costa Rica
Offered my own daily a.m. mixed level hatha classes in this outdoor studio.

1999 – 2003 Owner & Director of Gaia Center for Transformational Healing, Conway, MA

Private Practice of Life Coaching, Spiritual Counseling and Yoga Therapy, offered daily mixed level hatha classes, hosted and facilitated a wide range of holistic health workshops & retreats, including priestess path apprenticeship, moon circles, sweat lodges, kirtan, JourneyDance & breathwork.

 

Tantra Workshops & Teacher Trainings

co facilitated with husband John Rene Berard, BS, MBA,CMT

Spring 2013 - Present  Tantra to Love™ Lifestyle Immersion & 60 hr. Educator Certification, Portland, Maine

Spring 2014  Lighter: Living Tantra Book Tour, various locations in New England

Mar 2011 – 2014  Tantra to Love™ Annual Retreat, Kripalu, Lenox, MA

Feb. 2014  Tantra to Love™ Workshop Series, Afya Yoga, Kingston, Jamaica

June 2013  Sponsored Teacher Ann Carroll, PhD:  Qigong in Meditation Gardens, Brunswick, Maine

May 2013  Tantra to Love™ Sacred Touch, Solstice Center,  Medway, MA

Oct. 2012 Interviewed for Ignite your Heart Transform your Relationship Telesummit, world wide

Summer 2012  Intro to Tantra to Love™ Workshops, Portland, Maine

May 2012 Tantra to Love™ Sacred Touch, Boston, MA

Jan. 2012  Tantra to Love™ Yoga Series, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Nov. 2011  Tantric Partner Yoga, Boston, MA

Oct. 2011  Tantra Yoga, Northampton, MA

Sept. 2011  Hosted Fall Tantra Gathering:  What is Tantra Anyway?, Portland, Maine

June 2011  Tantric Partner Yoga, Northampton, MA

May 2011  Tantra Yoga, Boston, MA

May 2011 Tantra Sampler, Portland, MA

Feb 2011 Intro to Tantra Practices, Virtual Yoga and Meditation Conference, World-Wide

Feb 2011 Therapeutics~ Blend of Tantra Yoga, Qi Gong and PRYT, Portland, Maine

Dec 2010 Therapeutic Yoga & Qi Yoga Series, Portland, Maine

Fall 2010 Intro to Tantra, Spiritual HorizonsPortland, Maine

2010 Karma Sutra (yoga & energy movement flows), Portland, Maine

2010 Intro to Tantra (Sacred Sexuality) , Portland, Maine

Break due to relocation back to east coast & breast cancer healing

2004 Opening to Love, Solstice Institute, Boulder, CO

2004 Opening to Love, Northampton, MA

2004 Opening to Love, Dreamtime Festival, Paonia, CO

 

Sample List of Workshops Conducted

Prana has 30 years of workshop facilitation in holistic health & environmental education

  • Baby and Me Yoga (Postnatal and Baby Yoga)
  • Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery
  • Coming into Balance with Yoga and Qigong
  • Corporate Self Care Workshop: 10 Simple Ways to Work Effectively and Feel Great!
  • Emotional Healing
  • Gentle and Restorative Yoga
  • Law of Attraction
  • Meditation…Empty the Mind…Come into Stillness
  • Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Groups
  • Pranayama…Yoga of Breath
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Qigong
  • Tantra Yoga
  • Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Injuries, Illness, Trauma, Immobility and/or Surgery Recovery
  • Yoga Assists with Therapeutic Elements for Yoga Instructors (YA CEUs)
  • Yoga for Healing Breast Cancer
  • Yoga for Strengthening your Center
  • Yoga Retreats (gentle and strenuous options, as well as tantra)

 

Festivals & Conferences

2017 Qigong, Taichi and Eastern Medicine Conference at Eastover, Lenox, MA

Shared workshops on Energy Balance and Connection and Sacred Sexuality

2016 Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioners Conference in Bristol, VT

Shared "Transforming Sex Abuse with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy" workshop

2013  Burdock Gathering, Pittson, Maine

Intro to Tantra to Love™ & Qigong workshops

2008 – 2012 Dance New England Dance Camp, Poland, Maine and Ossippee, NH

Conducted Therapeutic Yoga Classes & gave private sessions

2008 & 2009 SpiritFire, secret location, NY

Conducted daily yoga classes & Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Workshop, as well as offered private sessions

2008 Belly & Womb Conference, Shutesbury, MA

Conducted Yoga for Strengthening your Center workshop

2004 & 2005 Dreamtime, Paonia, CO

Conducted yoga classes on Main Stage & Opening to the Love Tantra Workshop

 

Education & Training

2017 International Association of Yoga Therapists Certification (C-IAYT)

2017  Qigong, Taichi & Eastern Medicine Symposium (5 days) at Eastover, Lenox, MA

2014 - Present  Private Voice Instruction with Hannah Ardenski, Empower Sound

2011 – Present  Qigong Instruction and Mentoring with Ann Carroll, Qigong & Taiji Master who also shares Chinese Medicine & Toaist Philosophy.  Topsham, ME

2011 – 2017 Classical Pilates Instruction, Springboard Pilates, Portland, ME & Laguna Madre Yoga, Meditation & Dance, South Padre Island, TX

2016   Radiant Lotus Women's Qigong Level I & II Training

2016  Qigong, Taichi and Eastern Medicine Symposium at Eastover, Lenox, MA

Fall 2013  5 day Principle-Based Partner Yoga Assisting Training with Elysabeth Williamson

2000 – 2010  Tantra & Spiritual Counseling Mentoring with Sylvia Brallier

1997 – 2007  Tantra Yoga Instruction Mentoring, with Satya Gita Aune, Middleton, CA

2009 & 2014  Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Recertification

2006 – 2009  Tantra, Couples Counseling & Spiritual Counseling Mentoring with Gabrielli Lachiara

2004 – 2007  Sangha Member of Eldorado Mtn. Ashram, Boulder, CO (“White” Tantra Yoga & Meditation practiced here)

2005  Tantric Massage with Steve and Lokita Carter

2004  Intro to Tantra with The Muirs

2004  Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 650 hrs., Stockbridge, MA

2003  Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor Certification 200hrs., Nosara Institute

1998 – 1999  Priestess Path Apprenticeship with Alisa Starkweather 

1996 Master in International Administration, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT

1987 Bachelors of Science & Certification to Teach High School Biology, UMass, Amherst

 

Affiliations

2017 - Present International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT)

2003 – Present Yoga Alliance

2011 – Present Various Tantra Educator Facebook Groups

2009 – Present Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Facebook Groups

 

Media

Learning to Live from the Heart as Center, 1440 Multiversity Blog, 2017

Let's Talk about Sex podcast interview on The Adult Chair, 2017

A Tantric and Astrological Approach to Living in Balance, Web Talk Radio Interview, 2015

Queering Tantra:  Beyond Masculine and Feminine, Decolonizing Yoga, 2015

Tantra Meditation to Expand the Love in your Life, Mind Body Green, 2015

Deepening Intimacy and Connection with Tantra, Kripalu Thrive, 2015

Author of Lighter: Living Tantra, copyright 2014, Evolve Press, Portland, Maine

Five Lifestyle Practices for Creating a Thriving Relationship, Kripalu Thrive, 2014

Prana Heals When Technology Takes Over, Elephant Journal 2010

Tantra as a Safer Sex Practice, Loving More Magazine 2007 (printed version)

The Mind Body Connection: Are You Blocking Your Pathway to Success and Fulfillment, NE Holistic 2000 +/-

 

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John Rene Berard, BS, MBA, C-IAYT, LMT

John Rene practices therapeutic massage, shares Core Power yoga classes, as well as tantra practices with groups and couples, alongside his wife, Gina.  They offer couples private sessions, workshops and retreats in the Crestone and Salida, Colorado area and world wide. Off the mat, John Rene enjoys living the Yoga off grid as a project director in the Telecom Industry. John Rene brings humor, sensitivity, intuition, love and excellent communication skills to all he shares.

John Rene has been an active participant and co-creator of men’s empowerment experiences, including men’s groups, sweat lodges, rites of passage for boys, vision quests and completed a men’s 9 month mythic warrior training. John Rene also has advanced training in Conscious Communication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 – Present  Tantra Educator (World Wide Workshops and Retreats) and Massage Therapy Practice Salida and Crestone, CO

2003 – 2016  Tantra Educator (World Wide Workshops and Retreats) and Massage Therapy Practice in Portland, ME, Boulder, CO, Conway, MA and world wide

Co-facilitate Tantra Yoga Workshops, Retreats and Private Couples Sessions with Prana Regina Barrett and provide Deep Tissue Massage with Therapeutic Yoga Stretches

2012 – 2016  Power Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist, Jakes Resort and Spa, Jamaica

2010 – 2016  Host & Facilities Manager for Retreats, Portland, MA

2010 – 2014  Power Yoga Instructor, Greater Portland YMCA, Portland, ME

2005  Taught Outdoor CorePower Yoga Class, Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO

2004 - 2005  Workshop Facilitation and Yoga Class Assisting, Dreamtime, Paonia, CO

Co-facilitated Opening to the Love Tantra Workshop and Assisted Yoga Classes on Main Stage with Prana Regina Barrett

1999 – 2003  Facilities Management & Host of Gaia Center for Transformational Healing, Conway, MA

Hosted and co-facilitated a wide range of holistic health workshops & retreats, including priestess path apprenticeship, moon circles, sweat lodges, kirtan, JourneyDance, weekly Mysore & breathwork  

 

Tantra Workshops

Co-facilitate with Prana Regina Barrett

John Rene has over 25 years of workshop facilitation experience in holistic health and telecommunications

2016 – Present  Tantra to Love™ Lifestyle Immersion + Educator Program, Salida and Crestone, CO

2012 – 2016  Tantra to Love™ Lifestyle Immersion + Educator Program, Portland, ME

2011 – 2014  Intro to Tantra Yoga, Qigong & Sacred Sexuality Retreat, Kripalu, Lenox, MA

2013  Co-facilitated Tantra Series: Qigong, Intro to Tantra & Vinyasa, Burdock Gathering, Pittston, ME

2013  Sponsored Teacher Ann Carroll, PhD: Qigong in Spiritual Gardens, Brunswick, ME

2013  Tantra to Love™ Sacred Touch, Medway, MA

2012  Intro to Tantra to Love™ Workshops, Portland, ME

2012   Tantra to Love™ Sacred Touch, Boston, MA

2012  Tantra to Love Yoga Series & Masters Class, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Nov 2011  Tantric Partner Yoga, Boston, MA

Oct  2011  Tantra Yoga, Northampton, MA

Sept 2011  Hosted Fall Tantra Gathering: What is Tantra Anyway?, Portland, ME

June 2011  Tantric Partner Yoga, Northampton, MA

May 2011  Tantra Yoga, Boston, MA

May 2011 Tantra Sampler, Portland, Maine

Spring 2011  Sacred Sexuality~Intro to Tantra Yoga, Kripalu, Lenox, MA

Winter 2010  Intro to Tantra as an Individual Practice, Virtual World Yoga & Meditation Conference, world wide

Fall 2010  Intro to Tantra, Portland, Maine

Fall 2010  Tantric Massage, Portland, Maine

2010  Kama Sutra (yoga & energy movement flows), Portland, Maine

2010  Intro to Tantra (Sacred Sexuality), Portland, Maine

Break due to relocation back to east coast & wife’s breast cancer healing

2004  Opening to Love, Solstice Institute, Boulder, CO

2004  Opening to Love, Northampton, MA

2004  Opening to Love, Dreamtime Festival, Paonia, CO

 

Education & Training

1997 – Present  Holistic Health, Tantra and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training workshops and retreats, assist Prana Regina Barrett

2000 – 2007  Massage Therapy Mentoring with Patty Gates

1997 – 2007  Tantra Yoga Instruction with Satya Marga, Middleton, CA

2004 – 2007  Sangah Member of Eldorado Mountain Ashram, Boulder, CO (“White” Tantra Yoga & Meditation practiced here)

2006  Healers Training Weekend with Sylvia Brallier

2005  Tantric Massage with Steve and Lokita Carter

2005  CorePower Yoga Certification 200hrs., CorePower Yoga, Boulder, CO

2004  Intro to Tantra with The Muirs

2002  Massage Therapy Certification 250 hrs., Amherst School of Massage, Amherst, MA

2000  Taoist Men’s Sexuality Weekend w/Charlie (Acupuncturist), Nine Mountain, Plainfield, MA

1996  MBA, Northeastern University

1986  BS in Engineering, UMass, Amherst

 

Media

Three Reasons Why Men Enjoy Tantra, Lighter: Living Tantra Book Blog, Aug. 2013