Tamalpa Institute Board

Chair: Vivian Chávez
Vivian is an Associate Professor of Health Education at San Francisco State University with an eclectic background in global health, non-violence, youth media, yoga and expressive arts. A Tamalpa graduate, she also holds a doctorate in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and Advanced Studies certification from the Yoga Room in Berkeley. The cornerstone of her practice is Cultural Humility, a lifelong commitment to self-reflection, redressing power imbalances, and developing mutually respectful community partnerships.

Treasurer: Rodman Marymor
Rodman Marymor is a graduate of the inaugural Tamalpa Training Program in 1978 and also has a BA and MFA in Music.  His first profession was as a hard-working musician and composer. Later, he became a serial entrepreneur by creating businesses in the entertainment, meetings & conventions, and software industries.  Rodman has received industry recognition as a visionary business leader, and has served on numerous professional trade and non-profit Boards.  Now retired, he focuses on his family, musical performance, and diverse business interests. Rodman credits both Anna Halprin and Miles Davis as his lifelong mentors.

Dana Swain
Dana is a movement based-expressive arts facilitator trained in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process. Dana used the Tamalpa approach to facilitate 50 Angolan youth in a week long expressive arts workshop and performance that explored issues of conflict and peace in their community.  Dana holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a doctoral candidate in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  For the past 12 years Dana has lived overseas in Angola, Africa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia.  She believes that a body based, expressive arts approach is a powerful way to engage and address personal and community issues in any culture. 

James Nixon
James Nixon is Co-Founder and Principal of Sustainable Systems, Inc., a business and economic development corporation, located in Oakland, CA, that provides market-based strategies for the achievement of sustainable development and smart growth. He is also President of Global Urban Development, an international development organization assisting sub-national governments in the creation of Metropolitan Economic Strategies.  He has participated in the work of the Halprins since the early 1970’s and served as the Chair of Tamalpa’s first board of directors.

Daria Halprin
Daria is the co-founding director of Tamalpa Institute where she directs training programs in movement/dance and expressive arts education, consultancy and therapy. She teaches in educational, health and art centers throughout the world.


Jack Kornfield, Founding Director of Spirit Rock, is one of the pre-eminent and most popular teachers in the vipassana movement of American Theravada Buddhism. He has taught meditation worldwide, and authored many books on Buddhism philosophy and practice as a daily learning and art.

Over the past 35+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, healthcare and workforce implications of the age wave. He is a psychologist, gerontologist, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur and best-selling author of sixteen books on aging-related issues.

Paolo J. Knill, Ph.D., Dr. h.c., is Provost of the European Graduate School and Professor Emeritus, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. He initiated the International Network of Expressive Arts Therapy Training Centers and founded the ISIS European training institutes.

Rachel Naomi Remen is one of the earliest pioneers in the mind/body holistic health movement and the first to recognize the role of the spirit in health and the recovery from illness.

Marion Weber, member of the Common Weal group, founder of the Flow Fund, and a life-long supporter of the healing arts.

Robert Hall, an MD, Gestalt therapist, founder of the Lomi School and meditation teacher, was one of the early pioneers in the somatic psychology movement.

Michael Samuels, M.D. has used guided imagery, creativity, shamanism and art with cancer patients for over twenty five years in private practice and in consultation.

Marc Kasky moved to San Francisco in the 1970s and headed the San Francisco Ecology Center, and later the Fort Mason Center.

Acclaimed Japanese-born,NYC-based, choreographer/dancers/performance artists Eiko & Koma received two “Bessies”(1984 and 1990) Guggenheim (1985), MacArthur(1996) and United States Artists (2006) Fellowships. They were honored with the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004) and the Dance Magazine Award (2006) for lifetime achievement in modern dance.

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology.

Michael Murphy is the co-founder of the Esalen Institute, a key figure in the Human Potential Movement and author of both fiction and non-fiction books on topics related to extraordinary human potential.

Stanley Krippner is an internationally known humanistic psychologist, having written extensively on dreams, altered states of consciousness, hypnosis, shamanism, dissociation, and parapsychological subjects.

For 30 years Toby Symington has headed up a small family foundation, which supports visionary, grassroots cancer programs that offer healing on multiple levels. He also has a private practice in astrological counseling, especially designed for people going through major life transitions. Toby’s core vocation is philosophy, understood both as the love of wisdom and as an integral way of being.

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