The Organizational Team

Co-Founding Director: Daria Halprin, MA, REAT, RSMT

In 1978 Daria co-founded the 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.

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Co-Director: Rosario Sammartino, MA, PhD (cand), RSMT, RSME

Rosario is a psychologist, artist and researcher. She is a Core Faculty member at Tamalpa Institute and is a PhD Candidate in Psychology / Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Rosario is co-founder of Tamalpa Latinoamerica, as well as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Meridian University and the founder of Anthropos Institute, an Art and Self Development Center located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is originally from. Rosario has worked in various settings, such as psychiatric hospitals, shelters, and educational centers, and with diverse populations, including incarcerated women, the homeless, and at-risk youth. Through the years, Rosario has conducted numerous lectures, seminars, and professional presentations in the United States and internationally, including in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Portugal. Currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rosario continues to teach and lead community projects in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process.  

Organizational Advisor: Dana Swain, MA, PhD (cand)

Dana Swain’s professional background comprises working for both well established and start-up organizations. Her roles included managing a training and communication department, conducting business analysis, and creating interdepartmental quality assurance programs.  Additionally, Dana is a movement based expressive arts facilitator through the Tamalpa Institute, holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and is a doctoral candidate in Jungian and Archetypal psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dana has used the Tamalpa work internationally, particularly with youth in Africa, where she facilitated a workshop exploring issues of peace and reconciliation in a community recovering from war.  She has lived in Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia, and currently resides in Lafayette, California.

Program Director: Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon Zuloaga, MA, RSMT, RSME

Maria Luisa is a psychologist, researcher, and movement specialist. She is a Core Faculty member at Tamalpa Institute. Maria Luisa obtained her M.A. in Engaged Humanities with Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her Master’s thesis, Somaphilia: Remembering the Soul and the Aesthetics of Being, expands upon the somatic, mythological, depth psychological, and archetypal dimensions of Tamalpa Institute’s Body Part Mythologies. Maria Luisa’s professional experience in psychology and the arts spans fifteen years and includes the areas of education, private practice, and community intervention. Maria Luisa has worked with diverse populations, most recently with Latin American immigrants in San Francisco and she has conducted research projects on addiction in her native Guadalajara, Mexico and on trauma associated with domestic violence in San Francisco, CA.  Maria Luisa teaches seminars and presents in conferences internationally and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).

Administrative Director: Julie McGuinness, MA

Julie is a Tamalpa Practitioner and holds an MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (2012). She completed an internship with the Institute of Health and Healing at Marin General Hospital, with a focus in Art and Imagery. A bodyworker and instructor of massage therapy for many years, Julie has administrative experience in several non-profit organizations. She is also a soccer mom! Julie is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the stability, longevity and growth of Tamalpa Institute.

Administrative Coordinator: Nicole Haddad

Nikki has a passion for art and working for non-profit agencies.  She earned a B.A. in Art History in 2011.  While finishing college, she volunteered with sober living communities, working with women in recovery.  This led to her exploring the power of art as a healing force.  While she has coordinated gallery openings and art shows for others in the past, she is currently preparing for her first exhibition of her own work. 

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