Marga Dominguez-Goering, Camp Director
Marga took her first yoga class at age 17, and it transformed her life and her future. Yoga gave her the tools to live in the world with a strong inner anchor. At 19, she became a certified yoga instructor. From age 20- 26, she co-directed and taught at a very successful yoga center in Spain, her native country, where she met her husband-to-be. Marga and her husband then moved to California, where she became certified in acupressure, stress management, pain relief, energy healing and meditation instruction.
For the last 20 years, she has lived at Ananda Village with her husband and their 16 year old son. For Marga, living in a community based on yoga principles has been a dream come true! She is on the board of the community’s Radiant Health Center, serves at the Village Reception Center, coordinates the summer programs, and the Village’s Familes for a New Tommorow, a conscious parenting group.
One of the things Marga loves best is to offer parents tools to motivate their children, using the Education for Life principles, and to help families live a balanced life using Yogananda’s universal principles for “simple living and high thinking”. She has found that yoga and meditation are the core tools for having the best and highest relationship with ourselves, our children, and the Divine. For the past 33 years, she has dedicated her life to helping hundreds of people to achieve better health, choose better habits, attain more success in life, and become closer to the Divine, as they understand it.
Kamran Matlock, Instructor and Head Counselor
Kamran has worked in education as a teacher, tutor, counselor, mentor, sports coach, nature educator, and yoga instructor. He has taught students ranging from elementary to high school and college level. He has led language and literacy workshops, presented at educational conferences on topics including multicultural learning and standardized testing procedures, and has helped develop curriculum for alternative education programs. He received his BA in English literature from California State University, Long Beach in 2008, and his teaching credential from the same institution in 2010.
In 2012, Kamran received a certificate in Education for Life training, a program that emphasizes students’ inner development and both individual potential and harmony with others, from the Ananda College of Living Wisdom. Kamran is also a certified yoga teacher, and is involved with Sharing Nature Worldwide, a revolutionary education program that encourages deep and uplifting experiences in nature. He currently works as a schoolteacher for the Ananda Living Wisdom School in Nevada City, CA. In the summer, he helps run outdoor education programs and yoga camps in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and also works for Twin Rivers Unified School District, teaching summer school.
A passionate educator, naturalist and yogi, most of Kamran’s free time is spent meditating, hiking, in creative arts, playing sports, working outdoors, learning new things and telling stories.
Mark Goering, Counselor
Mark, who is 17 years old, was born and raised at Ananda Village, and has attended the Village’s Living Wisdom School since age 6. Mark loves to travel and has been to Europe, Peru, Mexico and Canada; he is fluent in Spanish and is an accomplished cello player who has performed in the US and Italy. He has been trained as a Sharing Nature leader by Joseph Cornell, founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide. Mark is earning his black belt degree in Kuk Sool, a Korean martial arts style, and for the last 3 years, he has been a counselor for the Martial Arts Adventure Summer Camp in Nevada City. Campers love to be around him, not only for his height (he is 6’3″!), but also for his humor, warmth and caring presence.