Our philosophy

A link between human and nature

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Teravana nurtures the symbiotic relationship between human health and planetary well-being through rigorous community outreach, educational initiatives, and environmental advocacy.

Through our programs and initiatives such as the Living Tree Library, Awakened Spirit, Mindful MD, and Tree School, Teravana seeks to reciprocally contribute to the restoration of the planet through the betterment of human well-being.
We aspire that individuals leave our programs as agents for change for themselves and the environment.

at Teravana

We’ve partnered with ecologists and foresters to create a sustainability plan. Using the combined wisdom of academic and indigenous knowledge, our ecology goal is to help heal the Earth, create biodiversity, and live in the latest age of fire and drought in California.

It is our commitment to care for Mother Earth the way she cares for us, providing us with everything we need to thrive.

Meet the Founders

Suvas Vajracharya

Suvas Vajracharya

Suvas has a long term interest in personal development and meditation.


After working as the CEO of Lightning Bolt, where he ran a successful startup consisting of 55 employees, he left the IT industry to shift his passion and focus on bridging his interests for wellness, spirituality and the environment.


Having dedicated his career to helping hospitals and physicians solve the most complex medical staff scheduling problems with advanced, AI-optimized technology, he has championed for health and wellness in these fields for nearly 20 years.


As a co-founder of Teravana and our sister organization WELLKIND, he advises on their board of directors and facilitates trainings and workshops.


Suvas now applies his thought leadership to stewarding 640 acres of land and leads conferences and retreats in the field of mindfulness and burnout prevention for corporate institutions and physicians. He teaches meditation at Teravana and brings a mindfulness based approach to wellness.

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Julia Forest

For Julia, Teravana grew from her interest in how self-care and care for the Earth interrelate.

She brings with her 18 years of yoga and meditation facilitation and a passion for cross-disciplinary change work and women's health. She has led and organized yoga retreats in the USA and internationally and offers yoga and meditation at Teravana.

Julia is the founding director of Awakened Spirit Yoga, an organization that blends yoga and mindfulness with regenerative change to support the wellness of communities. As a co-founder of Teravana, Julia is on the board of directors and advises on programming. She also contributes as a board member for WELLKIND.

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