Sue Ann Beck-Ryan
Teacher / Art Director/ Mural Designer and Project Director / Artist-in-Residence Costa Rica Schools and Businesses
Sue Beck Ryan is a multi-media Artist, Educator, Designer and Art Director who received her M.A.T. in Arts and Sciences from the University of Wyoming. She has exhibited many murals and works in the U.S. and abroad, and is currently traveling as an Artist in Residence and Community Muralist in Central America.
As an Educator, she taught with the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache tribes and also in Japan, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In tandem with the United Way, she developed and taught at an art studio that gave the joy of silk painting to disabled adults. As a Theatrical Art Director, Sue has designed sets and helmed numerous Set/Painting/Design crews for award-winning regional theaters.
Recently, Sue was showcased and earned acclaim on the Costa Rican History Channel for her work on community murals with children. Her mural designs in Nicaragua have been seen on HGTV’s “House Hunters International”. Silks, canvas, walls, these are all mediums used by Sue to create her art.
Degrees and Credentials:
1990 Bachelor of Arts and Science (with honors) University of Wyoming
1990 Arizona Certificate of Teaching: K-12
1994 Master of Arts in Teaching: Arts and Science (with honors) University of Wyoming
1997 Arizona Collegiate Certificate for Teaching Art History, Design and Industrial Technology
Writer/Film Director and Musician
Matthew is an American born writer/director/musician (raised in England) with an insatiable passion for everything cinema. He produced and directed the theatrical short film, ‘A New Dawn’, directed and photographed, ‘Losing Lola‘ and worked as cinematographer on the full-length feature, ‘Destiny’. Most recently he directed three conceptual shorts from material in development.
He has worked in production sound for films such as ‘Gone to the Dogs’, ‘The Vanguard’ and ‘Ballet Shoes‘ and has editing credits on ‘Calm’, ‘Losing Lola’ and ‘We’ve Got The Toaster’, among others. He studied producing with The New Producers Alliance and script development at The Script Factory.
Matthew has written two full feature films scripts: ‘Your Past is Waiting‘, a metaphysical psychological thriller and ‘Release’, a futuristic adventure based on transcendental principles. He is now writing his third, about addiction to technology.
Musician and Yoga Teacher
Clytie is a Yoga teacher and a fabulous singer. She is very dedicated to the Harinam Sankintan movement. She is happy to assist the ‘Vedic Care Charity’ in its Mission of Caring for all devotees in need.
Musician and entrepreneur
Brian studied audio engineering at Columbia College, Chicago before graduating Magna Cume Lauda from Kaplan University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He was a founding partner in Lethal Poetry, a Chicago based music and arts production company. He then moved to Tucson, Arizona in the summer of 2013 and is now running two local companies.
Amrita Gopala Dasi
Musician and Teacher
After serving as a teacher-trainer for the United States Peace Corps, Amrita Gopala dasi joined ISKCON in 2001 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. As a Western-bodied woman who spoke Bengali, she was quickly engaged in preaching work. She met her spiritual master, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami in Vrindavan during the holy month of Kartik whilst on a tirtha-sthan tour of India. Maharaja suggested she serve in Sri Dham Mayapur. At the time Amrita Gopala was undecided if she would become a Catholic nun or join ISKCON.
Having become fond of chanting, the care and worship of Tulsi devi and Srila Prabhupada’s incomparable books, she moved to Mayapur in 2002 and preached extensively with the Nama-hatta. The sole woman on long preaching tours with 70 brahmacaries and one sanyassi (His Holiness Gauranga Prem Swami), Amrita Gopala took a keen interest in training congregational devotees all over Bengal, Assam and Orissa.
Having been absorbed in Bengali language and culture gave her a life-long love for the songs of the Vaisnava acaryas and for chanting Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta and Sri Caitanya-Bhagavat.
She currently lives in East Sussex, United Kingdom and serves as a teacher.
Musician and Poet
“Lenn perfectly evokes both the spirit and imagery of John Lennon in one of the most original and effective tributes ever heard (and seen). VILLAGE IDIOM combines Lennon’s two books with the style of the Beatles 1966 Christmas record, complete with ‘John’ reading his poems set to sound effects. Not only does Lenn write original poetry and stories in the spirit of ‘In His Own Write’, but also writes Lennon inspired songs representing every period of his career.” EarCandy, the eclectic online music magazine
“…If channeling is real, Lenn WAS John Lennon… He had the look, the mannerisms, and everyone was amazed, to say the least!” Dave Mason, Host of the San Diego Beatles Radio Show on 101.5 KGB.