Under the guidance of Ken Bruer and Dr. Marti Glenn, many of the coaches at Ryzio have decades of experience in therapeutic retreats. They are business leaders and therapists, teachers and entrepreneurs. All have undergone Ryzio’s training and all are committed to making each participant’s Ryzio journey a life-changing one.
The Ryzio Team
“It touches my heart to hear from participants who came to our retreats wanting more and left knowing the treasure they truly are and hear how they are now living more effective, creative, and loving lives."
Marti Glenn, PhD, Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Ryzio Institute, has served as founder and CEO of a number of successful companies and non-profit organizations over the past four decades. She is founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its Master’s and Doctoral degrees in somatic psychology, prenatal and perinatal psychology and clinical psychology. She is also a pioneering psychotherapist, educator and trainer. In all her work, Marti emphasizes the integration of the latest research in neuroscience, behavioral epigenetics and Polyvagal Theory with mindfulness, attachment, early development, and trauma.
She has served on the boards of a number of national organizations and has chaired numerous professional conferences, including the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and Neurons to Neighborhoods: Preventing and Healing Trauma in Children and Adults. She co-produced the broadcast quality documentary, Trauma, Brain and Relationship with Daniel Siegel and Bruce Perry and has appeared in such documentary films as What Babies Want; What Babies Know; Reducing Infant Mortality and Improving the Health of Babies. She is the recent recipient of the Thomas Verny Lifetime Achievement Award in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Marti conducts training programs for mental health professionals and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.
She lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband, Ken, and enjoys live toe-tapping music, singing, cutting flowers from the garden and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren.
“No matter how successful or how challenged we may be, there is always the possibility for something more. It is my pleasure in life to support others as they find and express more of the jewel that they are.”
Ken Bruer, MA is Co-Founder and CEO of Ryzio Institute. He has applied his skills garnered from management in a large national corporation to the successful operation of a number of profitable companies and organizations for public benefit over the last three decades. He is the co-founder and was Chief Operations Officer of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its graduate degrees in somatic psychology, prenatal and perinatal psychology and clinical psychology. He is also co-founder and current CEO of Santa Barbara Center for Clinical Studies and Research, a non-profit corporation that sponsors conferences, media and educational projects supporting compassionate relationships and the prevention and healing of early trauma.
After his successful business career spanning two decades, Ken became a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals in transition, couples and men’s groups. He integrates his extensive training in mindfulness, somatic psychology, Gestalt therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, prenatal and birth therapy, and work in the men’s movement into his individual and group work. Over the past 25 years, Ken has facilitated professional trainings and personal growth workshops at Esalen Institute and other venues nationally and internationally.
Ken lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife, Marti, and delights in spending time amid the trees on their 3.5 acres, helping his grandchildren build a tree house and collecting poetry.
“It is my honor to create a safe environment for everyone before, during, and after Ryzio.”
Diana Barrett has three decades’ experience in wellness and personal-growth retreats, Her administrative oversight and attention to detail creates a welcoming, safe and secure environment that allows both staff and participants to accomplish their goals.
Diana is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds advanced certification from the University of California at San Francisco. She has served on boards of several non-profit organizations; of her many honors she is proud to have been named “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce in her former home of Geyserville, California. She currently makes her home in Bellingham, Washington, and loves spending time with family, cooking, and solving puzzles.
"I’m constantly awed by the resiliency and courage of those on their journey to connection, integration and healing."
Jaime Stein is a business consultant and strategic planner for several Fortune 100 companies. She has two decades of experience creating change and impact within a wide range of organizations, from financial services and healthcare to startups. In addition, she is also a licensed psychotherapist. She received her M.A. in counseling psychology, specializing in body-oriented psychotherapy and mind-body integration. She is also trained in sand-tray therapy, Gestalt therapy and family systems work.
Jaime lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her partner, and enjoys family, friends, meditation, yoga and spending times on the trails with her best running partner in the world, her tireless chocolate Lab, Henry.
“Leaders have a strong influence over those they lead. My path in life is to reach out to leaders of all types and help them understand themselves and their vulnerability so they can grow and become even greater guides to those they lead."
Sherry Cameron brings an extensive background in two disparate careers to her work at Ryzio. With a masters in applied psychology and years of experience as a facilitator in therapeutic retreats, she has seen first hand the life changing results they can provide. And as an MBA with decade’s work overseas as an international entrepreneur and business woman, she understands the day-to-day realities many of our clients work in.
Sherry lives in Phoenix with her husband and two cats, where she is a partner in a few businesses. She volunteers on the board of the Arizona State University Art Museum and enjoys sailing, scuba diving, meditation and great food.
"I’m passionate about supporting others to design and create their lives and their relationships in ways that are most nourishing and personally satisfying."
Emily is a licensed somatic psychotherapist with an integrated mind-body approach, including both birth psychology and Gestalt therapy principles. She has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner of mindfulness, body-centering techniques and advanced somatic practice. She is also trained as a birth educator through the Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH).
Emily lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her partner and chocolate lab Henry. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University and enjoys hiking, baking, playing music and spending time by the ocean.
“I believe in offering the space for individuals to place their focus inward, finding the resources they need to bring balance and vitality to their lives.”
As a Ryzio team member, Lea utilizes her PhD in psychology, certifications in hypnosis, expressive arts, and nutritional education to facilitate a unique approach to gleaning the treasures of inner work. Lea is an internationally known labyrinth educator, builder, and facilitator and shares this rich resource in her work at Ryzio. Her open heart, curiosity, and appreciation for our diversity as humans align with her passion for finding the means to bring healing and balance to our everyday lives. She brings her vivacious spirit of exploration and acceptance to the many facets of being human and finding new ways to navigate through the complexities of our modern world.
“I have been so fortunate to have some incredible mentors and teachers. I know my life would not be nearly as full and rich and fun without them! My greatest passion in life is to in some small way help others the way they have helped me.”
Kevin is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Consultant at Cohen & Steers Capital Management with over 25 years of experience and proven results in Financial Services. With a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and many years of experience as a facilitator and teacher at personal development retreats, Kevin is passionate about connecting with others through heart centered transformational work.
Kevin lives in Atlanta with his wife Marjorie and 2-year-old daughter Katherine. He enjoys being a new dad and playing ice hockey.
“One of the most enduring lessons I’ve gained throughout my own healing transformation is that, the highest honor one can hope to have is to bear witness for another and to hold sacred, safe space for their innate healing wisdom to flourish. Ryzio affords this opportunity.”
Prior to retiring from the U.S. Dept of Labor, Women’s Bureau, Cindy earned a MS in Human Resource Development and a BS in Psychology. Cindy is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) through Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI) and is continuing her training through Diane Poole Heller’s Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe).
Cindy’s own spiritual development and dedication to transpersonal growth began when she chose the path of recovery over 36 years ago. That journey continues today, living in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and while traveling for adventure in her van she lovingly calls “Bertha.”
“I am in awe at the depth of individual growth that is possible for participants when they can safely experience the freedom of self-examination."
With over 30 years of experience as a facilitator at psychologically grounded retreats, David brings a unique skill set to Ryzio Institute. His entrepreneurial career focuses on working with professionals in government, healthcare, human service non-profits, small business owners, and publicly traded corporate environments. He holds a BS in Social Work and is a clinical hypnotherapist.
“The most powerful personal growth concept for me is taken from a great mentor. ‘Notice what you notice.’ Staying present and guiding others to be present is exhilarating.”
Bill Cole is a seasoned technology executive and currently is leading an effort to transform the landscape of corporate hiring practices as they relate to diversity and inclusion. He has two plus decades of business experience leading a wide range of organizations from Fortune 100 companies to start ups. In the area of personal transformation advising Bill has a psychology degree from the University of Virginia and has designed a highly effective coaching practice drawing from the challenges of his own life experiences. Bill enjoys supporting, coaching and mentoring individuals and facilitating group interactions as well.
Bill lives in San Jose, CA with two of his five sons and dog, Tyson, and enjoys time with his first grandson, family, friends, mindfulness, hiking and camping.
“I am passionate about working with others to access more choice, freedom and authentic self-expression in their lives.”
Mary Thomson has worked with nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. She currently works in Philanthropy helping to create and leverage resources to solve community issues at the ground level. Mary has also worked in state and local government and has worked with hundreds of community stakeholders to impact and empower her community.
Mary holds a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University and is based in Phoenix. She is also a Yoga instructor and regular meditator. She loves traveling, cooking healthy food, supporting the arts, and spending time with her family and large circle of friends.