Ryan Rigoli is an Executive & Life Coach, Brand Consultant, Meditation Teacher, and Spiritual Counselor for people of all walks of life. He has spent over 25 years bridging spirituality and business and helping people to create greater harmony within their companies, their communities, and within themselves. Ryan has guided hundreds of entrepreneurs in the healing professions as well as thought-leaders in the fields of healthcare, technology, education, media, & human development. Many of his clients have grown successful businesses and/or shaped their industries with new products, services, influential books, and industry-wide talks.
Ryan is also a Professed Monk in the Spirit of Peace Monastic Community of Celebrating Life Ministries; a Meditation Teacher at the Foundation for Spiritual Development in San Rafael, CA; and an Improvisational Classical Pianist. Prior to his work as a Coach and Meditation Teacher, Ryan held leadership roles in a number of technology companies in the Bay Area and served as Sr. Director of Marketing at Yahoo! where his group was tasked with launching new innovations into the marketplace. He received a B.S. in Earth Systems at Stanford University and was certified as an Integral Coach ® at New Ventures West and as a True Purpose ® Coach at the True Purpose Institute.
Ryan has spoken in a wide variety of settings on the topics of mindfulness, meditation, and purpose. Some venues include: Sutter Health’s Institute for Health & Healing, Stanford Business School, Wisdom 2.0 Conference, New Ventures West Coaching School, numerous meditation & healing retreats in the Bay Area, and online events devoted to health and healing.
Across all of his work, Ryan helps people to access their innate wisdom & gifts and uses his business, spiritual, and creative backgrounds to support people in living with greater purpose, presence, and peace.
"My people are Anglo-Saxon, Celt, Ashkenazi, Frank, Germanic, Nuragic, Ozeiri, and the indigenous tribes of the Kuban River, Caucasus range, and Eurasian steppe. I grew up on Timacua and Seminole land (Middleburg, FL), lived on Chochenyo land for nearly 20 years (Oakland, CA), and recently moved to Cheroenhaka land (Blackstone, VA).
I first knew that I wanted to be a "healer" when I was 11 years old.
My maternal grandmother and I were watching a show about a little girl who could heal people while she was asleep. The girl's mother brushed her long, black hair as people gathered around the bed to experience miracles. Something came alive in me instantly, and I knew I wanted to do that. I have since realized that “healing” emerges from a salvational worldview, so I prefer the terms harmonize, recalibrate, and balance.
I come from the rural South. My father's side is all teachers and preachers--circuit riders steeped in strong ideas and faith healing. My paternal grandmother tells amazing stories of her dreams of my late grandfather, who helped her raise her three sons after he passed.
When I was 14, my retina detached, and I learned I'm a mystic. I started having dreams, visions, and out-of-body experiences, which terrified me. Frequenting these liminal places inspired me to record and track thousands of dreams over decades. My scientific approach to dreaming helped me become literate in symbolism.
I conceived Lucid Dreaming for the Earth, which brought lucid dreamers together to help mitigate environmental damage from the dream world. Clinically, I read dreams for portent and diagnosis. I love helping people work with nightmares and recurring dreams. My Master's thesis, Reinstating the Role of Community Dreaming Using Traditional Protocol and Open-Source Technology, explores dreaming as a way of life and a measure of communal health. I cataloged dreams by theme against an astronomical ephemeris to detect patterns and develop a dictionary of portent.
After graduating from the University of North Florida with an English degree, I enrolled in the Indigenous Mind program of Naropa University. I studied with elders while exploring my own ancestral traditions. My teachers—storytellers and medicine people from all over the globe—showed me that everything is natural, and nothing is supernatural. Continuity with my native lands and traditions helped me develop a sense of belonging.
In 2004, I began studying Mantic Arts and Path Dreaming with Liu Ming, founder of Da Yuan Circle and Five Branches University. Shortly after, I enrolled in Acupuncture and Integrative College, Berkeley to finally engage the medical aspects of this ancient holistic system.
I am a mother, writer, fine artist, acupuncturist, and late bloomer living on Cheroenhaka land in Blackstone, VA."
Learn more about Erin at: ancestralacupuncture.com