Kamran is the former director of the Ananda Living Wisdom Junior High and High School. He is an enthusiastic leader and a remarkable teacher. Kamran has taken groups to India, Costa Rica, US National Parks, Mexico, Kauai, Hong Kong, and Nepal.
Kshama is the director of Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto and has lots of experience leading programs, working with youth, and creating community. She brings positive enthusiasm, depth, and groundedness wherever she goes, as well as offering the skills of yoga, creativity, hiking, music, and laughter.
Karen Prem-Shanti Rider
Bookkeeper & Receptionist
You will find me in the school office each week day. I answer phones, greet parents, take tuition payments, pay the bills and assist Hridaya in the office in any way that I can. I also enjoy giving teacher Joy short breaks in the pre school and getting to know all the great kids that attend our school.
17 years at this school! Amazing! I am currently helping with the 2-4th grade class, and teaching music for the whole school. I love to teach experientially. I believe information is retained better once kids personally know what something is like, and it sure make learning more fun. I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Training and Development, and a BA in Psychology and holistic health.
All School Music
Vashti Marks Thelen
Vashti is a teacher at the Living Wisdom Junior High and High School. She she has an expansive world view and is very aware and enthusiastic about of our ability to contribute to it’s evolution. She shares her calm, caring and adventurous energy.
Diane Hridaya Attwell
My name is Hridaya Atwell. I am the director of the Ananda Village Living Wisdom School and have worked in the school since 1994. I have taught in our Jr. & Sr. High school along with my on-going administrative duties. Life changed drastically then. I really began to understand the life of a teacher vs. the life of an administrator, and realized that being in the classroom part time is essential to running a school.
Shanti is a Living Wisdom School alumna and was the main initiator for Inner Adventure Camp, combining together the best elements from various programs she had attended. Shanti has a deep inspiration to help youth realize their fullest potential through transformative experiences and currently works at Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto.