Ralph De La Rosa
Ralph is the author of The Monkey is a Messenger: What Your Busy Mind is Trying to Tell You (Shambhala Publications, 2018). He is a psychotherapist, life coach, meditation instructor, storyteller, and musician. His work has been featured in Elephant Journal, GQ, SELF, Women's Health, MindBodyGreen, Bustle, Wanderlust, Embodied Philosophy, TimeOut NY, and several other publications and podcasts.
Ralph is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Services. He specializes in helping people to safely access the depths of their emotional lives in order to work directly to resolve the root of their troubles. He is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and his work incorporates psychoanalytic, Internal Family Systems, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Ralph has taught weekly classes that blend meditation, psychology, and neuroscience since 2008. He is a mentor to trainees in MNDFL's meditation teacher training program, and a regular contributor to Susan Piver's online community, The Daily Dharma Gathering. Ralph is a certified yoga instructor, having also trained in Breathwork and Reiki. His teaching style has been called, "Raw, utterly honest, and relatable," (Lila Donnollo, Horizontal with Lila podcast).
Ralph is the creator of Rebel Heart Academy, which offers three intensive curriculums: AMPLIFY: a meditation teacher training; INNER REVOLUTION: a three month comprehensive training in meditation, breathwork, and contemplative practices for healing trauma; and THE HERO'S BURDEN: a daylong healing and educational intensive for helping professionals who experience burnout and compassion fatigue.
Ralph began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2008. He was a student of Amma's for16 years and has studied Buddhism since 2005. He is currently a student within both the Shambhala and Dharma Ocean lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
Ralph is a survivor of trauma, depression, and addiction. His work is inspired by the tremendous healing he's been fortunate enough to experience. You can listen to (or read) his story on the Embodied Philosophy podcast episode, "Inside One Teacher’s Journey From Darkness to Light," here.
Ralph lives in Brooklyn with his two cats, Emma Goldman and Henry.