World Reach Team

Jaime SilversteinJaime Silverstein

Jaime Silverstein is yogi, environmentalist, and local food enthusiast. Living in Somerville, she currently heads Crop Research and Development at an urban agriculture start-up, Freight Farms. Jaime also teaches yoga in the Somerville and Cambridge area.

Jaime lived as a resident of Metta Earth for the 2014 growing season. Since leaving Metta Earth, she continues to stay involved, working on development and financial reports for the farm, institute, and community. Jaime also helps with updating website content and integrating organizational processes.

Jaime graduated from Kripalu’s 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2011. She also has completed a prenatal training with Bec Conant through Om Births and a Yin Yoga training with Joe Barnett. She is a continuing student of Metta Earth Yoga and is studying herbalism to bring into her practice. Jaime’s teaching merges these interests to inspire more conscious, grounded, and holistic habits both on and off the mat.

Before living at Metta Earth, Jaime worked as an Analyst for Croatan Institute, a nonprofit institute for advanced social and environmental research and engagement. She assisted various reports on sustainable finance and investing, as well as helped with bookkeeping and tracking budgets. Jaime also held a joint position between the Sustainable Endowments Institute as a Senior Research Fellow and Tellus Institute as a Research Assistant where she led the research for “College Endowment Investment Trends & Best Practices” and collaborated on various sponsored research projects, including “Institutional Pathways to Fossil-Free Investing.”

As a student at Boston University, she founded the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact at the business school and worked closely with the sustainability office as a liaison to various campus environmental groups. Jaime graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Management and a minor in Environmental Analysis & Policy.

Laura Ahrens

Laura’s teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on practice.

In her work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of our becoming more human.

Laura loves teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, she co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.

Her current work is a melding of all the different truths of moving and living in yoga that she has had the privilege of learning. Her teaching is an approach to practice and is not style focused. Her classes and other offerings prioritize attention to breath and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution. Laura’s greatest commitment is to living the practice of yoga in the world, and to teach others to do the same.

Her 500 hour training with her teacher Sarah Joy Marsh concentrated on yoga therapeutic concepts at the intersection of tradition and science, emphasizing neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, adaptive yoga, and yoga psychology. She also holds a 200 hour certification in Hatha Vinyasa, 200-hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. She holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, where she honed her own use of story and song, which, since ancient times, have served as instruments of connection and community. Her teachers have paved her path, and she is forever grateful to them and to the teachers of the teachers.

Emma Radeka

Emma Radeka is a senior at the University of Vermont, pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a certificate in Integrative Healthcare. Her areas of academic study reflect her passion for healing the earth, ourselves, and our communities, with a focus on plant medicine, sustainable agriculture, place-based education, and community organizing for environmental and social justice.

Emma’s passion for education includes teaching dance classes, ski lessons, plant medicine workshops, and being a Teaching Assistant five times during her college career. Notable academic experiences have included completing a capstone report focused on accessibility in place-based education, organizing a meeting with Gov. Phil Scott to discuss the importance of gun control in Vermont, and developing plant medicine offerings for students via the UVM Herbalism Club. She also participated in an immersive 4-month study abroad program in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica that focused on sustainable development, tropical ecology, and community organizing.

After serving as a Garden & Education Intern for Spoonful Herbals in 2019, Emma joined Metta Earth as the Plant Medicine Activism Coordinator in the spring of 2020. She is currently working remotely from Rhode Island, where she is also converting a cargo trailer into a tiny mobile home.

Emma is the Artistic Director of the UVM Salsa Dancing Society, and enjoys to ski, sail, and mountain bike in her free time. She is passionate about volunteering with Migrant Justice and the BioSur Foundation of Costa Rica. 

Matt Cloyd

Matt Cloyd (pronouns: they/them) is a peace-maker and civic technologist.

Matt lived and worked at Metta Earth for the 2020 growing season, where they produced Metta Earth’s first online offering. Since departing, Matt continues to work with Metta Earth on the World Reach team, providing organizational consulting and online program production.

Matt graduated a 200-hour teacher training program with The New School of Yogic Arts in February 2019, and continued their education with trauma-informed teacher training workshops.

As a student, Matt co-founded and directed Dartmouth College’s Sustainable Living Center. Matt graduated with a BA in Geography modified with Studio Art, a custom major which enabled a holistic study of how people interact with both their built and natural environments.

Juliana Lewis

Juliana Lewis is a freelance qualitative researcher, interaction designer and writer with a background in academic philosophy.

After completing a PhD in Philosophy at Vanderbilt in 2015, Juliana worked as a “Fanthropologist” (movie fandom researcher) in Los Angeles, managed a Consumer and Cultural Intelligence team at a digital agency in New York City, and worked as a design researcher in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Her passions include plant medicine, earth based rituals, foraging, and exploring forests.