Shambhala Guides

Erika Bjorum

Erika has been a Shambhala meditation practitioner since 2006. She has trained at Shambhala Centers in Alaska and Maine and has been a member of the Portland-Brunswick sangha since 2010. As a Shambhala Guide, Erika has co-taught Way of Shambhala classes in Portland and Rockland. She has a varied background as a community organizer, sled dog handler, and farm worker. Erika and her family moved to midcoast Maine in February 2016, and they are excited to have more space to grow food and raise chickens. She is now a full-time mom to her eighteen-month old daughter, Iris, and works part-time for Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Erika is also a licensed clinical social worker with a focus on understanding the impact of trauma on mental health and well-being. 

Rachel Nixon

Rachel was first introduced to the Shambhala teachings in 1999 through Pema Chodron's book, The Wisdom of No Escape. She began practicing yoga and meditation in 2001, and since then, she has developed a personal meditation practice and trained at Shambhala Centers in Maine, Vermont, Colorado, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Rachel is a Shambhala Guide and member of the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Center. In 2015, she helped to bring Shambhala programs to The Dancing Elephant where she now coordinates and facilitates programs regularly. Rachel is deeply committed to sharing the Shambhala teachings on basic goodness with the community. She loves guiding study groups to experience and explore how enlightened society is happening right now. In addition to teaching, Rachel loves to sail, visit islands, swim, and go on adventures with her family.