Tashirat staff members are spiritual aspirants who have dedicated their lives to service in Tashirat. Most have been with us as fulltime (24/7) volunteers for more than 10 years and nearly half for as many as 18 years. Each staff member is a parent to 5 – 10 Tashirat children or an assistant to a parent. Our staff members are dedicated to their spiritual path, their children and their work as teachers or in various work areas in running Tashirat.

Artimia Arian (Brenda Jacobson)
Artimia Arian (Brenda Jacobson)
Founder & Director, Staff

Artimia Arian (Brenda Jacobson)

Founder & Director
Artimia is Tashirat’s founder and director. She was born in 1956, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She founded the Tashirat Cosmic Learning Center in Tepoztlan, Mexico in 1994, and the Tashirat Orphanage in 2003. For more than 2 decades, she has worked intensively establishing Tashirat and training the Tashirat staff. Tashirat’s success has been due to her absolute love for people, her unwavering dedication and spiritual vision. Artimia is also the author of 8 books on Spirituality, the chakra life lessons and nutrition.
Karly Godoy (Thyesha)
Karly Godoy (Thyesha)
Director, Staff

Karly Godoy (Thyesha)

Director

Thyesha moved to Mexico with her parents when she was 2 years old.  Since she was little, Thyesha always lead a very independent life. She received her Sivananda Yoga Teacher Certification…

Jonathan Godoy
Jonathan Godoy
Staff

Jonathan Godoy

Jonathan was born in 1992, and is Artimia’s son. Jonathan grew up in Tashirat and was just 11 years old when we opened the orphanage in 2003. He is our bookkeeper, the general manager of our Amatista Retreat Center and so, so much more. Although he lives in Guadalajara with his fiancee Yael, he makes Tashirat possible through all of his work and his involvement on every level and has since so young.
Bryony Hamilton (Anathea)
Bryony Hamilton (Anathea)
Staff

Bryony Hamilton (Anathea)

Anathea was born in 1980 and grew up in far-flung corners of the UK. She became a staff member in 2012. Anathea is one of our Tashirat parents and currently teaches full-time in our primary school.
Esther Ellison Bissinger (Kira)
Esther Ellison Bissinger (Kira)
Staff

Esther Ellison Bissinger (Kira)

Kira was born in 1978 and grew up in the country outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She became a staff member in 1999 and now works in the behind the scenes coordination or schedules and activities as well as caring for the children in their afternoon activities, supporting in the homes and teaching in our middle school.
Rosaura Piedras Razo (Shenaya)
Rosaura Piedras Razo (Shenaya)
Staff

Rosaura Piedras Razo (Shenaya)

Shenaya was born in 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico. She became a staff member in 2009 and now is a Tashirat parent and care for the children in the afternoon activities.
Chris Mezera (Gor)
Chris Mezera (Gor)
Staff

Chris Mezera (Gor)

Gor was born in 1976 in Toms River, New Jersey. He has been staff since 2009, and currently assists in the Tashirat homes and cares for the children in their afternoon activities.
Marisa Godoy (Kairyn)
Marisa Godoy (Kairyn)
Staff

Marisa Godoy (Kairyn)

Kairyn was born in 1979, in Los Angeles, California and grew up outside of Philadephia, PA. She became a staff member in 1999 and now is a Tashirat parent and works in Tashirat administration and organizational work
Julie Kersey (Thylin)
Julie Kersey (Thylin)
Staff

Julie Kersey (Thylin)

Thylin was born in 1986, in Macon Georgia and grew up in Fort Lauderdale Florida. She became staff in 2014, and currently assists in the Tashirat homes.
Matthew Warner (Zarak)
Matthew Warner (Zarak)
Staff

Matthew Warner (Zarak)

Zarak was born in 1984, in Phillipsburg New Jersey. He became staff in 2014, and now teaches in our middle school fulltime and accompanies our children to their many extracurricular activities.
Melissa Rodgers (Natainya)
Melissa Rodgers (Natainya)
Staff

Melissa Rodgers (Natainya)

Natainya was born in 1976, and grew up in the small town of Tiverton, Rhode Island. She became a staff member in 1999 and now assists in the homes and in different areas of Tashirat organization.
Gloria Ochoa Perez (Yeshara)
Gloria Ochoa Perez (Yeshara)
Staff

Gloria Ochoa Perez (Yeshara)

Yeshara was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1948. She became a staff member in 1999. Yeshara is a tutor in our primary and middle schools and assists in homes