Trainers and The Sierra Hot Springs

Training Staff

Aaron Overstreet

Aaron has been assisting people in self empowerment and spiritual healing for over two decades. He believes that we can attain ownership and mastery over our lives and experiences while working in conjunction with our higher selves.

Aaron’s business, Respire Breathwork, is based on the teachings of Leonard Orr. It encompasses Aaron’s deep understanding of the breath and his work as a healer and spiritual guide. His ongoing dedication to discovering the healing powers of the breath have led to this gentle yet powerful style of Breathwork.

Aaron studied directly with Leonard and has led trainings and workshops in Portland, Virginia and India. He has also co-facilitated the annual Breathwork training, “Return To The Sacred” in Sierraville, CA since 2003. Aaron is certified by Rebirthing Breathwork International.

Deanna Reiter

Deanna Reiter, MA, is a professional speaker who has helped individuals worldwide resolve personal issues through conscious breathing. She is a Rebirthing Breathworker, Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi Instructor, a USA Track & Field Certified Running Coach and a Master Trainer for the National Exercise Trainers Association. She is the author of Qi Breathing: Ancient Practice for Modern Times, Dancing with Divinity: Positive Affirmations for Any Situation, The Nine Scoundrels: How to Recognize and Release Subtle Patterns of Sabotage, Running A to Z and How to Make More Money in the Fitness Industry.

Elvi Orr

Elvi Orr was born in Estonia. She worked as a French teacher before she met Leonard Orr in 2008, started traveling with him, learning about Rebirthing Breathwork and other healing tools. They got married in 2009. It was a profoundly meaningful and enriching time to be sharing life and transformative experiences with this great man for 11 years.
Elvi now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She is joyfully practicing Rebirthing Breathwork with individual clients and facilitating Rebirthing Retreats.
In 2019, she co-founded the Leonard D. Orr Foundation to preserve and continue sharing the life’s work and teachings of her late husband.

Kalyani (Colleen Buckman)

Kalyani, (Colleen Buckman), is a Holistic Healer, Nationally Touring Singer/Songwriter, Rebirthing Breathwork Trainer/Practitioner and Educator. In her healing practice, Kalyani combines Divine Wisdom, Ancient Yogic and Sufi practices, and Integrative Medicine to accelerate healing by balancing the mind, body, and spirit. She has released three albums, including Fertile Ground, which weaves Sacred Chants and Conscious Music into a sonic landscape of funky grooves. Kalyani is currently seeing private clients and touring and teaching all over the world.

Laz Jefferson

For nearly a decade Laz Jefferson has been a Rebirthing Breathwork Practitioner in Palm Springs California. Certified by Leonard Orr, the founder of the Rebirthing movement, Laz conducts seminars and workshops around the world.

Weaving together his background in Rebirthing as well as his work as a Licensed Practitioner of Religious Science, a Corporate Trainer on (R) Evolutionary Strategies for Business for Epstein Technologies and a member of the live event Leadership Team for Robbins Research International, an Anthony Robbins company, Laz has has created a process for uncovering unconsciously held disempowering beliefs, otherwise known as Personal Lies and refers to himself as a Story Unteller knowing that it is the stories we tell about ourselves that shape how we define ourselves.

Susan Shehata

Susan Shehata is a Wellness Educator and Social Entrepreneur, who specializes in helping people Unstick their Story, by releasing the limiting beliefs that keep them stuck. She does that through speaking, writing, wellness services, educational programs, business masterminds and events.

Susan has been a Rebirthing Breathwork Practitioner since 2005, and works primarily with leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives to identify and unwind core wounds.

Susan’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, and her column, The Space Guru, has appeared in the Edge Magazine.


Our 2021 trainings will continue to be virtual at this time.  We look forward to returning to live trainings at Sierra Hot Springs, as well as other locations, moving forward.

The Training and The Sierra Hot Springs

Each morning we gather in the woods to read longevity and physical immortality affirmations, share and participate in Leonard’s informative and lively seminars on many subjects.  It is a time to re-connect with each other every morning after bathing, devotional worship, breakfast and a good walk to this area.  The sounds of the wind moving through the pine needles and bird songs is always welcomed as are  the fragrances of pine and sage which covers the land.

Preparing the land for fire purification day.  In this location we prepared ‘panch agni’ or Meditation of the Five Fires.  Four small fire pits are prepared in a square and the trainee sits in the middle while someone maintains their fires; thus freeing the trainee to medidate on the effects of the fire on the mind and body.  The sun, then is the the 5th fire.  People rotate with their partner.  This experience is done the first Sunday of the training during which time people fast and maintain silence.

“Spiritual practices with air (breathing); water (bathing twice daily including warm and cold water rebirthing); fire and earth (fasting, percussion instruments, having a career you love, exercise, movement) are the secrets to everlasting life of health and youthfulness in the body”.

– Leonard Orr, The Manual for Rebirthers.

We integrate these practices including mind mastery and meditation throughout the training.

Once you notice the positive effects on your mind and body you will want to incorporate these practices in your daily life!

Evening seminars are held in the beautiful group room located in The Lodge and are led by experienced Rebirthing leaders. Most seminars begin at 7 p.m. and conclude by 9 or 10 p.m.

We coordinate with the Phoenix Café serving hours so that those who wish to eat in this excellent café can do so. This is also where each trainee has a ‘cubbie’ or dry food storage place.

In addition to ‘dry’ Rebirthing sessions, warm and cold water instruction is given to trainees.  All sessions are one-on-one with no group sessions.  Leonard takes a group of people who want to experience cold water Rebirthing to Lake Tahoe about one hour distance.

This experience is optional.

Cold water is not plunging into water, but using the connecting breathing method while walking ever so slowly into the water beginning with the toes.

One does not proceed until the water feels warm – that is integration of the sensations.  There is no goal to completely submerge but to have an experience integrating the sensations.  Some people do not progress beyond their ankles, others are blissfully floating assisted by their partner.  Leonard says that cold water rebirthing dissolves biological fear.  In addition, traveling with Leonard is always great fun – expect the unexpected!

An international flavor is always present in Leonard’s trainings.  This year people attended from India, Israel, England, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Luxemburg, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Shanghai.

The level of cultural differences and experience gives quality and diversity to our trainings.

Each afternoon after Rebirthing sessions we gather for sharing of the highlights of sessions.  Such individual sharing in the presence of others giving their attention, presence, and care and is a valuable aspect of Leonard’s trainings.  Being fully present with people in sessions and in groups is one of the highest forms of love that we can give to each other.

The camaraderie, ease, trust and laughter is a result of the cumulative sharing, spiritual practices and being together over the training

There is nothing quite like being in nature, bathing twice daily in healing hot mineral waters, fasting, having rebirthing sessions every other day or in some cases every day, silence, fire purification, food for the mind and emotions and spiritual community that always forms in our trainings.

You will experience what it feels like to have a ‘clean and balanced’ energy body and physical body that bring ultimate joy and peace.

Sierra Hot Springs, California

Sierra Hot Springs is located at the cusp of a National Forest nestled in a corner of the alpine Sierra Valley.

For centuries, Native Americans have regarded this land as a sacred healing place. It is also known as the ‘Valley of the Seven Winds’. Now we invite you to join us in discovering the incredible healing power that comes about when nature and hot mineral water are combined with therapeutic breathwork and spiritual purification practices.

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Please be mindful that pets are not allowed on the property and this is an alcohol and drug-free zone.

The Lodge, Sierra Hot Springs – Main Office and Lodging