Santa has practiced in the Vipassana tradition for over 20 years. She has sat many long retreats and has completed both the Dedicated Practioners Program (2010) and the Advanced Practitioners Program (2017) at Spirit Rock.
She has been greatly influenced by the teachings of Ajahn Sumedho, with her main teachers being Phillip Moffitt, Adrianne Ross, Joseph Goldstein and Guy Armstrong. She has been authorized by Adrianne Ross and Phillip Moffitt to lead sitting groups and to teach introductory classes. A former Professor of Dance at SFU, choreographer and dancer, she taught movement and improvisation from a place of mindfulness of body, mind and heart.