Testimonials - What People Say
"Marta and Roberto. In the future, I hope that saying those two names together will be enough to turn heads and cause a ripple of excitement through any who hear their names uttered. Typically I dread parties, gatherings or workshops because I get the sense that no one really sees me, perhaps because they are busy trying to reveal only a small perfected sliver of themselves. With groups and sessions led by Roberto and Marta, I am thrilled with the experience of authentic connection - both entertaining and edgy. They are Agents of the Real - an opportunity for us lean into more of what we all want -- Love."
-Alara Tiernan, Santa Cruz, Intimacy Coach
"I've been studying Tai Chi with Roberto for a few months now. He is an excellent teacher. Not only is he extremely well-versed in all aspects of Tai Chi, but he is able to break down the component parts in a manner that make them immediately accessible. Roberto is both "serious", in that he deeply respects the craft, the form, and the lineage, but also light-hearted, in that he sees learning as a joyful and playful endeavor.
I strongly recommend the Dancing Dojo's Tai Chi instruction, especially for a beginner who wants to form a great foundation from the very start!"
- David Goldstein
"The respect, focus, and skill of Roberto far exceeds 90 percent of the scores of teachers I’ve encountered. It's been a privilege to take lessons from this extraordinary man. And a bonus to get to do so in his family home, and witness the love, joy and care among him and his wife and teenage daughter.
I am consistently buoyed by his playful, passionate curiosity in the interplay of body, mind and spirit. The learning is fun and integral with him, including learning from me! What an uplifting gift to my learning process. It's been studied that we learn more and easier when it's enjoyable... I have learned so much in such a short time with Roberto. His classes are the highlight of my day and week. Starting my day with a class with Roberto, means that even if I started in a challenging place, I'm guaranteed to walk into my day with more of an attitude of joy, curiosity and creativity."
- Shana Deane, End-of-Life Doula, NVC trained Mediator & Facilitator, and now Dancer!
"My sweetheart and I had sat with a couple of different traditional counselors before we sat with Roberto. Though each person we met with brought their own gifts and skills, I found Roberto’s perspective to be fresh and boldly honest while still being unquestionably caring and respectful. Rather than look at the two of us and focusing only on our personal contributions to undesirable experiences within the relationship, Roberto helped me to see the relationship as being its own entity made up of the accumulation of patterns, behaviors, and experiences that the two of us contributed to. His insight and suggestions were different than I had heard before and supported my sweetheart and I in taking steps to break patterns in our relationship without the need to blame, change or “heal” either of us. That being said, in pursuing new relationship patterns that were more supportive, we both found ourselves individually changing and growing. The growth we experienced paired with Roberto’s insight and guidance empowered us make some painful and scary decisions that led us into a new form of relationship that is more authentic, honest and liberating for both of us. "
" I began taking tango with Roberto as a total newbie to this dance form as well as partner dance in general. I have so enjoyed our 2x/weekly classes! I think he is flexible with listening to the energy of the day, going over basics, posture, and warm-up before going into dancing. I experience lots of patience, laughter as well as challenge - a perfect balance in my eyes. My skills continue to improve and I've been enjoying this art form greatly. I look forward to my classes with Roberto, and I enjoy his humble, playful personality and approach very much. I feel confident as a well-rounded tango dancer, as we've covered different styles, so I'll be able to dance with a variety of other partners."
- Meghan Quinn, LMT, Energy Healer, Reiki Master Teacher
" I have had few teachers in my life who were as integrally, holistically, and masterfully multi-disciplinary as Roberto. He has a keen grasp of the idea that how you do anything is how you do everything, and his approach touches all aspects of being human in this blessed and broken modern world we live in. He's been many things to me, a life and relationship coach, a dance and martial arts instructor, a co-community builder, and a friend. No matter what I learn from him, I also learn more about myself.
Marta's commitment to integrity and transformation is a constant source of inspiration for me. As a councilor, the vulnerability and authenticity of her sharing and council makes it impossible not to gain insight and compassion into myself, my situation, and the people I'm in relationship with. She naturally builds community around her through the care and service she brings to the people in her life. Combined with her pragmatism and dedication to being useful, she is a powerful teacher, caregiver, organizer, and a loyal and caring friend.
Marta and Roberto are a dynamic duo who bring authenticity, fun, wisdom, and a complimentary skill set to the people they teach, the lives they touch, and the communities they build. They are a source of and force for loving empowerment in any group or project they're involved with. "
Former Executive Director, Foundation for Intentional Community