Rainya Marcia Dann, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Institute Director

Rainya Marcia Dann, Santa Cruz Hypnotherapist and Institute Director is on a mission to offer healing, transformation and empowerment:

"I work with people who have unresolved pain from the past that is holding them back... I give tools to people who feel stuck and don't know how to get free... I inspire people to break through their frustrations because they are not living their truth..."

"In my trainings, weekend seminars and one-on-one sessions with my private clients I have found a way to help people make quick, profound and lasting changes. I offer tools and techniques which empower people to realize their dreams and live more fulfilling lives. I teach inspired proven methods for moving beyond conflicts, creating more choices, and relaxing into natural intimacy in relationships. I'm passionate about supporting my students and clients through the process of creating joyful, enriching lives."

Don't hesitate to contact Rainya Dann at 831-425-7837 or by email for a free consultation or to discuss any matters regarding the Institute.

About Rainya

Rainya grew up on a beautiful farm in Pennsylvania, one of six children who kept very busy taking care of horses, chickens, cows, hay fields and gardens. Her father, a Chief Economist and her mother, a mystical Christian, cultivated a strong work ethic, a deep value for love and an understanding of the meaning of "Work is love made visible." These multi-faceted influences of concrete sensibility, deep spiritual values, meaningful relationships and nature grounded her childhood in rich soil for the soul.

A unique combination of traditional and non-traditional education, international experiences and encounters with numerous mentors now contribute great depth to the work she does with The Institute for Transpersonal Studies. As a sophomore in college Rainya studied Eastern culture in India and was deeply touched by the simplicity of "having nothing on a material level while having every thing of a joyful heart". She returned home from India to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from American University in Washington D.C. and later moved to Maui, Hawaii where she received a grant from the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts to teach Visual Arts Workshops. She felt a profound longing to return to India to pursue a deeper meaning in life. So she went back to study yoga, meditation and breath work spending 3 years studying meditation and personal growth. This led her to experience her first Hypnosis training in 1979 with Jeru Kabbal who was a superb hypnotist and a mystical dream weaver. She went to Kashmir, India with Kabbal and 75 students for a 4 month residential training in Hypnosis and Spirituality where they lived on houseboats on Dal Lake. They later co-led 3 month residential Hypnosis trainings in Holland and eventually taught together at The International Meditation University in Oregon. Rainya was the senior teacher at Kabbal's Institute for De-Hypnosis in California. She also contributed to the "practices" chapters in his book "Finding Clarity."

In 1988, Rainya co-founded the Dann Institute For Transpersonal Studies in Santa Cruz, CA with her husband. Together they developed programs in self-hypnosis, Inner Child Workshops, Tantra and Loving Relationships, Breath Workshops and Trainings, meditation, Women's circles, Yoga classes, Nero-linguistic Programming, Voice Dialogue, as well as offering Hypnosis Certification Trainings. She also taught Hypnosis in Australia, Japan and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Rainya is a advisory council member for the International Society For Hypnosis Certification.

Rainya continues to study, learn, grow and honor the Sacred Mysteries of life. She draws great inspiration from her teacher, Adya Shanti. She loves running in the redwood forest, meditating, gardening and parenting her 16 year old son. Her passion is working with the evolution of consciousness in herself and in others. Her spiritual artistry rests in her innate ability to lead others into weaving "the unmanifested" into form. She has the wisdom and professional experience to teach people how to connect with their inner world, ground it in the present, ignite the capacity to envision a bright and fulfilling future. Rainya's journey has been to use practical tools to dissolve the illusion of separateness and relax into the abiding truth of oneness.


  • Director (and co-founder), Institute for Transpersonal Studies, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Member, American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists
  • Advisory Council Member/Examiner, Int'l Society for Hypnosis Certification
  • Nero-Linguistic Programming Master and Trainer
  • WealthyMind Seminar Trainer
  • Voice Dialogue Facilitator
  • Minister, Facilitation of Weddings
  • Certified Breath Work Facilitator
  • Ericksonian Hypnosis
  • Alchemical Hypnosis
  • Children's Hypnosis
  • Light Body Facilitator
  • Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
  • Theta Healer
  • Level 3 Reiki Master
  • B.A. Fine Arts, American University, Washington, D.C.

Don't hesitate to contact Director and Clinical Hypnotherapist Rainya Dann at 831-425-7837 or by email for a free consultation or to discuss any matters regarding the Institute.

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Rainya Dann

My idea of a good time is to witness the evolution of consciousness and experience the interconnectedness of all that is.
~Rainya Dann




"Being with Rainya uplifts others to their highest potential. Her grace, eloquence, perceptiveness, loving presence, spirituality, intelligence and love of life are so inspiring and contagious."
~V.R. School Psychologist, Santa Cruz, Ca