Retreat Leaders

Robin Theiss

Robin Theiss is passionate about breaking down the walls of education and listening to the wisdom of our youth. She is the author of “Motivating Adolescents: Your Child’s Journey to Success.”  After 20 years of teaching in the Waldorf schools, she founded Emerging Ventures in Education LLC, leading workshops and retreats for adolescents and adults. She travels the globe through Europe, Asia, and America giving educational lectures. When she is not traveling, she retreats to her small beach cottage in Huntington Beach, California.

Naqib Shifa

Naqib Shifa teaches humanities and sports at the Highland Hall Waldorf School. He was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA in Geography/Environmental Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Upon graduating, he worked professionally in the environmental industry, both in health sciences and consulting. However, his ongoing love of seeking knowledge and sharing that knowledge led him to go into teaching. He has been teaching at the High School level since 2013 in various fields including: Modern World History, Middle East History, Developing World, Global Economics, Constitutional Law, and an upperclassmen elective on Current Events where students study and discuss a wide variety of topics in the news today and then derive solutions for those topics that they share with the federal government. In his time outside of teaching, he loves to delve into Islamic studies and the related subjects of the religious sciences such as theology and spirituality. He also enjoys a myriad of sports and coaches Boys’ Flag Football and Boys’ Basketball and is Co-Athletic Director.