Our Team

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Whitney Yarnall
Community Director & Founder

Whitney founded Sojourn to give people a welcoming place to come as they are, no questions asked, and form a like-minded community where they can align with their true purpose and feel supported as they grow to their greatest potential. Besides directing this Healing Collective and leading restorative yoga classes, Whitney offers group-based Manifesting Workshops. She also holds private intuitive healing sessions as well as provides customized mentorship programs for spiritual business owners (or those looking to infuse it into their business practices). She also specializes in working with individuals’ one-to-one who are going through major life transitions. Whitney’s healing journey brought her face-to-face with traumatic events leaving her feeling alone and confused as she moved through her dark shadows and the pain of grief and loss. Through it all, she was able to uncover her divine purpose as a visionary, teacher and writer and allowed these lessons of her pain and loneliness to inspire Sojourn Healing Collective - where no one would ever feel unsupported again.


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Raffaella Giampaolo
Marketing & Community Engagement Manager

From a young age Raffaella has used her intuitive and empathic nature to bring joy, advice and healing to others. At the age of 15, Raffaella lost her father which led her to experiencing anxiety, depression and panic attacks that worsened upon entering the traditional 9-5 workforce in her early twenties. After seeking traditional counseling, she unexpectedly crossed paths with a spiritual medium that relayed incredibly specific and healing messages from her father. After that experience, she knew that there is more to this life than what we can see and has strived to explore and learn more about the spiritual world ever since, which she credits for combatting her anxiety. This journey of self-healing and discovery has led her to the life she always dreamed of in San Diego, where she is fulfilling her life's passion of promoting the type of healing she has experienced and help others live a happy and healthy life. Within Sojourn, Raffaella manages the community’s marketing, design, special events and workshops.



Taina berardi
community relations manager

Formerly a corporate marketing executive now living and working her most passionate life, Taina is inspired to share the limitless benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practice with people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and backgrounds. As a curative and creative arts entrepreneur, Taina infuses compassion and vibrant healing energy into all of her art, workshops, public classes, and private client sessions. Trained in stress reduction and relaxation techniques, Compassion Cultivation, Crystal Healing, aromatherapy, Reiki energy healing, Vinyasa, Yin, and Sculpt yoga disciplines, Taina brings all of these forms of integrative healing to Sojourn Healing Collective as a means of restoring and revitalizing her students so they can live a happy, healthy existence. When off the mat, Taina engages the philosophies of yoga in her activities as the Community Relations manager for the Collective, working with external partners, vendors, and clients to promote inspired health and wellness to an ever-widening community.