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This profile was last updated on 4/4/10  and contains information from public web pages.


Phone: (209) ***-****  HQ Phone
Universal Life Church
601 Third Street
Modesto , California 95351
United States

Company Description: The ULC Monastery is an independent entity within the UNIVERSAL LIFE denomination. Individuals that wish to make donations to assist in the mission of the Monastery...   more

Employment History

  • Writer, Actor
Web References
SC'98 Reviews: Russ Reina, 4 April 2010 [cached]
Russ Reina is a businessman, writer, actor, stand-up comic and a Minister of the Universal Life Church. He expects the "Congregation Of The Puppy Pile" to be fully active in Santa Barbara sometime in 1999.
HeART of Healing, 14 Dec 2007 [cached]
Russ Reina entered the medical profession in 1969, at the age of 18 as a Nurse's Aide in a nursing home on Long Island, NY. After spending some time in RN school, and then working in an operating room, he began volunteering as an ambulance attendant in Queens, NY.
In 1973, ambulances were converted Cadillac hearses. Emergency "load and go" services were mostly available through volunteer organizations or funeral home "courtesy cars" only. But things were changing fast in Volusia County, Florida where he worked! After two years as Emergency Medical Technician, Russ was trained as a Mobile Intensive Care Unit Paramedic through one of the first pilot programs in the country in Daytona Beach.
In 1978, he moved to Santa Barbara County, CA . He co-founded and organized the California Paramedics Association, the first professional organization of EMS personnel to be affiliated with a union. After a twelve-year career in Emergency Medical Services, he left the field in the mid-1980's. "I loved the work," he says, "I burned out on the politics. (The average burnout at that stage of the developing profession was 3 years!)
Russ explored other modalities of alternative medicine, including treatment of terminal illnesses, the "Encounter Movement" of personal growth programs, counseling, and 12-Step Programs while he built a career in video production and writing. He did a number of programs for the Hospital Satellite Network , in L.A.. In 1987, he became a Minister in the
From 1990 through 1998, Russ supported himself through multi-media marketing for (today's) largest dental laboratory in the world, Glidewell Laboratories . He intermittently lived and worked with an Oglala Medicine family on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota ( Chips), tending fire for sacred ceremonies.
He began working with improvisation and as a semi-pro stand-up comic. In 1993, a screenplay he wrote ( Healer )was produced and became the opening night film of the 1994 Santa Barbara International Film Festival . He completed a three-year course of study of the Meisner (Acting) Technique under the guidance of a student of Sanford Meisner's, Jose Angel Santana, phD . Russ studied Reiki with a woman whose family sponsored Hawayo Takata, who brought Reiki to the US.
In 1998, Russ moved to Lost Valley Educational Center , near Eugene, OR where he lived in intentional community with about 30 adults and eight children on 87 acres in the Willamette Valley. It was an eighteen-year-old community with a conference center, personal growth workshop ( Naka-Ima - from the Japanese, inside the present moment -- and magazine ( Talking Leaves ). It was and is an experimental center for sustainable living and permaculturefor the Cascadia Bioregion in the Pacific Northwest.
For the next five years, he assisted regularly in Naka-Ima, counseled members of the immediate and extended community, and produced a workshop of his own, now known as The heART of the healer . It uses acting and improv games to strengthen the healer's ability to use heart-consciousness, complete presence in the moment, and connection as tools of healing.
In 2003, Russ moved to Waianae, Oahu, and t55 heal art counsel workshop image lived there for a year, during which time he planned out a book he had been working on entitled, Moments in the death of a Flesh Mechanic...a healer's rebirth He moved to Maui, in 2004.
In May of 2005, a Maui-based photographic project he was working on propelled Russ into a new dimension of the healing arts: The story of this... In Russ' words, "the images came through me and let me know right away they were meant to be tools of healing."
While synthesizing his experience through his website Russ has been expanding his artistic endeavors to include photographic portraits, music, performance art, and writing, while photographically documenting the incredible island of Maui.
Most recently, Russ has finished up a photographic project for use in the support of the Paia Youth and Cultural Center , a slideshow of His Holiness, the 14 th Dalai Lama's visit to Paia to dedicate a Stupa (spiritual shrine), portraits of Willie Nelson in performance, and a three-week showing of his photography, along with music, performance and video projects, at the largest collective anti-war art exhibit in the United States since before the fall of Iraq, on Maui.
Russ has a body of exceptional Maui images (including Giclees on canvas) that can be viewed at his Gallery in his home, by appointment. Russ performs his original music in venues throughout the island. Oh, okay, a few!
Currently, Russ is working as a Tour Guide, on Maui.
FireTender ~ Welcome, 16 Oct 2004 [cached]
as offered by Russ Reina, a firetender COUNSELING/Consultation SERVICES
A) INTAKE/ORIENTATION At a pre-arranged time, you place a phone call to Russ.
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