Instruction, resources & community for those seeking greater awareness, wisdom, and transformation through the Jewish spiritual path of Mussar.




JOANN LACIN: Joann’s Mussar journey began in the Spring of 2007 when Alan Morinis entered her class for Jewish Spiritual Directors.  Through his teaching and her study of Mussar, she found herself growing in unexpected ways. Joann’s intention is that her students will experience similar growth and excitement through her facilitation.  She and her husband, Mike, live in central New Jersey near the ocean. She has two children and five cherished grandchildren. She is pictured here with one of them.

BONNIE LEOPOLD: Bonnie is a chaplain and a trained Mussar facilitator with many years of experience facilitating Mussar groups in the South Bay and beyond. She has been an active community member of The Mussar Institute since 2007 and has had the same chevruta partner since she began. Bonnie has attended five TMI kallot and one summer academy in Amsterdam. She has facilitated A Season of Mussar I and II and many groups using Everyday Holiness as a guide. Currently, Bonnie participants in an advanced women’s va’ad.


HELAINE SHEIAS: Helaine is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Yinspiration Yoga—a Therapeutic Approach to Yin Yoga. Helaine holds a Ph.D. in Human Sciences and is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program at Saybrook University. Born in Massachusetts, Helaine made Aliyah to Israel in her teens, served in the IDF, and settled in Israel for more than two decades. She returned to the U.S. in 2007 and has found her place in the Bay Area. Yoga reopened her passion for spiritual journeying, igniting her curiosity in Mussar and Jewish learning. She is a graduate of the Yesod training program and looks forward to facilitating TMI Mussar courses, live and online. Mussar has opened her heart, softened her soul, and lifted her spirit. She feels blessed and honored to embrace Mussar as part of her Jewish spiritual journey.