Dahn Dean Gandell is an Episcopal Priest and Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor. Dahn went to undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University (B.S. in Psychology), earned her first Master’s Degree at University of Mobile (M.S. in Religion with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy) and her second Master’s at Yale University (Master’s of Divinity.)
Dahn completed her first 200 hour yoga teacher training at a Baptiste affiliate studio in 2011 and immediately following that program started her training with Baron Baptiste. An active philanthropist, Dahn has worked with “The Carpenter’s Kids” for the past four years and goes to Tanzania, Africa each summer to work with this program which provides education for HIV/Aids orphans. Through her involvement with the Carpenter’s Kids, she developed relationships with villagers in Kongogo, Tanzania–a village that has no access to running water. She has raised over $30,000 for a well project there which is currently underway. One of her dreams is to bring Africa Yoga Project to Tanzania!In 2014, Dahn will return to India where she works with organizations assisting survivors of human trafficking.
In addition to her philanthropic work, Dahn is active in the Episcopal Church. She has served in parishes for the past seventeen years (most recently serving as the rector of St. John’s parish in Honeoye Falls, NY for 12+ years) and is on the Executive Council for The Episcopal Church. She has been a deputy to General Convention (a gathering of the Church which takes place every three years) for the past four General Conventions. She was on the faculty of the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Renowned for her inspirational preaching, Dahn travels around the country preaching for special events and leading yoga retreats for parishes and other groups.
Dahn and her husband, David, live in upstate, NY with their three daughters, three big dogs, and two cats. Her other interests involve scuba diving, standup comedy, and cooking.