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Becky Butler, LCSW

I have been a psychotherapist for 25 years and a meditator for almost 40 years.  Through both therapy and teaching, I offer an integrated model of emotional healing and spiritual cultivation. Many forces have shaped my work: growing up in Mexico and Italy, an early career in documentary filmmaking, an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master’s from the University of Georgia, five years as clinical director of a treatment facility for adolescents and another five as a consultant in public systems reform for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Underlying all circumstances of work and life has been my…

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Prachel Carter

Prachel Carter is the creator of Fearless Vixen, a practice that helps women to reinvent themselves. She creates courses, workshops and retreats designed around transformation.  She believes that every woman must stand in her truth and that every woman must continuously reinvent herself and bring out the gifts that are already within her to serve the world as she moves forward in life. She helps women discover find creative ways of thinking about who they are and who they can be of service to.

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Abbey Brewer, E-RYT 500, YACEP, RPYT

Abbey Brewer, is a seasoned yoga teacher (actively teaching yoga since 1998) who has many certifications that include E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP, LMT, CNMT, Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor, certified community and family herbalist and certified aromatherapist. She is the founder and director of Georgia’s first registered prenatal yoga teacher training school and has taught and apprenticed with women’s health PT, Candice Goch for over a decade. She has been supporting individuals in holistic health options for over 19 years, working as a yoga teacher, neuromuscular therapist, licensed massage therapist, doula, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum specialist, offering abdominal detox massage, & herbal support. In addition…

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Anna Robertson, MS, RYT-200

Anna has been practicing yoga for 18 years and has been an instructor for 11 years. Anna worked for many years as a psychotherapist and through this worked closely with blending the physical and spiritual components of yoga into the healing work of therapy. This profound and meaningful work included female prison inmates, students in a military university, and advocates for survivors of sexual assault. Anna received her yoga certification at Peachtree Yoga Center and has completed further study at Asheville Yoga Center and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She has also studied with teachers such as Erich Schiffman…

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Sheila McVay, founder of Johns Creek Yoga

Sheila is the owner and lead teacher at Johns Creek Yoga in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. She has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years.  In addition to daily classes, she leads Yoga Teacher Training at both the 200 and 500 level, and she hosts retreats both locally and internationally. Her life is an endless adventure, every day a new challenge, a new experience, a new joy, a new invitation to dive a little deeper. Her classes are focused on alignment and infused with spirit and soulful exploration of the body, but they are also light-hearted and fun. She relishes the…

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Kushina Catering

Yohana is a fixture in the Atlanta foodie scene.  She manages the Atlanta Underground Market and Chow Club Atlanta in addition to serving up her delicious Ethiopian cuisine at We Suki Suki in East Atlanta Village.     Since immigrating to the United States, Yohana has established Kushina Catering as a favorite ethnic food vendor for clients ranging from her weekly farmer’s market visits to major corporations.  Her passion for fresh, authentic cuisine made with the best ingredients and her passion for helping others has earned her a loyal following.  In addition to Ethiopian food, Yohana specializes in Italian, Indian,…

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Terra Elan McVoy

Terra Elan McVoy is the author of six acclaimed novels for teens and two for middle grade readers. Her master’s degree in Creative Writing comes from Florida StateUniversity, thanks to her father’s persuasion that she’d make a better writer than marine biologist. She has been reading and writing since she learned how, and nearly all of her jobs since college have centered around those two things. She lives in Atlanta, GA where she works as a bookseller at an independent children’s bookstore and leads creative writing workshops and camps for all ages. To learn more about Terra and her work, visit http://terraelan.com.

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Jody Thomae, R-YFT, YF-A, RYT

Jody Thomae is an author, worship leader, and teacher of embodied prayer and creative worship. She has been involved in worship arts ministries since 1997 and is the author of “God’s Creative Gift” and the forthcoming book, “The Creator’s Healing Power.” Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made real through the prophetic and creative portrayal of the message of Christ’s unfailing love, in order to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in how God uses creativity and embodied movement (including yoga) in the formative and healing process. She is a…

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Suryana Cuisine

Majeda and her son Malek decided to leave Syria in 2012 because of the ongoing war and the threat to their survival. Leaving university, Malek’s first move was to Jordon. He recalls, “the life in Jordan is not easy. Finding work is hard and you must overwork for a very small salary.”   In 2016, Malek and his mom came to the United States with the assisance of the International Organization for Migration, beginning a very long process of seeking resettlement in the states.After years of working hard to provide for her family, Majeda, wife and mother of two, decided…

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Melody Conner

Melody Conner is a Military Veteran turned Gourmet Chef. She believes food is a cultural ambassador, and states, “there is no better way to truly identify with another culture, than to have a seat at someone’s table and break bread.” Chef Melody is a Les Dames Escoffier Scholarship recipient, and she developed her culinary skills at Le Cordon Bleu, thanks to President Obama’s Veteran’s Re-training Assistance Program. She is best known for her blended cooking style, which she deems “Authentic Gourmet Soul,” merging Caribbean, Creole and Italian cuisines together

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Kelly Postle McLellan, R-YFT, RYT, YF-A

Kelly began the path of yoga almost 25 years ago while attending the University of Florida where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Health Science Education, specializing in holistic health. She has been teaching health and wellness for over 20 years. She is a YogaFaith ambassador and a faculty member at Montreat College where she teaches classes that blend the ancient practice of classical yoga with sacred Christian scriptures. She is a lover of God and follower of Jesus- studying His life and teachings and learning to live and love with His heart. Kelly…

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Kemiko Y. Lawrence, ERYT200

Kemiko Y. Lawrence is a certified registered yoga educator ERYT 200hr, with Yoga Alliance. Kemiko’s yoga journey has been ongoing, for the past 18 years. Transformational is the best way to describe the power of her yoga practice. Becoming certified in Iyengar yoga, in 2006, she has been formally educating others about yoga’s powerful benefits for the past 10 years. Leading with compassion and integrity, it is clear that Kemiko is dedicated to spreading yoga to all those with whom she may be blessed to connect with. Having worked with corporations, individuals, as well as small & large groups, Kemiko…

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Meredith Phipps, R-YFT, RYT, YF-A

As a home schooling mom of three and a proud Army wife, my desire to provide a place of rest and restoration for those serving in the military and their families, has compelled me to spread the love of God and the practice of yoga throughout the Armed Forces communities. Struggling with physical limitations, depression, and trauma, my own practice became deeply restorative- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My mat became a unique place where I could bring my weaknesses to Christ without shame or judgement from others. After receiving my RYT and RYHT from YogaFaith, I began to offer yoga…

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Great Scott Getaways

Great Scott Getaways was founded by Kenya Scott to help families make the most of their vacation experience in Mexico and the Caribbean. Her talent for listening to clients and recommending just the right fit coupled with award-winning service has led to a loyal client base and years of jaw dropping, inspired getaways . Kenya’s passion for new experiences led her to focus on cultural and soft adventure travel.  

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John Luckovich

John Luckovich has been involved in studies of the Enneagram and inner work and practice for over ten years, and is completing teaching certification with the Enneagram Institute. His interests have led to a deep involvement in Gurdjieff and meditation practice, and he is an apprentice psycho-spiritual facilitator in Integrative Breathwork through the Inspiration Consciousness School in Baltimore, MD, where he has been studying for five years. John has taught numerous Enneagram workshops and classes in the United States and Italy for children, teens, and adults. He currently offers Enneagram private consultations.

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Jenna Pritchard

To Jenna, life is about love, healing, and feeling close to God in every moment…Deeply connecting with beloved family and friends…Spending time with her soul mate and children…Going to the ocean whenever possible…A good thunderstorm…A morning cup of coffee…The sunset…The sunrise…Autumn…The warmth of the sun…A good laugh…A good cry. Jenna passionately believes that deep and true healing is available for all of us. Her approach to life is holistic, which means that she cares not only for the physical body, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual self. Practicing self-care and self love, eating nourishing foods, regular exercise, daily prayer…

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Shari L Fox

Shari L Fox is the founder of Soul Nourish Institute. Trained and certified by the Enneagram Institute, she facilitates retreats, workshops, online courses and one-on-one work around the world. She is a student of the Fourth Way. Shari has been an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance for the past nine years and serves as guest faculty specializing in psycho-spiritual development at yoga teacher trainings. Shari leads compassionate group conversations and inquiry, presencing movement and deeply-freeing yoga nidra. Her teaching style flows with energy, awareness, and grace.

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Dawn Benson, Founder of Yoga Dawning

After almost 20 years of spending her days in a high stress job as an Executive Assistant, Dawn began to search for a way to manage stress and combat the chronic aches and pains she felt regularly. This is where her passion for yoga started. Dawn initially began her yoga practice for stress relief and to care for her body mentally and physically. The benefits were far greater than expected, physically, mentally and spiritually. Dawn decided she wanted to know more and completed a 200 hr. yoga teacher training. As her training progressed, her enthusiasm grew and she knew she…

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Billy Chism

Billy Chism is pleased to return to Elohee for a series of writing sessions that will take place over a six-week period in August and early September. Billy believes Elohee is the perfect location for these two-hour workshops each week (six in all) because the retreat center offers a safe environment for attendees. “It’s important that everyone feel relaxed, safe and able to explore their thoughts in this session, which we are calling ‘Writing from the Heart: Your Memoir,” he said. “We’ll have  plenty of writing exercises, but at no time will anyone be required to read anything unless they…

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Dahlia Prophet, RN

Dahlia is a registered nurse, personal trainer and Reiki practitioner who has mastered the art of intuitive innovation through years of diverse studies and practice.  She is a strong advocate for those who have not yet realized they have a significant role in our universe.  Dahlia believes in the importance of learning how to love one’s self, empowering and inspiring others to manifest their full potentials. She is always in pursuit of knowledge to share with those who are ready to receive it.  You can reach Dahlia via email at rn@nursecarecenter.org

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Jessica Calderon

Jessica is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Wellness Coach and Shamanic Reiki Healer for over 6 years working to bring balance, healing + connection to our hearts where the inner goddess resides.    Jessica has been sharing her knowledge of the moon through ritual + restorative / flow yoga classes and exploring the moon’s magic through the physical, emotional, mental and energetic bodies. During these retreats, you will learn and experience techniques and methods of clearing, intention setting, meditations, yoga and much more to enable the unveiling of your own magical heart.   When she isn’t gazing at the moon or…

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Antoinette Moura

There are thousands of chemicals floating around in our consumer products.  The average consumer has no idea about the safety or health impact of these chemicals. Antoinette is passionate about changing the world and sharing this information with consumers.  She teaches “Ingredient Detective Workshop” to help empower families to take their buying choices to a new level. Knowledge is power and when you know better, you can do better. Antoinette Moura is a Health and Wellness Transformation Specialist and founder of Clean Living Collaborators.  Driven by a fatal peanut allergy in her oldest son, this homeschooling mom of four small…

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Julie Stuart

I am a creator of sacred space, of holding a strong container for you to dive into and safely explore the unknown within. I facilitate meetings professionally, guiding groups and teams through often challenging conversations using visual and creative methods. I also coach individuals, uncovering their dreams and desires, finding the edges of their growth and illuminating possibility. I DJ and dance the 5 Rhythms every chance I get. www.soulsensuality.com

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Robinette Kennedy, PhD

Robinette Kennedy, PhD, is a clinical anthropologist and shamanistic practitioner. She holds a doctorate in humanistic psychology from Saybrook University. In the 1990’s, Robinette began researching figurines of humans in unusual, yoga-like poses depicted in the sacred art of prehistoric Crete. Since then, based upon her ongoing original research, she has been offering workshops that teach a reconstructed shamanistic technique from prehistoric and Minoan Crete (the first European culture.) The technique combines rituals, sacred poses and specific percussion. Such practices have ties to humans’ earliest gestures and rituals in Africa. As co-owner of a small travel company, Wild Crete Tours, Robinette…

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Susanne Marie

A lifelong spiritual explorer, Susanne Marie offers teachings in support of freedom, meeting in sacred mutuality, and celebrating our common essence of Love and Unity with all life.  Her work is transformational and empowering, as she points to the remembering of That which we have always been, allowing truth to become ever more conscious of Itself through a human life. Susanne, the parent of two teenagers, lives in Northern California and works with individuals and groups, offering spiritual mentoring to those who feel called to work with her.

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Nick Atlas, Ph.D., E-RYT 500

Nick Atlas, Ph.D., E-RYT 500 is a light-hearted, grounded and accessible instructor specializing in integrative approaches to sleep, dreams, deep relaxation and stress reduction. The Director of Evolutionary Education® and 200-hr Yoga Psychology Teacher Trainings, Dr. Nick is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Atlantic University and conducts cutting-edge research on Yoga Nidra and lucid dreaming. He has been practicing and teaching various forms of yoga, qigong, meditation, dreamwork & expressive arts since 1998. For more info, find him on Facebook and visit www.evolutionaryeducation.org.

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Jane Hyat, RYT 500 & E-RYT200

Jane believes yoga is an incredible way to cultivate the body, the mind and the spirit. After several years of running and competitive tennis, Jane took her first yoga class while living in the Middle East. Having had first-hand experience of the transformative power of yoga she became a passionate practitioner.  Wanting to share her passion with others, Jane completed her 500 Yoga Alliance Certification through Yoga of India. Jane infuses calm instruction, creative sequences and a little bit of humor to guide her students to build strength, stamina and flexibility. She aspires to provide a supportive relationship with her…

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Kelley Carboni-Woods

Kelley Carboni-Woods was born and raised in North Carolina. She is a business owner, natural hair stylist, podcast host and yoga teacher. She is focused on making the practice of yoga accessible to all and strives to make her classes welcoming to everyone. She has a focus on teaching the living practice of yoga. Her belief that yoga is more than a physical practice is led by the positive influence yoga has had in her own life. Kelley loves cooking, biking, watching movies, reading, playing scrabble and traveling with her family. She thanks her mother Gloria, a librarian, for her love…

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Amber Karnes

Amber Karnes, founder of Body Positive Yoga, is a ruckus maker, yoga asana teacher, intersectional social justice activist, and a lifelong student of her body. Her commitment to inclusive, adaptive yoga practice empowers thousands of diverse practitioners around the globe. Amber is a contributor to Yoga International and serves on the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Through her workshops, retreats, and online yoga and wellness offerings, she seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for all on and off the yoga mat. She blogs at bodypositiveyoga.com.

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Kquvien DeWeese

Kquvien DeWeese has been practicing yoga for 17 years and taken three month-long trips to study in India at the Iyengar Center. She began teaching in 2002 and is now an Intermediate Junior III Certified Instructor, who also mentors aspiring teachers. Having come from a very physical background including dance, martial arts, and weightlifting, she offers a unique teaching style that can motivate even the most-accomplished couch potato among us. She challenges her students, leaving them with a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and inner peace. Working to accommodate each individual’s specific needs and physical challenges, she encourages her students to…

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Theresa Vinson Stenersen

Theresa Vinson Stenersen is a knitting designer and longtime columnist for the online magazine Knitty (“Techniques with Theresa”). She is well known for the illuminating lucidity of her instruction on methods and techniques often thought to be “advanced” and “challenging.” Theresa learned to knit first from her aunts with whom she grew up in the Southern Appalachians and later while living in Norway for many years. She also learned much about creating fiber dyes from natural sources such as mushrooms. Theresa now lives in Western North Carolina on a farm with her family, including several humans, alpacas, sheep, chickens, cats,…

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Pamela Terry

Pamela is the author of the popular blog From the House of Edward, named one of the Top Ten Home and Property Blogs by The London Telegraph.  She began knitting in 2008 when she visited Shilasdair Yarn Shop on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and was frustrated that she didn’t know how to do anything with the gorgeous yarns she discovered there. She came home and enrolled in a knitting class immediately. She later discovered brioche knitting and became fascinated with its lofty texture and infinite variety of unique and interesting color play.  “Brioche,” Pamela says, “is a little tricky, but…

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Allison Adams

Allison Adams, retreat organizer, has been knitting for nine years and has helped many beginning knitters get started on their first projects. She has also studied stranded colorwork design and Fair Isle knitting techniques in Shetland and has taught beginning stranded colorwork. An experienced music teacher, she excels at one-on-one beginner level instruction. She focuses on making the learning project rewarding and encouraging, with clear, simple, step-by-step instruction that is geared toward what the knitter wishes to accomplish.

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Terri O'Connor, 500RYT

Terri O’Connor, owner of Plum Tree Yoga in Roswell GA, has been teaching yoga and managing the studio since 2001. Coming from a dance background, she has explored various yoga styles for over 20 years and has studied with many recognized teachers. Terri is a certified Svaroopa® yoga teacher, Hatha and Prenatal yoga teacher. Terri guides her students with a sense of ease and fluidity and is grateful to share the infinite benefits that yoga offers body, mind & spirit.

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Stewart Cubley

 Stewart Cubley is founder of The Institute for Art & Living, dba The Painting Experience. His work has carried him throughout the world to work with groups in a process of inner exploration using the tool of expressive painting to access the potential within the human heart and imagination. For more than four decades he has taught his unique approach to literally thousands of people at growth centers such as Esalen and Omega Institutes, multinational corporations, programs in prisons and countless other public forums. Stewart lives in Fairfax, CA. He is co-author of Life, Paint & Passion, Reclaiming the Magic of…

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Kelly Yount, 200ERYT

Kelly’s love and compassion for people and teaching is what inspires her light-hearted practice. Coming from an art background, her passion and creativity is what ignites her teaching. Finding the breath and fluidity in the body and mind is a curiously deep practice and one that inspires her every time she steps onto the mat. She encourages playfulness along with a sense of ease and strength with her students.

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Matthew Belay

Raised on a farm in southwestern Virginia, Matt developed many skills and practical understandings at an early age. During and after university at Virgina Tech he traveled extensively throughout the world for both work and personal study, widening his perspective of art, culture and diversity. While pursuing his degree in Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech, he specialized in community design, culminating in the development of the first co-housing community in the region. For a number of years he worked as operations manager for Hui Ho’olana retreat center in Molokai, Hawaii, which is where he first came in contact with The…

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Jessi Reed

Jessi Reed is passionate about energy healing & spiritual connection. She is a certified massage therapist, Reiki master, energy healer, angel card reader, & spiritual intuitive. She offers energy healing sessions, angel card readings, & teaches energy healing & spirituality workshops. She facilitates a women’s meditation moon circle group & Red Tent gathering in North Georgia. She lives in Sautee Nacoochee, GA with her family.

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Carol Bradley Ezekiel

Carol Bradley Ezekiel is a certified, registered yoga teacher from Asheville Yoga Center. She is currently working towards her 500 hour training. She lives in Charleston, SC with her family, but she calls the mountains her home. She teaches children’s yoga, mindfulness meditation, & yoga classes around Charleston.

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Corrina Sephora

Corrina Sephora is an award-winning metalwork and mixed media artist, author, coach and workshop facilitator with her own studio specializing in sculptural and architectural works. Her work is on permanent display in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and in many private collections internationally. Corrina uses art and storytelling to inspire and empower people to live creatively and authentically. In 2005 she received her MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University, and in 2011 received her Life Coaching certification. Corrina has also written, illustrated and published a fairy…

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Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D.

Helen Barnes Vantine, PhD, founded AMI in 2008 with a mission to help others find insight, love, joy, compassion, and acceptance through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She teaches mindfulness skills to individuals, businesses, small groups, health care professionals, and graduate students. In addition to her work at the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute, Dr. Vantine has a private psychotherapy practice in Buckhead and Serenbe, where she offers Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to her patients. She also teaches at the University of California in San Diego mentoring students toward certification as MBSR teachers. Dr. Vantine has spent more than 40 years practicing meditation and studying…

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Eric Atwood

Eric Atwood is a speaker, author, coach, facilitator and founder of The Speakers Studio. He helps people improve their one-on-one and group speaking skills, enabling them to express their authentic selves naturally and connect with others powerfully. He develops and delivers workshops and training for individuals and organizations on a variety of communication topics. In 2011 Eric received certification as a Speaking Circles® facilitator, and in 2016 received certification as a Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. He has lived in eight countries and traveled to more than 50, bringing a deep understanding and appreciation of people and cultures to his work…

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Maggie Benoit

Maggie Benoit is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who helps people develop strength and balance through yoga poses, alignment, posture, breath and meditation. Her guidance enables individuals to use their bodies as a vehicle for thought, focus, discipline, communication and action. As a kinetic learner, Maggie is guided by a love of movement and the rich sense of language that it weaves. Her initial discovery of movement through yoga in 2005 was the beginning of a lifetime process of learning to engineer more effective means of communicating and listening. Maggie is continuing her education through a training program in Purna…

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Stephanie Swann, Ph.D., LCSW

Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW, is co-owner of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. She, along with Dr. Vantine, is one of only three certified MBSR instructors in Georgia. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as well as advanced meditation courses to groups in the community. As a consultant, Dr. Swann trains mental health professionals to use mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She also maintains a private counseling practice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Swann has expertise working with survivors of trauma. She is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a practice she uses to help couples work through challenges. Dr. Swann uses mindfulness-based interventions with all her clients to…

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Susan Mittleman, E-RYT500

My name is Susan Mittleman and I am a 500-hr, Certified Professional Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist in the Pranakriya tradition, a lineage of Kripalu Hatha Yoga. I am also certified in Thai Yoga Massage, having studied with Kam Thye Chow, a Master of this form of healing touch. I grew up in Los Angeles, studied theater and communications in college, and, after traveling around the world, found my way to Atlanta via the international stage of broadcast journalism. The stress of wars, life and death, and crazy hours took its toll, and what kept me grounded was traveling and  yoga. The exploration…

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Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP

With over 800 hours of Yoga Alliance certified training under his belt, and well over 7,000 hours of teaching experience, Douglas Johnson – E-RYT 500,  YACEP – is one of Atlanta’s busiest, most experienced and well-trained yoga instructors. Douglas has had the privilege of studying directly with three of the most innovative instructors in modern yoga and holds Yoga Alliance certifications in the schools that each founded. These yogis are Amrit Desai; Paul Grilley; and Andrey Lappa and their schools are Kripalu, Yin, and Universal respectively. What often sets Douglas’ teaching apart is a firm grasp of both western gross anatomy and the eastern…

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Irina Walton

I was born and raised in Russia and came to this country to study language about 7 years ago. Yoga has been an old passion of mine and, finally, I have a chance to share the beauty and healing properties of this ancient practice with others. My first encounter with Downward Facing Dog was at the age of 5. I was rapidly developing asthma and couldn’t take on any more medicine. So, my Mom, after trying pretty much every massage technique and herb under the sun to relieve my symptoms, came across an old binder on a shelf. It became…

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Christopher K. Germer, PhD

Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based treatment. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Dr. Germer is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.  He lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor ofMindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

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Daniel Ellenberg, PhD

Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a…

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Steven Hickman, PsyD

Steven Hickman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. He is the founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and the Director of Professional Training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Dr. Hickman teaches Mindful Self-Compassion around the world and trains teachers in the program, in addition to speaking and teaching on the topic of mindfulness-based programs. Steve is particularly interested in supporting men in developing greater self-compassion and mindfulness and is involved in projects to develop these capacities…

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Dr. Karen E. Landry, LPC, NCC, CPCS

It’s always been my desire to help people and their loved one’s.  Many often wonder how to change disruptive and intrusive habits, feel better and feel less stressed.  Well, I have learned to encourage others to do just that!  I encourage, empower, listen and elicit motivation and change in others through compassion, mindfulness and my clinical experience. I graduated from Argosy University Sarasota, FL with a Doctorate degree in Education Counseling Psychology.  I received my Masters from Argosy University Altanta, GA. I am a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor and Licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, I have taught as an…

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Kim Saunders, founder of Lift Yoga & Therapy

My mission is to help you to find wholeness in your body, mind and spirit. As an integrative psychotherapist, I am uniquely qualified to help you to find balance in these areas when talk alone will not suffice. My background and specialties are in treating anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma and bereavement, as well as issues pertaining to infertility, breast cancer, and divorce. Using mindfulness techniques, I will help to empower you with practical options to shift from a stressful mind to a calm and confident one. Research has proven that stress gets trapped and locked into our muscles and…

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Angela Buttimer, MS, NCC, CHC, RYT, LPC

Angela Buttimer, MS, NCC, CHC, RYT, LPC is a licensed professional counselor, certified coach, professional speaker, TEDx Speaker, stress and mindfulness expert and author of the book, CALM: Choosing To Live Mindfully. Angela is also a registered yoga and meditation teacher. She is a regular contributor at Huffington Post. She has also been featured on Newstalk 1160 Radio. She was interviewed as an expert on NBC/11 Alive on “Five Things To Say To Cancer Patients.” She and her husband Dennis recently gave a TEDx Talk on “Defusing Stress With Mindful Mojo.” Their talk can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–KpJ1fatzY&t=316s Angela has…

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Nell Ziroli

Nell Ziroli has been wrapping yarn around needles since she was 8. She is self-taught but has been inspired by luminaries and students alike.  She is a perpetual knitter, published designer, and enthusiastic teacher. Currently, Nell works with Mason Dixon Knitting; teaches at her darling local yarn shop, BaaBaa Sheep in Norfolk, Virginia; and travels for teaching. She is a more frequent Instagrammer than Blogger. To subscribe to her (infrequent and private) mailing list: http://eepurl.com/h_8QU  

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Dennis Buttimer, M.Ed, RYT, CHC

Dennis Buttimer, M.Ed, CEAP, RYT, CHC is a certified coach,TEDx speaker, professional speaker, stress and mindfulness expert and author of the book, CALM: Choosing To Live Mindfully. Dennis is also a registered yoga and meditation teacher. He is a regular contributor at Huffington Post. He has also been featured on CNN, Newstalk 1160 Radio and the Pro Business Channel. He was interviewed as an expert on NBC/11 Alive on “Five Things To Say To Cancer Patients.” He and his wife Angela recently gave a TEDx Talk on “Defusing Stress With Mindful Mojo.” Their video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–KpJ1fatzY&t=316s Dennis…

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Eve E. Cook, PhD

Eve Cook is the Executive Director and co-founder of Elohee.  While professionally trained in Biomedical Science, she has found peace and healing from nature and has shifted professions because of it.  Having a place like Elohee has always been a dream of hers–to create a container where people can come and retreat and find community in a nurturing and safe way.  The land becomes a partner for this personal growth and healing.  Being still and listening to it can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Erin Beadle, RYT-500

Erin was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of flexibility and balance. After many months of steady practice, she began to catch a glimpse of benefits that exceed the physical. This led to the pursuit of her 200hr RYT and her 500hr RYT. Erin truly believes that yoga can benefit everyone and aims to make classes that motivate and challenge her students. She is key on alignment and helping her students gain a better mind/ body awareness. Erin is truly passionate about health/wellness and nutrition and has been a chair of the health and wellness committees at her…

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Ananda Bologna

Certified Rebirthing Breathwork Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist Ananda’s love of service and the healing arts evolved out of her own healing journey which begin in 1998 when she was initiated by her beloved spiritual teacher Ammachi; paving the way for a life and career dedicated to awakening the authentic self.  After graduating from the Atlanta School of Massage in 2000, Ananda worked as a massage therapist on cross country tours with musicians and then joined a holistic hospice in Reno, Nevada learning to be a mid-wife for the precious people in transition. Moving back to Atlanta in 2004 she began her…

Jane Battisson, RYT-200

Jane is a 200-hr certified yoga instructor (6 years) who has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. She teaches a vinyasa flow-style class which focuses on breath and alignment and is appropriate for all levels, including beginners. Her intention with each class is to guide yoga students to the self-awareness which leads inevitably to all that yoga has to offer, including both mental and physical: balance, strength, flexibility and joy. Jane is from the Chicago area, where she studied with Wendy Dahl and Master Iyengar teacher, Gabriel Halpern and was a featured instructor in Yoga Chicago magazine. Since relocating…

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Ashby Underwood

Yoga Therapist & Rolf Practitioner I believe in the resilient living matrix of the human body, mind, and spirit.  Early in 1998 during my yoga training in Nepal I learned that Yoga and Ayurveda are interwoven disciplines.  I incorporate these lifestyle changes into my classes and private practice in an accessible way.  In yoga, there is ‘No Down-Dogma’, just presence to what is here in this moment for each person and our changing bodies. By refining our attention to the highest quality form of breath-body-thought and choice we become activists in our relationships and move well with change. Over the…

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Flournoy Holmes

Musician, Sound Healer, Southern Visionary Artist In his early 20’s Flournoy Holmes visually defined the Southern Rock phenomenon of the early 1970’s creating popular album covers and art work for bands like the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Wet Willie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Outlaws, Sea Level, Hank Williams Jr, Kansas and many others. The inside cover of the Allman Brothers “Eat A Peach” (which Duane Allman and Flournoy named) is one of the ultimate psychedelic art experiences in album art. Georgia Peach Growers Association said Flournoy’s imagery has helped to bring the Georgia Peach to national prominence. He also created…

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Kathy Shaul

Joyologist, DJ, Yoga 200-RYT, Certified Yoga Tune Up®,  Roll Model® Method Movement Therapy, Reiki Practitioner, Business Owner, Member Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists Passionate about self-care as health care, music and the ripple effects of joy. Big time hugger. Favorite place to be: toes in the sand watching sunset over water. Favorite superpower: Kindness. A glimpse inside: When my marriage of 26 years ended, life as I knew it turned inside out and upside down. In one moment, every core relationship I had (and that I mistakenly believed defined me) changed form. While the news didn’t come as a complete surprise, feelings of abandonment, not enoughness and unworthiness took…

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Jody “Joy” Rendell

Joyologist, Inspiration coach, Motivational speaker and Team trainer, Master facilitator and Expressive dance facilitator Master’s degree in Ab work. Caught belly laughing often and in broad daylight. Dances out loud while everyone is watching 🙂 A glimpse inside: My whole life I felt not good enough, not lovable enough, less then. You get the idea! Everyone was better than me, richer than, smarter than, happier than me, you fill in the blank! Big Ol’ victim! I have been on a life long journey to find peace and finally things shifted for me when I became aware of my self-limiting beliefs and blocks…

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Suzanne Bailey

Joyologist, Healing Touch Practitioner, Self-Healing Coach, Expert Inner Guru Mentor, Angel Intuitive & Artist Often caught in rollerblades, on a paddleboard, in the ocean, booty shaking, or loving on a tree. If the sun is out, so is she, catch her if you can : ) A glimpse inside: A born worry wart, “nobody likes me”, perfectionist who never measured up, glass half empty girl, in my mid-twenties I started studying spirituality to try and figure out how and why when I had NOTHING to complain about I complained about everything, especially my giant list of imperfections. Once I became a Mom I was inspired…

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Kristin Joyner, 200 RYT

Kristin Joyner is a 200RYT instructor and teaches paddleboard yoga on Lake Hartwell. Kristin discovered yoga several years ago while she was looking for inner balance while caring for her Mother. Kristin is versed in Vinyasa yoga. Currently, Kristin teaches at the Bell Family YMCA and at Lake Hartwell Sup Yoga. Kristin received her training from Jane Hyat with Breathe Yoga. She lives on the lake with her husband and two dogs, Daisy and Mini Man. All keep her humble and grounded.

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Amy Fendley

Amy Fendley, is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is triple Certified through the International Sports Sciences Association as a personal trainer, exercise stretch therapist and specialist in nutrition. Amy continued to broaden her repertoire in 2014 to include teaching Yoga and Chakra Balancing. Amy has always had a vision for reaching women physically, spiritually and emotionally through complete wellness. Since her stage presence at the Miss Alabama pageant in 1992 as Miss Congeniality, Amy recognized the need for women to stay grounded and just be themselves. Even though her interview didn’t win her the crown, her personality won the…

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Michelle Boyd, PhD

Michelle Boyd, PhD is an award-winning scholar, writer, coach, and founder of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats. She spent the first part of her career as a faculty member at  the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) researching and writing about African American political identity. After earning tenure, Michelle began developing programs to help herself, her students and her colleagues reconnect with their research by uncovering their unique writing process. In 2012 she cofounded and coached WriteOut! a dissertation writing retreat for UIC graduate students studying race and ethnicity. Three years later she founded InkWell Academic Writing Retreats, where she offers intensive, individually-tailored writing retreats that help scholars…

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Lisa Jordan, E-RYT 500

Lisa Jordan is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher at the E-RYT 500hr level. She spends her days traveling coast-to-coast, helping higher education institutions and non-profits build strong brands. She spends every other minute teaching and practicing yoga — Vinyasa, Hatha, and Acro. Having found yoga 14 years ago, she believes in its magical powers and spreads the good yoga word every chance she gets. She also believes in the power of touch. The power of the feminine. And, the power of silence. In her mind, that’s quite the trifecta. Lisa lives in Atlanta and teaches weekly classes at both Yoga…

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Essud Fungcap Jr., E-RYT 500

Essud is a certified E-RYT 500 Yoga teacher, a certified Tai Chi/Qigong instructor, and a certified Thai Yoga Therapist based in Atlanta, GA. He has been teaching since 2006 and encompasses an eclectic background as well as a unique blend of different modalities. The name Essud literally translates to South East, as he was given this name at birth because of his grandfather being from South East China (Canton-Guangzhou). His grandfather was also a Qigong & Tai Chi practitioner. At a young age, Essud was exposed to meditation and energy work by his father Essud Sr.  He grew up in…

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Kyle Dondero, RYT 500

Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, Mobility Coach  Kyle is a 500hr RYT Certified instructor, having completed over 600hrs of yoga / meditation trainings, with 4 years experience training with CrossFit and having graduated in from the University of Georgia, Athens GA, with a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology.  Before joining Heart Center Therapy, he has been cultivating personal and professional growth to countless individuals, utilizing Project Management processes with yogic philosophies.  Kyle offers up years of experience to further the growth for our private corporate and personal clients. Certifications: 200hr Vinyasa Teacher  (Santiago, Chile) 200hr Ashtanga-based Vinyasa Teacher -Rubber Soul (Athens, GA) Vipassana Meditation – Yoga Alliance…

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Bob Sima

Bob Sima is to music what Wayne Dyer, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Eckhart Tolle are to books and Rumi, Hafiz, and David Whyte are to poetry. He is troubadour, a way-shower, a guide, an awakener, and a musical mystic. Through the medium of melody and message, he leads listeners to an expanded consciousness, deeper sense of connection, and inner peace and purpose. His music bridges daily life and soul consciousness, the eternal with the now. He delivers instantly accessible songs that take up residence and resonance in your soul. Sima is a dynamic singer-songwriter, performer, storyteller, speaker, servant of humanity,…

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Shannon Plummer

Shannon Plummer is a powerhouse strategic visioning and intentional creation coach wrapped in a divine package. Her approach combines spiritual and metaphysical wisdom with business and management expertise. As a subset of coaching the psyche, she also translates her organizational skills into the space surrounding the individual. She’s learned that – just as blocks in our belief systems prevent us from living our passion – the state of our physical surroundings can significantly stunt our expansion because the energy of what is stuck in our work space, in our home, in our bedroom, in our attic, in our garage is holding…

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Angela Beaver

Angela is a 200 hour-trained yoga teacher, she’s a certified Holistic Health Coach and she is Reiki I and II certified. She keeps things fresh with lots of self study as well as a current mentorship -making her a well-rounded resource for her students every need. Angela owns a couple businesses in Atlanta. Atlanta Yoga Instructors – teaching privates across the metro area and co-owning Feel The Vibration Retreats. Angela embodies the phrase, “go with the flow”. She follows her heart and dances to the beat of her own drum. She is not the teacher who is interested in giving…

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Connie Jeon, DPT, MPH, RD, RYT-E 200hr

Connie Jeon is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, holds a Masters in Nutrition, is a Registered Dietitian, a Functional Medicine Practitioner, and a Certified Yoga and Double Certified Pilates Teacher. She has over 16 years of experience not only as a clinician but as a patient herself, diagnosed with systemic Lupus. She is a clinician who practices what she preaches and believes that our bodies are miraculous and has the power to heal itself. From holistic nutrition therapy, physical therapy, functional medicine, yoga, Pilates, and meditation, Dr. Connie regards herself as a guide in her patients journey to get well and…

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Danielle Hall

Danielle Hall is a Certified Sound Healer, Reiki Master, Cyma Practitioner, and Spiritual Minister. Her goal is to inspire personal transformation through sound experiences. Through her sound healing practice, Danielle has worked with adults and children transitioning through various traumas including PTSD, depression, sexual abuse, digestive issues, and physical pain, using specific sound tools and techniques to facilitate shifts in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body. She also educates and leads a team of sound practitioners in creating sound bath experiences for corporate wellness programs and private wellness events in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York.

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Kate Cooley

Kate (Katia) Cooley I’ve always known the importance of earth connection, and have been blessed with much time in the outdoors.  Several years ago, I was troubled by chronic lower back pain.  My chiropractor encouraged me to “earth” ….to go outdoors once a day, and lay flat on my back for at least 15 minutes, directly on the ground, planting my bare feet on the ground as well. It worked!! And now, I enjoy encouraging others to have the earthing experience. When I say “connection”, I mean it literally, be it earth, or human…self, or other….I am a connection facilitator.…

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Kelly Walden, RCC

Kelly Walden has been involved in personal development coaching and breathwork trainings for over 25 years. Kelly is a Registered Corporate Coach and Life Coach, a breath work trainer/coach and a relationships trainer. Kelly assists in Co-managing one of the largest breathwork communities in the world. Kelly brings humor and positive, motivational energy to the seminars that she leads. Some of her favorite workshops that she enjoys teaching is in the study of finances and career, relationships of all kinds, inner child work and all adventure trainings including swimming with the dolphins. Kelly served eight years on the Board of…

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Francis Bennett

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Debi Miller

Debi Miller, of Atlanta, Georgia, co-directs one of the largest Breathwork Centers in the world. She has been enthusiastically involved in Personal Development Training’s for over 25 years, as a Relationships Trainer, Breathwork Coach & Trainer and a Life Coach, working with individuals, couples and groups.  Debi has a warm, loving heart and a magical sense of play, which is demonstrated in her personal life and career. For the past 30 years, Debi has been a passionate student and teacher of A Course in Miracles. She also enjoys facilitating seminars on Communication, Cooperation, Healthy Boundaries, Inner Child, Prosperity, Rejuvenation and…

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Kerry Fulford

I fell in Love with the ancient science of well being called Hatha Yoga in the 90’s when I was the manager of Athens first health food store, the Phoenix Market. I was fascinated, as I still am, in the subjects of prevention, maintenance, and transformation of the health issues in our daily lives. So when I was graciously introduced to this science and saw what a holistic life plan it offers, I decided to become a life time student and to share the healing if offers me with others. I was lovingly and precisely taught at Satchidananda Ashram and…

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Geshe Ngawang Phende

Geshe Ngawang Phende became a monk at the age of twelve and lived for two years at Woechen Thukje Choeling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. He then joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka, India in 1982 where he completed his monastic education and passed the Geshe Lharampa examination in 2001, which is the most prestigious and highest degree one can earn in a monastic university. After his Tantric studies at Guymey Monastery in 2002, Geshe Phende was the resident teacher at Lam Rim Buddhist Center in Johannesburg, South Africa for over three years. He is currently one of the resident teachers…

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Chandra White, BA, IHC-C, E-RYT 500

Chandra White is co-founder of WellSmart Solutions, a professional services company that brings mindfulness training and professional development programs together.  Her professional education began with degrees in Restaurant Management and Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.  She worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade in management positions including Director of Events for an executive level corporate member country club.  Transitioning to construction and healthcare sectors and working with C-Suite executives and medical physicians, Chandra held Senior Administration, Quality and Sales & Marketing Management positions.  As her interest in healthy living deepened, Chandra continued her professional studies…

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Renee Anderson, MS, SPHR

Renee is founder of Anderson Consulting and has over 20 years of senior level HR experience. Her professional education includes a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from Western Carolina University and Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Montreat College. Renee offers her expertise both as Certified Gallup Strengths Coach and Marshall Goldsmith Executive Coach to those who want to discover, develop and leverage their natural strengths and talents to reach personal and professional goals.  In particular, she loves to help women to use their unique strengths to live more authentically.

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Peggy McAllister - CEO / Executive Coach, Intentional Leadership

Peggy is the organizer of 5-The Return to Wholeness ~ a retreat for executive coach / practitioners For over two decades, Peggy’s clients have gained enormous benefit from her ability to engage with leaders and their teams in deeply transformational processes.  As Executive Coach and Catalyst, Peggy has offered hundreds of leaders across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, simple yet profound tools for achieving radical new insights; enabling them to create sustainable breakthroughs in leadership, team functioning, innovation, and business results. Peggy’s work is deeply rooted in the sacred, weaving together her graduate training in psychology and counseling, and 25…

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Cynthia Spradlin, MS, PCC, CPC

Cynthia Spradlin of Connect Coaching specializes in Core Focus Leadership & Integrative Wellness.  As an ICF Credentialed Professional Coach, she works with leaders and their teams to redefine what it means to “work well” and make positive, sustainable changes to drive performance, foster business growth and promote wellbeing. With almost 30 years of corporate, consulting and coaching experience working with professionals around the globe, she works with clients to create more ease in all areas of their work and life so they can stress less, respond better under pressure and accomplish their goals faster while living healthier, and happier. She…

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Michelle Thielen, R-YFT, E-RYT 500, A.C.E, IAYT

Michelle has been registered with the American Council of Exercise since 2009, is an E-RYT 200, Registered Yoga Trainer with Yoga Alliance at the 500 level, an international speaker and author of the widely popular Christian Yoga book, Stretching Your Faith.  She has taken hundreds of students into highly skilled yoga trainers and confident leaders with over 20 Teacher Trainings through her two accredited schools. Michelle is a Manduka Brand Ambassador, a provider of continued education credits and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She began studying and practicing yoga in the late 80’s  while professionally dancing in Portland, Oregon…

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Cindy Lou Harrington, Singer/Songwriter

Cindy Lou Harrington is an award-winning singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist with five independent albums on Atlanta-based GOC Records. Her latest two albums, “Rock My Country” and “Life is a Song,” were recorded with her daughters, Brittany and Taylor at top local recording studios, including Southern Tracks Records and Reveal Audio. Harrington’s performances have included opening for Kathy Mattea at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and sharing the stage with established country-rock acts such as Sawyer Brown, Neal McCoy, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Known for her velvet vocals and pure country-rock sound, Harrington’s powerful live performances, strong-harmony arrangements, and extraordinary songwriting…

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Holly Neal, R-YFT 500, RYT, YF-A

Holly Neal, R-YFT 500, RYT, YF-A | YogaFaith 12 Step Instructor, Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for Athletes and more! Holly resides in Alpharetta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. She holds a degree in Exercise Science; she is an R-YFT-500, RYT 200, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, Master YogaFaith 12 Step Instructor and YogaFaith Ambassador. The Lord brought her to yoga in 2010.  Yoga (particularly breathing!) was instrumental in healing during a major life crisis, and she has been hooked ever since.  In the spring of 2015, while sitting on a plane, God led her to Google Christian yoga. She found YogaFaith,…

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Peach Friedman, E-RYT 500

Peach Friedman, E-RYT 500, is a celebrated yoga teacher and author, whose passions include creating ritual and wellness for women through yoga practices. Her highly ranked yoga teacher training programs bring people to her small East Alabama studio from across the South East. With 15 years of experience working with women’s bodies, she has a keen ability to guide her students toward a more settled and vibrant place in themselves. Also the author of internationally acclaimed memoir Diary of an Exercise Addict, Peach enjoys weaving the practices of writing with yoga.

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MJ Impastato

MJ Impastato is a relationship coach, speaker, and team building expert. Her mission is to help people feel comfortable in their own skin so they can be confident being themselves. She creates experiential retreats that foster a safe, welcoming environment using visualizations, breath work, and interactive activities to help people heal, accept themselves, and ultimately live happier lives. MJ is a native of Louisiana and currently lives in Marietta, GA. MJ is a Co-Active Coach, a certified Yoga of Recovery counselor, Reiki practitioner, and also trained with the Center for Mind Body Medicine.

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Linda Davis, MSW, RYT

Linda L. Davis, MSW, RYT As a Buddhist meditation teacher and counselor, Linda has been helping people find greater clarity, peace and fulfillment in their lives for 35 years. Sparked by a deep interest in spirituality at a young age, Linda traveled to Nepal, India, Thailand and Indonesia in the early 1970’s.  From these experiences, she was deeply drawn to the Buddhist path which she has followed ever since. As her life unfolded, she earned degrees in psychology and Clinical Social Work and began a career as a psychotherapist while also delving into the practices of Yoga and T’ai Chi. …

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Jamie Dwyer–Biomimicry 3.8 Principal, Design & Research

Biomimicry provides the perfect opportunity to fuse Jamie’s seemingly divergent interest in the fields of biology and architectural design. Her work for Biomimicry 3.8 is often focused on integrating biomimicry in the built environment, from uncovering local biological champions as inspiration for place-based design to working towards creating factories that provide ecosystem services like a forest. Jamie has also led innovative research efforts in product design and social innovation. Working with companies such as HOK, BNIM, Interface, and Kimberly-Clark, Jamie has managed projects, led research and inspired many designers. Jamie has led dozens of budding biomimics through the biomimicry design…

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Erin Rovalo–Biomimicry 3.8 Senior Principal, Designer

Drawing from an architectural design background, Erin Rovalo now weaves biomimicry into her design thinking expertise, which has allowed her to cultivate a distinctly innovative approach to finding sustainable solutions to a wider range of design sectors and challenges, such as packaging design and organizational development. For the past 7 years, Erin has successfully managed biomimicry innovation initiatives for Natura, Estee Lauder, Lone Meadow, Interface, and Burt’s Bees. Erin teaches Biomimicry & Design and iSites: Biomimetic Nature Journaling in the accredited MSc Biomimicry program at ASU and has supported the training of over 150 Biomimicry 3.8 certification alumni. Erin is…

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Jennifer Lingvall

Wigwam Wellness Festival & Retreats founder & experience curator, Jennifer Lingvall, exists to encourage people to see and be the best versions of themselves. She is an experiential junkie in love with design, adventure, dinner parties and her husband, Erik. Jennifer is passionate about the wellness spectrum & connecting the Atlanta community through unique personal growth experiences. She checked breast cancer off her list at 31 – threw some D’s on that B** and took up dancing.

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Joanna Elkhoury

Joanna Elkhoury’s serious journey with Yoga started in 2005 when she had her first baby.  She needed a something to help her cope with the stresses of a corporate job, as well as lack of sleep.  An introducYoga became her sanctuary, and her tool for balance, clarity and strength.  In 2011 she decided to quit her job and follow what triggers her passion.  She enrolled in a 200 Hour Yoga teacher training with Yoga of India under the guidance of Mike Noury and received her certification with Yoga Alliance in March 2012.   Ever since, she’s been teaching Yoga and…

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Maci Daye, Ed.S., Ed.M

Maci is a Certified Sex Therapist who offers a hopeful and transformational way of working with the sexual issues that arise in all long-term relationships, not just troubled ones. She created Passion and Presence® out of her career as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Trainer of Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered, Somatic Psychotherapy. Maci has graduate degrees in Education and Counseling from Harvard and Georgia State Universities and completed the Level II, Intermediate Phase of Somatic Experiencing –the trauma work developed by Peter Levine. She leads professional trainings and couples retreats in the USA, Australia, Finland, Mexico and Spain.

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Aimee Eckhardt, Co-Teacher

Aimee Eckhardt is a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and co-developer of the MSC Community for Deepening Practice. She co-facilitates support groups for Kansas City Hospice’s Solace House and is on the advisory board for Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth annual conference. As a person whose primary spiritual work is parenting, she founded the online community, Mindful Kids Kansas City. She is also a web developer and designer supporting entrepreneurial initiatives in the mindfulness community.

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Halko Weiss, Ph.D.

A German native, Halko has been a Clinical Psychologist and couples therapist for more than 30 years. He is a Trainer for the European Academy for Couples Therapy and a lecturer at the University of Marburg. Halko also leads corporate training programs on emotional intelligence in the workplace. Halko is a founding Senior Trainer of the US, German, Australian and New Zealand Hakomi Institutes. He is the creator of the Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationship Training (H.E.A.R.T) and the author of numerous publications, among them (in German) the Handbook of Somatic Psychology and The Mindfulness Book.

Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D., Assistant Teacher

Helen Vantine, Ph.D. is the founder and co-director of the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. She has a private psychotherapy practice where she practices mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She is credentialed as a certified MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. She has been a teaching assistant for the CFM at the Omega Institute. She trained as a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. In addition, she has been studying Mindful Self Compassion for several years and will complete her teacher training this year. Helen has taught…

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Virginia DuPre, LPC

Art therapy is based on the theory that images and image making use a different part of the brain than verbal communication and that they allow for expression/communication we may not be able to express with words.  Artmaking that is process rather than product focused is a way of practicing ‘inner listening.’ Group art therapy is for those who want and or need the support of other individuals as they continue therapy work and as they continue a commitment to having a regular time to ‘check in’ with themselves.  Issues addressed in the group are determined by those in the…

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Tracy Jennings-Hill, 500 ERYT

Tracy ventured into her yoga practice over 17 years ago as she was retiring from the US Air Force after serving over 20 years.  While on active duty, an injury caused the physical challenge of sciatica to arise, so as a way to help maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle she began dabbling in different disciplines of yoga, discovering the Vinyasa style, finding her home.  As she grew to understand the value of the mind/body connection, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a fitness professional but more importantly a yoga teacher, embodying all aspects of both professions. Subsequently,…

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Honor Woodard, BFA, LMT

An integrative body worker and artist, Honor Woodard, BFA, LMT has been settling into the ever expanding role of a healer as catalyst/mirror, deep presence, artist/transmitter, deep listener/distiller, dreamer/dreamworker and muse. A practitioner of Dynamic Stillness and Resistance & Release work, Honor’s studies with Deane Juhan, Giorgia Milne, Michael Meade, Robert Moss and Bill Plotkin have inspired her to approach teaching from the present moment, utilizing what is present in the room, in the body, in the surroundings in the group that shows up. Even before living a decade and a half in a rustic log cabin in southern Appalachia,…

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Kimberly Cahill

Kimberly Ann Cahill has had a full-time practice as a spiritual healer and workshop teacher since 1992. Kimberly’s dedication to her family, passion for life and for awakening enables her to help others through their healing and transformation. She holds the feminine aspects of God close to the heart of her work. Kimberly’s ability to work with essential levels with compassionate, grounded and practical insight, enables clients and students to understand and address their deeper issues. She is a graduate of A Society of Souls®, a four-year professional-level training in Integrated Kabbalistic Healing®: Kimberly is also a graduate of The…