Guest Teachers

Isabelle Fortier 

Ego to Eco Theater, Faculty

Isabelle Fortier is an interdisciplinary artist (dance improvisation, physical theatre, and performance). She studied in theatre and development at Concordia University, in psycho body therapy (EQFP). She worked in a College for almost ten years as spiritual and community life facilitator where she founded the Collective Research for Intercultural Creation, an approach to help mend intercultural differences with the use of theatre.Read more...

She has presented her work at different venues in Québec and in Paris at the World Congress of IDEA. For the past 20 years, she also keeps on doing her dance improvisation. She has studied in Argentina and California to develop physical theatre, contact improvisation and human development through dance. She also studied Butoh in Spain and Mexico.

 

She is the fonder of Égo/Éco an artistic project taking place on an organic farm exploring the link between human and the earth. Her work is based on ecopsychology, through the Work That Reconnect of Joanna Macy, meditation and In Situ art. She focus on the notion of interdependency trough embodiement. Where is the limit between me and the environment? How to develop this consciousness that we are all interconnected? How to feel deeply that I belong to the earth?

 

The project in images  https://vimeo.com/203546582

 

[email protected]

www.egoeco.ca 

Laura Ahrens

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

My teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on practice. In my work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of our becoming more human.Read more...

I am most interested in teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, I co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.

My current work is a melding of all the different truths of moving and living through yoga  that I have had the privilege of learning. My teaching is an approach to practice and is not style focused. My classes and other offerings prioritize depth of breath, corecentrity of action, and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution.

I hold a 200 hour certification in hatha vinyasa, 200 hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. I hold a BFA from The University of the Arts, where I honed my own use of story and song, which since ancient times have served as instruments of connection and community.

My teachers have paved my path, and I am forever grateful to them and to the teachers of the teachers.

Annakathryn Carlson

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

Annakathryn fell in love with yoga over 13 years ago. She was immediately dedicated to the practice and its effects on her body, mind and spirit. Teaching since 2009, Anna has studied in depth with many different schools of yoga, alignment-focused Iyengar, energetic Prana Flow, disciplined Ashtanga, and theraputic Restorative. She draws on her creativity and broad experience to compose classes that meld form and intuitive flow. Read more...

Her precise alignment cueing and intelligent sequencing offer a therapeutic and balanced practice to guide each practitioner to their fullest potential. Anna teaches a variety of class ‘styles’ but her objective is always the same; to share her love of yoga and safely deliver a meditative practice that leaves participants feeling revitalized, freeing them from the mental clutter in their minds and the physical tension in their bodies. annakyoga.com 

Sisa Rojas

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

A mother, wife, and yoga student, Alissa (Sisa) Rojas practices transmutational healing through Chinese Medicine, yoga, superfoods, alchemical cuisine, and love. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.  Sisa is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and NCCAOM certified in herbology and biomedicine.

Bio-Kristen-Andrews-webKristen Andrews

Ecological Leadership, Faculty

Kristen Andrews seeks to be where education, ecological design and social justice synergistically intersect.  In this realm, she engages in practices which cultivate earth connection, gratitude, and reciprocity.

A Vermont certified teacher with 20 years experience teaching (K-12) in public schools, alternative programs, and technical centers,Read more...

Kristen specializes in an arts based approach to the integration of agriculture and nutrition-based learning opportunities across the curriculum. She has taught courses in organic agriculture and integrated farming systems as Green Mountain College and led Farm to School trainings for teachers. For 10 years, she ran a small, diversified organic farm in Lincoln, VT.  Most recently she served as the Director of Just Basics Inc, in Montpelier, VT, a non-profit organization focused on food rescue, hunger alleviation, and community education and currently works as an advocate for people facing homelessness at the John Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes, VT.

Kristen is a graduate of the Wisdom of the Herbs School, in Calais, VT, where she studied medicinal herbology and plant spirit communication. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant and has completed the Family Herbalist Training Program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier, VT.  She holds a B. A. in Chemistry from Williams College, a M. Ed. In Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University and is currently pursuing an M. S. in Natural Resources-Leadership for Sustainability at the University of Vermont.

Anna BlackwellAnna Blackwell

Ecological Leadership, Faculty

Anna Blackwell, Director of The Village Shala ~ Ashtanga Yoga and Wellness Center in Bristol, Vermont, Anna has been a practicing “Ashtangi” for nearly ten years. The practice has become her teacher, and she continues to learn everyday from her wonderful community of students. She has been a bodywork practitioner for 10 years, specializing in therapeutic, deep tissue, and Ayurvedic Abhyanga treatments.  Anna is also a clinical herbalist having completed a three year program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.Read more...

She offers individual consultations, plant walks, and group classes ranging in topic from herbal medicine making, specific body systems, and herbal body care products. She draws knowledge from traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Native American energetics to create personal formulas to address the specific needs of her clients.  Anna loves matching plants to people in need of digestive support, nervous system nourishment, immune system boosting, or anyone looking for a rise in overall vibrant health.

To learn more about Anna, visit The Village Shala.

Cameron DavisCameron Davis

Faculty

Cameron Davis (Cami) is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History. She teaches painting, drawing, and courses on art, ecology and community. Her own work includes painting, performance, installation and community art activist projects exploring issues of conscious perception as fundamental to living sustainably in a warming world. She considers her painting to be her primary conversation from which the wider community projects evolve.Read more...

In 1999 Davis and artist Sally Linder created the community art Temenos Books Project and event For Love of Earth, A Celebration of the Earth Charteras a way to introduce the Earth Charter, an international document that outlines principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. With over 22, 000 participants, Linder designed and painted the Ark of Hope as a holding place for the Temenos Books. They traveled to four continents including Johannesburg South Africa for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Bangalore India for the 2005 International Women’s Conference, and to the Netherlands, for the Earth Charter +5 event, where 8000 children and Queen Beatrix participated in creating books.

Davis continues to collaborate with artists, filmmakers, poets, students and the public including the Quantum Community Project, a participatory ecological event of film, poems, veiled drawings, and yoga practice, created with Metta Earth Institute Co-Director Gillian Kapteyn Comstock.

Davis’ solo and community work addresses climate change. Waxwing Medicine 2006, Messages to Earth 2007, Let Ours Be a Time Remembered 2008, and the Dear World Project 2009, part of the Human=Landscape, Aesthetics for a Carbon Restrained Future exhibition at Burlington City Arts, Burlington, Vermont, were all responses to 350.org climate activist events.

In 2013 Davis created 12 large scaled paintings titled Endless Spring as the stage set for the Emergent Universe Oratorio composed by Sam Guarnaccia. The work represented a three-year collaboration between Sam Guarnaccia, Paula Guarnaccia and Davis collaborating with writers on the Oratorio’s content to articulate a “new story” of shared purpose and emergent possibility at the threshold of the Anthropocene era, where human’s impact is now the major evolutionary driver of Earth’s future. They worked closely with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim using the book and film, Journey of the Universe by Brian Swimme and Tucker, as the framework for the Oratorio.

Currently Davis is working with Ben Bach, Cinematographer, and Fletcher Bach, Creative Technologist, on The Orchard Project: video sketches for the 2015 exhibition, Eyes on the Land, 14 Artists Paired with 14 Vermont Land Trust Properties, Pizzagali Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne Vermont.

To learn more about Cami, visit her website camidavis.com.

Emily French

Faculty

Emily French is a clinical and traditional herbalist working with a wide range of clients and medicines. Her work revolves around her love for reconnecting people with the sophisticated art and science of plant-based healing that we’ve all known, somewhere in our bones, for thousands of years.Read more...

She is a passionate and intuitive clinician, educator, wildcrafter, farmer and medicine maker, and is proud to carry on the age-old medicine  tradition that has been passed down from her grandmothers’  grandmothers and grandfathers’ grandfathers.

With over 4,000 hours of clinical experience, Emily has a broad understanding of both acute and chronic health issues, and how to work with the healing plants to help people move toward balance and vitality.

Emily holds an advanced degree in Clinical Herbalism from the Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine, a degree in Holistic Medicine & Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, served as Farm to Cafeteria Director of the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, and has served on the Council of the Northeast Herbal Association.

She is the founder of Sweetgrass Herbals and a co-founder of The Hawthorn Center

Liesje Smith

Faculty

Clients come to Liesje because of her experienced and integrated understanding of the body and mind as they are reflected in posture and movement.Read more...

Using hands-on repatterining, movement education and deep sensitive touch, Liesje helps restore greater aliveness and mobility in places that have become dormant, relieving long standing patterns of pain. Her refined and dedicated study of Somatic and Rolf Movement offers clients simple yet effective tools that support greater coordination and enliven movement awareness.

Liesje has worked with professional athletes and dancers, children and adults with movement impairments, mechanics, farmers, yoga practitioners, people who have experienced trauma, people with Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological challenges, people experiencing high stress, people of all ages from 0-100 years, and people wanting a greater relationship with their bodies.

Liesje is a certified Rolfer™, Advanced SourcePoint practitioner, a Somatic Movement Therapist and dancer. Besides maintaining her private practice for over 20 years, helping people refine the structure of their bodies, she also has taught movement in colleges, studios and schools.

She has a degree in dance from Naropa University; a certification from Moving On Center-a school for Somatic Movement Therapy, dance improvisation and performing arts and; structural integration training from Kinesis and The Rolf Institute. She also has studied Chinese Medicine, Energy Healing and SourcePoint. Besides Rolfing, she also currently DJ’s at Dance Tribe and teaches a Functional movement class monthly called Moving for Essence-Dance Rolf Movement.

Her work with people is informed by Rolf Movement®, Body and Earth, Experiential Anatomy, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Continuum, Soul Motion, Skinner Release, Embodyoga, Qi Gong, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine and SourcePoint. Liesje has been working in the healing and moving arts for 28 years.

– See more at: http://liesjesmith.com/about-liesje/#sthash.cuQhGF8k.dpuf

Jen Lazar

Jen is excited to serve as 350Vermont’s Volunteer Organizer. She has spent the past twelve years creating and convening spaces for changemakers in Vermont and across the U.S. She is one of the co-founders of the Field Academy, a traveling high school which brings together students and teachers to study critical issues related to climate change across the United States, as well as an organizer with Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!). Jen loves to host brunch, play Capture the Flag, and build fires. She believes deeply in the creative heart of building community and healing powers of good food.

Joni White-Hansen

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

Joni White-Hansen is a lover of dance, yoga, play, nature, art, community and an adventurer of the inner landscapes of the body, mind and spirit. Joni is a JourneyDance Facilitator, Yoga Dance Teacher, Art and Enrichment Educator and Circus Artist in Residence. Joni finds joy while inspiring others to tap into their divine, beautiful and playful selves;Read more...

encouraging one’s own inquiry in discovering their true magnificence and authenticity. Passionate in celebrating connection of the heart while becoming deeply embodied, Joni invites vitality and joy while creating sacred space through dance. She believes weaving ritual and intention through dance offers opportunities for transformation and self awakening, inviting gateways for the heart and body to enter into a deep creative process. 

Image 2Catherine Clark

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

Catherine Clark is the owner of Brooklyn General Store. She is the force behind the scenes, carefully choosing all the shops products, curating displays and making sure everything works.  From the age of 5, Catherine has been a devoted knitter, sewer, and crafter.Read more...

Catherine graduated from Bowdoin College with a major in Visual Art concentrating in figurative sculpture and collage.  After graduation, she moved to NYC and after several years working on sculpture during the day and at a Birth Center at night, Catherine began her journey towards becoming a Midwife.  In 1995, Catherine received her Midwifery degree and has been practicing ever since. Throughout High School, College and Graduate school, Catherine designed and knit garments both for friends and family and for sale at local shops in Maine and NYC. One summer while in college, she knit and sold string bikinis while biking across the country.

In 2002, just after the birth of her 3rd child, Catherine opened Brooklyn General Store in the first floor of her house. Not the smartest timing but she made it work. In 2006, the Frank’s Department Store across the street became available and the walls of shelves and rolling ladders were just too irresistible and Brooklyn General moved in.  Today, Catherine juggles her passion for women’s health with her love of craft and the beautiful materials that inspire their creation.  Bluebird Midwifery is her private Midwifery practice and now lives in the space that used to be Brooklyn General.

As the owner of a busy yarn and fabric shop, Catherine has learned to be a maker of many things. She has tried her hand at felting, spinning, dying, sewing, quilting and crochet but knitting is her main craft and she spends most of her crafting time in that medium. She is also the creator of several designs behind the BGS brand. Catherine has taught knitting to all ages and levels and particularly loves inspiring young teens to focus and find peace through knitting. For Catherine, knitting is more than making something…it is the feel of the wool, the smell of the wool, the sense that the wool has history.  Her favorite yarns are those that you can squish your face into and smell the animal that grew it.

Gillian ComstockGillian Kapteyn Comstock

Faculty

Gillian Kapteyn Comstock, Co-Director of Metta Earth Institute, Inc., is dedicated to creating sanctuaries for others to experience vibrant presence. With a passion for discovering the wild in mind, body, and earth, she has led yoga retreats, wilderness quests, and trainings in nature sanctuaries around the world.Read more...

A yoga practitioner for more than 30 years and long time yoga guide, she is certified in Kripalu, Jivamukti, and Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga. She is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and serves on the Green Yoga Council. As a holistic psychotherapist in private practice for nearly 20 years, Gillian also offers mentoring, quest guiding, and leadership trainings. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Human Ecology, and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Inspired by wholesome service, her teaching is infused with ways to find balance and a deepening quietude.

For nearly two decades she has been a participant in the Assisi Institute community, which engages in a highly dynamic interdisciplinary investigation of Jungian psychology, creative process, mythology, and the new sciences. Gillian also holds a permaculture design certificate. As a mother of three adult children and grandmother of four, she weaves family and community sustainability with the contemplative path.

Russell ComstockRussell Comstock

Faculty

Russell Comstock, Co-Director of Metta Earth Institute, Inc., has given his life to living, learning, and loving. As stepfather for thirty years, Russell is dedicated to fathering, family, and community life. Always moved by the soul of earth, he holds an MA in Contemplative and Ecological Leadership and a BA in Human Ecology.Read more...

A practitioner of yoga for more than twenty years, he is certified in both Interdisciplinary and Jivamukti Yoga, and brings to all his teaching a spirit of embodied devotion. Russell is a founding member of the Green Yoga Association and serves on the Green Yoga Council. With extensive experience directing programs in wilderness, adventure, and experiential education, Russell integrates a steady intention to help humans connect more compassionately with earth and with each other.

He has trained as a quest and wilderness guide with Earth Rise Foundation, School of Lost Borders, and Outdoor Leadership Training Seminars. He has been a nationally certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) for many years, and now maintains a Wilderness First Responder certification. He has recently completed a handbook called: Metta Earth Yoga – Contemplative Ecological Practices for a Sustainable Future.

Ross ConradRoss Conrad

Re-Skilling, Faculty

Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper, father of apitherapy, and founder of Champlain Valley Apiaries in Vermont. Former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, Conrad is the author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches To Modern Apiculture (Published by Chelsea Green, 2007), and has written numerous articles on organic farming, natural healing, and health issues.Read more...

His 12-year-old small sideline beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies his friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in the spring.

To learn more about Ross, visit his website Dancing Bee Garden’s.

Jay Leshinski

Ecological Leadership, Faculty

 Jay has a master’s degree in Education and Human Development from the University of Maryland. While there, he began an organic market garden influenced by his visits to the Rodale Organic Research Center and Walnut Acres organic farms in nearby Pennsylvania. After moving to Vermont in 1975, Read more...

Jay continued to expand the market garden business and combine it with his work for private and public educational programs in Vermont. He collaborated with foundations and schools to develop programs for school gardens, agriculture centered curriculum, and staff training to more effectively use local food products in Head Start nutrition programs. Jay has advised the Farm since it’s beginning in 2003.

Janet FredericksJanet Fredericks

Ecological Leadership, Faculty

Janet Fredericks is a practicing visual artist for 40 years who has her home and studio in Lincoln, Vermont.  A Vermont Council on the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient, Janet exhibits internationally and is in many corporate and private collections.  Janet’s current work expresses her continuing interest in the natural environment. With wonderment at its intelligence, interconnectedness and complexities JanetRead more...

offers insight into our relationship to what is common and extraordinary in the world around us. Mysterious and sensory, her drawings and paintings are at once maps and conversations, tracings ofexperience of a deeper communion that begins with her reverent awareness of her native surroundings. Janet is also co-founder of Magicians Without Borders with her husband Tom Verner. Together they perform around the world for children of all ages bringing love, laughter and hope into difficult lives.

To learn more about Janet, visit her website janetfredericks.com.

Mark Krawczyk

Ecological Leadership, Faculty

Mark Krawczyk is a permaculture designer, traditional woodworker, natural builder and community organizer based in New Haven, VT.  After spending nearly four years traveling the continent and beyond, accumulating skills and experience, he re-settled in Vermont to search for a place to call home and make a positive impact.Read more...

He and his partner Ammy are now immersed in the development of their homestead and farm, Valley Clayplain Forest Farm, just a few miles north of the town of Middlebury.

Mark owns and operates Keyline Vermont – a permaculture design/consulting business, RivenWoodCrafts – a traditional woodcraft company, and is a founding member of the community group Burlington Permaculture.  In his free time, he works building a resilient landscape for future generations to enjoy.

Learn more about Mark, visit his website Keyline Vermont.

Marc Lapin

The Work That Reconnects, Faculty

Marc Lapin is a conservation ecologist with a passion for wild nature and connecting spirituality with science and teaching. He integrates nature observation, deep ecology, ten years of mentoring by Joanna Macy and 30 years of Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice into conservation consulting, college and community teaching, and simple living.Read more...

 As faculty in the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Program, Marc is one of the campus leaders in contemplative pedagogy. Marc lives in Cornwall, VT with his family. He can often be found wandering the woods and wetlands of the northern forest where he gains inspiration to help share opportunities for all people to reawaken to our fundamental interconnectedness and inter-being, in the hope that we all participate in the healing of our world.

Jon Turner

Jon Turner operates Wild Roots Farm Vermont, an educational landscape focused on ecological design and regenerative practices, while producing organic vegetables, berries, pastured poultry and mushrooms.  He is the founder and former president of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont, a chapter of a national non-profit dedicated to assisting veterans transition into agriculture. Jon currently sits on the board for NOFA-VT and the Addison County Farm Bureau.  More information on the farm and practices can be found at www.wildrootsfarmvermont.com

Brahmani Liebman

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

Brahmani Liebman, MSEd, ERYT-500, loves to share the teachings and practices that have transformed her own life. She is on faculty of the Kripalu School of Yoga & Ayurveda, bringing the 200 hour teacher training to Kripalu Center, Japan and California. As part of the 1,000 hour faculty she co-created the Kripalu Yin Yoga Teacher Training,Read more...

 Brahmani is co-creator of JOURNEY INTO YOGA School of Yoga & Meditation, a nationally registered Yoga Alliance School (YAS), which offers 200 & 300 hour trainings, workshops and yoga and meditation retreats worldwide.
Brahmani brings over 40 years of exploration, studies and experience in yoga, meditation, consciousness & complementary healing modalities. She has studied and taught yoga and meditation with some of America’s  Master teachers in Yoga & Buddhist meditation including Sylvia Boorstein & Sharon Salzberg. Her practice & teaching were also influenced by her studies and trainings with Erich Schiffman & Sarah Powers. She has integrated the teachings and practices of Kripalu Yoga, Yin Yoga and Buddhist studies. Her training as a Transcendental Reiki Master and teacher, certified Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist and certified Multi-Dimensional Living Counselor and her lifelong journey of awakening  informs her work with groups and individuals.
She founded The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health in Dobbs Ferry, New York and was the director for over 20 years.  She has balanced her life of sharing the dharma with her deep commitment to family as a wife, mother and grandmother. Her co-creation of JOURNEY INTO YOGA’s CD, “Awakening the Spirit”, along with her style of leading allows her students to take the teachings home to support their life and personal practice. Brahmani, believing in people’s ability to access their healing and inner knowing, offers tangible and sustainable ways to live a spiritual life. Find out more at www.journeyintoyoga.com 

Hasita Agi NadaiHasita Agi Nadai

Ecological Leadership, Faculty

Hasita Agi Nadai was born in Vienna, Austria, grew up in Italy, and immigrated to the USA in 1953. Her deep connection with Nature started in her early childhood. She has spent most of her life enjoying Nature through mountaineering, trekking, skiing, and canoeing.

The desire to investigate Nature in all its dimensions led her to earn a Master’s Degree in Cell Physiology at Columbia University and,Read more...

 in 1987 to a Master’s Degree in Geology at the City University of NY. She taught and did research in both fields. She recently retired as a project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1987 Hasita became involved in Yoga. She is a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher and  since 1994 she has taught at the Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health for adults and children. She teaches yoga privately and also as a substitute in other centers.

In 1990 she became involved in the Deep Ecology movement. She trained with Joanna Macy and follows the teachings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme where ‘our story’ is the story of the evolving universe. Hasita has created Yogagaia, which is about connecting with our body and to our story, based on science – the story of the Universe. Through asanas, dance and meditations, we reawaken the memory of our Kosmic Journey (Kosmic=matter, body, mind, and spirit). It is a journey filled with miracles, and Yogagaia brings to our consciousness our place in the web of life and how we are all co-creators of the irreversible evolutionary spiral of the universe. Hasita gives Yogagaia workshops to various audiences; at the Loyola Marymount University, Lehman College, and several high schools, at the Green Mountain Monastery, Hebrew Learning Center, and organizes programs such as ‘Yogagaia and Hiking’ in the Italian Alps.

Since 1992 Hasita has been facilitating courses on Deep Ecology, Voluntary Simplicity, and Sustainability, developed by the NW Earth Institute at the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2001 she created the  Green Yoga Sangha in Westchester County, New York, which meets monthly to discuss selective readings to deepen their understanding of the journey of the universe, to learn about their impact on the health of the planet led by the present world economy, and to explore how they can evolve into healing our planet.

Hasita is co-founder of the Green Yoga Association

Since 1994 Hasita has been involved in the energetic healing arts. She is a Reiki Master and is trained in Energy Medicine Healing as taught by Jacque Tombazian.

To learn more about Hasita, visit her website yogagaia.com.

Joelle Ng

Yoga and Meditation, Faculty

Joelle is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and a Yoga Instructor. She is a graduate of the Ishta Yoga (200 hour) and New World Ayurveda (750 hour) programs. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance, the Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America (AAPNA) andRead more...

the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Additional certifications include Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis, Restorative / Yoga Nidra with Mona Anand and Marma therapy with Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla.

Ruby Perry

Program Faculty

Ruby Perry lives with her husband in a 400 square ft cottage in her daughter’s back yard in Burlington. She is a grandmother, a gardener, and compost maker. Community organizing has been the focus of her work for 40 years, bringing together people to figure out what is working and what is not, and finding ways to work together for positive change. She has taught non-violent direct action and civil disobedience and Read more...

has worked to raise awareness of our power to make change, particularly through collective action. She is a permaculture designer, a meditator, a lover of Earth, and pagan at the roots. She is a yoga practitioner, a student of body mind connection, has taught magic and activism in the Reclaiming Tradition, and has been a student of Joanna Macy’s work for 20 years.

She is most interested in how The Work That Reconnects can change – at the roots – how we honor and connect with ourselves, each other and Earth. The WTR framework articulates a way to understand and grow our humanity. She is an activist, who loves to work in the chaos of what is unfolding – in our kitchens, in the streets and in our communities. She is curious about the cultures (or lack of!) that we create as we go about our lives, and is committed to building resilient and regenerative cultures of resistance and change making. Revolutionary Connection is at it’s most powerful when it informs the spirit and culture of our collective action, when we work together to change ourselves at the same time we are working to change, protect, and love our world.

Mikki RavehMikki Raveh

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

Mikki Raveh is a mother, a teacher, who values the importance of stepping outside the everyday and exploring the energetic possibilities of the world that surrounds her. Mikki met Russell and Gillian in 2007 when she spent her first summer in Middlebury. From the moment she visited Metta Earth she fell in love with everything about it and knew that she had to share this sacred place with others — Mikki has been co-creating magical retreats with Gillian and Russell ever since. Read more...

Mikki currently lives in New York City, and spends her summers in Middlebury, where her husband teaches at the Middlebury Language Schools.

She completed her yoga teacher training at Baptiste Power Yoga Institute with her Boston mentor, Gregor Singleton. In the summer time she teaches yoga in Hebrew at the Middlebury Language Schools, studies with Russell, and works closely with Gillian and Russell at Metta Earth. It was in Vermont that she was also first introduced to the Iyengar system, and upon her return to New York City in 2010 Mikki began her practice and study at the Iyengar Institute. Mikki is also inspired by Marco Rajas’ teachings and continues to grow from his influence.

In addition to her yoga training, Mikki was certified in the Pilates method in 2001 through Physical Mind Institute, Power Pilates, and the Pilates Method Alliance. She obtained her Gyrotonic Expansion System® certification in 2003 under the guidance of Master Trainer Maria Rosa Gugielmi. In 2001, Mikki taught in Tel-Aviv, Israel where she worked directly under physical therapist Dror Raz. In 2004 after the birth of her first child, Mikki studied Itsy Bitsy Yoga® (baby and toddler yoga) and in 2006 got trained by Helen Garabedian, Certified Yoga Teacher, Infant Development Movement Educator and founder of Itsy Bitsy Yoga® International.

Aside from her experience in bodywork, Mikki holds a business degree (BS) from Boston University and has over seven years of advertising and marketing experience.

Ossi Raveh

Yoga & Meditation, Faculty

In 1992, Ossi Raveh was a high school student. She was a serious dancer, a gymnast and part of the theater crowd.  While working on the lighting for the schools play Ossi stepped on a weakened section of a catwalk which gave way beneath her.  She fell 40 feet and landed on a concrete floor.  Ossi suffered many major injuries including, a concussion, compound fractures to her wrist and elbow, two broken knees, a pelvis fractured in four paces, broken jaw & sinus bones and shattered teeth.Read more...

After multiple surgeries, weeks in the hospital and many painful hours of rehabilitation Ossi was told she would never dance again, let alone walk without a limp.

Ossi refused to accept this.  In the spring of 1993 she was introduced to Pilates as a form of movement therapy. Pilates was a game changer. Within months Ossi was not only able to walk without a limp, she was able to dance again!  Pilates not only helped her to recover, but it acted as a stepping stone to other movement based modalities. Over the next decade Ossi would become a certified  Pilates instructor through The Pilates Studio, Inc. and also complete her training in the Gyrotonic Expansion System and Gyrokenisis with Julio Horvath. While traveling to Thailand she studied Thai Massage, reflexology and upon her return became a certified Doula.

In 2004, while studying to become a Licensed Massage Therapist,  Ossi took her first Heated Vinyasa Yoga class and has been back to her mat every day since. The pace and fluidity of the heated vinyasa flow helped her build strength, hold on to her flexibility and calm her mind. More importantly it forced an alignment in her body that helped soothe her injuries.   After many years of receiving this multi-faceted practice from many inspiring and incredible teachers Ossi completed her Level 1 and Level 2 yoga teacher training with Baron Baptiste.

Now, with nearly twenty years of teaching various modalities under her belt, Ossi had the desire to take her students further and explore movement beyond the Asana. So she created a flow based on all the modalities she has been teaching and practicing for almost half of her life. It utilizes the core strengthening of Pilates, the spiraling energy of Gyrotonic and the grounding movement, meditation, and heat of yoga. This combination brings a naturally balanced energy to all of her classes and creates a flow that is adaptable to all students.

In the winter of 2014 Ossi brought her flow to the Carroll gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn and opened the Brooklyn Yoga Project. It is not just another yoga studio.  It is an intimate, boutique-style space offering daily heated and low-heat yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings and community gatherings where the eight limbs of yoga are studied, shared and celebrated. It is a safe and personal space to explore, breathe, move and experience all that yoga has to offer.

Ossi truly believes that a yoga practice doesn’t start and stop on your mat. It is something that merges your mind, body and soul and spreads into every part of your life.

To learn more about Ossi, visit Brooklyn Yoga Project.

Marco RojasMarco Rojas

Yoga Teacher, Faculty

Marco is a messenger of yoga. His teachings follow the Krishnamacharya tradition. He trained to be a teacher under the guidance of Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, creators of YogaWorks, in Los Angeles in 2003. For the last twelve years, Marco has cultivated a vital and rewarding yoga experience throughout New York City in studios such as YogaWorks, ISHTA, Pure Yoga, and Equinox. He practices at the Iyengar Institute of New York. To learn more about Marco, visit his website marcorojasyoga.com.

IMG_9715Tom Verner

Faculty

Tom Verner was born in an Irish Catholic coal mining town in Western Pennsylvania under the sign of Aquarius. He has degrees in Philosophy, Literature and a PhD in Psychology. He spent two years in Iran as a Peace Corps Volunteer and seven years in a cloistered monastery meditating, chanting and learning the importance and power of ritual and community.Read more...

Tom has been a practicing clinical psychologist, professor of psychology and literature and a professional magician for forty years.

In 2002, along with his wife Janet, he founded Magicians Without Borders, an NGO that uses the art of magic to entertain, educate and empower many of the most forgotten refugee and orphan children around the world. Tom is a lover of poetry and dreams and for forty years he studied with the psychologist James Hillman and the poet Robert Bly. Tom regularly lectures and conducts workshops and retreats on dreams, creativity, magic, journal work, and poetry. The journal work that Tom will teach at Metta Earth with his wife Janet, he learned from his study with the renowned Jungian Psychologist, Ira Progoff.

To learn more about Tom, visit Magicians Without Borders.