2019 Women’s Wellness Weekend Presenters and Teachers

Below is an alphabetical list of 2019 Women’s Wellness Presenters and Teachers, scroll down to see their complete biographies.


  • Kristin Bergstrom
  • Debbie Birch
  • Priscilla Bright, MA
  • Ellenora Cage
  • Alice Camara
  • Kathryn Costa
  • Dorian D’Ausilio
  • Priscilla DiConti
  • Bobbi Esmark
  • Lana Gokey
  • Faith Green
  • Myra Howard
  • Terry James
  • Rifka Kreiter
  • Kate Lynch
  • Cheryl McKereghan
  • Ashley Minard
  • Lisa Montanus
  • Angel Ortloff
  • Samantha Paige-Graeber
  • Eva Price
  • Claudia Ross
  • Alison Ryczek
  • Judith Schafman
  • Lisa Schnapper
  • Sharon Suess
  • Aviva Skye Tilson


Kristin Bergstrom, NY State Licensed Massage Therapist

Practicing Massage Therapy for over 15 years – therapeutic Massage for a sense of well-being using Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Ayurvedic, Energy Work, and Hot Stone Techniques to relax, renew, and release restrictions in the body for relaxation, health, and balance. Kristin will be providing private sessions by appointment. Please see her station in the dining hall for more information


Debbie Birch

Debbie Birch is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant. She began her career in health and fitness when she received her Pilates training at North Carolina School of the Arts while studying to be a professional dancer.  She went to New York City where she performed in several Broadway Musicals and National Tours.  At the same time, she taught an array of fitness classes at Broadway Dance and Manhattan Plaza Health Club.  She also served as a personal trainer to many performers and celebrities. Debbie was the Activities Director, instructor and personal trainer at New Age Health Spa before developing Catskill Organic, a company dedicated to developing healthy alternatives to aging gracefully and maintaining a youthful appearance using organic plant-based products. Currently, Debbie is the Director and Certified Personal Trainer of the Wellness Center at Ellenville Regional Hospital. Devoted to the fitness and wellness industry since 1985, Debbie is a published writer, blogger, trains clients in the Sullivan and Ulster County areas and promotes her line of organic skin care products.  Please “Friend” her on Facebook and go to her website www.catskilorganic.com to gain access to her informative blogs and learn more about her products.


Priscilla Bright, MA 
(MPH in Health Behavior – Boston U. School of Medicine)

(Lead facilitator of Women’s Wellness Weekend)

Priscilla Bright, MA, lead facilitator of Women’s Wellness Weekend, is on the faculty of the Omega Institute & the NY Open Center.  She completed the Positive Neuroplasticity Training Professional Course with Dr. Rick Hanson in Ireland and is the Former School Dean of the renowned international Barbara Brennan School of Healing where she worked training healers from over 40 countries.  Her private energy healing practice is in NYC and online, and she runs her workshops in NYC and the Hudson Valley and online, teaching skills for profound inner healing and stress reduction for women and for all people with empathetic sensitive natures, as well as healers from all health professions. priscilla@priscillabright.com  845-417-8261 (phone or text)


Ellenora Cage

From relaxation to specialty massage (abdominal, uterine, myofascial, trigger point etc) that addresses specific needs, Ellenora Cage has been providing clients with a wonderful experience for over 10 years. Elle is an NYS licensed massage therapist who specializes in women’s health and well being.  She is devoted to providing a warm, comfortable and relaxing environment to help leave behind the cares of the day and slip into a state of peaceful bliss. Using aromatherapy, organic oils and warmth in the massage help to bring your body into a state of deep relaxation.  For more information about me, my website is: moonmindbodyworks.com


Alice Camara, L.Ac

Alice has been a practicing acupuncturist for 30 years. She is nationally certified (NCCAOM) and is licensed in NY state. Alice incorporates foot reflexology, organ massage, and structural acupressure into her treatments. Alice has been initiated in the Second Degree of Reiki healing and will be offering acupuncture treatments throughout the weekend.


Kathryn Costa

Kathryn Costa is an artist, writer and educator whose passion can be summed up in three little words, “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams and explore their creativity. Kathryn has opened the door to creative joy to thousands of people from 175 countries in her workshops, eCourses, YouTube videos, and book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” www.truenortharts.com


Dorian D’Ausilio

Dorian loves to dance. She has been teaching Zumba since 2009. She brings excitement and fun to her classes where everyone is welcome. She believes there are no wrong steps and the goal is to enjoy moving to the music. She is certified to teach Zumba, Zumba® Toning, Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Sentao®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Gold® Toning, Zumba® Kids & Kids Jr. Come join her for Zumba Gold fun!  She teaches Zumba every Saturday morning at 8:30 AM at The Art of Healing, 64 Gleneida Ave. Carmel, N.Y. 10512. Try a class if you live nearby, everyone is welcome! https://www.zumba.com/en-US/profile/dorian-d-ausilio/42614  Dorian also has a passion for technology. She works at IBM as a client experience strategist, and she shows new inventions at events around the world. She is a trained musician with a Bachelors degree in Film Scoring from Berklee School of Music and a Masters degree in Communications from Manhattanville College. She also studied audio engineering and musicianship, and vocal training in NYC. Her children’s recording, “Lullaby’s for Starry Nights” was released nationally on the Baby Boom label and she wrote and sang music for popular television shows in her early career.


Priscilla DeConti, CZT, RN

Priscilla DeConti, CZT, and retired RN, has created a new life with her art and learning new ways of being creative.  She began Zentangle on her own and went for training in June of last year.  Now she enjoys the practice of Zentangle and other creative arts and also enjoys sharing this with others.


Bobbi Esmark

Bobbi Esmark has been practicing tai chi and qigong for nearly 25 years. She teaches in the mid-Hudson Valley in Stone Ridge, NY and at the Mohonk Preserve. Bobbi is a fine artist whose interest is in nature and the nature of being human. If you wish to contact Bobbi, her phone number is 845-399-1033.


Lana M Gokey, BS, LMT; CST

Current owner/operator of Crispin Hair Design & Spa, located in Lake Placid, NY 12914.

I have been licensed in Massage Therapy for over 14 years, with emphasis on Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Connective Tissue Release, Lymphatic Drainage and Reflexology.  In addition, I have studied CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Somato-Emotional Release (SER) through the Upledger Institute.  With advanced training in CST & SER, I have been a Teaching Assistant for CST I; a Preceptor for Advanced CST courses, and have taken numerous advanced CranioSacral and Somato-Emotional Release courses, including an advanced anatomy lab at the New England School of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine.   My clientele encompasses children, adults, athletes, medical professionals and others.  I am pleased to participate in the Women’s Wellness Weekend Retreat and look forward to assisting you in achieving your specific wellness goals. www.crispinspa.com. Phone: 518-523-9736 Email: lmg86@cornell.edu


Faith Green

Faith Green was a special education teacher for nearly 40 years. Now she’s retired and enjoys travel and writing. She has been a SoulCollage facilitator since 2015. Faith participated in a facilitator training in Tuscania, Italy where she learned new ways to use writing with SoulCollage.


Myra Howard, LMT

Myra Howard is the owner of Chi Moshi Massage Studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She graduated from the Swedish Institute and received her license as a New York State Massage Therapist in 2002, with additional certifications in Myofacial Release and Pre/Postnatal Massage. Myra is also a Certified Lactation Counselor. Chi Moshi is a community-based practice offering comprehensive therapeutic treatments to help relieve pain, stiffness and stressed areas caused by injury. Myra utilizes a variety of techniques and modalities to improve range of motion and muscle function to maximize optimal health. Myra’s massage experience includes customized consultations on maintenance and healthy lifestyle choices. Her clientele describes her as highly skilled, intuitive, attentive, thorough, warm and knowledgeable. “I love my profession! As a student of bodywork, I am passionate about exploring progressive approaches to improve my client’s experience. Oftentimes, injuries are deeper than they appear. My training and intuition enable me to identify, treat and manage these symptoms.” Phone number: 718-230-8700  Email: myra@chimoshi.com Website:  chimoshi.com


Terry James

Terry is excited to introduce glass etching to Women’s Wellness Weekend.  She has run several different arts and crafts programs for Frost Valley for the past 15 years through both Day Camp and the School’s Out Programs.  She loves creating things with both children and adults.  Terry has attended Women’s Wellness Weekend for 6 years now, and is always looking for a ways to give back to this fantastic community.

Rifka Kreiter

Rifka is a teacher/facilitator with over 40 years of experience in a wide range of meditation techniques and practices, including mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and Western syntheses like the est Training.   (I also hold an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. )  She has led sessions at Women’s Wellness Weekend for more than 10 years now where meditations in the beautiful Castle Living Room are always especially rich.  Check out stories from her memoir, Home Free: Adventures of a Child of the Sixties on her blog: rifkakreiter.comCome meditate!


Kate Lynch

Kate Lynch has been teaching yoga and meditation and cultivating community since 2002. She endeavors in each class to create safe, inclusive space for self nurturing and unfolding. Her core values are empathy, integrity, equity and respect. Kate offers accessible variations and encourages nonjudgmental awareness. Her classes have been called welcoming, friendly, creative, intuitive, and fun. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.  


Cheryl McKereghan

Cheryl McKereghan received her interdisciplinary yoga instructor certification from Omega Institute in 1997.  She is also an NYS licensed massage therapist and aesthetician with a private practice in Park Slope Brooklyn.  Cheryl teaches a variety of classes at the 2 Ys in Park Slope including prenatal yoga, mom and baby yoga, yin and restorative, gentle hatha and vinyasa.  www.cherylmckereghan.com


Ashley Minard

Ashley Minard is the founder of Hoop For A Better Tomorrow, a certified hula hoop instructor, and has been hula hooping and teaching for over 10 years. Living in Northern Dutchess County, NY, she offers local weekly adult hula hoop classes and will travel to teach private lessons, workshops & activities at your next event or adult birthday party and also hand makes hula hoops for all ages. Please contact Ashley for more infromation at hoopforabettertomorrow@gmail.com or (845)444-2792.


Lisa Montanus

Lisa Montanus began her journey into sound healing in 2011, when she became a student at the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies in Vermont.  She was drawn to sound after personally experiencing its power to heal. Lisa has studied with several renowned teachers and has developed her own unique practice, using voice, Himalayan and crystal bowls, and drums, among other tools. Her passion is creating sound spaces for people to connect with their own healing wisdom.   If you wish to contact Lisa, she can be reached at lmontanus@gmail.com, or 845-901-0445.


Angel Ortloff

Angel Ortloff is an LMT practicing at her home and at River Rock Spa in Woodstock New York. For the last 10 years, she has been offering therapeutic modalities according to clients preferences and need. For more information, please go to angelortloff.com.


Samantha Paige-Graeber

Samantha Paige-Graeber is a widely educated, multi-talented healer. She is an NYS Licensed Massage Therapist with 30 years of experience, who uses her active continuing education in massage, yoga, energy work, and bodywork to create a healing experience that is unique to each individual and session. Her large toolbox of information and experience allows her to understand the client’s physical and energy needs, and respond to them with astute insight.  She offers a full range of techniques that span from deep tissue work for a backache to gentle hands-on energy work for assorted ailments and can include such approaches as hot stones for sinus headaches, the use of trigger points, and neck and leg manipulation.  Combining these varied approaches, Samantha consistently addresses the unique needs of her clients in a kind and deeply caring way. The results are always relaxing, balancing, grounding and healing.


Eva Price

“May your hands always be busy” is Eva’s motto. She has always loved using a creative eye to look at what might be an ordinary object and turn it into something quite extraordinary. Whether refinishing a piece of furniture or creating her “Dingle Daisy” charms, she feels that creating is a form of therapy that keeps us all happy from the inside out.


Claudia Ross, LMT

Claudia Ross is the Owner/Operator of Claudia’s Day Spa, New Paltz, NY. She has been studying and practicing the art and science of massage since the mid 70’s. As a National Board Certified and State Licensed Massage Therapist, she strives for deep relaxation during treatments.  This helps the client connect with the place where regeneration and self-healing exist.  In her practice she is continually recognized as a Healer… but she believes we are all Healers and that her work aids that process.  During the Women’s Wellness Weekend she will be offering Reflexology, Reiki, Swedish, Ayurvedic Facial and/or Body Massage. For a full list of her services please visit. www.newpaltzmassage.com. She looks forward to connecting and exchanging physical {handshakes…hugs}, mental  {ideas…needs} and spiritual {beliefs…divine} energies!


Alison Ryczek

Alison has been practicing pottery for 15 years. She uses ceramics methods such as hand building and slab work, but her main focus is on traditional wheel thrown pottery. She loves to create pottery that is not only functional but also a piece of art. Alison works out of her home studio which is local to Frost Valley. She loves every one of her pottery creations, but her finest work has been her daughter, Ruby. You can find her art at http://www.alisonryczek.com.


Dr. Judith Schafman, Ph.D.

Judith Schafman, Ph. D. is a Gestalt therapist, artist, dream work guide, teacher and spiritual director offering medicines for the heart and soul, including dream work, imaginative self-expression, connecting deeply with nature through art, and self-contemplation. The foundation of her work is that all individuals have at their core great wisdom and creativity, and can discover and live from this sacred power within.

Jude received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph. D. from Union Graduate School, a nontraditional degree program without walls based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received certification in classical spiritual direction from Shalem, Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington DC, and attending the Gestalt Training Centers in San Diego and in Washington, DC. Her work is deeply saturated by a 15-year stay in a meditation retreat site, where she offered service and did regular spiritual practices. She is the author of an online course called Embracing your Inner Wisdom: A Home Study Classroom in Dream Work, and articles on dream life, including how to begin your dream practice, the dark side of personality in dreams, dreaming in the heavenly realms, and how to apply dream lessons to daily life.

She offers teleconference courses, lectures, and Skype sessions in dream and awareness work, and psychological/spiritual counseling. See www.judithschafman.com for further information on how to work with Jude. 


Lisa Jayne Schnapper, BHSP, MA

A graduate of the internationally acclaimed four-year program at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Lisa Jayne combines her passion for healing with her background in the Performing Arts.  As a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, she supports clients to make deep self-contact—to heal old beliefs, uncover longings, channel creative energies and move toward wholeness.  For private healing sessions in NYC and Larchmont, NY, contact Lisa at 646-470-7203 or at healing@LJHealingArts.com Watch All About Lisa, her comedies of healing and growth, at www.AllAboutLisa.com


Sharon Suess

Sharon has been teaching this watercolor class since the inception of WWW. She was formerly the graphic designer for Frost Valley before she retired in 2008. She still does freelance design, and now has more time for painting, drawing and other creative endeavors.


Aviva Skye Tilson

Aviva Skye Tilson is a farmer, community herbalist, and skincare maker who owns Apis Apotheca, a farm-to-face herbal skincare company.  She also helps operate Kaaterskill Herb Exchange in Woodstock NY, an herb shop that specializes in sourcing high potency locally grown medicinal herbs, both fresh in season and dried year round. 


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