2018 Women’s Wellness Weekend Presenters and Teachers

Below is an alphabetical list of 2018 Women’s Wellness Presenters and Teachers, scroll down to see their complete biographies.

  • Rebecca Anguin-Cohen
  • Fre Atlast
  • Kristin Bergstrom
  • Debbie Birch
  • Priscilla Bright, MA
  • Alice Camara, L.Ac
  • Katherine Costa
  • Priscilla DeConti, RN
  • Bobbi Esmark
  • Ashley Gannon
  • Lea Garnier
  • Eva Geisler
  • Lana Gokey
  • Lee Harrington
  • Myra Howard, LMT
  • Terry James
  • Rifka Kreiter
  • Kate Lynch
  • Kathleen Mandeville
  • Angel Ortloff
  • Danita Otruba
  • Samantha Paige-Graeber, LMT
  • Claudia Ross, LMT
  • Alison Ryczek
  • Marianne Saturno
  • Dr. Judith Schafman, Ph. D.
  • Lisa Schnapper
  • Sharon Suess

Rebecca Anguin-Cohen

Rebecca Anguin-Cohen has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and received teaching certification from master Kripalu instructors at the NY Open Center. She has studied with a range of leading teachers to integrate the mind-body connection to offer practices that affect energy and emotions in group and private classes. She is a sub and workshop teacher at MindBodySoul Yoga, a teacher for local outdoor community classes, and a level II Reiki healer practicing on both people and animals.

Rebecca works in advertising and counters the stress with yoga, meditation, and tai chi practiced with groups in her neighborhood of Washington Heights in upper Manhattan. Her love of nature grounds her spiritual path—which is one of many reasons why she has so enjoyed teaching at Women’s Wellness since 2006!


Fre Atlast

Fre Atlast is a multi-instrumental performer, producer, resident teaching artist, composer, foley artist, community activist, Street Priestess, and founder of The Elders Drum Project. Her home base is the TRANSnDANCEnDRUM Center at 415 Main St. Rosendale, NY.  www.eldersproject.org


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.


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)


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.


Katherine Costa

Kathryn Costa is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art” and the host of the 100 Mandalas Challenge. She has taught thousands of people from all over the world how to draw mandalas from her book, workshops, and popular YouTube videos. www.100mandalas.com.  Kathryn Costa is the author of  “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” Learn more about her Mandala Workshops, Retreats, and eCourses: www.100mandalas.com/events


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.


Lea Garnier

Lea Garnier has worked in the healing arts for over 20 years and is an accomplished practitioner in this field.  She has over 15 years experience as an Upledger trained Craniosacral Therapist who integrates Sound Healing into her private practice at Sage Center for the Healing Arts in Woodstock NY, a center she co-founded in 2007 and co-directs.  She also gives weekly group sound healing sessions at Sage Center.

In 2008 she became a certified yoga instructor and specializes in teaching the integration of sound awareness (nada yoga) with gentle asana in a yoga class setting.  In 2010 she co-founded and continues to co-organize the Annual Sound Healing Retreat Intensive and the annual Yoga of Sound Retreat which take place at Menla Mountain Retreat Center, and caters to an international audience of practitioners working in the healing arts. www.sageacademyofsoundenergy.com


Eva Geisler

Eva Geisler is an artist and musician based in Beacon, NY.  She received her degree in Art Therapy which led her to a decade-long explorations of the visual arts. Eva has recently reconnected with her lifelong passion for music and she’s currently using sound as a self-inquiry for healing.  She is currently assisting fellow sound practitioners in sound baths and ceremonies.


Ashley Gannon

Ashley Gannon is a certified hula hoop instructor, a 6-year veteran self-taught hula hooper and founder of Hoop for a Better Tomorrow, a community organization which works to empower the women of the Hudson Valley through the power of the hula hoop.  She is also an NYS certified math teacher with a passion for helping kids build their self-confidence, stay active and follow their dreams.  This passion has led her directly into starting her hoop business and helping women of all ages.    Currently, she is teaching hoop dance fitness classes and workshops to people of all ages and genders, and handcrafts the hula hoops to perfectly “fit” her students (height, weight, age, ability etc..) as well as reflect their personality through colors and designed tape decorations.  She also brings her hula hoop programs to athletic, after-school and summer programs for kids, and even does hoop birthday parties.


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



Lee Harrington

Lee Mirabai Harrington is an internationally-acclaimed kirtan vocalist and mantrayana practitioner who leads kirtans and mantra workshops at festivals, dharma centers, and retreat centers worldwide. She believes we all have the power to heal ourselves–and others–through the practices of chanting, mantra, and singing. Her award-winning debut album of mantra music, BEYOND THE BEYOND, was released with Spirit Voyage in 2016.

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


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 professionally since 2002. She offers a flowing, gentle, safe and accessible practice, to beginners and beyond, usually at the Y in Brooklyn, NY. Her intention is to encourage each practitioner’s self-awareness and inner peace by teaching in a breath-centered, mindful way. Kate’s classes have been called creative, intuitive, welcoming, friendly and fun.
Contact info for Kate: kate@healthyhappyyoga.com
Online: https://www.facebook.com/katelynchyoga/ or http://healthyhappyyoga.com/ 


Kathleen Mandeville

Kathleen Mandeville is the Founder/Director of IgniVox Productions whose mission is dedicated to spiritual, regional and environmental witness through the arts. She also serves as Executive Director of Sacred Music NY, an organization which fosters social change through an immersive celebration of spiritual music. As an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York & a producer, Kathleen has long been engaged with the creation of community through the integration of performance, landscape, program, hospitality, and ceremony.  She is honored to have co-created the Red Thread Ceremony with her partner, Fre Atlast.
IgniVox Productions website: www.ignivox.net Phone: 845.417.5430 Email: kathleenmandeville@gmail.com


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.


Danita Otruba

Danita has been practicing architecture since 1985 and is the founder of both Butt Otruba-O’Connor Architects and Danita Otruba Architect.  She is licensed in NY, Connecticut, NJ, Virginia and North Carolina.  Danita served as the first woman president of the American Institute of Architects and is currently a member of the US Green Building Council.  She holds a masters certificate in Feng Shui and is an educator in Green Living principals.


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.


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.


Marianne Saturno, NYSLMT

Marianne is a Licensed Massage Therapist working for the past 13 years helping people heal, working primarily as an in-home Massage Therapist and on-call basis – as well as working for Bear Mountain Spa, Awakenings Spa, and Salon and Waters Edge Salon and Spa. She focuses on clients needs and intuitively listens to the body and what it is asking for, knowing where to go and how much pressure is needed.  She is also certified  Reiki practitioner, using her intuitive nature for the healing process as well.   Her ultimate goal is to make her client feel relaxed and better than they did when she started.  She is a free spirit and one who spreads positive energy to all she comes in contact with.


Dr. Judith Schafman, PhD

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.

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