2013 Instructors

Below, find the instructors that will be conducting our workshops in the order they are posted here.


siri shakti

Siri Shakti will be leading our 8:00 am yoga.

Visit Siri here www.shaktihealingtechnology.com

I began studying yoga ten years ago as part of my training in modern dance and fell in love with the experience of knowing my body and myself from the inside out. My classes and healing sessions are meant to provide a space and tools for transformation and healing by deepening inner awareness and forming a conscious connection with the part of us that is already perfect.

I’ve trained as a yoga teacher in Shadow Yoga (Portland, Oregon), Amrit Yoga  (Salt Springs, Florida) and Kundalini Yoga (Rishikesh, India). I’ve also completed yoga therapy trainings in Breath-Centered Yoga and Embodied Asana at theBreathing Project in New York City. My study of yogic philosophy, the Sanskrit language and living in ashram communities informs my teaching and deepens my practice.  I have been blessed with a variety of teachers from several styles of yoga; I bring each of their perspectives to my current practice and teaching of Kundalini Yoga and yoga therapy.

I am a Certified Harmonyum Practitioner through the Universal Force Yoga Center (New York City) and have been practicing the Harmonyum Healing System since 2009.


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Lisa Schrader, the Founder of Awakening Shakti, has impacted the lives of thousands of women over the past 10 years as a workshop leader, author, speaker and coach. Her work has been featured on Oprah, Oxygen and VH1. She is the author of “Kama Sutra 52: A Year’s Worth of the Best Positions for Passion and Pleasure” from Quiver Books. She has a private coaching practice supporting clients worldwide and is certified through the International Coach Federation. For more information, visit her at www.AwakeningShakti.com.

Worksop Session: Lisa will be sharing with us in our Opening Circle time approximately from 10 am – 11 am


cropped-6827969749_b8d3876112_z1.jpgANYA TYUTYUNIK, L Ac., www. anyaspractice.com.   Anya’s learning began in early childhood with a passion for healing wild plants, mushrooms and berries. Her first teachers were Siberian Shamans who showed Anya (then 14 years old in Kiev, Ukraine) how to use herbs, energetics as well as acupuncture points. She is a nationally certified & California licensed acupuncturist, and a Masters’ Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. She specializes in internal medicine, chronic diseases and women’s health. Anya synthesizes many healing techniques into her own style. The secret to her success is insight, experience and devotion to health and well being of her patients.

Workshop Session #1 ~ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


tumblr_m13teqb2751qg1n1cJennifer Schmid, MSN, RN, CNL, received her master’s in science in nursing from University of San Francisco and her doctorate in naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health. She has been featured several times on KMVT-15 and published in Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. An active member of the American Holistic Nursing Association and a passionate patient advocate, Jennifer strives to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary/alternative medicine and empowers her clients with information and choices from the best of both worlds. She maintains a small private practice as a Holistic Nurse Educator in the Silicon Valley and can be reached atjenniferschmidrn@gmail.com.

Workshop Session #1 ~ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


tamarawforwhcTamara Wolfson, LAc, offers Bee Venom Therapy (BVT), in her community acupuncture clinic in Marin County, California. She practices osteo-acupuncture which includes the utilization of counterstrain, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy (trigger point release), soft tissue manipulation, visceral manipulation, lymphatic flow support, articulatory techniques for joints and skeletal manipulation. She has two degrees in Chinese medicine and over 20 years of clinic practice.

Apitherapy has become a core modality in her clinic due to the significant positive changes patients have experienced using bee medicine.  Please visit our Workshop page to learn more about what Tamara will be sharing with us on our day together!

Here is how you can reach Tamara:

Workshop Session #2 ~ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm


Ingrid Bauer is an herbalist, mother, and medical student at the University of California San Francisco. As co-owner of Five Flavors Herbs, she has extensive experience in growing and wild-harvesting medicinal plants, medicine-making, and herbal formulation. Through researching, practicing, and teaching about herbal medicine, Ingrid continues to engage with plants and natural medicine while simultaneously developing her skills as a physician and community health advocate.

Ingrid will be sharing her wonderful Five Flavor Herbs with us in the Vendor Marketplace as well as leading us on a guided herb walk within the bounty of Hidden Villa.

Workshop Session #2 ~ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

To learn more about the products and services that Ingrid offers to the world, please see the following ways to reach her:

(510) 923-0178

Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine


stacey butcherStacey Butcher is a certified 5Rhythms movement/dance teacher, trained by Gabrielle Roth. She is also a Reiki Master/Teacher, Acupressure Practitioner, Shamanic Healer and Priestess. Stacey has been dedicated to the healing arts forover 20 years and has studied with healers and teachers from around the world. Her teaching is infused with passion, deep presence and humor. She is an inspirational facilitator and is skilled at holding space for transformation. Stacey teaches weekly 5Rhythms classes in Mill Valley as well as 5Rhythms workshops in the Bay Area and internationally. She also teaches Reiki and other healing trainings. Stacey is available for private sessions. For more information, please visit www.StaceyButcher.com.  To view her workshop she will be sharing with us, please click here.

Workshop Session #3 ~ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm


Dr.Jennifer Clemons ND, LAc – New Mother, Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist, Educator & Bodyworker will draw upon her personal and professional experiences to share what she has learned. In her workshop there will also be discussion to share together how we can all help each other, to better help ourselves and continue to care well for all those we Love.

Workshop Session #3 ~ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm


Creative Cultures’ unique formulas were created by Kelly Dearie, a mother, teacher, and natural chef who helped heal her husband from two serious diseases deemed kelley-headshotincurable by Stanford doctors. Through Creative Cultures, Kelly’s healing drinks are now sold throughout the bay area, soon to be distributed nationwide. Creative Cultures supports local, organic farms and is committed to sustainable practices like composting, and eco-friendly packaging.

Click here for a list of our amazingly gifted instructors from last year.

Workshop Session #3 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm



Holli McCormick created Practice Joy as a means to share her own personal journey out of a life she did not even realize was less than healthy on all levels.  As she continued to “wake up” to the fact her relationships – including with herself – were less than what she ultimately dreamed of…she realized others might also benefit from her knowledge she has gleaned about living as a woman in a society still dominated by the class structure of Hierarchy.  Her concept with Practice Joy focuses on being a Catalyst to lead others to learn how to accept themselves.  She believes that by learning your past as women and by giving voice to your own experience as a woman, you can learn to rephrase your thoughts – expanding your mind’s abilities to receive and offer love and forgiveness.  This in turn “rephrases”  your body’s wiring…leading you to acceptance of yourself and of others.  This in turn leads to a greater ability to connect to those around you.  This process continually leads you to balance and harmony of both your internal and external worlds…changing the dance of the world…brining healing to your corner of the Earth.  Click here to learn more about Practice Joy workshop.  www.practicejoycoach.com, practicejoycoach@gmail.com

Workshop Session #4 ~ 5:15 pm-6:30 pm


kristy v_promo_15 - Version 3Dr. Kristy Vermeulen, ND, is a internationally recognized naturopathic doctor with an expertise in hormonal balancing. As a graduate of BINM she has worked around the world with private practices in Europe and the United States. Dr. Kristy’s health programs are primarily catered towards women’s health and hormonal balancing and often include bio-identical hormones, vitamins/minerals, supplements, herbal supplements and/or clinical nutrition. As a hormone doctor, she successfully treats adrenal fatigue, PMS, menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, low thyroid, infertility, weight concerns, digestive problems such as IBS, yeast, crohns, food sensitivities, fatigue, acne and more. Dr. Kristy is a member of American Association of Naturopathic physicians and the Association of Naturopathic Doctors in California.  For more information, please visit Dr. Kristy at  www.dr-kristy.com

Workshop Session #4~ 5:15 pm-6:30 pm


ayla nereo

Ayla Nereo’s voice hits straight to the heart. With an array of loop-pedals by her side, she layers vocal melodies into majestic,sweeping harmonies and weaves magical threads of guitar, kalimba, piano, and percussion into each live performance. Her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery are water for the thirsty soul; sounds embodying the many folds of our own selves. Ayla’s music is both timeless and modern; circle songs and roots music meet folktronica. Crafting an immersive soundscape we can rest in, her gentle intention guides us into a more open and receptive state. Each performance is a journey: an inspired, wondrous experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.

Workshop Time: Ayla will be gracing us with her gift of voice and music during our dinner.

www.aylanereo.com ~


kathyKatherine Glasa – Somatic Healing, Breathwork, Reiki, Ancestral Empowerment, Mindfulness, Movement

Katherine supports women in creating graceful transitions, wellness, and truly inspired lives. For over 10 years Katherine has helped many women transform chronic pain, anxiety, stress and trauma into joyful vitality. She passionately supports the flourishing of the Greater Web of Life by empowering individuals and groups to embody the wisdom and intelligence of their innermost authentic nature, the natural world and the ancestors. When facilitating conscious dances as a deejay deejay and movement catalyst, Katherine takes dancers on a journey catalyzing heart, body and soul. Katherine facilitates healing sessions, workshops, rituals, ceremonies and rites of passage in the San Francisco Bay Area and also works privately with clients at her Palo Alto office and via Skype and phone. For more information: http://www.truevibrancy.com.



Dr. Rachel Jordana Horodezky is the founder and creator of Creative Dance Psychology. She is passionate about promoting dance as a catalyst for healing and joy. In her private practice Rachel Jordana offers individual sessions, group process/dance therapy, nationwide workshops and facilitator trainings. For more information or to register for future workshops or facilitator training visit www.creativedancepsychology.com.


Elliotte Mao is a Tai Chi Instructor, Reiki and QiGong practitioner, consultant and lecturer for a Japanese natural wellness research institute. She has taught Tai Chi for almost 20 years at fitness centers, hospitals, schools and employee health programs at Oracle and Genentech. Embracing the holistic synergy of body, mind and spirit, she


designs curriculums that energize, nourish and heal. Successful in her classes for all age groups and gender, she is especially proud of her courses for WOMEN – most notedly her Tai Chi for Women classes.  Please visit our Workshop page to learn more about Ms. Mao’s class!  If you need more information, please feel free to go to my website at www.MaoTaiChi.com or contact me at:

(650) 868-3745  cellphone


PhotoRupam2010Rupam combines her expertise as a Holistic Health Counselor, Herbalist, and Light Therapy Practitioner with her 20 year professional experience as an R.D.A. in general and pediatric dentistry. Rupam comes from a family heritage of herbalists, medicine makers and pharmacists reaching back 13 generations. At a very young age she traveled and lived in India, gaining experience in meditation and eastern approaches to the “inner world”. She feels passionate about sharing processes, tools and information to empower others on their path of self-healing. Rupam interacts with people around many different issues and life situations including addictions, women’s issues, relationships and sexuality, and general physical and emotional concerns.  Rupam is available for consultations and speaking engagements, and leads workshops and seminars.

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