Debbie Allen is the Loving Care Coordinator at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, a chaplain, spiritual director, and ordained American Baptist minister. She has participated in local writing groups and has attended several conferences on spiritual writing led by well-known authors.
Rachel Bush came to the practices of yoga and Ayurveda with the desire to heal. After her first year of practice she had undergone such a transformation in her health and state of mind she decided to dedicate her life to these practices. She is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, licensed massage therapist, herbalist and dancer. She has been teaching Anusara for over 10 years and was certified in 2015. She enjoys teaching with humor and a light heart and weaving storytelling with technical instruction to demystify the complexities of mind and body. She believes that we are each a channel of brilliance and through healing we open the door to our own greatest treasure.
Jayne Demakos, CTHP (Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner), provides therapeutic harp and voice in health care facilities in Central New York including Palliative Care Services in both Tompkins and Cortland Counties. She studied Contemplative Musicianship and Music Thanatology (music for the dying) with Therese Schroeder-Sheker and is a candidate for certification in Music Thanatology through the Music Thanatology Association International. She studied Gregorian chant with Musica Sacra – Church Music Association of America – as well as through her studies in Music Thanatology where Gregorian chant is part of the core repertoire. She has performed widely in many venues across the Southern Tier including the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts Summer Concert Series at Cornell University. Jayne consulted and performed for the World Conference of Religions and two Ithaca Interfaith Services honoring the Dalai Lama of Tibet. She has released two CDs: “Hush, for Harp and Voice” and “Beauty Crowds Me: An Homage to Beauty,” a collaboration between Hospicare and the Ithaca College Music Department and the Gerontology Institute. Whether as singer, pianist, harpist, teacher, or director, Jayne strives to create an environment by which we can feel our humanness more deeply.
Marcia Eames-Sheavly is a university educator and facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Mindfulness, creativity, arts- and nature-based experiences, and human and community development are cornerstones of her work, whether she is leading a Circle of Trust, students in a classroom, online learners around the world, or community members from New York to Belize. The recipient of national teaching and writing awards, Marcia presents internationally and has authored numerous publications, book chapters, articles, and recently, a book of poetry. She spearheads our Soulful Living leadership team.
Jai Hari has been teaching yoga to adults, seniors, teens and children for 23 years. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga teacher. She encourages participants to do what they are able to, remembering that simply showing up is usually the hardest part. She is a mother of 4, a singer and performer and lifelong learner in all things that promote health and vitality.
Mark Hartsuyker leads the Contemplative Prayer program. He has received instruction and participated in a number of meditative practices since he was nineteen. In the last decade he has been involved in various Contemplative Prayer groups. He brings over four decades of direct experience in meditation to his teaching. As a former chiropractor and educator his goal is to empower people with the tools to help themselves.
Cynthia Lunine has been practicing contemplative techniques under Shinzen Young for upward of 15 years and is currently qualified as a Unified Mindfulness Level 2 Coach, offering workshops and classes and one-on-one coaching under the program name “Training Consciousness.” Always thirsting for new experience and knowledge, she has worked within an eclectic range of career disciplines and in service as volunteer in her communities–continuing to learn and explore. She studies and performs as an amateur in music (piano, harp, vocal, musical theater), does patient companionship volunteering at Hospicare, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Leslie Meyerhoff has been active in the Ithaca community helping to bring people together in a variety of ways. She is currently the first vice chair of the United Way of Tompkins County board and the volunteer coordinator for Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare. In the past, she co-organized Healing Ithaca, was chair of the board of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and led a book discussion of Karen Armstrong’s 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life. She is looking forward to finding new ways to create community and bring healing to others.
Barbara Rhudy is a certified InterPlay leader whose work is informed by modern dance, contact improvisation, authentic movement and a love of story.
Natalie Scholl is a spiritual life coach, leadership consultant and founder of Soul Ways Coaching (soulwayscoaching.com). Drawing upon decades of experience in educational, health-related and faith-based communities, she offers transformational resources for individuals and teams who want to accomplish great things on behalf of the world without sacrificing authentic, joyful lives of their own.
Erica Shockley is passionate about guiding individuals through a grounding practice that explores moving and breathing with freedom and joy. All are welcome in this supportive space to playfully and compassionately connect with your mind, body, and spirit. Erica is a 200hr registered vinyasa and restorative yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance. She honors all the teachers in her life and is excited to continue learning from the St. Paul’s community.
For Christine Stockwell, photography has been an important creative outlet since she got her first serious camera on her 12th birthday – more than 50 years ago! Since retiring as a research biologist, she has had the luxury of devoting more time and energy to the craft and enjoys sharing her skill and enthusiasm with others.
Teacher Naomi Stockwell spent years working in high-stress office jobs, and her body and mind suffered for it. Her discovery of yoga, and the transformation that she experienced through it, has inspired her to share its restorative power. When Naomi is not teaching through her office yoga business, Briefcase Yoga, you can find her at Mighty Yoga, Island Health and Fitness, and Cornell University.