Day 1 Authors
ANGELA BARBIERI USAS
Angela Barbieri Usas is the author of “Love Your Heart Out'', a chapter in the first volume of Sacred Spaces. Her passion is to empower girls and women of every age and phase in life.
Angela is a Heart Guide who reminds us to radiate our big, beautiful hearts into the world. She has a collection of certifications: 200-hour Yoga TT, Prenatal Yoga, Health Coach, Reiki Practitioner and Postpartum Doula. She offers individual sessions and small group workshops. Angela’s offerings incorporate yoga, reiki, meditation, nutrition, chakra clearing, oracle cards, crystals, intuitive jewelry, essential oil blending, pregnancy and postpartum doula support, writing and more. Consider Angela your personal cheerleader as she guides you to co-create your life and stay connected to your heart.
Her clients feel heard and grateful for the positivity and support they receive. Angela’s clients appreciate the safe, loving, non-judgmental space she holds, so they can fully be themselves. Angela’s clients feel empowered and uplifted by her approach since it’s customized for each individual client.
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Virginie is a Chopra Total Well-Being Coach who support women facing a life transition, by empowering them with simple and efficient tools so that they reconnect to their true self and thrive.
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Mary Blanchard is a wellness advocate and has a passion for sharing pure essential oils to support and uplift. She also guides people on walks helping them create connections through nature so they can tune into their own voice. She shows up with a beginner’s mind to release confusion and creates a playfulness for her clients to let go and open their curiosity. Her clients often reach out to share their new discoveries as they are empowered to continue seeking their own unique paths.
Mary is an author and wrote chapter nine in Sister Armor: Healing in Community. You can read more about her essential oil revelations there. With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she leads with a heart for service. Mary wants everyone to know you are seen and you matter. The world needs you exactly as you are.
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Day 2 Authors
As a yoga teacher and student, Christina continues to expand her knowledge through different training and has a great passion for trauma-informed care. Christina is a co-author in the first Sacred Spaces book, where she shares her story in chapter eight about healing from trauma through shadow work. She loves to talk about travel, meet new people and experience life to the fullest. Her mission, both personally and professionally, is to hold space for others to feel seen, safe, and supported.
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Nichole Aiken is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Reston, Virginia.
Her specialty is working as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist whose work focuses primarily on encouraging the relational healing and post-traumatic growth of relationally betrayed partners.
Nichole is also trained in Brainspotting, a powerful, focused therapy approach which works by helping people locate, process, and release sources of emotional and physical pain and trauma where it has been suppressed in the brain.
She runs both individual and group therapy and uses my Mindfulness Based Addiction Trauma Therapist (MBATT) training to inform the work she does with her clients. This research based and mindfulness technique offers help to support addicts in reducing relapse and increasing healing and growth in long term sobriety.
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Day 3 Authors
KATIE SHANLEY, RYT, HHC
Katie is a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Coach who specializes in empowering women and men to feel safe within their own bodies and to build body-mind awareness, particularly following trauma and grief. In addition to yoga and coaching, she has studied many other modalities of healing, including Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Tarot, Reiki, Barre, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra. Katie believes her superpower to be her vulnerability.
She is a survivor of domestic violence and went on to become a certified domestic violence counselor and write about her experience, helping thousands of people better understand partner abuse. Katie lost her mother in 2018 to early-onset Alzheimer’s and realized then just how uncomfortable people are talking about death. She believes in normalizing conversations around grief, trauma, abuse, and any other challenging topic as a means of healing.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Katie now lives in Vermont with her husband and their two rescue dogs. Katie offers coaching and yoga in central Vermont as well as virtually!
Prior to moving to Vermont, Katie owned and operated a yoga studio for four years. She has led two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, certifying around 20 teachers as well as led healing retreats in Puerto Rico and Tuscany.
Check out her website, join her mailing list, and follow her on Instagram to receive healing resources and stay in the know about upcoming trainings, retreats, and more!
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Michelle’s mission is to help support you and your business in your pursuit of a happy, healthy, and fully balanced life. She is a certified public accountant, tax and business advisor, an empath and a healer. She spent 15 years as a CPA working for the Big 4 public accounting firms providing tax and consulting services to mid-size and global businesses. She spent another 15 years in corporate America, last heading up a $2B global company’s tax department. She has seen how financial success and healthy business practices can change lives for the better.
In 2020, she founded Health and Taxes, LLC to serve the business advisory needs of small and mid-sized women-owned businesses and their owners to help them grow in sustainable, profitable ways, and dramatically improve the owner’s quality of life for the long term. Health and Taxes is a play on “death and taxes” as she understands that the business owner needs to focus not only on the health of the business but on the health of the owner as well. She is passionate about working with women business owners that need to release past financial traumas in order to prosper in business and in life.
Michelle enjoys sailing with her husband on the Chesapeake Bay, watching Washington Capitals hockey games, playing with her rescued cat, gardening, drinking clean wine, and traveling. She is on the board of Life of Joy Foundation which takes a holistic approach to mental health and suicide prevention.
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Heidi’s favorite thing is witnessing her clients heal, become their own best friend, and see their magnificence and beauty.
Using what she learned from her experience healing from extreme childhood abuse, addiction and the side effects of those, along with over 40 years of study, Heidi creates a space where women can safely and quickly heal from trauma and abuse and thrive in life. She believes that when we heal, we stop the abusive patterns from being passed to the next generations.
She is an Evolved NLP Master Practitioner, Miracle Minded Coach, Somatic Practitioner and has a bunch of additional certifications. She is an Amazon international best-selling author of three books and has collaborated in two more. Stop the Secretes, which is thriving after childhood sexual abuse will release in spring 2023.
At the present time she is loving the community her retreat center in Northern Virginia is supporting, spending time with clients one on one and running group workshops. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, being a grandma and simply having fun.
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Day 4 Authors
Dr. Canter practiced for 10 years as a top urogynecologist before founding the Urogynecology Center of Northern Virginia in 2016 and McLean Cosmetic Gynecology in 2017. She holds multiple awards and is board certified in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery as well as Obstetrics & Gynecology. She treats urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. Dr. Canter specializes in cosmetic gynecologic procedures such as vaginoplasty, labiaplasty, and perineoplasty. With over 16 years of experience,
Dr. Canter and her staff are committed to offering a safe and supportive environment for treating medical and cosmetic intimate health issues in women.
OShot®, Emsella, Viveve, Vaginoplasty, Labiaplasty, Sling, Prolapse Surgery, Bladder Botox, Sacroneuromodulation
DESIGNATIONS, AFFILIATIONS, and AWARDS Georgetown Medical School Award; American Urogyne- cology Society Award; Member, ACOG; Member, International Society Cosmetogynecology
1860 Town Center Drive, Suite 140 Reston, VA 20190
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Mayan Tran is an expert in uncovering and removing the hidden blocks that keeps us from our deepest desires. She helps her clients heal, prepare for, and call in their dream partner to experience a soul-level kind of love through neuroscience-based release techniques and energy-based modalities.
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ANNE GAELLE BENOIT
During her career in Pharma and Beauty industry, Anne Gaelle has been more and more drawn into human being. So much so, she transitioned to being a Mindful Aging coach. Certified in Meditation, Ayurvedic lifestyle, Life and Wellness coaching from the Chopra Center, and RTT Practitioner.
Anne Gaelle is an explorer of her own soul, and as a pharmacist, she is always confronting her spiritual insight with scientific method. From the jungle of Peru to the tree of Buddha in Bodhgaya, India, she is in a quest of self-discovery to fulfill her mission, spreading love and light so other can reveal the best version of themselves.
She loves to support others in their journey to self-love and empowerment with a body, mind and skin approach. Witnessing a soul blooming and shining bright is one of the most beautiful gifts.
Anne Gaelle is French and lives in London, she loves the cosmopolitan vibe of the city.
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Day 5 Authors
Susan Brennan is an RYT-200 certified yoga teacher, LifeVantage health coach, and former graphic designer and art director who helps her clients improve their health and discover their inner peace and power. She has spent much of her life understanding how to be her own health advocate and is paying that knowledge forward in powerful ways.
Susan’s passions involve all things outdoors in nature, including hiking, biking, camping, and skiing. She also enjoys watercolor and acrylic painting, relearning the piano, kitty cuddles, and walks with her husband and Australian Shepherd.
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Ann Enyart is a wife, mother of three, grandmother of nine who loves spending time with her family. She loves making jewelry, making natural household and skin care products with essential oils, healthy cooking and math tutoring. She runs a Facebook business with her daughter, “Jewelry and Stuff by Kerri Ann and Ann Marie.” She is continually working on healing herself physically and emotionally. Helping others live a healthy and happy life brings her great joy.
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Day 6 Authors
MARY ELLEN KEATING
Mary Ellen Keating is the owner of Keating Custom, a personalized gifting service. She helps you find the right gift that tells the perfect story. Prior to this, she was a communications executive for a Fortune 500 company.
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The Founder and CEO of The Official Glue, Tollisha Joseph, has created a space where personal connection, meaningful conversation, and challenged perspectives have become the playground for building an effective network.
As a seasoned 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵 & 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳, Tollisha has created a developmental agency committed to assisting corporations in building long-term, highly engaged relationships between organizations and their faculty.
The Official Glue was founded to get corporate organizations on the “YES” side by developing the “GLUE” between curiosity and interest within the corporate networking systems.
We offer a variety of interactive solutions for our clients to learn and practice how to facilitate comfortable engagement opportunities and employee/ client retention within corporate restrictions. Let us help start the process of sticking together the pieces that keep your business stuck.
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Beth Geddio, a faithfully fierce and fun female Founder of State of Being Co, created this affirmation candle company (in 2020) to support mindset transformation. Pursuing her own journey of healing from the depths of her pain, she realized that scent was a powerful tool in transforming her mindset, and now through State of Being she’s sharing this research backed approach to affirmation candles as the easy and effective tool that busy women have been able to seamlessly integrate into their daily routines.
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Day 7 Authors
Allison “Allie” Lowe is the founder of Ready, Set, Go!, a lifestyle management coaching firm helping her clients live their best lives. She is a National Board- Certified health and wellness coach with credentials in integrative nutrition, functional medicine, yoga, and meditation. She is the author of READY, SET, GO!: Your Road Trip to Wellness: A Travel Guide for Making Lasting Lifestyle Changes for a Happy and Healthy You!
After getting her MBA in organizational learning, she spent over 20 years as an executive recruiter and consultant, where she helped people achieve their career dreams. This included leading and developing change management teams by establishing benchmarks, goal definition, setting timelines and milestones, as well as monitoring progress.
In 2016, Allie pivoted into her second career and began her own road trip to health and wellness. She acquired her certification as an integrative nutrition and functional medicine coach, as well as her national certification in yoga and meditation. She found that her sweet spot is helping clients understand, define, and visualize what makes them happy and healthy. Loving the challenge of eliminating obstacles, energy drains, and clutter, Allie enjoys helping clients overcome their fears and anxiety while creating positive, meaningful journeys for themselves.
Allie is an avid traveler and will mentally plan a trip in her head when someone mentions their desire to travel. Her top character strengths are love of learning, curiosity, and creativity, which means you will always find her learning something new, asking a lot of questions along the way, and finding a workaround for every challenge. Allie hopes to age gracefully and is gleefully delighted when people mistake her for her daughter’s sister. Allie is also an animal shelter foster failure and would have over a hundred dogs if her partner, Chris, would allow it.
If you’re ready to go on your own road trip to wellness, connect with Allie today! She is eager to help you set your goals and destinations and cheer you on every mile of the journey.
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DEANA DEMARE HALLY
Deana is a certified Functional Health Practitioner and founder of Live HealthyHer who seeks answers to bridge the gap between conventional medicine and holistic medicine for herself and her clients through personalized whole-food nutrition, lifestyle and mindful practice.
She discovered Functional Medicine and the lifestyle approach after years of seeking health rather than running from Dis-ease. She is the functional health practitioner who helps women in midlife who feel stuck or unheard in their health journey to gain energy, quality sleep, release weight, and balance hormones without pills, potions, or complicated programs.
Her superpower is her deep desire to weed through the noise, and break down the overwhelm and confusion in the health and wellness space by guiding each and every one of her clients with the tools to find her own superpower of her mind, body, and soul taking back her health to face the second half of their lives feeling fit, optimistic and joyful.
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Day 8 *bonus* Authors
LEAD AUTHOR: COLLEEN AVIS
Colleen Avis, certified Chopra Life Coach, and Ayurveda and Mindfulness Mentor has spent the last decade guiding clients to create spaces they love to live in - mind, body, and home. She embraces the whole person and believes all our spaces are beautifully intertwined.
Her approach is holistic, unique, non-judgmental and offers an informed perspective. Colleen knows her most powerful tools are the ones she has integrated into her life over the last decade by transforming through her own experiences and openly bringing her life lessons, struggles, and transformative tools to her clients.
In addition to her Chopra certifications, Colleen is a Yoga Medicine yoga teacher, integrative NLP practitioner, and studying to complete her SOMA Breathe holistic health coach certification.
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Jill Heiman is the Founder and CEO of Awake Journey, LLC a company dedicated to offering a safe space for individuals to unravel limiting beliefs, release self-criticism, and step into their authentic leadership. She is a Mindset Mentor and Vision Coach that supports corporate women to find clarity and connect to their vision so it becomes their new reality. Jill has nearly two decades of experience in Corporate America sales for Fortune 500 and start-up organizations, a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and is a former collegiate athlete. She is also a Speaker, Master Facilitator, Certified Life Mastery DreamBuilder Coach, Meditation Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, Intuitive Energy Guide, and Well-Being Advocate.
Jill has honed in on how you can create the life your soul is longing for you to live beyond any systematic, cultural, or familial programming. Whether in a workshop, retreat, or private coaching session, you will receive a blend of mindset tools and intentional practices that guide you back to your body wisdom. Jill supports clients and audiences through her own experience of overcoming depression, sexual assault, misplaced identity, and years of lacking life-work balance. With her guidance, women come back home to their true selves by remembering who they are and why they are here.
You can find Jill connecting with nature barefoot and wandering her home, The Nest with her rescue pup, Rufus. The next time you are in Asheville, NC be sure to attend one of her monthly in-person women’s circles. For more info go to the events page at www.awakejourney.com
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