Ishanee Chanda is a prose writer and poet from Dallas, Texas. Having been born in India, much of Ishanee's writing focuses on the struggles of being a first-generation immigrant looking for a home and identity in a different country. One thing that has always fascinated Ishanee is the idea of a story: why we tell them, who we tell them to, and what defines the ownership of one’s experience.
Ishanee is the author or two books of poetry titled Oh, these walls, they crumble and The Overflow. Additionally, she has been published in the Eckleberg Project, Stoked Words: A Queer Anthology, Z Publishing House’s Emerging Texas Writers, Flypaper Magazine, and Apricity Press. She has participated in the BlackBox Writer's Residency Program and was a part of a spoken word poetry scene in College Station, Texas known as Mic Check Poetry. Ishanee currently resides in Washington, D.C. where she works full-time in the field of immigration policy and research with plans to pursue a Masters degree in 2019. Ishanee enjoys eating her weight in Thai food, singing loudly (and badly) to Taylor Swift, and playing the ukulele just to make people smile.
Danielle is a life coach, reiki healer and wild woman circle leader who uses her intuition and empathetic nature to connect with those around her. She loves to give individuals support on using their voice, deepening their connection with their intuition and feeling confident in their own, authentic path. She desires to hold sacred space for women and empower them to go deep.
Hi there. I’m Suzanne. I spend my weekdays in a fluorescent lit office managing a jammed schedule. I love my work, but it can be a lot and I feel it in my mind and body. Kundalini yoga wrings out my stress and anxiety leaving feeling relaxed and my energy renewed. I am a certified kundalini and vinyasa teacher and have extensively practiced and studied meditation and contemplative prayer.
Ranessa Porter is a Reiki Master-Teacher, an Integrated Energy Therapy (IET/angelic healing) Master-Instructor, and a certified aromatherapist. She started her healing-arts journey 8 years ago. Ranessa formed Heart Centered Healing in Alexandria, Va to support people in healing and in personal growth and transformation. As a reverend of the Sacred Earth Ministry, she also sought to hold space for the spiritually curious and for the world’s nurturers and aspiring healers. Along with offering Reiki, IET and Aromatherapy healing sessions, Ranessa also teaches these modalities. To foster an inclusive, congenial and welcoming spiritual community in the DMV, Ranessa hosts a variety of metaphysical and spiritual events lead by fellow practitioners. In her spare time, Ranessa enjoys a good cup of coffee, being near water, cuddling her doggie, and working towards social justice. Learn more about Ranessa and what lead her to her journey at www.Heart-Centeredhealing.com
Katie Harten has been very active with sports and outdoor activities her whole life which reflects into her daily life, practice and love for yoga. In college she studied Pilates at Cincinnati State and later 200 hr YTT for Ashtanga Yoga with It’s Yoga in 2013. In 2016 she practiced Aerial Silks with Brittany Neagel, founder of Elevated Silks, and in 2017 she began practicing Rocket Yoga taught by Amber Gean owner of Yoga Ah Studio, who was taught by Larry Schultz the founder of the Rocket system. She has since received 150 hrs in training of the Rocket system. In 2018 Katie assisted a Costa Rica Yoga training and surf camp and completed a 15 hr Busy Being Kids Yoga training for adults to teach kids in and out of schools mindfulness and is now partnering with Project Yoga and Skool Aid. Her zeal for nature, adventure and sunshine is reflected in every practice which inspires students to be creative, be brave and laugh! Shanti!
Consider the cosmic conscience and there we began to yoke, to unify, we learn that we are boundless! When seeking answers from outside influences we will never get our answers questioned or questions answered. So, we begin to look within ourselves, into the cosmos as we steady the mind by practicing Yoga, enabling us to sit more comfortably in meditation making our vision and intentions more clear. The ripples of the mind calm, we see our true reflect and understand that WE are the universe. We are one. We are unified.
Rosemary (Lyly) Taing
Rosemary is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. Her passions are food, health, and social justice. She integrates these core values into her creative business, Lyly's Test Kitchen (IG: misslylypadskitchen) where she weaves creative storytelling into her culinary experience. She also is passionate about creative alcohol-free mixology. She spent the last several years in Cambodia where she worked in global maternal and child health, reconnected with her family roots, and incidentally heal a lot of transgenerational trauma. Cambodia is where her spiritual body was reawakened. She is excited about creating safe spaces for women to connect, share, and heal. She enjoys all forms of dance, her plant, and crystal babies, cooking for friends, and connecting with other wanderlust free spirits, and puppies… like all of them.
Sachiko Flores studied Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Texas A&M University and went on to get her Masters in International Development from Gallaudet University. Her studies have taken her all over the world where she has invested in the local cultures and customs as well as the environment. After working in Thailand in disability rights, Sachiko came back to the states eager to get back into conservation leading her to set up CorpsTHAT.
Emma Bixler attended California State University Northridge earning her degree in Deaf Studies and Child and Adolescent Development. Emma has worked in Deaf Education, Conservation Corps and at Gallaudet University. Combining all of her passions: Deaf education, youth development and conserving the outdoors has lead her to set up CorpsTHAT.