Atticus has an insatiable appetite for the infinite dimensions of our human experience; she believes magick lies within the grey area of transition and unknowns; and so she shares teachings from that place. Artistic movement is her portal to spirit and she draws on lifelong experience as a movement artist of various expressions to feel through life. As a dancer, intuitive and yoga teacher she synthesizes her appreciation of form and formless to curate transformational events. She is the visionary founder of bhAva DC, a community organization that aims to promote conscious connection with substance-free dance parties and sound healing. She is the founder of Source Cacao, which imports ceremonial-grade cacao from Guatemala and hosts cacao ceremonies in the US. Additionally she is the founder and producer of Ecstatic Dance DC, a chapter in a global network of conscious freeform dance communities. As a 200-hour eRYT and a 500-hour RYT she facilitates yoga classes and yoga teacher trainings internationally; she has taught for the Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art and is contracted to teach at the Kennedy Center and US Botanical Gardens in Washington, DC. No matter the form or place, she continues to to be amazed by the power of the human body and spirit.
Wendy Mata is a Certified Soul Coach® and Past Life Coach®, Hunabku Healing® 4 Elements Shamanic Healer, Initiated Mayan Shaman, Curandera by Lineage, ICRT Certified Reiki Master / Teacher, Certified Life and Executive Coach, Advanced Pranic Healer, Feng Shui Master, Tarot and Moon Oracle reader.
She has been teaching seminars and workshops around the world for more than 10 years, and has taken as a mission in life to promote the ancient wisdom carried by her family In Mexico about Curanderismo, The Healing Arts of Mexico and Shamanism.
Wendy graduated from the Feng Shui Master class of Lilian Too in Malaysia, Ericksson College of Leadership and Coaching in Canada and The World Game in Indonesia. Some of her studies in Energy Healing, the Human Mind and Co-Creation were performed in China, India, Finland, Brazil and The Netherlands. You can reach Wendy at: email@example.com
Rachel Kay Barclay
Rachel Kay Barclay is an award-winning writer based out of New York City. She was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s JFK National Playwriting Award and a finalist for the National Partners of American Theatre National Playwriting Award. Her plays have been produced across the United States and beyond in cities such as London, New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.
She's ghostwritten several published novels and non-fiction books in genres ranging from business to spirituality and self-help. Her work has also been selected and premiered by film festivals, such as DC Shorts at the National Constitution Center; her poetry was recently published in the hardcover anthology, The Poetry of Yoga. She is also a passionate advocate of personal growth, healthy living, and the spiritual transformation of the planet—the main topics of her blog, Reflect the Light.
When not at her laptop, she enjoys teaching creative writing workshops at Writopia Lab. Some of her passions, in no particular order, are raw food cooking, hot yoga, gratitude lists, meditation, and finding the light and joy in dark crevices.
Rachel has a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Catholic University of America and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in English and Theater with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild of America, The International Centre for Women Playwrights, and The Playwright's Center.
Andrea Sonnier is a doctoral student in Department of Education at Gallaudet University. Her research interests focus on liberating and social justice-based education and practices that is rooted in compassion for the self and others such as Deaf/Hard of Hearing learners with intersectional identities. Andrea is also a member of her university’s Diversity Strategy Team where she has the opportunity to help guide and determine strategies regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the school’s campus. Outside of work and school, Andrea enjoys traveling, dancing, and experiencing new places, people, and things!
Em Morrison is a storyteller, activist, Reiki worker, bicycle enthusiast, badass vegan cook, dancer, singer, youth worker, camp counselor, coach, and Dharma practitioner all rolled into one precious human birth.
Through yoga and healing with herbs, April discovered the absolute truth that accompanies the ability to harness the genuine spirit of love and healing. In addition to her extensive yoga training with Dharma Mittra, April is a clinical herbalist with a dedicated connection to Mother Earth and healing with plants. April is owner of Antler Alchemy, which brings nature, spirit, and ancestors out to play through herbalism to her community in DC and the world. April navigates life with one key intention—to spread love and the healing energy of the universe via herbs, yoga, breath work, ceremony, dance, sacred sound and many other forms of spiritual activity.
Jessica 'Jess' Whittington has been practicing yoga since 2003 and started teaching in 2008. She completed an ERYT certification for the Yoga Alliance in 2010 and has also completed additional work as an Integrative Yoga Therapist. She has logged over 7000 hours of yoga instruction and is beginning work this year as a teacher of the aerial silks. She gravitates towards a more vigorous asana practice; mixing styles like Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, and Power Yoga to create unique yoga classes that emphasize muscle endurance, flexibility, and balance.
Jessica is also a natural healer, having experience with more nurturing yoga styles like Gentle, Restorative, and Yin. She enjoys taking the yoga discipline outside of the studio setting when possible and loves sharing its infinite gifts with more non-traditional students, taking great care to create a safe and welcoming space. Jessica often emphasizes to her students in class to not ‘fight their way into a pose’ but to ‘relax into it and let the breath lead the way'. She is honored to assume the role of teacher and takes great satisfaction in helping others to discover their true potential; using yoga as the catalyst to facilitate their own journey of self discovery and enlightenment.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Lisa Marie Thalhammer is continuously inspired by how the art of yoga has the power to heal the body, mind and spirit. She is a RYS-200 hour certified vinyasa flow instructor and an award winning Washington, DC based visual artist. Lisa Marie is most known for her striking and powerful portrait paintings, collages, color networks and public murals. With over a decade of experience in arts education, she teaches yoga to share the physical healing, mental benefits and spiritual enlightening she has experienced through her practice with others.
Lisa Marie Thalhammer brings enriching themes, curated music, choreographed sequencing and a figure painter’s eye for alignment assists to her yoga classes. Her all level vinyasa flow practices are grounded in yoga theory while creatively uplifting. Expect a fun well rounded flow that includes intention setting, warm-up, sun salutations, posture variations and meditative moments. Inspiring soundtracks keep class interesting while cues to breathe connect you with your body. Classes conclude with a warm-down, final rest and gratitude.
Nazaahah Amin is a mama, daughter, sister, friend, chai tea lover, and proud black nerd with a belief in the magical power of sisterhood. This belief ignites her mission to strengthen women of color through yoga, self-care and connection.
As a yoga teacher, with over 15 years of experience, she’s led hundreds of students at women owned wellness spaces. She currently teaches yoga & meditation to youth in afterschool programs in underserved communities and offers her signature class series Sistas Yoga Series™ in Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.
Off the mat, Nazaahah handcrafts custom scents for her aromatherapy company, Ama Scents, and speaks at national conferences, spiritual retreats and women’s wellness events around the U.S.
Randi Botnick began her healing career in the late 1990s after receiving her training as a Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki Master Teacher. Since then she has studied various mind-body practices, including yoga therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and the Results System®.
In 2014, she spontaneously began channeling the Federation of Councils, a benevolent group of Lightbeings here to support us the Earth and all of her inhabitants move into the fourth dimension. They are at the core of her spiritual healing team, offering her clients information and relief in all aspects of their lives.
Randi has a thriving spiritual counseling and energy work practice in Baltimore, Maryland. She sees private patients, conducts distant healings for groups or individuals, and teaches classes and workshops. Her book, 4th-Dimensional Healing: A Guidebook for a New Paradigm of Healing is the Silver Medal winner of the Healing Arts Living Now Book Awards.
Gabriele Fraga Rosa dos Santos