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Gloria is an ever-evolving energy healer, passionate existentialist and “out-of-the-box” visionary. She is an Usui Holy Fire Reiki practitioner, a scholar pursuing her masters degree in Counseling Education at Winona State University and works full-time as a Spanish Interpreter at Winona School District. She is passionate in helping others and giving back to her community by participating in socio-political and spiritual wellness projects and events. She currently serves as a board member for the Winona Sheltering Network and is a co-founder of Winona Community Drumming Circle. During her leisure time, Gloria loves spending time with her child, enjoying his curiosity for life as well as having fun together. She also delights in painting, practicing Nia, kickboxing, yoga, dance and trying new foods. Gloria strongly believes that life is about playing with the same curiosity as a child, enjoying the company of loved ones and staying present with a compassionate heart, open mind and kind soul.
Gretchen Cohenour, MFA, RSME
Jacque Paulsen, MS
Anne grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago and came to Winona as a student at Winona State University. After college, she met her husband, Shane, a Winona native. She is proud to call Winona her home, where she and Shane have raised their two beautiful children. Anne is a licensed police officer and has worked at the Winona Police Department for 20 years. She finds her career both rewarding and challenging. Anne is one of the dynamic foursome that co-created and co-facilitates the passion project called Resiliency Training for First Responders. Anne received her certification as a yoga teacher several years ago and is also certified in trauma informed yoga. Through yoga teacher training, Anne was able to deepen her practice and inspired to live her yoga both on and off of the mat. She looks forward to sharing what she has learned and hopes to inspire others in the way her instructors have inspired her.
Erica Thibodeaux, MS, LPC
Monta May, M.F.A.
Tom is a retired Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and has been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly 50 years. In 1992 he received lay Buddhist vows from Thich Nhat Hanh. He has gained widespread recognition in the field of health and healing as an educator, author and speaker who shares practical strategies for enjoying a healthier, happier, more fulfilling everyday life
As a regular teacher at regional and national retreat centers, Thomas routinely receives high praise and positive responses from those who attend for his sincere, informative and practical methods of teaching and relating with participants. His retreats and classes reflect his authentic commitment to helping individuals achieve a deep and lasting resolve to their spiritual, emotional and physical health and healing. He is well known for offering and guiding retreats that are easily integrated into each person’s personal journey.
Nicolle NEILL Jensen
Nicolle is a teacher, musician, facilitator, and interdisciplinary artist born in Winona and residing in Santa Fe NM since 2003. She began studying yoga in college in 2004, and meditation after she graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary art in 2007. She is a senior teacher in the Prajna Yoga school, and a student in the somatic meditation lineage of Reggie Ray and Dharma Ocean. NEILL travels the world sharing a love of yoga, meditation, music, and creative expression through retreats, workshops, concerts, and classes.
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