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Adina Briggs McConaughey (RYT200)

Adina Briggs McConaughey is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) with the Yoga Alliance. She holds a 200 hour certification from the Erin Bowman Yoga School and Soulaira Aerial Yoga training. “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s PRACTICE. This philosophy behind yoga speaks to me, and is ultimately why I decided I could be a yoga teacher. Every body is a yoga body, and everyone’s edges are their own. I began my yoga journey in 2008 and completed my yoga teacher training in 2014 at EBYS. I had a low back injury from high school and consequently, fears around my…

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Beth Woolsey

Beth Woolsey is the writer and humorist behind BethWoolsey.com and is a self-described mess maker, magic finder, rule breaker, and kindness monger. She’s been described by readers as “optimistic, authentic, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” and she was named one of SheKnows.com’s Top Five Moms Who Will Make You Laugh Out Loud. Beth is INCREDIBLY excited to add international retreat destinations to her retreat planning repertoire, capitalizing on her extensive international travel experience to over 40 countries and 5 continents. Beth’s true passion lies in creating authentic communities full of imperfect people. She loves wild truths and unreasonable grace, and she’s really far…

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Heidi Hopkins

Heidi Hopkins has been studying, practicing, and supporting others in contemplative practice for the last 15 years. She graduated with BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and has been fascinated by the brain and body ever since. Heidi has trained in a variety of settings since college, most recently with Richard Rohr in the Living School for Action and Contemplation and with Mindful Schools in their year long certification program. She currently teaches mindfulness to public school students and works in one on one and group settings with adults and youth. You can read more about mindfulness and Heidi here. Heidi is humbled…

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Kim McDonough

Kim McDonough is a dedicated teacher, a life-long learner, a dreamer, a tender, and now, with the acquisition of Cairns Farm, a farmer. On hiatus from her profession as a middle school humanities and leadership teacher, Kim lives and works full time at Cairns Farm now with her husband, three youngest children (the oldest is grown and flown!), twenty-two chickens, seven goats, and four pigs. Above all, Kim is passionate about creating inclusive spaces where deep connection and authentic community are cherished and valued.

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Maggie Peterson

Maggie Peterson is a friendly and energetic graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies. In addition to her work as retreat registrar, Maggie manages oceanfront vacation rentals on the Oregon Coast, including the one we use for the Oregon Beach retreats! She loves good food, international travel, being outside, getting rowdy, and investing in people in her community, so enjoy her youthful presence and don’t be intimidated by her friendly approach to bonding.

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Melanie Springer Mock

Melanie Springer Mock is a Professor of English at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. In 2009, she won the GFU Undergraduate Faculty of the Year award; and in 2015, she won the GFU Scholar of the Year award. She is the author or co-author of five books, including most recently Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else, released in April 2018. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. Her primary interests include making her 17-year-old sons spend time with her, watching good (that is, awful)…

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Monica Tweet, PT CST-D, JSCC

Monica Tweet is a Physical Therapist specializing in Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release techniques. CST/SER is an osteopathic, hands-on, whole-body approach to wellness. Integration of dream tending techniques cultivates another opportunity for facilitating somatic healing and integration of body, mind, and soul. Monica also serves as a Dream Guide by assisting people withdeveloping helping and healing relationships with dream images. Dream Tending deepens one’sconnections to self, with others, nature, and the divine, and assists us with participating in a life more fully present and engaged in the way of the dream.

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Polly Peterson

Polly Peterson was an Assistant Professor of English at George Fox University for 17 years. Now she works with her daughter Maggie and the family business and spends her other time writing plays and screenplays, reading, and traveling. She lives in Newberg, Oregon with her husband and her dog, Penny, who insists on walks at least twice a day.