Michelle Walsh is an educator, spiritual seeker, and creator of My Village Well. Michelle's innate use of vulnerability, a disarming sense of humor, and her contagious zest for life, have created a safe haven where women are able to recognize and own their Divine gifts. Using her five daughters as inspiration, Michelle develops Workshop and Retreat curriculum around topics such as: courage, positive body image, and creating healthy boundaries. If you are curious about life, strive to be the best version of yourself, and don't mind having a cheering section, welcome home, sister!
Kathleen Joan is committed to the resurrection of the Divine Feminine, especially within her own Catholic Christian tradition. She holds Master’s degrees in theology and ministry and has over 10 years ministry experience, including directing retreats, teaching classes on religion and spirituality, and leading small group spiritual communities. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner. She has lived in the Bay Area since 2009 and enjoys singing, hiking, and spending time with her husband. If you would like to find out more about Kathleen or her New Moon Goddess Circles that she leads monthly, check her out :www.brigidsflame.org
Kathleen will also be teaching at Village Well for the Self Love Project in 2021: myvillagewell.com
Nicole is a Qoya movement teacher. Qoya is a fusion of yoga, dance and feminine movement designed to help women reconnect to their innate wisdom, wildness and freedom. When she's not dancing, she runs her own business helping children with learning differences find success, and she also facilitates girls' leadership circles. Nicole will be making a return appearance, teaching Qoya for the Self Love Project through Village Well in 2021.
Maria Abelaye is the owner and founder of Heartbox Photography in the Bay Area. Maria believes that every woman, whether she has loved or despised the camera, deserves to exist in a photograph and works to advocate to further that message through her portrait services. Maria specializes in everyday real women like you and me, and gives them to opportunity to celebrate every year of her life through stunning images, whether she is 18 or 80.
You can find Maria at : heartbox-photography.com
Ana Jones has worked with families and older adults for the last 20 years. She is the founder of Phlex65 a technology app that connects families and caregivers using Android and iOS devices/phones. She has made time in her weekly schedule to speak out against racism, and the injustice and inequities for BIPOC, and has aligned herself with various groups to bring about changes to curriculum in education and community outreach programs for marginalized individuals. Village Well is thrilled that Ana will be sharing her story for Self Love in 2021.
Ana's words: "In one of our marches my niece, Mela, dedicated a song to the movement and to my son whose poem I shared before she sang. Andra Day "I Rise Up" - a mantra I hold fast - as I continue to find places to speak and share the truth about prejudice.
Corrie Samaniego's vision is to help young girls and their families be tomorrow's leaders and social changers. Her ability to motivate and inspire others to be leaders is her unique gift. Over the past 25 years, she has coached thousands of young female athletes and inspired them to own their own leadership style. If you want to part of this monumental movement, you can find Corrie here:
Maggie Nazario is a facilitator of change for those yearning to step into the highest vision of their identity through self healing work. Maggie is not only a gifted intuitive leader, she is the founder and creator of a Colorfull Collective: a space where conversations take place with people of color sharing their gifts and stories. Maggie is a Reiki Master, and helps facilitate ancestry work and work through akashic records. Maggie will be teaching at the Self Love Project in the fall through My Village Well; register through myvillagewell.com. You can reach out to Maggie at email@example.com
Bronwyn has spent the last 20 plus years helping people shine during some of the most important moments of their lives-whether that was helping a client prepare for a judge's seat on American Idol, a "casual chat" on Rel Time with Bill Maher, or a shot at glory on the TED, TEDx, and TEDGlobal stages. Bronwyn believes that the ability to communicate well has become the number-one sought-after soft skill of our time. And not just in the workplace, but in their personal lives too. People want to be spellbinding, charismatic and authentic in front of an audience and in a one-on-one conversation. Bottom line: people just want to shine.
Bronwyn will be head lining the Self Love Project for the fall with My Village Well. You can find out more about that at www.myvillagewell.com
You learn more about Bronwyn Sglimbeni at www.bronwyncommunications.com or on Instagram at bronwynsf
From the Pandemic, to the injustices of our country, to distance learning, to our beloved state of California being on fire. It is so much to take in. My dad, like so many others, lost his home just a few years ago in the fires of Santa Rosa. PTSD is real, and it's a trigger. So what can we do when so many things are out of our control? Come sit next to me dear one, and we can rage and cry together.
I highly recommend the book, Journey to the Heart, by Melody Beattie
Share your peace practices at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alynn Brutsman offers the world Spiritual Healing through Dream Exploration, meditation, art, and creative writing. She is a true spiritual dynamo who has overcome addiction, raised six kids (you read that right), and the loss of her home in the Paradise fires. Through it all, Alynn's steadfast faith has not only remained intact, but has grown stronger. Her gift is to listen and summon the Holy Spirit to be present in the healing of others. Her life's lesson: "My deepest sorrows have turned into my greatest work." Alynn will be teaching the Self Love Project in the fall at My Village Well. You can find Alynn at holyspirithouseofprayer.com or email@example.com www.myvillagewell.com
I am what I lovingly refer to as a "slow learner". I get nudges, and hits all the time, and yet, often in the past, I have either dismissed them, or have arm wrestled the Divine because I think I know best. Does this sound familiar? I knew we were kindred like that.
Plot twist: we cannot be in control and trust simultaneously. The trust fall is so scary. But so worth it.
Karen Adamski is a shamanic practioner who works with clients from all over the world. Karen brings healing in the forms of vibrational medicine, meditation, art, nature, color, and kindness. By bringing community together, Karen loves to teach others how easy it is to bring balance and beauty into their lives. The Shama Mama will be teaching at My Village Well for the Self Love Project.
You can learn more about Karen at www.shamamama.com
Why does it seem that when we get stretched the thinnest, is when we grow the most? For me, I was stretched through my mom's battle with Cancer, as I split my time between my own family and my folks, who lived 2 hours away. At the time, we had 5 daughters ranging in age from 12 to 2. And although it was a difficult chapter, my level of compassion grew for anyone who has suffered or is suffering because I was witness in real time. What is your Survivor story? How did you make it through, and what did your perspective shift from the situation?
If you believe in self love, empowerment, and authentic connection, Village Well is your one stop shop. Life can be tricky and uncertain, but we are here to remind you of this: you are perfectly imperfect, my friend. If you are a sparkly train wreck, join us! We have been waiting for you.