BIG OM YOGA RETREAT SUMMER LEADERS
We are super excited to have an amazing line-up of talented instructors and teachers to lead the 2016 Big Om Yoga Retreat. Read below to learn more about the wonderful humans who will be leading each experience.
Hailey Boswell and Joe Picorale
Hailey first started doing yoga in college for the physical benefits it offered, but it didn’t take long before she felt the change yoga was making in her heart and mind as well as the body. Yoga helped her deal with the stress of working her way through college in a positive way, and continues to do so. She discovered a new sense of love for herself and others, which she had never felt before. Yoga invites her true authentic self to shine through, and allows her to feel more confident in everything she does. Hailey received her 200-hour teacher certification from Everyone Yoga School in May 2016. She teaches a vinyasa flow style class and enjoys teaching all types of classes ranging from soft, medium, to powerful.
Joe began practicing yoga in 2010 and is a RYT 200. He was one of the original founders of the I AM Yoga Festival in the fall of 2010 and opened the first Be Love Yoga Studio in 2013. With the help of the growing #belovecommunity at Be Love Yoga Studio Joe has since expanded with a second studio in Downtown Jenks America and two franchised studios in Bristow, OK and Owasso, OK. Joe's passion is connecting people and creating the framework for a community that will change the world. Joe is the creator of the Big Om Yoga Retreat and teaches regularly at both Be Love Yoga Studio Locations.
Megan Amelia Burnett, 200 E-RYT, YACEP
A devoted dancer and athlete her whole life, Megan has a passion for movement and sharing the joy and the balance that dancing and yoga both guide us to. In 2006, after dabbling in a few 'gym yoga' classes, she took her first studio class with an instructor who actually touched her and helped align her properly into a pose. She was hooked and immediately started to see a transformation in her dance training and her life. Seeking to also empower others with the tools to find balance within themselves, she started her yoga teaching journey in 2011 and has since guided classes and workshops in cities from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Megan's teaching approach creates a gooey, endorphin-releasing practice environment that her students refer to as 'Yummy Yoga'! She is passionate about teaching healthy alignment and yoga 'from the ground up', which draws both beginners and experienced practitioners to classes that are both playful and soulful. When not in the studio, she's with her son, romping outside, playing her ukulele or cooking/ dancing in the kitchen.
Keri Mooney Edwardes, Manager of SALT Yoga
Keri believes a strong, healthy body is the way to a strong, healthy mind + spirit. Keri’s classes are challenging and encourage students to reach their full potential. Feel free to explore more advanced variations of poses, or just relax in the room. She believes in making the most out of this precious life we have been given.
Alycia Williams, Relationship and Sex Therapist
I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex and relationship concerns. I help clients heal, communicate and grow so that they can have more fulfilling lives and vibrant relationships.
I love my work and I am passionate about helping my clients live life to the fullest. I treat a wide variety of adult issues, with a special interest in healthy sexuality, recovering from infidelity, igniting desire, coping with anxiety, and treating sexual pain or performance concerns. I have specialized training in working with clients who identify as kinky. For clients who are struggling with out of control sexual behaviors/sex addiction, I offer effective solutions. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming and welcome clients from all backgrounds and relationship styles.
I am a licensed professional counselor with 24 years experience. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I hold a post-graduate certification in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I am the only AASECT (American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapist in Tulsa and serve as the Oklahoma Section Leader for membership in AASECT. In addition to therapy, I speak at community and professional events to educate and increase awareness of sexual health and relationship issues. I am on the Board of Directors for the MOTE (Multiplicity of the Erotic) Conference, which promotes research, training and best clinical practices for alternative sexualities.
TJ Hoopes, Tucker James Music
Born and raised in the desert of Las Vegas, TJ began creating music at the age of 15, found the love and healing through vibration and frequency and began to record and release music stemming from personal experience. Tucker James Music continues to grow, learn, and share all types of music with the intention to spread awareness of everyone's individual birth right for complete liberation and the choice to spread love. His new album “Elemental Freedom” just dropped June 2021! Definitely give it a listen exclusively at www.tuckerjamesmusic.Bandcamp.com Enjoy yourself, enjoy others, and enjoy life! Follow on Instagram and Facebook for tour updates and new music!! @tuckerjamesmusicandyoga Live out loud and check out the music: https://linktr.ee/Tuckerjamesmusicandyoga
Debra Worthington, Transcendent Tulsa
Debra Worthington has been creating beautiful, experiential spaces since 2006 and believes individuals must gain their own mastery through experience. She is a shamanic facilitator, Lucia Light facilitator, breathwork facilitator, channeling teacher & light language channel, offers Quantum voice therapy technology, assemblage point adjustments, custom group experiences, consultations and coaching and more.
She co-founded H2Oasis Float Center in Tulsa and now helps people all over the world set up their own wellness centers. She has a passion for sacred travel.
You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerrod Fassler, Skywalker
Jerrod Skywalker, aka Unicornasana, is one of the top YogaSlacker teachers in the world. Known for his flow on the line along with having taught at over 65 events/festivals, in the last 5 years including Wanderlust, Yoga On the Mountain, Arise Music and Yoga Festival.
This will be his 2nd BigOm event, traveling all the way from Colorado to share his passion and knowledge on the slackline. His teaching and skills have landed him many endorsements over the years, such as Slackline Industries, whom took an interest in what he has to offer. Come see why it’s so cool to be a “slacker”
Nate Huddleston, Retreat Chef
Nate is a Missouri native, but, began his career here in Tulsa. His love of cooking was kindled from his grandmother and has continued to blossom with each new experience. The previous kitchens he’s worked in include: foolish things bar & biscuit, the bull in the alley, and most recently is a patissier at the tavern in downtown Tulsa. If he’s not in the kitchen you’ll find him at a local coffee shop, camping, oil painting, or practicing yoga.
Nicole Peltier Hall, Owner of The Yoga Room
Nicole Peltier studied at Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains of California in 2000. She and Tom Tobias opened The Yoga Room in 2001. Her classes are creative and inclusive, all students seem to benefit and enjoy her style of teaching. She enjoys combining music of all kinds with her flow yoga classes and has been using live music to take her class experience to the next level. She also loves teaching beginners and mellow stretch classes. Most of her classes are powerful and energetic, so be prepared to go the distance.
Ari Christopher and John A. Ferrante
Ari Christopher is the founding Executive Artistic Director of Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM). She makes original dance productions and site-specific work, teaches Modern Dance Techniques & Contact Improv, and provides K12 teacher professional development. Her choreography has been commissioned by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Living Arts of Tulsa, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, among others. Ari has over 400 hours of Contact Improv training, including programs at EarthDance, Bill T Jones Arnie Zane Company Intensive, Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, Pilobolus Dance Intensive and more.
John first discovered Contact Improv at Burning Man in 2012 shortly after learning about AcroYoga. He enjoyed the human connection and embodied presence of the dance. Having no prior dance training, he was able to have fun and enjoy partnering as much as dancing ecstatically on the big island of Hawaii. John found his partner four years later when he met Ari Christopher at the FlyLoft in Tulsa teaching for TuMM.
Derek J. Smith, Certified Wim Hof Instructor
Derek enjoyed his fiery youth in the California sunshine and eclectic culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Looking for a connection with his father and seeking a geographical change, he moved to Oklahoma at 18 which began his search into the fields of Martial arts, fitness, personal development, and human behavior for 20 years. In 2017 he received his certification with The Wim Hof Method along with 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training and other human movement modalities. He currently is focused on serving others and does that through personal training and The Wim Hof Method. Derek’s intention is to be useful and to allow Life to play him like an instrument dropping all expectations. He and his wife, Alyssa, are currently opening a business to bring physical wellbeing and mental resiliency to more people via strength training, Yoga and The Wim Hof Method.
Melody Smith, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Melody began her journey with sound in 2018 when she acquired her first singing bowls in Rishikesh India. Throughout her time at Om Shanti Om Yoga School, she trained in traditional practices including mantra chanting, pranayama, and mudras. She deeply values these practices and the support they have provided her through recent development. Melody is passionate about the power of sound and breath to clear the body and expand awareness. She feels heart led and soul inspired to share it with the world!
Aubrey Barker, Co-owner at Om Base Collective
Aubrey is both a co-owner and teacher at OM Base Yoga Collective. Yoga has given her the tools she needs to navigate life and to discover her true self. Outside of the studio, you will find her wandering through nature with her pups, enjoying live music with friends, or studying massage at Black Brook Massage School. Aubreys yoga journey began as an Ananda at Yoga Deza, in Fayetteville, AR, where she completed her 200 hour Vinyasa training in 2018. She then traveled to Gili Meno, Indonesia to study with Yin Culture and received her 100 hour yin certificate in 2019. Her passion is to live a life of joy, sustainability, growth, and love. For Aubrey, this looks like deeply loving the Earth and cultivating a safe space for you to connect to your breath, go within, and love yourself just as you are.
SInjun Wesson, Earth Citizen
Hi ya’ll, my name is Sinjun. I’m an artist, designer, and storyteller who enjoys exploring the outer limits of creativity and self-expression.
I have 6 brothers and sisters and we grew up ‘half-Amish’. I spent the last 14 years living in Los Angeles and last year moved back to Joplin, Missouri. While growing up in Joplin, a handful of friends and myself started The Underground Revolution Theatre, an eclectic art and event venue to give restless kids of all ages something to do - rather than just cruise Main street or hangout in Wal-Mart parking lots. It held open mic nights, concerts, art and comedy shows, and even a heavy metal festival that attracted protesters.
While in LA, I went to fashion design school, DJ’d, produced house and magical bass music, created art to help reclaim the swastika, and fell in love with transformational festivals and dance.
You can always find me doing some new project or experiment. I once did a ‘fashion detox’ and wore all white for 6 months. Last September I made a vow to be spiritually monogamous for one year. And, recently I started a project called Buy Back Our Attention to crowdfund billboard space to place uplifting messages on them.
I believe we all have a galaxy of unlimited creative potential to tap into. I’m excited to explore cosmic creativity with you this weekend!