MADRONA OTHER MOVEMENT TEACHERS & FACULTY
Madrona MindBody has a staff of well-trained and gifted teachers and practitioners who are dedicated to helping you create health and well-being for today as well as for the future.
Ingrid Musson - MINDFUL Movement
Ingrid is passionate about helping people help themselves through movement and education. Her background is in physical therapy and 22 years of being a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (now retired).
Her classes are partly based on the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, but are also on exploring more efficient ways of getting stronger and more flexible. Simple, self-help strategies are offered as well, which can easily be incorporated into activities of daily life.
Ingrid has a part-time private practice in Port Townsend and is licensed as a massage practitioner and certified fitness trainer. She integrates many gentle osteopathic techniques and movement to help people feel better.
"Our bodies love to move, we just need to listen to find out how."
JEN FREEMAN - PILATES
Jen Freeman is a certified Pilates instructor, with over 18 years experience teaching movement in Canada, Australia and the US. With a diverse background in dance, martial arts, yoga, group exercise and outdoor adventures, her philosophy around exercise is to find an activity that you enjoy and feels right for your body. Jen’s approach to teaching Pilates is to start slowly, with the primary focus on postural alignment and stabilizing the joints. Movement is gradual and precise, increasing in speed as coordination and stability are established. One student exclaims, "I've taken a lot of Pilates, and she's absolutely the best teacher I've ever had."
Jen moved to Port Townsend with her husband and son in 2017 and are enjoying adventures all around the Olympic Peninsula.
Anneli Molin-Skelton - Open Floor Conscious Dance
Anneli is living her dream inspiring people to re-discover and settle into their entire self through conscious movement. She meets life and people with a passion and vulnerability that offers permission to embrace our nature and personal truths. She loves life - her beloved Michael and their son Jaylan. Anneli is an Open Floor teacher in training. She is a certified 5Rhythms teacher of Waves and Heartbeat.
Learn more about Anneli Molin-Skelton on her website SpiritWeaves.
Rae Kala - African Dance
Rae says, “African Dancing is my favorite thing… A lifetime ago I went to West Africa to study traditional African Dance, Drumming & Songs…. It was a “follow your bliss” trip and it has been my passion and source of joy for years. I studied in Guinea and Mali with Masters from National Ballet Companies as well as studying in the states for many years. I mostly access the dances I learned there, and I try to study and keep adding new information as I can integrate it. I have recently moved back to Port Townsend where I am happy to resume dancing and teaching African Dance after a long stretch of traveling and raising kiddos. These days I am working at the hospital as an Occupational Therapist and will begin teaching Dance for Parkinson’s soon.”
One recent attendee exclaims, “I LOVED my first visit to Madrona MindBody. Very impressive. African Dance was awesome. Such a fine teacher - great dancer and really sweet nice person! The people checking us in were so nice and friendly.”
Dr. Jessica Tartaro - speakup connection games
Dr. Jessica Tartaro is an Intimacy Therapist with nearly 20 years experience working with individuals, couples and groups. She has traveled the world conducting research on growth through trauma as well as studying with leaders in the authentic relating and circling movements. Her gift lies in embodying vulnerability as an invitation for you to find the most authentic, alive, vital and creative parts of yourself through which to connect with others. Compelled by the beauty of the land and people, Jessica has recently migrated from Dallas, TX to Port Townsend, WA, and has re-opened her private Intimacy Coaching practice here in January of 2018. www.DrJessicaTartaro.com
Terry Wagner - Senior Fit
Terry Wagner specializes in balancing the mind/body/spirit connection and increasing the energy flow. Drawing on 40 years experience as a student and teacher of Western Psychology, Eastern Philosophy, Tuina, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu and various styles and systems of Yoga, I have developed an integrative approach to my classes. My teaching methods are introspective and interactive, exploratory and expressive. My intention is to share these techniques to help others increase awareness and well-being and find healthy postural alignment.
Leslie Freeman – Senior Fit
Involved in competitive swimming from an early age, Leslie knew that fitness would always be an important part of her life. After 25 years working in high tech, she made a career change and followed her passion - working with seniors to stay fit. She is Silver Sneakers certified, YMCA Group Fitness Instructor certified, and holds a Team Leader Certification from the Arthritis Foundation. Over the last 10 years, Leslie has taught Silver Sneakers, Active Older Adult, and Water Fitness for Arthritis classes in the Seattle area. Leslie and her husband moved to Port Townsend full time in 2018. After attending classes at Madrona MindBody Institute for many years she says, “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to teach Senior Fit."
Wren LaFeet - Nomad Dance
In 2011, Wren created Nomad Dance with the vision of inspiring a sustainable, collaborative global culture through partner dance and viable Nomadic lifestyle. At present he co-creates Connexus with his beautiful partner, Antje, participates with organizations such as Tribal Convergence Network and Envision Festival, is a celebrated TEDx speaker and continues to bridge and connect communities by teaching his unique style of Fusion partner dance, Cocréa™, wherever he travels. His work has been quoted as being “the next evolution of conscious dance.” NomadDance.com
Master Mingtong Gu
Master Mingtong Gu trained at the largest Qigong hospital in China, where he first began helping people with major physical and emotional challenges. In keeping with Qigong practices, this hospital did not use conventional medicine, yet documents a 95% success rate for chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancers, stress, and other aging/illness related conditions. Master Gu also received extensive Buddhist teachings from many realized teachers of Tibetan Vajrayana. He is the author of several publications, is founder of the Chi Center, based in Petaluma, California, and was honored as the Master of the Year by 13th World Congress for Qigong and TCM in 2011. Mingtong offers trainings in person and online globally for all ages and ability levels and is dedicated to bringing Qigong to the Western world for the benefit of humankind.
Megan McArthur - Nia
Megan has been dancing since she was three years old. Megan’s first Nia class was the one she took on the first Sunday of her Nia White Belt Intensive in 1993. It changed her life completely. Upside down and rearranged by the new ways of Nia, she navigated, tore apart, rebuilt, re-structured, and scrambled the habitual into a world of experimental and organic. Megan was introduced to living life as “real” joy, as sensations felt only now, and to body wisdom as it educates. Megan’s career as a performer began to reach new depths and heights. As a Nia instructor in New York and Hawaii, sharing the Joy of Movement continued to expand her life. Her self confidence grew, endurance increased, and the Joy of movement became her truth. www.meganmacarthur.com
Kevin VerEecke - Nia Trainer and Choreographer
Kevin began teaching Nia in 2001 after 15 years of dance training and performing. He is now a Nia Black Belt, Trainer and choreographer for Nia HQ. Kevin has helped develop the 52 Moves Training with Debbie Rosas, and is currently developing an Athletic Nia program. “Masterful” “Outrageous” “Exciting and Fun” are how his students describe his classes.