2018 Workshop Presenters

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Peggy Sechrist

A Certified Educator in Holistic Management for 30 years is now in training to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Ayurveda – translated as the Science of Life – is the oldest holistic medical system. Working at the level of energy that sustains all life (think of solar energy that produces photosynthesis sustaining life in the soil and plants), Ayurveda offers a method for assessing each person’s energy type and which foods and lifestyle practices best support that type.

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Dr. Justin Hill

A Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience practicing mindful meditation. In addition to his personal daily practice, he has incorporated mindful meditation into the individual and group therapy he does with his clients. Prior to opening a private practice, he was a psychologist and Director of a large outpatient mental health clinic at the VA Boston hospital. He was also Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and has taught many classes, lectures, and didactic seminars for undergraduate and graduate students, Psychology and Social Work Interns, Psychiatry Residents, and seasoned professionals at national conferences.


Lisa Hollins

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Certified Art4Healing facilitator and local Abstract Artist hosting a Beginners Abstract Art Workshop - Teaches you how to express feelings and responses with paint and color using abstract art processes to create your own personal artworks to take home. No experience is required. You do not need to know how to draw or paint. Participants will respond spontaneously to a series of suggestions and various prompts imagining themselves living a farm life and in nature abstractly on canvas. Fine art materials and unconventional tools are included to encourage abstract thinking, processes and full spectrum color artwork. Using abstract art processes and color allows you to express yourself in ways that words can not. Enjoy learning these fun and unique methods of creating beautiful and meaningful personal art work and taking a break from technology. 

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NASM certified personal trainer in the Dripping Springs area. I am committed to helping you be the best version of yourself and to live the healthiest, happiest life you can. I have entered the fitness industry to provide personal training and nutrition guidance based on the simple science and facts of fitness, weight loss, and nutrition that often times get lost in all the health and weight loss industry hype. My ability to build a unique connection with my clients comes from my own personal journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Having been overweight myself, my passion for fitness and nutrition stem from its ability to transform our lives. I lost 85 pounds over the course of a year, and ran my first 5k, 10k, and half marathon by sticking to the fundamental principles of nutrition and weight loss, while training to improve my stability, strength, and overall fitness. No supplements, quick solutions, or unsustainable diets and workout programs. I have become a personal trainer so that I can help you make the same connections to fitness and nutrition that I did, to better your life and achieve the goals you have always wanted to.

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Samantha Kruse and Thomas Hollingworth

A national mobile re-wilding experiment turned South Florida based subsistence farm specializing in animal husbandry, butchery, and all things old-world and off-grid.


Katie Hanus

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After fourteen years serving Central Texas nonprofits in a variety of capacities, Katie completed Nature-Based Coach Training with Sagefire Institute in 2016. She spends her days homeschooling her two children, blogging about yardsteading adventures and exploring the sacred in every day activities involving nature, food, ritual and ceremony. She loves reading beautiful fiction with her children, walking in slippery Bull Creek barefoot, developing a relationship with the food we eat, noticing the plants and animals living around us, sitting in the warmth of a fire, and reflecting on who and what matters most for us, for our shared world, and for the generations who will follow us.