The lineup

What a great lineup of yoga teachers, presenters, speakers and musicians. Check back often as we announce even more of our lineup.

2019 Presenters

We have an incredible lineup of yoga teachers, presenters, speakers and musicians for this year’s Yoga and Wellness Festival. Their diverse backgrounds, experience levels, knowledge, and enthusiasm for sharing will inspire you both on and off the mat.

Explore our lineup to see what is waiting for you at this unforgettable event. Please check back regularly as we will be announcing and featuring additional presenters for this year’s Festival.

Our yoga teachers

 

Our headliners

 

Dawn B Feinberg

BCMT | Certified Jivamukti teacher | Owner, Ahana Yoga

Dawn Bianca Feinberg BCMT, certified Jivamukti teacher & Licensed movement therapist, is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and highly respected yoga teachers in South Florida. Her classes, shaped by her warmth and love for movement, are both creative and physically challenging. Dawn’s inspiration for her teachings come from a blend of the breath based essence of ashtanga and the evolving freedom of Jivamukti Yoga. In a typical class you will find inspiring asana topped off with great music and her signature sense of humor. Dawn leads Jivamukti workshops and teacher trainings throughout South Florida weaving in key components gleaned from her daily Mysore practice. Dawn has been blessed with an auspicious line up of amazing teachers.

 

RAGHUNATH CAPPO

Servant of the servants | Harmonium hugger | Ex-punk

Raghunath is… Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavator, beyond birth and death. He is prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give – to live today; full contact fighter, devours durians, loves to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna.

Raghunath born Ray Cappo was a Lower East Side hardcore-punk singer songwriter icon, touring the globe in his teens. In a decadent music scene infested with hard drugs, negativity and intoxication he was an anomaly and a light propounding clean living, positive attitude and vegetarian lifestyle, inspiring tens of thousands of fans internationally. Since his youth he was fascinated with Eastern thought and took his inspiration from Emerson, Ghandi, Thoreau, The Buddhist Sutras, The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. He started practicing yoga in NYC in 1987 with the esteemed Sri Dharma Mittra as well as Shivananada Yoga. The pettiness of the business of music and the untimely death of his father led him to India in 1988 where he dove deeper into the lifestyle and spirituality of India. He became a celibate monk at a Krishna Bhakti Ashram for 6 years where he intensely studied, meditated and lived the ancient yogic texts. In 1991 in the sacred village of Vrindavan he was awarded the name Raghunath and two years later in that same holy town awarded diksha or the sacred thread, for his study. Now, 24 years later, he’s an accomplished yogi in many styles, and married with five children. Considered a teacher’s teacher, he leads retreats, workshops and yoga teacher trainings around the world and with his wife at their yoga retreat center, Supersoul Farm, located in upstate New York. He is an expert at taking the esoteric yoga philosophy and making it understandable and practical for the contemporary world.

 

 

DJ Drez and Marti Nikko

An organic blend of music and movement

DJ Drez’s music has been moving bodies for more than two decades. His sound is an organic blend of mystical hip-hop, reggae roots and Indian raga that has been known to instigate an ecstatic dance party one instant, and soothe a group into a meditative savasana the next. If you’re a fan of Drez, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the mysterious, seductive voice of Marti Nikko gracing dozens of the albums, tracks and remixes he’s released over his prolific career. Nikko’s innate spark illuminates Explorers of Infinity. Her soul-soaked vocals dance and play in the spaces impeccably arranged by DJ Drez, highlighting a natural chemistry developed and enhanced through years of performing, living and loving together. The result is a beautiful, eclectic collection of music made for all sacred movement and moods. In addition to making music, Marti teaches yoga and Pilates in Los Angeles where she and Drez live and love their 13-year-old son and newborn baby girl.

DJ Drez is a sound pioneer. With an ear for cutting edge sonic ambiance, a finger on the pulse of music that makes bodies move, and the vision and skill to obliterate genre and boundary with his own trademark sound and production, Drez has skyrocketed to international acclaim from the dancehall to the yoga shala.

A truly gifted teacher, Marti is known for motivating her students through her own passion. Fully certified in Yoga and the Pilates Method, and having worked in the fitness industry for the past 14 years, she teaches from a deep understanding of movement dynamics and the body. Keeping students engaged using unique modifications and variations to the classic repertoire, her sessions encourage focus and concentration. She continually supports her desires to learn new methods and her ability to help one find strength and ease through practice. She takes master workshops each year and believes in the deep healing power of yoga for all. It is her desire to create space that allows for greater depth, awareness and overall well being in one’s practice.

Gretchen Mills

Gretchen Mills

Yoga teacher | Owner Key West Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga is the teacher of simplicity, honesty, love, connection and surrender. It is the study of humanity and the relationship with all things, big and small. As owner of the Key West Yoga Sanctuary, Gretchen is honored to have the opportunity to create a space that encourages focus and the practice of presence, exposing our innate wisdom and our potential to grow with deep compassion and care for all; the true essence of life itself. Her personal studies are focused on philosophy, mindfulness and several styles of yoga with master teachers from across the globe. The teachings have most importantly led Gretchen to learn from within–through attention, listening, teaching, living, and simply being. Gretchen is also the co- owner of Inner Sanctum Yoga, offering teaching modules for yoga teachers. She is committed to bringing mindfulness to her community through community classes to the local schools. Gretchen travels regularly to deepen her studies and has received certifications for 200 & 500 Hr RYT, Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork, various trauma trainings, and yoga therapy.

Erika Hawks

Erika Hawks

Yoga teacher | Key West Yoga Sanctuary

Erika practices and teaches yoga because she has experienced first hand its transformative power. She loves sharing the benefits of yoga and making the practices accessible to anyone who expresses a desire. As a teacher, Erika strives to create a nurturing space where students can experience the joy of yoga for themselves. Erika began her yoga journey over a decade ago and spent years exploring various styles of yoga. Quite serendipitously, in 2008 she was first introduced to ashtanga yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and immediately she knew she had found her path. That same year, she was blessed to travel to Mysore, India where she studied with R. Sharath Jois. In 2010 she felt inspired to delve deeper, completing her first 200 RYT and beginning to teach. In the years that followed she has undertaken a second 200RYT, completed a year long apprenticeship at Miami Life Center and relocated from Miami Beach to Key West where she currently teaches yoga daily at the Key West Yoga Sanctuary.
Jolie Wilson

Jolie Wilson

Yoga Teacher | Owner Full Circle Retreats & Full Circle School of Yoga and Intuitive Arts

Having studied and practiced yoga, meditation, and intuitive arts for 18 years, Jolie believes these practices are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others. As a yoga teacher, a paddleboard yoga instructor, Reiki Level II practitioner, and teacher of kids yoga and meditation classes, Jolie is ever delving deeper into these passions. As a mother of four who found herself embarking on a journey a bit different than expected, Jolie turned toward these practices for healing from depression, anxiety, and at the time what felt like a broken life. In addition to nurturing our soul and spirit, our physical body is the temple. Keeping it strong and healthy is vital to an enlightened life. Being of service to others and aiding them in healing their lives, improving their health, and living authentically is Jolie’s purpose in life.

Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes

Yoga Teacher | Ayurvedic Specialist

Emily discovered yoga as therapy for her body after sustaining a serious spinal injury while competing in marathons. It didn’t take long for the internal benefits of yoga to come through and start to change every aspect of how Emily lived her fast-paced life. Emily became a registered yoga teacher and SUP yoga instructor.  Shortly afterward, Emily started her own SUP and beach yoga company on the Great Lakes. The calling of more yogic knowledge was so great that she ultimately decided to travel to India to study under a Guru and Swami, earning her  RYT 500 with a specialization in Ayurveda. Emily is also a Shamballa Light Reiki Master Teacher. Emily truly lives the teachings of yoga while guiding powerful classes with a pure and kind heart.
Natalia Duke

Natalia Duke

Yoga and Pilates Teacher

Natalia has studied and practiced yoga, meditation, and mindfulness all over the world. She draws on her travels and practices to offer unique classes in her hometown of Key West.  Natalia’s classes are a nourishing combination of yogic philosophy, challenging asanas, and connection to the breath. Her classes offer opportunity to tap into your inner and outer strength and flexibility whilst settling into your own rhythm and flow.  Her broad base of influences and training have been immensely important to her spiritual development. Additionally, Natalia is a Health Coach and practitioner of Thai Yoga Bodywork.
JJ Noah

JJ Noah

Yoga Teacher | Children’s Yoga Teacher

JJ, a full time physical education teacher, came to yoga through her love of running. After finding her personal yoga practice improved not only her pace & flexibility but also her peace of mind, JJ became a certified yoga teacher in July of 2014. As with most journeys her passion and direction became more clear the following year as she began teaching kids yoga regularly as well as beginning her Yoga for Athletes Certification in 2015. JJ’s vision has only become clearer as time has passed, and she is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with all.

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

Yoga Teacher

Michelle is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a paralegal and first began practicing Bikram yoga in the late 1990s. In the spring of 2016, she attended and graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in India and went on to teach yoga in India, Spain, Italy (where she was certified as a pyroPilates instructor), Latvia, and Florida (USA). After nearly a year of traveling, teaching brought Michelle to Key West, Florida, where she completed her Barre teaching certification. She decided to stay in paradise and opened Next Hot Yoga, a hot yoga studio offering traditional and express Bikram yoga, mat Pilates, Yin, Vinyasa and Barre.

Nicolas de Villada

Nicolas de Villada

Yoga Teacher

Born in Paris, France, Nicolas moved to Miami with his family when he was four. Growing up Nick felt out of place and began looking for answers in all the wrong places. Struggling to find himself Nick battled several personal problems, but fortunately, through his Fiancé, he found Yoga. Since the moment he began taking his personal practice seriously, Nick began to see the transformational qualities of the practice blooming in his own life. He has completed a 200 hour Power Vinyasa training and a 200 hour equivalent Ashtanga Vinyasa Intensive and assists in the morning Ashtanga and Mysore program daily at the Miami Life Center. Through the practice and teachings of yoga, Nick has found purpose in his life and is eager to share his knowledge and passion of yoga to as many people as possible.
Flavia Krishna & Gershone

Flavia Krishna & Gershone

Chanting, singing duo

Based out of Athens/Atlanta, Flavia and Gershone are a chanting/singing duo spreading Light through Sacred Sounds…Chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English,Portuguese, Hebrew,& Spanish…they facilitate sound healing experiences for expanding our self expression and connecting to the Divine. The Greek word for soul, psyche, is also translated as “breath.” Toning, chanting, and singing are all effective ways to explore consciousness through the embodiment of sound.”

Tara McCabe

Tara McCabe

Yoga Teacher | Children’s Yoga Teacher

Tara began exploring yoga in 2001 as she was beginning a journey into motherhood. Practicing pranayama, asana, and meditation proved to be helpful in creating a joyful experience through this life’s transformation. She began teaching pre-natal and kids yoga in 2007 and joined the Shakti Yoga family in 2008. Tara teaches moderate flow, flow, and kids yoga. She is also devoted to monthly kirtans and has completed two 200 hour trainings. In 2009, Tara brought together her two passions of yoga and her love for the ocean and founded Key West Paddle Board Yoga, known as Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga today. All of Tara’s classes begin with chanting and pranayama, and are followed by a playful flow sequence. Tara encourages her yogis to practice with humor, non-judgment and compassion.

Marlene Koeing

Marlene Koeing

Yoga Teacher | Artist

The Buddha said, The mind is a restless monkey. Marlene’s path through life has been an endeavor to still and calm that monkey, through her creative, spiritual and yoga practices. On repeated travels to India and Nepal over the years, visiting numerous Ashrams, monasteries and yoga retreats, her understanding of these traditions has deepened.  While living in New York City as a young adult, Marlene began her investigation into the world of yoga, studying with countless gifted instructors. Marlene also studied with Barbra Weichman, a talented senior Iyengar teacher. Upon returning to Key West, Marlene has been lucky enough to be welcomed into the Shakti Yoga family. She now sees her practice as fully informed by her life as an artist and student of eastern philosophy and spirituality.

Robin Sunquiet

Robin Sunquiet

Yoga Teacher | Musician

Robin Sunquiet holds a BA in Music and Yoga from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. With a 1,000 hour yoga teacher training certification and a regular “pop sing along” music gig schedule, he embodies a bridge between modern music and traditional yogic song.

Solaya and Debra Kupchok

Solaya and Debra Kupchok

Yoga Teachers | Integrated practices

Solaya has completed 500 hours Yoga Teacher designation with more than a 1000 hours of teaching various styles of yoga from Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin. She has completed 200 Yoga Teacher Training in Florida and 300 hours YTT in Rishikesh, India  with Sattva Academy specializing on spiritual growth awareness through Kriya, Breath work, Yoga philosophy, Sutras & Mantras and of course asana practice. Debra has been working with crystals and healing gemstones for over 25 years. She is a Certified Crystal Therapist, Consultant and Reiki Master. The focus and method of their teachings are directly related to laser focus on conscious evolution. They offer a holistic approach of Yoga creating the space for you to  enter in communion with your lightness of Being both on and off the mat. They teach an integration of yoga practice, incorporating breath work, meditation, yoga philosophy, asana practice, mantras, mudras and Kriya sets.

Ashley Kamen

Ashley Kamen

Yoga Teacher

Ashley Kamen has been teaching yoga in Key West for over 15 years. With specialized training in yoga for scoliosis, prenatal yoga and yoga therapy, she enjoys working with people of all levels and ages.

 

Cricket Desmarais

Cricket Desmarais

Registered yoga teacher

Cricket is a registered yoga teacher, mother, marketing and communications specialist, writer and artist. Cricket is dedicated to living a more luminous, joyful and creative life – as simply and sanely as possible. Cricket will share her expertise of the controversial cannabidioil, a non-psychoactive and nutritional hemp oil supplement used therapeutically to decrease pain, fight cancer, prevent neurodegenerative diseases, & promote health & well-being.

Our Speakers

Throughout the Main Event day on Saturday, our participating speakers will help you understand the benefits of balancing mind and body. We are grateful for their participation in the festival. Learn more about our speakers.

Karen Moore

Karen Moore

Jewelry designer | Positivity promoter

Karen Moore is a jewelry designer and positivity promoter who uses elements from Mother Nature to craft jewelry and share healthy lifestyle practices through her brand, ZEN by Karen Moore®. Inspired by the ocean, the earth and things truly organic, the raw elements of her work come together to create a simple, yet elegant, product that people can put on and experience. Not only does she handcraft custom creations, Karen takes pride in educating her clients about the powerful gem qualities that make the jewelry unique and personal. She is on a mission with her company ZEN by Karen Moore® to spread positive energy and part of her work focuses on personal intention and giving back.
Cricket Desmarais

Cricket Desmarais

Registered yoga teacher

Cricket is a registered yoga teacher, mother, marketing and communications specialist, writer and artist. Cricket is dedicated to living a more luminous, joyful and creative life – as simply and sanely as possible. Cricket will share her expertise of the controversial cannabidioil, a non-psychoactive and nutritional hemp oil supplement used therapeutically to decrease pain, fight cancer, prevent neurodegenerative diseases, & promote health & well-being.
Nancy Curran

Nancy Curran

HeartMath Certified Coach Mentor

Nancy Curran is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, recognizing her as an expert in one or more of Yoga Alliance’s Educational categories. She currently is a ERYT 200 hr registered yoga instructor, and was the lead instructor of Yoga on the Beach’s 200 hr Becoming Yoga Teacher Training program for 11 years. She holds a Masters degree from Cambridge College in Adult Education, which is where she was inspired to a path of life-long learning. She earned her certification in Alchemia Yoga from the Dovestar Institute of Holistic Technology, where she also received certification as a Reiki Alchemia Practitioner.  Nancy is a HeartMath® Certified Coach Mentor, a HeartMath® Certified Trainer and certified as a Breema bodyworker. Nancy teaches Yoga on the Beach in Massachusetts on Cape Cod and in Key West.

Debra Kupchok

Debra Kupchok

Crystal therapist | Reiki master | Sound healer

Debra Kupchok has a passion to awaken consciousness through the healing energies of Crystals & Gemstones. With 30+ years of experience, Debra has honed her gift of empowering and encouraging others to heal and awaken as they journey down their own unique individual spiritual path. She offers classes, workshops and private consultations teaching others how to use stones in their everyday lives, as well as Crystal Reiki Healing sessions and Crystal Readings. Debra designs and creates gemstone jewelry for her web based business, SpiralsofLight.com.

 

Dr. Ashley Hoyt

Dr. Ashley Hoyt

Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician

Dr. Ashley Hoyt has been serving the health care needs of the community in Key West for over 20 years. With a background in psychology and pre-med, she has been practicing alternative medicine for over 25 years including Chinese medicine, Acupuncture and therapeutic bodywork. Ashley is committed to teaching us how to live our lives in a peaceful, pain free state. She has dedicated her work to the achievement of wellness and a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Ryan Barnett

Dr. Ryan Barnett

Owner Key West Chiropractic

Dr. Ryan Barnett is a graduate of Life University College of Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga. He received his Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Ryan aspires to teach the vital principles of life, health, healing and well-being.  Dr. Ryan has always strived for health and wellness.Therefore, it should come as no surprise that his chiropractic practice is based on a vitalistic wellness model and a “gentle whole person approach” when taking care of his clients of all ages. By combining his hands and heart, Dr. Ryan believes health and wellness is a journey of progress and improvement.

Carolina Horn

Carolina Horn

Certified Health Coach

Carolina studied Dietetics and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Carolina also studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she became a Certified Health Coach and is now offering health coaching services with her business, Thrive With Food, in Key West, FL. Carolina is also a registered yoga teacher, and is currently teaching yoga and meditation at Shakti Yoga Key West. Carolina enjoys applying a holistic whole-body approach to help her clients improve their energy, mood and discover the root cause of their symptoms. Carolina was born and raised in Key West and enjoys cooking, yoga and traveling.

Sofia Artola

Sofia Artola

Ayurvedic consultant and practitioner

Sofia Artola began her yoga journey in 2000, and has since dedicated her time to explore, learn and share her experiences of the practice. She opened Shakti Yoga Studio in 2005, with a vision to offer a peaceful, happy and relaxed space for all to come and practice. Sofia has studied with world renowned teachers, in ashrams both in the US and abroad, traveled to Nepal and India to explore the true essence of yoga and on to Thailand, where she studied Thai yoga massage. She is  graduate from Sai Ayurvedic College and Wellness Center with an Associate degree on Vedic studies. She is currently practicing as an Ayurvedic consultant and practitioner.

Jyl Auxter

Jyl Auxter

PhD

Jyl Auxter, PhD is an internationally gifted psychic healer, spiritual mentor and author. For the past 30 years, Jyl has used energy medicine to help countless people heal their bodies and experience deeper states of wellness. She currently lives with her husband in Frankfurt, Germany.

Layla Barr

Layla Barr

Owner | Nourish

Layla Barr is a life enthusiast, mom, Wellness chef, certified Integrative Nutrition health coach and owner of Nourish. Layla shares her passion to help people nourish themselves and create a luminous life through the concept of full life integration. This whole life approach to health and happiness is based on the integration of primary foods- soul, vitality, family, creativity and work. She is delighted to be a part of the inaugural Key West Yoga and Wellness Fest.
Sue Cooper

Sue Cooper

Entrepreneur | Author | Mindset Coach

Sue is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker who believes in the power of storytelling to motivate, inspire and educate. She built a business (Lazy Dog Adventures) by doing things differently and created a company culture where people (including Sue) want to come to work. By combining her own first-hand experiences, with her business expertise, she delivers a compelling yet relatable off the leash approach to business and life in her presentations for conferences, interviews, meetings, retreats, workshops and seminars that can be adapted to suit any venue and audience. The owner of Lazy Dog Adventures in Key West, Florida, and author of Millionaire in Flip Flops, she is an experienced business leader working with entrepreneurs, event organizers and teams sharing the Lazy Dog way of doing things differently.

Raji Kelly Simpson

Raji Kelly Simpson

Yoga teacher | Massage therapist | Numerologist

Teaching and building businesses around ‘what she loves’ since the age of 14, Raji grew up a competitive gymnast and dancer; so playing with embodiment, bodies, space and possibility is just who she is. Always asking what is possible? What else can I add to my life that would be a contribution to me in the world? Raji has spent the last 20 years as a bodyworker/massage therapist, dancer, DJ, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, JourneyDance Facilitator and professional numerologist. What she loves the most right now is being a leader in the plant medicine movement (hemp; non-psychoactive), being a Certified Access Bars Facilitator of Access Consciousness and teaching Access Bars workshops everywhere she goes.

“How I do anything is how I do everything…really what I do is invite/teach others to BE the energy they want to be, have, create in the world and access their own inner knowing to create a life beyond this reality.”

Danielle Huard

Danielle Huard

Make-Up artist | Beauty guru

Danielle Huard is a true pioneer of professional make-up using airbrush techniques for high-definition makeup. Having trained in the United States in California, in 2005 Danielle founded and managed the first Professional Makeup Academy specializing in airbrush technology.  An author of four books, including a bestseller on essential oils and natural beauty, she has written several beauty blog posts in many fashion and aesthetic journals. Among other things, Danielle has taught cosmetology, nutrition and aromatherapy at the prestigious Edith Serei School and the Montreal Botanical Garden. She founded the Quebec Aromatherapy Association in 1995, helping to promote not only the benefits of essential oils, but also to raise the profile of producers from home and around the world.

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(305) 587-9115

Email

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Festival Event Locations

Higgs Beach

Hemingway House

Green Pineapple Wellness Center

Southermost House

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

 

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