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Beth Woolsey

Beth Woolsey is the writer and humorist behind BethWoolsey.com and is a self-described mess maker, magic finder, rule breaker, and kindness monger. She’s been described by readers as “optimistic, authentic, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny” and she was named one of SheKnows.com’s Top Five Moms Who Will Make You Laugh Out Loud. Beth is INCREDIBLY excited to add international retreat destinations in 2019, capitalizing on her extensive international travel experience to 5 continents and over 40 countries. Beth’s true passion lies in creating authentic communities full of imperfect people. She loves wild truths and unreasonable grace, and she’s really far too loud for…

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Heidi Hopkins

Heidi Hopkins has been studying, practicing, and supporting others in contemplative practice for the last 15 years. She graduated with BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and has been fascinated by the brain and body ever since. Heidi has trained in a variety of settings since college, most recently with Richard Rohr in the Living School for Action and Contemplation and with Mindful Schools in their year long certification program. She currently teaches mindfulness to public school students and works in one on one and group settings with adults and youth. You can read more about mindfulness and Heidi here. Heidi is humbled…

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Kim McDonough

Kim McDonough is a dedicated teacher, a life-long learner, a dreamer, a tender, and now, with the acquisition of Cairns Farm, a farmer. On hiatus from her profession as a middle school humanities and leadership teacher, Kim lives and works full time at Cairns Farm now with her husband, three youngest children (the oldest is grown and flown!), twenty-two chickens, seven goats, and four pigs. Above all, Kim is passionate about creating inclusive spaces where deep connection and authentic community are cherished and valued.

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Maggie Peterson

Maggie Peterson is a friendly and energetic graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies. In addition to her work as retreat registrar, Maggie manages high end, oceanfront, vacation rentals on the Oregon Coast, including the one we use for the retreats! She loves good food, international travel, being outside, getting rowdy, and investing in people in her community, so enjoy her youthful presence and don’t be intimidated by her friendly approach to bonding.

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Melanie Springer Mock

Melanie Springer Mock is a Professor of English at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. In 2009, she won the GFU Undergraduate Faculty of the Year award. She is the author or co-author of five books, including most recently Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else, released in April 2017. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. Her primary interests include making her 15-year-old sons spend time with her, watching good (that is, awful) reality television, and drinking Diet Coke.

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Monica Tweet, PT CST-D, JSCC

Monica Tweet is a Physical Therapist specializing in Craniosacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release techniques. CST/SER is an osteopathic, hands-on, whole-body approach to wellness. Integration of dream tending techniques cultivates another opportunity for facilitating somatic healing and integration of body, mind, and soul. Monica also serves as a Dream Guide by assisting people withdeveloping helping and healing relationships with dream images. Dream Tending deepens one’sconnections to self, with others, nature, and the divine, and assists us with participating in a life more fully present and engaged in the way of the dream.

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Polly Peterson

Polly Peterson is an Assistant Professor of English at George Fox University and a playwright. From Newberg, Oregon, Polly pursues stories because she believes every person is valuable and has something important to say. She takes a holistic approach to writing instruction, caring as much about what the writer wants to say as how she says it, and she’s an accomplished small group leader, putting people at ease and ensuring the whole group receives the benefit of each individual contribution.