Trisha Stotler

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Trisha’s varied interests and expertise bring an eclectic flair to Insight Shop class offerings.  A long-time student and teacher of meditation, she has a keen interest in the study of consciousness, and how we can use these insights to lead happier, more meaningful lives. She co-leads a weekly drop-in meditation group in Vienna, and is the creator of the yearlong course Bringing Mindfulness to Life. Among her certifications are Spiritual Direction under the guidance of the Sisters of Mercy, Depth Hypnosis with Dr. Isa Gucciardi, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, and Mindful Schools training in K-12 education.  She is also a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), and leads classes and residential retreats in the DC area.

Deborah Ross

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Deborah leads the expressive writing program at The Shop.  A 20+ year veteran in the world of individual and couple’s psychotherapy, Deborah retired in 2015 to immerse herself full-time in her passion for journaling and other forms of expressive writing. Deborah is the author of Your Brain on Ink, which delves into the neuroscience research that supports using writing to create new neural pathways that lead to resilience, vitality, greater peace of mind, and improved well-being.  She is also a senior instructor of Journal to the Self, a nationally known program that uses structured writing prompts to foster personal growth, creative expression and life enrichment. On top of all of this, Deborah is a fountain of information on every farmer’s market in the area, where to buy the best cheese, and what breed of sheep produces the best wool. Her newest adventure is learning to row.

Corinne Krill

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Corinne Krill, M.A., E-RYT and CTSY teaches stress-reduction and healing techniques to adults and children of all ages and abilities through mindfulness, breath and movement, with a particular emphasis on teens and young adults, as well as those managing PTSD. In fall 2017, she will join GWU as an adjunct professor teaching yoga and meditation courses. For the past few years, Corinne has worked with MINDS Inc., a non-profit bringing Mindfulness Practices to local school communities in northern Virginia. In her role, she directed and oversaw programming for close to 2,000 students and over 700 adults. Corinne has received over 500 hours in training in different modalities, including Trauma Sensitive Yoga, MBSR-T (Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction for Teens), Mindful Schools Curriculum, Radiant Child Yoga and Yoga for Differently-Abled Children.

  • Bebe Hansen
    Bebe Hansen

    Bebe integrates her extensive business experience with her psychotherapy background to coach leaders, teams and organizations in building leadership skills and capacities. She is a leadership coach, consultant and trainer, and holds certifications from Presence-Based® Coaching, the Strozzi Institute and the Enneagram Institute.  Bebe also delivers leadership development training around the Washington, DC metro area.  She holds a BA in Business and a MS in Social Work, and is an PCC credentialed coach through ICF.  Bebe serves on the core Presence-Based Coaching faculty and teaches the Mentor Coaching Course. She practices yoga and meditation, whips up tasty meals with family and friends, and occasionally can be found sailing the Potomac.

    • Caroline Hockenberry
      Caroline Hockenberry

      Caroline has been a knitter her whole life, and a spinner for over 20 years.  Her passion for fiber led her to teaching, and working in a retail yarn shop for over a decade.  She loves education, opening the door to beginners, or expanding the horizons of more experienced fiber people.  In her classes and events, she’s found the kindred spirit between fiber friends, whether knitters, spinners, hand-dyers or fiber producers, is creatively uplifting and inspiring.  She’s taught students from children to seniors, and always finds the same joy and encouragement when “Fibernating” in all age groups.  There is a tangible feeling of connection and community when knitters and spinners are together, and her goal is to encourage more students, and create more opportunities for gathering to share this powerful creative energy.  She owns Fibernate LLC, a fiber arts company that educates, organizes fiber arts events, and sells spinning wheels and equipment. Her patterns are available in her pattern store, and she has also been published in Spin-off magazine.

      • Sue Holyoke Johnston
        Sue Holyoke Johnston

        Sue has been an intuitive painter for over 15 years and an art-maker her whole life. As a psychotherapist in her first career, she became more and more convinced that the path to healing was in the space where the wholeness of mind, body and spirit is honored. Sue is a licensed clinical social worker, registered yoga teacher, and certified Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine Practitioner (Center for Mind-Body Medicine). She was an Instructor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and was Mind-Body Medicine Program Coordinator in internal medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, with Zindel Segal and Susan Woods, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.

        Sue has appeared on CBS News Nightwatch, The Diane Rehm Show, and Weekend Edition with Susan Stamberg. She is co-author of Pregnancy Bedrest: A Guidebook for the Pregnant Woman and Her Family.

        • Elena Kyrgos
          Elena Kyrgos

          Elena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She’s studied with several world-renowned professionals such as Brené Brown, Tara Brach and Rick Hanson, and completed numerous post-graduate trainings at highly accredited institutions/programs; e.g. Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and the Institute of Brain Potential. She’s also cultivating her passion for yoga, having completed teacher trainings in Vinyasa and Life Force Yoga.  Elena has dedicated her life to redefining what it means to be healthy, offering unique opportunities for her clients to rediscover the psychological, emotional, and physical freedom needed to live life to the fullest.

          • Rachel Nusbaum
            Rachel Nusbaum

            Rachel is a partner, mom, daughter, and sister who writes in pursuit of connection with herself and others. Sharing the journey of her son’s diagnosis of congenital heart disease on a national stage was the inspiration behind Rachel’s creative business, Orchid Story, LLC ( The mission of Orchid Story is to empower individuals to tell their stories of struggle as a path to finding freedom and meaning. Rachel has worked professionally as a genetic counselor for over a decade. Her love of teaching has been shared with a wide range of students from kindergarteners to graduate and medical students at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland. She lives with her husband and two kids in Vienna, VA.


            • Caroline Petit
              Caroline Petit

              Caroline has been studying improv for eight years in Washington, DC. She has taught nearly all the class levels at Washington Improv Theater, was an ensemble member and director at Washington Improv Theater, and coaches practice and indie groups around DC. She believes that long-form improvisational comedy is a contemplative practice, calling on each person in the ensemble to be finely attuned to themselves and others. She brings a strong background in group facilitation from her years as a rowing coach, alternative spring break leader, scout troop leader, mindfulness teacher and program manager for college students. She has a master’s degree in Education and a BS in Psychology.

              • Jessica Piscitelli Robinson
                Jessica Piscitelli Robinson

                Jessica is the founder of the storytelling organization Better Said Than Done. She’s been writing fiction since elementary school, and went on to writing scripts and studying filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has been a regular commentator on WAMU, DC’s NPR station. Prior to discovering storytelling for the stage, she ran a screenwriting workshop for six years. Jessica performed her first story in 2007 and has been addicted ever since – performing stories for Story District, Fan-Freaking-Tastic, TEDx, the Grapevine, McLean Bible Church, Stories in the Round, the Reston Nature House and any venue or corporate event in need of a great story. She has led storytelling workshops for Marie Stopes International, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, AHRQ and for several non profit and corporate clients, as well as regularly teaching Better Said Than Done storytelling workshops. Her urban fantasy novel, Caged, was published in October 2016 and she’s a co-author of the anthology Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors.


                • Ben Ross
                  Ben Ross

                  Ben teaches introductory and advanced knitting classes and workshops.  Past students have referred to these classes as “Zen with Ben.” Whether you want to learn to knit a scarf in 4 weeks, are already a knitter and looking for a place to share your ideas and learn about cool new patterns and yarns, or are an accomplished knitter and feel stuck in the middle of a complicated project, Ben’s your guy. He learned to knit when he was 14 years old, and added crocheting and spinning a few years later. He likes to make all sorts of things from toys to sweaters to winter accessories. However, he usually prefers not to make more than one of any one item, so he can always play with something new – both the yarn and the pattern.

                  • Karyn Sandelman 
                    Karyn Sandelman 

                    Karyn Sandelman is the Founder and Lead Teacher of A Mindful Choice, LLC, which offers secular mindfulness programs in varied settings.  In sharing mindfulness with others, she weaves together her personal passion about its positive transformative potential with her training, skill, and experience as a teacher, coach, leader, and facilitator.  Karyn is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher (trained by the renowned Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center) and a Certified Mindful Schools Instructor.  From 2015 through June 2017, Karyn served as the Director of Elementary and Adult Programs for Minds, Inc., a non-profit bringing mindfulness to youth and adults in the D.C. region.  Previously, Karyn held leadership positions at Freddie Mac, and earned her Master of Science degree at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University. Karyn is a deeply grateful mother of two grown children and she has been practicing and studying mindfulness steadfastly for the past 20 years.


                    • Mark Thurston
                      Mark Thurston

                      Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is Dir. of Educational Programs at GMU’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, He directs and teaches the undergraduate minor in well-being (an academic and practical study of positive psychology, resilience, meaning, and mindfulness).  Mark is author of 14 books about personal spirituality, mindfulness, dream psychology, and well-being – most recently a new, second edition of Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose.

                      • Bill Weech, Ed.D.
                        Bill Weech, Ed.D.

                        Bill Weech is an award-winning leadership trainer, executive coach, and management consultant. Because of his more than two decades of experience in leadership development, the Department of State entrusted Bill to redesign its leadership training for both new American ambassadors and new senior executives. As a consultant, Bill has designed and facilitated workshops on topics such as teambuilding, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and process improvement. Bill is certified in a variety of psychological assessment tools, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO B, and the Eisenhower School’s EADP. Bill has also earned executive coaching credentials from Coach U, the Newfield Network, and Coaches Training Institute, as well as sports coaching certificates from the U.S. Soccer Federation and Cycling USA.

                        Now retired, Bill fills his time with service activities such as visiting hospice patients, teaching financial literacy to teenagers, and mentoring. Bill lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, four children, and two step-children.

                        • Steven Youssef
                          Steven Youssef

                          Steven is the co-founder of the organizations Sequential Soils and Hive Hive. Sequential Soils produces and sells worm castings for the creation of high quality compost and compost teas, which form a vibrant and bacteria-resistant substrate for container and raised bed gardening.  Hive Hive provides educational seminars on the topic of beekeeping, and hands-on management of bee hives for large farms and small producers across Northern Virginia. After a 15-year career in economic development with  USAID, Steven “dropped out” to pursue his passion for sustainable agriculture and gardening, including a love of pollinators.  Steven lives with his wife and kids in Vienna, Va.

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