Exceptional Facilitator - really gifted.  I'm very grateful for all I learned.  ~ 2012 Cancer Retreat Partiicpant

Our Faculty

 

Faculty for Cancer Program 

 Chris Adams, MD, Cancer Program Facilitator, has practiced family medicine for over 25 years and is now working as a counselor, consultant and medical advocate.  In her current practice, she focuses on supporting people with the process of connecting with their inner knowing, resilience and compassion through inquiry, body awareness, imagery and other contemplative practice.  She has been a facilitator at Harmony Hill for many years and teaches medical students at the University of Washington about mind body medicine and the art of healing.

Melode Brewer, RYT, CES, Cancer Program Yoga facilitator, joined Harmony Hill's faculty in 2000, and shares her support at a variety of events.  She is a dedicated yoga practitioner, and shares the joy & peace of the practice with community and private sessions.  Her teachings are influenced by the classical teachings of yoga.  She is a certified Yoga Of The Heart instructor.  Her offerings are available on
www.breatherelaxbreathe.com

Denise Carrico, BFA, Cancer Program Yoga Facilitator, also  facilitates Wellness Program workshops and weekly Yoga classes onsite at Harmony Hill.  Her gentle and approachable personality, along with her passion for nature, art and people, brings a loyal following to her classes and workshop.   She has taught yoga nationally and is a certified yoga instructor and member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association. Denise is the Yoga Teacher in Residence at Harmony Hill, an avid hiker, artist and calligrapher,  and teaches publicly for all populations. Her first instructional yoga CD was released in December 2002. She also has produced, with Cancer Lifeline, a CD entitled The Joy of Yoga: The Fine Art of Being, of Breathing, of Healing, released in 2003. 

Chris Cuneo, MSW, Family Cancer Retreat Facilitator,  is an early childhood mental health specialist working at Holly Ridge Center in Bremerton serving children birth to three who have special needs and their families. Her experience as a Child Life counselor and as a hospice children’s camp counselor drew her to work with children and families living with cancer.

Dhaval Dhru, MD, Cancer Program Facilitator,  is a retired ENT Surgeon with more than twenty years of experience. He was in private practice in Federal Way, Washington and is currently practicing as consultant and educator of Ayurveda and Yoga at Federal Way Ayurveda and Yoga.   Dr. Dhru conducts Ayurvedic retreats/workshops and seminars at various locations nationally as well as internationally including teaching assignments at Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM.   Dr. Dhru is a certified Yoga teacher approved by Yoga Alliance having undergone yoga teacher’s training at White Lotus Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA and also at The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque NM.  He teaches Yoga at Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way. He also provides individual and private Ayurvedic yoga Therapy sessions incorporating Ayurvedic principle so as to come up with appropriate yoga practice for an individual. Dr. Dhru is currently serving on the board of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and on the Standards committee of NAMA.

Lu (Annalu) Farber,MBA, MATS, Cancer Program Facilitator. A transition consultant in relationship-centered care systems and interpersonal communications with emphasis in end-of-life communications and accompaniment. Lu is experienced in guiding teams in healthcare, trust and investments, and nonprofit organizations through progressive systemic changes. She is a certified Spiritual Director providing spiritual accompaniment, a process that supports growing into our best selves by providing a safe place to explore, question, discover and deepen our values and beliefs. She is also a contributing author to Living with Dying: A handbook for end-of-life healthcare practitioners, and When the Caring Professional Weeps: emotional and counter-transference responses in end-of-life care.

J Fields, MA, LMFT, Cancer Program Facilitator, has studied Tai Ji and Qi Gong for years. He also provides mentoring for new Harmony Hill faculty. His private practice involves movement, meditation, passionate spirituality, expressive art, and poetry. J has journeyed through his own cancer treatment and is most grateful for the doors it opened.

Ricardo Gomez, PhD, Cancer Program Facilitator, is a member of the University of Washington Information School and is an experienced teacher, researcher and group facilitator.  As a researcher he explores ways in which community organizations can make better use of information technologies to improve their lives, and as an experienced facilitator he works with nonprofit and government organizations in the US, Canada and Latin America to help groups do their best collective thinking.  In 2010 he published "Breathe and Celebrate" which chronicles his late wife's and his own journey through cancer.  In 2013 Ricardo joined Harmony Hill faculty as a cancer program facilitator.   

Nora Larson, BS, RYT, Certified Wellness Coach and Cancer Program Facilitator,  believes in empowering individuals and groups through a whole-systems approach to wellness that integrates physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual dimensions.  She obtained her Health & Wellness Coaching certification through the graduate school at the University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality & Healing.  She also holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the UMN, and is a registered yoga teacher with specialized training in yoga and cancer therapy.  Nora creates a safe and sacred space for individuals or groups to authentically explore their journey, while offering tools and practices that empower and nurture.

Ronnie Hacken, MA, LMFT, Cancer Program Facilitator, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Olympia and is a cancer retreat facilitator. For over 25 years, Ronnie has been co-creating nurturing environments for people to heal, to nourish their innate resilience, and to develop and strengthen their emotional resources to cope with life and find joy in being alive in the moment.

Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, RYT, Cancer Program Nutrition Facilitator, is a dynamic nutrition educator, yoga practitioner, and author of four books on nutrition and healing. An "out-of-the-box" nutritionist, Dr. Minich sees more to food than just calories and nutrients. Her passion is in guiding people beyond the physical needs of food into understanding how food choices and the experience of eating impact not only the body, but emotions, thoughts, and subtle energy. She teaches that foods and eating provide creative ways that we can access deeper issues related to personal growth. Her approach is unique, as she uses a foundation of science, a sprinkle of spirituality, and a dash of practicality to help you create a meaningful relationship with meals. For more information, visit www.foodandspirit.com.

D. William (Bill) Moore, Stress Relief Facilitator, has taught hand drumming since 1998 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Mind- Body Medicine from The Evergreen State College. Bill has interned at the VA Hospital in Lakewood, WA, working with PTSD and drug & alcohol rehabilitation, with Karyn Laws, LMHC in Lacey WA working with PTSD and mood disorder recovery, and at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation in their severe dementia ward. His passion for helping others came through his own recovery from trauma after serving in Desert Storm. Using knowledge gained by his own recovery and intensive research into stress and stress related diseases, Bill has designed a new approach to healing using drums and meditation which is empirically based. 

Cobie Whitten, PhD, Cancer Program Facilitator, has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Psycho-Oncology Consultant for the Providence Regional Cancer System. She co-chairs the Survivorship, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Issues Taskforce of Washington CARES About Cancer. Previously, Dr. Whitten worked for the Washington State Department of Health in the Washington Breast & Cervical Health Program and has taught at Saint Martin's University. Her passion is creating survivorship services for cancer patients and their families at all points along the cancer continuum.

Leonie Wolff, RNC, LMT, Cancer Program and Grief and Loss Facilitator, has facilitated retreats for over 25 years and teaches from her heart with warmth, humor and passion.  Leonie is the owner of Embracing Wisdom LLC, a staff nurse in women's health, and an educator with the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.  She offers wellness programs, health education and consulting nationally.

 

 faculty for CUSTOMIZED RETREAT  

Kim Adams, Customized Retreat/Business Facilitator, has worked in the field of human potential and personal transformation for over 30 years. In the early years of her career, Kim's focus was in healthcare, where she held a variety of service and management positions in hospital and long term care environments. Kim's current work, as the owner of Heart of the Matter consulting, is with human systems of many kinds, encompassing businesses, non-profits, educational and governmental organizations. Her great depth of experience in individual transformation combines synergistically with human system transformation to produce change that inspires individuals and groups to reach their own greatest potential. This expresses itself in the forms of reaching concrete, measurable goals, greater functionality and profitability and personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

Denise Carrico, BFA, Cancer Program Yoga Facilitator, also  facilitates Wellness Program workshops and weekly Yoga classes onsite at Harmony Hill.  Her gentle and approachable personality, along with her passion for nature, art and people, brings a loyal following to her classes and workshop.   She has taught yoga nationally and is a certified yoga instructor and member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association. Denise is the Yoga Teacher in Residence at Harmony Hill, an avid hiker, artist and calligrapher,  and teaches publicly for all populations. Her first instructional yoga CD was released in December 2002. She also has produced, with Cancer Lifeline, a CD entitled The Joy of Yoga: The Fine Art of Being, of Breathing, of Healing, released in 2003.  

Jo Ann Fjellman, Customized Retreat/Business Facilitator, is a consultant committed to developing facilitation programs that generate meaningful dialogue, Jo Ann is most interested in building learning environments that shift and expand individual and collective thinking. Jo Ann's background includes youth group-work, facilitation, training, public speaking, sales and marketing. With a Fine Arts Degree from University of Oregon, a certificate in Youth & Community Work from Ulster University, a Training Specialist certificate from UW Extensions and graduate certificates from Pacific Integral in Generation Transformational Change and KORE Leadership in Women's Integral Leadership, Jo Ann is a life-long student who loves to explore new ways of thinking and being to sustain people and our planet.

Candi Foon, MS, Customized Retreat/Business Facilitator, has over 25 years corporate experience in retail management, sales, and administration; and entrepreneurial teaching experience in business, fitness, health and wellness. She holds an MS in Management from Seattle Antioch University. She is a health and wellness coach, and founding consultant of Integral Wellness Services — offering design, development, delivery, and support of compassion-based wellness approaches. She is a certified yoga teacher, Watsu and Reiki practitioner, with a spiritual practice of over 30 years. She offers private sessions and group workshops drawing from a variety of disciplines to enhance health and wellbeing from a whole-person (physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual) whole-system view. She provides a gentle, caring, supportive, safe environment with special attention to individual needs. As a partner of the Sunyata Group, she is an experienced convener, host and facilitator. For more information, visit www.sunyatagroup.ws.

Deanna Minich, PhD, CN, RYTis a dynamic nutrition educator, yoga practitioner, and author of four books on nutrition and healing. An "out-of-the-box" nutritionist, Dr. Minich sees more to food than just calories and nutrients. Her passion is in guiding people beyond the physical needs of food into understanding how food choices and the experience of eating impact not only the body, but emotions, thoughts, and subtle energy. She teaches that foods and eating provide creative ways that we can access deeper issues related to personal growth. Her approach is unique, as she uses a foundation of science, a sprinkle of spirituality, and a dash of practicality to help you create a meaningful relationship with meals. For more information, visit www.foodandspirit.com.  

Michele Raven brings over twenty years of experience in garden hardscape and woodworking. Implementing projects using "available" materials such as salvaged, wildcrafted, and found items is her specialty. A gifted designer, Michele created and installed the Harmony Hill garden fences and gates using lumber milled on site. Michele and several of her creative projects were featured on a recent HGTV program filmed at the Hill. Hands-on demonstration, interjected with humor and insight that comes with experience and the hard won knowledge of the self-taught, awaits the "wood" be participant.  
 

Faculty for Health Professional Programs 

Gretchen Schodde, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, is the Founder and Executive Director Emerita of Harmony Hill Retreat Center. The mission of Harmony Hill is to transform the lives of those affected by cancer and to inspire healthy living for all.  Gretchen is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a former UW Assistant Professor, and one of the first Nurse Practitioners in the state of Washington, with a lifelong commitment to community health and wellness. She is a nurse educator and co-facilitates retreats to the sacred Isle of Iona, Scotland.  In honor of her the life’s work she has received many awards including recently being inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame. The Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWONE) has presented Gretchen with their Transformational Pioneer and Distinguished Career awards. And the Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (AAPPN) has given her their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rosemary Spyhalsky, RN, OCN, HN-BC, is a founding member of VOICE for Healing in Healthcare and is a Holistic Oncology nurse practicing in Olympia, WA. She has been lifted and sustained by finding support as a founding member of VOICE for Healing in Healthcare with others who share a desire for healing in the nursing profession. She is committed to bringing body-mind-spirit care to oncology patients in her role as Nurse Coordinator of Providence Integrative Cancer Care, providing therapeutic yoga, acupuncture, oncology massage and naturopathy, and nutrition services to cancer patients in the setting of a conventional outpatient cancer treatment center in the South Puget Sound area.

Kathlene Tellgren, RN, BS, CEN, HN-BC has worked in a variety of healthcare settings and has over thirty years of nursing practice in trauma and emergency medicine.  She currently works as House Supervisor at Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, Washington.  Kathlene is a graduate of the Integrative Healing Arts Program through the Birch Tree Center for Healthcare Transformation and is nationally board certified in holistic nursing.  She serves on the board of directors for the Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, Washington and co-facilitates retreats to the Isle of Iona, Scotland. She is a founding member of Voice for Healing in Healthcare based in Washington State. Dedicated to healing healthcare, she empowers nurses to remember the heart and spirit of their work and renew a personal commitment to their calling.

Leonie Wolff, RNC, LMT, a founding member of VOICE for Healers in Healthcare and facilitator for "Creating Nursing Community: Your Story as a Healing Path", has facilitated retreats for over 25 years and teaches from her heart with warmth, humor and passion. Leonie is owner of Embracing Wisdom, LLC, a staff nurse in women's health, and an educator with The Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She offers wellness programs, health education and consulting nationally.


Weekly Yoga Faculty 

 Denise Carrico, BFA, Cancer Program Yoga Facilitator, also  facilitates Wellness Program workshops and weekly Yoga classes onsite at Harmony Hill.  Her gentle and approachable personality, along with her passion for nature, art and people, brings a loyal following to her classes and workshop.   She has taught yoga nationally and is a certified yoga instructor and member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association. Denise is the Yoga Teacher in Residence at Harmony Hill, an avid hiker, artist and calligrapher,  and teaches publicly for all populations. Her first instructional yoga CD was released in December 2002. She also has produced, with Cancer Lifeline, a CD entitled The Joy of Yoga: The Fine Art of Being, of Breathing, of Healing, released in 2003 .