Women's Weekend Instructor Information
As with the class information page, this page is also a "work in progress". As we get instructors, we
will be updating the info on this page. To learn about the fantastic instructors, here are some brief
bios on them. A partial list of Classes that they will teach can be found at
First, obviously, the two founders/coordinators of this event:
LINDA HARKNESS: -
Linda with daughter Juliana
Linda, who is the lovely wife of Emilio Marasco, (Meany's webmaster) and the mom of Christopher and
Juliana, has an MA in Psychology and has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 1990, practicing in
the Phinney Ridge neighborhood Her nickname (lovingly) is "Radiator Hands", as her hands are very
warm and comforting during massages. For the last couple of years, Linda has been offering massages on
winter sports weekends, and as word has spread as to how good she is, she has clients who email her to
make sure they have a time reserved. She donates all her earnings to the Meany Capital Development
Fund. If other Massage Therapists want to offer their services, during the winter and contribute to a
worthy cause, contact her at email@example.com
Patti is the Winter Sports director at Meany Lodge and enjoys snow shoeing, tele skiing, classic
nordic and off piste skiing at Meany. She is the project leader at Meany for the remodel of the
kitchen, the floors and walls of the main floor and the bathroom updates. In the summer she enjoys
long distance hiking and hilake fishing.
And this years keynote speaker: SHARI TASTED -
Shari brings energy, expertise, business savvy, and a proven results-oriented approach to her work and
her clients. Shari has 17 years of clinical dental hygiene experience and her most recent work is in
the fields of consulting, coaching, and facilitating.
She has honed her skills while attending the University of Washington where she completed the
Integrative Program in Business Administration through the University’s Graduate School. This education
has helped her blend her clinical experience and business background. She has worked with several
hundred clients internationally has inspired teams to solidify their visions and achieve bottom-line
Through her years as an industry leader, Shari has developed programs and spoken nationally as a
keynote speaker on a variety of topics from business solutions to life balance.
And now the 2012 instructors - in alphabetical order
ADRIENNE MAYS -
Adrienne has well over a thousand hours of training and has been offering massage for many years.
She is experienced in a wide range of massage treatments, ranging from relaxation, pregancy to Sports.
She also aquired endorsements in both lymphatic and intra-oral massage. She is always keeping an eye
out for knowledge that will add to her broad skill set of healing talents.
She graduated with BA degrees in Dance, Theatre and Psychology. She continues to dance, both on and off
the ground. She's an active climber. Acquired a fair number of injuries and worked through them, giving
that touch of personal insight to helping others through theirs.
AMANDA COLEMAN - www.somanda.com
Amanda’s unique brand of Soma Bodywork
comforting and delicate touch to sink deeply into the root of restrictions in the body’s postural and
energetic systems. It restores and optimizes flexibility, posture, emotional balance, athletic
performance, and much more. This gentle and precise work frees and enlivens the connective tissues that
permeate and join muscles, bones, organs, arteries, nerves, etc.
She "listens" to your structural and emotional body's "leanings" and helps them release in precise
physical ways that will generate a cascade effect throughout your body and your life.
Amanda considers herself a Human Renovator. In her 12 years of practice she has helped hundreds of
clients move, look and feel younger, more vibrant, more creative, more themselves. She brings an acute
sensitivity and artistry to her work, drawing on her deep connection to nature, her background in the
performing arts, and her personal journey of transforming her own emotional and physical pain into
freedom and aliveness. She holds an advanced degree from the SOMA Institute of Neuromuscular
Integration, is Board Certified by the International Association of Structural Integrators, and is
trained in Visceral Manipulation, developmental movement patterning and Nia dance fitness. Based in
West Seattle, she offers private hands-on healing and group movement classes. Her goal is to coax her
students into deep fulfilling partnership with their own physical nature by upgrading both hardware
(bones,muscles,organ function) and software (creativity,movement,energy,beliefs and habits).
AUTUMN NEEDLES RYT - www.homebodyyoga.com
Autumn began practicing yoga at age 12 to try to correct her spinal curvature, but was immediately
hooked on yoga for its deeply calming and centering effects. She has now had over 30 years of yoga
practice, together with her lifelong history of dance and movement training. She received her 200-hour
yoga teacher certification in 2006 from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Interdisciplinary Yoga®. In 2009,
she completed her AFAA group fitness certification and began teaching mat Pilates and aquafit classes.
The precision and detail of Pilates gave her so many helpful teaching tools that she entered the
500-hour Pilates certification course at Vitality Pilates in Seattle, and has been teaching
equipment-based Pilates since receiving her certification there.
She works with breath and sound, energy and imagery, paying attention not just to the poses or
exercises, but also to the spaces between them, the transitions, so that deep and subtle body awareness
can be uninterrupted. She works with a wide variety of body shapes and sizes, experience levels and
abilities, as well as with people with disabilities or chronic illness. She is particularly skilled in
creating modifications, allowing each body to receive the pose or exercise with ease. She loves
teaching classes that are playful, creative and intuitive, engaging the student’s inner knowing and
natural curiosity in conversation. She lives her life in service to the question, “How can I best help
people find comfort, ease and pleasure in their bodies?” Teaching yoga and Pilates helps her provide a
journey of joyful discipline into health and wholeness for her students. Autumn can be found teaching
at Vitality Pilates
BROEHE BALLMAN KARPENKO -
Broehe has been passionate and grateful for twenty years on the healing arts path and eight years in
massage therapy. She bring to each session compassion and practitioner skill, to provide a deeply held
and sacred space for my client's body and spirit to rest and be supported, to delve into its own
healing resources. Each massage is a partnership, she brings specialties in cranio-sacral therapy,
myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, foot reflexology (and more) and I invite my client to bring
their aware participation and breath.
This partnership is an alchemy; an instructive and meaningful field of possibility is created as we
unlock, together, anything that is ready to be released to allow more ease, space, movement and
well-being. She believes in healing because its been so true for her personally and she holds that
strong "always-possibility" for each session.
Licensed since 2004, She is NCBTMB certified, a professional member of AMTA, former faculty of Cortiva
Institute and currently working at Northwest Family Chiropractic and Massage. She recently completed a
year-long intensive series in Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Ursula Popp of Natural Resources Center and
anticipates certifying this year. Other experiences and interests include Re-Evaluation Counselling,
sustainability projects and non-profit organization founding, yoga, gardening, and Vipassana meditation.
She has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1994 and currently live in Maple Leaf with my 4 year
CAMILLE DE KLERK
Camille is a graduate of the Northwest Wine Academy where she studied wine making as well as sensory
evaluation and international wines. She is a server at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in downtown Seattle.
Her knowledge of wine is heavily influenced by the wide variety of wines both at work and at school.
She is an apprentice wine maker at her father's winery, Rolling Bay Winery (Donator of the wines for the
Friday night event) located on Bainbridge island. She brings both a scientific and organoleptic
approach to the evaluation of wine, challenging style and technique. Every palette is different and
there is more than one way to taste wine so she tries to create an active learning environment open to
suggestion and discussion.
And on top of all this she (along with her twin brother Alex) grew up "playing in the snow" at Meany
Clarissia has been in Seattle, since 1999, and has been teaching yoga, mostly out of
in Queen Anne and Laurelhurst. She has
just completed her second 200-hour yoga teacher training program at
, she is thrilled to bring new energy
into her classes and retreats. In addition to practicing yoga, she practices law at a downtown firm.
COURTENAY SCHURMAN - www.bodyresults.com
Courtenay is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, mountaineering, glacier travel, strength
training, circuit training, and step aerobics. She is co-author of The Outdoor Athlete (2008) and Train
to Climb Mt. Rainier or Any High Peak DVD (2003). She wrote the conditioning chapter for
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills (eds. 7 and 8) considered worldwide to be the Bible of
mountaineering. She has authored articles for the
as well as for magazines and
newspapers around the country including Climbing, Outside, Backpacker, Seattle Times and USA Today. She
is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA (National Strength and
Conditioning Association) and a climb leader through the Seattle Mountaineers. As a mother of an 8 year
old daughter she also chaired the Seattle Mountaineers Family Activities group from 2008-2011 and as
such leads families on hikes and backpacks in the Cascades. She recently expanded her diverse interests
to include birding by ear, native gardening and landscaping, and wildlife photography.
She coordinates, develops and teaches seminars and outdoor conditioning workshops for Puget Sound
groups, including The Seattle Mountaineers and REI. Her clients include ambitious local athletes as
well as adventure seekers around the world (through on-line WebTraining) who have lofty goals of
climbing high peaks including Mt. Rainier (Rainer National Park, Washington, USA), Denali (Denali
National Park, Alaska, USA), Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania, Africa), Cho Oyu and
Everest (Himalayas, Nepal, Asia). (She has done Kilimanjaro, Mt. Rainier, and numerous Cascade
volcanoes and peaks). She is proud to have had 4 clients successfully climb Mt. Everest in April-May of
2012 and sent 3 more to try climbing Denali (June 2012).
Deborah is a nurse in the O.R. at Seattle's
. She arrived in the
Pacific Northwest from Florida 11 years ago, and has been active on the Meany Lodge Committee for the
past 6 years. She is one of Meany's First Aid providers, and has affectionately been dubbed Meany's
"Princess of Sanitation" for keeping an watchful eye on good health practices primarily
in the Kitchen, but also in housecleaning in general. Deborah was the driving force and project manager
for the carpeting of the stairs and remodeling, painting and carpeting of the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Diagnosed in recent years with gluten sensitivity and other food allergies, she has had amazing health
changes for the better on her revised diet. This has prompted her, as a nurse, to gather a lot of
information and resources regarding the "hidden epidemic" of food allergy/intolerance health problems,
and share that knowledge wherever possible so that others might also have the opportunity to feel better.
DIANE EASLEY - www.dianeeasley.com
Diane works with women who are 30-65 years old, who are frustrated and overwhelmed with their lives and
feeling they have no more to give to everyone else. She has helped clients nurture and take care of
themselves so that one can live a life that is full of passion and infused with ease. Following your
dreams and truly getting what you want are her primary objectives as you work with her.
Her clients say that she is a woman of many interests and skills. Can provide divine inspiration coupled
with practical applications to help YOU live the life of your dreams. She combines a lifetime journey of
holistic, esoteric and clear business practices to guide clients to outcomes that feed their soul as well
as support their lifestyle.
She lives in Lake Forest Park, with her chef husband Walter and their cat Cookie. She is learning to
garden and has quite a large property to practice growing vegetables, fruits and lots of flowers. She
subscribes to the survival of the fittest theory and is always open to learning. She has a particular
interest in Irenology, the Study of Peace and believe in harnessing the energies of space and time to
live a life of graciousness and ease. Yoga, boot camp, Gyrotonics and lots of walking keep her fit, but
never fear, she is always up for a cup of tea (or a martini) with a friend.
DOROTHEE WIHL - www.redmondmassage.com
Was born and grew up outside of Cologne, Germany. and came to Seattle when she was 23 years old. She
was inspired to study and pursue a career in Massage Therapy through a great friend and graduated with
honors in 2000 from Ashmead Massage School. She has gathered a great amount of experience
working at Pro Sports Club in Bellevue and Gold's Gym in Redmond. She now runs her proctices at
Her ontinuing education includes:
- Thai Massage
- Medical Massage
- Massage Cupping
- Hot Stone Massage
- KMI Structural Integration
Her passion and focus lies in helping people with structural alignment imbalances as well as acute and
chronic soft tissue injuries and tension. She wants to help you get back to doing all the activities
you like, pain free and with increased mobility. She specialize in Structural Integration (KMI) and
Deep Tissue/Injury Treatment Massage including Postural Alignment, Gait Assessment and a multitude of
applicable treatment techniques
GAIL MC CLARY:
Gail is the cute one
Gail has been a member of The Mountaineers for almost 30 years and has participated in many activities and at many levels.
She is a retired Registered Nurse and began teaching Zumba® classes 3 years ago.
KIM OKAMURA DDS: -
Kim's foray into dentistry is an interesting one, to say the least. A 34-year veteran of the dental
industry, she originally began her career as a chair side assistant, then returned to school with the
intention of becoming a hygienist. After two professors suggested she try dental school, she decided
to enroll. Nine years later she wears a white coat to work, has three initials after her name and
hasn't looked back since! It is this well-rounded experience that makes her so adept at her craft.
She was born and raised in Seattle, has been married for 25 years, and is the proud mother of two
wonderful children. She has a strong interest in art and loves to build and paint miniature models.
Her mechanical mind loves to take things apart and put them back together, while her abstract mind
craves to learn about people and their interactions with others.
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- the Washington State Dental Association
- the King County Dental Society
- the Advanced Porcelain Bonded Restoration Study Club
- Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
- Graduate of the Pacific Implant Institute
- Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
- Member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics
- 2011 recognized Premier Provider for Invisalign
- 2012 recognition in the Worldwide Who's Who in America
- Ongoing studies with the world renowned Kois Center
Graduated from Bellevue Massage School in 2010 turning a long-standing interest in body and energy work into a new career.
She believes that massage is an important element in reclaiming and maintaining wellness on the physical, mental, emotional,
and spiritual levels. She tailors each session to meet her clients’ unique needs and to help them experience and work with
the healing wisdom of their own body/mind/spirit. Rebecca offers injury treatment, deep tissue, Swedish, Manual Ligament
Therapy (MLT), Craniosacral Therapy, and Reiki. She
is also endorsed by the State to provide intraoral massage for TMJ. Over the years Rebecca has also studied Therapeutic
Touch, Polarity, and Trager. She continues to expand her knowledge of the body/mind/spirit and techniques that give her
more tools to meet the needs of her clients.
Rebecca works at Rhea Healing Essentials and
Dreamclinic, both located in Seattle
SARA FOSTER, M.A., L.M.P.
Sara has been a massage therapist on-and-off since 1986. She started her CranioSacral Therapy practice
in 2009. She was first introduced to CranioSacral Therapy as a patient in 1997 when, seven years after
a “mild” closed brain injury, it gave her back her short-term memory. Since mainstream medicine had
told her that she would not ever regain her short-term memory, Sara then spent several years
researching the history and theory of CranioSacral Therapy, eventually training it in herself. From a
mainstream medical perspective, regaining her short-term memory was not possible. From her research
Sara found that a different understanding of how the body functions, afforded by CranioSacral Therapy
and its antecedents, provided a logical explanation for the healing she experienced.
SARAH YOFFE - www.shaolinseattle.com
Sarah began her love affair with the martial arts in 1998, when she began taking kung fu in Boulder,
Colorado. The attraction proved serious and mutual: within two years, she was both a black belt and an
assistant instructor, and in 2006, she moved to Seattle and became the first woman to run her own
full-time Shaolin Center (Shaolin Center of Seattle) under the Grandmaster.
Taking her inspiration from ancient Shaolin Temple practices, Sarah actively seeks and incorporates new
ideas into the workouts. And, like the Temples, she is interested in a holistic practice to improve her
students' overall health. She incorporates knowledge of alignment, nutrition, and bio-mechanics to
supplement and enhance the traditional physical martial arts and Tai Chi forms.
When she's not making her black belts cry, she spends her time teaching her 18 month old how to hit things
properly with sticks, and tripping over two old dogs and a half dozen cats who think the perfect spot to
sleep is in the middle of the hallways/walkways/stairs in the house.
TRICIA JAMES - Scarf Stylist/Designer
As an Accessory Designer/Scarf Stylist for over 30 years, Tricia's vision is to provide women with the
skills and tools they need to make their scarves functional and fashionable. Her goal is to innovate the
look of a scarf when styled, and to turn every scarf you have in your dresser drawer into a stylish
accessory through the use of tying techniques and functional scarf jewelry. She will provide demonstration
and hands-on practice in various scarf stylings. You will be introduced to some of the innovative scarf
tools, including her Scarf Styling Tutorial DVD, "Be Scarf Stylish!"
Participants are encouraged to bring scarves they own for:
Tricia looks forward to expanding your fashion wardrobe with unlimited possibilities, through the use of
- practice, especially the ones that seem challenging to figure out how to wear
- scarves no longer wanted or needed -- there will be a "scarf exchange" and we will be collecting any
unwanted scarves, winter neck wraps, etc., to be donated to "Mary's Place" shelter for women in Seattle.
YVONNE PASTIKA L.Ac
Yvonne is an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, practicing in Seattle and Renton. At the annual Women’s
Wellness Adventure Weekend, I will be presenting Saturday morning a discussion on the Historical Theory of
Classical Acupuncture. The discussion will include the Five Element Cycle, and how influences and
contributes to our lives and our health, which lies at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and how
it relates to Acupuncture.
And now last but not least our scullery Maidens
Juliana (yep the one in the picture with Linda) is one of the "Meany Kids". She attends Seattle's Nova
High School. When not at Meany, she keeps herself entertained by playing soccer, and performing with
Prime Voci, Seattle Girls Choir top choir
level. This summer she will do a Musical tour of Germany with Prime Voci. Go ahead and ask her what is
was like. She returns the Wednesday before Women Weekend.
Juliana is also a talented actress (She is nicknamed "The Drama Queen"), has performed in a musical
rendition of Shakespeare's
"The Tempest". (She's the one in
the golden tunic). Along with helping make and starring in "Meany Videos" (
Madi has been coming up to Meany since 2005, so she is one of the "older meany kids. (her dad Shawn,
is one of our Snow-cat Drivers). She enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing as well as snowboarding,
she definitely covers all winter sports. During most of the year she rows with Green Lake Crew, and
is on the Poets Laureate Committee at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She also happens to be
Juliana "meany big sister".
Neah has been going to Meany since she was 6 months old- it's like home away from home! She will be
going to Bishop Blanchet High School in the fall. She is very excited about the drama program there,
as she loves singing and acting. She has done several musicals with Broadway Bound. Her favorite part
has been Tin man in "The Wizard of Oz".
She loves swimming, bodysurfing, basketball and badminton. Although skiing is not her favorite sport,
she loves the snow at Meany in winter!