Natalie Wasiluk is a licensed independent clinical social worker and psychotherapist who provides compassionate individual, couple, and group therapy. With a strong foundation in dialectical behavior, interpersonal, mindfulness-based, and com­pas­sion-focused therapies, Natalie helps clients understand emotional and relational patterns that con­tribute to difficulty, including experiencing anxiety, depression, feeling stuck, frequent conflicts, or disconnection. Within the context of a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, Natalie works with clients to increase their self-efficacy and empowerment, so as to take the emotional risks needed to bring life more in line with their values and goals. Natalie believes that relational wounds are healed in secure relationships and is passionate about creating space for clients to connect and recover from experiences of trauma, moral injury, grief, and shame.
Natalie completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Minnesota in 2011, and has since worked in a variety of clinical settings including partial hospitalization, outpatient DBT, and specialty behavioral health clinics. She has completed advanced training in evidence-based psychotherapies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and integrating mindfulness-based practices into therapy interventions. She has additionally received specialized training in areas of reproductive mental health and working with veterans and the military community.
Lauren Hill has been an AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique) certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 2003. She began studying the Technique in her 20’s looking for help managing chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. Besides the physical relief she found with the Technique, she was also drawn to its simple and practical nature. Often it’s the simple things in life that prove to be sources of endless learning and exploration. That’s why she’s continually fascinated by this work, more than 25 years since her first Alexander lesson.
Lauren runs a studio in St. Paul, MN where she primarily works with students one-on-one. She also teaches group classes through St. Paul Continuing Education and is a guest teacher in residential workshops around the US. Lauren joined the faculty of MinnCAT, an Alexander teacher training course in the Twin Cities, in 2017.
When she’s not helping her clients learn how to be more comfortable in their bodies, she’s ballroom dancing with her husband Bruce, telling jokes, writing, dreaming up next year’s Halloween costume, or spending quality time out of doors.
Sue Swanson MDiv, is a teaching artist who helps people find Sabbath time in their busy lives by practicing spiritual patterns. She calls her work Prayercraft, which uses art as a gateway to healing, wholeness and meditation. Her classes and retreats include collage, journaling, beadwork, meditative drawing and labyrinths.
Sue holds a BA degree in Professional Communications from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She is an advanced certified Veriditas Labyrinth facilitator, creating circles of beauty and joy.
Sue lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with her husband Roger. She is the mother of two sons, and “Nana” to five grandchildren.
Natasha Lee grew up in South Florida and graduated from Florida State University. From her many years of ballet, and during the care of her four children, Natasha explored the many benefits of natural healing, including body movement. Early on, she became a regular attendee at a restorative yoga class. There Natasha found a new, vibrant energy along with the emotional and spiritual resources needed to parent her children and pursue her dreams.
Finding healing in her own life motivated Natasha to help facilitate the healing of others as well. Certified as a yoga instructor with a 500-hour certification, Natasaha teaches through her registered name, Shining Meadow Yoga, as she leads others in their yoga journey — finding balance in mind and body.
If it has strings, Paul Imholte probably plays it. Paul performs traditional American, Celtic, and original music on nearly a dozen folk instruments.
The hammered dulcimer is his featured instrument. This type of dulcimer is trapezoid in shape and played by lightly striking hammers on strings producing an enchanting sound. Along with the hammered dulcimer, Paul sings and plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, cello, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, harmonica, jaw harp, and spoons.
Paul’s instrumental compositions reflect in music the shape and landscapes of the Midwest. He writes and sings songs that deal with farms, small towns, and the people who make their living on the land.
Paul has released twelve CDs of hammered dulcimer music and original songs. He performs throughout the United States at festivals, schools, and concerts.
Jenny Marsh currently works in international development. She is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing, and holds a Doctorate in both clinical and health psychology.
During the pandemic, Jenny reconnected with her childhood love of nature and art. Through nature journaling classes, she improved her observational skills while drawing, allowing her to cope with stress and isolation brought on by COVID19.
Jenny believes that we were all meant to love the outdoors — to notice the seasons, to embrace the fresh air, sunshine, rain, snow, and stars, and to observe and value other creatures. “Journaling about nature will help you see more clearly, listen more deeply, notice relationships and patterns, discover beauty, and find comfort and connection with others and the natural world.”
Jenny is the daughter of a Master Gardener who sent her to “Bird Camp” every summer for six years, and the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of three wise and wonderful women who taught her to pay attention to what the present moment brings. Jenny recently launched two remarkable young adult children and lives with her sweetheart in the sunny, snowy San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.
Ken Epstein is a photographer and retired physicist. Growing up in New Jersey, he was captivated by the natural beauty of the Atlantic seashore and developed his artistic sense on sketchpad and canvas. His attachment to nature transferred to the lakes, prairies, and woodlands of Minnesota and found expression through the digital camera.