Daniel is a graduate of the mindfulness-based Hakomi experiential psychotherapy program and the University of Notre Dame and is certified in yoga and is a registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist. After a decade of tai chi practice and other holistic studies, in 1999 Daniel collaborated with Jeff Baugher to create unique ways to connect to human nature through movement similar to tai chi. Over the years, these movements have taken many forms, including PEACE MOVEMENT, MOVING AFFIRMATIONS, MOVING MEMORIES, MISSION IN MOTION, ASTROLOGICAL TAI CHI AND CHI FLOW. Daniel has been active in his own personal growth since 1984, and his vision is to create a world of peace joy, and personal growth by leading healing movement.​

Check Daniel out at http://www.holistic.com

Venessa Hurst

Vanessa is the author of the book, Engaging Compassion Through Intent and Action. She is a member of the Coordinating Circle for Compassionate Louisville and facilitates Compassion Conversations for organizations, businesses, churches, and other groups.  As a practicing contemplative for 23 years, she intentionally seeks the extraordinary in the world.   For her, compassion is a lived experience.  Vanessa holds a master’s degree in Natural Health.  Vanessa is a Reiki Master who has received training in medical intuition, Quantum Healing, and Healing Touch©.  In her practice as an intuitive healer and spiritual mentor, she understands that living contemplatively and compassionately is the root to healing.  

Vanessa can be reached at; hurst.vanessa@gmail.com, intentandaction.com, healingwillow.com

Daniel Lally

Maria Whitley

For over 14 years, Maria Whitley has been privileged to teach movement & music to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children, tweens, teens, and adults of every decade. She holds a Certification Level Two in Teaching and has taught thousands of families in New York, Connecticut, and Kentucky using the Music Together® curriculum. A former actor, Maria was drawn to theatre for its shamanistic purpose of revealing the human condition and was similarly drawn to Music Together for its philosophy that it is our birthright to be music-makers – a way of satisfying the human condition. Fascinated with how music and movement creates holistic health, Maria is also a Brown Belt in the Nia® Technique which fuses Dance Arts, Martial Arts, and Healing Arts to create a play-full movement experience that allows folks to condition their bodies and self-heal. She owns Shine, a Music & Movement Studio located in Louisville, KY that is devoted to consciously creating harmony in body, mind, and spirit. ​ Maria can be reached at maria@shinelouisville.com or shinelouisville.com.

Rhonda Schladand L.M.T., NCBTMB and Life Coach has been a Massage therapist since 1994 and maintains a successful private practice. She has been a teacher at the Louisville School of Massage. Rhonda has been trained in Hakomi, a body-centered method of psychotherapy, Matrix Groupwork, and Hellinger Family Constellation; she is a facilitator and trainer of Bert Hellinger's work. A founding member and past president of Woman to Woman Kentuckiana, she facilitates Empowerment Support groups both locally and internationally. Rhonda has co-developed The Games We Play workshop, which educates people about the Drama Triangle, and Creative Group Work which teaches about the power within a group to heal. As a co-founder of the Center for Visionary Studies, she has been able to develop and educate how to support change and challenge in each other, to live a life of integrity, and to be authentic.

Rhonda can be reached at 





John Shealy completed his undergraduate work at Clemson University, earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida and completed his internship at the USF Counseling Center for Human Development. He practiced as a Licensed Psychologist in Tampa from 1992 to 2008, building an active and diverse private practice. From 2008 to 2012, he lived in the third world, including two years in Swaziland, Africa serving in the Peace Corps. When he returned to the States, he and his wife settled in Louisville where he established an independent psychotherapy and life coaching practice and teaches Mindfulness-Based Reduction programs. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association. He specializes in Mindfulness- Based Integral Psychotherapy and Life Coaching aimed at long-term relief of anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma-related distress and a host of stress-related physical disorders. He utilizes an integral spiritual/psychological model that directly addresses the underlying issues behind these and other symptoms. ​ 

Reach John at johnshealyphd@gmail.com or www.bemindful.org.

Frank D'Amato coaches heart-centered people to access their authentic compassionate selves so they can create win/win situations in all their relationships. Frank has survived a brain tumor, addiction, and depression, and now is living a life of growth and contribution to the greater good through compassionate self-discovery. He believes that if you gently turn towards what is inside you with compassion, you will dramatically change your life. Frank has been coaching his life changing process for years, helping people across the country transform their lives, overcome barriers, break habits, and live to their fullest potential.

Reach Frank through his website, www.unlimited-lifecoach.com, Twitter, www.twitter.com/compassioncoach, or Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Unlimited-Coaching/1511116239145297.



Justin Magnuson works to create wellness in his community through facilitating difficult conversations, increasing compassion in our healthcare system, and practicing massage therapy. Justin's background in health communication and as a hospice volunteer has inspired him to host Death Cafes, open spaces to talk about death, and facilitate The Conversation Project, an opportunity for people to discuss their wishes related to end-of-life care. As a member of the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation, he works to improve our healthcare system by promoting compassion as an integral part of healthcare, facilitate compassion study groups, and host compassion workshops for healthcare professionals. Justin was introduced to wellness when he started massage school in 1997. As the current president of the KY Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, he works to increase opportunities for massage therapists to integrate into the healthcare system. In his free time he enjoys nature and is excited by the vision of the Integral Learning Cooperative.

Justin can be reached by email at jamagn01@gmail.com. 

Justin Magnuson

Tom Williams is a member of the Kentucky law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden, where his legal practice focuses in management-side labor and employment law. Multiple times he has been recognized as one of the top 50 lawyers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by Super Lawyers. Tom was a founder of Restorative Justice Louisville, Inc. and now serves as its Board Chair. He has served as President of the Louisville Bar Association and Board Chair of Leadership Louisville, being recognized by that organization as one of Louisville “Connectors.” Tom served on the Steering Committee for the recent visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville. He now serves as co-host of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville. For that work, he received the Jack Olive International Heart of Compassion award from the Charter for Compassion International. Tom and his wife, Sarah, have three children, Lilly, Lincoln and Nelson.​  

Tom can be reached at tom.williams@skofirm.com.

Tom Williams

Cory Lockhart

Cory Lockhart is a teacher, writer, peacemaker, and aspiring artist. For 14 years she taught Spanish and organized service opportunities for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She earned a Masters in Spirituality through a joint program between Bellarmine University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and her teaching focus shifted to include Catholic social teaching. She left full-time teaching in 2011 to travel and volunteer teach in India and Palestine. Since her return, she has taught privately and given talks on living one's call, peacemaking, discernment, Israel/Palestine, and other topics to middle and high school students, as well as adults. Her favorite part about teaching is that she also continues to learn, especially from her students. Cory currently has an ongoing commitment to Christian Peacemaker Teams and works as a Program Associate with JustFaith Ministries. Read her writing at www.trulylovethyneighbor.com.

 Cory can be reached at corylealoc@gmail.com.

David Graffy is President of ProLift Industrial Equipment, a material handling equipment distributor. ProLift has earned Toyota’s prestigious President’s Award for twenty-one out of the twenty five years it has been awarded. Before transitioning into the material handling field, David spent six years with Ernst and Young, several years with a non-profit child welfare agency and was a principal in a computer software firm. While his life’s work has been in business, his underlying interest and motivation is in developing people and systems (i.e. organization culture) within an organizational context. David’s sense is that we are not who we appear to be and he uses the business environment to encourage people to look a bit deeper and build structures to help support individual and collective growth. David earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from John Carroll University also in Cleveland. He is a student and practitioner of integral theory and leadership. David can be reached at davidgraffy@gmail.com.

David Graffy

Jud Hendrix is the founder and host of the Global Human Project, a Dean of the Integral Learning Cooperative, a host at the Guest House: An Inter-Wisdom Community and an Integral Life Coach. He has degrees in philosophy and psychology from Samford University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He co-founded Covenant Community Church in 2000, a PCUSA congregation, started the Center For Integral Spirituality in 2004 and the Ecclesia Project with Mid Kentucky Presbytery in 2011. Jud is an adjust faculty member at Bellarmine University where he teaches Integral Approaches to Social Change, World Religions, and Globalization, Migration and Development. In 2010, Jud was recognized as a Louisville Connector by Leadership Louisville.   

Jud can be reached at judhendrix@globalhumanproject.net.

Jud Hendrix

Gary Heine co-owned a fair trade, organic coffee company that imported green coffee and roasted it in Louisville, KY and where he co-founded three non-profits based on sustainable agriculture at the local, national, and international levels. He currently creates online transformational courses to help folks take small steps to make big changes in their lives. These courses include “Beginning Meditation for Anyone,” “Grow Your Own Food Summit,” “Belly of the Goddess Raw, Organic, Fair Trade Chocolate Making Course,” and the “Growing Connection." Gary is certified to teach TRE (Tension-Trauma Release Exercises). He writes a blog called Daily Small Step to help remind people of, and to experience, their magnificence. He has been blessed to be the co-creator of four children, Cleo, Sam, Gwen, and Jacob: four amazing humans who teach him much more than he ever taught them.

Gary can be reached at embodymagic@gmail.com or his weekly blog http://dailysmallstep.com.

Gary Heine

Peggy Foley is a SoulCollage® facilitator and is Regional Coordinator for SoulCollage® facilitators in Kentucky. She serves on the board of directors of Woman to Woman Kentuckiana and as staff for Woman Within International trainings. She is currently Volunteer Coordinator for the No Veteran Dies Alone program at Robley Rex VA Medical Center, where she also volunteers in the hospice unit. Peggy taught for twenty-two years in Jefferson County Public Schools and retired after teaching nine years at Anchorage Public School in Anchorage, KY. She has served as adjunct faculty for Bellarmine University’s graduate and undergraduate education programs and provided professional development and parent trainings for numerous school districts throughout the U.S. Peggy has an MA and BA from Bellarmine University. 

​Peg can be reached at 502-356-2347 or pegfoley1@gmail.com.



The combination of Lisa Flannery's communication degree, yoga certification, holistic nutrition certification, and corporate experience allow her to provide a program that’s right for you, your staff and those you love. Her ability to meet students and clients where they are, enables her to support everyBODY on their wellness journey.    Lisa continues to be a student of yoga and life, and loves nothing more than to share the gift of wellness with others. To hear her radio show, tune in every Sunday at 11:00 am at 100.9,  WCHQ, and streaming live on crescenthillradio.com. 

Follow this link to listen to her past broadcasts http://www.crescenthillradio.com/the-wellness-hour.html and please email any questions or suggestions at lisa@cresecenthillradio.com.  Lisa can also be reached at http://www.livewellkentucky.com.



Glenda Hodges-Cook, MS, RN, teaches mental health nursing at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.  She was the first AHNA Board certified holistic nurse in Kentucky and for three years owned and operated Wellness Pathways Incorporated, offering counseling and therapeutic massage. Glenda has practiced vipassana meditation for forty years and completed the 2 ½ year Community Dharma Leader Training Program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She teaches meditation and t’ai chi at Luther Luckett Correctional Center in La Grange, KY and leads the Louisville Vipassana Community. Her family includes four sons and three grandchildren.

Glenda can be reached at hodgescook@gmail.com.

Valerie Kausen's work frees people from patterns that create imbalance physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Wellness and happiness are closer than you think. She can help you imagine, navigate, dream your life from a more soul centered, purpose-full, fulfilling, and meaningful place.  Valerie asks questions, reads and clears energy and provides suggestions ... much like a coach and a counselor. She is a gifted healer with loving presence and access to wisdom helping clients navigate the unknown. She supports you with great wisdom, humor, insight, and care in living from a more heart-centered, body-centered space where your own intuitive nature is your guide. 

Valerie can be reached at http://www.spiritmuse.com or valerie@spiritmuse.com. 

Glenda Hodges-Cook



Pamela Cotton is a resilience psychologist. She practiced for many years in the Chicago area, integrating mindfulness into her clinical work with individuals and couples. Since moving to the Louisville area several years ago, she has distilled the insights gained from clinical practice, personal mindfulness practice, and dealing with life challenges to develop Mindful Resilience as a set of mindfulness-based tools to help people live with joy, energy, and compassion. She is the author of the book Mindful Resilience: Navigating the Labyrinth of Change in Times of Challenge, as well as several other books dealing with compassion and grief. Working as a coach and consultant now, she is pleased to offer this work through individual coaching, and teaching small and large groups about mindfulness and self-compassion.  

Pamela can be reached at pamelacotton7@msn.com.



Mark Steiner has presented classes, workshops, lectures, and retreats on Creation Spirituality, eco-spirituality, and the Universe Story since 1991. In addition, he serves as an official facilitator of the Work that Reconnects and the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. Mark is a cofounder and director of Cultivating Connections a Louisville, KY-based grassroots not-for-profit with a focus on "Nurturing and Celebrating Our Connections with Each Other and with Our World."

Mark can be reached at cultivatingconnections@insightbb.com.



Marilyn Stoner is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice. She works with Cultivating Connections, facilitating workshops and retreats based on the work of Joanna Macy, Brian Swimme, and Matthew Fox. She serves as an official facilitator of the Work that Reconnects. Her specialties include guided imagery, creativity, and spirituality as pathways toward personal and cultural transformation.

Marilyn can be reached at marilynstoner@fastmail.fm.

Japa Buckner was born in Louisville, served in the navy, lived in many cities studying contemplative arts and education, and has 30 years of experience in a variety of educational settings. He has hosted classes on movement and contemplative arts and was the owner/operator of the Urban Montessori Sitter Service, a founding board member of the Waldorf School of Louisville, a consultant to JCPS on Waldorf methods in the public schools, taught Waldorf Teaching Methods at Bellarmine and sits on the board of the Foundation for the Liveliness of Children. Japa invented the Pythabacus (a patented math education tool). his life and learning are now focused on encouraging intuitive approaches in education and citizenship.

Japa can be reached at japasahaj@aol.com.

Doug Van Houten is a soul and wilderness guide, student of Hakomi, apprentice to the honeybee, visual artist, activist, and guide for Animas Valley Institute (www.animas.org). In this work he draws on the natural world, eco-depth psychology, the wisdom of indigenous cultures, dreams, poetry, and many cross-cultural soul-encounter practices such as council, vision fasting, self-designed ceremony, trance dancing, & rhythms and conversations with the sacred Other. His primary work is not ascent-oriented spiritual practices, but rather assisting others on the ancient journey down to Earth and toward the center of the individual psyche to discover the meaning and destiny at the heart of each life, a revelation of one's own particular mythopoetic identity, the one life that can be call one's own, ”the truth at the center of the image you were born with”*.  Doug's Great Work lives in the support of others becoming fully human and uncovering their own unique gifts and in so doing, transforming their own lives in the service to the Great Turning Transformation of our times. Reach Doug at doug@dougvanhouten.com.

Shelly Sowell, M.Ed., LPCC, Integrative Wellness Counselor, Based in Louisville, KY, Shelly Sowell is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and an Education Consultant, specializing in Mindfulness-Based Life Skills for teens and adults.  She works with individuals, families, schools, & communities to create meaningful, effective and comprehensive mindfulness-based wellness programs.  She has worked as a counselor, educator, consultant and mindfulness-based life skills instructor throughout her career, which began in 2004, and has created wellness practices in Miami, Los Angeles & Louisville.  Shelly attended graduate school and trained at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  She holds a license in Professional Clinical Counseling in the state of Kentucky and is a National Certified Counselor.  She is also a Founding Partner for the Nashville Center for Integrative Learning & Teaching.  For more information, please visitwww.shellysowellwellness.com

Jen Straub is drawn to “create safe spaces where the soul can show up” (thank you, Parker Palmer)!  As founder of so.flo, she works with groups and individuals to engage intuitive embodied awareness; integrating elements of authentic movement, body wisdom, and (interfaith) spiritual direction. Ordained in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Jen has spent the past 20 years walking with people on their spiritual journeys as they seek to deepen in their relationship with the Divine, often navigating through grief, loss, trauma, addiction, and life transitions. She currently offers individual and group sessions and is a spiritual care coordinator with a local hospice provider.

Jen can be reached at jjevastraub@gmail.com.






​Van Houten

Shelly Sowell

Jennifer Straub

Pete Buecker is a Curriculum Dean at Integral Learning Cooperative and a meditation teacher. He is passionate about teaching meditation, and believes that all who are willing to practice can benefit in profound and transformative ways. His teaching style is to distill a wide body of information and experience into a simple and easily applicable set of concepts and practices that his students can easily assimilate and use. He is, at heart, a pragmatist. "For me, it’s about offering my students something they can readily and meaningfully apply within the context of the lives they are currently living (which is the only place any of it ever really works or makes sense anyway)."  Pete warmly welcomes students at any level of experience to his programs.

​Pete can be reached at his blog http://www.meditationmd.com/blog/ or pbuecker@gmail.com.

Howard Mason is a Curriculum Dean at Integral Learning Cooperative and principal of New Possibilities Associates, an organizational change consultancy that specializes in sustainable solutions to tough problems where the future is new and unknown. His work is advancing transformational change and developing the capacities to thrive in the face of complex, diverse, and rapidly changing reality. He is committed to nurturing social change agents and social entrepreneurs, and to supporting leaders who are engaging in fresh practices and approaches, shifting cultures, and bringing new life to their communities and colleagues.  

You can contact Howard at howardmason@newpossibilitiesassociates.com, or visit him at http://www.newpossibilitiesassociates.com.

Global Citizenship

​& Cultural Proficiency

21st Century

​Leadership & Work

Body, Mind,

Soul, & Spirit

Creativity, Calling, & Change

Relationship, Family, & Systems

Howard Mason

 pete buecker

Louisville Teachers, Facilitators and Coaches