Falling Into You – Presenter Bios

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Marilyn Carpenter, Alexander Technique, Reiki, Seimei and T’ai Chi Ch’un

While Marilyn has been troubleshooting computer systems, managing projects, and supporting customers in parallel she has studied a variety of techniques including Alexander Technique, Reiki, Seimei and T’ai Chi Ch’un to support long-term interests in holistic wellness, healing, and personal development. Her journey has led down a variety of paths, some by foot, and others through self -exploration and learning from others. Whether it is learning to take better care of oneself, recovering from injury, appreciating the glass half full, please join in and bring your questions and interests and curiosity and join in the fun.

Marilyn offers techniques that are utilized to help us coordinate our bodies more skillfully in daily living and our unique areas of interest. Benefits include improving self-perception, and mental skills such as attention, awareness, self-inhibition, as we explore, release and relax. We don’t know what we don’t know, however we can explore some new frontiers, see where it leads and have fun together.

Emily Pompei, Medical Intuitive Professional Healer ™️

Emily Pompei has been a light worker for over 25 years. She has an extensive background in Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Auriculotherapy, Alchemy, Naturopathic treatments, Crystals, Gemstones, aromatherapy, Native American plant and herbal remedies and over 25 body modalities.

Emily is a member of the International Association of Medical Intuitives as a Medical Intuitive Professional Healer. ™️ Emily is the only Medical Intuitive in Pennsylvania and one of 64 who practice as Medical Intuitives in the world. People are quickly learning, welcoming and benefiting from her gifts in this realm. Emily channels the Divine Energy of Spirit. She is able to connect with Angels, Guides and those on the other side and reveal their messages.

In her practice as a Medical Intuitive, Emily is able to discern through channel what is the most effective modality of treatment for each client and their individual needs. Her process of evaluation is an initial assessment where she is able to detect higher and lower vibrational patterns in the body as well as any blocks in the Auric Field. Testimony of her healing work can be found on her website, www.emilypompei.com.

Carla Poluha, Red Tent Facilitator, Integrative & Intuitive Energy Healer

Carla has followed a healing path for most of her life, studying a variety of holistic therapies and philosophies. Her personal journey lead her to be completely immersed in the study of various yoga traditions, shamanic cultures and indigenous wisdom, including Star Knowledge. Through her diagnosis of Celiac disease, she learned to empower herself through the healing power of natural foods. Carla is a certified practitioner of Donna Edens body of work: Energy Medicine . She is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Reflexologist, Private Yoga Instructor, also certified in Fascia Release and a recipient as well as a facilitator of the Munay-Ki rites, one of many, in this growing group of visionaries in the Pittsburgh area and connecting around the world. She is also certified in the healing art of Acupressure. For the past 8 years she has held women’s healing circles as a certified Red Tent Facilitator. Carla is also a Public Speaker who speaks on a variety of topics such as health and wellness, meditation and of course the importance of accessing ancient wisdom from our ancestors. Carla uses that knowledge to facilitate The Wisdom Circle, a gathering of her own creation that helps people infuse ancient wisdom to navigate the modern world.

Nicole Howell, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer

I am a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. My primary mission is to facilitate and teach awareness through somatic sensation; through touch, movement, breath, and sound. My practice approach exemplifies the philosophical and spiritual stance that mind, body, and soul are in fact one; that every person is created for generating and receiving love, and that restoring proper alignment and connection of the anatomy is a portal of entry for healing and purification of the whole being that expands one’s capacity for inhabiting and emanating this love. This work is deep, and illuminates the shadows. Individuals who are inspired for whole-being regeneration will experience awakening through this work to the extent that they are willing and ready to see. With that said, it is not my role to heal; only to intuitively guide and facilitate each individual’s somatic therapy in a fashion that parallels his/her current place on their life journey. As a practitioner, I will always meet you where you’re at; I will hold space with the utmost honor and care, but will also challenge you to usher in the transfiguration that only you are truly capable of stepping into- for the sake of your own freedom, and for that of the human race.

Angela Failor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner

Angela is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner, and owner of Shine Your Light! LLC. She has a passion for empowering others to holistically heal from the physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences of trauma and to say “No More” to all forms of abuse.

Angela credits God, energy medicine, and other holistic modalities with healing her life from trauma and illness! Her mantra is “protect your peace” to allow your body the opportunity for natural healing to occur. She is currently writing a book about her amazing journey to inspire others to never lose hope! Our birthright is wellness!!

During this retreat, Angela will provide the opportunity for you to experience energetic exercises from The Eden Method, including The Daily Energy Routine and emotional regulation techniques. Home care videos will be provided to you for ongoing support. Individual Eden Method sessions during the retreat may also be scheduled.

I am excited for the opportunity to support you in realigning to shine as you are created to! Angela, https://shineyourlightllc.weebly.com/

Gail Hunter, Psychotherapist, Holistic Practioner, OMA President of the Board, and Founding Member

Gail has been in Private Practice as a psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area since 1979 and is a holistic practitioner using EMDR, Brainspotting, Reiki Master, Source Point Therapy, ‘Bars’, Theta Healing, TFT, EFT and other Energy Techniques. Gail is a Founding Member and the President of the Board of Directors for OMA. She is a holistic practitioner and has always believed in everyone’s inner capacity to heal into life, to remember the ‘truth’ of who we are innately and the abundance of possibilities we can create. She loves to spend time with her family, friends and pets, and she enjoys Swing/Lindy hop dancing, gardening, and fitness.

Leza Vivio, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider, Vibrational Sound Healer

Leza is a Healing Arts practitioner focusing on integrative wellness and intuitive counseling. At the foundation of all of her work is a deep understanding of trauma-informed care, radical personal transformation, and self-empowerment.

As a lifetime soul searcher, her personal curiosity has led to deep passion for both the scientific and intuitive, the practical and the mystical. Bridging the gap between these worlds and making them accessible to the seeker is Leza’s highest goal. She is a teacher, storyteller, luminary spirit and Wayshower. Over the years, she has been a speaker in a variety of settings ranging from salt caves to state symposiums and that is only important to me because of the human connection that it fostered.

Leza remains a licensed professional counselor and Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider who is specially trained in Vibrational Sound Healing, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy, Yoga, Meditation, Qigong, Intuitive Development and Akashic Records. She is also a practicing Reiki Master.

Robin Clarke, Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Writer, and Teacher

Robin is an EMDR certified trauma therapist and a Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner (CTR-P). Her therapy emphasizes unconditional positive regard, attuned presence, teaching mind-body skills to relieve anxiety and depression, and developing safe spaces in which to heal from trauma.

Robin is also a published writer and teacher. She conducts an interactive writing workshop, an opportunity for participants to identify areas where they might want to release the grip of the past on the present.

Her first book of poems, Lines The Quarry (Omnidawn, 2013), won the Omnidawn 1st/2nd book prize for poetry, judged by Brenda Hillman. With the poet Sten Carlson, she co-authored a chapbook of poems entitled Lives of the Czars (nonpolygon, 2011). An excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, Those Little Anodynes, won the 2016 Tupelo Open Prose award, judged by Nick Flynn. Her poems and prose have been published in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, LABOR, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse, and elsewhere.

Shawn Fertitta, Certified Forest Therapy Guide

Shawn is a certified forest therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, as well as co-owner of Chartiers Health and Wellness. After years of struggling with depression and anxiety, Shawn turned to mindfulness, in conjunction with talk therapy, to radically improve his mental health and start living an authentic life. He is passionate about sharing what he has learned and suggests ways to bring mindfulness into our daily routine. A series of small changes can make a huge impact on health and happiness.

After several years as a mindfulness guide, Reiki practitioner and sound therapist, nature called upon Shawn to become a guide, bridging humans to the more-than-human-world. With nature as inspiration, guided walks encourage empathy and compassionate relationships with ourselves, each other, and the natural world around us. When Shawn is not guiding, he works as the Director of Visitor Experience for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy where he strives to make parks safe and inclusive spaces for mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Bertha and the Belles

A new band on the Pittsburgh music scene, this acoustic quartet features the powerful singing of Pam Hawley, the remarkable fiddling of Alice Backer, the lovely, rootsy vocals of Annie Trimble, AND some of the best duet and trio vocal harmony around. In addition, the powerful rhythm section of Annie’s guitar, Pam’s banjo uke, and “Bertha” — Richard Gordon’s bass — provides a solid backdrop for an exciting mixture of country, swing, spiritual, old-time and other folk music.

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