11AM - Natalie Kuhn will open the event with a heart-opening sequence and meditation.
Senior Instructor & Executive Director of The Class by Taryn Toomey
Before Natalie found her way to The Class by Taryn Toomey, she studied physical theater methods like Suzuki, Viewpoints, Grotowski and committed impulse at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The training paved the way for a robust career in theater and dance. She performed nightly off-Broadway and toured the world as a dancer for David Byrne and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, performing everywhere from Radio City to the Sydney Opera House. In 2013, she met Taryn Toomey who was in the nascent stage of creating what would become known as The Class by Taryn Toomey. Natalie became one of her first instructors as well as her first employee. Natalie has since become a Senior Instructor and serves as Executive Director for the company. In 2016 she moved to Los Angeles to bring this work of healing and transformation out west.
Photo Credit: Daniel Duane
12PM - Beauty and Wellness
Brandie Gilliam is the founder, publisher, editor and creative director of Thoughtfully Magazine. Desiring to create a wellness + self-care project that inspired more thought around we put in and on our bodies while feeling inclusive and authentic, Brandie came up with the idea for Thoughtfully in August 2014 and a magazine was born in January 2015. As a woman of color, Brandie is one of a handful of black female publishers/editors on newsstands in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at thoughtfullymag.com and follow along on Instagram at @thoughtfullymagazine.
Britt Martin, of Fitbrittnutrition, is a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Teacher. She works with clients to help identify the root causes of their health concerns, teaches them to eat based on their unique body’s individual needs, and specializes in helping them form healthy relationships with food. Her holistic lifestyle approach not only includes nourishing + quality foods, but stress management, self-care practices, cultivating self-love, regular body movement, and soul nourishment. Britt also teaches private + community yoga, and believes it is a priceless component to a holistic lifestyle. She considers herself a lifelong student of both nutrition and yoga, and loves traveling, being outdoors, her rescue dog Logan, and cooking.
Fern Olivia is a passionate, innovative, internationally recognized teacher, speaker and influencer on the power of integrative medicine, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices.
Combining her education in Biomedical Engineering with her studies in yoga and integrative nutrition, Fern Olivia has created Thyroid Yoga®, a unique approach to supporting thyroid health that has changed the lives of thousands of women and men around the world.
After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid disease in 2008, Fern Olivia was inspired by the lack of western medical knowledge about holistic lifestyle practices for hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, and autoimmune conditions. Thyroid Yoga® has been endorsed by leading medical doctors as a proven way to help restore thyroid function and balance hormones.
Fern Olivia is also the founder of Ajai Alchemy, an all organic essential oil fragrance brand specifically formulated with synergistic hormone balancing and aphrodisiac benefits.
Fern has been featured in Well + Good, MyDomaine, Beauty & Well Being Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mindbodygreen, Medium, and The Huffington Post. She enjoys quiet time and beauty rituals in her Venice bungalow and is working on her upcoming book, Beauty and The Thyroid.
Makeup artist Katey Denno's intrinsic artistic skills and gentle sensibility have established her as a sought-after talent in the beauty industry. Her nurturing, positive, and engaging personality has made her a favorite of photographers, supermodels, and celebrities.
Preceding her career in fashion, Katey spent nearly a decade as a social worker. Her dedication to improve the lives of those with whom she worked, coupled with a commitment to all actions benefiting her community and the planet, remains a focal point in her work today. Katey's holistic respect for the earth and the individual is apparent as she strives to live a life free from harmful chemicals as possible, and is focused on helping others do the same.
Katey's thoughtful beauty direction has graced the pages of most major fashion magazines, and a lot of Hollywood’s best and brightest stars. Her expertise in and awareness of products, ingredients in those products, makeup application tips and trends, as well as her knowledge of up-to-the-minute skin care developments are a result of being an avid information collector. Supporting her clients’ pursuit of natural mind and body wellness is a priority for Katey and can be seen in the clean skincare and makeup applications for which she has become known.
1PM - Fitness and Nutrition
Sophie Jaffe is a LA-based health and wellness expert who is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Philosophie was founded with the goal of making it easier, inspiring and attainable to achieve optimal health and wellness. Through her holistic approach Sophie has learned that total well-being begins with nourishment which is why she created her line of cleanses and superfood products. These products have helped numerous people including Sophie's own dad and even George Clooney. Sophie also works with Tastemade Studios, creating superfood video recipes in front of a live audience and writes for publications such as Well + Good, The Chalkboard Magazine, The Body Book and Mind Body Green. She has been featured in Shape, Yoga Journal, Harpers Bazaar, The LA Times, Angeleno and selected as the cover model for Yoga Journal Russia. She is also filming and launching LA Yoga Girls, a reality show on Z Living Network slated for August 2017. Always looking to give back, she also leads international women's empowerment IGNTD workshops, moon circles, yoga and HIIT classes. Sophie shares her life with her two beautiful children and loving husband.
Vanessa Fitzgerald is a health coach, natural foods chef, yoga teacher, and overall wellness wizard. Learning to eat the right foods for her body has changed her life, and she’s passionate about helping her clients achieve this change. Vanessa can personally attest to the power of proper nutrition to heal after overcoming some health challenges of her own. She specializes in women dealing with PCOS, traditional healing foods, paleo meal planning, as well as gluten-free dairy-free and sugar-free recipes. Vanessa's list of credentials include studying at NYU, yoga certification from the Bikram Yoga College of India, graduating from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, attending the Biomedex Institute where she was trained in live blood education and studied Nutrition Response Testing at the Ulan School. Her practice is characterized by a focus on the individual; as she says, “it’s not one-size-fits-all.” Her theory is that everything must be done with moderation—even including moderation itself.
Daniela Kende, is a holistic nutritionist, wellness coach, and founder of Color Me Complete. She helps busy professionals break free from food rules and restriction, and learn how to nourish their minds and bodies in fun and rewarding ways. Clients learn how to prepare tasty real food meals with ease, maintain healthy habits on-the-go, and create abundant energy to pursue their dreams. In addition to 1on1 and small group coaching, Daniela offers in-home pantry cleanout, grocery shopping, and cooking lessons to help clients find the fun and ease in home cooking and learn how to prepare simple, nutrient-dense meals any night of the week. Daniela received her B.A. in psychology from Princeton University and her nutrition certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is currently completing further certification in culinary medicine and nutritional science through the Sano School of Culinary Medicine.
2PM - Thrive - Live Your Best Life
Lee Tilghman is an LA-based food blogger, health nut, and recipe developer. Lee's mission is to inspire people to live their best lives through the use of healthy eating and self care. She uses her platform to talk about important issues like women's health and mental health. Coming from a long line of chefs and foodies, Lee grew up spending her summers working on organic farms on the east coast where she learned how to grow and cook her own food and live off the land. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Bon Appetit, Teen Vogue, and more.
Tara Mackey is the bestselling author of Cured by Nature, a soul singer and global motivational speaker. She is the Founder and CEO of The Organic Life, recognized as one of the Healthiest Companies of the Year. Tara has been honored as Woman of the Year and inspires people to make bold and brave moves, take actions to live their dreams and create lives they only once imagined.
Ashley Berry is an LA-based Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Writer. She graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and received her Health Coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. She believes in the power of authenticity and intentional living and is deeply passionate about supporting others who wish to create their very best lives through radiant health in mind, body, and spirit.
Nikki Sharp is an internationally known wellness expert, media personality, branding and social media consultant, and best-selling author. Sharp is the creator of The 5-Day Real Food Detox, a revolutionary approach to cleansing your body while losing weight, which is a #1 mobile app and best-selling book. Her app reached the #1 spot in six countries, including USA, Canada, and England, within 24 hours of launching, and her book became a national success with features in the Daily Mail and Business Insider. She can be seen giving health tips on national shows such as Access Hollywood, Extra TV, Good Day LA, and is frequently featured in magazines such as Women’s Health, Self, Elle, Luxury Magazine, and Forbes. Nikki studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Institute of Optimum Nutrition, and College of Naturopathic Medicine and gained vast knowledge in subjects ranging from sports nutrition to raw food, nutrition for everyday living, and Ayurveda. She has studied under Matthew Kenney, attending the plant-based culinary chef program and is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor.
3PM - Ancient Healing
Robert Youngs, L.Ac, Dipl.OM, is an Acupuncturist and Herbalist, educated at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Columbia University. He treats many conditions in his offices in Beverly Hills alongside his Aussie Shepherd Dakota who is the best healer in the world. A former New Yorker now soaking up the sun in Los Angeles, he loves theater, art, sand volleyball, surfing, tennis and all things music & food related.
Tina Paymaster is an Ayurvedic & EFT Practitioner, who guides people towards achieving long-term health in mind, body and spirit. Through her own journey recovering from physical and emotional health challenges, Tina discovered natural methods that helped her heal at the roots and she now makes it her mission to share this wisdom others. She supports her clients in reconnecting to their own inner wisdom and healing potential through nutrition, herbs, meditation, breath work and various other holistic therapies. Tina has been featured on MindBodyGreen, Shape Magazine and Elephant Journal.
Melissa Tsai, L.Ac, is a licensed acupuncturist and green beauty & lifestyle blogger. Her holistic practice coordinates the role of nutrition, physiology and everyday mindfulness to improve the well-being of her patients. She specializes in pain management, functional nutrition, acupuncture facials, and women’s health. Melissa enjoys hiking, movies and baking— because living your life with balance and having a cookie once in awhile won’t hurt you.
Melissa Parke Rousseau
Melissa is an artist, healer, breath + color medicine guide, a full-time student of plants, utilizing the knowledge and insights gained from her own intensive healing journey with Late Stage Lyme disease to guide her clients into living their most deeply meaningful, authentic and empowered lives. She is the creator of Parke Rituals and Spirit Soak, a ritual botanical bath infusion line and is the founder of M. Parke Studio, a holistic lifestyle journal to nourish mind, body and spirit. She lives in Topanga Canyon CA with her love Sie and their puppy Yula.
4PM - Crystal Healing and Manifestation
Energy Muse - Heather Askinosie +
Having known one another since the age of six, Energy Muse co-founders, Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, are each other’s yin to their yang. Heather is a leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui, and holistic healing. For over 25 years, she has had the privilege of studying with the best healers from all over the world, who have passed down ancient teachings on how to utilize energy technology. In 2000, Heather co-founded Energy Muse with business partner Timmi. Timmi’s background in sales and operations helps to make them a dynamic duo in this industry. Energy Muse is a conscious lifestyle brand, providing tools of empowerment, inspiration, and hope in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Together, Heather and Timmi are helping people reconnect with the energy of the Earth to align with their highest self, realize their true calling, and tap into their own personal magnificence. Their debut book with Hay House, Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You, will be released in October 2017.
Fitness and Nutrition
Shauna Faulisi a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in weight loss, clear skin, and slow aging. She’s a wellness writer and the founder of Soul Wellness Method, a private health coaching practice, blog, and community that’s meant to provide inspiration to anyone who is looking for more wellness in their life. She recently founded Soul Wellness Method Travels, a curated wellness retreat company that incorporates clean eating, a little movement, and exciting new experiences that allow you to connect back with who you know you are deep in your soul. She's a native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, working with clients all over the world. You can join her on Instagram @soulwellnessmethod and on her retreat in Portugal this Fall!
Thrive - Live Your Best Life
Zack Peter isn't just your average green-juice drinking millennial. As a writer, he has published a total of four books and currently holds a byline at POPSUGAR and Conscious Magazine. In between adaptogenic lattes, you can catch his signature wit and gift-of-gab on "#NoFilter with Zack Peter," a weekly iTunes podcast, or "Zack Attacks," his YouTube wellness series. He is also currently producing the forthcoming documentary, Sibling Warrior: Healing My Brother's Autism and work closely with Jenny McCarthy's organization, Generation Rescue. His heart pumps with a craving for self-improvement, the love of a job well-done, and a little too much coffee.
Beauty and Wellness
Through her own journey of healing and discovery and the desire to bring together the wellness community in LA, June Farahan created the Love Beauty Wellness Festival in 2016. June can usually be found at the beach or the farmers market and is an avid lover of cooking, creating a daily tonic and trying new beauty products.
Belinda Tung is the founder of Clean Beauty PR, a boutique PR agency out of Los Angeles that specializes in working with small batch beauty and wellness brands. Belinda is an advocate for all things healthy and holistic and wants to work at helping these brands gain more exposure, with the wish to bring more healing to more people – healing of the body, soul and spirit. She is obsessed with bulldogs and sloths and despite her healthy life focus, will never pass up French fries or potato chips especially with French onion dip.