Lisa Cheney-Philp is the founder of Women of the Water. She belongs to the world as one who rewrites history, one who dwells in river canyons, one who vows to the Women of the Water to listen, practice, and serve and one who dreams of the river meeting the sea. Lisa is guided by an insatiable curiosity and, as such, is trained to support others as a death doula, river guide, coach, and creative facilitator among other things. Lisa has been embedded in Colorado communities and watersheds for over 20 years. She currently calls Fort Collins and the Poudre River watershed home with her husband, Joel, and daughter, Juniper.
April Tierney is a poet, craftswoman, mother, and lover of stories. She is the author of several books, including two full length collections of poetry illustrated by Lisa Cheney-Philp; Singing to the Bones and Origin Stories, which can be ordered here. April is also the co-founder of Fire Feeders, a women's writing collective along the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She lives outside of Lyons on a wild hillside with her beautiful family. Learn more at apriltierney.com
Ellen Geoffrion (MA, LPC, R-DMT) is a licensed professional counselor and registered dance movement therapist. With a background in professional dancing and teaching, she brings a radically joyful, compassionate, humorous, and vulnerably honest approach to her counseling. She believes that people have innate goodness and worth, in addition to the need to be fully valued and seen. Through her soul's work, Ellen is dedicated to providing the encouragement and tools for creating empowered, life-affirming repair and healing. She also supports her clients to discover and contribute their creativity and unique purpose, as a gift to our fellow community, and the Earth. Ellen specializes in: her new model of dancing and moving through life events to create deeper inner knowing, attachment-based couples counseling, and honoring the grieving process leading up to and after a death loss. Ellen lives by the Middle St. Vrain River in the mountains of Lyons, Colorado with her husband Jason and daughter Coraleigh. You can find Ellen on Psychology Today or by emailing her at email@example.com.
Christine Miller is a group facilitator and movement teacher, inspired by many forms of dance, yoga, art and nature. She was raised in the wisdom of the Appalachian Forests and draws upon the lessons of the elements for her inspirations and teachings. Christine marries the poetic and pragmatic aspects of life by providing guidance and support in lifestyle habits, creative community and transformational programming.
You can find more about her at www.flowblu.com.
Amy Biondo, M.A. is a vocalist, composer, dancer, and music educator based in Lafayette, CO. Her unique approach to training the voice, using contemplative practices and improvisation to unleash the full power of the body and emotions of the student and integrate them into the voice, has made her a go-to vocal coach for those seeking a more holistic approach to vocal training. Amy also writes custom love songs for weddings and other special events and has written and recorded original music for television. Her performance experience spans diverse genres, including world, popular, jazz, musical theater, sacred, and improvisational music, and bands include the Amy Biondo Ensemble, Los Bohemios, and Milestone. Amy holds a Master of Arts degree from Naropa University in Contemplative Psychotherapy and has been a meditation and yoga practitioner for over 20 years. For more information, please visit www.amybiondo.com.
Maren Waldman is a dance artist, educator, bodyworker and entrepreneur who has studied the body in motion for over two decades. Maren earned her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from CU Boulder and has a BA in cultural Anthropology from Haverford College. She also is a licensed massage therapist and holds a certificate in permaculture. Maren has offered dance classes, private lessons, and healing arts to her communities since 2007 and led the budding dance program at Front Range Community College in Westminster for 5 years. Outside of teaching, her creative work has been focused on two ongoing environmental arts projects: Global Water Dances and Postcards to the Earth. Maren’s mission is to contribute to a future where care for the body and stewardship of the earth weave together to generate healing change. She lives in Longmont with her husband and two year old son. Learn more and connect with her at marenwaldman.com.