Jaclyn Long, MFT, RYT
Jaclyn Long, MFT, RYT graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1998 with a degree in Psychology and a specialization in Neuroscience, and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology in 2003 and in Counseling Psychology in 2004. She has been teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation since 2001. From the beaches of Bali, to the jungles of Costa Rica, to the heart of Hawaii, Jaclyn has been facilitating international yoga and mindfulness retreats since 2004. She loves inviting people to step out of their habitual patterns and move into deeper states of presence with themselves and with the natural world. Through thoughtful themes, intention setting and the skilled use of poetry, Jaclyn guides participants on a journey of reconnecting with themselves. She cares deeply about helping people to cultivate a more compassionate relationship with the unique unfolding of their internal experiences, including thoughts, feelings and sensations.
In addition to serving as Founder & Director of Mind Body Wellness Retreats, Jaclyn also serves as Founder & Director of Mind Body Moms, which provides mindfulness-based maternal wellness programs. She is also Founder & Director of Mindful Child & Family Therapy, Inc and serves as a mindfulness-based Marriage & Family Therapist blending eastern and western wisdom. Jaclyn is also a mom. She draws from the stress-reduction practices that she teaches to sustain, ground and resource herself as a mom. She makes a living offering therapy, facilitating moms groups, leading international retreats and directing three organizations. She makes a life by hanging out with her husband and son, walking on the beach, surfing and practicing yoga and mindfulness. Jaclyn is on a mission to support people on their journey of wellness, and is passionate about introducing people to yoga, mindfulness meditation and self-compassion practices.
An endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher and mentor, Carly has additional training in community counselling and the enneagram and has a private energy medicine practice. She offers pre-registered classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings locally and abroad, and advises and supports individuals around the world as they grow in their practice and their teaching. Nourished by the consistent support of her mentors and rooted in the solid ground of her eighteen-year personal practice, she has guided thousands of students through foundational practices and focused trainings over the past sixteen years. Her studies of spiritual psychology, reverence for poetry, dedication to self-inquiry, and the reciprocity and respect she feels for the natural world have also left deep impressions and informed her practice. Her teachings constellate around the central task of supporting others to wholly inhabit their lives: to embrace the full spectrum of their humanity and skillfully greet the paradox of life.
Since taking part in her first meditation training in 2002, she has continued to sit on regular retreats in both the Vipassana and Tantric Buddhist traditions, and to study closely with her teachers, Sarah Powers and Jennifer Welwood. In addition to completing an 18-month Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, she graduated from a two-year intensive training with the Insight Yoga Institute in California and since 2013 has been training with the International Institute of Medical Qi Qong. Her teaching and private energy medicine practice have been influenced by the work of Bill Plotkin, Clarisa Pinkola Estes, Tara Brach, Mark Nepo, Marion Woodman and the teachings of the enneagram.
Carly was the Yin and mindfulness teacher to the Canadian National Women’s 7s Rugby Team, winners of the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. She lives on a farm near Victoria, BC on Southern Vancouver Island and is grateful to live and work on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees) and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.
Krassi Harwell, RYT
Krassi is a certified yoga instructor, an author, a DONA certified birth and postpartum doula and a counseling practitioner in the Hakomi method, which weaves the mindfulness and non-violence principles of Eastern philosophy with Western Psychology.
In 1996 Krassi left her native Bulgaria and moved to the SF Bay Area where she rediscovered yoga and has been an avid student of the art ever since. In 2001 she took a year-long trip to India and Thailand, and received her yoga teacher-training certification from Vivekanada Prashanti Kutiram Yoga Institute in Bangalore, India. Krassi’s teaching focuses on integrating the spiritual, emotional and mental aspects of yoga within a physical practice. As part of her yoga teacher training, Krassi had the joy of teaching yoga to children in the Himalayan mountains. Since then sharing yoga with little ones and their families has been a passion and a calling. Krassi has taught yoga to children in school setting, yoga studios, preschools and week-long family retreats in Hawaii and Costa Rica. She is the author of a book for children Morning, Zora!and the beautiful and playful Yoga Cards for Children.
As the mother of two, Krassi has experienced first hand how the tools she has acquired through her study of yoga, mindfulness and psychology can make the beautiful and often challenging journey through parenthood smoother and more enjoyable.