Jessica Joy is an actress/healer/unicorn/femme/scorpio who loves exploring the overlaps between the performing arts and healing arts. She’s currently a Psychology/Counseling Graduate Student, a certified Usui Reiki Practitioner, and a certified Life Coach with Life Purpose Institute.
Jessica’s community and the community she serves tends to be queer, artistic, highly sensitive, trauma surviving, and intersectionally (race/ gender/ nationality/ sexuality/ class/ ability/ neuro/) diverse. Processes of Empathy and Connection (with self and others) are her passion. Her practice and her heart are centered in Social Justice.
Ms. Joy hostessed Salon Empathique for several years in NYC and Portland – a fabulous, free, and collaborative monthly personal storytelling salon where Everyone was Invited.
Right now she’s in the fundraising process with Equi Institute at the Q Center to create a Mental Health Counseling Internship Program offering much needed super-low sliding scale Mental Health Care for our community. This will include Therapy through Personal Storytelling groups, a new iteration of Salon Empathique.
Jessica looks forward to being with you Weirdos, Magical Forest Creatures, and other Kindreds! Email and website-in-process if you’d like to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org and JessicaJoy.space
Known for her ready, warm smile and her strong soothing touch, Megan Pedone is a beloved received her massage certificate from Ashmead in 2004 and began her private practice restorationtherapeuticmassage.com with her husband Demian 2015. They are the proud parents of two amazing and magical children. Together they tend a small plot of land in Vancouver, WA. Megan is always focused on personal growth and expansion for herself and her clients. She developed skills for working with Clients who have ALS and other chronic and dengenerative illnesses in 2012. Last year she added doTerra Aromatouch aromatherapy training to her massages. She is currently learning QiGong, breathwork and massage methods.
Megan joins the Surrender Hearts & Hands peer counseling team after completing Cascadia Holistic Peer Counseling class for a second time, as a teaching assistant in 2017. She began her spiritual mentee relationship with Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi of Living Love Revolution in August 2016 after attending two LLR Aphrodite Temples. She has completed all the beginning LLR courses and plans to begin teaching consent workshops and rites of passage rituals for children and teens in 2018.
When she is not doing massage, parenting, peer counseling or continuing education, Megan finds her Ecosexual self expression blossoms best while hiking in the woods, lying near bodies of water and listening to the land with an open heart.
Priya Kendrick is a dynamic, loving, deeply spiritual woman who puts her heart and soul into creating community wherever she lives. She is the sole proprietor of “Relax!” massage therapy and has mastered many forms of body work and numerous healing modalities, including Reiki. She provides holistic healing and deep relaxation to her clients. During her 2+ decades in Seattle, she became the Arch Druid of Emerald Grove, part of the New Reformed Druids of North America. As Arch Druid she led 8 rituals a year for 15 years and trained and initiated many others. She trained with the Human Awareness Institute and created Heart Play gatherings for two years in Seattle. Dance and music have always been a primary form of self expression for Priya and her close friends have delightedly enjoyed her original folk music, belly dance and ritual productions. She moved to the Columbia Gorge area in 2012 and just keeps on growing. She has established a women’s support group for handling the transitions of life and started the White Oak Grove Druid Circle in White Salmon. Her passion is connection. Connection with Nature, with People, with Life.
Kat Camp | Taste of Aphrodite
Kat is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, intimacy coach, professional cuddlist, and Priestess of Aphrodite with over 15 years of experience in facilitation and coaching. She believes that sexual health, pleasure, and intimate connection with oneself and others are basic human rights, and has finally found a way to help people reclaim those rights. She also believes in the healing power of conscious, consensual touch, and works to increase and improve the amount of touch in a world in which it is far too limited.
As a coach, Kat offers compassionate, intuitive support to individuals, couples, and groups who want to direct their personal erotic development, deepen their connection with their bodies, or work through issues or concerns around sexuality or relationship. Kat uses an individualized combination of guided breath work, touch, holistic peer counseling, and other tools to help each client in their personal journey towards embodying bliss. Her work is trauma informed, feminist, queer-friendly, poly-normative, and supports all beings in their expressions of sexuality and gender.
Reverend Madeline Adams is an old soul with a young heart. People who have met her only once run up to her on the street and leap into her arms for her legendary hugs (with her consent of course) or shout out “Maddie!”, “Sacred whore!”, or “Dirty queer!” in greeting.
People feel safe, loved, and deeply witnessed in Maddie’s presence. As a healer, Maddie uses Qi Gong and other modalities to help clients transform trauma, illness, and injury. As a ritualist, Maddie works with clients and groups, lending her empathic, poetic, and spiritual skills to co-create unique rituals for healing, community building, or rites of passage. She is an intuitive painter and oracular poet.
As a child she spent every hour she could in nature, talking to the plants and animals, and learning to listen deeply. She was a Boy Scout and a missionary. While at Princeton University, she studied East Asian language and philosophy. She serves on the board for Princeton’s LGBT foundation. She contributes her time and creativity to local communities in artistic, feminist, queer, and spiritual circles. Trained in CPR, first aid, mountain rescue, meditation, magic, and peer counseling, Maddie regularly dances naked in the woods.