2017 Biographies — Healing Arts

Morgan Bursiel

Morgan Bursiel

Mindfulness & Yoga

Morgan enjoys sharing with her local students in classes, workshops, and private lessons. She is a registered instructor with Yoga Alliance and completed an advanced study program in mindfulness yoga and meditation at Spirit Rock. She currently receives training at the Yoga Garden (CA) in somatic yoga therapeutics, including iRest Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller.


Gianna Drogheo

Gianna Drogheo

Music and healing

Gianna Drogheo has sung diverse styles of music from motets to jazz standards. With a Masters in Vocal Performance, she has directed choirs and taught private voice lessons for over 30 years. For the last 10 years, Gianna has been studying the healing power of music and voice with such masters as Jill Purce, Fabien Maman and Jonathan Goldman.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Tai Chi

Mark Johnson has been helping people improve their health as a nationally-accredited instructor since 1991. The Taoist Tai Chi Society offers year-round instruction world-wide, including at their branch in Fairbanks, AK.


Ruth Merriman

Ruth Merriman

Pilates

Ruth is the Director and principal teacher of the Creative Movement Program for the North Star Ballet School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was introduced to Pilates through the dance program and went on to complete her first mat certification in 2009. She became certified in the Peak Pilates Program integrating mat and apparatus in 2011. Ruth became comprehensively certified with the Pilates Method Alliance in 2015. The PMA is a certifying agency with the only NCCA (National Commision for Certifying Agencies) accredited certification program for Pilates teachers. Ruth currently teaches mat and apparatus classes for the school and general public.


Pam Nelson

Pam Nelson

Pam Nelson is a Craniosacral therapist in Fairbanks and a certified teacher of the 4-day intensive workshop "Awakening The Illuminated Heart" for Drunvalo Melchizedek’s School of Remembering®. She also studied South American traditional healing work with Alberto Villoldo and Jose Luiz Herrera. Pam is a retired public school and homeschool teacher and now lives in Fairbanks after spending 23 years in rural Alaska.


Megan Nigro


Sandi Roberts

Sandi Roberts

EEM Advanced Practitioner

Sandi Roberts serves on the faculty for Eden Energy Medicine’s Certification Program and is an Advanced Energy Practitioner. She has certifications as an Emotion Code and Reconnection practitioner, and has a private practice in Knoxville, Maryland. Teaching and sharing energy balancing techniques with people of all ages is her passion. She enjoys creating a joyful and playful environment for people to learn self-care techniques for greater health and happiness.


James Yoshizawa

James Yoshizawa

Percussion

James Yoshizawa is a Los Angeles-based drummer, percussionist and educator. He holds a B.M. in Percussion Performance from CSU Long Beach and has studied many instruments including drumset, mallet percussion, hand percussion (congas, bongos, bones, pandeiro, frame drums, riq), and orchestral percussion. He has performed with many great artists such as Brad Dutz, Katisse Buckingham, Ron Stout, Chris Wabich and Michael Carney.


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