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Alice Pennes

assistant teacher

Alice is an artist, arts teacher, holistic creativity coach, a certified wellness coach and wellness program specialist. She received a master’s degree in Integrative Health from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2013. At CIIS Alice focused on the healing powers of creative expression and the connection between art and wellness. Alice’s journey has developed into a place of combining her love of the arts with a passion to share healthy living with others. 

Alice lives in Sonoma with her puppy and freshly minted husband. She assists in Unfold Studio art journaling classes and holding down the fort when Susie's away.

Find out more about Alice's work at Avenues of Artistry.

Alice co-teaches with and subs for Susie and teaches her own classes including Meditative Mandalas, Nurture Your Whole Self, Eco-Journaling, and Prayer Flags.

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Laurell Bertino

retreat co-facilitator

Laurell is a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern who provides individual counseling as well as Mindfulness Meditation and Expressive Arts Therapy groups with a variety of adult populations in Calaveras County, California.

Laurell has an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Redlands, an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University, and a Certificate in Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy.

On the weekends she loves to sew, read, walk along country roads and play at the creek with her 3 year old fairy granddaughter.

She has co-facilitated the Seeking the Light and Body Passion Project Retreats with Susie. And will also be co-facilitating the New Year's Eve retreat this December!