Mary Hoyt Kearns (she/her)
Mary has been practicing yoga and meditation since age 11, and is an RYT200 yoga teacher. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Fordham University, with a focus on behavioral health. As President and Founder of Your Stellar Self, LLC, Mary hosts mind-body-spirt workshops and offers intuitive mentoring. She is an avid traveler who loves to dance and sing, both in groups and spontaneously. She lives in Falls Church with her husband, Tom, and rambunctious Jack Russell rescue, Bodhi. Mary is Julia and Kia’s mother, and Casey’s mother-in-law.
Julia Guarino (she/her)
Julia is a life-long yoga practitioner and RYT-200 yoga instructor who lives in Taos with her husband Casey, where they spend their free time exploring the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that surround the beautiful Taos Valley. Julia is a lawyer by day, and has worked in states all over the inter-mountain West on land and water conservation and tribal sovereignty. Julia is Mary’s daughter and Kia’s sister.
Casey Nichols (he/him)
Casey has a background in the tea industry, with knowledge and experience with herbal tea blends and elixirs. He is currently working in reservations and hospitality at Taos Ski Valley, located in Taos NM, where he lives with his wife Julia, Mary’s daughter and Kia’s sister.
Donna Childress (she/her)
Donna is a lifelong nature lover and a forest therapy guide certified through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She enjoys introducing people to the relaxation and peace that being in nature can bring. By day, she does messaging strategy and writing for nonprofits and other mission-based organizations through Childress Communications LLC. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, a mama and kittens, and spends her free time going on walks and climbing peaks.
Kia Guarino (she/her)
Kia has spent the majority of her adult life adventuring around the world, traveling to and working in fifty countries. She has a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins, and has focused her career on expanding access to healthcare across communities, including organizing international medical programs. She is also an avid yogi, having practiced for more than 20 years. Today, she lives in Seattle with her partner, Max, and spends her free time exploring the gorgeous nature in the Pacific Northwest. Kia is Mary’s daughter, Julia’s sister, and Casey’s sister-in-law.
Vanessa Ferragut (she/her)
Vanessa Ferragut, CMP is a Sustainable Event and Meeting Planner in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Ferragut Event Group, an event planning company that focuses on sustainable meetings and events. She is passionate about supporting organizations that embrace sustainability in their business and service practices, promote community activism, and minimize their overall environmental impact in the hospitality sector. She has been practicing Reiki since 2012 and is the owner of ReikiNessDC - a Reiki Studio located in Georgetown.