With over 18 years of yoga instruction experience, Jenna Walter is a well respected Integral Yoga teacher and healer, leading workshops globally (Costa Rica, Thailand and Spain). In order to further develop her personal and professional practice, she has immersed herself in the study of complementary healing modalities including Shiatsu massage at the Ohashi Institute; shamanism with Alberto Villoldos’ The Four Winds Society; herbology with Arcus Flynn; nutrition and quantum energy with Karen Panish; and Siddha Yoga chanting and meditation.
A mother of three based in East Hampton, Jenna is deeply committed to her community and local yoga schools. She helped create and teach an Integrated Wellness Program at the Springs School that brings yoga, meditation, nutrition and life skills to several hundred elementary school-age students. Jenna currently teaches at Kama Deva Yoga (East Hampton) and Mandala Yoga (Amagansett), as well as international retreats.
Native New Yorker Alex Grant began his love affair with yoga in 1996 and has since become a qualified yoga teacher and promoter, specializing in hatha, pranayama, tantra and meditation. Alex received his BA in Economics from Emory University in ‘94, and later obtained a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Sydney’s University of Technology.
Alex moved his family to Australia in 2002 and currently resides with his two daughters in Byron Bay, New South Wales. He developed findyoga.com.au in 2003, which has grown into Australia’s largest yoga portal — connecting networks of yogis by providing a comprehensive directory of 2,000+ studios, teachers, events and yoga classes domestically and internationally. Alex started community acupuncture in 2009 as a way to bring affordable healthcare to people in need; this program currently treats over 100 people per week.
In 2011, he founded the Byron Spirit Festival, which has evolved into the preeminent yoga and music festival in Australia. Alex currently teaches privately and leads practice at iconic annual festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival (Australia), and Burning Man (USA). He is also passionate about Spirit Journey, leading pilgrims to Ladakh, India for self discovery.
Joe Van Asco – Event Manager
Joe Van Asco was born and raised in Springs, East Hampton. He spends his time as an educator, musical guru, and event planner. He is inspired to bring together the cosmic harmonies of music, yoga, education and spirituality.
Bruce Bailey – Volunteer Coordinator
I started practicing yoga at the age of fifteen to condition my body for surfing and to heal from injuries when I pushed myself too far. After two years of consistent practice at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I was inspired to deepen my commitment to the yogic path by signing up for the teacher certification program for Warrior Yoga, which I completed in 2006.
“The true yogi is the selfless servant to all that is divine in another” – This quote sums up where my mind focused next, and where my heart would find it’s eventual healing; in karma yoga; the yoga of inspired service. In 2007, I received a life-changing numerology reading from renowned spiritual leader and mystic, Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, creator of Naam Yoga and the Harmonyum healing system. After taking his master class for two years, I earned the opportunity to take trainings from Dr. Levry in Naam Yoga, numerology and Harmonyum, which are all powerful healing modalities that address issues on all levels of being. I became a certified Naam Yoga therapist in 2010.
At the time of my training, Naam Yoga was strongly influenced by Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. I attended the 3HO biannual Solstice events starting in the winter of 2010 through winter 2013, where I experienced the magic of karma yoga and volunteer work in a festival setting. My path of inspired service has been the key to my happiness, and for that reason I signed up to be the Volunteer coordinator for the Hamptons Yoga Fest. Click here to join me on the karma yoga team!
Roey Ficaro – Healing Villlage Coordinator
Roey Ficaro: LCSW-R, CHT, RYT-500 has been a Yoga/Meditation teacher for the past 15 years, as well as a practicing NY State licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, for over 20 years. Specializing in trauma, life transitions, addiction, depression, anxiety & stress reduction using a wide range of conventional & alternative techniques including Hypnotherapy, Reiki, & Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. In addition to private practice & teaching yoga she co-created & ran a Wellness Center at SUNY Purchase College for 8 years, which is still thriving and drawing students today. Her yoga training is extensive based on Iyengar & Anusara systems of alignment. Roey has trained with many internationally known teachers. Her classes & Restorative Yoga Healing workshops are well received. Roey is convinced that her passion for healing began in past lives. Her own life crisis catapulted her into a quest for personal healing & learning which developed into a passion to share her gifts of healing & compassion into all aspects of her life & work.
Jenna is a yoga and SUP yoga teacher in the Hamptons, NY. She studied under Yogi Charu and Kay Kay Clivio at PURE Yoga in NYC. Jenna also holds her children’s yoga certification through Next Generation Yoga and adores playing and practicing with kindergarteners after school. Jenna is the co-founder of East End Mermaid Yoga, an ocean inspired SUP Yoga + Live Music company in the Hamptons. She is a social media expert and has worked on accounts in the Hamptons and NYC.
Jenna spends her summers performing with her band, The Salty Captain and His Mermaid. Overjoyed to be living in East Hampton full-time, Jenna lives for summer nights and sharing her passion for yoga and music with her beautiful community.
Dara Dvora Troshane
Dvora Troshane is a native New York Artist, visionary, teacher and cultivator of creativity. Coming from a family of artists, Dvora has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl. Her goal is to inspire and make people happy by creating really colorful art that shines from her heart! Her work often incorporates words, mantras, inspirational sayings and LOTS of COLOR. She believes that art is deeply healing and transfomational.
While much of Dvora’s time is spent working on public and private art commissions, she also has a thriving studio for the past 16 years in Port Washington and a working studio space in her home in Southampton. The Port Washington studio named SOULSHINE, offers a space for people to come and play and be creative by allowing children and adults to dream, be inspired and create art that makes their soul shine bright. Her goal is to spread happiness and inspiration through her love of art and color by teaching both children and adults in all different art mediums. She offers weekly classes, private lessons, workshops, ladies night, birthday parties, camps and corporate events. The studio also offers off site programming and events in NYC , Long Island and beyond.