Irene Bailey, Program Director
I have been designing and facilitating experiences that connect people more deeply to themselves, their community and the natural world for over fifteen years. I have worked with numerous environmental and sustainability education programs as an educator, leader, mentor and wilderness guide.
My life journey has led me to my innate gift of supporting women to flourish and re-discover their unique path with greater confidence and love. I believe wholeheartedly in the transformation and deep healing that is possible when women allow Nature to be their wise teacher and cultivate a deep kinship with the wild feminine. I am passionate about sharing inspirational adventures that nourish the mind, body and spirit.
My intention is to be present and awake in my daily life and I have been exploring meditation and body based spiritual practices for over five years. I have a MS in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University and call Portland and the Pacific Northwest home. I enjoy hiking, ocean kayaking, surfing, practicing yoga and meditation, spending time with my community (human and non), growing food and taking romps with my pup. I bring my whole self to this work for the benefit of all beings.
Heidi Schmidgall, Education Director
I’m humbled to be co-creating our dream of Temenos Rising. I feel drawn to facilitate the work of Earth Connection, Embodying Adventure and Introspection because of the healing, insight, and empowerment they have provided me throughout my life. I believe all beings are created equal and worthy of love and that with adequate care and resources they can live joyful lives. The passions that weave throughout my life include place-based learning, yoga, adventures that get me deep in the wilderness (skiing, kayaking, climbing), community engagement, and personal empowerment work.
I’ve worked in environmental and adventure-based programming for over a decade, with extensive experience facilitating groups on social-emotional learning and group development. I hold a MS in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University, which infused my leadership style with connection and purpose. I received a Mindfulness Teacher Training Certificate from Peace in Schools and am a certified Yoga Teacher. I integrate these trainings with the wisdom of Mother Earth-my greatest teacher.
As a soon-to-be mama, I’m thrilled to be welcoming a baby into the Temenos Rising Community this summer. I look forward to sharing my aliveness and love for the world, rivers, music, growing food, and deep connection with this little being and with all of you!
Kelly Potts, Pro-Surfer and Mentor
Kelly Potts’ exuberance for life can be contagious -- all thanks to her life-long participation in sports. As a teen she formed a passionate relationship with nature when she took up surfing, marrying sport with the outdoors, and since then has centered her life around adventure and wave hunting. It is with no surprise that Kelly decided to share the great gifts she gained through surfing with her Maui community by providing free surfing clinics and retreats for local females, as well as for indigenous girls and women in the Pacific Northwest. Through the sport of surfing Kelly helps females discover their inner lordess, while perpetuating sisterhood.
Cary Spaeth, Yoga Teacher
I believe the intelligent language of the body has the capacity to inform, enliven, and amplify the spoken word, and that that relationship is of mutual benefit. It is primarily from that perspective that I inquire into these practices, and the information I continue to receive supports my evolving understanding that it is through collaborative effort that we daily make the world. My intention in sharing this work is interwoven with my desire that the living community receives the benefit of our collective awakening.
I have endless gratitude for all my teachers and count myself especially lucky to have Sarah Trelease as my primary teacher. I continue to study with her, and to her I bow deeply. The various lineages of these practices and the meanderings of my life have lead me to the Shadow Yoga school, to which I am humbled and grateful, and I bow to Mandy Kruger and my good fortune to be in community with her. I am the beneficiary of the incredible bounty of being able to steward North Portland Yoga, and I bow most tenderly, hands to heart, face to earth, to the community therein. The medicine I receive renders me forever in service.