Irene Bailey, Program Director
(pronouns: she/her) 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.
Amita Swadhin, Healer and Organizer
Amita Swadhin (pronouns: they/them) is a nationally-recognized activist who has learned to alchemize their wounds as a survivor of childhood rape by their father into fuel for their work to create a world without child sexual abuse, a world beyond rape culture. They identify as a non-binary, queer, femme woman of color (their parents are immigrants from India). For the past twenty years, they have been a storyteller, organizer and healer who has shared their work in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on stages in front of thousands of policymakers and advocates, and in countless healing circles in high school classrooms and grassroots social justice organizations. Amita’s commitment is to bring an intersectional approach into work to heal and end sexual trauma by focusing on the collective, cultural and institutional nature of rape culture that affects us all, whether or not we have been personally violated. They are the Director of Mirror Memoirs, a national storytelling and organizing project centering the healing and leadership of LGBTQ+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse, and are in the process of completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training course. Amita lives in Los Angeles with their partner Patricio and pitbull pup, Ginkgo.
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.
Aracely Lozano, Yoga Teacher
Aracely Lozano is a certified yoga instructor and breathwork practitioner who has been building and healing community since childhood. She brings a variety of healing and empowerment modalities that have transformed her life and shares them with others. Aracely has worked with many people of color who are survivors of sexual violence, empowering them to become their own healers.
Liz Vitale, Qigong and Acupuncture
My approach to practicing East Asian medicine tends towards gentleness, reflecting the knowledge that our bodies are incredibly capable of healing themselves, given appropriate stimulus and space. I have a private practice in Pacific City, where I also lead qigong classes. I am a licensed acupuncturist with a Masters of Science degree from the National University of Natural Medicine and went on to complete a residency at their teaching clinic in Portland, Oregon. I am always working towards treating the root cause of imbalance, which can lead to lasting relief.
I’m deeply in love with the ocean and find that surfing is a therapeutic way of connecting with it, and with others in the community. Originally from New York, I moved west to study medicine and now find myself at home on the Oregon Coast.
Anna Greenberg, Kayaking and Backpacking Guide
Anna grew up in Washington, DC but comes from a large California family and has spent every summer of her life exploring her beloved Sierra Nevada. Between childhood holidays seeking alpine lakes and a few formative years at a nature awareness camp in West Virginia, she developed a passion for wild and beautiful places, outdoor adventure, and conservation. After completing her BA in Visual and Environmental Studies, she was burning to adventure and set off on a “stint” of traveling and seasonal work. That stint turned into a decade of exploring and guiding in the great outdoors, including leading canoe expeditions on desert rivers, teaching kids to snorkel and kayak on Catalina Island, and working with underserved teens in the Sierra Nevada. Interested in all things having to do with healthy communities, including clean air and water, connection to nature, food access, sustainable transportation, Anna decided to return to school in 2017 for a masters degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Oregon. This new chapter has continued to open her mind as to how people shape and are shaped by their environments. These years have also given her ample opportunity to explore the Pacific Northwest, including kayak guiding in the San Juan Islands and innumerable exploratory missions in this wonderful landscape. When not working, Anna tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors, traveling, and connecting with friends and family. Passionate about sustainable living, she has studied, resided in, and helped build a number of natural buildings and eco-communities. She also enjoys cooking, art, running, costume parties, and singing with her band, Cactus Alert.