Meet the inspiring women teaching
at the NINE Retreat Pennsylvania 2019


Nedra Tawwab, MSW, LCSW


Nedra founded Kaleidoscope Counseling, a group counseling practice, in 2011. Her niche is working with people who are managing unhealthy or difficult relationships. She also helps couples who have lost their connection to each other after being together for many years and couples needing to improve communication. Additionally, she assists professionals struggling with ‘work/life balance’, overwhelmed moms and people lacking appropriate self-care. In 2017, she created the Empowered Planner to serve as journal-inspired planner.

small group classes: tba


Nedra resides in Charlotte, NC
Website: nedratawwab.com
Instagram: @nedratawwab

Podcast: Pack Light




Kim Tran, Ph.D


Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

We’re all committed to a more equitable world, but many of us struggle when it comes to talking about difference; whether it’s related to race, gender, and sexuality or class. As women committed to inclusion, diversity and social justice, how can we grow our ability to engage identities that shape lived experience? Creating Space to Create Change is an interactive teaching session geared toward helping the participants of the NINE retreat do both. The session will focus on personal dynamics, including how to navigate challenging conversations and see your own blind spots. By engaging the individual, we will begin to actualize the micro shifts necessary for broader social change.

Takeaways from her class:

• Increased literacy/vocabulary around race, gender and sexuality

• Comfort discussing and addressing identity and difference

• Awareness around the impact of personal blind spots

Kim Tran is a is global equity strategist who uses a grassroots organizing and transformative justice approach in NGO, educational and non-profit spaces. For over a decade, she has facilitated trans-inclusion and anti-Black racism trainings for a wide array of organizations including Stanford University, the Northern California Association of Nonprofits and the United States Consulate. Experienced with ground level activism, organizational programming and academic research on racial and gender equality, Kim is committed to creating teams and initiatives that are diverse and sustainable.

Kim resides in San Francisco, CA

Website: LinkedIn


Judy Fayre, RN, IBCLC


It’s not too late to find your passionate focus!  
How often do you say to yourself: “If I’d known about this earlier in my life, it would be the ‘thing’ I’d be focusing my time and energy on!” Is it an educational pathway? A decision to volunteer somewhere? A job change? A hobby or artistic expression? Judy has stories to tell you that will inspire you to begin to journey toward your passion, regardless of your age or life circumstance. It is not too late to do what you love! 

small group classes:

  • compassionate PARENTING

  • Intro to knitting

  • lactation support for new moms

Judy has been a doula and childbirth educator, a Waldorf school handwork teacher, a dental assistant, and has run an in-home daycare center all before going back to college and obtaining a B.S. in Woman’s Wellness and Health followed by a degree in nursing. Currently her passions include facilitating support groups for new moms/infants, foster parenting, knitting, gardening, and mothering her 5 grown children (two biological, two step, and one exchange student turned daughter).  

Judy Resides in Newbury, MA with her wife.
Online: Facebook


Krista Moreland


Learn how to fuel your workouts and your life.

You’ll be able to cook one meal for your family, and they will actually enjoy it! Not to mention, that you’ll be more successful when your spouse and kids are on board.

small group class: tba

Coach Krista: Fitness & Nutrition Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1, Bachelor of Communication & Media Studies, Master of Education - Secondary Education

Krista resides in Arizona with her husband and children.
Website: kmoremacro.com


Elena Breese


Elena is a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and lives with post-traumatic stress disorder.

At NINE, Elena will share how she learned to embrace her trauma and mental challenges, advocate for herself, and grow from her experience. She is passionate about building awareness about PTSD and sharing tools and resources that have helped her heal.

A dedicated wife and mother, Elena is also the creator of Still Blooming Me, a blog about her healing journey and a resource for other terrorist attack survivors living with PTSD.

Elena resides in Arizona with her husband and children.

Website: stillbloomingme.com
Instagram: @stillbloomingme


Cicely Rocha-Miller

Topic: TBA

I am: funny; love to laugh and do so BIG; dramatic; an empath; a dancing machine.

I also am: passionate about community, a giver to my core, love to make people laugh, a producer of kickass memories at Life Design Events and Grey Key Events.

I have: graduated college (first in my family!), won awards but who cares...I'm winning at life; a passion project called MRSter; two kids from my womb, one outside of it and am the hottest, youngest grandma you have seen.


Cicely resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband children.


Lyndzee Ellsworth


Lyndzee is offering 1-on-1 sessions only

Energy healing can help you heal physical aches and pains, heal emotional issues, including depression, lack of self-confidence, anger, sadness, lack of self worth, eliminate stress, anxiety and fear, increase motivation for achieving your goals (write a book, run a marathon, start a business, etc.), correct self-sabotaging thought patterns & habits, recharge your energy, release subconscious blocks that prevent you from achieving your life goals. It helps clear emotional and physical blockages that are keeping you from living your best life and being your highest self.

Lyndzee resides in Provo, UT with her children
Website: thehealingco.net
Instagram: @lyndzee.ellsworth


Shawna Stanley


Shawna is offering a (complimentary) photography class during free time. Bring your DSLR, phone, point and shoot, 35mm....it doesn’t matter. All cameras and skill levels welcome.

She is also offering a limited number of mini portrait sessions; we’ll release the sign up as we get closer to September.

Shawna is an Award winning Documentary Family & Birth Photographer. She resides in Buffalo, NY with her partner and children.

Website: shawnastanley.co
Instagram: @shawnalstanley



Are you interested in teaching at the next NINE Retreat? Feel free to reach out so we can get to know you.