MEET THE MADRE TIERRA
Ella Raphalle Dufrene
Visual Artist, Art Therapist & Yoga Instructor
Founder of Lila
Ella Dufrene believes that art is our most primitive form of communication and that almost everything we know about human history derives from some form of art. She is driven by the instinctual knowledge of the innate healing powers of art and received her masters in art therapy from the Pratt Institute in 2015.While deeply connected to the healing and meditative qualities of art-making, she discovered nature’s similar effects when harmonized with creativity. Ella began exploring eco and environmental art therapy techniques, which lead her to facilitate her first retreat in 2016 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.
Currently, Ella is based out of Miami, FL, where she works as an art therapist in her private practice, Lila Art Therapy Services, LLC. She has experience working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, hospice, special needs and developmental delays, drug or alcohol addiction, at risk youth, and eating disorders. Ella works with clients in both individual and group settings, where she emphasizes a holistic path to wellness and utilizes a playful ‘person first’ approach to therapy.Those who know and work with Ella feel her passion for the healing properties of movement and art. Ella has a zest for life, youthful spirit and contagiously open mind.
ERYT500, Hypnotherapist, & School Teacher
Kristy Vizzone combines the principles of yoga, her experience as a school teacher, and hypnotherapy training to create a safe and empowering environment in each yoga class. "I aim to provide yoga students with clear alignment instruction, cues to stay focused in the present, and reminders not to take themselves so seriously."
Katie "Pinto" LeBrun
I have been teaching yoga, music, dance, hula hooping and other movement arts since I was a teen, and over the years I have enjoyed how the different art forms compliment eachother. Today I teach with the underlying foundation of "Learning as a side effect of having fun" and look for ways to turn our daily activities into games and laughter filled collaborations. After a few years on the road, teaching and performing at libraries, schools and retreats, I have settled down in Bend, Oregon to take advantage of more learning opportunities and to help build the movement arts and music communities of Central Oregon.
Lisa Clementi, MS, R-DMT
"Yoga has been a part of my life for over 7 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
I realized I wanted to further my knowledge and share my passion, so I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga training in Rishikesh, India. I will always be a student of the practice, and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me along the way.
I seek to pass on compassion, knowledge, and practice with my students through the teaching of alignment based classes focused on combining breath and movement. I encourage growth of the physical and spiritual self and seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind, and soul with yoga. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.”
Ryan Bean is an acrobat, performer, and yoga instructor. Ryan received his yoga training at the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India. He teaches hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga, and power yoga, incorporating meditation and pranayama into each practice. Partner yoga and acro yoga are at the core of his style and he may include these fun elements into a class to help emphasize community and trust within the group. Ryan brings a unique style, incorporating the traditional and spiritual practices of yoga with the playful acro practice. His classes are a mixture of spiritual, playful, powerful, and guided asanas to help you grow and work toward alignment.
Yoga Instructor & Holistic Therapist
Beatriz Ricco aka Simbiya is a Brazilian artist currently based in Brazil. She has lived and traveled to many different countries studying, teaching, and working as a Holistic Therapist. She utilizes Reiki, Massage, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Dance and Chakra healing as tools.
Beatriz is a certified Yoga Instructor in Hatha Vinyasa, Yoga for Kids, and a Licensed Chakradance Facilitator. Her classes and workshops have been taught in the Brazil, USA, Colombia, Jamaica, Egypt and Cuba as a way of self development and integration of the body mind and soul as well as the integration of humans with Nature.
Artist & Art Therapist
Kimberly Bush is an artist and art therapist who has been practicing creative psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, and children for over 25 years. Her practice is rooted in building a compassionate and collaborative relationship with clients while providing a safe space for sharing and working through difficult experiences and feelings. She believes that working with imagery is an act that respects the unknown and the unconscious within our collective human potential and makes it visible.