Shilo Farm is is dedicated to creating a sanctuary for community to thrive.

Meet the Community

MEET THE COMMUNITY

Jonas Zev Amberger :: Yoga Teacher   Jonas Zev Amberger has been a full time yoga teacher since 1997 and received a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of New Hampshire in 1991. He later went on to study at the Kalidas Sanskrit University in Nagpur, India, where he received a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine in 2004. He co-founded and directed YogaEast, a progressive school for Ashtanga yoga in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from 2002 to 2006. He also founded and directed Yoga 5, a center for Ashtanga yoga and Ayurveda in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts from 2006 to 2008. Jonas says of his personal philosophy regarding yoga practice, “When I practice yoga, I move away from the external stimulation that tells me I should be this or do that. I reconnect with a true place inside myself that invites me to express myself authentically with confidence and clarity.”

Jonas Zev Amberger :: Yoga Teacher

Jonas Zev Amberger has been a full time yoga teacher since 1997 and received a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of New Hampshire in 1991. He later went on to study at the Kalidas Sanskrit University in Nagpur, India, where he received a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine in 2004. He co-founded and directed YogaEast, a progressive school for Ashtanga yoga in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from 2002 to 2006. He also founded and directed Yoga 5, a center for Ashtanga yoga and Ayurveda in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts from 2006 to 2008. Jonas says of his personal philosophy regarding yoga practice, “When I practice yoga, I move away from the external stimulation that tells me I should be this or do that. I reconnect with a true place inside myself that invites me to express myself authentically with confidence and clarity.”

Amylyn Fairchild Amberger :: Jill of all Trades

Amylyn is an endless seeker of knowledge, adventure and exploration. She is a lover of nature, back to the earth living, experiential education and community organizing. Trained as an Occupational Therapist and an Outdoor Educator, she is empassioned in the path of assisting individuals realize their full potential in their human experience. Through experiential based learning, she helps to guide peoples experiences through empowerment, play and exploration of the natural world.

Amylyn is driven by selfless service which is her highest joy. She works tirelessly to nurture the Shilo Farm mission of bringing community together through creative events and workshops, potlucks and music. Watching connections being made and friendships born fills her heart and fuels her drive to further cultivate all that Shilo was meant to be.

When she is not onsite and tending to the herb beds, caring for the goats and chickens or building something, you will find her exploring the salt marshes in her kayak, trail running, climbing mountains, attempting to learn the mandolin and pottery or traveling.

Heidi Feinstein :: Soul mama of sacred spaces   Founder of the quick-service, whole-foods restaurants Life Alive, In 2004 Heidi Feinstein was a visionary pioneer, opening the only restaurant in MA serving a 100% vegetarian-vegan menu with 100% of its foods grown exclusively with organic farming methods. A student of human potential, artist, activist, dancer, and holistic therapist, Heidi conceptualized an Urban Oasis and Organic Café that would passionately nurture everyone who walked through its doors, and by doing so, “feed the vitality of the world… one meal at a time.”  Heidi is currently devoted to building “Soul Mama Farm & Food,” a permaculture farm in Eliot, ME where people, place and passion will join forces to create a test-kitchen, restaurant, research-center, workshop, event and play space celebrating abundance and awakening our health and vitality. As Soul Mama organically grows, Heidi continues to support budding entrepreneurs, facilitate groups and work privately with individuals to manifest meaning. She received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, her Canadian Naturopathic and Massage Diploma from the Institute for Natural Health, and her BA in Eastern Philosophy and Religion from George Washington University. For more information on her mission and values, visit www.LifeAlive.com

Heidi Feinstein :: Soul mama of sacred spaces

Founder of the quick-service, whole-foods restaurants Life Alive, In 2004 Heidi Feinstein was a visionary pioneer, opening the only restaurant in MA serving a 100% vegetarian-vegan menu with 100% of its foods grown exclusively with organic farming methods. A student of human potential, artist, activist, dancer, and holistic therapist, Heidi conceptualized an Urban Oasis and Organic Café that would passionately nurture everyone who walked through its doors, and by doing so, “feed the vitality of the world… one meal at a time.”

Heidi is currently devoted to building “Soul Mama Farm & Food,” a permaculture farm in Eliot, ME where people, place and passion will join forces to create a test-kitchen, restaurant, research-center, workshop, event and play space celebrating abundance and awakening our health and vitality. As Soul Mama organically grows, Heidi continues to support budding entrepreneurs, facilitate groups and work privately with individuals to manifest meaning. She received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, her Canadian Naturopathic and Massage Diploma from the Institute for Natural Health, and her BA in Eastern Philosophy and Religion from George Washington University. For more information on her mission and values, visit www.LifeAlive.com

Avantika Waleryszak :: Yoga Teacher   Avantika Waleryszak, E-RYT 500, MSW has been teaching classes in health and wellness for the past 20 years. She received her BA in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in Brattleboro, Vermont at Union Institute and University, and then received her Masters of Social Work at the University of New England in Portland, ME. She is a certified professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master, certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, certified Integrated Health Practitioner, and a Clinical Social Worker now working at RVNA, where she specializes in hospice and advanced illnesses. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has conducted numerous studies on the topics of meditation, mindfulness, yoga and the clinical applications of holistic and alternative health models. She has lead many workshops on yoga, meditation, healthy eating, selfcare and self-empowerment over the past 20 years. She has taught in a variety of settings; including college campuses, behavioral health settings, yoga studios, corporate offices and her own small healing arts studio. Her classes and workshops are heart-centered, comprehensive and trauma-informed.

Avantika Waleryszak :: Yoga Teacher

Avantika Waleryszak, E-RYT 500, MSW has been teaching classes in health and wellness for the past 20 years. She received her BA in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in Brattleboro, Vermont at Union Institute and University, and then received her Masters of Social Work at the University of New England in Portland, ME. She is a certified professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master, certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, certified Integrated Health Practitioner, and a Clinical Social Worker now working at RVNA, where she specializes in hospice and advanced illnesses. She is also trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has conducted numerous studies on the topics of meditation, mindfulness, yoga and the clinical applications of holistic and alternative health models. She has lead many workshops on yoga, meditation, healthy eating, selfcare and self-empowerment over the past 20 years. She has taught in a variety of settings; including college campuses, behavioral health settings, yoga studios, corporate offices and her own small healing arts studio. Her classes and workshops are heart-centered, comprehensive and trauma-informed.

Sifu Kampa VaShi Deva | Nicanor :: Tai Chi Teacher   is an instructor and coach of Tai-Chi Chuan, Qigong and meditation. He is a certified instructor member of the Gin Soon Tai-Chi Chuan Federation U.S.A. In the spring of 1983, he began training in the ancient martial art of Tai-Chi Chuan with Master Gin Soon Chu and with his son Fong Chu. In 1985 he began his healing studies at the Lea Tam Acupuncture Center in Boston with Qigong Master, Tom Tam, and Dr. Ping C. Chan, Lic. Ac. In 1994, he traveled with the Oriental Culture Institute for work-study in Taiwan and in 1998 he traveled to Beijing to continue his studies and internship at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Institute. Since 1985 Kampa has held his practice in traditional Chinese therapy for over 30 years. In the spring of 2000 Kampa established the Seacoast Tai-chi Institue. He holds a private healing pracitces as an Asian Bodywork Therapist, A.B.T., Qigong Therapist and a certificate of VortexHealing. He is certified by the A.O.B.T.A. American Organization of Bodywork Therapy of Asia, Oregon Research Institute “Moving for Better Balance” which is an affiliate of the New Hampshire Task Force. He has established most of his practices North of Boston and in Southern New Hampshire. He currently teaches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. With a small team of friends, his hopes of establishing an online media school finally began in the summer of 2017. Now people from around the nation can access virtual Tai-Chi lessons from the privacy of their home with Sifu Kampa.

Sifu Kampa VaShi Deva | Nicanor :: Tai Chi Teacher

is an instructor and coach of Tai-Chi Chuan, Qigong and meditation. He is a certified instructor member of the Gin Soon Tai-Chi Chuan Federation U.S.A. In the spring of 1983, he began training in the ancient martial art of Tai-Chi Chuan with Master Gin Soon Chu and with his son Fong Chu. In 1985 he began his healing studies at the Lea Tam Acupuncture Center in Boston with Qigong Master, Tom Tam, and Dr. Ping C. Chan, Lic. Ac. In 1994, he traveled with the Oriental Culture Institute for work-study in Taiwan and in 1998 he traveled to Beijing to continue his studies and internship at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Institute. Since 1985 Kampa has held his practice in traditional Chinese therapy for over 30 years. In the spring of 2000 Kampa established the Seacoast Tai-chi Institue. He holds a private healing pracitces as an Asian Bodywork Therapist, A.B.T., Qigong Therapist and a certificate of VortexHealing. He is certified by the A.O.B.T.A. American Organization of Bodywork Therapy of Asia, Oregon Research Institute “Moving for Better Balance” which is an affiliate of the New Hampshire Task Force. He has established most of his practices North of Boston and in Southern New Hampshire. He currently teaches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. With a small team of friends, his hopes of establishing an online media school finally began in the summer of 2017. Now people from around the nation can access virtual Tai-Chi lessons from the privacy of their home with Sifu Kampa.

Bhagavan Das (Shug) Shyam :: Yogi, Sacred Art & Spiritual Tattoo Artist   Bhagavan Das (Shug) Shyam has been practicing and studying Yoga continuously since 1997 as an initiated disciple of the Gurus of Sat Manav Yoga Ashram. Spending years living in retreat and by his Gurus’ side kindled his passion and innate wisdom on the practical nature of classical Yoga. As a founding ashram member, builder, visionary artist, musician and father, Shug understands how to bring spiritual practice into everyday activities. He practices and teaches from this deep foundation--sharing the sincerity and authentic knowledge that can only be offered from a lifetime of devotion, focused intention and intense Sadhana (practice) for the benefit of all beings. In addition to teaching Yoga and meditation, Shug performs with the kirtan group Shiva Lila and has recently launched Sat Manav Tattoos and Talismans. By manifesting his own human potential, he has helped many others connect with theirs. This is someone you definitely want to meet.

Bhagavan Das (Shug) Shyam :: Yogi, Sacred Art & Spiritual Tattoo Artist

Bhagavan Das (Shug) Shyam has been practicing and studying Yoga continuously since 1997 as an initiated disciple of the Gurus of Sat Manav Yoga Ashram. Spending years living in retreat and by his Gurus’ side kindled his passion and innate wisdom on the practical nature of classical Yoga. As a founding ashram member, builder, visionary artist, musician and father, Shug understands how to bring spiritual practice into everyday activities. He practices and teaches from this deep foundation--sharing the sincerity and authentic knowledge that can only be offered from a lifetime of devotion, focused intention and intense Sadhana (practice) for the benefit of all beings. In addition to teaching Yoga and meditation, Shug performs with the kirtan group Shiva Lila and has recently launched Sat Manav Tattoos and Talismans. By manifesting his own human potential, he has helped many others connect with theirs. This is someone you definitely want to meet.

Suanne Ringlein :: Community Yoga Teacher   Suanne received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from 3 Bridges Yoga under Stephanie Paolini, Marla Cinilia and Johanna Bell’s heart-filled Illumina Vinyasa YTT program. A lifelong athlete of various sports, Suanne has a natural interest in body mechanics and physical well-being. She greets life with a deep curiosity and continues to welcome its lessons through observation and introspection. Suanne has discovered the ancient practice and philosophies of Yoga as the natural melding of these qualities in her life and her practice has brought strength, healing, and well-being to her body and mind. She is honored to share with others what she continues to discover in her practice on and off the mat. Suanne lives in the Seacoast area with her husband, Dan and their 6 year old twins, Maggie and Leo.

Suanne Ringlein :: Community Yoga Teacher

Suanne received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from 3 Bridges Yoga under Stephanie Paolini, Marla Cinilia and Johanna Bell’s heart-filled Illumina Vinyasa YTT program. A lifelong athlete of various sports, Suanne has a natural interest in body mechanics and physical well-being. She greets life with a deep curiosity and continues to welcome its lessons through observation and introspection. Suanne has discovered the ancient practice and philosophies of Yoga as the natural melding of these qualities in her life and her practice has brought strength, healing, and well-being to her body and mind. She is honored to share with others what she continues to discover in her practice on and off the mat. Suanne lives in the Seacoast area with her husband, Dan and their 6 year old twins, Maggie and Leo.

Mackensie Grant (Satya Pria) :: Yoga Teacher   Mackensie’s teaching has been called poetic, potent and precise. Having been engaged in the practices of Yoga and meditation for over 20 years, her passion for helping people find their most natural alignment in body mind and heart is what keeps her students coming back. Her classes are breath-guided with a focus on physical alignment, helping to create a deeper sense of freedom. Once we are aligned physically and spiritually, not only do we feel better, we live more and more in the flow of grace. She is a student always, and continues to bring her own discoveries and learning to class making for a fresh class every time. All levels welcome all the time. If you would like to learn more about my work please click this link:  http://www.intelligentembodiment.com/

Mackensie Grant (Satya Pria) :: Yoga Teacher

Mackensie’s teaching has been called poetic, potent and precise. Having been engaged in the practices of Yoga and meditation for over 20 years, her passion for helping people find their most natural alignment in body mind and heart is what keeps her students coming back. Her classes are breath-guided with a focus on physical alignment, helping to create a deeper sense of freedom. Once we are aligned physically and spiritually, not only do we feel better, we live more and more in the flow of grace. She is a student always, and continues to bring her own discoveries and learning to class making for a fresh class every time. All levels welcome all the time. If you would like to learn more about my work please click this link: http://www.intelligentembodiment.com/

Sheila Shea :: Yoga Teacher   Sheila’s yoga practice began in 1999 with a prenatal class in Seattle while pregnant with her first daughter. Though she then went on to practice for more than a decade, it was a move to India several years ago – and living and practicing there – that transformed yoga into a way of life for Sheila. In India, she lost her western lens and began to see (and feel) more fully. Back in the US, she went on to complete her 200 RYT at 3 Bridges Yoga in Portsmouth. She is deeply appreciative of all her teachers who have supported her journey and is especially grateful to her mentors, Stepanie Paolini, and Marla Cinilia.  Sheila is humbled by the practice of yoga and by those who commit themselves to it. She is passionate about expressing her true self through her yoga. She leads with her heart – offering love and support for her students. Laughter, too. Her infectious warmth and creative spirit are evident in all she does.  Sheila is originally from Massachusetts, has lived in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and now lives in Portsmouth with her family. She earned her BFA at the University of Denver and her masters in intercultural relations at Lesley College. She is a gardener and avid ceramicist and currently serves as the development director for the Seacoast Charter School (where she also teaches yoga to adolescents).

Sheila Shea :: Yoga Teacher

Sheila’s yoga practice began in 1999 with a prenatal class in Seattle while pregnant with her first daughter. Though she then went on to practice for more than a decade, it was a move to India several years ago – and living and practicing there – that transformed yoga into a way of life for Sheila. In India, she lost her western lens and began to see (and feel) more fully. Back in the US, she went on to complete her 200 RYT at 3 Bridges Yoga in Portsmouth. She is deeply appreciative of all her teachers who have supported her journey and is especially grateful to her mentors, Stepanie Paolini, and Marla Cinilia.

Sheila is humbled by the practice of yoga and by those who commit themselves to it. She is passionate about expressing her true self through her yoga. She leads with her heart – offering love and support for her students. Laughter, too. Her infectious warmth and creative spirit are evident in all she does.

Sheila is originally from Massachusetts, has lived in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and now lives in Portsmouth with her family. She earned her BFA at the University of Denver and her masters in intercultural relations at Lesley College. She is a gardener and avid ceramicist and currently serves as the development director for the Seacoast Charter School (where she also teaches yoga to adolescents).

Sunyata Shyam :: Yogi, Vegan Chef

Sunyata Shyam :: Yogi, Vegan Chef

Jen Anderson :: Community Yoga Teacher   Jen is an RYT-200 Vinyasa yoga teacher. She first found yoga in 2007 as cross-training exercise for sports. Over the years, it settled in mind, body and spirit. In 2019, Jen completed her 200-hour training at 3 Bridges Yoga. Intrigued by the subtle healing power of the practice, Jen has also studied energy work and is a certified Usui Reiki II practitioner. Feeling most alive in the outdoors, Jen draws inspiration from nature into her teaching and life. Off the mat, Jen’s most likely to be found wandering in the woods, paddling on the York River or browsing the shelves at the local library. Jen lives in York with her husband, Isaiah.

Jen Anderson :: Community Yoga Teacher

Jen is an RYT-200 Vinyasa yoga teacher. She first found yoga in 2007 as cross-training exercise for sports. Over the years, it settled in mind, body and spirit. In 2019, Jen completed her 200-hour training at 3 Bridges Yoga. Intrigued by the subtle healing power of the practice, Jen has also studied energy work and is a certified Usui Reiki II practitioner. Feeling most alive in the outdoors, Jen draws inspiration from nature into her teaching and life. Off the mat, Jen’s most likely to be found wandering in the woods, paddling on the York River or browsing the shelves at the local library. Jen lives in York with her husband, Isaiah.

Lauri Sowers :: Yoga Teacher   Lauri is a wholistic practitioner who combines her education in Ayurvedic medicine as an Ayurvedic practitioner, twenty years of practice as a yoga student, teacher and teacher trainer as well as her intuition as a reiki master teacher to develop a wholistic approach for each individual’s wellness.  This wholistic approach includes lifestyle practices, diet, herbs, meditation, yoga and energy work. She is committed to helping each patient understand who they are and how to find balance and health in body, mind and spirit.

Lauri Sowers :: Yoga Teacher

Lauri is a wholistic practitioner who combines her education in Ayurvedic medicine as an Ayurvedic practitioner, twenty years of practice as a yoga student, teacher and teacher trainer as well as her intuition as a reiki master teacher to develop a wholistic approach for each individual’s wellness.

This wholistic approach includes lifestyle practices, diet, herbs, meditation, yoga and energy work. She is committed to helping each patient understand who they are and how to find balance and health in body, mind and spirit.

Stephanie Rose Broido :: Yoga Teacher & Sacred Space Creator   Stephanie is honored to be joining the Shilo community. Stephanie’s journey has taken her down a path of dynamic synchronicities. In 2011 she traveled to India where she dove deep into eastern philosophy and self discovery. This experience brought her back home where she studied at the University of Southern Maine and received her BS in Health Science. During her time at USM Stephanie coordinated the campus community garden. She loved bringing community together to unwind from the mundane and celebrate the bounty of the earth. After graduating from USM she moved to Philadelphia to work at a holistic apothecary. During her time in Philly, she completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at MotherHeart Yoga Sangha. She has moved back to Maine with a set of rose colored glasses.  Her classes focus on mindful breathing, nurturing movement and meditation to allow the body, mind and soul to align & activate intuition wisdom.”

Stephanie Rose Broido :: Yoga Teacher & Sacred Space Creator

Stephanie is honored to be joining the Shilo community. Stephanie’s journey has taken her down a path of dynamic synchronicities. In 2011 she traveled to India where she dove deep into eastern philosophy and self discovery. This experience brought her back home where she studied at the University of Southern Maine and received her BS in Health Science. During her time at USM Stephanie coordinated the campus community garden. She loved bringing community together to unwind from the mundane and celebrate the bounty of the earth. After graduating from USM she moved to Philadelphia to work at a holistic apothecary. During her time in Philly, she completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at MotherHeart Yoga Sangha. She has moved back to Maine with a set of rose colored glasses.

Her classes focus on mindful breathing, nurturing movement and meditation to allow the body, mind and soul to align & activate intuition wisdom.”

Emily Wall :: Yoga Teacher   Emily grew up in York, Maine, and has recently moved back since living in Georgia and Louisiana for the past five years. In 2015 while living in Athens, GA, she took the plunge to do a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified hatha yoga training. Shortly after her training she moved to Louisiana to get her master’s degree at LSU in environmental sciences. While living in Louisiana, Emily found her passion for Ashtanga yoga. She loves the connection she feels to herself and others, the strength you gain physically and mentally, and the ability to focus on the breath to truly be in the present moment. Emily started practicing with Certified teacher Melanie Fawer in New Orleans, and in 2017 decided to do a 200-hr training with her teacher. She continued her Ashtanga studies in the fall of 2018 by traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a week to study with Taylor Hunt at the Ashtanga Yoga and Addiction Forum. She hopes to spread the life changing practice of Ashtanga yoga to others, and believes as long as you can breath you can do yoga!

Emily Wall :: Yoga Teacher

Emily grew up in York, Maine, and has recently moved back since living in Georgia and Louisiana for the past five years. In 2015 while living in Athens, GA, she took the plunge to do a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified hatha yoga training. Shortly after her training she moved to Louisiana to get her master’s degree at LSU in environmental sciences. While living in Louisiana, Emily found her passion for Ashtanga yoga. She loves the connection she feels to herself and others, the strength you gain physically and mentally, and the ability to focus on the breath to truly be in the present moment. Emily started practicing with Certified teacher Melanie Fawer in New Orleans, and in 2017 decided to do a 200-hr training with her teacher. She continued her Ashtanga studies in the fall of 2018 by traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a week to study with Taylor Hunt at the Ashtanga Yoga and Addiction Forum. She hopes to spread the life changing practice of Ashtanga yoga to others, and believes as long as you can breath you can do yoga!

Jesse O'Connor :: Community Yoga Teacher

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