Kelsy Timas

Kelsy Timas

CEO/ Founding Director

Kelsy Timas is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Life Coach and Wellness Educator assisting the world in discovering and recovering a life in balance. A proud member of the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and National Board of Drugless Practitioners. On a mission to serve humanity in their journey and return to holism, Kelsy invests her time and talents in people and organizations looking for wellness solutions that move us toward a more balanced and integrative world. Her vision for the future is the driving force behind the growth and development of her company, Guiding Wellness Institute Inc.

 

Beginning a career in Medical Management and Nursing, Kelsy discovered that her passion was in preventative and holistic based practices which redirected her studies and ultimately her life. This faithful decision refocused her vision resulting in the creation of her company, Guiding Wellness, and her “Be Well” philosophy. At a very uncertain time in our nation and a new husband deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army, Kelsy bloomed where she was planted, creating a Holistic Health practice in Fayetteville, NC that now serves people all over the world. With her passion to serve Veterans, First Responders, Healthcare professionals and other Caregivers, Kelsy often refers to herself as the “Caregivers Care Giver”. With over 20 years of diverse Holistic Health experience, certifications that include early childhood development, counseling addiction, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Yoga and Body Therapies; Kelsy’s most important accomplishments are still on the horizon. She is committed to her vision for the growth of her company to be a nationally sustainable wellness solution that assists people in bridging the gap in their lives in order to maintain a life in Balance.

Kelsy’s success can be attributed to her deep desire to help people create their best life, a natural entrepreneur and pioneering spirit that has never been afraid to create solutions needed in order to find “a better way”, and the sincere belief that she is in service of her life’s calling.

When she is not teaching or working with clients, Kelsy is enhancing her humanitarian footprint through her service on the Board of Directors for Connections of Cumberland County, Chambers for Hope, and Sustainable Neighbors. She also enjoys living her message of “Balance” through clean eating, the practice of Yoga, writing, and the creative arts. Her greatest desire is to leave the world better then she found it and strives to do that every day in as many ways as possible while Living Well.

Kelsy’s Guiding Wellness Blog

Marsha Howe

Marsha Howe

Director of Food Education

Marsha Howe has always been committed to a healthy lifestyle and to sharing sustainable living skills and whole food nutrition. Learning the principles and the wisdom of nature’s living systems and the miracle of the human body has been a lifelong pursuit and focus of her education.

In addition to her role at Guiding Wellness, Marsha is Founder/Director of Sustainable Neighbors, a Certified Permaculture Eco-Social Designer, MRC Farmers’ Market Consumer Education Outreach Coordinator, Community Emergency Response Team Certified (CERT), and an urban farmer.  She teaches and facilitates whole food nutrition presentations, facilitates hands-on organic gardening classes, seasonal cooking from scratch, canning and preserving workshops, and urban farmer trainings and events.

She is committed to the development of sustainable, resilient, food secure neighborhoods that support local urban farmers and other local food chain entrepreneurs to grow a local food system for healthy economic growth. Her work builds relationships that inspire positive action for local food security.

www.sustainableneighborsnc.com

Beth Funk

Beth Funk

ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP, Certified Warriors at Ease Trainer & Level I iRest Teacher

After being a professional educator for over two decades, Beth decided to unite her love of teaching with her passion for the ancient and life changing practice of yoga. Drawn to yoga by a debilitating and chronic back condition Beth discovered, first hand, the healing power of yoga. Beth is an experienced, registered yoga teacher and is also a Warriors at Ease trained yoga and meditation teacher, dedicated to bringing the healing power of trauma sensitive yoga and meditation to our military community. Beth is a dedicated practitioner and teacher and she continues to expand and cultivate her own practice by studying with teachers and mentors around the country. She enjoys a variety of yoga disciplines but is particularly drawn to Vinyasa, enjoying the strengthening, empowering, and centering aspects of linking breath to movement. Beth teaches a wide variety of breath and alignment focused classes that are mindfully designed to meet the unique needs of all of her students. Beth hopes to share the life enhancing power of yoga with as many people as possible, helping them find the strength and the light that already exists inside them. Beth is the founder and director of Life Moves Yoga, LLC.

Lisa Lofthouse

Lisa Lofthouse

Faculty

Suffering from debilitating migraines Lisa discovered yoga in her early forties and consistent practice greatly reduced her migraine attacks,

Yoga helped her deal with the hectic life of running to framing stores. She feels she truly stepped onto a path of bliss when she began teacher training at the The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.

In 2001 she completed the 500-hour professional level teacher training program. Ashe she likes to say, “That is when my dharma met my karma. I knew this was my calling and I have to share it with everyone I meet.” Since selling her framing business, Lisa balances her days teaching yoga at her studio, Breathing Space, in Fayetteville, NC, playing in her art room and laughing with her friends.

She leads retreats as often as she can. Her inner joy brings smiles to anyone who meets her. Lisa lives a blissful existence with her fabulously understanding husband, Dean.

 

Dr. Rhiannon Hutton

Dr. Rhiannon Hutton

Faculty

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Eastern Medicine, and licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Hutton specializes in empowering busy people with the tools for total wellness – so that they don’t have to be a patient for life. She blends the newest research based posture therapy with ancient proven techniques in Meridian Exercise Therapy. She also compounds individualized herbal formulas for each of her patients ensuring treatment of not only the symptoms but the underlying condition as well.

Dr. Rhi’s cases have been peer-review published and appear in Advances in Mind Body Medicine, available on PubMed. She was her class Valedictorian, and is co-author of a sustainable health cookbook on Amazon calledThe Happy Tummy Cookbook: Because A Happy Tummy Means A Happy Body. Additionally, she has worked in over 32 countries and, with the help of her knowledge of the body, has jogged across the Mojave desert, 500 miles in 30 days.

When not running a busy practice, Dr. Rhi enjoys jogging, wildcrafting herbs, and her personal Meridian Exercise Therapy practice. For more information on having Dr. Rhi for your company training, please call 910-920-0468 or contact her through DocRhi@MeridianExerciseTherapy.com

Kimberley Puryear

Kimberley Puryear

Faculty

Kimberley’s personal practice began in 2003 as a way to deal with her mother’s illness and passing. Yoga’s ability to calm, soothe, strengthen, and heal led Kimberley to deepen her practice and understanding of this ancient science. Her passion for meditation, mindful movement, and Yin Yoga have inspired her to share the healing powers of these ancient practices with others. She practices and is trained in Shamatha meditation (Shambhala lineage) under the direction of her teacher, Susan Piver and is deeply inspired by the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa, Sakyong Mipham, Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hahn.

Kimberley is passionate about helping students find connections between their practice on the mat and in their everyday lives. Her classes will challenge you to practice from a place of honest exploration, acceptance, and personal freedom. The result is a fun and educational class that empowers each student to create their own practice, using their own strengths and weaknesses. Kimberley’s authentic, warm and lighthearted spirit will encourage you to find your own yoga voice! She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at both the E-RYT 200 and 500 hour Advanced Studies levels and she is so happy to share these ever unfolding practices with you!

Susan Alden

Susan Alden

Faculty

Susan Alden is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served for six years as an active duty Army logistics officer in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions.  For 18 years, Susan has been teaching both yoga and meditation within the military community, increasing awareness about PTSD, TBI, and combat stress and promoting complementary medicine on military bases across the country.  As founder of Ola Lokahi, Susan offers retreats grounded in indigenous practices and principles that invite visionary leaders in the military and the civilian sector to come together and connect with a deeper sense of peace and profound purpose.