communion provides the basis FOR collaboration
Jennifer L. Kerns, LCMHC: Founder + Instructor
Jenn is a trained and licensed Depth Psychotherapist (Jungian-oriented), Psychotherapeutic Reiki practitioner, educator, writer and artist with a clinical practice that serves individuals and couples in Burlington, VT. You can learn more about her clinical work here.
Jenn holds a Bachelors in Psychology with a concentration in Buddhist Studies from Saint Michael's College, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research explores avenues for degendering psyche and queering Jungian thought by observing tenets of Buddhist studies, Deep ecology, and social justice theories. She brings 10+ years of experience as a scholar-practitioner to the fields of mental health, social justice, and the healing arts.
Jenn has studied Reiki and meditation in the Buddhist tradition since 2006, when she had the opportunity to live in a Burmese monastery in Bodh Gaya, India. Jenn has sat retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA since 2009, and is deeply involved with the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Nichiren Buddhist community here in Vermont. Her commitment to engaged Buddhism, mindfulness-based modalities, soul-making, and spiritual growth sustains all of her work.
Mia Pinheiro: Designer, Program Development, Instructor
Course: The Body EnSouled
Mia is a movement artist and choreographer currently based in Mexico City, Mexico. She grew up in a small fishing town on the coast of Massachusetts, playing with the wind and the water and the fishes. She studied geography, dance and community development and is continually investigating methods of engaging with the topics she adores. Often this leads her to orchestrating collaborative performances large and small, designing spaces for events and websites, and walking around the city streets imagining what forest/wasteland/ocean she is passing through on the exact opposite point on earth. Mia began her journey with us participating in Temenos Vermont's Creative Concept Development course and completing our internship in organizational development and web design. She currently teaches for us, does our web design, and manages all of our marketing and communications. You can visit her site here.
Will Carlson: Small Business Advisor + Instructor
Will Carlson is owner of Carlson Consulting LLC, a bookkeeping and consulting business dedicated to helping small businesses flourish. He's our kind and generous numbers wizard, business consultant, and primary instructor for our popular Foundations of Entrepreneurship course. Will enjoys working with spreadsheets, budgets and most importantly, people. Each business has it's unique set of strengths and challenges; Will strives to meet everyone where they are at and grow at a healthy pace together. Will is a ceritified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and specializes in building user-friendly accounts for owners to easily understand the fiscal health of their business
You can check out Will's services for hire here.
Wren Kitz: Instructor
Course Offering: Creative Concept Development: Music - Hosting the Sonic Experience
Wren Kitz is a songwriter and sound collector based in Burlington, VT. The Music of Wren Kitz is contained in a capsule. Its intention to trigger the dream vein uncovers layers of nostalgia and visuals. Combining his song writing with samplings from his large found sound cassette library, Wren gives us a look into his melancholic and intriguing world of song.
Estefania Puerta: Instructor
Course offering: Creative Concept Development: Art as Alchemy (Summer 2016)
Estefania Puerta is an artist and educator from Vermont currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts at Yale University. Estefania has led performance art troupes, traveled around the U.S and South America doing street theater, published a book of poetry, and maintained a studio practice for painting and sculpture. She has extensive experience in collaboration, creative advising and artistic project development. She believes in the power of accountability and mentorship to fulfill artistic visions and overcome personal barriers to engaging with the artist within.
You can view her artist website here.