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 Who is Certified to Teach Meditative Movements™?

   The following individuals and organizations have a Meditative Movements™ teaching certificate and are able to teach classes or work one-on-one with individuals. Feel free to contact them directly.

   If you are interested in having a Meditative Movements™ teacher training at your facility or in your area, please call Ellie at 612-710-3415 or email her to discuss.

 About Natalie Lu, BA, MSN, RN

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   Natalie is the founder of The Reflective Nurse, LLC, a forum for nurses and partners in healing to connect and reflect. Natalie has worked in the healthcare industry since 2000. A registered nurse since 2008, Natalie is passionate about her current work in quality and patient safety and she recognizes the value of practices like Meditative Movements to ensure personal and professional resilience. Her nursing career has served her with opportunities beyond the bedside to teach and advise nurses in clinical and academic settings and to volunteer her nursing skills locally and internationally. Natalie holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing/Health Care Education.

Teaching Location: Online and Minneapolis area
Contact Information: 612-559-8353 or
Webpage: Meditative Movements with The Reflective Nurse

Instructor Level: Beginner, December 2020

 About Project DIVA International

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   With over 20 years of experience providing self-discovery and professional development coaching, Neda Renee has her eyes set on touching girls nationally while taking them international, mentally and physically. Over the past 13 years, the organization she founded, Project DIVA International, has delivered culturally relevant programming, emotionally stabilizing mindsets and purpose filled opportunities to Black girls in 6th through 12th grades. Focusing holistically around academic, social, emotional, career, financial, and wellness behaviors, her organization has sustained a less than one-percent teen pregnancy rate, 100% school year completion rate and a 99% graduation rate.

   Currently Neda, Mari Harris, Keeya Allen, and LaQuisha Hunnecook have received their teacher certificates and are sharing Meditative Movements with their girls. Learn how you can support Neda's work in many ways.

Teaching Location: Online and Minneapolis area
Contact Information: phone: 612.730.3945 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, December 2020

 About Linda Hayen

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   Linda worked in Therapeutic Recreation for over 20 years. She has a B.S. in Recreation and an M.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Illinois. After observing literally hundreds of programs for folks with various needs and limitations, she was very impressed with the healing aspects of the Meditative Movements™ program. She is excited to share her skills and passion with others especially in Independent, Assisted and Memory Care facilities.

   Currently Linda is studying Tai Chi and spends much of her time being involved in community theater productions as an actress and props designer. She also enjoys reading and discussing good books. Taking long walks in the woods nourishes her.

Teaching Location: Western Suburbs & Minneapolis Area
Contact Information: phone: 651-214-1279 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, October 2019

 About Paula Marie Sandberg

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   Paula, owner of Mindful Monarch, is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to create a purposeful life for themselves, no matter their circumstance.

   Meditative Movements™ beautifully complements her work as an instructor of programs such as Legacy Writing™, Renewing Life™, and Awakenings™. She also offers customizable classes in mindful living, guided meditations, and cancer support group facilitation. Her clients include Pathways Healing Center, Ford Motor Company's Warriors in Pink™ national program, Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, AllinaHealth, Fairview Health, and more. She enjoys flower gardening, yoga, biking and reading.

Teaching Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area
Contact Information: phone: 612-532-9410 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, September 2018

 About Carolyn Engleson

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   Carolyn Engleson is a Certified Holistic Registered Nurse. She graduated from George Mason University and worked as a professional nurse for 34 years, serving clients of all ages. She received Health and Wellness Coach certification from the American Holistic Nurses Association, is a Reiki Master and Soul Lightening Acupressure practitioner.

   Carolyn teaches workshops on stress reduction utilizing holistic techniques, including Meditative Movements. She is actively involved community service and is passionate about empowering youth, women and the underserved.

Teaching Location: Online and Fernandina Beach, Florida
Contact Information: phone: 301-643-5738 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, November 2018

 About Patty Anderson

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   Patty is a lifelong learner. Her passion is sharing how to use mindfulness to achieve inner peace.

   In 2018, Patty retired from her 30 year career as a Park and Recreation Professional. She began her recreation career as an Activity Director in a skilled nursing home and so now teaching Meditative Movements™ to seniors in assisted living communities and memory care sites fills her heart.

   In 2015, she completed a Master's Degree in Spirituality and Leadership from St. Catherine University. She will complete a 230 hour yoga teacher training certification in June 2019.

Teaching Location: Maple Grove, MN and surrounding northwest suburbs
Contact Information: phone: 612-242-3734 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, September 2018

 About Mary Hannah

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   Mary is a Registered Nurse and the Manager of Population Health Management at UM Charles Regional Medication Center (UM CRMC). She is also Certified as a Diabetes Educator and has her MPH from Liberty University. She has worked for the UM CRMC for 20 years in a variety of nursing and leadership roles. Meditative Movements™ will be incorporated into the future stress reduction presentations that she has planned to give in the Charles County community.

Teaching Location: La Plata, MD
Contact Information: phone: 301-609-4976 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, November 2018

 About Angela Deal

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   Angela Deal is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist. She has worked for the Charles County Department of Health for 15 years presenting a variety of health education programs to the community. Meditative Movements™ will make a great addition to the quality programs that the department offers.

Teaching Location: White Plains, MD
Contact Information: phone: 301-609-6885 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, November 2018

 About Roxanne Schlasner

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   Roxanne Schlasner is a skilled LPN, massage therapist, Reiki master, and Healing Touch practitioner. She has provided personal services in Rochester since 1992 through her business Hands of Healing: Reiki and Massage.

   She has found that if your life is filled with stress and turmoil, Meditative Movements™ can bring a sense of peace and serenity to the core of your being allowing you to experience life in all of its fullness.

Teaching Location: Rochester, MN
Contact Information: phone: 507-285-3259 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, September 2018

 About Allison Runchey

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   Allison Runchey is passionate about movement and its ability to create peace and well-being within the body, mind and spirit. In addition to her training in Meditative Therapeutic Movements™, she has a master's degree in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University and is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner.

    She lives in St. Paul and enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming, dancing and practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan.

Teaching Location: Twin Cities Metro Area
Contact Information: email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, December 2014

 About Deb Davis

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   Deb Davis, a graduate from the University of Minnesota, has worked with preschool children, adults with intellectual disabilities, mental health challenges, the aged, and the homeless. As an instructor, she combines her work history with teaching. She has taught Meditative Movements™ at ECFE for parents of preschool children, seniors at an assisted living and memory care unit, cancer support community and on-going teaching at a 55-plus residence. Deb is involved in the sustainable living lifestyle and taught at the Back to Basics Pine River conference and at Transition Longfellow Sustainable Living in South Mpls. She embraces recovery and has taught at 12 step conventions, retreats and at the Women's Spirituality Conference.

   Deb values physical movement with mindfulness. She has studied karate, yoga, Qi-gong and Tai Chi.

Teaching Location: Minneapolis, MN
Contact Information: phone: 651-431-1179 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, October 2015

 About Judy Coughlin

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   Judy Coughlin has been working in the fitness and wellness industry for 25 years. As a wellness coach, yoga and group fitness instructor, she has worked with companies such as United Health Group, Lifetime Fitness and Melrose Institute Eating Disorder Clinic. Judy is the owner of Restore Core Wellness and most of her fitness classes are in the St. Louis Park area. As a speaker at the Women's Spirituality Conference, she likes exploring our dream world and how women can value themselves.

   Judy is also passionate about dancing and traveling.

Teaching Location: St. Louis Park & Minneapolis, MN
Contact Information: phone: 952-915-1222 and email:
Instructor Level: Beginner, October 2016

 About Ellie Peterson

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   Ellie Peterson created the Meditative Movements™ technique out of her own need to experience life in a fit body, calm mind and energized being. Practicing this technique for over 30 years has brought healing to her physical, emotional, mental and spiritual afflictions.

    While raising her three children on her own, she taught 14 fitness classes a week for 10 years. Now she volunteers her time and substitutes for fellow instructors. She loves traveling and playing with her six grandchildren. Ellie spends her Winters in Florida and summers in Minnesota with her family.

Teaching Location: Minneapolis, MN & Fort Myers, FL
Contact Information: phone: 612-710-3415 and email:
Instructor Level: Master, September 1981

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