Meet Your Retreat Guides
Henry Emmons, MD
Guiding: Wednesday Resilient Talk
Henry Emmons, MD is an integrative psychiatrist who weaves together mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness teachings, and other holistic approaches for mental health problems like depression and anxiety. He practices with Partners in Resilience in Minneapolis, and is a co-founder of Natural Mental Health, offering trusted information and holistic products to help individuals of all ages optimize their mental health and build resilience in mind, body, and spirit.
Henry is a sought-after presenter and a respected consultant on such topics as integrating natural and mindfulness therapies in psychiatry, the interface between spirituality and mental health, and personal and professional renewal. He has developed several transformational programs, including A Year of Living Mindfully and The Inner Life of Healers through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing; Resilience Training at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing; and Pathways to Joy with Natural Mental Health. He is also a founding board member of the International Network for Integrative Mental Health. Henry is the author of four books:
- The Chemistry of Joy: A Three Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom.
- The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety.
- The Chemistry of Joy Workbook: Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition and The Psychology of Mindfulness.
- Staying Sharp: 9 Keys to a Youthful Brain Through Modern Science and Ancient Wisdom.
Tim Culbert, MD, FAAP
Integrative Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician
Guiding: Wednesday Resilient Talk
Timothy Culbert, MD is a board certified developmental/behavioral pediatrician. Early in his career, Dr. Culbert got involved in mind/body skills including training and certification in both biofeedback and medical hypnosis. He later completed trainings in MBSR, Reiki, clinical aromatherapy, and functional medicine. Dr. Culbert continued to expand his knowledge of integrative medicine through a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Kaiser Institute Fellowship for Integrative Medicine Leadership.
His diverse experiences in integrative medicine have included:
- Co-creation of the Integrative Pediatrics Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where he also served as Medical Director.
- Authoring holistic self-care books for kids, scientific articles, and book chapters on integrative pediatrics topics.
- Coordination for the electronic mobile application “Healing Buddies Comfort Kit,” an interactive app that teaches children about non-pharmacological pain and holistic symptom management skills.
- Creation of an integrative therapeutics training program for nurses working in pediatric medical and mental health settings.
Dr. Culbert teaches frequently about topics related to mind-body skills, self-regulation, technology-assisted relaxation, vitamins and supplements, gastrointestinal healing and holistic mental health.
Dr. Culbert is co-founder of Natural Mental Health and Medical Director for Integrative Medicine at PrairieCare Medical Group.
Aimee Prasek, PhD
Your Resilient Retreat Buddy! (contact her for any questions/comments as you move through the program).
Dr. Prasek is an integrative therapies researcher and educator, focused on technology solutions to reduce symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. Her expertise and in-the-field work is particularly centered around the use of mobile apps and online programs to communicate and deliver mental health practices in more accessible and innovative ways. Her research and practice is also bolstered by an MA in Health Communications and an MA in Holistic Health Studies, and she is certified in a variety of mind-body modalities.
Dr. Prasek's work has been supported and shaped by organizations and awards such as: Stanford's Compassion and Technology Award, SOFIA public health award, the National Science Foundation, MIN-CORPS, and several research fellowships. She also served as a Dalai Lama Fellow, a global fellowship that aims to build a network of social innovators who skillfully blend ethics, contemplative values, and compassion into social innovation. The fellowship is personally authorized by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.Contact Aimee with a Question or Comment
Mind-Body Guides & Guest Speakers
Adrian Arroyo Solís
Guiding: Monday Music Mediation
Adrian Arroyo Solís is the principal horn of the Israel NK Orchestra. Originally from San José, Costa Rica, he has freelanced internationally with orchestras in Costa Rica, Israel, and abroad including The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, The Israeli Opera, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim.
Tai Chi & Yoga Teacher
Guiding: Tuesday Tai Chi & Thursday Yin Yoga.
Richard Johnson has been deeply involved with Tai Chi and Yoga since 2004.
With a strong foundation in both the philosophy and physical practice of these disciplines, he is passionate about sharing wisdom with all levels of experience and all walks of life.
Connect with Richard at his website: chibotaichi.com
Artist & Yoga Teacher
Guiding: Friday Yoga Class
Elena Hollenhorst is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher (RYT200). She is a professional dancer and choreographer and holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
She is the founder of Peasful Plate, an online platform that offers plant-based vegan recipes.
Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC
Integrative Spiritual Consultant
Guiding: Sunday Guided Meditation (this is not a live class, but will be available on the Retreat Page Sunday evening).
Catherine is an Integrative Spiritual Consultant, Holistic Healer, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger and Minister. Catherine is passionate about whole person healing with a focus on emotional and spiritual health.
She has worked extensively in the areas of chronic illness, grief, loss, and finding meaning and purpose. Catherine is a board certified chaplain, spiritual director, ordained minister, energy healer, tapping (EFT) practitioner, and certified in neuroplasticity training.
Catherine works with MN Personalized Medicine and also has her own private practice. Learn more at her website www.learningtolive.org.
Jennifer Fallon, PhD, LP
Co-Guiding: May 13 Resilience Talk.
Dr. Fallon is an Integrative Psychologist, trained in both Clinical and Health Psychology, and a Certified Yoga Teacher. She is grateful to have had great colleagues and teachers in psychology, yoga, & meditation.
She has worked with a wide range of individuals, couples, and families, in a variety of settings including the Long Beach Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, the Center for Victims of Torture, and the Mindful Healing Outpatient Program. She enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to increase their resilience, mind-body health, and joy.
Dr. Fallon is also a facilitator with Partners in Resilience, and is a Treating Clinician with the NFL Program on Substances of Abuse. She also has her own private practice, where she loves to work with her co-therapist, Big, her Great Dane mix therapy dog in training. Learn more about her work and/or ask a question on her website http://www.
Kaia Svien, MS
Co-Guiding: May 20 Resilience Talk.
Kaia is a meditation instructor, mentor, spiritual guide, cultural change agent, ceremonialist, and community activist. Her passions include assisting people in developing lovingkindness and compassion towards themselves and others.
Connect with Kaia: https://www.mindfulnessforchangingtimes.com/