Amy is the Founder of Renew. She came up with the concept after a traumatizing breakup seven years ago and was searching for a getaway that could help her heal from her heartbreak. She is also the Chief Executive Storyteller of JustMyType.ca – an online magazine that focuses on the psychology behind lust, love and desire. The Observer refers to her work as “that of a scientific Carrie Bradshaw.”
Elaina Zendegui, PSY.D
Dr. Zendegui holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about teaching evidence-based strategies for coping with stress and transition. With expertise in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies, she helps clients learn concrete skills to make lasting and transformational changes. She is actively involved in research and has had her work published in several academic journals.
Colette Pervette, PH.D
Colette is an educatrix. She is a professional dominatrix, where she has been practicing the art of intimacy and power exchange for over 13 years. She holds a PhD in education from UC Berkeley, where her research focuses on conceptual change. Colette will guide a session on unlocking the application of power dynamics. And she will teach you how to ‘channel your inner Domme‘ so you can live, love and connect from a place of power.
Trish has been a life coach for over a decade and a facilitator of positive change specializing in anxiety and breakups. She graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Psychology and received her Life Coaching Master’s Certification at NYU. She is also the author of A Face of Anxiety – an autobiography of her journey living with anxiety disorder.
Eileen is a certified sound therapy practitioner and tantric meditation teacher. She has been offering several healing arts modalities around the world for the last two decades. She is a GWU Business School graduate, has studied with masters of sonotherapy and curanderas at the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México, and has trained with shamans in Guatemala to study the ancient practice of facilitating cacao ceremonies.
Chef Erika Laurion
Erika has a Masters degree from the Institute of Human Nutrition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. She is certified by the Board for Nutrition Specialists. Erika uses organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and nourishes Renew guests with an epicurean experience that transports them far beyond simply “healthy” food.
Adah has over 25 years of experience using movement as a therapeutic tool to help clients move anger, depression and anxiety through and out of the body. Her class will utilize techniques derived from sacred and secular Caribbean and African movement techniques. Adah is also a certified divorce mediator.
Susan Solovay, CHT
Susan Solovay, CHt, has over two decades of experience helping clients change limiting beliefs, release past issues and develop healthier habits of thought and behavior. A Master Practitioner of NLP Ericksonian Hypnosis, and certified in medical hypnosis and somatic healing, she will help Renew guests release old subconscious programming to move towards creating the life and relationships they desire.
A former Renew alumni, Taryn has used her breakup as a catalyst to help other women through their healing process. As the Community Heart Hacker at Renew, Taryn’s focus is to ensure guests are happy and comfortable during the retreat, and organizes post-retreat communications and community building amongst Renew alumni.
Erika Rose Santoro
Erika Rose Santoro is an Intuitive Coach who spent the last two decades as the Creative partner and advisor to Grammy-winning recording artist Alicia Keys. She has devoted her lifelong journey to spiritual and mystical study and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Core Energy Coach (CEC), Energy Leadership Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, Clairvoyant Practitioner, Modern Day Priestess, Shaman & Sound Healer.
Dannah is the Staff Intuitive at some of the most prestigious spiritual centers in the United States including The Omega Institute and The Menla Mountain Retreat Center (owned by Dalai Lama’s organization). She has a degree in Psychology and extensive training in Advanced Mediumship, Past Life Regression and intuitive training.
A former Renew alumni, Nicole is a mentor who helps women identify unhealthy addictions, and move from love addicted to love connected. After deep diving into her personal journey healing from love addiction and inspired by Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Nicole uses mindfulness and embodiment techniques to guide people to replace addictive love habits.
Research shows that humor therapy is effective in relieving emotional distress by decreasing stress hormones and triggering the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Alyce Chan, a stand up comedian who’s performed around the world from the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s, to Broadway Comedy Club, will be performing at Renew.
Guarapriya is a prana vinyasa flow yoga teacher who trained under Shiva Rea. She will take Renew guests on an intuitive journey using a combination of meditation and yoga. She is also a certified a clinical and transpersonal hypnotherapist (CHt, CCHt, CTHt).