Our Teachers

Melissa Mattern

Melissa Mattern

Owner | Meditation Teacher

I’m a regular person who meditates every day.

As a meditation teacher, I’ll meet you where you are in life and together we’ll develop a meditation practice that works for you.

Comfort and sustainability are key, and my style is using real life examples of how to bring more chill into your life through meditation and just taking a few minutes to think before you act.

I believe that happiness and mindfulness can be easy to learn and even easier to maintain when you keep it real.

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Kurt Matthews

Kurt Matthews

Meditation Teacher

Kurt brings a wide variety of life experiences to his meditation practice and teaching.

He spent many years wearing a tie in the corporate world, worked alongside a Food Network chef in New York City, performed his original music on numerous stages, and managed multiple teams at a tech startup in Portland, Oregon, where he now makes his home.

His diverse background has enabled him to reach others and work with them no matter where they currently find themselves in their life journey. Aside from having an array of unique teachers, Kurt studied at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

Kurt finds inspiration in nature and in the human connections he makes every day. We are all in this together. He is always happy to share his own personal experiences and insights, and is eager to learn from yours.

Jeff Gamer

Jeff Gamer

Meditation Teacher

Jeff Gamer brings compassion, science, athletic performance, and humor to meditation. For most of his life, he found his happiness any time he was in motion…preferably outside. Rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and long-distance hiking kept him outside and exploring. He’s a math geek and engineer and thinking outside the box is his super power.

Jeff’s life took a sudden turn in 2008 when his wife passed suddenly. The loss of his climbing, hiking, skiing and life partner left a huge hole in his life and heart. Jeff turned inward to make sense of this change. He shepherded many through their grief, while healing his own heart. When his next phase of life presented him with new challenges he found that his usual tools of “getting outside” weren’t quite cutting it.

He began formal meditation instruction in 2013 with davidji, and has gone on to study with Don Miguel Ruiz, Joe Dispenza, Rameshwar Das, and of course, his wife Melissa. Jeff explores mindfulness and meditation with a curious mind and an open heart, while keeping things authentic and approachable. He brings Ninja-like competitive edge to sports meditation and as a former NCAA Tennis Champion, he understands and demonstrates the “winning mind” of an athlete.

When he’s not meditating you’ll find him outside hiking, golfing, climbing or paddle boarding…and he won’t be far from a book!

Dana Lawrence

Dana Lawrence

Meditation Teacher

I’ve spent the last 15 years in financial services and tech, developing as a leader, and more importantly, as a listener. To balance the pace of the world, I like movement, meditation and spending time outdoors. I believe that investing time to relax and renew is essential to living well . . whether I take a long walk on the beach or 5 minutes of quiet time between meetings.

My passion in life is to help people find their best selves in a safe & supportive environment. It is an honor to create space at this studio for students to rest, replenish and shine. As a life-long student of yoga and meditation, it’s a natural next step for me to pass these skills along…my way. I’m also blessed to study with experienced teachers and attend workshops, festivals and retreats. Like the other teachers, I have a healthy stack of books on my nightstand, so feel free to ask me what I’m reading. In addition, life tends to serve up a continuous array of lessons for growth!

I’m a Portland native and I live in Sellwood with my dog Maisy, my cat Boogie, and my husband, Rob.

Jeanne Schultz

Jeanne Schultz

Mixed Media Artist

Jeanne is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and graduate of the University of Avila of Kansas City with a Degree in Art Therapy. She began as a free-lance Art Therapist working with a variety of clients of all ages until she returned to school to earn her M.Ed., in Learning Disabilities from The University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught as a special education teacher for 21 years before retiring in 2014.

Throughout her teaching career, Jeanne always found ways to bring creativity and artistic expression into her classrooms, especially because many of her students with disabilities were able to communicate and learn better in a visual manner. In addition, Jeanne has taught mixed media and scrapbook classes throughout her teaching career on evenings and weekends.

Jeanne’s mixed media creations have begun to incorporate more and more recycled, up-cycled, vintage ephemera, and reclaimed materials that were destined for landfills. Her interests turned toward more functional kinds of art and projects-turning cast-aways into useful household items or visually pleasing items to display.

Jeanne lives in Gresham, Oregon with her husband and fur baby, Coco.

 

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