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.
Dr. Naomi Arbit, Ph.D.
Dr. Arbit is a positive psychologist with a PhD in behavioral nutrition. She takes a science-based approach that has helped shaped the curriculum at Renew, combining the best practices in positive psychology, behavioral science, nutrition, and mind/body techniques. Dr. Arbit has spent several years conducting research and counseling patients in the Integrative Medicine unit of Columbia University Medical Center and Pediatric Oncology.
Colette is a professional dominatrix, where she has been practicing the art of intimacy and power exchange for the past 13 years. She holds a PhD in Human Development and Education from UC Berkeley. She will guide a session on unlocking the application of power dynamics. She will teach you how to ‘channel your inner Dom‘ 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.
Gina Marie is a tantra and sex coach, healing arts practitioner and facilitator of sacred rituals. She holds a BA in Cultural studies from the University of New Mexico, a certification in holistic health from the Integrative school of Nutrition in New York and has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in the areas of tantra, reiki, somatics, sacred sexuality and emotional cord cutting.
Jasmine comes from a line of Persian mystics and from a very young age, has harnessed her gift of energy healing. She works with your “energetic body,” a subtle field that carries your spiritual blueprint. Her sessions will start with an energetic scan for imbalances in your emotional, physical, spiritual and etheric fields. She will channel frequencies of energy tailored to your unique needs and provide practical steps that you can take to allow the new energy to unfold in your life.
Maria Soledad is trained in psychomagic and metagenealogy, a healing modality that examines one’s family’s psychological heritage to heal limiting patterns of behavior inherited from ancestry. This methodology is used to recognize the conditioning buried deep in your unconscious mind. It’s purpose is to stop the transmission of familial patterns and remove the blockages that prevents you from creating the life and love you desire.
Nina Endrst, RYT
From a young age Nina felt called to teach yoga while healing some deeply rooted traumas of her own. She studied with some of the best in Manhattan and today, guides students through classes designed to strengthen and soften the mind, body, and spirit. Her sequences are thoughtfully balanced combining Hatha, Iyengar, Yin & Vinyasa styles. She teaches to the energy in the room and makes a conscious effort to offer a safe and supportive space for her students to explore themselves honestly.
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.
Alyce Chan Edgar
Alyce is a photographer and part-time stand up comic. She will be providing mini-photoshoot sessions for Renew participants who want a new profile photo to celebrate their next life chapter. She will also be providing comedic relief before Saturday’s dinner.