Ali Dineen has been performing her original music and songs from the American folk tradition in New York and across the United States for the past several years, drawing upon music ranging from 1920s American jazz to Eastern European polyphony. Her lyrics are poetic and deeply personal, using narrative to draw connections between personal experience and larger histories.
When not performing her original music, Ali also performs with various projects including the Crimson Ragdolls and Bread and Puppet Theater, and works as a music educator. She has taught music to adults and children at Pono Learning Center and as a private instructor for three years, and is the assistant director of the Jalopy Chorus in Brooklyn. This year Ali taught songs at Cate Hill Orchard's Farm and Sing weeklong workshop in northern Vermont.
Her teaching philosophy is mainly that learning happens best when we are having a great time. Ali is based in New York City, and has performed at the Museum of Art and Design, the Savannah Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum and the Brooklyn Folk Festival.
Ali believes in the transformational power of yoga, movement, and breath, and is dedicated to helping to empower people to live more fully embodied lives.
Ali is a 500-hr Yoga therapist and a NC licensed massage therapist. She has been practicing yoga for a decade, and teaching for 8 years. She is also a trained vocalist and uses yoga as a tool to sing in a more full, connected way.
Her teaching weaves together principles of traditional yoga asana, functional movement, restorative yoga, meditation, and breath to create sessions that encourage inner listening and cultivating balance in all aspects of life.
Hailing from Vermont, Clara Kazarov will be our resident chef for the weekend. For her, cooking isn’t just about the food, it is it’s own particular magic, a form of storytelling and hallowed tradition. Clara's background is in fine arts, specifically sculpture, but at a young age found two defining characteristics, she loved fire and to nurture. Her cooking background started by cooking large feasts for many people over an open fire, with a focus on wild harvested and gleaned foods from her environment. She uses her many interests, skills and varying walks of life to inspire and create her own recipes, menus and dining experiences.
Guest Yoga Teacher, co-founder of Terra Sol Sanctuary
As a lover of many things, Jackie DeConti, trusts in the magic of manifesting and the power of connection. She believes that if you see life as beautiful and miraculous, the universe will show you that over and over again. Jackie is a co-founder of Terra Sol Sanctuary in Wilmington, NC and leads yoga teacher trainings as well as a variety of workshops and global retreats. She has studied yoga with Kristin Cooper-Gulak and intuitive plant medicine with Asia Suler. As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, her passion for music is threaded into weekly live music yoga collaborations with various musicians. She is inspired by dandelions and the flowers that grow through sidewalk cracks. Jackie is a seeker of wisdom and aspires to see the light everywhere.