Sid Garza-Hillman, The Small Step Advocate, was born in Los Angeles, and was raised in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Houston. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy. For the next 15 years he worked as a Screen Actors Guild actor and headed up the alternative-western band, the Sid Hillman Quartet. Sid is both a Certified Nutritionist and Weight Management Coach Practitioner. He is the author of “Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto” (Roundtree Press) and host of the Approaching the Natural Podcast with listeners in over 50 countries.
Sid offers basic and advanced nutrition classes, plus private consultations.
Joan has worked as a school counselor, created and taught a curriculum called Alternative Mirrors using creative process to address body image and self-esteem issues. She has a private practice and offers workshops and retreats, most recently on Creative Aging. She believes in the power of creativity and nature to heal. Currently she offers Creative Playshops at the Stanford Inn’s Mendocino Center for Living Well, which she has owned and operated with her husband since 1980.
Joan offers private and semi-private Art Experience and Play Shop sessions.
Jeff was trained as an anthropologist focusing on religion and culture, doing fieldwork in the 1970’s human potential movement. He learned that the changes sought by those in the movement must come from a new relationship with life, beginning in the kitchen where decisions affect the practitioner and the planet. Jeff is a dowser working with energy, which led him to a vegan lifestyle.
Jeff offers mindfulness and meditation classes, and private counseling.
Matt Drewno is the Garden Manager for Ecology Action’s Growbiointensive gardens hosted at the Stanford Inn. Ecology Action is pushing the edge of sustainability – exploring ways in which humans can grow complete diets on the smallest amount of space possible by researching appropriate technologies, crop varieties, methods and strategies for growing.
Matt offers beginning and advanced gardening classes.
Catherine offers Yoga for every level of fitness and yoga experience – from yoga for absolute beginners to seniors and people with physical limitations and special needs. A coastal resident since 1972 and second generation yogini, Catherine McMillan shares the many joys and benefits of yoga through a flowing practice combining breath, movement and reflection. Catherine is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor, and received her training through the Yoga Research and Education Center.
Catherine and other MCLW yoga instructors offer yoga for all levels and experience.
Jessica Rose is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine She specializes in women’s medicine, dermatology and pain management. With her husband, Ken Rose, Jessica is also co-founder of Three Springs Institute, an educational organization that teaches Classical Chinese philosophy and medicine.
Jessica offers private and clinic-based acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, as well as a broad range of classes on Chinese Medicine.
Ken Rose has studied and practiced Chinese medicine and related arts for more than forty years. He studied, trained, and apprenticed in Southwest China at the Chengdu University of TCM, focusing on acupuncture, herbal medicine, diagnostics, and tui na. He is currently a member of the faculty at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. In addition, Ken is the author of numerous books and articles on traditional Chinese arts, sciences, language, and culture, including co-authoring “A Brief History of Qi,” and “Who Can Ride the Dragon.” He has worked as a consulting editor for several major publishers including: Thieme, Harcourt, Reed-Elsevier, and Paradigm Publications. With Jessica Rose, Ken is the co-founder of Three Springs Institute, an educational organization that teaches Classical Chinese philosophy and medicine.
Ken offers classes in Tai Ji Quan, and a broad range of classes (with Jessica) on Chinese Medicine, including classes on Qi, Women’s medicine, acupuncture.
Emily has been foraging for wild edible mushrooms since 2002 where she began training with some faculty of the Cornell University Mycology Department. She studied wild mushroom identification at College of the Redwoods and seminars led by David Arora and Paul Stamets, and the late Ryan Snowe. Emily is also studied in herbal medicine, biology and forest ecology with an emphasis on plant and mushroom relationships.
Emily offers nature walks, including wild food and mushroom foraging.
The Ravens is a co-creative kitchen team, who with Kitchen Director Sid Garza-Hillman and Executive Chef/Owner Jeff Stanford represent the Ravens “at night” creative team. All serve as instructors and mentors in our internship program and provide beginning through advanced instruction in vegan cuisine and kitchen skills.