Team

Not Your Ordinary Nerds. Expert Human Beings.

"Who didn’t have a dramatic impact? Everyone did or said something that changed my life." - Mira, Camper

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Jeff Lieberman, MSx2

Creative Director

Jeff received four degrees at MIT (Physics, Math, Mech E and Robotics). He hosted “Time Warp” on the Discovery Channel about the wonders of science, and made large-scale art for 15 years.

By external measures, he was incredibly successful. But inside, something was missing. This disconnect led him to a deep depression in high school, and chronic pain for almost 20 years after that.

Jeff learned quantum mechanics before learning about his emotions. He marvels at the fact that we can measure the external universe to 10-decimal accuracy, but most of us don’t learn about our insides: our emotions, what leads to flourishing, how to take great care of ourselves. Years of personal exploration transformed him, leading to a determination to not have the road to joy be difficult for others to find.

He has spent the last 15 years training in meditation, personal development, and group dynamics for well being, facilitating high school students through a 3-week intensive and adults through an 18-month program. He speaks around the world on the topics of art, science, education, healing, and consciousness. See more of his work at bea.st.

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Jeff Lieberman, MSx2

Creative Director

Emotional artist, physicist, lead facilitator

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Catherine Tweedie, PHD

CEO + Facilitator

Cat holds a fire for honoring this one life. She is committed to the inner work needed to live in harmony with each other and the Earth. She brings twelve years of facilitation experience and twenty years of meditation practice. She supports individual healing and growth through relational group work, attention practices, and movement.

Cat was an All-American pole vaulter in college, earned her PhD at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering, and traveled the world managing and facilitating transformational change projects in private companies and public organizations.

For most of Cat’s life, she thought she was happy and healthy. But at 37 a physical breakdown left her bedridden for 9 months, dependent on her family and community. This experience let her see how deeply her sense of contentment had been dependent on her achievements and ability to please others. Her body’s vitality returned as she began honoring the needs she had learned to dismiss.

At home in Oregon, Cat facilitates womens’ circles exploring life experience through meditation and movement in community. Cat’s sculpture work can be found at cattweedieball.com.

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Catherine Tweedie, PHD

CEO + Facilitator

Inner worker, energetic teacher, lioness

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Beerit Konforty

Emotional + Relational Intelligence

Beerit’s vision for this life is to cultivate the realization of one’s self and others as Blameless Badasses - empowered beings destined to grow in love, compassion, and self-ownership through the unhindered expression of their myriad natures. Her journey took her from the study and practices of Enlightenment - such as vipassana meditation and buddhist teachings - through to Enrealment - a vision for human life which includes and celebrates the chaotic, raw, creative life force.

Beerit has hundreds of hours of experience in emotional and relational practices, ranging from ancient to modern meditation practices, relational practices in the vein of NVC and Circling, and is a certified 15 Commitments coach and Realization Process meditation teacher. All this has put her in a unique position to hold the big and the small, the expanded and the contracted, the celebrated and the disowned, all in a unified field of love and acceptance. And fun. Lots of fun.

Beerit Konforty

Emotional + Relational Intelligence

Ancient and modern relational practitioner, professional badass

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Eric Gunther

Creativity

Eric is Creative Director of Sosolimited, where he creates digital experiences that inspire people around the world.  

Eric is a musician. He makes beats, plays piano, sings, freestyles and has released music under many monikers. He and Jeff make music together and co-directed End Love, a time-bending music video for OK Go. Eric is a dancer. He loves shaking his booty to loud bass music and dancehall.

In his art practice, Eric makes vibrating sound sculptures that engage the sense of touch in new ways. His piece, Seated Catalog of Feelings was featured at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum of Design. Lately, he’s been digging deep into race in America, and is working on a series of artworks that examine his Whiteness.

Eric’s deep desire for love and freedom has led him down the rabbit hole of many practices including therapy, trauma release work, somatic dearmoring, and mahamudra meditation. He is excited to share all of his struggles, experience and wisdom and to explore creative expression with everyone at camp.

Eric Gunther

Creativity

Curious musician, goof, fearless player

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Katrina (Katara) Uychaco

Embodiment

Katara lives in devotion to what she calls Epic Love — the love that inspires us to evolve beyond our perceived limits, expanding us to new levels of strength and courage, deepening our capacity to love.

Her unique ability to tap into the love beneath every expression allows her to transmute pain into love, heartbreak into freedom, and anger into empowerment. Her soul's calling is to support others in doing the same.

With degrees in engineering and a background working in technology as an engineer, manager, and leadership coach, Katara has found tremendous joy in nerding out about the ultimate ways of cultivating higher levels of well-being and observing how the creation process becomes more enjoyable, easeful, and rewarding as a result.

Katara is trained in many modalities such as Co-Active coaching, Conscious Leadership coaching, Transformational NLP, and Emotional Resolution. She is also studying facilitation at the International School of Temple Arts.

Katrina (Katara) Uychaco

Embodiment

Love devotee, relational nerd, emotional truthteller

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Danjo Paluska

Production + Creativity

Dan was lucky enough to grow up in a small town in Michigan and run around outside getting dirty and scraped up. He body has a deep love of hands on problem solving and exploration that spans the range from robots to basket weaving. His heart craves service and connection in this human experience.

Dan got his fifteen minutes of fame from building robots in research labs at MIT(BS,MS,ABD,IBS) and in art spaces around the world. Despite this success, he frequently found himself using excessive intoxicants to let go. Slowly and awkwardly he began to explore various spiritual, therapeutic, and local craft traditions.

Currently Dan splits his time between Cambridge, where he is chief robotics officer at Pickle Robot Company, and Maine, where he hosts workshops in earthen oven building and spends a lot of quiet time celebrating the small and slow.

Dan loves playing music with others. Dan loves doing cartwheels and is happy to teach you how. He is always looking for more opportunities to dance with others and still be able to go to bed by 9…

Danjo Paluska

Production + Creativity

Problem solver, connector, holder of absolute wonder

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Emily Beattie

Embodiment

Emily has always connected deeply to people, places and things through movement. She is a professional dance artist, choreographer, movement facilitator, and mother based in Somerville, MA. She holds a BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and an MFA from UCLA in Choreography and Performance and has toured her work internationally.

Through decades of rigorous training and performing for thousands of people she finds the simple act of expressive creation between humans in space to be the most challenging and rewarding. She has traversed this path many times with young artists as faculty at Brown University, UCLA, Montclair State University, Salem State University, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and many more.

In her movement laboratories, she attends to intuition, physical instincts, experiential anatomy, and somatics to invite a holistic sense of self. She is thrilled to activate her repertoire of experience through modalities of improvisation, contact improvisation, Authentic Movement, Body Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, Yoga, QiGong, and Capoeira for explorations this summer. See her work at emilybeattie.com.

Emily Beattie

Embodiment

Dancer, movement artist, embodied being

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Nate Ball

Entrepreneurship + Core

Nate Ball is an inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, CEO, author, and performer. His unending joy from creative pursuits started early in life; childhood projects included kayaks, potato guns, and a Tesla coil, along with many piano compositions and a thrilling couple of summers street performing for tourists with his beatboxing skills.

His inventive spirit led him to MIT where he earned two degrees in mechanical engineering and helped develop and host an Emmy and Peabody-award winning PBS Kids engineering show that’s reached tens of millions of viewers. He is also the cofounder and CEO of a company that builds specialized rescue and access systems for helicopters, first responders, utility line crews and astronauts, is named on dozens of patents, and is the author of two children’s book series.

But when speaking to college students, Nate always finds himself focusing on how much uncertainty, frustration, self-doubt, and fear have been a part of all these bio-worthy successes, and that learning to work with his own emotions has brought about the breakthroughs that have meant the most to him.

Nate Ball

Entrepreneurship + Core

Inspired inventor, kind entrepreneur, athletic guide

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Darlene Tataryn

Wisdom tradition holder

Darlene has a varied background, including Nursing, Dance, and Dance Movement Therapy, and Counseling with an Expressive Therapy bias. As an Expressive Therapist with somatic and emotional focus, she has maintained a private counseling and expressive psychotherapy practice since 1992 and was employed as a college educator teaching Applied Counseling Skills for many years.

She has facilitated spiritually oriented groups and meditation programs and has served as resident teacher at Dharma Treasure Cochise, AZ.  She is a certified Mind Illuminated teacher and Zen Priest (Emyo Seien). Over the years Darlene has woven Integral Theory into her life and practice and teachings. Her certifications include Attachment Theory, Pranic Healing, among others.

Darlene is married with four wonderful and grown children. She enjoys much, including dance, a great book, wonderful people, the sky at dawn and dusk, a grandchild, a cat, and is still waiting for the right dog to come along.

Darlene Tataryn

Wisdom tradition holder

Expressive therapist, sage, Zen priest

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Doug Tataryn

Wisdom tradition holder

Doug received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1991 from the University of Arizona, minoring in statistics and research methodology. He spent ten years as a research professor with the University of Manitoba, a clinical psychologist with the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, and held a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada and is published in psychology, health services research, and research methodology.

His research, clinical, and personal explorations of the Mind-Body connection eventually led him to create the Bio-Emotive Framework and other transformational technologies. He conducts seminars in integral theory, sports psychology, and the integration of psychology and spirituality. He is presently working with advanced meditators and spiritual teachers on balancing life after enlightenment, using his own version of the Four Facets (Integral) Model of Human Transformation.

Married 34 years with four adult children, his wife and he are both emerging teachers in the Namgyal Rinpoche line of the Karma Kagyu tradition. He and his wife and eldest daughter were certified in 2021 by the now late Dr. Culadasa John Yates to teach the Mind Illuminated Method of Shamatha-Vipassana.

Doug Tataryn

Wisdom tradition holder

Psychologist, emotional genius, explorer of consciousness

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Terry Ford

Nutrition + Cooking

Terry is a chef, farmer, and herbalist studying food in all forms.  It has been a passionate focus for him for over 15 years.  

He helps educate, grow, and inspire with food from seed to plant to plate. He is on his journey to return to nature with all who align.

Terry Ford

Nutrition + Cooking

Nutritional guru and expert chef, gardener, herbalist

We are grateful for the expertise and embodied wisdom of our advisory board:

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Amy Fox

Collective transformation

Amy Elizabeth Fox is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobius Executive Leadership. As a senior leadership strategist, she has extensive experience consulting to top teams on issues related to human capital, organizational health and leadership development.

Amy has a Masters in Counseling Psychology with expertise in addressing personal and collective trauma.

www.mobiusleadership.com

Amy Fox

Collective transformation

Leadership strategist, psychologist, trauma worker

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Winslow Strong

Future of Personal Growth

Winslow is a physicist (MA) and mathematician (PhD) by training.   From 2014 - 2016 he was cofounder of Palo Alto Neuroscience, whose purpose was to harness neuro-feedback and neuro-stimulation to accelerate transformations available from meditation.  

Winslow is a student of life and the human condition. He believes that civilization should prioritize systematizing knowledge of personal growth, healing, and awakening practices, driving further innovation, and making the techniques available to the entire world. He is an angel investor in companies furthering this mission.

Winslow Strong

Future of Personal Growth

Physicist, mathematician, student of the universe

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JoAnn Lovascio

Embodiment

JoAnn is a Core Energetics therapist with a private practice in Northern California. She also leads group programs throughout the US and is certified in Somatic Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. JoAnn weaves Core Energetics, Body-Mind Psychotherapy, and other psychosomatic approaches with her spiritual awakening, deep human compassion, and lust for life. She is dedicated to supporting people become the source of their own healing, transformation, and awakening through their life force. www.joannlovascio.com

JoAnn Lovascio

Embodiment

Energetics therapist, somatic psychologist, lover of existence

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