Camas Wellness Festival Brings Community Together


Camas Wellness Festival Brings Community Together to Provide Resources for Empowering Families on October 13, 2018

The Camas Wellness Festival is a Resource for Empowering Families within the Community of Camas and surrounding areas with a full day of events, talks, interactive dance and yoga in various Camas business locations, Saturday, October 13th from 10am – 5pm. The festival is a collaboration between several 501 c3 nonprofits serving Mothers and Families in Camas and the surrounding area: Dance Evolution, MOMS Club of Camas/ Washougal, Camas Public Library and Embody Love Movement.  

Erika Levy, who serves on the Executive Board of MOMS Club of Camas, is also the founder of Empress Yoga, specializing in yoga for girls, women, infants and children. She joined forces with Aspen Tufares, the Founder of Dance Evolution, to create ‘The Embody Love and Dance Program’ that will provide scholarships for girls between 12-18 to participate in dance and yoga classes empowering them to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and to contribute to meaningful change in the world.

The Camas Wellness Festival is a fundraiser for Dance Evolution to bring this program to the community. During the festival, dance and yoga classes will be offered FOR FREE!!! Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Dance Classes Include: ‘Self Care for Parents: An Experiential Workshop’, by Kendall Hagensen, Psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Vancouver Wellness Studio; ‘Mindful Movement for Disabilities’ and ‘Moving Meditation’ by Aspen Tufares, Founder of Dance Evolution

Yoga Classes / Workshops Include: ‘Love In – Shine Out’, for girls ages 7 – 11, co-facilitated by Minta Allred, Yoga with Minta, and Erika Levy, Empress Yoga; ‘How to Achieve Better Posture and Ergonomics in a Technology Driven Culture’ by Moriah Diederich, Holistic Yoga Therapist and Accessible Yoga Ambassador of Yoga Mojo and Movement Therapy. Erika will also be teaching ‘Super Yogis’ for 4-8 year olds, and Daniele Strawmyre with Ready Set Grow will lead a ‘Multitasking Mama Yoga’ class teaching functional anatomy for the postpartum body.

At Flow Hot Yoga, Erika of Empress Yoga will lead a ‘Family Yoga’ class and will co-facilitate an ‘Inner Beauty Shop’ for teen girls with Minta Allred, RYT-500, RCYT and Ambassador of Embody Love Movement. Minta will be joined by KC Johnson, Namaste Happy, to lead the ‘Embody Love Workshop’, a transformational workshop for women ages 18 and up that takes participants on a journey toward self-acceptance.

Kimberly Berry brings with her over 20 years of corporate, non-profit, and small business experience to the festival, as Producer and Host of the Adolescent Mental Health Summit taking place at The Camas Public Library. Kimberly Berry is the founder of Being UnNormal, a consulting and advocacy group that assists parents navigating the world of mental health through a peer support model. She is also the host of the podcast Being UnNormal, which explores issues within the mental health community with a specific emphasis on children’s mental health issues. “My mission was to provide education on a variety of topics our children and adolescents are facing in today's world,” says Berry, “My hope is to empower parents to understand the emotional challenges our youth face from a mental health perspective.” The following sessions are FREE to the public, but pre-registration is strongly suggested:

‘Recognizing Anxiety and Depression’ with Jamie Califf, LMHC with Charis Counseling; ‘Good Seeds – How to Plant Positive Outcomes and Overcome Adversity’ by Rachel Leigh, founder of Proactive Vision; ‘Mindful Parenting’ by Kaleigh Boysen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; a ‘Youth Suicide Prevention Panel’ with Jeana Gannon-Gonzales, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Oregon Chapter, Rebecca Lomeland, Lacamas Counseling and Sheryl Stevens, Our City Cares. 

Aurora Holtzman, School Psychologist, Coach and Podcaster, will share how focusing on achievement alone can actually decrease achievement in ‘Performance Culture and Academic Stress’; ‘Modeling Peace: Stress Management and Coping Skills’ by Rachel VanWoert, Co - Founder Wellness Renegade; ‘Thriving in a Comparison Culture’ by Danielle Savory, Master Life Coach and Mindfulness Teacher; ‘Building Community Connections to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse” with Trista Wolles, MHP, CG with LifeLine Connections, and the closing panel ‘Your Teen’s Secret Life at School and Outside Your Home’ a panel hosted by Kimberly Berry with Skyridge Middle School teachers and mental health professionals to address hot topics like social media, bullying, effective consequences, stigma, and how to talk to your children about mental health.

At Evolutions Preschool, there will be sessions related to postnatal health and early learning wellness. Talks to teach and educate moms include ‘Healthy Postpartum Transitions’ by Pricilla Gilbert LMHC, and Natalie Chambers LMHC at Lacamas Counseling; ‘Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions about Breastfeeding’ by Bryna Sampey, IBCLC and Owner at Doula My Soul; ‘Immune Support for Kids and Families’ by Megan Burns, Licensed Acupuncturist and Hailey Vilhauer, Registered Dietician and Functional Nutritionist at Vancouver Wellness Studio.

Kelly Dean Functional Core Rehab Specialist and Founder of The Tummy Team will present  ‘Reclaiming Your Body in the Midst of Motherhood’ and ‘Supporting Breast and Belly Health Naturally’ with Karen Asbury, LMT. In addition, Elaine Walker, teacher at the Camas-Washougal Co-Op for 18 years will discuss Why a Co-Op Preschool is still relevant and necessary in today’s world, and The Moms Club of Camas/ Washougal will host an Open House Sponsored by New Seasons – Fisher’s Landing.

Additional sessions, hosted by Platinum Sponsor Lisa Lê Properties | A Boutique Experience include: ‘Understanding How Trauma Impacts Families’ by Marnee Alfson, LMHC Associate at River Bend Counseling, who will touch on what trauma is and how to identify signs of trauma within classrooms, and homes. Anna Axlund, President of the Holistic Chambers of Commerce and Yoga Teacher will lead a session on ‘Harmonic Sound Therapy’.




Clark County Community Practitioners and businesses who have committed to supporting the festival by purchasing sponsorships include:



Lisa Lê Properties | A Boutique Experience

Empress Yoga

Evolutions Preschool           


Vancouver Wellness Studio

Being UnNormal

Juniper Tree Healing Collective


The Tummy Team

Cloud Chiropractic

Flow Hot Yoga

Woke Baking


Lifeline Connections

Fuel Medical Group

Lacamas Counseling

Karen Asbury, LMT

Hidden River Roasters

Unitus Community Credit Union

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