At Sunrise Springs, our passionate team is dedicated to guide you on a journey of self-discovery, and honor your desire for optimal health and well-being.

DANIELLE SIMMONS, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

DANIELLE SIMMONS, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

DANIELLE SIMMONS, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

Danielle has spent her professional life using contact with nature as the foundation of her therapeutic practice. She was inspired by her childhood experience of play in the forests of upstate New York and has devoted her education to finding a way to connect human wellness with a deeper engagement to the natural world.

Danielle earned a B.S. in Environmental Economics & Management with a minor in Journalism and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island. She went on to study herbalism and is a Certified Nutritional Herbalist as well as a Certified Doula. Danielle has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College and is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) and a licensed Professional Art Therapist (LPAT).

Prior to joining Sunrise Springs, Danielle facilitated a garden and arts based curriculum at a Santa Fe elementary school that focused on increasing life skills and social growth. She also has experience using equine therapy with children to help them work through emotional, physical, and mental health issues. She has extended this work at Sunrise by guiding guests through therapeutic animal interactions.

Danielle planted and manages the greenhouse and the garden beds at Sunrise. She enjoys teaching guests the many uses of herbs from first aid to making herbal teas and salves. A favorite plant is the Sensitive Plant, which reacts to human touch to show us how we impact nature in real time.

Danielle is inspired by the big trees and abundant water of the oasis at Sunrise. She and her family have a large organic garden on their homestead south of Santa Fe.

Private Experiences:

Garden Tips & Tricks
Have you dreamed of a home garden filled with lush foliage, bright flowers and abundant vegetables? Turn that dream into a reality with personalized tips and tricks to get your garden growing. Whether you want to start from the ground up or re-invigorate an established garden patch we’ll provide new insights, ideas and trouble-shooting to get you there.

Gardening for Mindfulness
Step into the garden and breathe deeply, allowing the verdant foliage to caress your fingers while floral scents dance beneath your nose. Can you feel it? Gardening provides a path to mindfulness that can enhance your awareness of the present moment while increasing your sense of calm and well-being. Create personal gardening practices to help you ground and connect to your inner wisdom and the natural world.

Envision, Seed, Nourish: Growing your Inner Garden
A garden dwells within us all. The fertile soil of manifestation and desire, where ideas take root, flowers bud…then bloom. Explore the metaphor of the garden within through gardening, art making and journaling. Dig and unearth new ways to breakthrough, grow and cast fresh seeds in the coming seasons as you cultivate, trim, weed and refine your inner garden.

DIANE CHASE, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

DIANE CHASE, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

DIANE CHASE, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

Diane is a native of New Mexico and a practitioner and teacher of Eastern philosophy and the Oriental healing arts since 1977. Her teaching practice springs from the fusion of Qi and Creativity to incorporate the body, the brush, breath, words, color, and imagery in a variety of media.

She facilitates the awakening of the body, mind and spirit through guided creative explorations. Her healing arts, stress reduction techniques and creativity classes encompass meditation, various levels of Qigong therapeutic movement, art, and creative writing.

One of her signature Sunrise classes is “Body as Brush” which invites guests to move their bodies with Qi while using Sumi ink to capture a visual expression informed by the present moment.

Diane has created her practice from a lifetime of passionate study. Her professional training includes Vipassana, Zen, and Taoist traditions. Diane completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction internship program at U Mass Memorial Medical Center, and served for a year as a work/study Retreat Manager at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts.

Diane began an in-depth study of Mogadao Qigong in Taos, NM in 1995 with Sifu Zhenzan Dao. While living In Taos in the early 1990s, she was inspired by renowned figure drawing instructor, Ed Heffernan. This experience uncovered Diane’s potential as an artist and eventually led to her pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Arts Education at The University of New Mexico (2006).

Diane is a certified Guide Level Qigong Instructor and Sacred Sexuality Instructor with the MogaDao Institute of Santa Fe. She facilitates Self­–Care and Qigong retreats at the UNM Center for Life Integrative Medical Center in Albuquerque.

BRIGITA LACOVARA, CULINARY, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

BRIGITA LACOVARA, CULINARY, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

BRIGITA LACOVARA, CULINARY, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHER

Wellness and joy has always been an indicator of quality of life for Brigita. Thus, she was drawn to movement and good food from a young age.

Growing up in rural New Mexico, she was fortunate to be raised in a family where every meal was prepared from scratch and eaten at the table.

Teenage dreams to become a pastry chef gave way to a university soccer scholarship and she received her BAFA in Art & Architectural History. Brigita’s kitchen and restaurant experience began at Le French Corner bakery (now Clafoutis in Santa Fe) and she continued on to work at The St. James Tea Room, The Grove, The Love Apple, and several others.

After moving to Taos, she transitioned to farming and to managing CSAs and farmer’s markets. Her food journey has revealed a deep passion for ancestral foods, fermentation, nutrition, and geographical and cultural gastronomy. Brigita has also studied yoga, massage, herbology, feldenkrais, Chinese medicine, neurolinguistic programming, and indigenous life ways.

Brigita feels all aspects of her life and work to be interconnected, whether teaching a culinary class, offering energy work, or singing and moving. She attunes daily to the beauty in everything, experiencing deep gratitude for all.

Private Experiences:

Natural Movement
An outdoor approach to fitness that is rooted in fundamental, natural movements. Based on the MovNat system, you will learn techniques and progressions that take you from crawling to jumping. Each guest receives a customized sequence that helps them to feel more ease, joy and capability in their body. 

Culinary: Paleo and Keto diets
Whether you’re a newbie or veteran in Paleo or Ketogenic diets, this culinary class will take your everyday meals to the next level. You’ll learn kitchen tips and tricks to keep meals diverse, flavorful and healthy. 

Private Yoga
After a brief check-in, our guide will design a yoga class that is perfectly suited to the specific needs of your body, working on goals related to your strength and flexibility. Private Yoga is perfect for anybody recovering from an injury, women who are pregnant, aging bodies, or those who are seeking to learn the foundations of yoga before attending public classes.

Meditation
Meditation can be practiced in many ways; breath, mindfulness, even walking. This private session introduces you to simple mental and physical techniques to meet you where you are, and create a personal pathway for clarity, calm and deeper relationship in your life.

SABRINA PATRUS, FITNESS

SABRINA PATRUS, FITNESS

SABRINA PATRUS, FITNESS

Sabrina moved to Santa Fe in 1997 from Pittsburgh to start up an avant-garde theatre company with her brother. After landing a job in a local restaurant, Sabrina was told by the owner to go outside and “drum up some business.”

They literally meant to go outside and bang on a drum. She knew then she had found her home among the quirky and unique environment of New Mexico.

Sabrina remained involved with theatre and also began pursuing health and fitness. Her background in sports and knowledge of body conditioning – combined with her growing passion for nutrition — has become her “healthiest obsession!” Sabrina is deeply committed her career in modern and inspirational fitness.

She is an accomplished TRX bodyweight suspension trainer, and is currently completing her certification in Personal Training. Sabrina is constantly finding new ways to challenge and educate herself and her clients at Sunrise! 

Private Experiences:

TRX Resistance, Pilates and Yoga
A customized workout based on your needs and fitness level. Suspension training uses TRX straps, bodyweight and gravity to stabilize the core, work the smaller muscle groups surrounding the joints and strengthen the major muscle groups. Using a combination of pilates rooted movements, yoga stretches and traditional resistance training exercises, this workout is designed to improve balance, strength and overall functional fitness.

Functional Fitness; Movement Mechanics
Reprogram the body to move better through training techniques that break down the 5 basic movement patterns. This training is appropriate for those new to a fitness routine or anybody looking to improve balance, core stability and posture. Mimicking real-life movements, these exercises allow for improved functioning in everyday living.

Load Training
Using cable machines, free weights, TRX suspension straps, Bosu balls and/or resistance bands, this intermediate to advanced workout teaches proper technique and form when adding resistance. Customized based on your needs and fitness level, learn innovative exercises to add to your existing routine as well as proper load progression. Appropriate for anybody looking to improve muscular strength and hypertrophy.

Personalized Fitness Training
Learn and practice workout and training sequences tailored specifically to your needs and desired results. From strength and endurance training to flexibility and functional fitness, this course will focus on what works for you. Every Body is different, discover what works for yours! 

RUTH MORRIS, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

RUTH MORRIS, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

RUTH MORRIS, EXPRESSIVE ARTS

Ruth’s philosophy is that art should be joyfully messy! She believes that a wide array of materials and experiences allow for the muse of serendipity to flower.

In her experience, it is very rare to see art coming from one particular place or a single technique.

Ruth’s vast experience and endeavors in art include the creation of mixed media art dolls, jewelry making, and illustration – all creations that have found homes in collections on five continents.

It is from this palette of experience that Ruth crafts one-of-a-kind art classes and open studio sessions using a variety of materials for guests at Sunrise Springs to discover, explore and enjoy.

ELIZA SKYE, YOGA AND MEDITATION

ELIZA SKYE, YOGA AND MEDITATION

ELIZA SKYE, YOGA AND MEDITATION

Eliza is originally from the East Coast and moved to Santa Fe in 2010. Not knowing what to expect, she quickly fell in love with New Mexico’s stunning geography and wide-open skies.

With a professional background in non-profit management, graphic design, photography and writing, Eliza is currently in graduate school for a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. At Sunrise Springs, she teaches yoga, meditation, movement and vegan culinary arts.

Eliza is a E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance designated instructor with over 2,500 hours of teaching experience and over 550 hours of accredited yoga training. She holds special certifications in Stress Management Yoga, Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Integral Yoga, Ayurvedic Yoga and Yoga for Children. Eliza is also a Reiki practitioner and has abundant experience in the studies of Ayurveda, the energy body and vegan nutrition.

Private Experiences:

Archery
Archery has ancient roots as an East Asian mindfulness practice. Drawing upon the artistry of standing meditation, archery allows you to synchronize body and mind. Whether you are seeking a mindful practice or a new recreational pursuit our basic archery class allows you to learn new techniques as you practice this ancient art.

Private Yoga
After a brief check-in, our guide will design a yoga class that is perfectly suited to the specific needs of your body, working on goals related to your strength and flexibility. Private Yoga is perfect for anybody recovering from an injury, women who are pregnant, aging bodies, or those who are seeking to learn the foundations of yoga before attending public classes.

Meditation
Meditation can be practiced in many ways; breath, mindfulness, even walking. This private session introduces you to simple mental and physical techniques to meet you where you are, and create a personal pathway for clarity, calm and deeper relationship in your life.

JENN WARREN, CULINARY ARTS

JENN WARREN, CULINARY ARTS

JENN WARREN, CULINARY ARTS

Jenn was raised in Emerald Isle NC, a small barrier island nestled between the Bogue Sound and Atlantic Ocean. Growing up on the coast, she gained an appreciation for fresh, delicious, local food by fishing and foraging in her backyard.

Jenn’s passion for good food fueled her work towards a a BS in Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture and minor in Nutrition from Appalachian State University. She has also found incredible solace in yoga as a transformative practice that balances both body and mind, and completed her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Deza Institute.

She fell in love with mountain life and could always be found exploring, hiking, and trail building in Appalachia on the weekends. When not in the woods, Jenn has shared her passion for food and service through work with community gardens, non-profit organization connecting and education children on healthy foods, and serving as a caretaker for an organic vegetable and lifestock farm. At Sunrise, Jenn shares this passion with guests through cooking classes, gardening workshops and much more.

Private Experiences:

Decadent Delights
Indulge your sweet tooth and learn how create a beautiful seasonal dessert. Connect to the tastes of the season by utilizing ingredients grown on our Sunrise property trees, Willows garden, and local Santa Fe Farmer’s Market provisions.  Sweet dishes will very throughout the year, with options including miniature mason jar rosemary apple pie, chocolate chile pot de creme, or pate brisee fruit tart filled with vanilla pastry cream. This private patisserie class is crafted with your individual dietary restrictions and sensitivities in mind

Seasonal Savories
Join us for a savory culinary exploration that highlights the rich diversity of flavors and fresh produce grown here Northern New Mexico.   Connect to the roots of your meal by getting your hands dirty in the Willows garden and Greenhouse to harvest fresh ingredients.  Along the way we will hone our knife skills, learn cooking shortcuts, and how to utilize all parts of a plant. This private culinary class is crafted with your individual dietary restrictions and sensitivities in mind.

BILLY GOSNELL, OUTDOORS

BILLY GOSNELL, OUTDOORS

BILLY GOSNELL, OUTDOORS

Billy was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and attended college at Northern Arizona University, where he studied Parks and Recreation Management with a minor in history. After college, he spent a glorious year and a half backpacking and working around the world. Starting in New Zealand where he worked in apple orchards and wine vineyards, he ventured to Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, where he became a certified “Advanced Open Water Diver.”

Returning to the US the pursued work with NOLS – The National Outdoor Leadership School after which he trained and worked as an EMT at a traumatic brain injury clinic in Denver. The work was rewarding but Billy was called back to his roots of instruction around recreation and the out of doors. This took him to Aspen where he worked as a camp counselor, climbing wall attendant, and lifeguard and eventually supervised the Aspen Recreation Center for 10 years.

Billy moved to Santa Fe in March of 2016 with his wife, who is in the art business. He is drawn to the beauty of Northern New Mexico and wide array of outdoor activities. At Sunrise, he enjoys guiding guests through outdoor discoveries and adventure. 

Private Experiences:

Targeting Excellence
Each day we aim to achieve excellence in many facets of our lives. Discover the art of riflery on our small high desert range.  Learn the principles of marksmanship as you shoot at targets designed to strengthen your skills and remind you to always strive for excellence.

Fishing
Slow down, tune in and relax alongside our spring fed pond. Learn to fish or increase your skill set while enjoying the time-honored tradition of catch and release fishing. This simple practice will give you the time to relax in the beauty of nature while increasing your mental and physical wellbeing.
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Hatchet Throwing
Get in touch with your primal roots as you embrace a show of strength and stamina through hatchet throwing. This outdoor adventure sport requires patience, precision and a willingness to try something new. Whether you’re looking to relieve some tension or do some physical exercise, hatchet throwing will leave you feeling less stressed and on a bit of an adrenaline high.

Archery
Archery has ancient roots as an East Asian mindfulness practice. Drawing upon the artistry of standing meditation, archery allows you to synchronize body and mind. Whether you are seeking a mindful practice or a new recreational pursuit our basic archery class allows you to learn new techniques as you practice this ancient art.

CLAUDIA MARDEL, ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

CLAUDIA MARDEL, ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

CLAUDIA MARDEL, ANIMAL INTERACTIONS

From a very young age, Claudia has always loved animals, both big and small, and has cultivated relationships with them in various ways. She grew up in Germany, and studied Elementary School Teaching for four years. She then studied Naturopathy for Animals for an additional 2 years before she left her home country and moved to Maui, Hawaii where she lived for 12 years.

There, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist and also studied acupuncture. In addition, she worked with and trained horses at a prestigious ranch, taking the ranch guests out riding. During this time she studied and became so passionate about Natural Hoofcare that she became a Natural Hoofcare Practitioner, trimming and specializing in the care of horses feet.

After a life-changing event, Claudia re-invented her life and became involved in pottery and photography as part of her healing process. Healing and teaching about this process has always been a huge part of Claudia’s life, and she loves assisting others in their own personal growth process.

Claudia has always been a deeply spiritual person, seeking answers from different religions and varied cultural backgrounds. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and the wisdom she has gained, and loves helping guide people towards a more conscious, healthy and expanded way of life.

The connection and communication between animals and people is close to her heart, and she helps build a bridge between them which can facilitate understanding, communication, mutual respect and growth. Claudia studied Animal Communication as part of this bridge-building process. She facilitates sessions for people and their animals, also teaches others to meditate and be able to have a closer connection with their own animals.

At Sunrise Springs Claudia facilitates classes with puppies and chickens, aromatherapy and clay in different forms, as personal expressions of art and soul.

 

MARK HUEBNER, FITNESS

MARK HUEBNER, FITNESS

MARK HUEBNER, FITNESS

Mark’s love for the outdoors started at a very young age playing in the arroyos and hills of Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo mountains. This connection to the magic of the natural world has led Mark through rich life experiences such as mountain climbing in Bolivia, rowing the big waters of the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, guiding mountain bike trips, and facilitating personal discovery journeys in the exposed desert southwest. Mark holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Education form Prescott College and has used this degree to teach and counsel in Expeditionary Learning Schools.  

With a strong understanding of the demands made on the body and mind to maintain peak performance in these activities, Mark is an advocate and practitioner of cross-training and functional fitness. He helps people to target focused areas to gain strength, speed, or flexibility, and creates  personalized, attainable practices to get there.  

6 years ago the practice of Yoga found Mark, and has become an integral aspect of his daily life. He is a 200 hr RYT instructor, focusing on Hatha yoga and deepening the practice of self-realization. He passionately shares the teachings that have so profoundly changed his life.  

Private Experiences:

Hatchet Throwing
Get in touch with your primal roots as you embrace a show of strength and stamina through hatchet throwing. This outdoor adventure sport requires patience, precision and a willingness to try something new. Whether you’re looking to relieve some tension or do some physical exercise, hatchet throwing will leave you feeling less stressed and on a bit of an adrenaline high.

Archery
Archery has ancient roots as an East Asian mindfulness practice. Drawing upon the artistry of standing meditation, archery allows you to synchronize body and mind. Whether you are seeking a mindful practice or a new recreational pursuit our basic archery class allows you to learn new techniques as you practice this ancient art.

Personalized Fitness Training
Learn and practice workout and training sequences tailored specifically to your needs and desired results. From strength and endurance training to flexibility and functional fitness, this course will focus on what works for you. Every Body is different, discover what works for yours! 

Nature Speaks
John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” The natural world is constantly reminding us of the universal laws of change, transition, balance, growth, and impermanence to name only a few. Through intentional exploration and understanding of the external environment, we receive invaluable insight to our internal environment. Experience the ancient wisdom and potent teachings that this landscape is sharing with us moment to moment.

Private Yoga
After a brief check-in, our guide will design a yoga class that is perfectly suited to the specific needs of your body, working on goals related to your strength and flexibility. Private Yoga is perfect for anybody recovering from an injury, women who are pregnant, aging bodies, or those who are seeking to learn the foundations of yoga before attending public classes.

Meditation
Meditation can be practiced in many ways; breath, mindfulness, even walking. This private session introduces you to simple mental and physical techniques to meet you where you are, and create a personal pathway for clarity, calm and deeper relationship in your life.

 

ADITI THATTE, CULINARY ARTS

ADITI THATTE, CULINARY ARTS

ADITI THATTE, CULINARY ARTS

Aditi grew up in India watching and learning from her mother and grandmother as they
made delicious aromatic spicy foods. She has worked on perfecting her culinary skills
for over 30 years in the US. She has a passion for sharing her heritage through Indian
cuisine and makes spice cooking easy for healthy and perfectly balanced vegetarian
dishes.

Aditi has been teaching cooking classes for over 20 years. She has a degree in
Nutrition and Food Science. She conducts Indian Vegetarian cooking workshops at
Santa Fe Community College. Aditi is a multi-generational cook with strong roots in
Ayurvedic cooking principles.

Aditi served as the Executive Director at Medfield TV in Massachusetts and has
produced and hosted several cooking series videos ‘Spice Mantra’ and Chef’s Table
series ‘Vegetarian Spice’. The Chef’s Table series cooking shows air weekly in over 90
cities and towns across Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the community TV
stations. Aditi has published recipes and articles in the Medfield Home Town Weekly.
Moving to Santa Fe and embracing the fascinating food culture that exists here has
been extremely rewarding for her. Aditi is especially excited to share and unravel the
secrets of Exotic Indian Cooking in Santa Fe.

ALEXIS CINTRON, YOGA AND MEDITATION

ALEXIS CINTRON, YOGA AND MEDITATION

ALEXIS CINTRON, YOGA AND MEDITATION

Alexis Cintron was raised in a small town in Northern New Mexico, where nature was at her finger tips.  Growing up in New Mexico’s high desert, Alexis nurtured her relationship to the seasons and how each season reflects to us, our ability to feel, adapt and flow with all of Life. 

Alexis’ connection to the earth and all the elements propelled her into the Ancient Studies of Ayurveda and Ayuryoga. Throughout the last 10 years she cultivated a language that spoke to her understanding and has embodied the words through movement.  Alexis is a very passionate person who holds a very deep presence.  Her ability to see and listen to what the body is communicating to her is so clear. It is as if she is speaking to something that hasn’t been acknowledged, nurturing it back into the flow of one’s life.

She feels that when one is fully present in the moment, then the path to healing is open and available for Spirit to be felt. 

Alexis’ love for life and all that is possible is contagious and uplifting. She is in the process of becoming a Doula and deepening her relationship to the breath of life.  At Sunrise Springs, Alexis shares her appreciation for life through yoga, breathwork, marma, reiki, meditation and movement.  She is excited to cross paths with you!

Alexis is certified in Reiki, Marma, Of Origin Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayuryoga. 

 

“The grounds are beautiful; the staff is exceptional.”
–Kathie M, Gilbert, AZ