Our Instructors


Alice Tunison
Art Instructor
Alice Tunison holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art and Education from Hunter College, NYC.  She is a certified NYS teacher with over 40 years experience. Alice’s creative expression includes every art medium imaginable. Solo and group shows have been many with the most recent November 6, 2015 in NYC.  Rekindling life energy at her beloved Wiawaka has become an annual ritual since the first opportunity to visit almost 10 yard ago and especially important now to connect with feminine energy after the passing of her husband Ron, world famous bronze monument sculptor.

Allie Middleton JD LCSW E-RYT LFY-II
Dancing with Your Soul Yoga Instructor
Allie facilitates body-mind techniques and offers energy healing to help individuals and groups learn and practice deeply harmonizing ways of living and being on the planet while also adapting to new demands required for optimal wellbeing, performance and satisfaction.  She loves to help implement systems change using yoga based program development and support emerging leaders with mind-body integration training.  She has the good fortune of being a 40+ year practitioner of meditation and yoga, and has been gratefully receiving many specialized teachings and trainings since her early childhood. Aligning and attuning personal and professional development, Allie’s path is dedicated to help increase access to new forms of energy, resulting in a new sense of wellbeing, thriving and flourishing at both individual and societal levels.

Beth Nast
Yoga Instructor
Beth Nast, RYT 200, has been teaching yoga since 2007. Trained first as a Personal Fitness Trainer (ACSM) in 2005, she was drawn into yoga’s therapeutic power as a student for more than 10 years.  Her passion for yoga led her to focus on helping others incorporate the unique benefits of yoga into all aspects of their lives. Beth brings together varied styles of yoga and movement as a means to achieve peace of mind through loving oneself completely. No class is the same. “I teach from where I am at the moment, and where my class is at any given time. There is no limit to what can enter each class: meditation, philosophical readings, breathe work, meditation, Kundalini kriyas, aromatherapy, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Nia, Yin… the list is unending. The goal the same: heal, nurture,

Bonnie Olsen
Peace & Calm in Chaos Retreat Leader
I am a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach. I came to coaching five years ago, to learn Martha’s tools in order to improve my own health and wellbeing. Stress is an overwhelming yet common experience in our modern life and learning some simple tools and knowing our patterns can change our lives forever for the better. I have recently completed a Mind Body Coach training, in order to work with people suffering from TMS, or Mind Body Syndrome, and those suffering anxiety or trauma. (Chronic pain that cannot be medically explained or seems to move or change is likely TMS.) I have given many wellness Workshops in the Rutland Vermont area over the past three years and I also work with individual clients.  I love helping people to get free from what is getting in the way of living the life they want and to find the treasure of who they truly are.

Carol McCarthy
Carol McCarthy is a Professor Emeritus in the Business Administration Department of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Ms. McCarthy is a strong women’s advocate and serves on the Board of Wiawaka. Carol is a frequent lecturer on the History of Millionaires’ Row and the History of the Sagamore Hotel. Carol has been fortunate enough to live on two of the Millionaires’ Row properties and has spent many years enjoying the splendor of the Sagamore Hotel.

Linda Tipke
Divine Sleep Yoga & Ayurvedic Yoga Instructor
Hello, my name is Linda Tipke and I live in Queensbury, New York.  I am a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Yoga and Yoga for the Special Child Instructor.  I have combined my 35 years teaching experience in special and general education with Ayurveda and Yoga so that I may teach children, teens and adults a way to achieve health in mind, body and spirit.  I am passionate about helping others understand their individual constitution, relationship with the environment and the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga as a means of achieving balance and wellness in their daily lives.
During the school year I substitute teach in local school districts, offer private and small group yoga classes for children at the Yoga Nook in Glens Falls, and present workshops on Ayurvedic topics.  I also travel and continue my studies in Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old traditional science and knowledge of life from India.  Adirondack Ayurveda is my private practice and I can be contacted through email, adkayu@verizon.net, my website, www.adkayurveda.com, or phone 203-561-6343 for consultations, yoga sessions, workshop information and schedule or tutoring lessons.

Lisa Bohannon

Belly Dance Instructor
Lisa is the group instructor for SunDancers Community Belly Dance, Belly Dance 101 for Town of Queensbury Parks and Recreation, and a troupe dancer with SunDancers Remix and Jewels, based in the greater Queensbury area.  She began the exploration of belly dance in 2006, taking instruction and professional level workshops with area dancers as well as subscribing to the teachings of Jill Parker, Rachel Brice and others, following the Tribal Fusion belly dance movement.  She has found her dance community locally working in conjunction with the C.R. Wood Cancer Center’s Forever Strong program, encouraging women in treatment to look to this non-traditional form of exercise and dance to facilitate their healing process – mind, body, and spirit, giving them ways to support their bodies on this part of their journey.  SunDancers Remix are a performance group comprised of local instructors, cancer survivors, caregivers and women in the community supporting our mission. Jewels are a local performance troupe available for hire for events and team-building workshops.


Lynn Sickles
Writing Instructor
Lynn is an experienced journal writer and workshop facilitator who believes that a daily journal writing practice is important to living a peaceful, happy, healthy and balanced life and is a powerful guide on our lifelong journey of self-discovery.  She is a regular workshop presenter at Wiawaka , been a presenter at area employee wellness programs, women’s church groups, an instructor for Saratoga Continuing Education and has had a monthly journal writing circle in the Glens Falls/Saratoga area.


Mary Scott

Unplug & Unwind Yoga Instructor
Mary Scott is a  Certified Structural Yoga Therapist and also teaches therapeutic yoga classes and Mindfulness Meditation programs in the Capital District area. Mary has been an active practitioner of meditation for nineteen years. Mary has personally experienced the power of yoga and meditation through her own journey to healing, and thoroughly enjoy sharing this wisdom with others. You can learn more about Mary by visiting her website, www.MaryScottYogaTherapy.com


Pam Medina
Replenish, Relinquish, Rejoice
Pam Lunz Medina (Chandra Devi) began her study of yoga 22 years ago to fulfill a college requirement. Little did she know, it would lead her to a new way of life, spiral her deep into her soul and spark a calling to share it with the world. Through her yoga and a deep connection to the divine, she had overcome depression and smoking. She has also lost 100 lbs and has learned to love the body she is in.  She received her certification in 2006 at Satchidanada Ashram, where she has assisted in teacher trainings lead by Swami Dayananda and Swami Divyananda. She spent 2 years voluntarily living without running water or electricity in the Ozark Mountains, which kindled a profound connection to the Earth Mother and meditative consciousness. Her solo journey through India gave her opportunities to teach, serve, and learn. During her free time she is an activist, writer, musician, wife, shamanic drummer, dancer, poet, soul adventurer, and always a goddess! Her vision is for oneness to emerge through the authentic expression of our creative life force, particularly through the sacred feminine.

Pat Bayard
Fabric Arts
As an applique’, quilting artisan for over twenty five years, Pat has participated in a number of quilt shows and is best known for her applique’ of birds and nature scenes, which feature her own designs. She has been involved in programming and teaching in area applique’ groups, as well as creating quilts for raffle in order to raise money to service the community through her involvement in two quilt guilds. Pat has been teaching quilting and applique’ at Wiawaka Holiday House for sixteen years, using her own designs. She is self taught in her art background, using pastels, watercolors and pen and ink. Her talent with color is translated well through her choice of color and value in her quilting projects.

Patti Ferrara
Multi media artist Patti Ferrara from Catskill, NY, has given workshops in watercolor, printmaking and traditional oil glazing techniques with nature being her inspiration and guide. She is excited to be a Wiawaka and enjoys being at the shores of the Queen of Lakes. An award winning artist, Ferrara has exhibited her artwork regionally and continues to create her wonderful art from miniature monotypes to museum murals. Please visit her website at www.pattiferrara.com

Robin Blakney-Carlson
Felting Instructor
Robin Blakney-Carlson works with felt as her primary medium.  She studied fine arts at California College of the Arts and Crafts, Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Art, and with numerous master-feltmakers.  Her work has been represented in exhibitions and galleries throughout New York and New England.  “My work is influenced by the shifting character of life and seemingly mundane patterns that surround us.  I am fascinated by the nature of surfaces as they transform over time. When I am felting, I find my sense of balance.  I manipulate multiple layers of wool, silk and textile fragments with my hands, soap and water to create the foundation of my compositions.  It’s a very tactile, meditative process.” Robin owns Luckystone Feltworks Studio in the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, New York. She has taught feltmaking throughout the US and Australia.  She is President of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild.

Stacy Morris

Yoga & Nutrition Instructor
Stacey Morris is a self-described Recovering American who had struggled with weight and self-esteem issues for most of her life. Raised during the 70’s when there were few options for children with weight issues other than a steady course of shame and one deprivational diet after another, Stacey’s weight continued a steady climb before reaching an all-time high of 345 pounds in 2009. It was a wake-up call in many ways. She knew changes were in order, but they could not feel like a diet. Stacey wanted long-term habits she could live with. Working with a nutritionist, she gave up gluten and cow-dairy, ate more unprocessed foods, and also began paying attention to hunger cues and emotions that drove her to overeat. Unlike all previous diets, which were an unpleasant struggle and yielded no significant results, Stacey saw her weight drop and her energy levels rise while embracing this new approach to food and eating. She maintains there’s on singular answer to health and balance. It’s a combination of clean eating, movement, and emotional honesty. But since she still remains an avid food-lover, Stacey knew that in order to maintain a 180-pound weight loss, she’d have to create recipes and meals she’d actually look forward to.  Her first book, “Clean Comfort: Finding Peace, Balance, and My Perfect Weight,” outlines her story and how she overcame her lifelong emotional demons which drove her to overeat.  And it also contains 75+ clean recipes for soups, entrees, snacks, side dishes, and desserts. In her second work, “Sweet Comfort,” Stacey created 44 dessert recipes made without gluten or cow dairy. She contributes wellness blogs to The Huffington Post and The Times Union and lectures around the country.