Ken Banwart - Founder/Executive Director
Certified Kripalu & Yin Yoga Instructor
Ken has studied and practiced a wide range of yoga, nutrition, general health, exercise and indigenous spiritual practices for over 30 years. He has been able to fully demonstrate the results of this training in his personal health practices and vibrant lifestyle. He was Founder and served as Managing Director/Chairman of the Board from 1981 to 2013 of Aspen Partners, Ltd., a successful investment management and financial services business.
Ken received his Yoga Teacher Certification from Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He has also studied and trained with other recognized yoga instructors including Sarah Powers in Yin Yoga. He moved to Blue Ridge, Georgia in 2007 and built his own yoga studio to focus his energies on teaching yoga and other health practices. He teaches and conducts international yoga retreats with his Daughter, Magen Banwart. Magen is Founder and CEO of MB Fitness in New York and was voted One of NYC's Top 20 Most Popular Yoga Instructors.
Ken is one of the founding members of the Heartwood Community. This community is dedicated to living a more sustainable supportive and intentional lifestyle in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He Founded Heartwood Development LLC, which is constructing more affordable and environmentally friendly smaller homes for Community Members.
Christina Law - Co-Founder/Managing Director, Health & Yoga
Resident Certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga Teacher trainer, Ayurveda Practitioner, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Psychotherapy and faster EFT.
Christina has been teaching Yoga for 22 years and trained in Thai Bodywork in Thailand. She offers help in the Ayurvedic perspective for health and psychotherapy and emotional release and any of these can be booked during your stay.
Christina offers a range of experience & modalities to meet the unique needs we all face in a world full of complexity. She offers Yoga trainings at Heartwood once or twice a year, (new dates TBD) She loves working one-on-one to get to the root of challenges you might be faced with whether physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or energetic. Christina is the one to put together your healthy menu for your stay. Christina loves to make everyone's stay at Heartwood nourishing and is passionate about helping in any way she can.
Massiel Ocampo is a Reiki and hypnotherapy practitioner at The Herb and Healing center in Holly Springs. You will find her facilitating Grief healing workshops and Women gatherings too. She enjoys performing ceremony for groups and individuals whom strive to celebrate themselves and loved ones. Massiel loves incorporating sound healing, eft, tarot reading, meditation, and breathwork into her sessions. Her goal is to bring authentic healing to The Heartwood Community. How many of you want healing but don't know where to begin? Do you give yourself the opportunity to properly grieve? We have all lost loved ones through death, divorce, abandonment, addiction and mental illness. We even lose parts of ourselves due to work and family obligations. The only way we can be in the present moment and truly connect with ourselves is when we allow ourselves to process emotions. I've been on my own healing journey for the past 9 years. I'm really proud of myself for exploring the darkest places of myself. Is it comfortable? No! But guess what?! I can deal with life so much better because of it. I forgive myself every single day and thank my teachers for giving me the tools to fight back. l learned how to cope with the tragedies in my life and even celebrate them. I overcame drug addiction, alcoholism, abandonment, sexual assault, verbal and physical abuse. Those events helped me evolve into the person I am today. If I can do it, you can definitely overcome anything you're fighting right now. I encourage you to reach out if you haven't already. You can't do it alone anymore. I was so fortunate to have angels pull me out of the darkness. I had the choice to reach my hand out and was willing to take a second chance at life. Ceremony is my way of pulling people out of their darkest place. No one deserves to stay in the pits of sorrow. Allow me to guide you towards the light of divine spirit. You are deserving of Love~♡~Massiel