About Our Instructors:

Michele Auriemma

Michele Auriemma

Michele (“mee-keh-leh” “mee-kay-lay”) or “Michael”  is an Italian man who has travelled the world, is keen on food & wine, has learned from many different cultures, and now has settled in California. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry, is a Certified Life Coach and has graduated in the Culinary Arts. An enthusiastic, skilled Italian cook, he is an expert in the Mediterranean Diet, a proven healthy, tasty and above all enjoyable lifestyle. He is committed to achieving the “Zero food waste” goal. He believes that what we eat, drink, and do are the keys for us to live a better and longer life, and this happens by learning how to choose the best ingredients, about the cooking process, and growing our knowledge and awareness. As he likes to say:  “hands-on-cooking is one of the best therapy”...then putting this saying into practice with authentic, simple, delicious recipes. 

Faye Baker

Faye Baker

Faye Baker is a certified instructor (Sifu) in Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Longevity Breathing. In addition to Tai Chi and Qigong, Baker has over 40 years training in other movement arts: Yoga, TaeKwonDo, Aikido, Judo, Kung Fu, Acupressure. She specializes in helping people learn functional methods to bring more comfort and ease into their daily lives.

Dana Cummings
AmpSurf

Dana Cummings

Cummings grew up on a farm in rural Maine, He served 6 years in the Marine Corps including service in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In late 2002 Cummings lost his lower left leg in a car wreck, After recovering from his injuries, Cummings founded The AmpSurf Learn to Surf program with two other amputees and his prosthetist. Cummings developed the AmpSurf Certified Adaptive Surf Instructor Program (ACASIP) over the next several years, to ensure those working with people with disabilities and wounded warriors had the skills and knowledge to safely share adaptive surf therapy. Cummings has been recognized for his work with the disabled community and veterans, being named a California Veteran of the year, Patriot of the year, and a CNN Hero. Cummings firmly believes that regardless of ability or disability, all should focus on what they can do.

Dee DiGioia

Dee DiGioia

Dee DiGioia (di JOY uh) is a Certified Mindfulness & Life Skills Coach and founded "Mindful Kindful YOUniversity" to address the social and emotional challenges youth (and adults) face in school and in life, which interfere with learning (work), relationships, and mental well-being.  DiGioia feels mindfulness and emotional intelligence is the missing piece/peace in education and our communities and envisions mindfulness education programs flourishing across each of our communities and in our schools, with every community member having access to learning and practicing the essential life skills proven to potentiate well-being, happiness, and success throughout all stages of life. 

Sarah Hawkins
Course Care

Sarah Hawkins

Sarah Hawkins has been an instructor for the American Red Cross since 2002.  She teaches Lifeguarding, Water Safety, First Aid/CPR/AED, Emergency Medical Response, and Wilderness and Remote First Aid.  Sarah has been a full-time aquatics manager for the last 14 years and currently works as the Aquatics Lead for Cuesta College Community Programs.

Dr. Anne Kennard

Dr. Anne Kennard

Dr. Anne Kennard, DO, FACOG, is Board-Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellowship-trained in Integrative Medicine, and mother of a toddler. She is passionate about food and plants as Medicine, focusing on health in the body, mind, and spirit.

Queenie Longley

I have been a personal trainer for 30 years and a teacher of fitness for 36 years. I have owned my own gyms and co-owned an indoor cycling company which manufactured bikes for sales world wide. I have extensive knowledge in nutrition and have been a student of metaphysics for 30 years. I have had wellness columns in the Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara News papers. I have worked with celebrities and members of the British Royal family within my years of training.

Leslie St. John
Prose & Poses

Leslie St. John

Leslie St. John is a self-expression muse, helping people get "unstuck." Using the modalities of yoga, qoya, and writing, she helps people unshackle creativity, feel their bodies as allies, and cultivate more self-intimacy. She is creator of Prose and Poses, a practice of yoga and writing to open creative channels, and offers workshops and retreats along the Central Coast, including her favorite wine country oasis, Sagrada Wellness. She received her MFA from Purdue University, where she served as poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. She is the author of Beauty Like a Rope, a chapbook by Word Palace Press. Her poetry and articles have appeared in Teach.Yoga, Apersus Quartery, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Indiana Review, Oxford American, Pinch, Rebelle Society, and Verse Daily. A 500hr RYT, she has studied with Tias Little, Noah Maze, and Rocky Heron. She teaches Writing, Romanticism, and Poetry at Cal Poly, where she facilitated the publication of Unveiling Self: A Collection of Student Memoirs. You can find her writing at a café, hunting vintage shops, or hiking with her dog in San Luis Obispo.

Natalie Teichman

Natalie Teichman

Natalie is a yoga and meditation teacher who is excited to share the power of meditation through sound with you. She is the co-founder of Let's Get Tuned, a sound healing movement she created with her partner, Jon Nowaczyk. Natalie will share the knowledge and experience she has accumulated with over 1,000 hours of yoga and meditation training in addition to an M.Ed with a concentration in Mindfulness. Having learned about and experienced various types of meditation techniques, Natalie has found that meditation with sound creates a quick and easy way to access deep meditative states. She is overjoyed to share this modality with you in order to help you release stress and boost happiness. You can find Natalie teaching Kundalini yoga in Morro Bay and giving Sound Baths around SLO County.
Misty Wycoff A 40 plus year career in psychology that includes critical care, in-patient, outpatient and private practice and teaching at the college level. Also know in the Western states for various workshops; including, mask making, firing the creative flame, women's issues, writing for personal growth, and training for Substance Abuse counselors and other professionals. A fourteen year resident of the county, she works part time and works as public speaker and a docent at the Elephant Seal rookery in San Simeon.