Holistic Counseling, Energy Therapy, Feng Shui and ONDAMED
Menla Holistic Health Founder
Founder, Spiritual Director of nonprofit Tara Shedrup, Hartford Mindfulness Center
Malou is a Psycho-Spiritual Counselor and Energy Medicine Therapist with a special emphasis in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Counseling. Her healing approach helps people transform long-held, negative belief patterns in order to release the cycle of emotional pain and disease. Malou also offers ONDAMED — pulsed electromagnetic field therapy that helps to radically transform diseases, illnesses, injuries and emotional trauma.
Malou’s contemplative, holistic approach to counseling and healing is rooted in a personal, lifelong practice of Tibetan Buddhism and mindfulness meditation. She is a Lay Buddhist Minister and a Certified Pastoral Counselor. Malou is a student of Tibetan, Indian and Chinese philosophy for many years, and has studied Buddhist Science of Mind with great masters from Tibet for over 30 years. As a result, her work is a synthesis of eastern, western, and contemporary approaches to personal and spiritual development.
Malou is the founder and executive director of the Menla Holistic Health Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also the co-director and co-founder of Hartford Karma Thegsum Choling Meditation and Study Center, an affiliate of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery and Retreat Center, and founder and spiritual director of the non-profit Tara Shedrup Dharma Center. Both centers support people in pursuing the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. Through Tara Shedrup, Malou is also founder and executive director of the Hartford Mindfulness Center, a secular community organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people through mindfulness teachings and the healing arts. Finally, Malou serves on the board of the Connecticut Center for Interreligious Understanding.
Dance InstructorJessica Morgan began her dance career at the age of three through the Connecticut College Children’s Dance Program where she was trained by instructor Lana Burton until her preteens. Upon moving to Florida she resumed her studies at the Cocoa Village Dance Studio and was personally instructed through her teens by it’s founder, Russian ballerina Marta Phillips. Shortly after high school Jesa was in a near fatal car accident where she broke her back and hip and was told she would not be able to dance any longer. However, instructor Jane Taylor of the Jane Taylor Dance Academy had faith and took her under her tutelage. It was through these dance classes that she recovered her abilities and range of movement. She went on to attend Eastern Florida State College where she studied Performing Arts with a focus on Dance. She inspired her teachers to create the first ever Dance Scholarship at Eastern Florida State College and was the first recipient of the award. After college Jesa moved to Chicago, IL where she started teaching dance in several studios and within a few short years opened her own. Jesa was also invited to teach Musical Theater in the Deerfield, IL Elementary school system and had the pleasure of instructing for three years. Through her years of study and experience she has created a unique combination dance style to tap into our own healing strength and love.
Meditation InstructorLena DiGenti was born and raised as a Buddhist practitioner and has maintained a regular meditation practice throughout her life. She is driven by curiosity, grounded in the practice of mindfulness, influenced by the Conscious Capitalism movement and inspired by those who dare greatly. She has been authorized to teach meditation through Shambhala International. Her interest in mindfulness has led her to study at both The California Institute of Integral Studies and Naropa University, earn a Master’s in Psychology, run mindful parenting and family programs, teach Iyengar Yoga, live and work at the Shambhala Mountain Center and currently study Authentic Leadership. She works as an Authentic Business Consultant and lives in West Hartford with her three children.
Jeff Nickell is a teacher, musician & therapeutic practitioner of world music sound therapy. He has been specializing in the ancient sounds of gongs & singing bowls since early 2009, and holds a bachelors degree in psychology from KU and an associates in computer science from Penn State University. He helped establish The Conduit Center with Owen James, and has toured with The Conduit’s Gong The World team to teach workshops, perform Sound Meditation Concerts and offer Sound Meditation Journeys for the patrons of many popular Yoga, Art & Music festivals. His sound group The Conduit has performed for organizations such as Kripalu, CoSM, Sennheiser Audio, Conscious Campus and various colleges and yoga studios. They have appeared on Hartford’s NBC 30 and in The Hartford Courant introducing gong therapy and the sound healing arts to the general public. Jeff is passionate in raising awareness on the benefits of meditation while sharing the wisdom of mindfulness that is found in the healing vibrations of sound.
With over thirty years as a fitness practitioner, Karin has established herself as one of the most widely known fitness instructors in Hartford county. Karin holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education and is a state-licensed educator. Recently, she earned a Doctorate in Philosophy of Natural Holistic Health and Healing. In the fitness area, she is certified in Zumba, Piloxing, mat Pilates, Barre, UFX Burn and Core, Insanity, and AFAA Group Training. As a body coach, she provides the following services: nutrition counseling, preventative lifestyle changes, and personalized fitness programs.
Therapeutic Vibrational Sound Healing
Marie Menut, RN
Marie Menut, RN, is a multidimensional holistic healer, with a background in hands-on healing, therapeutic touch, healing touch and energetic healing. She is also a Reiki master. She practiced hands-on healing with a group of holistic healers before she began her career as a registered nurse in 1981. She joined the American Holistic Nurses Association in 1991, learning Healing Touch and Energetic Touch. She learned Therapeutic Touch from Delores Krieger, Ph.D, R.N. and Dora Kunz before becoming a Reiki master.
Marie has been practicing Vibrational Healing since her first Tibetan Singing Bowl called her in 1994. She studied the use of Himalayan sacred sound instruments with Richard Rudis of Illuminarium Convergence in Mansfield Center, CT then Mitch Nur, Ph.D of Philadelphia, PA, from whom she received the designation of Master Sound Healer. She went on to open a Vibrational Healing practice in 1996 and a Vibrational Healing Center in 2004.
Marie teaches classes in Vibrational Healing at the Cellular Level Using Tibetan Singing Bowls at her Vibrational Healing Center in East Hartford, CT, where she sees her patients. Marie travels to hospitals, nursing homes, various facilities and makes house calls as needed. She is available to speak to groups and to present meditations with these instruments. Marie also offers private and group instruction in the use of Himalayan sacred sound instruments including the Tibetan singing bowls. She has taught over 300 students the art of Vibrational Healing since she began teaching in 2006. She has also presented Vibrational Healing at many venues over the last 20 years. Marie offers her services for bowl concerts, meditations, space clearings, weddings and Bar Mitvahs, as well as other ceremonies.
Noel G Coonce
Noel G.Coonce is a trained Archaeological illustrator turned artist who paints people and places in oils. She currently lives in an old house in Hartford with her mother, two children, one pug, a ghost and a cat family. She is currently working on painting scenes and people around her beloved West End neighborhood. She finds that art is a great therapy for healing and has helped adults with mental health issues express themselves and develop coping skills through art.
Meditation - Wellness - Yoga - Arts
Hartford | West End Mindfulness Center is supported by Tara Shedrup, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and affiliated with Hartford Karma Thegsum Choling Buddhist Center.
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