Well. What’s it all about?
Everyone does well in a different way. Which is why we’ve designed a well-being event that’s different than the rest. With the Midwest’s premier resort as a backdrop, guests of the Kohler Well-Being Event will be treated to a fun and fresh perspective on the world of well-being featuring top talent and key influencers from New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and Kohler.
A WELL-ROUNDED EXPERIENCE
Wellness industry leaders coming together to provide expert guidance through mindfulness, discovery and well-being experiences.
Ashley Kohler, Associate Director of Wellness, Destination Kohler +
Ashley is a 10 + year certified (E-RYT) Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has a passion for music, vibrational and spiritual flow. Ashley incorporates a fusion of vinyasa, kundalini and pranayama into many of her classes. She is certified in advanced power vinyasa, yin yoga, hot power fusion, yoga sculpt, SCW Ballet Barre and RealRyder indoor cycling. Ashley is the Associate Director of Wellness, Destination Kohler which includes Yoga on the Lake, Bold Cycle, Sports Core and Press + Chill. Ashley is the Yoga on the Lake school director for the 200-Hour Yoga Alliance vinyasa and hot yoga fusion teacher trainings.
Kristie Splivalo, Studio Manager, Yoga on the Lake +
Kristie started her yoga journey in 2011, when after 15 years of dancing she still needed an outlet for movement. Yoga fulfilled the initial need of athletic movement and soon morphed into a life-changing practice. Having dealt with bouts of depression and anxiety for many years, yoga brought an unexpected sense of calm to her life through the use of breath, movement, acceptance and enjoying the moment you’re in. Kristie is a 200-Hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, trained in the style of vinyasa flow. In her classes you’ll focus on bringing awareness and acceptance to where you are–in your body, breath and in life. Playing with your edge, both mentally and physically, and having fun along the way. Kristie is also a certified prenatal yoga instructor.
Lauren Hydock, Studio Manager, Bold Cycle +
After teaching a variety of fitness classes since 2009, Lauren made her way to Bold Cycle and Yoga on the Lake where she fell in love with the high energy of cycling classes and the soul sculpt format. She completed her instructor certification in January 2017 and set the tone for heat and hard work. Lauren loves dancing to Hip Hop & EDM on the instructor bike and passionate about balancing high-intensity cardio with the strength you will find in stillness through the different yoga postures and sequences. Lauren lives in the Village of Kohler with her husband and their two crazy boys.
Kya Diehl, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Destination Kohler +
Kya Diehl is the health & wellness coordinator at Destination Kohler and 200-hour RYT certified through Yoga Alliance. She has a strong personal passion for and professional background in health & wellness with an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Community Health Education, a Master’s in Public Health from University of Illinois Chicago, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Kya interacts with resort guests and groups to enhance their stay through customized, curated well-being activities. Her goal with every guest interaction is to convey that well-being can bring joy and fulfillment into people’s lives without restriction.
Max Lugavere, Filmmaker and Health & Science Journalist +
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, health and science journalist and the author of the New York Times best-selling book Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life. He is also the host of the #1 iTunes health podcast The Genius Life. Max appears regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. He has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, CNN, and the Daily Beast, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and in The Wall Street Journal. He is a sought-after speaker and has given talks at South by Southwest, TEDx, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, and many others. He is an expert on the topics of biohacking, brain optimization and mental health.
Max’s mission is to offer a cutting-edge yet practical road map to eliminating brain fog and optimizing the brain’s health and performance today-and decades into the future.
Barbara Close, FOUNDER, NATUROPATHICA HOLISTIC HEALTH +
Barbara Close is the Founder of Naturopathica, a holistic beauty brand offering skin, body and herbal remedies rooted in naturopathic medicine to support overall well-being. From the beginning, Barbara’s mission has been to educate on the benefits of a holistic approach to skin health, reinforcing that the skin mircrors what is going on inside of the body.
“My goal at Naturopathica has been to educate people about natural health and its connection to beauty. I define beauty as an expression of living an authentic, healthy, and vibrant life that celebrates one’s own unique being.” – Barbara Close
A lifelong practitioner of the healing arts, Barbara has a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism and credentials in esthetics, advanced massage and aromatherapy. She is regarded as a pioneer in the wellness movement and draws on her expertise to illustrate the connection between skin health and well-being. An early adapter and now leader in holistic skin care, Barbara created Naturopathica as a way to encourage people to be active participants in their own skin health. The Naturopathica approach combines nutrition, herbal medicine and wellness rituals with clean and effective products for an immersive wellness experience.
Inspired by childhood summers with her Aunt in France, Barbara embarked on a lifelong exploration of natural healing from an early age. Her passion and knowledge were tested when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. After witnessing the efficacy of remedies like Lemon Balm tea to ease anxiety, Calendula cream to soothe dry skin, and Peppermint aromatherapy to quell nausea, Barbara was determined to create a place where people could improve their own well-being. She opened Naturopathica Healing Arts Center & Spa in East Hampton in 1995, and a brand was born. Today, Naturopathica has a robust collection of skin and well-being products, two celebrated flagship spas in Manhattan and East Hampton, and an impressive network of more than 400 of the world’s best Spa Partners including destinations like Canyon Ranch, The Lake Austin Spa Resort, The Spa at Terranea and Heyday Spas in New York City.
Piper-Lori Parker, Founder and Managing Member of Zen Yoga Garage +
Piper comes to yoga organically from a background in theatre, music, and dance. Having spent a huge part of her childhood in Vaganova Russian ballet class, she brings a strong sense of discipline, posture, and alignment to the practice of yoga. It's not often that one is given the opportunity to turn a passion into a livelihood, and she feels fortunate to have done that a few times in her life, one of them being this awesome journey with yoga. Piper has truly found her dharma in managing yoga studios, after leaving her ten year career as a Marketing Executive to teach and be of service to the yoga community. Her extensive experience working in the Chicago yoga and fitness community, along with her business background and sixth sense for hiring and recruiting the best make her a uniquely ideal candidate for handling the direction and operational vision for Zen Yoga Garage. Piper is a Yoga Alliance certified Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 200-hour Hot Yoga Teacher Training, 100-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training, and Kids Yoga Teacher Training all under her belt. She has led or facilitated numerous programs at CorePower Yoga, including eleven Teacher Trainings, Wellness Cleanse, Boot Camps, and Yogi Training.
Margaux Chandler, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Shred415 Franchisee +
Margaux is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a lululemon ambassador. She moved to Milwaukee from Chicago with her husband and two children in December 2017 to open Shred415 East Side! Margaux found Shred415 as a client and then became an instructor in Chicago, where she lived for sixteen years. Her experience at Shred415 led to life-changing results, and when Shred415 announced their expansion into franchising, Margaux jumped on the opportunity to bring this brand and format to a new community. Margaux believes in the Shred415 brand to her core, and her vision is to bring to others the emotional and physical health that she has found; she strives to inspire others the way that the Shredfam inspires her. Margaux is thrilled to return to Wisconsin (Margaux graduated from UW-Madison in 2001), and bring the Shred415 experience to Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood!
Jeremy Walton, NASM Certified Fitness Professional +
Jeremy Walton’s dedication to sports and fitness began early in life participating in swimming, basketball, football, snowboarding and track through his high school years, and he played football at the University of Arizona in college.
Jeremy has been personal training since 2001 in Newport Beach, Calif. and since then has continued to gain knowledge and share knowledge through Long Beach, Calif.; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Phoenix, Ariz.; San Francisco, Calif. and has been in Chicago since 2010. He has been training clients at Energy Training Center since 2012. Jeremy is a Lululemon ambassador, is on the associate board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and in 2011 was named one of the top fitness influencers by Gatorade. He was also featured in the Bosu Ball DVD series entitled BOSU XPLODE, was a trainer for VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club season 4 and has been featured on ABC News Chicago.
Jeremy’s training style is a holistic approach on physical development within the four aspects of athletic performance: balance, flexibility, strength and endurance. This method allows the body to improve the functional performance of each individual in any endeavor they choose to pursue at any time. His additional certifications in the TRX, Pre-/Post-Natal training, Primal movement patterns, and Active stretch techniques give him the additional knowledge and creativity to create a diverse program for a diverse type of clientele. His philosophy is centered around health and progress (Practice + Patience = Progress) and is the equation of his holistic approach towards improved personal performance.
Shannon VAUGHN , Founder, Pursoma +
I am not a sage, a doctor or an expert of any particular subject. I am a layperson, a woman, an entrepreneur, and a mother and have learned that it’s not easy to take care of yourself without being armed with good advice, and the tools to do so.
In 2011 I was faced with two significant health crises; the possibility of not having children and an advanced case of PTSD due to a traumatic event. I dismissed the ideas of surgery or a lifetime of medication and instead sought out alternative holistic healing modalities.
I studied the science of detox, Ayurvedic medicine, and yogic philosophy at prestigious alternative medicine institutions around the world, including the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts, the Natalia Rose Institute in New York City, and the Vedic Foundation of the Himalayas in India. I mentored under Dr.Devra Davis, founder of the Environmental Health Trust, focused on EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) and public health. Digital wellness became a health movement I implemented that allowed me to find a healthy balance with technology.
I became compelled to share my healing experiences so that others too, could redefine the practice of self-care for themselves, not as an indulgence, but as a birthright.
We all need time to unwind and decompress from our hectic lives but few of us feel enabled to give that to ourselves. Through my own journey, I've come to deeply believe in the benefits of wellness via detoxification. In 2014, I set out to source the purest and most potent detox beauty ingredients in the world, to formulate them with the most rigorous research, and to deliver them as lifestyle-integrated rituals in the most appealing and accessible forms for modern living...and with that purpose, Pursoma was born.
“pur” (French for “pure”) ✚ “soma” (an Ayurvedic term meaning transformation of self) ⚌
The act of purifying the body and transitioning to an exceptional state of being
No one has the secret to striking the perfect work-life-spirit balance, but I try to abide by three key principles to living well in the modern world:
DETOX and a regular practice of resetting the body NATURE finding a connection to the outdoor world without a digital filter RETOX the ability to relax and have fun knowing you have the tools to rebuild the next day.
It is with these three tools that I believe you can lead a truly well life.
Brooke Rai , Certified Fitness Instructor +
Thirteen years ago, Brooke Rai took her first indoor cycling class and was instantly hooked. Brooke has since earned certifications with both Schwinn and the National Exercise Trainers Association and is currently pursuing a nutritional coaching certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Visiting from Western Racquet and Fitness Club in Green Bay, Brooke will lead with powerful playlists meant to keep riders motivated and having fun through the toughest of stages. Through the personal experience of a long fitness journey herself, Brooke knows there is an athlete in all of us, waiting to be unleashed.