About Us

Jennifer Winingder, ThD

Jennifer calls herself a student of life with an endless curiosity and spiritual hunger. She has decades of experience in ministry,education, pastoral counseling, group work, and health and wellness. Her passions are the mind-body-spirit relationship, embodied spirituality, holistic health and wellness, natural, indigenous, and nature based spiritualities, sound healing, and energy healing,   She uses therapeutic techniques such as EFT, IFS, DBT, and her experience working with trauma and meditation in her work. She also encourages the creative exploration of the the spirit within the body and in connection to the earth, others and the environment to help others get to know themselves fully and deeply and to find more satisfaction in their relationships with themselves, others, the divine, and the earth


Karen Scheib, PhD. Ellen Shepard, DMin


Karen has decades of experience in the fields of higher education, spiritual development, and group facilitation. She is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  She has published two books, and her third book on Story Care and writing as a spiritual practice, will be published in summer 2018. She served as director of the school’s Women, Theology, and Ministry program for many years. She is also on the faculty of the Emory Center for Ethics. 


Scheib’s research interests include faith and health, theological and cultural dimensions of crises and trauma, and narrative theory and therapy. She is the author of Challenging Invisibility: Practices of Care with Older Women (Chalice Press, 2004) and Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives (Abingdon Press, 2016), has contributed to several other books, and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications. 


Ellen Shepard, DMin


Ellen is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Women, Theology, and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has decades of ministerial experience and in leading spiritual retreats for various groups. 


Her current research includes vocational discernment, women’s studies, Christian spirituality and women’s advocacy. Shepard has written two books and co-authored a third as well as developing curricula for spiritual retreats and workshops.

Melanie Bell, CPT, Cert. Yoga Instructor

As Melanie sought her own personal path to find healing and balance, the ancient teachings of yoga found her. Now...that path has led me to you.  Melanie believes everyone has their own personal path to yoga. As your yoga guide and teacher...Melanie seeks to bring a joyful practice to you-with asanas, pranayamic breathing, and guided meditation.


Melanie honors the teachings of BKS Iyengar, Sri Krishnamacharya, and Shri K. Pattabhi.


Current Certifications-

*R200HCYT Nationally Certified Yoga Teacher

*Bodyworks plus ABs group fitness instructor

*Aqua-Fit Group Fitness Instructor

*CPT Certified Personal Trainer with AAAI

*CPR/AED-SIlver Sneakers