Susanna Opper has been involved in the Berkshire community since the early 1990s. She is a co-founder of the Berkshire Entrepreneurs Network and the Southern Berkshire Toastmasters. She is also a committed volunteer with Hospice and four local performance venues. She earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and has held a variety of staff and consulting positions with major corporations. Through her business, Shawenon Communications, she has helped solopreneurs and small businesses reach their audiences with effective communications.
Susanna is passionate about nature, community and the power of collaboration. Over the years, she has helped create several women’s groups that have continued to meet for decades. She sees immense power in Walking Our Talk as a way to support women in manifesting their personal goals and bringing feminine leadership to the world.
Ellen Ring has spent most of her career in retail and after moving to The Berkshires she started her on-line jewelry business and traveled the country selling at antique shows. Connection has always been an important facet of her life and once she discovered Walking Our Talk, her life changed dramatically as her own community of women, with whom she shares a strong connection of positivity and trust, has grown.
Her passions include animal welfare, supporting organizations that stand up for women and children and diversity and inclusion for those who are alienated. She wants to help heal the word and to make those silent voices heard. To that end, she is also on the hoard of Berkshire based WAM Theatre whose mission is one of theatre as philanthropy, creating opportunity for women and girls worldwide.
Mary Campbell is the founder and executive director of Walking Our Talk. She is a woman’s empowerment and intimacy coach, ordained inter-spiritual minister, counselor, and educator. She is the author of the forthcoming book: The Pleasure Playbook: 13 Invitations for Awakening Joy. Mary also offers women sensuality workshops and retreats locally and around the world and works privately with individuals and couples wishing to deepen their heart and body connection. You may find her periodic blogs and offerings at DiviningBeauty.com and executive director of Walking Our Talk. She is a woman’s empowerment and intimacy coach, ordained inter-spiritual minister, counselor, and educator. She is the author of the forthcoming book: The Pleasure Playbook: 13 Invitations for Awakening Joy. Mary also offers women sensuality workshops and retreats locally and around the world and works privately with individuals and couples wishing to deepen their heart and body connection.
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen has been working in the Healing Arts for over 30 years as RN, Meditation & Stress Management Specialist, Mentor, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Holistic Health Nurse, Workshop leader, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. She works with clients privately as well as in group settings. Her personal experiences with healing combined with 10 years in clinical nursing (Rehab, Recovery Room, and Oncology Nursing) lends a sensitivity and broad knowledge base that is described as welcoming, humorous and healing.
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen
Sabrina is an entrepreneur dedicated to supporting people’s shifts in consciousness, communication and community. She is an artist, spiritual seeker, avid traveler and humble student of the people and cultures of our world.
She and her husband are co-founders of the Mike Jaffe Company, a global leadership development firm. Since 2016, she facilitates circles for women that provide a structure for each woman to tune into her inner values and self-expression, and bring her gifts forward into the community and the world.
Arti Roots Ross, founder/director of Chrysalis Springs, is a visionary, adventurer, and multi-dimensional massage and yoga professional as well as an ordained Interspiritual community minister. She is passionately launching her new retreat center, and bringing her wisdom and experience 35 years of right here in the Berkshires, practicing and teaching massage, energy healing and yoga, as senior faculty, and former Dean of Kriplau School of Massage, owner of Muddy Angel Healing Arts, Founder/ director of Optimal Wellness Lifestyle Strategies and as a community “Minister without Walls”.
Arti considers Walking Our Talk to be a powerful and integral part of growing and strengthening spiritual community in the Berkshires and is so grateful and honored to hold space for the beautiful women of our county in this way.
Susan Spiegel Solovay loves living in the Berkshires, having escaped an intense 22-year career in advertising in New York City, where she was paid to doodle, sing, and create names for nasal sprays.
Following her heart to do more meaningful work, Susan became a certified Ericksonian Hypnotist – because she credits hypnotherapy for helping her transform her habits and her life.
She now has a busy private practice as a Life Coach and Medical Hypnotist, in the heart of Great Barrington, helping people release pain, stress, fears, and unwanted habits. As part of the Integrative Wellness program at the Berkshire Medical Center, Susan is helping cancer patients with Healing Imagery and Deep Relaxation sessions.
Deeply involved in women’s circles for 25 years, she has been in Walking Our Talk since 2012. Susan credits the beautiful network of supportive sisters she has met with making her feel at home in the Berkshires. As she says – “I found my tribe”. You might just see that in the ads she helped create for WOT ;-)
Susan Spiegel Solovay
Facilitating and participating in women’s circles has been part of Kim's life since the 1990s as a dance therapist, somatic movement educator, experiential anatomy teacher, la leche league leader, and circle dancer. She has 20 years experience as a homeschool teacher enjoying learning about life with young ones who are now mostly full grown. Kim is a poet , an art quilter, and has been facilitating WOT circles since 2016. She has a movement therapy private practice in Egremont.
Silke Fuchshofen moved to the US in 1995, with her husband and two young children. She has been an avid meditator for 30 or so years, loves to swim, studied classic homeopathy at the New England School of Homeopathy and received training in organic agriculture. After 10 years as an organic inspector, Silke decided in 2019 to cut down on travel and now works for her own organic consulting business. Silke participated in her first WOT circle in spring 2019, immediately decided to become a facilitator and trained during that summer.
Facilitator In Training
Marie-Claude Giroux is an Artist, Teacher, Musician, Author, Curator and CreativeLife Coach and Co-Owner of the Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, NY.
"It is my intention to dispel the myth that creativity lies only in the exceptional and the genius. It is my belief that creativity is a birthright for all humans."