Mad Hatter Wellness
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people of all abilities through empowerment, education, awareness, and movement to globally eliminate sexual violence.
We provide classes, workshops, and retreats that empower children and adults with and without disabilities.
President and Founder, Mad Hatter Wellness LLC
Katie started using Yoga Calm in her own life because she knew she needed to breathe and be more centered as a teacher. When she began using Yoga Calm in her classroom, she saw fewer behavioral issues and calmer kids. She realized she wanted to spend more of her life helping students in more schools reach this space.
Since 2007 Katie has been implementing yoga-based interventions and mindfulness for people with disabilities. She has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education: Developmental Disabilities and worked as a teacher for Saint Paul Public Schools for 12 years. She received her RYT-200 training through Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis and Yoga Calm Ⓡ training with 1000 Petals in Saint Paul.
In addition to teaching her Power of Me curriculum, Katie has done extensive curriculum writing and relationship work with nonprofits like Highland Friendship Club, Lifeworks, Upstream Arts, and Special Olympics MN. She has developed curricula and courses for these organizations on the topics of healthy relationships and sexuality education, incorporating mindfulness activities and yoga.
Katie & Colleen studied in the same circles; yet gratefully came to meet by timing coincidence at Tula Yoga Wellness. Yoga is for everybody; Collen was inspired by Katie’s spark to bring this truth to the communities of people with disabilities. She wanted to be a part of it. What makes her excited about this work is the invitation to see wholeness everywhere. Her skill set as a parent, massage & yoga therapist supports a playful, grounding & nurturing presence towards the mission of Mad Hatter Wellness. Colleen’s studies and certifications include 200 Hour Kripalu Yoga Teaching Certification, Massage Therapy certifications in Thai Yoga Bodywork, Neuromuscular Therapy and Cranial Sacral Therapy, Mindfulness Studies with Therese Jacobs Stewart, Restorative Yoga Certification, 500 Hour Yoga Teaching Certification from Devanadi Yoga, 300 Hour Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification, 1000 hour Yoga Therapy Training from Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute and is an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.
In 2012, Ann began teaching kids yoga at Blooma Studios. She practices Yoga Calm with her first-grade students every day in a St. Paul Public School. Ann embraces the Yoga Calm tenets of combining the physical movement with mindfulness and social/emotional learning. She firmly believes that the world would be a better place if everyone began a yoga practice in elementary school.
Jacqui Vainik Hartung
Dusty Thune, MA Ed.
Dusty Thune teaches Special Education in the St. Paul Public Schools, specifically classes for improving self-advocacy and empowerment. He is an artist, award winning film-maker, writer, costume designer, adventurer, and snow sculptor.