2017 dream team
Founder & Camp Director
Amy is committed to bringing people together through play, connection, self-expression and creativity. Her passion for igniting human connection led her to build and facilitate The Connection Movement, a community that comes together and dives into self-discovery, transformation and deep, earnest connection through events, workshops, coaching programs, social experiments and retreats. She has initiated the launch of sister communities to the Connection Movement in Miami, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Charleston.
Amy is also founder and director of Connection Camp and has an extensive background in arts education, performing, entrepreneurship and operations.
Learn more about her in this video.
Never one to stay within the lines, Amanda embraces drawing, painting and storytelling as a means of self-expression. She began crafting her own spoken word poems shortly after high school and has been slamming ever since.
Amanda grew up between LA, Manila, SF, and London and currently works as a marketing/ad strategy consultant and an event producer in NYC. She is a founding member of the global artist collective and non-profit Stageless Arts and its main bi-weekly event series Open Brain: NYC. Amanda loves to MC shows for a global community of music addicts at Sofar Sounds and share her passion for traveling and people in her art, photography, videos, and short stories. For more info visit her website at www.amandakespiritu.com and follow her @mandaspiri2!
Logistics and Support
Rachel Santos is the founder and chief joy-maker of Heart-On. Her work is deeply inspired and guided by the 5 Elements, which are the foundation of Tantra, Healing Tao, Shamanic and other traditions informed by Nature. Rachel is a practitioner of Aquatic Bodywork, along with a huge range of healing modalities. Heart-On weaves the wisdom of ancient wellness embodiment practices with playful creative expression, artivism, and joy. Find out more ways to activate your Heart-On here - www.hearton.life
Sharing the transformative powers of Yoga, Vinny Bonanno went from a shy closeted boy letting other people make his decision, to a man who manifests health and strength in his self, his communities, and the world! As a Yoga Teacher & Holistic Health Coach, he helps people hear their authentic voices through movement, breath work, talking, and writing. You can usually find Vinny cooking, writing, dancing, and stretching in public. Follow him on Instagram @stretchinginpublic
Camp Enrollment coordinator
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Communications and Outreach
Native to the soils of New Jersey, Jordan is a recent transplant to NYC. Among her growth cycles she has found much sunlight and nutrient studying Religion, Philosophy and the Environment in Vermont, as a pastry chef in Colorado, and backpacking in Israel. She felt right at home when she first attended Circling last summer, and also feels at home in meditation, dancing around, blending things with her NutriBullet, watching TED talks (her current place of employment), being incredibly silly, and digging around in the rich earth of a conversation. Stay tuned as she wends toward some version of a career.
Christopher Salata describes himself as a meliorist and is the founder (prefers the word "Launcher") of the new american peace movement, rapidly growing activist's community, and organization headquartered in NYC called the "Peace Accelerators." Christopher believes peace is the foremost solution to climate change and our environmental crisis.
2016 Camp Co-Founder
JJ Kovacevich has over a decade of professional experience in the performing arts and in the health and wellness industry (the latter, as a yoga instructor and mindful personal trainer). Kovacevich also has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, in arts management, and small businesses, as a production coordinator and administrator.