August Box Guides

Dana Matthews is a ceramicist with 15 years of experience studying under master artists across the mid-west and Southeastern United States.  She’s a hand-building expert with highly regarded achievement in architectural as well as free form design, in addition to being accomplished in wheel thrown works of art.  Dana has taught ceramics in both the classroom and individual/small group environments and currently runs her own business from her pottery studio in Milton, Georgia.Two Pigs Pottery
Alison Canavan is an engaging, intuitive and transformational DreamBuilder coach. She helps people manifest their dreams into reality and live their best life. Alison Canavan is a UCLA trained Mindfulness Facilitator from The Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, a Master NLP Practitioner, HeartMath facilitator and International motivational speaker. As a meditation teacher she understands the power of a mindful approach to living and this led her to create a “Wellbeing in the Skies” series for Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus. This series looks at gratitude, meditation, anxiety, fear of flying, jetlag, a kids wellness corner and much more. She is an award winning author of Minding Mum – It’s Time To Take Care of You. The world’s first 360 self-care book for mums focusing on Mum's health and wellbeing post birth. Her online workshops have helped thousands of people all around the world cope with the increased waves of anxiety and fear during quarantine. Her workshops entitled “Keeping Energy and Immunity High” and “Envision your Life” have provided tools and support leading to incredible transformation in the collective. Her interest in nutrition began having seen the destructive nature and relationship people had to health, wellbeing and food during her time in the fashion industry, where she travelled the world for nearly 20 years as one of the world’s top models. She began studying nutrition in 2009 and graduated with distinction in Nutrition and Health Coaching from the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH) in 2015. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition therapeutics and has a Raw Foods Mastery level 3 where she studied at The Life Change Health Institute. Towards the end of her modeling career, she fully devoted her time to her greatest passion: true health and wellbeing for all. Alison is a motivational speaker at the top of her game: she spoke at The Mindful Life Conference in Washington in April 2017. She has lectured in Trinity College in Ireland on the module of Motherhood and Mental Health. She delivers talks on stress in the workplace to CEO’s and business leaders across the world and in June 2014 she chaired and spoke at the first-ever Barnardos Parental Mental Health Conference in Ireland at Croke Park. Alison continues to contribute to Podcasts, Newspapers, Magazines and TV and Radio shows around the world including The Sunday Independent, Mindful magazine, Spirit and Destiny, The Daily Mail, Ireland AM, The 6 O’Clock show, Pregnancy and Parenting magazine, Oh Baby, VIP Magazine, Positive Life, You Magazine, Voyage LA, The Cutting Edge. Podcasts like The Living Proof, Real Health with Karl Henry, The Good Glow, Chasing Passion, The Courageous Life, Lovin.ie, Mindful Mama Podcast, Sandra Rea’s Fiercely Spiritual podcast, Alive and Kicking Newstalk, Motherly, iHeart Radio among others. She is also a trained DreamBuilder coach from The Life Mastery Institute in The United States.www.alisoncanavan.com

Past Guides

Devin Wesley is a Los Angeles based artist who specializes in black and white portraits. His portraits highlight the rare moments we see a person in their uninhibited state; hoping to inspire others to look inward and explore the depths of their own consciousness. Strength and vulnerability are the two pillars behind all of his work. He believes it's important to celebrate the natural strength and resilience innately in all humans while also exploring the emotional depth that so many are afraid to reveal. Over time, he has learned to harness the meditative nature of art and hopes to expose others to the healing power of artistic expression. For more information go to www.devinwesleyart.com
Laurasia Mattingly is a (400-hour) meditation and mindfulness instructor, Reiki Master and a trained Mindful Schools Educator (a program designed to teach children and teens the tools of mindfulness). After the loss of her mother, and experiencing debilitating anxiety, Laurasia spent years exploring her own spirituality, and found her passion lies in teaching people to live by the way of the heart. Laurasia guides her students by sharing the tools for finding peace, joy, and ultimately happiness in the present moment. She remains committed to her practice by pursuing additional education through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center's MAPs courses, and attending silent retreats annually. Laurasia works with elite clients and companies like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, SoHo House, Kaiser Permanente, Moet and Chandon, Nike, Lululemon, HUM Nutrition, TAO group, Live Nation, Dogpound and SB projects, to name a few. She teaches for The DEN Meditation and Journey Meditation. She is the founder of her own virtual meditation platform @thesitsociety. To find out more visit  www.laurasiamattingly.com