Carol Fox Prescott is a celebrated actor, singer, director, master teacher, performance coach and author. She brings 40 years of experience in professional theater to individuals of all walks of life, enabling breakthroughs in authenticity, personal growth, and creativity. Carol’s clients include professional actors, business leaders, clergy, doctors, artists and educators- anyone for whom presentation and self-discovery are essential to success.
She is renowned for her breath work techniques and helps people master “being at ease” in everyday life, while unleashing confidence and creativity. Carol helps individuals rechannel performance anxiety, in any setting, into free flowing insight and self-expression.
Carol is one of fifty teachers in The United States chosen to be included in the book “Acting: A Vital Tradition” by Ronald Rand and is one four master teachers in New York City recommended in “The Actor’s Pocket Guide to NYC.” She studied acting with Joshua Shelley, Robert Lewis, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Michael Moriarty. Carol has played leading roles in New York, National Touring Companies, and Regional Theaters. Her teaching career began at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City after which she created Carol Fox Prescott:Acting Classes her own studio where she developed her approach to acting based on breathing awareness and joy.
When she isn’t leading retreats and workshops around the world, Carol teaches classes and works privately with clients in New York City, the Mid-Hudson Valley and beyond. She is the author of “Breathing Awareness and Joy: An Approach to Acting for the 21st Century”, “Some of These Days”, a one-woman show, about vaudeville star Sophie Tucker which was performed both in the United States and Canada and her play, “In The Voice of Our Mothers,” a 90-minute, five character play taking us deep inside the lives of our biblical matriarchs, which performs regularly, with its professional cast, in synagogues, JCC’s, Hillels, churches, universities and other interested organizations.
Karuna Foudriat is an ordained interfaith minister, meditation teacher, and dance leader of the Sufi Ruhaniat International and has been a practicing Muslim since 2007. She received a Master’s of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary where she focused her studies on the ecological teachings of the Qur’an. Her passion for the intersection between spirituality and caring for the earth is reflected in her work in the Transition Town movement. She is one of the organizers of the Long Spoon Collective, an intergenerational group creating gardens, a food sharing network, tiny homes, and a gift economy in the Woodstock/ Saugerties/ Palenville region. She also participates in the Ecospirituality Group, a circle of religious leaders from diverse faith backgrounds supporting the inner transition necessary for a more sustainable future. An experienced chaplain, Karuna has been involved in local home funeral and green burial initiatives. She has taught for over 30 years of in public and Waldorf schools and shares a homestead and permaculture garden in Saugerties with her husband Larry, a flock of chickens, and some beehives.
The Rev. Matthew Wright is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader working to renew the Christian Wisdom tradition within a wider interspiritual framework. He serves as priest-in-charge at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock, NY and as a teacher for Northeast Wisdom. Matthew lives with his wife, Yanick, alongside the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY.
Juliet Rabia Gentile holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and Anthropology from New School University. Juliet is a spiritual representative of her teacher, Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order. She served as a Founding member and spiritual minister of Faith House Manhattan, an interfaith center in Manhattan (2008-2011) and has lectured widely on Sufism throughout New York City at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Union Theological Seminary, Auburn Seminary, One Spirit Learning Alliance, The Theater for the New City, St. Marks Church and City Winery.
She recently completed a narrative nonfiction book on Sufism in Turkey, India and North America and her work on Sufism has appeared in many anthologies and scholarly works. She is the founder of the Murshida Council, an organization devoted to developing the voices and preserving the legacy of Sufi women. She is also a singer and percussionist performing regularly in several ensembles including American Sufi Project, I Guillari di Piazza, Saqi Ensemble and Brooklyn Raga Massive.
Micha’el Esformes is an ordained Cantor in the lineage of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, of blessed memory, and the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal. A long-time student of sacred traditions and mystical teachings, Micha’el is also a voice in ecumenical dialogue. He travels widely, leading worship services, performing in concert and offering programs in voice and music, meditation and prayer. Micha’el lives in Ashokan, with his head mostly above water.
Gail Albert, Ph.D. In addition to being a licensed psychologist for over 20 years, holding the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center since the mid-1990’s and serving on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy/Schema Therapy Center in NYC, Dr. Albert is a certified teacher of Jewish meditation practices and an advanced Vipassana practitioner. A graduate of the intensive three-year Chochmat Halev training program for teachers of Jewish Meditation, and a student of Rabbi David Cooper, Dr. Albert has offered a weekly contemplative meditation group at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation for eleven years and serves on the faculty of the Lev Shalem Institute. Dr. Albert also has given talks, classes, groups and/or workshops at a variety of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu settings.
Her most recent book, Mending the Heart, Tending the Soul: Directions to the Garden Within, has received rave reviews from general readers as well as rabbis, ministers, and Buddhist practitioners. Dr. Albert’s first book, Matters of Chance, was a National Book Award Finalist and Book-of-the-Month Club Selection; and her second book, The Other Side of the Couch: The Healing Bond in Psychiatry, has been widely incorporated into a number of graduate school programs.
In addition, Dr. Albert co-created and directed a program in NYC for ten years that provided free outreach services to psychiatrically ill homeless individuals; and she served as Program Supervisor for all mental health programs in Ulster County’s Department of Mental Health when she first came to the Hudson Valley.
Susan Rosen is the founder and spiritual director of Miriam’s Well, a holistic retreat center in the Hudson Valley. Since opening it in 1999, she has brought philosophers, poets, spiritual leaders, and teachers in many traditions to thousands of people. Certified in Group Projective Dreamwork, Susan co-facilitates workshops with Dreamwork creator Jeremy Taylor. She also facilitates ongoing dream circles at Miriam’s Well. Susan is certified in Integrated Kabbalistic Healing and has practiced energy healing extensively with Dr. Brugh Joy. She is coproducer, with writer/director Carol Fox Prescott, of In the Voice of our Mothers. Her business experience includes entrepreneurship and serving as executive vice president of a computer consulting firm. Susan is a monthly co-host of the Woodstock Roundtable on WDST-FM radio. She has raised five extraordinary children of whom she is exceedingly proud.