Our Family of Residents
Sophie Lippert, Owner, Vibrant Studios
Sophie is a classically-trained pianist, yogi, dancer, cook, writer, and voracious consumer of wise words, foreign foods, and podcasts. She has saluted the sun from Hawaii to Houston to Vermont, played cello and piano in countries throughout Europe, danced her way up and down the Americas, and cooked gluten-free fare for groups of 10-100 from all over the globe. In addition to working under James Beard-nominated chef Anita Jaisinghani, Sophie's degree in Piano Performance is from Rice University with the astounding Jon Kimura Parker, and she has furthered her personal growth and healing with masters of thai massage, yoga, acupuncture, Shen energy work, music & art therapy, DBT, psychotherapy, and more. She is devoted to cultivating community and helping people find optimal health through movement, music, and food.
Sophie is in the process of developing several exciting endeavors dedicated to cultivating community and helping people truly be seen and heard. When bedridden after breaking her foot in summer 2016, she recorded 100 YouTube videos in 100 days, focusing on a wide variety of different topics of intrigue and growth. December 2016 ushered in the launch of her new site, The Generosity Chronicles, where she features one brilliant individual every day, and donates on their behalf to an organization of their choice. Sophie plans to continue work with video documentation, writing, and sharing stories, both in physical spaces and online; she is passionate about connecting people, uncovering deep truth, and uncovering the optimal life that lies within us all. Stay tuned for updates on where Sophie's journey leads her next!
Elizabeth Russell, Owner of Be Space
Elizabeth Russell is the director of Be Space Integrative Arts. She is dedicated to creative expression as a democratically accessible domain. Having witnessed firsthand the way that present-moment awareness and simple expressive practices can build a bridge between divergent worlds and help us to become more integrated as a social body; Elizabeth holds the conviction that these tools can deliver us to our humanity, our inherent connectedness, and a multi-dimensional presence.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the InterArts program at Naropa University, where she trained in Performance and Movement Studies. At Naropa she learned a quiet trust in the moment and discovered generosity in performance. She was privileged to practice with many great teachers, including Barbara Dilley, Lee Worley, Paul Oertel, and Annie Brook. Her explorations of somatic intelligence are a result of concentrated study in Mudra Space Awareness, Body-Mind Centering, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Authentic Movement.
In the years since, Elizabeth has continued and deepened her practice of Authentic Movement with Mary Lou Seereiter, deep earth love with Joanna Macy, and Motion Theater with Nina Wise. With lifelong collaborators Elise Crohn, Susan Maginn and Rhea Wolf, she continues to explore and grow within the creative process as a director, a performer, and a spaceholder.
"Cultivating the capacity to be with our experience while being authentic and generous in our expression is my greatest joy. The process of recovering our authentic expression and conscious embodiment can be liberating and terrifying. I think it can also be actual fun.
This journey belongs to all of us regardless of our experience with, or even interest in, the arts. And it is a journey that life invites us to make again and again.
Be Space is dedicated to fostering a greater ease with ourselves as we are and with the space as it is. It is my privilege and pleasure to hold space for others on this journey of reclaiming expressive freedom.“
Rosemary Levesque, Reiki Master, Shaman, Spiritual Energy Healer
Rosemary Levesque works with Reiki, spiritual energy, sound healing, essential oils,crystals, and targeted supplements to promote healing on all levels. She specializes in intuitive wisdom, private healing sessions, and teaching others to step into their power as enlightened beings.
Rosemary co-teaches all classes with her daughter, Michelle Hawk. Their classes at Vibrant Studios integrate Usui/Tibetan Reiki, Karuna Reiki®, and their unique curriculum, Illumination Reiki™ - advanced training for energy healers.
"I love how the science of life works so well with the energy of life. With scientifically proven products we can remove heavy metals and many other toxins. Using super-food supplements we can enhance and repair cells at the DNA level. Essential oils add a new dimension to healing with greater ease. With Reiki we can remove and release emotional and spiritual barriers to good health and allow new, vibrant energies to flow in. It's a great combination- zeolite, super-food supplements (telomere support), essential oils, and Reiki for holistic healing on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels."
Read more at her website, Second Nature Healing.
Michelle Hawk (Levesque), Joy of Energy, Energy Healing and Animal Communication
Michelle is truly a 21st century Shaman. In addition to her natural gifts as a psychic and work with Shamanic energies, Michelle's certification as a Usui-Tibetan Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki® Master and Illumination Reiki™ Master allow her to offer healing work at the deepest level. She has committed herself to the health and well-being of her global Tribe and works in service through private sessions, classes, community involvement and Spiritual mentorship in the Divine Feminine lineage for children and adults of all ages.
Her abilities as an animal communicator were discovered at an early age through her uncanny connection with animals. Today, Michelle uses this connection not only to speak with animals about behavioral and health concerns, but to share their profound messages regarding life purpose, love, death and The Universe as a whole. Animals were her first teachers and Michelle credits her childhood dog, Ginger, with bringing her into her gifts as a healer. Although she also works with humans, Michelle will always continue to work with animals and honor their medicine as powerful, Spiritual beings.
In addition to her experience and certification in various healing modalities, Michelle's credentials include a degree in biology (specializing in animal physiology and behavior) and Spanish. Her scientific education gives her a great familiarity with anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and biochemistry, allowing her to easily collaborate with primary care physicians and veterinarians to support holistic treatment plans. Her fluency in Spanish enables her to offer her healing work to ESL and non-English-speaking students and clients.
Michelle Hawk (Michelle Levesque) was born and raised in Portland, OR. On the forefront of the Spirituality movement in the Pacific Northwest, she has seen the city grow into a mecca for those coming into their own Spiritual awakening and journey of personal growth and discovery. She is pleased to offer her established practice in Portland to those looking for in-person sessions, and she is also available for distance work. All over the country, people seek out Michelle for guidance as they go inward and step into their personal power as Divine Embodied Beings.
Jessica Libonati, B.M., M.Ed., Piano and Voice Teacher
Jessica Libonati is a voice and piano teacher and performer in Portland, Oregon. She leads her Libonati Music Studio out of Vibrant Studios. Jessica considers herself a therapist more than a teacher because of her holistic approach to singing. Healthy, resonant singing is Jessica's main focus with each student.
Jessica's expertise is vocal health and musical theater singing. Jessica loves to sing music of many genres but she especially loves Musical Theatre, Classical music, jazz of the 1940's, and Madrigal singing. Since graduating with her musical theatre degree Jessica has worked for various theater companies in the Portland area such as Broadway Rose Theatre, Lakewood Theatre Co., Live Onstage, NWCT, and others. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Music in Music-Theatre, Jessica studied Speech and Hearing Sciences and obtained an M.Ed from Portland State University. At PSU she also obtained a teaching license in K-12 music with an emphasis on secondary vocal music.
"My approach to singing is highly holistic. I believe every person can sing and that good singing is done with the whole body. When you choose to study the voice you choose to study your own personal instrument. This means you must learn how to listen to your body and become deeply intuitive with the subtleties within you. This type of self awareness awakens singers to a more conscious way of living that permeates their entire lives."
Wren deVous, Owner, Lotus Seed Yoga
Wren deVous is the head of Lotus Seed Yoga, a program offering 200-300 hour teacher trainings, study abroad certifications, and children's yoga.
The Lotus Seed is a community of yoga teachers dedicated to bringing yoga, movement and art to diverse populations through outreach programs and continuing education.
The Lotus Seed sprouted roots during 2001 in Mobile Alabama, then moved to Portland Oregon in 2004. They formed a collective of certified yoga teachers that share a common goal to make health education available to everyone, regardless of race, class, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability or body types.. The Lotus Seed works extensively with various yoga studios, community centers, and provide training and classes around the world. Currently, Wren leads teacher training certification classes at Vibrant Studios.
Resident Musician, TBA soon (stay posted!)
Montgomery Mahaffey, Author, Storyteller
Montgomery Mahaffey is a fantasy writer who has told her stories all over the country. Alaskan winters shaped Mahaffey as a writer, and her work is built off of the myriad of personal and collective experiences formed underneath that mystical landscape.
Born in the south to a family of storytellers, Mahaffey has developed her own voice that is suffused with the temperament of the wanderer instinct.
Set in a world where magic is at once subtle and pervasive, her novels bring to life symbols and stories of the old fairy tales told with wry humor and passion. In 2005 she was granted the Individual Artist Project Award from the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the author of one novel, Ella Bandita and the Wanderer.
Montgomery is facilitator of numerous meetups and storytelling series' in Portland and around the country. She will be hosting open mic nights and supper clubs at Vibrant Studios.
Quin Bakaty, T'ai Chi
Lao Shi Quin Bakaty has studied martial arts for over 40 years, and has been teaching them for the last 20 years. He has trained in Karate, Kendo, Aikido, and most recently, T'ai Chi Chuan (under Sifu Connie Zhang since 1998). An expert in Yang and Chen style T'ai Chi he also teaches T'ai Chi Swords; Jian and Dao.
Quin Lao Shi runs a “Beijing style” class that is friendly, energizing, and uplifting, with attention to detail that hearkens back to T'ai Chi Chuan's martial roots, in a peaceful, comfortable, and accessible manner.
Adrianne Dowd, Yoga Instructor
My yoga journey started with the desire to get “more” out of my exercise and movement for the day. As my practice has grown, it now serves as my compass to transition my mind and body to start the day and end it with more ease. The practice of yoga continuously allows me to seek out a healthier and more authentic version of myself and I am driven to share how the tools of yoga can be used on and off the mat in the little everyday moments. I am 200 YTT certified and am filled with excitement and joy to be joining the Vibrant community. My candlelit class will a way to develop body awareness, balance, and strength while winding down the mind easing you into a restful evening. All levels are warmly welcomed.