RETREAT FACILITATORS

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Cait

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Kim

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Jaycee

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Sydney

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Jesse


Cait founded Concussed. after struggling with Post-Concussion Syndrome for many years.  You can read more about her personal journey living with a brain injury here.  Cait is currently working towards her LPC licensure with a Wilderness Therapy focus through a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in Colorado.  She also serves Naropa University as an Academic Coach, with a focus on supporting students who are neurodiverse.  Before moving to Colorado, Cait spent eight years working in independent boarding schools on the East Coast as an Environmental Science teacher, research coordinator, mountain program instructor, hockey coach, and advisor (among other roles).

For the past eleven years, Kim has been working in independent boarding schools, teaching English and Creative Writing, helping to elevate equity, justice, and belonging, advising queer clubs and LGBTQ+ affinity groups, coaching soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse, and a variety of other tasks. Throughout her life and her education,  writing and reading have been profound and steady passions. Kim received her MA in Literature from Middlebury College and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College. Kim approaches all of her work–from her teaching to her writing to her activism–with an intersectional mindset and constantly seeks to honor the complex ways that our intersectional identities land in our bodies and souls. In February of 2020, Kim suffered a concussion, and Cait Ward (a dear, dear friend of hers) was the first person she called. Having had first-hand experience seeing the ways that Cait can help people navigate through the trauma of a brain injury, Kim is honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with Cait in her mission and vision to provide people with community and care. Kim and her wife Allison currently live in Meriden, New Hampshire.
 
Jaycee holds a BS in Integrated Physiology and Health Sciences, is a licensed Co-Active Coach, and is a CTI Leadership Intensive graduate. Jaycee spent the last five years coaching individuals, facilitating workshops, and consulting companies on neurodiverse engagement strategies in a remote culture. She is passionate about helping people thrive in systems and co-creating systems that allow neurodiverse people to thrive. Whether it be a recent college grad facing life without a clear roadmap, an executive who is looking for their new career, or an injured athlete landing in their new identity, Jaycee is passionate about helping people integrate their experiences, orient to where they are, and step toward their fully expressed life.  Jaycee is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Transpersonal Psychology to further support her clients' integration. Jaycee is also the daughter of a football coach and grew up watching the interplay between individuals (athletes) and the system they operate in (team). She experienced the highs and lows associated with being an athlete, including the impact of career-ending injuries.  She has devoted her work to helping people rebuild relationships in the wake of trauma. These relationships include family, identity, significant others, body, and more.  Some of her favorite tools are the Enneagram, nature, Positive Intelligence, somatic awareness, and mindfulness. When she is not working one-on-one, you can find her hiking with her dog in the redwoods, reading a random collection of books, or cooking with her boyfriend.

Sydney’s journey into yoga began in 2010 as a college student in North Carolina. Like many, she first came to yoga for the toned triceps and improved balance, but quickly realized that it was on her mat that she gained access to quieter parts of herself that were often boxed out by the perceived stress and pressures around her. What started out as a weekly class, soon became a more sensitive and enriching way of life from which there would be no going back.  Sydney has been teaching yoga since 2015. Through sharing her practice of movement and meditation, Sydney aims to help others realign, befriend, heal and identify how to lead their most inspired lives.  In 2021, Sydney moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue her Master’s Degree in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University. This is where she would meet Cait and learn about Concussed, a community that she feels especially aligned with after experiencing her own concussions in recent years.  As a therapist-in-training, Sydney feels most passionate about the relationship between mental health, meaning-making, and the natural world.  Lately, Sydney finds that she is happiest when riding her bike, hiking with her pup, Oly, fermenting vegetables, or trying to grow food on her patio.  Learn more about Sydney at www.sydneyleto.com.

Jesse grew up on the East Coast and has been an explorer from a very young age. Drawn to adventure, depth, cultural richness, and meaningful connection, his journey has led him all over the world and through various career paths, from English teacher to carpenter. In his search to find community, authenticity, and integrity, he has had to navigate his own depression, dissociation, addictions, and other challenges, all of which have required looking inward. Jesse has found a path of purpose in working with people on their healing journey through leading yoga nidra on Insight Timer, facilitating men’s groups, working towards an MA in Transpersonal Counseling, and a yoga certification. Through trail running, meditation and mindfulness, yoga, men’s groups, therapy, acupuncture, time in nature, constellations, songwriting, and journaling, he continues to develop his inner and outer resources. Jesse has a BA in Latin American studies, a certification in Regenerative Ecological Design, and a certificate in Reiki I. He speaks Spanish, as well as some Turkish and French.  Jesse’s current interests include ritual, the role of the nervous system in healing, how cultural and familial systems impact individuals and collectives, trauma-informed somatic psychotherapy, fine carpentry, writing songs and raps, and training for the next trail race! 

 

OUR WONDERFUL INTERN, KATIE

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Hi, I’m Katie, a 24-year-old from Cape Cod, MA currently finishing up my bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont. As a Concussed. retreat alum, I am so excited to be interning with Cait and helping her continue to impact and change the lives of people experiencing concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome. Personally, I have had 10 concussions over the last 11 years.  Receiving the support that Concussed. provides has been an incredibly validating and helpful experience of growth and healing! I am an ocean girl at heart and love spending all of my spare time by the water, catching a good sunrise or sunset, or doing something creative!