In years past, as Kathleen walked the busy streets of Manhattan, she imagined a more tranquil existence for herself – perhaps opening a café or bookstore on some version of “Main Street” in some Small City, USA. She envisioned living in a place where people walked joyfully down the block, nodding and waving hello to their fellow passers-by.
During her decade-long stint in New York City, Kathleen made her living working in restaurants and as a personal trainer while immersing herself in the acting and writing world.
And then she went to her first yoga class. It was there she found a sense of balance and an understanding of what it meant to be at peace – even in the midst of chaos. She soon began an in-depth study of yoga at Sonic Yoga in Manhattan and immediately following the completion of her 200-hour teacher certification, began her 500-hour teacher training in Prana Flow Yoga through Sonic with Shiva Rea.
Following a new-found sense of direction, Kathleen left NYC for Portland, Maine in the fall of 2010. She immediately felt a sense of anchoring that she had never known in New York. She began teaching yoga at a few studios around greater Portland and it was at Yogave Donation Yoga in Falmouth where she cultivated a true community and met her dear friend and now business partner, Jeanette Richelson. Kathleen continues to teach yoga around town in addition to co-teaching the Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training program at Bhava Yoga School in Portland.
Kathleen brings her knowledge and experience from years in the NYC service industry to Roost but also the appreciation of the sheer joy and freedom she has found in Maine thus far. To Kathleen, Maine supplies not only an abundance of local, organic foods but a sense of place and community that is uncommon in other regions. Through Roost, she seeks to offer a place where that community will be held and honored.
“I could never have done this by myself– I am eternally grateful for having met Jeanette and for learning that sometimes you don’t have to ‘go-it alone.’ Thank Heavens for my family – my given family who has supported me and encouraged me to move forward from a heart space and to my chosen family, who will NBO. To my growing family, Lucas and Amelia, you’re the reason I came and the reason I stay, all ways.”