Art and Soul Teachers

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Amanda Cantrell Roche divides her time between working as a teaching artist in schools and in restorative justice arts programs, facilitating arts integration workshops for teachers, creating social justice choreography and short films, writing, and family life. Her ongoing experiences and training in contemporary dance and somatics guide her explorations in, and passion for, movement as a way to unlock the wisdom of the body, and feel connected and present. 


Anne Putnam has built up some solid playing muscle since she first enrolled in an Art & Soul class in 2009. She has participated in the year-long immersion class with our founder, Arunima Orr, and is a seasoned participant in the Creative Arts Discovery and Practice course. Anne has served on the Art & Soul Board of Directors and applies the "playing" approach to all her creative endeavors. Outside of Art & Soul, she is a licensed massage therapist and dream teacher with a somatic therapy practice specializing in reflexology, relaxation, and stress management.

David Wariner is a Nashville artist who studied painting, drawing and art history at Herron School of Art, Indiana/Purdue University in Indianapolis. He has had a long and successful career as an illustrator,
enjoying both abstract and figurative drawing and painting.


Deanie French is an artist, singer, Montessori teacher, and language-lover with degrees from Connecticut College and Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to teaching art for both children and adults, she is also a skilled authentic movement facilitator and trained at the Mary Whitehouse Institute for Authentic Movement. A long-time member and friend of Art & Soul, Deanie has recently retired from her career as children’s art teacher and is on the A&S board.

Jamison Sevits is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and passionate explorer of the creative arts.   His experience at Art & Soul has greatly deepened his understanding of the creative impulse and communal spirit of art-making that is so vital to our lives. Recently, Jamison was called to become part of the growing community of CircleSong, leading him to attend a weeklong training workshop by Bobby McFerrin at the Omega Institute. Jamison is excited and grateful to share this beautiful practice, as well as other creative workshops, with the wonderful community of Art & Soul. 


Jenni Sturgis is a long time Art & Soul creativist who began taking classes with Arunima Orr in 1991.

Art & Soul has had a deep and profound impact on her life and lead her down the artistic path. She enjoys bringing Art & Soul’s practices of sounding, movement, listening, witnessing, playing, and artmaking to her students.


"All you need to know is that the future is wide open and you are about to create it by what you do." ~Pema Chodren

Let's get creating!


Karen Renée Robb, founder of Frame Drum Wisdom, is a vocal and visual artist with over 30 years of vocal performance experience. Her passion for sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm and creative expression through the use of the frame drum. She has expanded her creative offerings by sharing visual art techniques that honor letting go and inspire flow. She is also the founder of The Music City Alliance for Sound & Music Healing, Circle Facilitator, Universal Life Minister, and a Reiki Master Teacher. For more information visit or


Poet, artist, counselor, and educator Kelly Cass Falzone, M.S.Ed., has been a part of the Art & Soul community for 20 years. Writing since age 11, her award-winning poetry appears in journals including Clackamas Literary Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, and Although she's wielded scissors and glue for longer than she's written poems, it wasn't until she discovered Book Arts that Kelly felt like a practicing visual artist; her work has since been exhibited in group and gallery shows around Nashville. In Summer 2017, she was Writer-in-Residence at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes, and has three poems forthcoming in Stone Canoe, for which she has been awarded the 2018 Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry.

Larkin Oates is a photographer, multi-media artist, teacher, and a counselor. She studied fine art photography at Stanford and got her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Larkin has been taking the Art and Soul Creative Arts Discovery & Practice classes for several years and finds them to be good grounding and structure to her own art making practices.


​Lesley Patterson-Marx works in the mediums of books arts, marbling, printmaking, and works on fabric. She received her BA in fine art from Murray State University in 1997 and her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2001. She has exhibited her work in galleries, art centers, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, as well as in Great Britain and the Netherlands. Lesley works as a teaching artist, and has taught at Watkins College of Art Design & Film, and at University School of Nashville.

Lexie Abra Millikan was greatly influenced by the rural surroundings she grew up in. Her parents chose to live a simplified "back to the land" lifestyle, so she was taught to reuse, use up, and make do. Because Millikan took a meandering road to college, she had the chance to pursue many career paths and hobbies such as working as a pastry chef in a French bakery, doing R&D for a granola company, and raising chickens in a barn outside her home. In 2015, Millikan received her BFA in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute. She employs traditional textile processes such as quilting, weaving, and surface design, and engages the public through participatory projects inspired by relational aesthetics. Millikan recently left her position as technician and lecturer in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute to pursue a new path: Fiber Artist-In-Residence at the Paducah School of Art & Design in Paducah, Kentucky. 


Lisa Paige Binder, a long-time member of Art & Soul, is a mixed media artist who was introduced to the world of altered papers in New York years ago. Since then has learned a kaleidoscope of techniques using Citra Solve, Never Dull, Sandpaper, Polimer and more to enhance her own works of mixed media art. Back in 2014, her Art & Soul friends requested that Lisa begin to share her expertise and so her teaching journey began. She now teaches a variety of classes at Art & Soul, and continues to add fresh exciting workshops with techniques learned in her continued acrylic painting and mixed media training, which has taken place in classes all over the world - including France! There is always something new to experience in Lisa’s classes, which are popular and inspiring. She embraces and encourages the beginner and enthusiastically enjoys broadening the artistic horizons of the seasoned artist. Lisa loves nothing better than to share techniques and watch the amazing creative endeavors of others spring forth.  

Michelle Bukowski is a mixed media artist residing in Nashville, TN. Her works feature hand crafted canvases, acrylic paints, watercolors, fabric, drawing inks, and a variety of papers and photographs to create images inspired by nature, color, and textures.


Pat Halper has been playing and exploring at Art & Soul for years. In 2009, she received her Art & Soul Teacher certification after studying with founder, Arunima Orr. She is grateful for days spent with color, shapes and experimentation, and hopes to help others experience the magic she has found at Art & Soul.


An LA native, Ricky De La Cruz has been drawing since kindergarten and when he was growing up he
was often asked to draw cartoons and comics for friends. Most recently he’s been diving into the craft
of painting to develop his own style, rather than work for commission. He has also taught ballroom


Shana Kohnstamm attended a wet-felting workshop in 2010; that ignited a passion for making beautiful and strange technically complex wool sculptures. Since then, her work has been featured in fiber arts magazines & books, juried and invitational exhibitions, and has garnered several awards in regional art exhibitions. She curated an international soft sculpture exhibit in Nashville in 2015 and was invited by Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts to teach a Sculptural Felting workshop this past summer and has been invited back to teach in 2018.

Susie Garland is an artist, designer and teacher. Her work as a graphic designer has won awards, but these days she is most interested in what comes out of her when the constraints of clients and deadlines are removed. Susie is passionate about working with students to help them discover and nurture their own form of creative expression.


Tammy Roth is a writer, artist, retreat leader and therapist.  She is the author of two memoirs, “High Bottom – Letting Go of Vodka and Chardonnay” and “New Bottom – Turning the Other Cheek.” She loves guiding people on the creative journey to get to the deepest truths of who they are. Learn more at


Thandiwe Shiphrah is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the musical properties of language, the poetics of music, and creative avenues for telling untold stories. Her practice includes solo and ensemble performance, visual collage, and audio collage. Thandiwe is the creator of the Line Breaks Literary Reading Series, one of Nashville's longest running literary arts programs (now part of the Global Education Center). She has a long-standing interest in poetry-inspired creativity and applies the art form in a variety of community-based programs and events for adults and youth. More information can be found at


Tobi Fishel, co-founder of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Center, now resides in Southern California. She teaches about trauma, is a consultant to integrative medicine clinics, and is the director of residency wellness at USC, where she incorporates mindfulness, movement, narrative medicine, and authentic expression into her work. She also has a health psychology practice called Sacred Journeying. Tobi is a meditation teacher, artist, dreamwork facilitator, and is learning to play the ukulele. More info at

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