CultureSeed provides year-round transformational programming and mentorship to underserved youth with a focus on outdoor adventure.
Kay Alton, founder, Yoga
Kay Alton founded Bending the Bars in 2016 alongside Bryan Brandenberg, the NORCOR Administrator at the time, in order to reach some of the most vulnerable in our society. Kay started teaching yoga to inmates in 2011 at Shakopee Prison in Minnesota where she stayed for two years. Along with being a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher, Kay also has a Masters of Education and a Masters of Social Work. Yoga has been a beautiful way to weave her social work experience into her understanding of how trauma holds tight in the body. Kay has taught yoga to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at HAVEN in The Dalles, with immigrants fleeing violence and with young girls healing from sex trafficking. She is excited to be teaching the Trauma Informed Module for Yoga Samadhi’s 200 hour teacher training in the spring of 2020.
Kay is also the Program Director for CultureSeed’s year round immersion program and is humbled to serve as CultureSeed’s Behavioral Health Specialist.
Shannon RedCloud, Yoga
Shannon’s yoga journey began during the hot Summer months of 2003. Her love for Bikram Yoga accelerated the undeniable calling to become an instructor. She completed a 500 HR Bikram Yoga Teacher Training a year later to begin the process of pursuing her wildest dream of bringing yoga to her most cherished community-The Dalles.
In 2008 Shannon went on to open The Dalles' first and only all yoga studio, Pure Yoga The Dalles, and a second location, Pure Yoga Hood River in 2015-still today's only hot yoga studios in The Gorge. While she loved teaching the Bikram method for over 5 years, her life took a dramatic shift in 2009 opening her up to a deepened awareness far beyond the boundaries of Bikram Yoga. In 2009 Shannon completed Teacher Trainings in Vinyasa, Yin, Buti Level 1 & 2, Paddle board Yoga, Acro Yoga, Imagination Yoga for Kids, 200 HR Yoga and Social Justice Teacher Training & Trauma Informed Brain Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training, and most recently a 300 HR training w/ Yahweh Yoga. Today she feels extremely blessed to enjoy serving throughout her community. From sharing the powerful benefits of yoga in the local jail with adult and juvenile inmates, on the Google Campus, in elementary schools, or at the local assisted living center, this movement reveals its diverse capacity for transformation with no limits to our magnificently designed bodies, minds, hearts, souls and spirits! Her classes are rooted in individual wise alignment, humor, inspiration, and reality.
When she's not in the studios you may find her running, salsa dancing, or her personal favorite-out on the 40 acre land where she developed and birthed her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Trainings with her husband, their son and new baby on the way!
Richard Withers, Meditation
Dick received his law degree from Boston University in 1976 returning to West Virginia where he served as general legal counsel for the State Department of Welfare (Health & Human Services), Special Assistant Attorney General, and entered private practice serving as chair of the Capitol Area Public Defender Corporation and o0n the boards of the state ACLU. He also served as President of the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys.
Moving to Wisconsin in 1986, Dick served as legal counsel and pubic affairs director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and chaired Planned Parenthood’s national public affairs network. In 1998 Dick became Co-Director of the Firearm Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he engaged in epidemiological studies of violent injuries, pursued graduate studies in Justice and Health Care, and lectured in the Bio-Ethics Program.
Before retiring in 2016 and moving to Oregon with his wife, Bonnie, Dick also served as a legislative analyst for the City of Milwaukee and as Special Assistant to the City Attorney managing an office of 40 attorneys.
In 2010, Dick began studying and practicing mindfulness and meditation as part of a program of recovery from addiction/alcoholism. He subsequently received training to teach and lead meditation in correctional settings and has implemented meditation and mindfulness programs for persons in recovery and I correctional institutions in Wisconsin and Oregon.
Dick has recently completed training in mediation (only one “t”) and is a volunteer for Six Rivers Mediation. He is also active in theatre and music in the Hood River community, and enjoys the many opportunities for outdoor sports and activities in the Columbia Gorge region, particularly bicycling.