The Team

Meet Your Wellness Team

Founder of Tybee Wellness Retreats & Nomad

Angela Lightsey

Angela Lightsey

The mission of Tybee Wellness Retreats is to create a safe, nurturing, and fun atmosphere for those who are “seekers”.

What began as a personal journey sparked a passion to share what I have learned so that others can create a calmer, more fulfilling, and connected life for themselves. My deep desire to help other women take back control of their lives propelled me to curate a spectacular group of professionals who are at their best helping others.

I am a native of Savannah and I have resided on Tybee Island for 16 years. Through my 20 plus years of experience in the hospitality industry, I have created an opportunity for you to rest, restore and relate on a deeper level with yourself and those around you.

I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through the American Fitness Professionals & Associates and a Certified Group Fitness Trainer through IFTA. 

It is an honor to host every one of our guests. I cannot wait to have my toes in the sand with you!

Yoga & Pranayama

Laurie Kinkle

Laurie Kinkle 

Laurie Kinkel has lived full-time on beautiful Tybee Island since 2001. She discovered yoga in 1997 while studying performing arts at Akron University in Ohio. She has evolved her practice and teaching ever since.

She received her RYT 200hr training with Marianne Wells Yoga School at the Goddess Garden Eco resort in Cahita, Costa Rica in 2017. There she gained knowledge from teacher Marianne Wells who, in the early 1980s, studied with B.K.S. Iyengar, the father of Iyengar yoga.

Iyengar yoga is alignment based yoga with the use of props to aid in performing asana. Since receiving her Iyengar yoga certification, she has added certified Pranayama training through Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda Institute. Pranayama is the yogic practice of focusing on the breath to elevate life energies.

She specializes in teaching many different classes on the beach and around Tybee & Savannah including all levels of Hatha yoga, full moon yoga, gentle yoga, kitten yoga, bachelorette yoga, senior yoga, and kids’ yoga.

Lauri is the founder of Tybee Yoga and Healing Arts.

Chef & Artist

Rubi McGrory

Rubi McGrory

Rubi McGrory is an artist, writer, chef and alchemist who aims to spin all manner of material into something magical, colorful and delicious—often at the same time.

Specializing in vegetarian and vegan fare, she received formal culinary training at New York’s Culinary Institute of America and the Royal Thai School of Culinary Arts in Bang Saen, Thailand.

She spent over two and a half decades as a chef on private/charter yachts all over the world (and some very well-appointed home kitchens)–while also earning an MFA in design from SCAD.

A wellness junkie, reiki master and meditation teacher, Rubi recently launched “Iridescent Ordinary,” a newsletter and series of workshops which explore the art of the daily practice as a way to bring meaning and mindfulness into our lives.

rubistudios.com

Energy Workshop, Reiki Master,

Guided Meditation

Sue Finkle

Sue Finkle

Originally from New Jersey, Sue arrived in Savannah in 1997 as a Marine Biologist, and ultimately became part of the husbandry department at the University of Georgia Aquarium on Skidaway Island.

In the early 2000’s, Sue began her journey with Reiki and Yoga. She ultimately received her Master Level in Reiki, and became a Certified Yoga Instructor who teaches in studio as well as hosts Beach Yoga classes at sunset.

Combining her love of nature and meditation, Sue spends her days off on her paddleboard in the marsh, soaking in all the beauty that Nature is always willing to share. She is quick to catch the beauty she sees on film and she feels honored to spend her time this way.

Sue’s mission is to empower students of all levels and ages with practical stress reduction tools. She guides students to increase awareness of body, mind, and spirit, and encourages a practice of self compassion. Sue cultivates a vibrant but peace-filled, non-competitive and non-judgmental, learning and practicing environment.

Massage Therapist, Sound Healer

& Energy Therapist

Chrissy Joy

Chrissy Joy

Chrissy endeavors to help others create connection to and awareness of body, mind and soul via multiple modalities.

These include: Yoga, Thai Therapy, Meditation, Sound Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reiki, and Wellness Workshops. Chrissy’s goal is to help and inspire those seeking to connect to something higher than themselves. Walking through the journeys with her clients brings her true emotional fulfillment.

Chrissy began her professional adult life after receiving a dual bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology. Chrissy left teaching after achieving tenure as she found the politics within the school system limited her ability to reach her full potential. She broke from the safety of a normal 9-5 career and set out on a path of alternative healing. That path includes a Reiki 2 Certification (2012), Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training Certification (2013), and Thai Massage Training (2013, in Thailand).

Chrissy Joy is here to help all who seek to find their inner peace, self-confidence, and lifelong happiness.

Chrissy is the owner of Flow of Light.

Massage Therapist, Sound Healer, Craniosacral, Qi Gong

Kaitlyn Johnson

Kaitlyn Johnson

My mission is to be present for others and show them how they can feel grounded from within. After a session, my hope is to leave you with a sense of peace, love, and feeling restored.

My journey of self-healing began when I freed myself from a toxic relationship, creating a clear energetic path of personal growth.

In 2013, I began to deepen the connection within myself through meditation and honoring my body through good nutrition. I went on to study Reiki, Sound Therapy with Tibetan singing bowls, Qigong and Massage Therapy. This was just the beginning of my healing journey.

I believe once I became more open to the Universe, my heart flooded with a longing to learn, teach, heal, and experience life and its lessons.

Everything leading up to the present has made me into the practitioner I am today. The path is continuous for me, ebbing and flowing. I will always be on a journey of deepening myself and empowering others.

Kaitlyn is the owner of Peacefuly Rooted

Life Coach, Dream Interpreter

Amy Capello

Amy Capello

Amy has a unique story – growing up in Georgia, studying Biology, traveling the world (21 countries and counting!), living in a tent in Africa for a brief stint… in addition to being a former teacher, Assistant Principal, and cancer survivor!

She brings honesty, directness, humor, & deep joy to every coaching session and workshop she leads. She has been described by others as always ‘living her truth’ and she wants to help other women do the same.

While your title may be CEO, executive, or badass stay-at-home mom, you may feel there is still something missing. Amy is here to help you break through those barriers, identify what is holding you back, and help you live your most authentic life.

She will love you, support you, and help you find your inner badass at the same time.

Amy is the owner of Pure Joy Life Coaching.

Massage Therapist

Angela Lightsey

Jennifer Allard

Jennifer has been a licensed massage therapist for twenty years!

Her career stems from luxury resorts, local day spas and mobile massage therapy. Working with other professionals, she has learned many modalities and techniques to provide a unique, tailored massage.

She is a mother to a teenage son. Being a mother has made her world full of purpose, joy and gratitude. She is living life to its fullest. She enjoys being outdoors and going on new adventures together. Her home is full of fur-babies that we love and care for. She grew up in Florida and has lived all over the southeast. However, the first time she drove on the Tybee Road she knew she was home.

Jennifer genuinely listens and engages with each individual so she may help to create harmony and balance in the body.

Massage Therapist

 

Sage Glass

Sage Glass

My curiosity about the human body and healing touch began early in Germany where I was born and lived my first 18 years. In Germany, herbal medicine and massage were always present, widely accepted and prescribed within the medical system.

I started my training in 1991 in Austin Texas and continued in Asheville North Carolina in 2003. It has been a continuous journey of healing, empowerment and self-love. My continuing education has been in deep tissue, hot stone, cupping, stretching, Thai massage, reflexology, prenatal, Spa in Vichy treatments, ashiatsu, aromatherapy and Esalen massage.

When I reflect on my own journey, seeking to find balance in my professional and personal time- I recognize that process can be slow and completely worth it! Our immune systems will be stronger, recovery from injury will be much faster & our emotional health will be supported to experience a rich, fulfilling life.

Each of my clients are treated with compassion, respect and gentleness so that they are empowered to continue their journey with confidence.

Energy Healer, Tarot, & Natal Chart Reader

Jacilyn Ledford

 Jacilyn Ledford

Jacilyn has been reading tarot and using tools of divination for three decades.

Her divination practice has evolved to encompass so much more than tarot, yet the use of Tarot serves as a staple in her healing recipe.Throughout the years, several realms of healing and growth have been gained and shared to others through Tarot, Reiki, Yoga, The Tao, and astrology analysis.

For Jacilyn, her craft for tarot, intuitive reading and mediumship, has been an unfolding gift of personal and spiritual growth.

Jacilyn’s journey has led to share with compassion important growth, inspiring tools, and practices with other seekers. She looks forward to sharing this magic with you.

Jacilyn is the owner of Hiawassee Healing.

Esthetician

Hilary Dodd

Hilary Dodd

Hilary moved to Savannah, GA 4 years ago from Austin Texas and now considers the Lowcountry her home.

She has been in the beauty industry for 20 years and completed the Esthetician program at Avenue Five Institute (Austin, TX) in 2012.

Three years later, in 2015, Hilary attended the Texas Laser & Aesthetic Training academy where she began to build a practice in medical esthetics.

Her passion has always been skincare and making her guests feel comfortable and beautiful in their skin.

She has multiple certifications including: microcurrent, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning and microneedling. She loves traveling to any part of the world and reading on the beach.

Yoga, Sound Healer

Kate Petit

Kate Petit

Kate is a ballerina, ballet studio owner, yoga instructor, and mother of four from Lafayette, Louisiana.

After moving to Savannah, Kate found yoga as a way to recover and connect to her own body after birthing four children. Having spent most of her life in ballet, yoga’s fluid movements to the rhythm of breath was captivating from the start.

Yoga very quickly became much more than beautiful physical postures and much more like a spiritual awakening and lifestyle.

She completed her training here in Savannah under Kendall Beene and Erin Lambright of New Yoga Now.

Kate is also a certified Sound Healer and incorporates the healing powers of sound and meditation through her Tibetan singing bowls and various eastern instruments.

Kate brings a great balance of joy, challenge, and enlightening spirit to every session. She aspires to spark curiosity in her students about themselves, create a safe space for healing, and is passionate about living yoga off the mat.

Women’s Empowerment Doula

Kate Petit

Sarah Grady

Sarah is a former child and family psychotherapist, turned doula, Qoya dance teacher, and channel of the work, the 7 Sacraments of the Goddess.  Her greatest passion is showing up in service to women and supporting them in accessing the wisdom of their bodies. She is a Certified Holistic Birth and Postpartum Doula through The Matrona. She is also a trained theatre artist, dancer and yogi.

Sarah holds deeply-embodied space for self-expression and self-acceptance. Also trained in shamanic energy healing, Sarah values a holistic approach to birth work that’s inclusive of each client’s physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual expressions. Whether holding space for birth, movement classes, 1:1 personal healing sessions, or her online mystery school immersions,

Sarah’s prayer is for every woman, and every BODY, to feel safe, joyful and empowered! You can check out her work at www.birthofaqueen.com or @sarahbryannegrady on Instagram 

Boudoir Photography

Kate Petit

Christin Clever

Hey There! I’m Christin – Wife, Girl Mom, Photographer, Boutique Owner, & Coach! I’m originally from Ohio, & moved to Savannah in 2019! I love traveling, cheering others on, & spending as much time on the beach as possible! 

I have been a photographer for the last 15 years – shooting a wide variety of subjects – from destination weddings to branding photos! 6 years ago I had a bride ask me to shoot a boudoir session as a wedding present for her husband, & I absolutely fell in love! I have always loved getting to show my clients a side of themselves that they rarely see, & boudoir takes that to an even deeper level!!

For so long unattainable & restrictive beauty & sexual standards have been crammed into every area of our lives.  Boudoir gives you the opportunity to reclaim your power over how you define beauty & sexiness! You, no one else, get to define what is sexy, beautiful, & empowering to you! 

During a session, we will chat about what makes you feel beautiful, sexy, & empowered! Together we will start to re-shape how you look at, talk to, & judge yourself!  We will focus on positive self-talk & learning to celebrate & love the gorgeous body you are in! 

My goal with every client is to truly strip away the beauty standards that have been taught to us, allow you to feel comfortable & confident in your skin exactly as you are right now, & celebrate the beautiful human that you are! You will walk away feeling like a total Vixen! 

I am the owner of A Different Light Photography

Esthetician

Kate Petit

Madision Haynes

Madison a Columbia, South Carolina native has been in Savannah, Georgia since 2017, where she lives with her boyfriend and two fur babies. She graduated from The Technical College of the Lowcountry with her Masters of Cosmetology in 2019 which opened doors to a world of beauty she only had glimpses of before. 

Madison enjoys meeting new people and discussing skincare regiments suitable for everyone. As well as making each and every person feel stunning inside and out. 

She has a broad range of practice in cryo-therapy, facial lymphatic drainage, extractions, dermaplaning, hydrafacial, body treatments, and waxing. Madison is here to help you on your skincare journey. 

Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.
Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu

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