Forever a lover and student of yoga, Erika and has benefited from the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga for over 17 years. Erika moved to Telluride in 1997 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin and brings marketing and event planning experience to the festival having worked for advertising agencies in both San Francisco and New York City along with working with the Telluride Ski Resort and the Telluride Film Festival in event management. In 2013, after working with a health and wellness startup, Erika was fortunate to partner with Albert Roer in the purchase of the Telluride Yoga Festival.
Erika enjoys just about any activity in which she is able to get into nature and draw inspiration from the mountains around her including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping and as an aspiring triathlete. Look for her hiking her kids up a peak or trying to out-ski them down the mountain.
Albert was first introduced to yoga in the Berkshires in 1978 as a sophomore in high school and it was not until 1989 that Albert found himself, once again in the Berkshires, working at the Canyon Ranch Spa resort, that he was reintroduced to yoga. He dabbled for the next 15 years only taking class occasionally.
In 2005 a confluence of events conspired to put Albert on the Yoga path in earnest. His daily practice which initially consisted of an Ashtanga vinyasa practice and then in to pure Ashtanga. After committing to a daily practice Albert soon developed an aversion to meat and has been a vegetarian since about 2007.
Since 2006 Albert has been a devoted student of Yoga and Vedanta, taking daily classes and traveling the world to seek yogic knowledge, taking an immersion at the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas, Yoga journal conferences, Bhakti and Shakti fests as we as several other Festivals and workshops.
In 2011 Albert had an opportunity to Partner with Kristin Taylor to take over ownership and management of the Telluride Yoga Center, then in 2013 once again the universe conspired to allow Albert to partner with Erika Henschel to take over the ownership and management of the Telluride Yoga Festival.
Naani came to Telluride after graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies. Realizing through her education that the health of the planet depended on the health of the people, Naani turned her focus towards wellness through yoga. In 2013 she completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in San Francisco. Teaching regularly in Telluride, Naani seeks to make classes fun, approachable and healing. Naani joins the Telluride Yoga Festival team from Telluride Mountainfilm where she works as programming coordinator and as a Mountainfilm on Tour presenter.
Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Patti found Telluride in 1998 while attending Colorado Mountain College in the Aspen Valley. After attending CMC for two years, Patti completed her degree at the University of Northern Iowa. An avid skier, mountain biker, equestrian, and runner, Patti is fueled by spending time in the spectacular Rocky Mountains and sustains this lifestyle with various careers, most of which keep her outside.!
With 13 years of experience coordinating events and festivals in Telluride, Patti began working with the Telluride Yoga Festival in 2014 and continues to work with several other festivals including the Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride Film Festival, The Ride Festival and the Telluride Wine Festival. In addition, Patti is a ski coach for the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club and a horseback guide for “Roudy” at Telluride Horseback adventures.
After finishing her degree at Nanyang University in Singapore, Kelly traveled through Asia for three months and was exposed to yoga and meditation for the first time. She was hooked and put her College degree aside to begin her first Certification as a yoga instructor in 2005. She has been teaching ever since. Shortly after, Kelly moved to New York City and spent a decade studying and adding certifications, teaching full time both in studios and privately.
In 2015, Kelly made the move to Telluride and with her great passion for yoga, she joined the Telluride Yoga Festival in 2015 upon arrival. It was an incredible experience and was obvious to her to apply for a bigger role in 2016. She is full of gratitude for this experience and delighted to see the joy in those who, like her, are transformed through the practice of yoga.