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.
Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Jenny found her way to the Mountains of CO in early 2012. With a background in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University and time as a collegiate competitor, her love of movement took hold in all things athletics. A decade later it took a visit to her mat at a local studio to align that love of movement with an “aha” experience that opened her up to connecting mind + body. She was hooked! A lover or nature, yoga, connection, travel and family, Jenny strives to combine her passions with her career for a win-win combo.
With 18+ years of experience in sports and event marketing/sponsorships, she brings a full history of projects including work with NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA, GM, Nike, OmPass, Final Four, Super Bowl, Wanderlust and many more. Most recently, Jenny has worked with lululemon in various markets to create fun filled sweaty communities. Jenny also practices as a Lightyear self-leadership Coach allowing for an ideal mix of inspiring others to live their best lives coupled with creating extraordinary experiences and events.
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.
Heather Chase has lived in the Telluride area since 2007 and has managed the Volunteers for the Telluride Yoga Festival for the past 4 years; she loves the job because of the amazing people she has the privilege of meeting and working with the for weekend of stretching, moving, sweating, and making new friends each summer in her favorite place on earth, Telluride. Heather has worked in festival and event production in a variety of capacities with Telluride Blues & Brews, Telluride Film Festival, Telluride MountainFilm, and the Telluride Aids Benefit since moving to town, but the Telluride Yoga Festival is among her very favorite events because of the wealth of knowledge each attendee takes away as well as the spread of wellness and kindness that can be felt throughout the whole weekend. When not working with festivals, Heather pays her bills working in real estate, property management and as a gymnastics & CrossFit coach.
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.
Melanie began her journey as a yogi in Connecticut over 20 years ago while raising her two young boys, attending local classes in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions, and joining in many fun yoga retreats. Her commitment to the benefits and joy of being a lifelong student of yoga led her to the Nosara Yoga Institute in 2014 to receive her 200-hour yoga teaching certification. As a resident of our beautiful mountain town of Telluride, she pursues a daily yoga practice and has attended the TYF since 2007. Melanie is excited to incorporate her love of fashion and yoga into her role as Merchandising Manager for this extraordinary event, and to share joy with our great community of like-minded yogis at the TYF.