Alice Harwood, is the Executive Director of SPACE, Inc (a 501(c)3 nonprofit featuring spiritual, practical, artistic, creative education) in Chester, VT.

Her life’s purpose is to empower others in becoming fully realized sovereign beings and her gift is to illuminate anything blocking Freedom & Transparency in that process.

In 2012, she became a Certified HeartMath® Trainer. She has studied and worked with many energy healers, including Deena Zalkind Spear, Dr. Bradley Nelson, Alison David-Bird, Donna Eden & David Feinstein, among others. 

A lifetime member of the American Society of Dowsers, Alice also served as president for their Living Waters Chapter for four years. She frequently presents at ASD’s Annual National Conference and is an engaging public speaker on a range of topics, such as HeartMath® and Stress Reduction; Dowsing, Kinesiology & Geomancy; Ascension Symptoms, and more. 

She offers individual coaching and Q17 sessions/energy healing, both remotely and in person.

Since opening in 2017, ONE Fitness and Wellness established a welcoming place for exercise for people who are both experienced in exercise, and those new to fitness or returning after a long break from exercise. ONE has options for most and allows members to navigate their fitness journey with classes based in cardio, resistance, core and agility training. This is all while promoting other aspects of health which include adequate sleep, good nutrition, mindfulness, meditation and more. 

Noelle Stevens and JoAnn Dawes have 20 years of combined group fitness teaching / coaching experience. Together, they are certified in 13 fitness programs, as well as coaching nutrition and culinary medicine. Along with the 1nstructor Team, they created an assortment of programs with a foundation in scientifically proven results, while also providing everyone with a fun and achievable work-out that leaves members longing for more!

Noelle Stevens and JoAnn Dawes
ONE Fitness and Wellness
6 Collins Drive, Queensbury NY

Welcome to Zumba/Zumba Toning! I am Deb Spurgas and excited to be presenting for the second year. Dance has been an integral part of my life for 60+ years. I have been licensed to teach 11 formats of Zumba for 13+ years. “Life is a party, let’s dance happily through it Together!”  Deborah Spurgas , ACE Group Exercise certified, 

Patty Brown, is well known for creating a fitness class environment where all students can feel successful, enjoy being part of a community, and get results. She is an ACE Certified Health Coach and ACE Certified Personal Trainer, combining both modalities to help clients adopt and sustain a healthy lifestyle. She is also certified as a Group Fitness Instructor with ACE and AFAA and is an Aquatics Fitness Professional with AEA.  Patty has been a Master Trainer for LaBlast Fitness, Splash, and Line Dancing, and is licensed in a variety of dance fitness formats. 

Patty has led and organized numerous fitness events to benefit the CDYMCA, Proctors Theater, Regional Food Bank of NY, The Komen Foundation, Town of Bolton Heat Your Neighbor, and Bolton CS PTO.

She is an entrepreneur, former travel agent and loves to travel the world.  This will be her 4th time presenting at the Getaway.

Patty is the Fitness Coordinator for Girlfriends Getaway.

Barbara Grose has been practicing herbalism, lecturing, and teaching it for over 15 years. She holds a master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from Tai Sophia Institute, now known as the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She started up her business, Herbal Turtle Teas, in 2011 and has been creating blends and selling since then. Barb offers personalized consulting to help find the right blends for your unique needs.  Barbara Grose M.S., CNS, Clinical Herbalist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Artisan Tea Blender

Shawnee Black is an Intuitive Counselor, Writer, and Wellness Consultant who works with clients across the globe. When she is not talking with people about their career goals, she loves talking about their love lives. Tonight’s presentation, “Let’s Talk About…” will be informative and entertaining, with time for questions.  Come one and come all, single ladies, married ladies, and every chick in between.  Full of humor and insight, the room is guaranteed to be full of love and laughter! She can be reached through her email:

Rev. Margo Mullein Nelson is a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant, and a practicing, certified herbalist who has enjoyed a lifelong connection with the earth. Since 1998 Margo has committed herself to providing opportunities for others to deepen their relationship to themselves and the natural world through Ceremony & Ritual, Consults & Classes, Gardens & Plant Medicine.  She enjoys working with those who are seeking to Celebrate Meaningful Moments,  desiring Wellness & Balance,  or Learning more about what the Earth has to Offer.  Margo offers her unique services to individuals, groups and organizations. believing that each of us has a gift to share.


Brenda Cary O'Brien ​is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Crystal Therapeutics Practitioner, Feng Shui Consultant, Transpersonal Counselor, and space clearer. She has been working in the healing arts since 1995, and her practice includes dowsing and entity removal. Recently published a well-being workbook called: The I Couldn't Care Less Handbook available on Amazon books. She has taught and lectured in Adirondack Community College, Bennington College, Key 2 Joy Community Wellness Center, The Art of Reiki in Troy, Massage at Saratoga, Adirondack Community Acupuncture, Saratoga Continuing Education, and the Caldwell, Johnsburg, and Mechanicville Public Libraries.

Janice Fox is the owner and operator of Adirondack Cotton, My Lake Boutique, by day and the creative force and founder of Bolton Landing Olive Oil, (created through her passion for cooking) by night. Her flagship store, which opened in Bolton Landing, NY in 2006, has since expanded to include two additional brick and mortar stores in Queensbury, NY and Lake George Village, as well as an ever-growing online business. Janice has over 25 years in the restaurant, hospitality and catering industry and attended SUNY Adirondack for Culinary Arts. She has been involved in our local tourism community for over 20 years and is currently the 1st Vice President of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce and CVB. With coffee running through her veins, she has a passion to work, learn and grow creatively every day! My Lake Boutique

Louis van Amstel, is our Saturday Keynote Speaker, has won 3 World Championships for dance, has been nominated for an Emmy for his choreography, is a professional of Dancing with the Stars of 10 seasons, and is a dynamic motivational speaker. Louis created LaBlast Fitness so that everyone, of all skill levels, could learn the true skill of dance. He believes that, “if you can clap it, you can dance it!” Join him for a LaBlast Fitness class during Girlfriends Getaway on Saturday morning and an afternoon high energy talk.

Christine Gallo studied dance in NYC and performing in Community Theater, film and television. During her college years at DCC and SUNY New Paltz she studied fitness and nutrition, throughout that time Christine had become a NJ Nets Dancer/choreographer and worked as a group exercise instructor in NYC. Over time Christine has become certified to teach Pilates, beyond barre, bosu, TRX, and kickboxing to name a few. After suffering an injury to both hips, and  trying many different methods to heal, led her to discover the world of Pilates. 

After growing a family Christine realized just how much Pilates kept her mind and body supported, it was then she decided to dig deeper and became certified through Power Pilates completing a 600-hour comprehensive course. Some of her continuing education credits include but are not limited to pre/post-natal, athletic performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Most recent Christine has become a certified health coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC!  She has been leading group and private sessions in weight loss, nutrition, fitness, wellness and self-care!  Christine’s passion continues to move forward as she fills her time building her public speaking practice helping woman empower and transform themselves!     

In 2004 Christine opened her in home private studio where her work continues to grow.