a raindwellin' resource list

our team

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Christopher

Resilience Creator

Hey all, it's me Chris.

Resilience is my baby. The idea for this project towards the end of the summer in 2016.

At this time I was transitioning out of the Army after eight years of service and I was really struggling with my mental health.

I felt as though I had lost my purpose and I was dealing with a lot of heavy emotions that I did not know how to handle so I abused substances, jumped in and out of toxic relationships and suffered from severe panic attacks alongside daily feelings of anxiety and depression.

I had always had a love and appreciation for illustration and when I was younger i would create my own characters, stories and comic books. I never really took my art seriously though and I lost touch with this side of me during my service.

Then one sleepless, panic-filled night I felt a strong call to reconnect with this passion and I created my first t-shirt. When I made this shift, I felt so full in my purpose and everything began to align for me.


It's been quite the journey since that night, full of exciting proud moments of accomplishment; frustrated moments of failure with yelling and punches thrown at the bag; deep fearful moments of doubt; and radiantly aligned moments of strong gratitude.

I channel my passion for art to create clothing with positive messages for our Rain-Dweller community to wear as armor, to remind us of our true power and that we are never alone.

We do a lot here at Resilience to bring tools to the community to utilize for inner peace and encouragement of self growth. If you have any questions about what we can offer you or if you are looking for support, please send me a message and let's connect.

SARAH

Resilience Co-Creator

Hello loves! I'm Sarah. Chris's wife, and a big part of the Resilience family for the last few years.

I'm a wedding & motherhood photographer, but so much of my passion comes from a greater purpose. I have a degree in psychology & have always been fascinated with the human mind, and what makes us, us. During my last semester of college, I was introduced to Shamanism & dove head first into it. Spirituality has been the foundation for everything I do. It helped me find tools to move me forward on my journey, connect with like-minded people, and cultivate an unwavering sense of purpose.

The work is usually pretty messy, and painful. But it's SO worth it. And this community is here to remind you that you're not alone in your struggles. That we've got each other, and have access to SO many helpful tools & resources.

We aren't meant to do this alone.

Just like everyone here on our team, and in our community - I am here to support you. Feel free to reach out at any time, ask me questions, seek guidance, anything. I'd love to see you at our next virtual check-in, or in person gathering. We've got you. 💛🙏

www.instagram.com/sarahnoelephotography

RYAN

Resilience Team Member

Well howdy! My name is Ryan and I have been a Rain-Dweller for a couple years now.

A little about my journey: I was a Veteran at 19, deploying to Afghanistan where I was a gunner. Since then, I have been struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. I was conditioned to believe that strength was how tightly you could hold things in and not let them bother you. Well, for a Pisces, that’s hard. I hit a point where I was at my lowest, and when I was starting to pick myself up, I found Chris, Sarah, and Resilience. It changed my life. I found a group of people who didn’t judge me, didn’t see me just as a broken soldier, but as Ryan. They encouraged my music and brought a spark of creativity I thought I had lost. I hope to share how healing music can be to our tribe.

With Resilience, I found comfort in dealing with the day to day, knowing I always have my tribe to lift me up. I found strength in unity. I found love in darkness. I encourage everyone I meet to check us out, because I was always told I’m not alone, and now I believe it. Now I know it. Ah-ho.

www.instagram.com/ryborg.thedestroyer

KAYLA

Resilience Team Member

Hey I’m Kay, I’ve been following Resilience Gatherings for about a year now. I think the most important thing in this life is growth and progression.

Some days it’s hard to have any movement towards this but overall if you’re working on yourself there is bound to be movement. I hope to bring honesty and realistic positivity to the Rain-Dweller family.

I am diagnosed with ADHD and started medication for that, if you have any questions I’m an open book and happy to help 🖤

www.instagram.com/inkedkayy

DAVE

Resilience Team Member

I have been a long time supporter of Resilience and its mission.

I believe in a balance between a strong, healthy mental state mixed with the arts. This strong belief has encouraged me to work within many community-driven music venues, painting studios, and mixed media realms.

I also believe there is a very intimate link between minimalism and creating positive memories with friends. This is so much more important to me than a materialistic lifestyle.

www.instagram.com/d_tastyy

ILANNA

Resilience Team Member

Hi my name is Ilanna, and I am so excited to be apart of this Resilience team because it’s such a beautiful community.

I have always believed in human connection and the collective and how we are stronger together, rising each other up. While struggling it’s always been helpful for me to have a support system and people around me who genuinely care and acknowledge what I am going through.

Resilience is that. I know all to well that it is not easy to always cultivate a support system, however Resilience gives that opportunity almost over night.

I am 27 years old and have struggled with my mental health all of my life. I have been in low places and have always chosen to move forward. In the mist of just living my life and survival I have found so many kindred spirits who have mirrored my personal experiences and I have always tried my best to help them through. I can see myself in anyone’s story and I love being a part of a team to help those who need good people who believe in them. I believe in you.

I feel that I can bring strength, empathy, understanding, and humor to all fellow Rain dwellers. I will do my best to make you all feel seen and heard and to be your personal cheerleaders celebrating the little and the big things. I can’t wait to connect with all of you, ah-ho

www.instagram.com/_urdead2me

VICTOR

Resilience Team Member

Heyy wassup, wassup!

My name is Victor & I am a mental health advocate, healthcare worker, nursing student, mindfulness & meditation coach, & a proud member and supporter of the resilience team.

When it comes to our mental health & overall wellbeing, many of us are not equipped with the tools needed to successfully and effectively get through the challenging or difficult circumstances life can throw our way. I know, because I experienced such challenges in my own life.

But after learning about ways to get my mind right again & then applying that knowledge & new found skillset onto my own mental health and life, something happened...Positive change happened.

In seeing all the amazing benefits & transformation I have gone through, like in the way I think, feel, & behave, I have found that using mindfulness & the having ability to be resilient, can help to create a difference. Because it created a difference for me. Its possible that it can happen for you too.

And while I can offer space to those who need it on my own, I find that through the collaborative power of what resilience and mindfulness can do together, it not only strengthens our abilities to create real & transformative change within ourselves & to a wide range of individuals who need it, but I have discovered that being apart of this team, allows for me to also build up on and experience a sense of community, unity, connection, & more ways for us to share tools to heal a worried or un-healed mind.

Together we are all stronger. Together we are all resilient. Together we can cultivate a mindful, joyful, empowered & peaceful life.

Let’s get itttttt. ❤️

www.instagram.com/iamzenrn

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SARA

Resilience Team Member

Hi loves! I'm Sara, a Boxer/Frenchie mom, a Money & Mindset coach and someone who has struggled with her mental health her entire life. I'm the biological makeup of two drug addicts and alcoholics. I was granted a legal guardian at 6 week olds, and the same single mother raised me and has been there my entire life.

Growing up, I felt so different from everyone around me. My family dynamics. My emotions. My thoughts. I didn't understand why I never had many close friends, even though I was a social butterfly, and why life felt so difficult.

It wasn't until I came across Resilience and started attending the monthly in person gatherings that everything in my life shifted for the better. I began to understand that I wasn't alone in my thoughts and emotions. More healing began within me. Andddddd I found a community of people that I genuinely resonate with. This is a community, like no other and I'm happy to have found my family.

www.saraputney.com

JACK

Resilience Team Member

My name is Jack Woods. I am a Mechanical Engineer who loves to skateboard. I joined the Rain-Dwellers because it is a tribe that is bringing back much needed discussions around mental health. Resilience is the name of the game and is how I am able to deal with my depression and anxiety. Feel free to join one of our virtual check-ins; there’s no pressure to say anything we’re just happy to meet new people!

www.instagram.com/woods_z

MATT

Resilience Team Member

Good day,

My name is Matt Banta I am an aspiring producer, musician and event promoter of all things in relation to keeping a realist positive mental attitude.

I feel as though I’ve been swimming upstream mentally as long as I can remember and have identified the value and importance of having a collective of like minded folks around me who are swimming against the current on the day to day to get by. That’s why I found a home in the Resilience community/family.

I became friends with Chris before I knew the concept of Resilience was even a reality and with no hesitation I swan dove in at the opportunity to host gatherings at what was once Mac650. The Rain-Dweller Tribe has kept me afloat on more days than I can count. I can’t wait to open our arms and wings to many new Rain-dwellers and make this world a better place. Unconditional positivity is our only hope.

Pure Love,
MTB

www.instagram.com/mattbanta

NAOMI

Resilience Team Member

Hey there! My name is Naomi, or Nao for short. I’ve been apart of Resilience starting this past fall 2020. The community has become nothing short of family to me. I know I have people I can go to at any time of day or night and get help on just about anything. Whether it’s fighting demons in addiction or past trauma, Resilience is a judgement free zone and everyone is there to help or be helped.
The reality of Resilience is that we want to hold ourselves accountable for our mental health and the things we can control. Each one of us as team members want to be examples for others who might not realize they would enjoy having a community supporting the small wins.
A little about me:
I’ve definitely struggled to keep my mental health right because I always gave away my power. I didn’t surround myself with people who uplifted the best parts of me but wanted to see me change. I was diagnosed BP and ADHD in my early teenage years. I fought the diagnoses and much later found out I had been suffering from spinal, neck, and coccyx damage. I couldn’t figure it out because the voices around me were too loud and I eventually took to substance abuse to numb all pain.
I am about a year into physical therapy and rehabilitation for my injuries and I can already see a world of difference in my moods and my organization. Resilience has allowed me to continue this transition into who I truly am without a single word of judgement from anyone. It does not matter how I show up. They always accept me.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this page! Support is only a quick message away<3 We would love to meet you! 

FRIENDS OF RESILIENCE

LYDIA MCCLAIN

www.instagram.com/lydia.mcclain

Lydia McClain is a Certified Breathwork Facilitator, Vocal Empowerment Coach, and Intuitive guide, dedicated to helping others liberate their voice to live a life of authentic self-expression.

Her journey of recovering from an aggressive eating disorder and chronic perfectionism led her to discover the unique power of the breath and finally heal her relationship with her body. She now helps others release and recover from trauma in the body to feel confident, free, and fully lit up from the inside out.


She offers virtual/in-person (CT) private and group healing sessions, 90-day mentorship, workshops, retreats, and is the co-founder of OptiMystic Wellness, a digital sisterhood dedicated to empowering women with self-healing modalities and community. In 2020 she launched 7 Days to Liberate Your Voice, an on-demand, guided healing journey to activate your breath, heal your voice, tap into your higher purpose, and unleash your creativity in 7 days. 10% of all proceeds go towards Black Women Birthing Justice, an organization dedicated to liberating black birth.

Lydia has a masters degree in vocal performance and sang opera professionally before putting down roots in the woods of Connecticut to dedicate her life to full-time healing work.

Visit lydiamcclain.com to access a free resource library of healing tools, guided meditations, rituals, and more to support your journey.

Follow her on Instagram for daily inspiration, motivation, and connection.  

KELVIN YOUNG

www.kelvinbyoung.com

Kelvin Young is a Community Health Worker at InterCommunity HealthCare in Hartford, CT and certified Sound Healer. He is also a person in sustained recovery, which means he haven’t used alcohol or other drugs to cope with his mental and emotional distress since March 6, 2009. The first time he was exposed to sound healing, 

Kelvin discovered the sounds of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and gongs calmed his mind, relaxed his body and nourished his soul. He went on to study sound healing with Master Sound Healers, Paul Hubbert of the Holographic Sound and Inner Balance, Tony Nec of Sound Healing Academy and Satya Brat Jaiswal of the International Academy of Sound Healing, Kelvin has also studied with Brian Luke Seaward of Inspiration Unlimited, a renowned international expert in the field of holistic stress management and received his recovery coach certification from CT Community for Addiction Recovery.(CCAR)

1Kelvin has presented around the country in diverse settings, including Yoga Reaches Out, Newtown Yoga Festival, The Shift Network, Indie Yoga in San Francisco, CA, Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, yoga studios, retreat centers, conferences, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units at state hospitals and mental health agencies

.Kelvin also was presented with the 2017 Dr. F. Marcus Brown Memorial Integrative Medicine Award for exceptional commitment to incorporating integrative medicine within CT Valley Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital. Kelvin was featured in a powerful documentary on trauma, addiction and recovery called Uprooting Addiction. He also serves on the board of directors at Manchester, CT HOPE Initiative, Eat The Sunlight Health Inc., A Promise To Jordan, Inc. and CT Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. He is also a founding member of CT Black Mental Health and Wellness Initiative.

Kelvin has been inducted into the CT Hall of Change in September, 2020. CT Hall of Change is designed to recognize formerly incarcerated men and women who have made substantial contribution to CT communities since their release. Kelvin is the author of "Finding Freedom Behind Bars: A Journey Of Self-Discovery & Healing" where he shares his story of trauma, addiction, incarceration and 3 keys that have helped him move forward without turning back to self-destructive ways of coping or simply giving up.

Kelvin sustains his health and recovery by eating a vegan/plant-based diet, practicing sound healing, deep breathing exercises, listening to uplifting and relaxing music, body movement, being in nature, reading, massages, resting and spending quality time with family and friends.

Today, he publicly speaks about addiction, incarceration, recovery and healing to people from all walks of life. Kelvin also facilitates group and private sound healing sessions at different locations throughout the United States. He is passionate about holding space for people to heal and is known for his warm, loving and down-to-earth way of connecting with people.


KAREN RICCIO

www.soldenct.com

I’M KAREN. CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR, TAROT READER, AND SPIRITUAL WELLNESS ENTHUSIAST.
Solden is my dream child. It is a vision of a store I would want to visit myself. When wishing someone would open a shop up, I said “why not you?” I have not looked back since.

I grew up in Wethersfield, and currently live in Middletown, CT. I am a graphic designer and cosmetologist. I enjoy nature, reading, music, relaxing nights with friends, deep conversation, adventure, yoga, hiking, and so much more.

I’M A PROUD ARIES SUN, SCORPIO RISING, AND AQUARIUS MOON.
After many years of poor self care and lack of self worth, I finally hit my breaking point, I was so uncomfortable and I wanted change.

I started by losing weight and shortly after beginning my diet I started cognitive behavioral therapy with a holistic therapist. She encouraged journaling and meditation and taught me the backbone of tools I have to rewire thoughts and shift mindsets.

While diving deeper into the spiritual world and healing practices, I came across an artist on Instagram, Danielle Noele, the maker of the Starchild Tarot. I was enamored by her artwork, and quickly found out it was cards from her tarot deck. I wanted to buy the deck, but out of fear of not having what it takes, I talked myself out of it.

A little bit later I read the book Material Girl, Mystical World. And came across the chapter “tarot for mental health.” I immediately bought the deck and my first set of protection crystals. I dove in deep and grew my beloved practice.

Currently, I pull tarot every morning. Picking two cards to be mindful of throughout the day. Either energy that I want to embody or energy I want to shift. When I find my mind racing on things I have no control over, I shift my focus back to me. At night I journal, connect with how my day went, emotions and thoughts I had, and what my tarot cards taught me through all of it.

I started for solden for many reasons, but a big one is to shift the view of tarot and open people’s eyes to a world of self care through connection within.