Meet the Instructors
Heather Huck, E-RYT, and Owner, Wild Branches Yoga & Wellness
“Learning to trust what resides deep in my heart is one of the most valuable gifts yoga continues to give me.” It is this truth that Heather strives to share with students. Just by stepping onto the mat, there is a threshold we can go through, if we choose, one where we are consciously there supporting ourselves through a physical practice, and so begins the trust in our outermost layer, our body. She aspires to guide students inward, toward their courage, and wisdom, in a supportive, caring, fun, and adventurous way.
Heather began teaching yoga 14 years ago in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains after receiving her first certification in 2003 from the Asheville Yoga Center. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr level. She is in the process of completing her 500hr level of certification in Atlanta. Regionally, she offers weekly yoga classes, workshops, private sessions, and group retreat classes.
Heather has had the honor and opportunity to study and learn from many remarkable teachers including, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sarah Faircloth, John Friend, Christina Sell, Gina Minyard, Mitchel Bleier, and Stephanie Keach. She is deeply grateful for their guidance and continues to study the art and science of yoga, as it is a never-ending unfoldment and evolution of consciousness.
Private Sessions: Privates one-on-one sessions are good for beginners who don't feel comfortable stepping right into a class, for building a home practice with guidance, to work on alignment one-on-one, work on a specific pose, or if you would rather practice at your own pace . If you have special physical limitations or needs, this is a good way to ease into a yoga practice. These sessions are 1 hour and 15 minutes, with 50-60 minutes devoted to the practice depending on your desires and needs and 15-25 minutes available for questions, specific instructions, personalization and addressing any questions or concerns you have.
Mark Menendez -
As a traveling teacher, I have taught throughout the southeast United States, offering instruction in drawing in various mediums: pencil, charcoal, pastel, color pencil, pen & ink; and I’ve taught painting in watercolor, acrylic and oils. My North Light Books art instruction videos are among the highest-rated on their website. My unique classes are a place where anyone can express their creativity and individuality, and enjoy the friendship of wonderful encouraging fellow-students. From beginner, to intermediate, to advanced students, as well as the many young artists’, all are welcome.
For the last eight years I have had the privilege of offering art classes at Gilmer Arts, and have enjoyed the company and support from everyone.
Yoga Teacher, Certified Phoenix Rising Therapist, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Noor has been a student/ teacher of Yoga since 1978. She graduated from Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1995 and is currently a retired Physical Therapy Assistant in Georgia.
Noor has conducted and presented Yoga, meditation and breath work to a number of public and private organizations interested in physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Noor instructs to all populations including Creative Movement Classes for children and Prenatal Classes. She was a faculty member of The Center for the Reversal of Heart Disease Program in Orlando, Florida.
Along with excellent instruction, Noor creates a safe environment for personal development, health, and spiritual well-being, through the practice of Yoga.
Suzi Rogers -
Always interested in art, she began again in earnest after retiring. She’s a former student of Kathy Moss and a current student of Becky Wallace through the Gilmer Arts programs. She has been water color painting for about 7 years and has been teaching beginner water color painting in Florida during the winter months for the past two years. She lives with her husband in the cabin in the woods in Ellijay.
James Weaver –
James Weaver is a Songwriter/Producer/Performer with more than 40 years of musical experience. He has won numerous awards and honors from several International Songwriting Competitions. He was the lead guitarist with the 60’s Garage Band – “Red Beard & the Pirates” and co-wrote the single Go On Leave that is considered to be a “Garage Band” collectors item today. Recent honors: Two – “Honorable Mentions” in the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. This contest had entries from more than 90 different countries. Three – “Top Five Category Finalist” Awards in the VH1 Song of the Year International Songwriting Competition. Recent Releases: High Rider, I Want To Be Me and Leaving Behind. All 3 songs received “Honorable Mention” in the 15th Annual Billboard World Song Competition. James also served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Songwriters Association. He was Showcase Chairman for the annual showcase featuring artists such as The Georgia Satellites and REM.
Megan Williams –
Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Iowa as well as a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Florida. In 2012, she retired from her 30-year career, working at a residential center for developmentally disabled adults in Gainesville, Florida.
Megan is an accomplished musician who began her musical training in High School. She studied voice and has performed in many Chorus groups and Church choirs over the years. She also played the guitar with folk and bluegrass groups before learning to play the mountain dulcimer.
Megan has been playing the mountain dulcimer since 2007. Her first dulcimer classes were at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. In 2013, she retired to Ellijay, Georgia and joined Blue Ridge Dulcimer Club. Megan has been teaching the dulcimer since 2014. She has completed a Dulcimer Teacher program at Western Carolina University in 2017 and is now a certified instructor.
Megan’s dulcimer students often say she is a wonderful, patient teacher. She loves to share her enthusiasm for the dulcimer. She says “It is a beautiful sounding traditional mountain instrument, a joy to play and enjoy with others.” She is very proud of her adult students and their excellent progress. Most of them started as absolute beginners with little or no musical background. Now they can play as a group and enjoy playing for Nursing Homes and an Assisted Living Center.