Who We Are

President and Board Member

Chrissy McFarren

Chrissy McFarren is a Certified Shadow Work® Group Facilitator and has over 15 years of experience in the field of personal healing work. She is leader/co-leader/creator of many workshops, circles and personal growth experiences. She also facilitates co-ed Shadow Work® weekends and one day workshops. She has over 30 years of horse experience and continues her work in natural horsemanship training and working with the healing powers of the horse-human connection through equine assisted personal growth work. In addition, Chrissy is a visionary artist who creates artwork for the promotion of balance on this earth and she can be hired to create custom art pieces.

Treasurer and Board Member


Dave McFarren is a database developer and Certified Shadow Work® Group Facilitator. He did the  New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) weekend in March, 1999 and has been facilitating personal growth work ever since, staffing many NWTA weekends and taking several follow-on/leadership trainings. He leads the Basic Carpet Facilitation for I-Groups training, which is a facilitation skills training based on Shadow Work® methodology for men who’ve done the New Warrior weekend. 

Secretary and Board Member


Natalie Allio, MA is an ecopsychologist, certified coach, rancher, storyteller and speaker specializing in the psychology of collaboration, human dimensions in natural resources, and holistic life planning.  She has studied and taught leadership and communication in a variety of settings beginning with her undergraduate work in leadership and management in healthcare, and following a winding path of exploration in the horse-human relationship through horsemanship, personal and professional coaching, equine assisted learning and coaching, ecopsychology, and collaborative, sustainable solutions.  Natalie received her Master's degree in Ecopsychology from Naropa University, and is a graduate of the Newfield Network Coaching for Professional and Personal Mastery Program. Newfield Network is accredited by the ICF (International Coaching Federation).

Vice President and Board Member


Andy Carlson is a Navy veteran of 23 years, an Interfaith minister and an Interspiritual Counselor. He did the New  Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) weekend in March, 2010 and is taking leadership and facilitation training through The Mankind Project (MKP). He speaks at Unity churches throughout the area and facilitates his "Living Wholeheartedly through Forgiveness" workshop across the region. His passion is helping people heal through connection, be it to one another or to Divine source. 

Board Member and Research Director


Kris Herbst works from Santa Fe, NM for Ashoka as chief editor for the Ashoka.org website, and has been Director of Community for Ashoka's Changemakers.com web platform. He is active in leadership activities of the Mankind Project, and is a member of board of his cohousing community The Commons on the Alameda. Prior to joining Ashoka in 1998 he developed the first websites launched by clients in Washington, D.C. including the National Press Club and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. His journalism experience includes Saturday Review magazine assistant editor; BioCentury newsletter contributing editor; and freelance journalist and television news producer for clients including Nippon TV Network and NHK Television. He received a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Wilderness Specialist and Consultant


Brian Allio was raised on a small farm in the rural Allegheny mountain region of northwest Pennsylvania.  Brian's creativity and love for nature surfaced early in his life as evidenced by a mural of mountains and a river he drew on the walls of the garage in his parent's home. The mural remains and so does his passion for nature. Brian is at home in the wilderness and, as an avid fly fisherman, outdoorsman and horseman, his passion is sharing his love of nature with others and providing instruction. He practices "Nature-Based Coaching," a style that places participants in a wilderness setting and gives them the opportunity to explore, firsthand, the insights that nature provides. He received his training in the art of ontological coaching from the Newfield Network, Inc.