Jessi was born and raised on Seven Spring’s land. Her German grandmother, Oma, who first found the land, taught her courage to jump across the stream. It wasn’t long before she jumped abroad and founded Global Just Designs, a fair- trade clothing business dedicated to improving the lives of Maya women in Guatemala. Meanwhile, Zach had been living in Guatemala for years working at the University and founding an NGO based on creativity. The two finally crossed paths in 2014. They soon co-founded the international yoga school Kula Collective in 2015 and continue to dream up ways to express their passions for holistic learning in Seven Springs.
Herman's mother, Oma, brought him from Germany to Maryville to live with his stepfather at the tender age of 9. His story of adaptation to East Tennessee culture is an example of building community. His mother bought the land where Seven Springs now resides in 1977. Soon after, Herman met Mary, and together they studied agriculture, plant sciences, animal husbandry, and forestry at University of Tennessee, melding select principles with those from the "back to the land movement" on their new land. Over the years, Herman and Mary have worked together in pipefitting, welding, and owned a landscape and greenhouse business for twenty years. Most recently, Mary worked for the US Forest Service in forestry and ecology. They are both happily retired now sharing their gifts and experience with Seven Springs.
Wendy and Danny have a beautiful organic farm called Santosa in Pulaski, Tennessee where they mix southern hospitality with Ayurvedic wisdom. They join us at Seven Springs during retreats to provide meals and so much more. Wendy holds a 500hr certification in Yoga Therapy, as well as lifetimes of wisdom. She nurtures those at Seven Springs in our minds, bodies, spirits, and our bellies. To say that they’re the kitchen staff is like saying yoga is stretching. They are SO MUCH more than that. They share love, nurturing, and experience with all those who are here.