Brando (a.k.a. DJ Hip Sockit) crafts his sets from a wide range of music. His mission is to offer a consitent stream of epic tracks that make dance floors thrive. His skillful transitions between sounds, styles, and textures, makes it easy to dance all night long. Starting his career on vinyl records in 1995, Hip Sockit has played Clubs, Ecstatic Dances, and Weddings all over the world, including spots in Montréal, Greece, Israel, and the famed Ibiza.
DJ Maitri, aka Marek Tresnak, is a resident DJ for Pollinate. His sets are masterfully mixed and take you on a journey around the globe with a colorful blend of funk, swing, world fusion full of organic and electronic beats.
I am a visual artist and new-age weirdo who loves creating decorative installation pieces, elaborate costumes and collaborative art projects for Pollinate and other local events. Pollinate has provided an amazing atmosphere and opportunity to share and inspire creativity both as an individual artist and as a community. When I’m not creating art for these sweet events I am often working on making unique jewelry, paintings and illustration. You can find some of my work online at: ShamanicSoul.Etsy.com
Molly loves being a part of the ahhhmazing Pollinate crew by leading a yoga warm-up class before the all-out dance party ensues. Molly’s yoga teaching is infused with wisdom, humor, and heart. Using clear alignment instruction and inspiring philosophy, she creates an environment that invites her students to connect more deeply with themselves. Come get your yoga on before you get your groove on…
When she’s not getting her MBA, playing guitar, or painting watercolors, Ruthie loves getting down on the 4th floor of Fitzwilly’s at Pollinate! If you see her on the dance floor, join her for a dance.
Jonathan Stein is a dancer at heart and has been close to or on the dance floor since he was savvy enough to stand on two feet. Also an artist, musician and writer, he brings the creative arts to his private psychotherapy practice where he has been helping people feel better about their lives for over 25 years. By day, he specializes in grief counseling and relationship skill building, and by night, he dons his dance apparel and transforms (with great enthusiasm) into a Pollinate crew member where he enjoys helping to create an inspiring ambiance for all to enjoy.
Andrew Mangold (Jairi) brings a brimming heart of passion to each an every Pollinate dance. You can bet that he’ll be the moving from the time the first song starts until the last song ends. Then it’s time to cuddle, cheer, break down the lights, clean up the floors, and take the dance on out to the streets of Northampton.
Andrew is the mastermind behind Mangold leather. If you’re lucky, Pollinate will be a venue to try out some of the wildest hats and gear from www.mangoldleather.com. Pollinate is his breath of release from a life otherwise full of stitching thread, propagating trees and above all else, repairing the land. When not shaking the ground on Friday nights at pollinate, you can find him dirty and deep, shovel in hand, with a barrow full of trees, flowers and mulch, planting up the barren city soil, or finding places in the wild that had for too long been mistreated, ripe and ready now for regenerative fruit and nut trees plants to the people.
Land and sea voyager currently grounded in the hills of Western Massachusetts. I’m a storyteller, yoga teacher in training, outdoor educator and dancer, exploring the modality of contact improvisation for healing release and connection. I love investigating the edges of how we communicate and the meaning of “community” within the context of the dance and day to day life.
Pollinate is the place I come to express my weird wild self in ecstatic motion with other weird, wild souls 🙂
My spiritual journey with food began several years ago, when I experienced a life-altering accident that led me to take a closer look at how I was nourishing myself. I broke my neck, and soon after fell into a depressing eating pattern, none of which helped me in my healing process. I decided to change what I ate and soon after experienced the immense power that food can have over one’s well being. Within 2 weeks of changing my diet, my whole life flipped right back up, and I felt better than I ever thought I could. I decided to further understand this connection with food and wellbeing, and went on to pursue my Masters in Nutrition.
Since then, I’ve had the privilege to cook for small and big gatherings alike. I cook at yoga, meditation, and spiritual retreats, all which require good nourishment for the deep work that is involved. And this past summer, I was head chef at Unifier Festival, where I received pretty amazing compliments from lots of different people: never had they eaten so incredibly well at a festival.
All of this has fueled me to continue down the path of clean, organic cooking and eating. Even more so since becoming a father to a wonderful being of light named Luca. My mission is to share with him everything I’ve learned along the way, so that he may know the full meaning of nourishment and carry it with him throughout his life.
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Love & blessings, Kale