Meet the Team

Transcend Fest was created to be a space where individuals can transcend their limitations, tap into their true potential, and ultimately find inner peace and balance. Every member of our team brings their own natural talents and gifts to this festival to ensure that Transcend Fest is an amazing experience for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or someone who is just starting their spiritual journey, our team welcomes you with open arms, ready to guide you on a transformative journey of self-discovery, growth, and spiritual awakening.

Allie O’Kane

Founder

Allie O’Kane is a passionate and dedicated individual who has always been drawn to the transformative power of yoga and spirituality. Growing up, Allie struggled with anxiety, and it was through her own personal exploration of various yoga practices that she discovered Kundalini Yoga – a form of yoga that combines physical postures, breathwork, meditation, and chanting to awaken the dormant energy within the body.

Allie’s personal transformation through Kundalini Yoga sparked a deep desire within her to share this experience with others. She wanted to create a space where individuals could come together, embrace their spirituality, and find inner peace and balance. Thus, the idea for Transcend Fest was born.

Allie is a 500-RYT, Reiki Master, Western Hellenistic Astrologer, and crystal healer. Allie’s holistic approach blends elements of yoga, astrology, energy healing, and herbalism to support her clients on their spiritual journey. Her teachings aim to empower students to connect with their inner wisdom and live a more conscious life.

Larissa DiJulio

Lead Event Coordinator

Introducing, Larissa our Lead Event Coordinator! Larissa, a Connecticut native, who embarked on her transformative yoga journey over 15 years ago. In 2016, she completed the 200-hour Living Yoga Teacher Training at The Breathing Room Yoga Studio in New Haven, CT, marking a pivotal point in her dedication to the practice.

Alongside her yoga journey, Larissa balances her role as a loving mother and dedicated wife, nurturing both her family and her passion for holistic wellness. Currently enrolled in the 800-hour Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program, Larissa continues her quest for deeper knowledge in therapeutic yoga. Enhancing her deep understanding of yoga practices, she is a certified Reiki Master of the Usui lineage, channeling healing energy to further enrich her holistic approach. Beyond the traditional, Larissa is an eclectic witch, weaving various spiritual practices into her life.

Her spiritual journey includes the profound art of tarot reading, where she intuitively connects with symbolism to offer guidance and insight. Larissa’s quest for holistic wellness extends to herbal studies, exploring the uses and benefits of natural remedies. Her creative talents manifest in crafting personalized bath salts, essential oil rollers, sprays, spell kits, and an array of spiritually aligned tools.

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Megan Desrosiers

Spiritual Consultant

As our Spiritual Consultant, Megan Desrosiers is a highly intuitive and spiritual, yet deeply grounded individual. She has the gift of holding space in a compassionate and grounded way, gracefully seeing others with an open heart and patiently allowing the space needed for them to move through their own process.

Megan is a liminal edge walker who has the ability to receive information from the unseen realms and distill it into words that are grounded and easily understood by others. Her intuition, ability to see the larger picture, and detailed organizational skills allow her to provide focus and clarity to the team and the team’s vision for Transcend Fest.

Megan has cultivated these gifts throughout a healing journey that has spanned many lifetimes, including the one she physically embodies now. Among many other things, she is an artist and an author, herbalist, shamanic practitioner, Reiki Master, crystal healing practitioner, and a ceremonial cacao facilitator. She refers to herself by what first snowfall taught her, “I am one, but I am also many. My uniqueness supports the community.”

C’Asia Burley

Vibe Curator

C’Asia is a Holistic Health Practitioner with an extensive background in nursing. She is a Master Herbalist who specializes in plant medicine to support all body systems with an emphasis on hormonal imbalances and brain support. In pursuit of healing ones self, C’Asia’s goal is to help her clients create harmony within their entire being.

C’asia’s role within the festival is to help create and maintain the overall atmosphere and energy of the event. She helps to cultivate and curate a positive, vibrant, and immersive experience for festival-goers. C’Asia works closely with other team members as well as our facilitators to ensure the festival’s vision and vibe are consistently reflected throughout the event. Her goal is to create an environment where attendees can fully immerse themselves in the festival’s spirit, connect with others, and have an unforgettable experience!

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Katie Russo

Event Photographer

Katie’s collaboration with Transcend Fest is rooted in her interest in discovering you, seeing you, and taking part in the experience that connects you to your love of life and your love of self.  Her intentions are to inspire you to take pause, to immerse yourself in the journey, and absorb the moments that evoke a sense of awe.

Katie’s passion for photography is palpable and her portfolio consists of subjects whose beauty lies in their natural aesthetic.  Together, we create photographs that hold within them the capacity to infiltrate expectations and shift paradigm.

Josh Benton

Business Consultant

Josh Benton specializes in business leadership and consulting for behavioral health companies. He is the former Co-Owner of The Strathmore House, a transitional sober living program for men in Boston, MA. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Turnbridge Treatment for young adult males with substance use disorders in New Haven, CT.

He was the Chief Development Officer for the O’Connor Professional Group, which provides intensive case management services for behavioral health issues. Josh was the Executive Director and founding member of Hopewell Recovery Services sober living for men and women in Boston, MA. Transitioning from being a small business owner in construction, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Emmanuel College in Boston and his real estate license.

Josh’s real life business experience combined with leadership skills in the recovery community have led to his success in the addiction treatment field. Josh has been in recovery since June 2001 and has dedicated time giving back to the recovery community.

We can’t wait to see you on the mountain