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The School of Living Arts

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Hello. I am Brenda Bordogna, the Director of The School of Living Arts. The School has been a dream of mine since I was in college. I love learning new things and thought that a place, that created a community,  where everyone's skills and crafts were shared to empower each other to live fuller lives, was something I would want to be a part of.


My passion for health rose out of the women in my life. My grandmother was a nurse and the center of our family and my mother was diagnosed with lupus when I was 11. My mother followed her OWN instincts, and listened to her body, as to what care she needed and has thrived because of it.


 I have worked with herbs since 1998 and went on to become a master herbalist. I have studied clinical herbalism but also studied in the Appalachian and wise woman traditions. I was blessed to work on  Native American reservations for ten years in community medical clinics, where I saw a world where traditional (medicine passed down through generations) and modern medicine coexisted, due in part to the reverence towards the elders and their knowledge. This too has helped to shape how I view health.


I have been a health educator for more than  20 years. I have developed and implemented disease prevention and management programs, nutrition classes, cooking classes and fitness and stress management classes. I have worked with companies to improve their employee's health through employee wellness programming and coaching. I have a wide scope within the field of health, as I truly believe to be healthy you must incorporate and work with all facets of your life. Working to balance the physical, emotional and spiritual, creates true wellness.


I am so happy that you have found us today and I hope that you are able to join us for some of the services we provide or feel free to contact us with any questions. As I stated before, the scope is wide and we try to personalize programming as much as we can, so your questions are always welcome. 




Brenda Bordogna, MS, MCHES, CCMH, RYT200



Tammy Counts, RN- Aromatherapy

With the rise of chronic illness and disease, prevention care is so important. Stress is the #1 factor in ALL chronic diseases and illness. Suffering myself with chronic pain from                                      osteo-degenerative arthritis, high blood pressure, stress, anxiety and depression, I was simply surviving life and definitely not enjoying it. I was able to increase my bone density level, decrease inflammation and stress on my joints. I actually enjoy living life now and am prescription free. My husband was my first lab rat, he was at 30% kidney function, a diabetic with high blood pressure, and heading to dialysis the following month. We were able to improve his kidney function to 50% in one month and one year later, perfect kidney function. Since then, I have helped many others in various stages of health/crisis learn a better way to take control of their health and wellness. My name is Tammy Counts. I am an RN and I am taking nursing and health care to a whole new level.


Sandra Kessler Brandt (Art by Sandra)

Sandra Brandt-I had my first kiln when I was eight years old, so you can almost say ceramics has always been a part of my life. 
I received my masters in curriculum and instruction for disadvantaged adult learners. I am licensed and certified and have taught preschool to geriatric students. I've been teaching ceramics in South Florida for over 40 years both at FAU and Broward College. I taught ceramics mostly off campus, teaching in jails, halfway houses, state mental institution in Pembroke Pines. I taught for the city of Plantation, Lauderhill, and various condominium associations throughout the area. I taught at Kings Pointe in Tamarac for 30 years, 10 years in Bonaventure, teaching classes once or twice a week at each venue. I love sharing my passion for teaching and ceramics with others.


Tina Severance-Fonte

Tina Severance-Fonte is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. As a certified teacher and administrator for nearly thirty years, she has acquired valuable skills in Nonprofit Organizations, Coaching, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking.   Tina is a strong healthcare services professional with a Master's degree focused on Educational Leadership and Administration, from Florida   Atlantic University. Additionally, Tina graduated in May of 2022 with a Specialist Degree from Liberty University (with distinction) also in Educational Leadership.  She is focused on advocacy, early detection, and delivering high-energy seminars that are both interesting,              entertaining, and thought-provoking.  

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Alesha Maury, ND  (Equipped for Health)

Alesha Maury, ND is a naturopathic doctor and women's wellness consultant. She specializes in helping women struggling with fatigue, brain fog, poor mood & sleep, hormone issues, & stubborn weight to recover, so that they can enjoy relationships, succeed in work, & pursue their passions.
Alesha has been guiding & equipping women in their wellness recovery since 2011. She works hard to help them get to the root of the suffering in their health, because she suffered so much herself for years. Problems with fatigue, severe chronic pain, infections, & more made it impossible for her to plan for her future or enjoy the present moment.
As she puts it: "I know what it is like to be a busy woman with an invisible illness that has you suffering on the inside, while looking "fine" on the outside. My goal is to serve as your patient, trusted guide - who will go the extra mile with you. You CAN heal & recover; and lifestyle, diet, and natural medicine can help you reach your goals."


Grant Clyman (Darsana Martial Arts)

Grant Clyman has been practicing Tai Chi for over twenty years, primarily under the tutelage of Monk Yun Rou (pronounced yun row) of the Chen Quanzhong (pronounced: quon jong) lineage among others. His passion for sharing the benefits of Tai Chi practice and philosophy lead him to open Darsana Martial Arts in 2012, where he holds regular classes on Tai Chi and self-defense. To Grant, Tai Chi is not only a gentle exercise accessible to all levels of physical fitness, but a way of maintaining our balance while negotiating the often hectic changes life sends our way.

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Foster Brandt (Improvements by Foster)

Foster Brandt has been working in construction and repairs for 10+ years. Through his own learning he discovered his passion for teaching others and helping others to become more self-sufficient in their ability to fix minor repairs and learn to use tools to build useful items for their homes. He is also our resident fisherman with over 25 years of experience fishing the local south Florida waters.


Rosita & Lulu

If you have visited us, then you have met these two ladies.

Rosita- Head of security and site supervisor. All guests are "interviewed" by Rosita upon arrival.

Lulu- Director of Joy & Chaos, and we never know which she will bring, until the day begins. 

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