Our Instructors

Knowledge is Power


This is a list of our current instructors.

Turning Point Healing Retreat Center is committed to working with all who seek to grow and heal through workshops and classes for physical, mental and emotional well being.

We offer weekly community classes as well as a wide variety of workshops for individuals and for professionals.

If you offer workshops or classes that would fit the mission and vision of Turning Point, please contact us about opportunities!

Education sets us free



Teresa Moore, MD

Teresa Moore


Teresa Moore, MD, has practiced allopathic medicine for over twenty years in rural Virginia while including many holistic approaches in her healing  practice. She is level one certified in Reiki, is a certified sexual health educator, and has completed coursework in medical intuition in addition to her medical degree.  She has personally practiced aromatherapy and various types of meditation for over thirty years and is fascinated by the mind-emotional-physical-spiritual body connections in health, wellness, and disease.  

She has been on the faculty of Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine, associated with Virginia Tech, for over 10 years serving as a preceptor for underserved care.  Twice she has  received the award for Clinical Educator of the year-Southside area, presented by the classes of 2015 and 2016, and has individually precepted over 80 medical, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students through her position with Virginia Tech and other institutions.  

Teresa wrote a philosophical column “Life on Purpose,” for The Southside Messenger from 2006-2011, as well as having many articles published in ECHO.  In addition, she wrote a healthcare column for Footnotes, a towing and recovery trade magazine for a couple of years.

Having had many experiences for growth in her lifetime, she has used these experiences to help others especially in times of transition.  She has presented workshops, seminars, and keynotes at the local, state, and national level focusing on personal empowerment and how our beliefs shape our lives, as well as how to survive the curve balls that life sometimes throws us.


Medicine wheel

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oil Painting

Cecile Amos

Cecile Amos is an Award winning artist, Wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of Nature.  She captures the beauty of People and Nature in multiple mediums having studied watercolor, oil, and Plein air Painting, charcoal, and pastels under Many instructors in North Carolina and Virginia.  Cecile’s goal is to keep colors pure, transferring form with Light, shadow, and color to canvas.  She brings passion to both her art and life; With each new piece, the artistic challenge begins and ends with the reward of having learned something new.


The Artists Brush


Debbie Vigneri

Debbie Vigneri

Debbie Vigneri has a strong background in education and program development, as well as in healing and teaching. Following her passion for the planet and its diverse communities, she spent a two year odyssey with the Audubon Expedition traveling the wildernesses of North America, British Columbia, and Mexico while earning her Master’s Degree in science.

As a National Park Service ranger, Debbie developed and piloted many programs geared towards connecting people with nature and promoting a sense of well-being and stewardship. She was instrumental in obtaining grants and funding for programs that included children from the inner-city and those with socioeconomic challenges. Some of her programs are still used to this day. In addition, Debbie taught middle school earth science in both the public and private sectors creating special programs designed to capture the students’ passion and interest in the Sciences.

For the past 10 years Debbie has been co-creator of a thriving massage therapy business while also teaching classes on health and wellness. She consistently learns new modalities to enhance her clients’ experience of health and healing. With advanced training in Cranio-Sacral and Somatic Experiencing Therapies, she facilitates the connection between Mind, Body, and Energy. Debbie is also a Reiki master, leading community training and Reiki circles. She is a certified yoga instructor teaching a recurring class, “Mindful Motion Yoga,” in the Kripalu Yoga Tradition.  In addition, she is studying and teaching Ayerveda (science of yoga), using its ancient principles for health, nutrition, and well-being to help others heal in the present.







Dear Lord and Great Healer,

I kneel before you since every great gift must come from you. I Pray: give me skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind, kindness and meekness to my heart. Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up part of the burden of my suffering fellow men and women, and a true realization of the privilege that is mine. Take from my heart all guile and worldliness that with the simple faith of a child I may rely on you.

Mother Teresa




Art From The Heart

Caroline Watts, LPN

Caroline Watts, LPN, is a nurse and artist. She tells it like she sees it and is able to bring laughter and fun into the creative process.   Art has always been relaxing to her, washing away everyday stressors. Caring deeply about others, Caroline enjoys sharing her passion, believing that everyone has artistic ability.  She believes that paint and colors each have an energy and an ability to soothe the Soul which she has seen firsthand while caretaking others.  As a nurse, she has seen the ability of laughter and art to decrease suffering in others, and she brings this into the world. 



Ruth brown

Ruth Brown


Believing that “knowledge is power,” Ruth Brown has continuously pursued knowledge, experience, and personal growth. She is a licensed pilot, a licensed Captain, and holds a second degree black belt in karate. She is also a certified life coach, a licensed massage therapist and the creator/lead instructor of TDT Massage.  In addition, she was ordained as a minister in 1988.

Ruth teaches many different workshops and classes as well working to coordinate and facilitate the events at the center.

Her mission at Turning Point Healing Retreat Center is to help as many people as possible find healing, health, and hope. She envisions creating a sacred space, incorporating many therapeutic modalities, and offering diverse educational tools where people from all walks of life, faith, experience, race and gender can come to learn and grow.


Felting With Kat

Kat Short

Renowned artist, Kat Short, has had her photography and art displayed in ‘The Egg’ Art Museum in Albany, and multiple galleries all across New York and Pennsylvania.  She coauthored Leadership Alliance for Life which is empowerment book for teenage girls.  It was so well received that its rights were purchased by a Virginia school system. Kat has led many felting workshops, painting classes, and empowerment workshops, each of which helps the participant connect more fully with their Spirit

Every Child is an Artist


JoAnne Stugart

JoAnne Stugart’s passion for empowering people has emerged in many ways often from the stance of teacher.  As a teacher in the public school system for over thirty years, she mentored a generation of young people nurturing their love of science and of nature. Turning Point Healing Retreat Center will serve as an educational space to bring her enthusiasm for Earth Science to others, connecting people with nature, helping to heal the body and soul, while planting and growing concepts and ideas that will ripple out to the world, one person at a time


Joanne’s experience teaching and creating programs for all ages and abilities has appeared countless times in classes, seminars and workshops. She acted as a life skills trainer in a program for teenagers enabling them to just say ”No” when in a detrimental life changing situation. Among other skills, she taught them meditation and relaxation techniques as well as mindful body awareness allowing the adolescent to stay centered in their own power. As a 7th degree black belt Master rank karate instructor, and co-owner of Okikukai Academy she taught Women’s Self Defense Seminars, Children’s Stranger Awareness classes, Defensive Techniques for octogenarians, and classes in developing awareness skills.


As a soccer referee and coach, and as a teacher of many aerobics and exercise classes, including those using her patented exercise tool, Dynaring, she has empowered thousands of people, and brings years of educational experience and organizational skills to the Center.  JoAnne emulates and teaches personal power, self-confidence and self-respect to all of those with whom she works.


Teaching Heart



JoHN Stugart

John Stugart

John Stugart brings form and structure to the organization with his experience in detail and design. With a degree in Mechanical and Construction Technology, he formed Construction Specialties Detailing which utilized his expertise in designing and detailing buildings, offices, and residential projects.


His detail orientation was an asset as he trained in karate. Furthermore, he utilized his skills in teaching and leading as he became a 7th degree black belt master karate instructor and a co-founder of Okikukai Academy. In this position, he extended his passion for teaching martial arts specializing in self-defense techniques for young to adult practitioners.  Empowering his students with a sense of perseverance, spiritual healing, self-improvement, and personal growth is a testament of his quiet strengths.



Dream Builders