Retreat Instructors

Denise Normandin, MA, RD, LD


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Founder/CEO

Founder and CEO of Enlighten Nutrition & Wellness has over 20 years' experience as a Registered/Licensed Dietitian, Nutrition & Health Educator, Consultant and Coach. Nationally recognized by the Wellness Council of America as aTop 10 Health Promotion Professional

A passionate advocate, leader and motivator of healthy eating, physical movement, and lifestyle medicine practices to make lives better and improve health. Denise is committed to building stronger, healthier individuals, families and communities.

She is a Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetics Registration and a Licensed Dietitian through the State of New Hampshire. Denise has achieved Certificates of Training in Weight Management for Adults and Child/Adolescents from the Commission on Dietetics Registration.

Denise earned her Master of Arts degree from Plymouth State University in Personal and Organizational Wellness with a concentration in Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing. As an undergraduate, Denise studied Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. 

"Let Food Be thy Medicine & Medicine Be Thy Food" - Hippocrates

Julie Bisson, MA


Outdoor Educator and Teacher

Julie has been an Outdoor Educator and Teacher for over 30 year’s. and has an amazing gift of educating individuals of all ages. She is a certified NOLS Guide (National Outdoor Leadership School).and has teacher certifications in NH for Elementary Education and Montessori Lower Elementary Education. Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and her Master of Arts  degree from the University of Northern Colorado. 

Garlyn Manganiello


Business Owner/Gourmet Cook

Basic Ingredients is a family owned and operated bakery and gift shop in central NH, celebrating their 30th season.  Garlyn and her staff create fresh baked goods, bistro-on-the-go items and host speciality cooking classes. Located on Newfound Lake, the gift shop features branded attire and local NH goods.

Garlyn will be sharing her cooking expertise at the retreat while sharing some simple tips to put the joy back into cooking!

Special Guest Presenter for December '18

Sean Foy, MA, Exercise Physiologist


Sean Foy, is an internationally renowned authority on fitness, weight management and healthy living. As an author, exercise physiologist, behavioral coach and speaker, Sean has earned the reputation as “America’s Fast Fitness Expert”. With an upbeat, positive and sensible approach to making fitness happen, even with the busiest of schedules, he has taken his message of “simple moves” fitness all over the world.

Sean Foy is an exercise physiologist, behavioral coach, and author of the Wellness Councils of America’s flag ship physical activity and exercise books, “Fitness That Works” and “Walking 4 Wellness”. Sean is also the author and creator of “The Burst Workout” and the coauthor of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “The Daniel Plan”.

Among numerous awards, Sean has received the “Nike Go” Top National Health Education Program Award and the California Governor Health Educator of the Year Award and is the co-creator of an award winning children’s health and fitness program, “LEAN KIDS”. Foy is also the developer of the signature fitness program for The Biggest Loser® Pro Training program.

As a husband and father of two, as well as President and founder of Personal Wellness Corporation, an international health and wellness education and consulting firm, Sean understands “busy” and brings his real life exercise and life solutions to audiences where ever he goes. Appearing on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and other popular national television outlets, he has spent the last 25 years testing, researching and sharing his findings on how to crack the code to making fitness work and maximizing potential.

Sean has helped thousands of individuals all over the world with their wellness needs as an author, personal trainer, counselor, motivational speaker and business owner and is committed to encouraging everyone to attain optimal well-being for body, mind and spirit!