Student Wellness Retreat Speakers

Keynote Speaker and Magician at our Saratoga Springs Wellness Weekend on Saturday, May 11, Brian Miller

Brian Miller credits his interest in magic with helping him get over childhood social and speech anxiety. From being too shy to speak to strangers, Brian is now a successful magician, corporate keynote speaker and youth motivational speaker.

Through traveling the world and entertaining people, Brian has learned the secret to connecting with others, and his mission is now to share this wisdom with the world. In 2015, he gave a TEDx talk entitled: “How to Magically Connect with Anyone”, which led to invitations to speak at corporate and motivational events. He now splits his time between the related worlds of magic and motivation.  

Brian helps his audience understand and develop the skills that will enable them to connect deeply, nurture understanding with everyone they meet, and move past fear and anxiety to build better interpersonal relationships. And they might even learn some magic along the way!

Keynote Speaker and Session Presenter at our Rochester Wellness Weekend on Saturday, May 18, Defiant Monkey Improv

Defiant Monkey Improv is a two-person improvisational group that creates on-the-spot theatre based on audience suggestions and participation, like you see on the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

Performers Karen L. Eichler and Andrew M. Spragge are experienced improvisers, actors, professional development specialists, and teaching artists who love to have as much fun as possible. They are the authors of the book The 5 Elements of Improv: How to Take Your Improv to the Next Level.

Brainy-Active – A Mental Workout with Defiant Monkey Improv

Are you allowed to have this much fun while learning? Karen and Andy of Defiant Monkey Improv say, “YES!” Get hands-on with improvisational acting techniques designed to highlight the benefits of play for your mental health and overall wellbeing. Learn about pushing beyond mental barriers, using imagination and creativity to solve problems, and enhancing memory through the art of play. Limited to 15 students.

Keep Fitness in Mind – Keynote Show with Defiant Monkey Improv

Quick-thinking, creativity, memory, problem-solving, social interaction, stress relief: these are all part of your mental fitness routine. Everyone knows to work out muscles for physical improvement, but do you also know you can “work out” your brain for mental improvement—with more than just crossword puzzles? You can and you should! Sit back and relax with the all-improvised keynote show that will help you remember to keep fitness in mind!


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