A Bit About Us
Turning Interest Into Action
Here at SoulGround, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to create a retreat program unlike any other. Since 2017, we’ve been supporting our community members through intimate weekend retreats at least 3 times a year. Our retreats are all hosted at cost, meaning that the tuition our members pay to attend goes directly to securing our facility for the retreat weekend, obtaining food for our full menu and paying our board certified registered facilitators. Any funds left over go towards funding scholarships to future retreats.
Our future goal is to be completely funded through grants and donations so that SoulGround can be come more accessible to anyone that needs or would like to attend.
Just imagine what we can achieve together!
Meet The Team
River A. Dowdy
Founder, President, Program Director
Creative, Thoughtful, Courageous
River Dowdy is a counseling graduate student at Central Methodist University, a drama therapy alternative training student through the North American Drama Therapy Association, and a cohort member at Polaris DvT Institute in Chicago training in Developmental Transformations (DvT) for two years. She graduated Summa Cum Ladue from University of Missouri- St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in trauma and neuropsychology and a minor in theatre.
River is studying to specialize in severe and complex trauma through the lens of embodied modalities and creative arts.
She has presented several times at the Healing Together-Infinite Minds Conference in Orlando, Co-wrote, "'till The Cold Winter's Through" (a production on commercial sexual exploitation) for the STL Fringe Festival and was on the board of the TWLOHA University Chapter at UMSL.
River's vision of what SoulGround can be keeps growing. Currently she wears many hats from webmaster to program director. Her dream is to make SoulGround accessible to anyone who needs it though full funded scholarships.
Grounded, Playful, Caring
Rahul Mehta received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Currently he is in the Master of Clinical Counseling program at Central Methodist University.
He aspires to either work with children trauma survivors or with males in the eating disorder community. Or both! Or more! The sky is the limit!
As a member of the SoulGround board, Rahul oversees the payments and finances for each event. He hopes that SoulGround will continue to grow and become a place for clients all around the world to attend and gain more insight in their recovery and internal work. He knows the potential for this organization is limitless and is excited to be a part of SoulGround.
Dr. Adam M. Key
Director of Communications
Driven. Articulate. Ambitious.
Adam Key has a Ph.D. and a Master of Fine Arts in Communication, specializing in the study of how discourse can be utilized to assist at-risk populations to better themselves and their communities.
He has spent the past seven years working to improve the communication skills of multiple groups including prisoners and youth living on the southern U.S. border.
In addition, he is heavily involved in the TED community as a TEDx organizer and speaker as well as a response speaker at TEDGlobal 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania.
As SoulGround’s Communications Director, he is involved in communicating with the organization’s various stakeholders in order to best promote its mission and purpose.
Why it's important
SoulGround is committed to not only utilizing Drama Therapy as an effective and powerful treatment modality, but we also seek to contribute to the body of literature that supports drama therapy as both efficacious and evidenced based.
With these goals in mind, SoulGround may extend opportunities for retreat participants or facilitators to participate in confidential and voluntary research or evaluation. Any research would be subject to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review prior to data collection.
Artistic. Punky. Empathetic.
Roxann Wombacher is pursuing her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling at Central Methodist University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from University of Central Missouri. Currently, she works as an Account Executive at a marketing firm but she also has her own freelance business on the side.
Roxann is passionate about art and design and it shows in her work. She enjoys bringing client’s ideas to life through design and always enjoys a new challenge. As SoulGround's Creative Director she hopes to help the organization grow and thrive by helping them gain recognition and increased membership one design at a time.
Assistant Program Director
Quirky. Artistic. Compassionate.
Reyna Vaughn has her associates degree in psychology from Darton College. She is a mixed media artist and a Certified Soulcollage® Facilitator. Currently, she facilitates therapeutic art groups in her art studio in north Atlanta, Georgia.
She is passionate about how expressive arts can help people of all ages learn about the many facets of their life. As the Assistant Program Director for SoulGround she helps organize and create meaningful, healing, and therapeutic weekend. Reyna enjoys spreading the word about SoulGround and how our community can help people.
In Search of Volunteers for...
- Social Media Management
- Future retreat RDT facilitators
- Donation Procurement Specialist