A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.-Lao Tzu
David Shaddock: Owner/Director
David Shaddock is an RYT-500 Yoga teacher
and a Reiki Master.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both mechanical and electrical fields, as well as having a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. He is a airplane, seaplane and hot air balloon pilot, a master gardener, a former paramedic, a musician (guitar sitar, piano), woodcrafter, champion canoe racer, a writer, gourmet chef, and more - which defines his love of learning and passion for exploring life in all its diversity. 

He took Ginny's first yoga teacher training with only one expectation: that he would learn to be more flexible. He was surprised to discover that he learned far, far more than physical awareness and how to do a proper Adho Mukha Svanasana. He came away with a new path that recruited the yogi-like qualities already developed in him through his many years of living consciously and conscientiously, and focused those qualities and his new-found knowledge to shine light into all eight limbs of yoga. David's love of teaching shines as well, and he brings a great deal of that love and his omnipresent creativity to each of the classes he teaches. His medical background (he was one of the first five Certified Emergency Cardiac Technicians in Illinois, and one of the first privately registered paramedics there as well) allows him to lecture the new yoga teacher trainees on anatomy and physiology, with special attention to inversions and prānāyāma. He has a particular affinity for Aerial Yoga and his anatomy of inversion course is insightful thanks to his experience in medicine, flying and yoga.

When David was young, his father spent much of his time working as an engineer representing an American company in India. David was fascinated with many aspects of Indian culture, studying the sitar (he still plays on occasion), Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indian art. He has incorporated many of the aspects of Buddhism into his personal spiritual portfolio.

David's vision for a creative, inspirational retreat atmosphere combined with his creativity and diverse skills in design and craftsmenship means he is always adding to Heartwood. He helped design and build the Chakra garden, the yoga center, the vegetable gardens and orchard, the beekeeping station and more. With endless plans for fun discovery areas he hopes to soon add a stargazing platform a "literary" tree house, and a labrinth.  
Ginny East Shaddock, Director/Owner

Ginny EastShaddock is an ERYT-500 yoga teacher, a certified yoga therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), a Reiki Master and a trained Ayurveda Counselor from the Kerala Institute, India and a registered member of the National Ayurveda Medical Association. She has a BA in Business Management from Eckerd College and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University. Her extensive background in dance, yoga and the healing arts have helped her create a multi-faceted school with an educational program that combines arts awareness, physical training and mind-body awareness for ever-broadening learning experiences. She is the director of Heartwood Yoga Center and Heartwood Retreat Center, and the founder of the Florida Reiki Association, as well as Yoga for the Balanced Child, a YA certification program designed to qualify teachers to share yoga with children ages 3-teen.











In the area of yoga, Ginny draws from extensive knowledge of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga styles, and has trained in chair yoga, yin yoga, acu-yoga, and restorative yoga techniques as well. She founded of the first aerial yoga training program in Sarasota/Bradenton, and certifies an average of 130 people per season in Aerial yoga. She also specializes in yoga teacher training courses at both the 200 and 500 level and  yoga therapy. Ginny, a former professional dancer and choreographer, draws upon her extensive range of movement studies to provide a safe and insightful physical yoga experience that includes proper alignment and structure as well as a gentle, easy to understand presentation of meditation & breathing. She encourages students to use journaling and other methods to tap into internal wisdom for stress relief and physical awareness. Her studies of energy transference and organic lifestyle methods, as well as her Master's degree in writing, provide a foundation for guiding students into a deeper level of understanding as they discover yoga, journaling, and organic lifestyle choices as a path to self-healing and personal balance.


As a dancer, Ginny is a former performer and teacher from NYC, named one of the top ten teachers and choreographers in NY by Dance Pages Magazine at the height of her dance career. Among the professional schools in New York she has taught for are Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, Vassar College, New York University, and Raoul Gelebert Studios. She choreographed the off-Broadway hit Tracers at the Joseph Papp Theater in NY and the feature film Whatever It Takes. She has received numerous awards for her innovative choreography and has trained nationally recognized competition winners, with many of her students performing on Broadway, in National tours, with the Rockettes, and in national and/or regional companies, including the Martha Graham Company, Houston Ballet, and others. She spent a year directing Universal Studios in Canada and later became the founder of FLEX Dance Studios in Sarasota, a school that became Florida's largest and most established dance schools which she co-directed with Mark Hendry, for 18 years. Ginny has been on the Dance Masters of America national staff, featured at the Kent State University teacher's training school, the Boston Teacher's Training School, and has been a master teacher at over 17 chapters of DMA and for many of their national conventions. She's been a teacher and/or judge for Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Showstoppers Competitions, I Love Dance, Chicago Dance Teacher's Association, and other regional dance teachers associations, conventions, and competitions. She has been a featured master teacher at the Florida Dance Festival and several of her choreographic works were selected for performance there by the West Coast Dance Project, a regional contemporary dance company. She has also choreographed for the Gateway Ballet Company of St. Louis.


As an author, Ginny has won the Royal Palm Literary Award two times, once for historical fiction, and once for memoir. She also won the New Southerner Literary Award and her piece was selected for their yearly anthology. She has written a book, My Million Dollar Donkey, a memoir that explores social issues, education, and personal awareness gained during a period where she attempted to live a simple life in the Georgia Mountains.  





Ginny has run a karma yoga/dance project with students with Downs Syndrome for over twenty years and is an advocate others interested in teaching students with challenges She loves sustainable living projects and anything that gets her closer to nature. She keeps chickens and bees, is a organic winemaker, nature art crafter, writer, and mother of three beautiful adult children. She loves kayaking, hiking, gardening, drawing, and learning anything new.