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The aCHIeve Project provides tools to support students in navigating this fast paced, ever-evolving world. Mastering the art of expression and communication using arts as the lens for understanding global wellness philosophies.


The aCHIeve Project provides a foundation for lifelong practice of positive habits. allowing students to show up in the world with compassion that is activated thanks to the understanding how stimulus is received. This expanded awareness is the key to human connection and the evolution of our species.

Current Offerings

Rest, Reflect, and Reset – TEEN MINDFULNESS GROUP

Meets Weekly on Sunday Evenings | 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM | Flourish Counseling and Wellness Center | 6 session punch card - $108 | Drop-In for $20 per session

Ages 11 – 18:

The group will focus on connecting, calm, confidence and creating a community with compassion. Students will learn about meditation and mindfulness and practice stress reduction skills.

There will be a monthly Family Sunday Night where parents can accompany their kids.


Who Are We?

Marni Ratner is an inspired, teacher with over 20 years of experience in the classroom. As a performer, curriculum writer, yoga teacher, performance coach, and energy body worker, she can connect with students on multiple levels that address the whole person. Marni has the uncanny ability to identify where her students are in need of guidance to overcome an issue to best optimize their performance. As an actress, Marni has performed in shows in NYC, National Tours, and regional houses all across America. Marni graduated from The Boston Conservatory of Music with a BM in Musical Theater performance. Marni is the founder of univerSOULspace and created a new Meditation/yoga program call, Move My Chi. 

Melynda Burdette Wintrol is the Arts Integration Manager at Olney Theatre Center and previously served as Director of Education at Adventure Theatre MTC. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from UMUC. A member of three Helen Hayes nominated ensembles, Melynda has performed with Tony award winning Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, American Family Theatre, Prather Entertainment Group, Pallas Theatre Collective, Riverside Center, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre. Melynda is a member of EdTA and serves as a Helen Hayes Judge for theatreWashington.

Andrea Lopes has a master’s degree in social work and has 25 years of clinical experience working with adolescents and adults (specializing in anxiety disorders and depression). Because she has worked closely with teens in her practice at Flourish in Olney, MD, as well as in the community, Andrea understands the issues that kids face today. She recognizes an increasing need for alternative ways to help our kids, particularly in conjunction with mind/body/spirit.

Andrea Diuguid is an educator and youth mentor who specializes in recognizing the inherent worth in children and teens. She has a vast knowledge of learning differences, social-emotional awareness, learning modalities, and community building.

Participants from The aCHIeve Project Summer Experience conceptualized, planned, filmed, scripted, and edited this PSA about What it is Like to be a Teen in 2019.