Elohee’s Founders


Eve Cook

Executive Director

While professionally trained in Biomedical Science, Eve shifted careers due to the peace and healing she found with nature.  Eve, her husband, and her parents dreamed of creating a place like Elohee —a container where people can retreat and find community in a nurturing and safe way–while Eve faced ongoing cancer treatments.  Eve envisioned a place where the land becomes a partner with facilitators, guests, and staff for personal growth and healing. She believes being still and listening to nature can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.  Eve truly enjoys engaging with retreat facilitators and participants in person while they are at Elohee. Eve also loves reading, traveling, expressing herself through her artwork, and the time spent with her husband and furry companions.

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Michael Cook

Facilities Manager

Michael has always been one to work with his hands and through the years has found that he is most comfortable when surrounded by nature.  A background of two decades in manufacturing and industrial maintenance has provided him with the skills to manage the infrastructure needs of the center.  Michael loves that Elohee provides him the opportunity to get his hands dirty and stay connected with nature. Over the past few years, guests have given him the nickname “That Guy” as he pops up and handles most any need and situation.

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Augustin Bralley

Chief Information Officer

Augustin (Augie) has been the go-to for IT support since “Elohee was just an idea floating around.” But it is actually the second family business that he helped build. After graduating from UGA with a degree in Computer Science, Augustin worked in IT, web development, marketing, and SEO at Metametrix. As the son of the founders, he also participated at the Director level and helped drive many strategic initiatives for six years prior to the implementation of Elohee. When Augustin is not supporting Elohee, you can find him at Scribd – a subscription book and audiobook service – where he is currently an Engineering Manager. Fun Fact: Augustin and his wife met at Burning Man. They now live in Florida with their Pug named Bug. (Bug adores daddy!)

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James & Carolyn Bralley

Advisors & Board Members

James and Carolyn Bralley serve on the Elohee Board of Directors. They were instrumental in the creation of Elohee and serve it today in advisory and supportive roles.

In the early 1980s, shortly after James received his PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Florida, they started a clinical laboratory business specializing in functional laboratory testing. After nearly 30 years, they sold the laboratory and retired to the Georgia mountains where they purchased the land on which Elohee sits today.

James and Carolyn were students at the University of Illinois where they met through their involvement in Transcendental Meditation. Over the decades, meditation, yoga and retreats have been a big part of their lives together. They often took their young children on camping trips to the Georgia mountains and fell in love with the forests there. With its focus on healing, nature immersion, retreat, meditation, yoga and service, Elohee was a natural progression for their retirement years.

James goes by his nickname Andy. You will notice Andy’s woodworking hobby throughout Elohee in headboards, night tables, benches, gong stand, etc. (Carolyn assisting). He can also be seen on his riding mower, maintaining the expansive yards on Bald Mountain and at the Bamboo Cottage. Carolyn helps with accounting, gift shop, etc. Many of you have met them as they shuttle you up and down the mountain, delighted to share this beautiful space with you!

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Coordination Gurus


Micki Wisenbaker

Retreats Director

Micki Wisenbaker, before joining the Elohee family as the Retreat Coordinator in 2021, attended a retreat in October 2019 and fell in love with the property; it’s views, calming energy, and devoted owners and staff. She recalls thinking, “Wow, this would be an awesome place to work!” Ready for a career change, Micki recently closed her business, Meridian Massage & Skin Care. She has been a Massage Therapist, Esthetician, and Reflexologist for 20 years. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, she used her education and intuition to promote health, wellness, and transformation to her devoted clients. Her integrative approach of practicing the healing arts combined relaxation with results-oriented techniques. She trusts that when vital self-care practices are aligned with awareness of the mind/body connection, powerful healing occurs. Micki uses this philosophy and experience combined with Elohee’s mission to provide a retreat environment to support self-discovery, healing and awakening to assist in creating amazing retreat experiences. When not working, she enjoys cooking, photography (mostly of her food creations), and spending time with her husband and three cats. Fun fact: As a seasoned aromatherapist, she hand-crafted a line of Alchemy Aromatherapy Mists now sold in Elohee’s Gift Shoppe.
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Savannah Bondellio

Onsite Retreat Liaison

Savannah Bondellio, the Swiss Army knife of Elohee, joined our work family in autumn 2022, traveling all the way from Connecticut’s oceanfront to the north Georgia mountains to fulfill her role here. As a lover of nature, yoga, and spiritual nourishment, the job description felt perfectly aligned to her life goals and interests as she applied and went through the interview process with founders Eve and Michael.

Although she dropped out of college, where she had been majoring in opera singing, she still sings and hums everywhere she goes. When you attend a retreat with us, she may even serenade you! Savannah’s responsibilities at Elohee include, but are not limited to, welcoming the guests upon arrival, working in the spa and gift shop, building a sturdy bonfire, stocking the tea house, taste-testing the kitchen staff’s delicious culinary creations, and going above and beyond to make sure every guest is diligently cared for.

In her free time you can find her writing and recording music, building guitars in a wood shop, rock climbing, baking her favorite ginger molasses cookies, or relaxing and reading a riveting book.



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Kitchen Creatives


Renee Nelms

Chef/Kitchen Manager

Renee Nelms began her journey with Elohee in June 2019.  She knows fate and a higher power brought her to Elohee.  Renee has worked in the  food service industry most of her life and loves feeding people.  She is particularly inspired by discovering new recipes that fall in line with Elohee’s seasonally inspired menus.  Renee has raised 4 boys, has 3 daughters-in-law, and 2 grandsons whom she loves spending time with.  

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