Root Studio stands with our local Nipmuc Indigenous Peoples whose lands were stolen through violence in the name of colonialism, we stand alongside the Black Lives Movement and we stand with all our neighbors working towards a just and equal world.

Board Members

Andrea Chesnes - President and Founder

Jessica Gahres - Treasurer

Jenni Haley - Clerk

Becky Hawes-Sivitz - Director

Crystal Keldun - Director

Mission Statement: 

Root to Rise  is a mentorship program for teen girls that helps breaks cycles of family trauma, poverty and substance-use disorder by teaching yoga and meditation-based skills to help them take charge of their lives. Embedded in Turners Falls, MA, Root Studio engages and supports teen girls by providing them with space, life skills and opportunities for transformation within their own neighborhood. We support and cultivate this specific population because they already embody the strength, resilience, resourcefulness and adaptability required for future leadership. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 82-3580865.


Andrea Chesnes is the founder and Executive Director of Root Studio, Inc. Andrea is a 200-hour E-RYT Hatha yoga teacher who has taught for nearly a decade. She won the Valley Advocates 2019 Best Yoga award for her teaching throughout Franklin County. She brings this high-level of teaching and meditative practice to the girls in her Root to Rise program in Turners Falls, MA. Andrea is committed to the preservation of community in developing towns and ensuring all community members have the opportunity to live happy and successful lives.