Lessons From the Art is located at

  • 189 N. Main Street
  • Iola, WI 54945
  • 715-340-2136
  • tammiejo.berg@gmail.com

“Lessons from the Art” came about because of a need in our local area. The high school has a great choral and band program, but there are no opportunities for private enhancement in the immediate area. In addition, Waupaca and Portage Counties are endowed with a plethora of artists, willing to share their expertise. The more I talked with people, the more this idea developed to the point of offering lessons and classes to all ages across a multitude of mediums.

My name is Tammie Jo Berg. Music has been a part of my life since I was born. My dad played in a country band and gave various lessons, my mom gave accordion lessons, and my uncle played in a 60′s rock band. My dad put a guitar in my hand when I was 5 years old and I haven’t put it down since. I also play hammered dulcimer, string bass, some keyboard, harp and various percussion.

For 15 years I was part of Chambray, 4 ladies weaving harmonies together creating a fabric of melodies. We released 2 CDs: Chambray, and Chambray Christmas. And another 4 years singing and playing with Sisters in Song.

I am a real estate agent (my real job) and teach wellness through yoga, meditation and Healing Touch classes. I’m an ordained pastor and officiate weddings and funerals. I also run a non-profit global outreach association called One Small Drop that operates in Tanzania, Africa. (You can look here for more info on One Small Drop.)

After being an EMT for 20 years I saw definite connections between the body, mind and spirit. I began to explore alternative health. I became certified in Healing Harp practices where the vibrations of the strings have definitive healing effects on the client. I then became certified in the 7 Spiritual Laws of Yoga and Meditation through Deepak Chopra. Then I was introduced the Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese healing art through gentle touch (similar to acupressure) validating my experiences with energy in our bodies.  I continue to study and attend seminars by many of the master teachers and have incorporated a mixture of healing modalities, including crystals and sound.

I’m married to Brian Derus. I have 3 great grown children and have just recently entered into grandparent-dom.

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