2017 Presenters

We are honored to have conference presenters from throughout the Midwest on topics including spirituality, sacred movement, religious history, intuition and more.


Becca Stevens

Founder and ceo of thistle farms

CNN 2016 Hero

Keynote: "How to Turn Your Faith (whatever that faith may be) Into Action."

Workshop: "Daily Practices for Healers and Advocates- a demonstration of how Thistle Farms Oils can be used for healing."

Private Workshop: "Networking Session with Sexual Trafficking Task Force"

BECCA STEVENS is many things…an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and was conferred an honorary doctorate by The University of the South and General Theological Seminary.


mas sajady

can this man change your life in 10 minutes or less?

Mas has been likened to many internationally known teachers. However, to date, no one has quite been able to describe him and the unbelievable transformations he facilitates for individuals at his in-person and online events. One thing is for certain - no one has ever left a Mas event the same person as they arrived. Following two near-death experiences, Mas Sajady was gifted with the ability to identify the real reasons why your life is the way it is. And if you so desire, he can help you access your own power to heal and transform all areas of your life - physical, financial, spiritual, relationships and more -  with rapid, tangible and documented results.

This event includes a presentation, demonstration and guided Medihealing®, meditation and healing in one. Mas will also be available for Industrial-Strength Group Healing℠ (IGHs) sessions during the day. There is no 'chance meeting'. If something is stirring within you, then join Mas. Feel the frequency and discover the truth about Yourself. Although the results are tangible and at times seemingly unbelievable, Mas doesn't heal you. He helps you awaken your own abilities to heal yourself and transform your own life.

After his second near death experience, Mas Sajady was gifted with intuitive and healing abilities so remarkably potent that he was soon likened to some of the most significant healers in history. He has the ability to assist in shifting individuals’ personal vibration by removing their energetic blocks creating fast and tangible results in all areas of life. He calls himself a “DNA reader” and notes we are all made up of frequencies stating, “When you change your frequency, you change your life.” Thousands around the world have transformed their lives after just one or a few sessions with Mas.  An ordinary computer programmer who was gifted with extraordinary abilities after two near death experiences, Mas Sajady struggles to define himself as his gifts stretch far beyond the physical.  Mas has helped countless individuals wake up to their own powers to effortlessly materialize abundance in all areas of life which he believes is both our birthright and natural state of being. Mas helps clear layers of distortions that keep us from this 360 degrees of abundance and he has been likened to some of the most significant healers in history. Mas works at a level beyond most known modalities and has helped thousands around the world transform their lives after just one or a few sessions. He started working with clients professionally in November of 2009. Within less than a year, he had worked with over a thousand individuals who were drawn to him by referral. Through his daily meditation sessions and frequent speaking engagements worldwide, Mas has been able to touch countless individuals around the world. Whether it is physical or emotional health, finances, relationships or spirituality, Mas can change your frequency in order to Be Limitless & enjoy 360° of abundance in all aspects of your life.

After his second near death experience, Mas Sajady was gifted with intuitive and healing abilities so remarkably potent that he was soon likened to some of the most significant healers in history. He has the ability to assist in shifting individuals’ personal vibration by removing their energetic blocks creating fast and tangible results in all areas of life. He calls himself a “DNA reader” and notes we are all made up of frequencies stating, “When you change your frequency, you change your life.” Thousands around the world have transformed their lives after just one or a few sessions with Mas. 

An ordinary computer programmer who was gifted with extraordinary abilities after two near death experiences, Mas Sajady struggles to define himself as his gifts stretch far beyond the physical.  Mas has helped countless individuals wake up to their own powers to effortlessly materialize abundance in all areas of life which he believes is both our birthright and natural state of being. Mas helps clear layers of distortions that keep us from this 360 degrees of abundance and he has been likened to some of the most significant healers in history. Mas works at a level beyond most known modalities and has helped thousands around the world transform their lives after just one or a few sessions.

He started working with clients professionally in November of 2009. Within less than a year, he had worked with over a thousand individuals who were drawn to him by referral. Through his daily meditation sessions and frequent speaking engagements worldwide, Mas has been able to touch countless individuals around the world. Whether it is physical or emotional health, finances, relationships or spirituality, Mas can change your frequency in order to Be Limitless & enjoy 360° of abundance in all aspects of your life.

Dee Vazquez Sabol is Executive Director of the Diversity Council, an organization that has spent 28 years ensuring that the people of Rochester embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous community. Ms. Sabol brings experience in cross-cultural communication and change management, and is deeply engaged in the areas of community collaboration, social equity, and sustainable growth in Southeastern Minnesota.

Dee Vazquez Sabol is Executive Director of the Diversity Council, an organization that has spent 28 years ensuring that the people of Rochester embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous community. Ms. Sabol brings experience in cross-cultural communication and change management, and is deeply engaged in the areas of community collaboration, social equity, and sustainable growth in Southeastern Minnesota.

Dee Sabol

presenter, ally bootcamp for courageous people

Experiential

Allies & Advocates is a community response program that: 1) nurtures and supports individuals experiencing heightened anxiety, uncertainty, or incidents of hate/bias in this challenging social and cultural climate; 2) provides skills and tactics for safe and effective engagement in uncivil social interactions; and 3) offers resources and organizing tools for social justice activism.

Ally Bootcamps are participatory scenario-based sessions that provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and practice responses to incidents they might encounter in their daily lives. The sessions include tips and tactics for de-escalation, passive intervention, and reporting on behalf of a victim or intended victim while avoiding confrontation with an aggressor.


Sally blumenfeld

presenter, the 4th house in astrology: the womb of your soul

Powerpoint / computer based

The 4th house describes not only our connection to our families, but to our connection with all of humanity and Mother earth. Studying your 4th house will give you a better understanding of your roots and your potential. Some of the things we will look at are the possible meanings of the different signs on the 4th house cusp and planets within the house. Bring your chart and discover what clan you belong to, your basic need, and what you are here to learn.

Sally Blumenfeld has studied astrology for over 35 years. She is an astrological counselor, teacher, writer, creator of the Drumming Astrologer Power Deck ©2014, and past president of STARS, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Council of Geocosmic Research.

Sally Blumenfeld has studied astrology for over 35 years. She is an astrological counselor, teacher, writer, creator of the Drumming Astrologer Power Deck ©2014, and past president of STARS, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Council of Geocosmic Research.


Rahbi Crawford holds two Master Degrees in Music plus six years of advanced study with professional conducting organizations and two levels of sound healing study with Fabien Maman in the South of France. Besides her extensive musical skill and training, Rahbi brings to her music the benefit of her own emotional healing and deep devotion to her own spiritual journey.

Rahbi Crawford holds two Master Degrees in Music plus six years of advanced study with professional conducting organizations and two levels of sound healing study with Fabien Maman in the South of France. Besides her extensive musical skill and training, Rahbi brings to her music the benefit of her own emotional healing and deep devotion to her own spiritual journey.

rahbi crawford and patricia selmo

presenter, sacred transformational sound

experiential

This is a "Divine Feminine" Experience. Crystal bowls activate the crystalline circuity within our systems; creating a deeper connection with our own Divine nature and allowing us to maintain higher frequencies of light energy. The affect is a more balanced system with higher aspects of our thoughts and emotions contributing to the physical well-being of the awakening individual and the awakening world.


sue betts

presenter, healing addiction through spiritual connection

formal paper

Workshop Purpose: Obtaining your Spiritual Connection – This workshop is designed for women in addiction and recovery to re-discover their spiritual connection of self and enhance their recovery with hope; to bring awareness of one’s individual spiritual guiding presence of healing; and to learn and listen to how we create our life as an addict and how we can still experience a life of joy.
This workshop will discuss:
• The Science – As we know it today and the importance of Addiction Awareness.
• How we look at addiction in East and West traditions.
• How spirit and body connect through the flow of energy.
This workshop will demonstrate:
• A grounding exercise.
• Guided meditation.

Sue’s story begins with a girl who came into this world with no feeling or memory of her spiritual-energetic connection. Without this connection she struggled with emotions and an understanding of her place in life, resulting in years of addiction. Through several years of learning and teaching, Sue realized her own path of recovery was to find the relationship between spirit and our healing abilities. Sober for 15 years, she has found what sustains her and wants to help others do the same.

Sue’s story begins with a girl who came into this world with no feeling or memory of her spiritual-energetic connection. Without this connection she struggled with emotions and an understanding of her place in life, resulting in years of addiction. Through several years of learning and teaching, Sue realized her own path of recovery was to find the relationship between spirit and our healing abilities. Sober for 15 years, she has found what sustains her and wants to help others do the same.


Judy Coughlin has a major in Psychology and minor in Women's Studies. She worked for several multi-national companies managing employees across several continents. Jude then followed her passion to become a Wellness Coach for a top ten Fortune 500 company. She now has her own business Restore Core Wellness. Jude teaches fitness, yoga and mind body practices at various places including an eating disorder clinic. She has published several articles in the Edge Holistic Living Magazine.

Judy Coughlin has a major in Psychology and minor in Women's Studies. She worked for several multi-national companies managing employees across several continents. Jude then followed her passion to become a Wellness Coach for a top ten Fortune 500 company. She now has her own business Restore Core Wellness. Jude teaches fitness, yoga and mind body practices at various places including an eating disorder clinic. She has published several articles in the Edge Holistic Living Magazine.

judy coughlin and deb davis

presenter, valuing your awesome self and others

experiential

This workshop will discuss the concept of valuing ourselves and the people in our lives. A very brief history of how women have been valued through out the years will be presented. Value will be defined and valuing others and understanding value across cultures will be discussed. Rather than the golden rule, platinum rule will be discussed. The workshop will provide practical tips, a meditation and exercises on loving and valuing ourselves and other more.


terri bergstrom and shari mason

presenter, compassion through silence, movement, and sound

experiential

Come and access your inner well of compassion for self and others in an experiential way through reflection, movement and drumming.
Reflection: Through chair yoga, connecting with self-compassion.
Movement: Through an indoor labyrinth, connecting compassion with the gathered community.
Drumming: Through drumming, connecting with the community of all creation. (We have a variety of instruments or feel free to bring your own.)

Terri Bergstrom is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and a Reiki Master and has been practicing both modalities for 18 years. Shari Mason is a UCC pastor, Hospice Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Master. A journey which began at the age of 40. Both facilitate workshops, meditation and drumming circle at Austin Congregational UCC.

Terri Bergstrom is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and a Reiki Master and has been practicing both modalities for 18 years.
Shari Mason is a UCC pastor, Hospice Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Yoga Instructor, and Reiki Master. A journey which began at the age of 40.
Both facilitate workshops, meditation and drumming circle at Austin Congregational UCC.


Gina Miranda Kingsley -at age 11 was trained by an old Mayan shaman on the mysteries of the calendar -graduated as a computer programmer analyst 1978 -work as a programmer to 1982 -was an adviser for "hidden worlds revealed" at the Minnesota science museum 2012-2013 -offered multiple seminars or workshops at St Catherine, St cloud, Hamline universities, -Author of "a matter of chulel" "the lost knowledge of the Mayan calendar" and "the journey of the first Americans"

Gina Miranda Kingsley
-at age 11 was trained by an old Mayan shaman on the mysteries of the calendar
-graduated as a computer programmer analyst 1978
-work as a programmer to 1982
-was an adviser for "hidden worlds revealed" at the Minnesota science museum 2012-2013
-offered multiple seminars or workshops at St Catherine, St cloud, Hamline universities,
-Author of "a matter of chulel" "the lost knowledge of the Mayan calendar" and "the journey of the first Americans"

gina miranda-kingsley

Presenter, understanding the universe through mayan spirituality

storytelling

The Mayan philosophy is thousands of years old and is so complete and profound as any other ancient culture of the world.
It has been in a way obscure and difficult to understand given that it is based on the more complex calendar in history. I come to clarify this philosophy and allow anyone access to this enlightening spirituality. I will provide the audience with basic understanding of the calendar.


anne murphy

presenter, after life care

powerpoint / computer based

Caring for our loved one during and after death is a life affirming, loving and compassionate way to honor our dead. Come and hear about the timeless tradition of a home funeral/vigil. Topics include the history of conventional funerals, after death body care, anointing and honoring, your legal rights and common concerns and questions.

Anne Murphy is a Home Funeral Guide and Funeral Celebrant. Through her work at A Thousand Hands, she brings a more hands on approach to dying through home vigils, family directed after death care, green burials and ceremony. She works with individuals, families as well as groups to help educate, empower and support people in discovering their innate ability to care for one another in death.

Anne Murphy is a Home Funeral Guide and Funeral Celebrant. Through her work at A Thousand Hands, she brings a more hands on approach to dying through home vigils, family directed after death care, green burials and ceremony. She works with individuals, families as well as groups to help educate, empower and support people in discovering their innate ability to care for one another in death.


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ashalul aden

presenter, social justice in islam

experiential

In this workshop, I will be discussing my experiences growing up Muslim and how it has taught me to speak up for oppressed and marginalized people in the world. As I watch the news, I notice that whenever Islam is being discussed, it is rarely in a positive light. Growing up as a Muslim has helped me overcome many obstacles in my life and has brought me closer to God. My religion taught me to be kind to everyone I meet regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. I want to show others my beautiful religion and all that it has to offer. My religion enlightened me to see and hear all the oppressed, marginalized groups in the world and to give them my helping hand in the fight for equality. I know that no one deserves to live in this manner, so I speak up. I use my voice and what I have learned from my religion to educate others and to help people live a better life. I hope what people can take away from my workshop is that Islam is not a religion of evil. It is a religion of peace that uses its followers to ensure every single human being in the world lives the life he/she/they rightfully deserve.  


katie and emily cashel

presenter, treewommon and shooting star

ritual / worship

Come sing and dance; We’ll co-create a ritual with songs you can MOVE to; There will be joyous dancing & drumming. Bring a song to share—if it isn’t already set to movement, we’ll see what the group can add. All levels of singing and/or movement abilities are welcome-- This is a participatory workshop.

Treewommon is the mother of Shooting Star, and is a Wiccan priestess in her community. Shooting Star is a maiden who went to Mankato Women and Spirituality Conference every year of her life and has twice participated in the conference’s opening and closing ceremonies with her mother and friends.

Treewommon is the mother of Shooting Star, and is a Wiccan priestess in her community. Shooting Star is a maiden who went to Mankato Women and Spirituality Conference every year of her life and has twice participated in the conference’s opening and closing ceremonies with her mother and friends.


Shawngela Pierce, is an author, speaker, meditation and law of attraction coach. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and received her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Purdue University. In 2003, she earned an MS in an educational field and taught college Human Anatomy & Physiology, for over 6-years. Around 2006, while in Naturopathy school, she "discovered" the Law of Attraction and has studied and practiced it ever since.

Shawngela Pierce, is an author, speaker, meditation and law of attraction coach. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and received her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Purdue University. In 2003, she earned an MS in an educational field and taught college Human Anatomy & Physiology, for over 6-years. Around 2006, while in Naturopathy school, she "discovered" the Law of Attraction and has studied and practiced it ever since.

shawngela pierce

presenter, communicating with your inner spirit

experiential

Your Inner Spirits/Inner Guides/Higher Power are always communicating with you, however, the extent to which most people understand the communication is weak due to a hectic lifestyle and mind. In this workshop, we will explore both experientially and through a brief lecture how harnessing the power of meditation can deepen your communication with your Inner Spirit.

In this workshop there will be a 45-minute moving and sitting meditation followed by a discussion.


virginia cooper

presenter, flower essences & vibrational medicine

discussion based

This workshop will give an overview of Vibrational Medicine, how it works and clarify the differences between flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy and herbalism. We will then go into depth about flower essences and their role in creating emotional balance, mental clarity and spiritual alignment. We will give a brief history of Dr Edward Bach and his system of Bach Flower Medicine and the role of the 38 remedies and how to use them. We will have on hand all 38 Bach Flower remedies and after time for personal inventory, each participant will come away with a personalized remedy for their own healing.

Virginia Cooper is a registered nurse, a certified massage therapist and has an independent practice providing Bach Flower consultation. She has been teaching and leading workshops on healing and spirituality since the 1980s. She is a musician and writes inspired poetry and is often seen at local events with her; Poem Store, Inspired Poetry While You Wait.

Virginia Cooper is a registered nurse, a certified massage therapist and has an independent practice providing Bach Flower consultation. She has been teaching and leading workshops on healing and spirituality since the 1980s. She is a musician and writes inspired poetry and is often seen at local events with her; Poem Store, Inspired Poetry While You Wait.


With over two decades of helping people make positive life changes, Angela is an Intuitive, transformational teacher, mentor, speaker and author. She is passionate about helping people transform their thoughts, feeling and emotions, to create new patterns to fulfill their dreams and desires. The outcome of Angela’s work is an exciting blend of the academia of positive psychology and the spirituality of the soul.

With over two decades of helping people make positive life changes, Angela is an Intuitive, transformational teacher, mentor, speaker and author. She is passionate about helping people transform their thoughts, feeling and emotions, to create new patterns to fulfill their dreams and desires. The outcome of Angela’s work is an exciting blend of the academia of positive psychology and the spirituality of the soul.

angela blaha

presenter, accessing a higher state of consciousness

experiential

How to use the natural experiences of meditation to access higher states of conscious awareness. Two different styles of meditation will be experienced, silence and food. We will learn about and discuss all 7 higher states of consciousness, they are waking, dreaming, sleeping, soul, cosmic, divine and unity consciousness. Q&A


pam muller

presenter, dream work as a spiritual practice: a dream group experience

experiential

The aim of this workshop is to give attendants a dream group experience to help them understand how dream work can be a spiritual practice. By working in a group format, a single dream is used as an example and all participants get an opportunity to share their ideas, impressions and thoughts about the symbolism of the dream. In addition, participants get an opportunity to hear many different perspectives on a single dream. This type of dream discussion serves two purposes, 1. To educate the group about how dream symbols can be interpreted to deliver a message about one’s life direction, spirituality, purpose, or challenges and 2. To demonstrate for the group how we project our own interior dialogue onto dreams, and so can use a dream to explore that inner dialogue more fully.

Integrating Nighttime Dreams into Your Spiritual Practice

Dreams invite us into awe and wonder, and that means they lend themselves perfectly to spiritual work. This workshop will define 5 elements of a spiritual practice and explore what happens when we apply them to our nighttime dreams.

 

If you need more- 

In our time together, we will discuss the basic nature of dreams, discover 5 key elements of what makes something a spiritual practice, and learn how integrating dreams and spirituality deepens and personalizes your dialogue with the Divine. In addition, Sweet Georgia Pam will share the single most important thing to remember when working with dreams as part of a spiritual routine. 

 

By tending to your nighttime dreams, which are gifts of grace, you can finally discover the language that connects you to the Divine.

Sweet Georgia Pam is a spiritual director and dream coach. She has been leading dream groups and helping individual clients understand dreams for ten years. She served as an expert consultant for the creation of the dream interpretation category on JustAnswer.com. In April 2016, Pam received her Spiritual Director certification from the Haden Institute. She was recently featured on Atlanta's B98.5fm Morning Show as the resident dream expert. Her website is SweetGeorgiaPam.com.

Sweet Georgia Pam is a spiritual director and dream coach. She has been leading dream groups and helping individual clients understand dreams for ten years. She served as an expert consultant for the creation of the dream interpretation category on JustAnswer.com. In April 2016, Pam received her Spiritual Director certification from the Haden Institute. She was recently featured on Atlanta's B98.5fm Morning Show as the resident dream expert. Her website is SweetGeorgiaPam.com.


Rev. Debra Jene and Faye are co-chairs of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the MN Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. They have been presenting forums about use of language for naming God throughout MN in hopes that others will be free to use language to uplift women, minorities and displaced persons for healing rather than hurt. Debra is the pastor of Chatfield United Methodist Church in southeastern MN. Faye is a lay leader from Brainerd, MN.

Rev. Debra Jene and Faye are co-chairs of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the MN Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. They have been presenting forums about use of language for naming God throughout MN in hopes that others will be free to use language to uplift women, minorities and displaced persons for healing rather than hurt. Debra is the pastor of Chatfield United Methodist Church in southeastern MN. Faye is a lay leader from Brainerd, MN.

rev. debra jane collum and faye christensen

presenter, naming our god: From patriarchy to radical purpose

discussion based

Through discussion, teaching, examples, and art, participants will explore the ways the ancient and modern Christian naming of God can be expanded to enhance one's own spiritual journey. We believe the language we use for naming God can radically change our perception of the world, ourselves and each other.


amy wilde

presenter, henna body art workshop (presented by castle art)

round table

This workshop focuses on beautiful art of Mehndi (henna). Henna is explained and what it will do for the skin and hair. You will learn how to mix up henna to make a smooth paste for body art application. You will learn how to do simple designs and the application of it. You will be given supplies to use on each other.

Amy Wilde (Castle Art & Import) has been importing henna since 1997. She is well versed in the henna arts and has taken many seminars and classes about henna. Amy is certified via International Certification for Natural Henna Arts. She has also been doing henna at local fairs and festivals for 15+ years.

Amy Wilde (Castle Art & Import) has been importing henna since
1997. She is well versed in the henna arts and has taken many seminars and classes about henna. Amy is certified via International Certification for Natural Henna Arts. She has also been doing henna at local fairs and festivals for 15+ years.


Originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s in American Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State- Rochester. Regina formed the interfaith dialogue non-profit organization, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) in 2014. CIDI actively promotes interfaith dialogue and education through the monthly Faith Talk Show, Project CIDI Bridges, and various talks and lectures.

Originally from Philadelphia and a graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s in American Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State- Rochester. Regina formed the interfaith dialogue non-profit organization, Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) in 2014. CIDI actively promotes interfaith dialogue and education through the monthly Faith Talk Show, Project CIDI Bridges, and various talks and lectures.

regina mustafa

presenter, the role of women in islam

powerpoint / computer based

The role of women in Islam is one of the most controversial topics about this faith. The presentation will use storytelling, power point as well as discussion.


linda melcher and rachel nelson

presenter, drumming with the chakras - Exploring the celtic tradition

ritual / worship

Join us for this experiential frame drum workshop and discover how your body responds to sound. Many of us are familiar with the Vedic, or Indian, Chakra system with the seven traditional Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. In the Celtic tradition the Chakras are paired in three cups: Vocation, Wisdom & Warming, plus the Third Eye. Journeying between these three cups becomes a spiral journey. We'll focus on each Cup, creating community as we drum, chant, and move with rhythms and sound. Invite your creativity; Cleanse and balance your chakras; discover how each of your energy centers responds to various sounds, colors, and tones. All drums provided. Follow-up handout with web references emailed on request.

Drum Superior offers ritual, spiritual and health-based drum programs, including HealthRHYTHMS percussion circles, Drumming Through the Chakras, Drumming in the Feminine, Drumming Into Story, and Drumming for Harmony & Balance. Both Linda Melcher and Rachel Nelson are trained HealthRHYTHMS drum circle facilitators.

Drum Superior offers ritual, spiritual and health-based drum programs, including HealthRHYTHMS percussion circles, Drumming Through the Chakras, Drumming in the Feminine, Drumming Into Story, and Drumming for Harmony & Balance. Both Linda Melcher and Rachel Nelson are trained HealthRHYTHMS drum circle facilitators.


Victoria Oestmann, MA, LMT, Certified Bars Facilitator has been practicing massage, bodywork, and Energy work for 18 years. She is grateful to have learned, experienced, and shared modalities including Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki and Shamanic healing, and had an MA in counseling. She first experience the Bars® at the Women and Spirituality Conference in 2013, and became a Certified Bars Facilitator in April of 2014.Victoria says " The Bars® have been an amazing contribution to my life"

Victoria Oestmann, MA, LMT, Certified Bars Facilitator has been practicing massage, bodywork, and Energy work for 18 years. She is grateful to have learned, experienced, and shared modalities including Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki and Shamanic healing, and had an MA in counseling. She first experience the Bars® at the Women and Spirituality Conference in 2013, and became a Certified Bars Facilitator in April of 2014.Victoria says " The Bars® have been an amazing contribution to my life"

victoria ostemann

presenter, discover access consciousness bars

experiential

Learn about the Bars® through discussion, demonstration, and gifting and receiving some of the points with one another. If you are curious to learn more about how gently touching 32 points on the head can open possibilities for ease, joy, and glory for you, your body, and the earth, join us for a "taste" of the Bars® and discover who you want to BE.


annette bruchu

presenter, Be Perceptive to the Colors in Your Energy Field

experiential

Understanding the relationship between your Aura field and Chakra system through color. How the importance of color experienced through everyday life helps you maintain a healthy energy field and how to keep your Chakra system in balance.

A nationally known Intuitive Healer, Annette has a vast understanding of Auric fields, color representation and the Chakra System through Aura Photography. She teaches Intuitive Development and Energy Healing courses at her Helping YOU Heal Center in Stillwater, MN, and also offers home and business energy clearing. www.UnemployedAngelForHigher.com

A nationally known Intuitive Healer, Annette has a vast understanding of Auric fields, color representation and the Chakra System through Aura Photography. She teaches Intuitive Development and Energy Healing courses at her Helping YOU Heal Center in Stillwater, MN, and also offers home and business energy clearing. www.UnemployedAngelForHigher.com


Catherine Ashton, a Buddhist practitioner, founded the Charter for a Compassionate City in Rochester. She has taught Buddhist meditation at the Federal Medical Center for over 11 years and is a Mayo hospice volunteer. Catherine is retired from 30 years of guiding tours to China and Tibet and 15 years as SEMYO's office manager. Through the Assisi Heights Spirituality Center Catherine offers workshops and book discussions deepening understanding of compassion.

Catherine Ashton, a Buddhist practitioner, founded the Charter for a Compassionate City in Rochester. She has taught Buddhist meditation at the Federal Medical Center for over 11 years and is a Mayo hospice volunteer. Catherine is retired from 30 years of guiding tours to China and Tibet and 15 years as SEMYO's office manager. Through the Assisi Heights Spirituality Center Catherine offers workshops and book discussions deepening understanding of compassion.

catherine ashton

presenter, rochester: a compassionate city

discussion based

As compassion is expressed in action the sustaining question becomes From Where Within Us is Compassion Awakenedand Cultivated?  What occurs when a guiding principle of a city is declared as compassion and we are encouraged to develop this in all areas of our lives, in our workplaces, our schools, churches, the public square, as a community as a whole.  But more importantly, how do we, as individuals, transform and know that we can repeatedly turn towards the connection to all, to relate to our own and others’ suffering, and to do our best work to relieve that suffering?


stacey schultz

presenter, essential motion—awakening your vibrant body

movement / dance

Essential Motion creates a container of trust and curiosity that allows you to experience yourself through movement. Re-discover expressiveness and playful ease by drawing on your body’s own unique movements, facilitated by guided individual and group exploration. Benefit from the opportunity to experiment and play with your discoveries as you awaken your own vibrant body.

Stacey L Schultz, MS, MPH is a board certified massage therapist in Rochester specializing in medically complex clients including those in cancer treatment and with fibormyalgia. She is an advanced student of Rosen Method. She teaches yoga and leads an Essential Motion movement group in Rochester.

Stacey L Schultz, MS, MPH is a board certified massage therapist in Rochester specializing in medically complex clients including those in cancer treatment and with fibormyalgia. She is an advanced student of Rosen Method. She teaches yoga and leads an Essential Motion movement group in Rochester.


Crary Brouhard and Hannah Mende have been students of Eckankar since childhood which provided them with many tools to create personal spiritual experiences with the Light and Sound of God. They have facilitated international spiritual workshops and enjoy serving life every day. They love meeting new people and hearing about their spiritual experiences.

Crary Brouhard and Hannah Mende have been students of Eckankar since childhood which provided them with many tools to create personal spiritual experiences with the Light and Sound of God. They have facilitated international spiritual workshops and enjoy serving life every day. They love meeting new people and hearing about their spiritual experiences.

crary brouhard and hannah mende

presenter, 5 keys to spiritual growth

discussion based

Learn about these amazing keys to enhance your life, and discover….You ARE Soul; 1. Find the secret to living a joyful life. 2. Discover a way to enliven your daily life 3. Experience a 5-minute daily practice to jumpstart your spiritual life. 4. Practice five words that can keep you on track spiritually. 5. Learn a universal yardstick for gauging your spiritual growth.


bethany von steinbergs

presenter, Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women

discussion based

Based on the book by Sarah Bessey, "Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women", Bethany von Steinbergs will facilitate a teaching and discussion around gender roles, realizing giftedness, and potential in the Kingdom of God. Bethany (like Bessey) will urge today;s church to move beyond man-made restrictions and fully welcome women’s diverse voices and experiences. (It is not necessary to have pre-read Bessey's book to attend.)

Bethany is a Strengths consultant at Leadership Vision in Minneapolis, MN. Bethany has a background in education, but has spent her professional career working cross-culturally, in Student Development within institutions of private higher education, and most recently, as a Pastor of Community Care in a non-denominational Christian church. Bethany is passionate about women's voices being heard and elevated in their areas of Strength. Bethany lives in Zumbrota, MN with her husband and three sons.

Bethany is a Strengths consultant at Leadership Vision in Minneapolis, MN. Bethany has a background in education, but has spent her professional career working cross-culturally, in Student Development within institutions of private higher education, and most recently, as a Pastor of Community Care in a non-denominational Christian church. Bethany is passionate about women's voices being heard and elevated in their areas of Strength. Bethany lives in Zumbrota, MN with her husband and three sons.


Cody is a gifted Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer, Psychic, Divine Channel, and Spiritual Teacher. Cody graduated from Winona State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Rehabilitative Science and a minor in Business Administration. Cody is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the Co-Owner of A New Beginning in Rochester, MN where he works with clients individually and in groups to help them for their greatest and highest good.

Cody is a gifted Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer, Psychic, Divine Channel, and Spiritual Teacher. Cody graduated from Winona State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Rehabilitative Science and a minor in Business Administration. Cody is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the Co-Owner of A New Beginning in Rochester, MN where he works with clients individually and in groups to help them for their greatest and highest good.

cody cooper

presenter, Grounding Meditation, Healings, & Audience Readings

discussion based

Throughout this workshop, Cody will be working with Spirit to help cleanse, clear, purify, and strengthen one's energetic body through a guided meditation. Throughout the meditation, Cody will be serving as a pure spiritual conduit and channeling healing frequencies from the Angels, Archangels, Ascended Masters, and Christ Consciousness pool of energy to help promote peace, unconditional love, & harmony as participants receive downloads and transmissions of higher vibrational light for their greatest and highest good. After the meditation, Cody will be taking questions from the audience and working with the Spirt Realms to help provide guidance, support, and direction to those in need (Psychic Questions and Answers).



Diane Anderson is a Reiki Master, Energy Medicine practitioner, Shamanic Healer, Holistic Health Coach and Spiritual Mentor. She teaches classes at Hermitage Farm Center for Healing in Rochester, MN where she also facilitates a Reiki Share Group, a Shamanic Journey Circle and Drumming Circle. Diane uses spirit and love-based paradigms to help individuals awaken to the light of their true nature and to embrace higher levels of consciousness.

Diane Anderson is a Reiki Master, Energy Medicine practitioner, Shamanic Healer, Holistic Health Coach and Spiritual Mentor. She teaches classes at Hermitage Farm Center for Healing in Rochester, MN where she also facilitates a Reiki Share Group, a Shamanic Journey Circle and Drumming Circle. Diane uses spirit and love-based paradigms to help individuals awaken to the light of their true nature and to embrace higher levels of consciousness.

diane anderson

presenter, Communicating with Your Guardian Angels

experiential

Guardian Angels are God’s messengers. These divine helpers nurture, protect and guide us. They help to transform our thought patterns and inspire us to reach our full potential.


By learning to connect with your angels, you can experience a greater sense of oneness with God and all things. When you learn the simple techniques of divine communication, you will experience joy, peace, confidence and a greater sense of purpose and connectedness.

You don’t need extraordinary psychic or intuitive skills to have a dialog with your angels. This workshop will introduce simple techniques that will help you open your centers of awareness to make contact with your angels and receive inspirational messages, answers to your questions and solutions to life’s problems. You will discover your angel’s name and receive a written message from your guardian angel.


luann buechler

presenter, living your purpose

experiential

This workshop is based on the bestselling book, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Your Life’s Purpose, written by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood. This simple yet powerful system is known as the #1 process being used all over the world to help people discover and live their passions. Statistics show that only 20% of working Americans are living their passions. The others are simply going through the motions, rather than living a life of joy and purpose. The Passion Test is a systematic process for helping people discover their passions and true calling in life.

LuAnn Buechler, has a Masters Degree in Hospitality Administration. She is an Author, Speaker and Transformational Trainer. LuAnn is certified by Janet & Chris Attwood, as a Certified Facilitator of the Passion Test and Passion Test for Business and has over 10 years of experience working with individuals and businesses with this methodology.

LuAnn Buechler, has a Masters Degree in Hospitality Administration. She is an Author, Speaker and Transformational Trainer. LuAnn is certified by Janet & Chris Attwood, as a Certified Facilitator of the Passion Test and Passion Test for Business and has over 10 years of experience working with individuals and businesses with this methodology.


Christina Wood is a mom, wife, entrepreneur and the founder & clinical director of Healing Rhythms Music Therapy. As a board-certified music therapist she is passionate about empowering individuals of all ages and abilities to use music in their lives. She brings over 11 years of clinical music therapy experience, public speaking, advocacy, and research combined with a desire to help others through music, both personally and professionally.

Christina Wood is a mom, wife, entrepreneur and the founder & clinical director of Healing Rhythms Music Therapy. As a board-certified music therapist she is passionate about empowering individuals of all ages and abilities to use music in their lives. She brings over 11 years of clinical music therapy experience, public speaking, advocacy, and research combined with a desire to help others through music, both personally and professionally.

christina wood

presenter, Empowering Women Through Music: From Intentional Music Listening to Clinical Music Therapy and Everything in Between

experiential

It is well-known that music has been used throughout the ages for healing and rituals. This experiential workshop will be led by a board-certified music therapist and engage women in making music, experiencing music-based relaxation and mindfulness exercises, and the intentional use of music in their own (personal and professional) lives. In addition, stories and research will be shared about clinical-based music therapy and the impact it can have on people of all ages and abilities. Resources will be provided on how to seek music therapy if/when indicated in their local area or for further exploration.


nicci from tonic

presenter, your guide to juicing

experiential

Juicing is an easy way to get your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, and the flavor combinations are endless. Nicci will talk about why juicing is not just a trend, but a lifestyle choice that can enhance your life and help you look and feel your very best. She'll discuss the ingredients she uses, from the apples and oranges you might expect to ginger, kale and fresh herbs, and how you can combine ingredients for optimum health benefits.

Nicci has spent over 20 years in the food service industry. As she worked in various roles at restaurants throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, she learned the business and developed an interest in locally sourced ingredients, creative flavor combinations, and healthy, tasty food. After her many years working and consulting in the restaurant business, she created Tonic, voted Minnesota's best juice bar in 2015 by WCCO viewers. In addition to juice, Tonic serves made-from-scratch soups, wraps, hearty entrees and treasured Ukrainian family recipes like pyrohi and borscht. Nicci's passionate about making people feel welcome and for creating delicious food and drink that nourishes body and spirit.

Nicci has spent over 20 years in the food service industry. As she worked in various roles at restaurants throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, she learned the business and developed an interest in locally sourced ingredients, creative flavor combinations, and healthy, tasty food.

After her many years working and consulting in the restaurant business, she created Tonic, voted Minnesota's best juice bar in 2015 by WCCO viewers. In addition to juice, Tonic serves made-from-scratch soups, wraps, hearty entrees and treasured Ukrainian family recipes like pyrohi and borscht. Nicci's passionate about making people feel welcome and for creating delicious food and drink that nourishes body and spirit.


Elementary School teacher, Contractor, Stay at home Dad, and Handyman, Jon Maki is a seeker of knowledge and spiritual healing.  Jon started Nalu Float, a float center in Rochester in 2015.  Growing up in Hawaii, always finding solace and rejuvenation in water, Jon “discovered” floating in 2013 and immediately wanted to share his ‘discovery’ with others.  Floating has been a catalyst in Jon’s spiritual journey. He is passionate about sharing the benefits of float therapy for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and healing.

Elementary School teacher, Contractor, Stay at home Dad, and Handyman, Jon Maki is a seeker of knowledge and spiritual healing.  Jon started Nalu Float, a float center in Rochester in 2015.  Growing up in Hawaii, always finding solace and rejuvenation in water, Jon “discovered” floating in 2013 and immediately wanted to share his ‘discovery’ with others.  Floating has been a catalyst in Jon’s spiritual journey. He is passionate about sharing the benefits of float therapy for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and healing.

jon maki from nalu float

presenter, your guide to float therapy

discussion based

Float Therapy, aka: REST or Restricted Environment Stimulus Therapy.  I want to answer the question of: How does float therapy help individuals heal? And how does a floatation practice benefit people who are seeking.  I will share research, case studies and anecdotes. 


t Mckinley

presenter, get the hell out: beyond the god of shame

powerpoint / computer based

The religious landscape is littered with images of God that promote a culture of shame. Adherents embrace these images and then struggle with depression, disconnection, and self-loathing – a crippling separation from Self and Spirit. This workshop outlines the problem and provides a specific practice for moving beyond these images, collectively personified as the “God of Shame.” The goal is a revised conception of the Divine that attunes us to Spirit and allows our essential, original goodness to shine in the world.

T McKinley is an interfaith minister, teacher, and author of both a critically-praised memoir, Boy in the Ivy (2013) and Get the Hell Out: Beyond the God of Shame (2016). Both on his own and with his partner Gracia Gimse McKinley (Swami Vidyananda), he offers workshops on shame and spiritual healing around the country.

T McKinley is an interfaith minister, teacher, and author of both a critically-praised memoir, Boy in the Ivy (2013) and Get the Hell Out: Beyond the God of Shame (2016). Both on his own and with his partner Gracia Gimse McKinley (Swami Vidyananda), he offers workshops on shame and spiritual healing around the country.


Nicolle Jensen began studying Buddhism and meditation as a part of her yoga teacher training in 2007. As a lover of the various systems humans use to understand themselves and each other-astrology, tarot, Ayervedic doshas, love languages, etc, Nicolle was drawn to the teaching on the five Buddha families as soon as she encountered them. She has engaged with the teaching via books, workshops, study groups, and focused retreats.

Nicolle Jensen began studying Buddhism and meditation as a part of her yoga teacher training in 2007. As a lover of the various systems humans use to understand themselves and each other-astrology, tarot, Ayervedic doshas, love languages, etc, Nicolle was drawn to the teaching on the five Buddha families as soon as she encountered them. She has engaged with the teaching via books, workshops, study groups, and focused retreats.

nicolle jensen and linda king

presenter, Exploring the Five Wisdom Energies

experiential

Also known as the “Buddha families”, the five wisdom energies are the basis of the five colors of the Tibetan prayer flags seen so frequently in today’s world, and a fundamental teaching of Tibetan Buddhist psychology.
We will use music, movement, objects, activities, affirmations, and brief maitri (loving kindness) meditations to explore these energies in a playful and relaxed environment. We will discuss the way these different wisdom energies manifest in our day-to-day lives, and how we might bring balance to our system through recognizing and utilizing the different energies, cultivating stability and balance in our mind and body.


kathy adams

presenter, Discover YOUR Career: Finding Your Authentic Professional Voice

discussion based

The career answers we seek have been in us all along, but life has a funny habit of confusing our instincts. This workshop will explore simple, yet powerful tools and strategies to uncover meaning and fulfillment through career choices that are unique to YOU – and your innate, natural gifts. Participants will discuss the connection between career fulfillment and spiritual fulfillment, and be introduced to assessment tools designed to help identify career themes of purpose. The discussion will be framed by practical psychology theories, shown to be effective in helping individuals identify stumbling blocks and barriers to personal and career success.

Kathryn Adams is passionate about helping individuals and teams find effectiveness and joy in their life’s work. She works to guide a professional development journey that incorporates individual narrative, practical psychology, and effective assessment tools for authentic personal and professional discovery. In addition to working as a career and life coach, she is a professional development specialist in adult and healthcare education.

Kathryn Adams is passionate about helping individuals and teams find effectiveness and joy in their life’s work. She works to guide a professional development journey that incorporates individual narrative, practical psychology, and effective assessment tools for authentic personal and professional discovery. In addition to working as a career and life coach, she is a professional development specialist in adult and healthcare education.


Titles in life have included mom, weaver, gardener, chaplain, pastor, hospice bereavement coordinator, teacher, and facilitator for healing of memory workshops.

Titles in life have included mom, weaver, gardener, chaplain, pastor, hospice bereavement coordinator, teacher, and facilitator for healing of memory workshops.

audrey Lukasak

presenter, A Gift of Grace and Blessing

discussion based

Engaging in conversations about our wishes at the end of life while creating a blessing to those we love can be a great gift to give to others.


Cathy weber-zunker

Presenter, Hypnosis and Healing through Spiritual Connection

experiential

What is Quantum Healing Hypnosis? What other healing methods exist?  With numerous healing modalities available, and thousands of books on the market, how will you know what is right for you? We will discuss a variety of healing techniques; how they are different and their commonalities, as well as how to make these healing practices fit within a busy lifestyle. This workshop will include a 30 minute group hypnosis session designed specifically to ask your subconscious to attract into your life, a healing method that fits for you.

Cathy Weber-Zunker is a certified Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique practitioner using the Dolores Cannon Method.  She trained in hypnotherapy at the Academy for Professional Hypnosis in Arizona and practices in Alexandria, MN.  She was a motivational and inspirational public speaker for over a decade. She writes 'small monumental moment' stories that warm the heart and has published two collections. She has followed her passion to help people change their lives, by practicing clinical hypnosis.

Cathy Weber-Zunker is a certified Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique practitioner using the Dolores Cannon Method.  She trained in hypnotherapy at the Academy for Professional Hypnosis in Arizona and practices in Alexandria, MN.  She was a motivational and inspirational public speaker for over a decade. She writes 'small monumental moment' stories that warm the heart and has published two collections. She has followed her passion to help people change their lives, by practicing clinical hypnosis.


Diann Martin is a nurse educator, Passion Test Facilitator and Jack Canfield Success Coach and Trainer. With over 30 years of mentoring nurses and leaders to live successful lives she is an author and spealer and owner of the Conscious Nurse Academy. She earned her BSN from Loyola University in Chicago and her MS and PhD at Rush University in Chicago.

Diann Martin is a nurse educator, Passion Test Facilitator and Jack Canfield Success Coach and Trainer. With over 30 years of mentoring nurses and leaders to live successful lives she is an author and spealer and owner of the Conscious Nurse Academy. She earned her BSN from Loyola University in Chicago and her MS and PhD at Rush University in Chicago.

diann martin, ph.d, rn

presenter, creating a successful life

experiential

This interactive workshop will feature 5 major strategies to identiify and lead your best life successfully. Participants will explore ways to be 100% accountable for their lives, learn to ask others for support and assistance, explore strategies to be clear on your life purpose, and clean up your life messes and incompletes. Mediations and stories will be crafted and completed to support your individual goal setting and action planning. Those who attend will see what they want, and get what they see.


nancy antenucci

presenter, tarot between the devil and the deep blue sea

experiential

The bad news is we all have our own devils. The good news is the number never changes. Join us in the wild exploration using Tarot to find ways to own your devils rather than be owned. This workshop is a long standing tradition of our conference to learn Tarot one card one Major Arcana at a time. Beginners warmly welcomed. Please bring a Tarot deck if possible.

 

Nancy Antenucci of Between The Worlds LLC is a seasoned tarot reader as well as a creative advocate for creative thinking. She founded Twin Cities Tarot Collective which produces a the North Star Tarot conference, an innovative monthly Meetup and training for readers. She authored “Psychic Tarot – Using Your Natural Abilities to Read the Cards”.

Nancy Antenucci of Between The Worlds LLC is a seasoned tarot reader as well as a creative advocate for creative thinking. She founded Twin Cities Tarot Collective which produces a the North Star Tarot conference, an innovative monthly Meetup and training for readers. She authored “Psychic Tarot – Using Your Natural Abilities to Read the Cards”.


Patty Blakesley is an author, Passion Test facilitator for individuals and businesses and a joy catalyst.  She believes strongly that everyone deserves to say what they want and know they can have it.  She is an assistant karate instructor at the Goho Seishin Dojo (http://gohoseishin.com) and holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt, Sandan, from the World Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (http://www.shorin-ryu.net).

Patty Blakesley is an author, Passion Test facilitator for individuals and businesses and a joy catalyst.  She believes strongly that everyone deserves to say what they want and know they can have it.  She is an assistant karate instructor at the Goho Seishin Dojo (http://gohoseishin.com) and holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt, Sandan, from the World Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (http://www.shorin-ryu.net).

patty blakesley

presenter, what do you see in the mirror?

discussion based

This workshop aims to enable one to find joy in everyday life.  Exploration of self-limiting beliefs and conditions that we all experience, often unconsciously.  The workshop will offer time and experiences to reflect on these beliefs and conditions with the intent to change frustration to joy.


ellie peterson and deb davis

presenters, How to Use Meditative Movements™ to Enhance Your Life

movement / dance

1.    Explore your mind/body connection to free your being
2.    Learn how to interpret your mind body messages so you can release negative stress and have more energy
3.    Experience empowering Meditative Movements™ so you embrace your true nature

Ellie Peterson, creator of the Meditative Movement™ technique, has taught thousands how to live in harmony with life. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine and is an author and professional speaker.   Deb Davis, a Meditative Movement™ instructor, graduated from the University of Minnesota.  She is passionate about healing and is an advocate for the homeless and those suffering from mental illness.

Ellie Peterson, creator of the Meditative Movement™ technique, has taught thousands how to live in harmony with life. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine and is an author and professional speaker.  

Deb Davis, a Meditative Movement™ instructor, graduated from the University of Minnesota.  She is passionate about healing and is an advocate for the homeless and those suffering from mental illness.


Gifted Shaman, psychic medium, since seven years old, Laurie Wondra has known of her abilities to channel Archangels, Ascended Masters, helpers of the Universe and people that have died. Today she uses her gifts to deliver  messages that help bring direction, clarity and healing.  She uses her gift in Corporate work, her business and her personal life. Lives change when you work with Laurie and experience her powerful connection to the divine energies of the Universe.

Gifted Shaman, psychic medium, since seven years old, Laurie Wondra has known of her abilities to channel Archangels, Ascended Masters, helpers of the Universe and people that have died. Today she uses her gifts to deliver  messages that help bring direction, clarity and healing.  She uses her gift in Corporate work, her business and her personal life. Lives change when you work with Laurie and experience her powerful connection to the divine energies of the Universe.

laurie wondra

Presenter, Connecting with the Energies of the Universe

experiential

Laurie covers the concept of energy that is beyond our physical and emotional body and how higher vibrational frequencies interact with us.  She will take the group through some simple ways to raise your personal vibration and connect with energies beyond.  She will cover explanations of where and how to use our natural gifts of intuition.  She will share some of her personal transformation stories.


dorothea hrossowyc, ma and stacey schultz, ms

presenters, Becoming Conscious: Accessing and Healing the Unconscious Through Touch: The Importance Of Human Connection as a Healing Tool for Evolution

experiential

Are you interested in becoming more conscious, especially of the unconscious patterns which run your life? Are you interested in emotional mindfulness in the embodied self?  Besides fight/flight and freeze, there is a whole physiological system in the body which facilitates human connection, bonding, calm, nourishment, restoration, peace and healing.  Gentle bodywork stimulates this connection of the body, mind, spirit and the emotions, and taps the hormones of love, peace and connection hard wired into human beings.  The explosion of research in neuroscience confirms the importance of touch and contact for human development and well being...for regulating our emotions and our physiology.  This workshop will demonstrate how gentle touch with human connection, like Rosen Method, can stimulate this powerful healing system in the body, using receptive touch and verbal dialogue to assist people in opening to long forgotten experience and emotions, and to release unconscious limitations.

Dorothea Hrossowyc, MA, member RMPA, and ABMP is a Rosen Method Bodywork teacher and practitioner in Northfield, Lakeville and Rochester.  Trained with Marion Rosen in Berkeley, CA, she is also trained in Hakomi Body Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma, Development and Attachment Issues, and in Self Leadership Transformational Counseling. She has practiced mind/body/emotional healing for over 15 years. Stacey L Schultz, MS, MPH is a board certified massage therapist in Rochester.

Dorothea Hrossowyc, MA, member RMPA, and ABMP is a Rosen Method Bodywork teacher and practitioner in Northfield, Lakeville and Rochester.  Trained with Marion Rosen in Berkeley, CA, she is also trained in Hakomi Body Psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma, Development and Attachment Issues, and in Self Leadership Transformational Counseling. She has practiced mind/body/emotional healing for over 15 years.

Stacey L Schultz, MS, MPH is a board certified massage therapist in Rochester.


Jorge Villanueva Castillo: Lak'ech A la Kin. As a young boy I didn't live on the path of full awakening but later in life it met up with me. Living this new light came with much discipline for my body, mind, and soul. When I became harmonized I reached the bridge of different realities, this brought the importance living in the present. In the chapters of our lives we are meant to connect in the liberty of energy. We are the masters of our own lessons.... The living code of the Heart. Guillermo Lubbert:  Born in Mexico City. Aztec, shaman, Master Reiki, along with many energy modalities. He comes from a lineage of healers, seekers, and mysticism. His mother was a healer of clearing people, homes, and businesses. His grandfather (on his father side) taught him yoga, pranayama, breath, and meditation. He met Jorge Villanueva Castillo in Minnesota then in Maulipas which is in northern Mexico. He has an uncle Who is in an archbishop of the Catholic religion at Libano. Since his childhood, his mother brought him to temples, ceremonies, and modalities of old. Integrity into the gift of giving healing and group ceremonies is the path of talk and walk a daily living life.

Jorge Villanueva Castillo: Lak'ech A la Kin.

As a young boy I didn't live on the path of full awakening but later in life it met up with me. Living this new light came with much discipline for my body, mind, and soul. When I became harmonized I reached the bridge of different realities, this brought the importance living in the present. In the chapters of our lives we are meant to connect in the liberty of energy. We are the masters of our own lessons.... The living code of the Heart.

Guillermo Lubbert: 

Born in Mexico City. Aztec, shaman, Master Reiki, along with many energy modalities. He comes from a lineage of healers, seekers, and mysticism. His mother was a healer of clearing people, homes, and businesses. His grandfather (on his father side) taught him yoga, pranayama, breath, and meditation.

He met Jorge Villanueva Castillo in Minnesota then in Maulipas which is in northern Mexico. He has an uncle Who is in an archbishop of the Catholic religion at Libano. Since his childhood, his mother brought him to temples, ceremonies, and modalities of old. Integrity into the gift of giving healing and group ceremonies is the path of talk and walk a daily living life.

Jorge Villanueva Castillo and Guillermo Lubbert

presenters, We Are the Masters of Our Own Lessons

Experiential

We will talk about the 4 directions, some secrets of the Mayan calendar, how to live with your higher-self. This event will also incorporate shamanic modalities that will use such tools as eggs, clearing with machetes, zero point of re-creation, and much more.


nancy vedder-shults

presenter, The World is Your Oracle: Divinatory Practices for Tapping Your Inner Wisdom

experiential

In this interactive workshop, we will use some of the divinatory methods that Nancy has gathered in her new book The World Is Your Oracle to explore a number of ways that ancient, indigenous, and contemporary cultures have tapped into the wisdom that resides within each of us. After eliciting questions that need answers, we will invite our inner wisdom to respond.  As opposed to the pre-programmed answers provided by Tarot, the I Ching, or runes, the techniques we will investigate employ the three major intuitive senses: the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  Such embodied oracles help us to turn inward in order to develop deep listening, deep vision, and deep sensing of our flashes of insight.  Opening to our inner depths in this way allows us to set priorities, meet challenges, and find creative solutions. This workshop is ideal for those who are just beginning to perform oracles as well as an opportunity for those experienced with divination to find fresh inspiration.

Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D., was named one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality Movement in 2013 & published The World is Your Oracle (Fair Winds Press: April, 2017).  As the thealogical columnist for SageWoman magazine & blogger for Tikkun Daily and Feminism and Religion, she has offered spiritual growth keynotes and classes since 1987.  Nancy honed her speaking and workshop skills in the emerging field of Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. www.mamasminstrel.com

Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D., was named one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality Movement in 2013 & published The World is Your Oracle (Fair Winds Press: April, 2017).  As the thealogical columnist for SageWoman magazine & blogger for Tikkun Daily and Feminism and Religion, she has offered spiritual growth keynotes and classes since 1987.  Nancy honed her speaking and workshop skills in the emerging field of Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. www.mamasminstrel.com


Heidi Skarie has enjoyed doing workshops at the Women & Spirituality Conference for over twelve years.  She is an Eckankar clergy member, wife and mother and has written books on her own past life experiences, kept a dream journal for forty years, and is fascinated by her Soul Travel adventures into the other worlds.  She enjoys sharing with others, teaching, and giving workshops. Sharon Burton is grateful for the gift of seeing life through the eyes of Soul. Dreams, contemplation techniques, and inner and outer spiritual experiences have helped her find balance through the joys and challenges of a medical career, raising a family, caregiving at the end of life, and volunteering in hospice and grief support. She loves listening to others share their stories and experiences with the Divine in their own lives.

Heidi Skarie has enjoyed doing workshops at the Women & Spirituality Conference for over twelve years.  She is an Eckankar clergy member, wife and mother and has written books on her own past life experiences, kept a dream journal for forty years, and is fascinated by her Soul Travel adventures into the other worlds.  She enjoys sharing with others, teaching, and giving workshops.

Sharon Burton is grateful for the gift of seeing life through the eyes of Soul. Dreams, contemplation techniques, and inner and outer spiritual experiences have helped her find balance through the joys and challenges of a medical career, raising a family, caregiving at the end of life, and volunteering in hospice and grief support. She loves listening to others share their stories and experiences with the Divine in their own lives.

heidi skarie and sharon burton

presenter, The Call of Soul via Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel

discussion based

We will help you discover how dreams can become your gateway into viewing yourself and your experiences from Soul’s perspective.  Dreams can lead you to your past lives or into the higher worlds of God/The Divine via Soul Travel.  These ideas will be discussed based upon the teachings of Eckankar.


stacy quast

presenter, Navigating Your Soul's Destiny, how to find more purpose and power through Astrology

experiential

When astrology originated during medieval times, people really believed that there were gods or sky deities presiding over the elements of sky, light and heavens and causing things to happen here on Earth. That was consciousness at the time. Viewing life from that perspective is 1) an outdated paradigm and 2) looking though the lens of victim consciousness which is counterintuitive to you and your growth. Learn a new way to use astrology that merges archetypal patterns and can help you navigate and track conscious cycles. These astrological cycles are mirrors to inner shifts that are happening. Tuning into these cycles can help you connect with yourself and what is currently being asked of you. Ultimately, astrology can be used to reevaluate, shift, end, grow, and mature from a deeper soul level.

 

Stacy Quast is an Intuitive Life Strategist, Soul Contract Astrologer, Master Higher Brain Living Facilitator and an Empowerment Coach. She holds a BS in Communications. Stacy has studied Archetypal Astrology, Soul Contracts and Intuitive Development with Robert Ohotto at Ananke-Apollo Institute. With 10 years of experience working with astrology, healing and consciousness, Stacy is a clear and effective mentor and guide. Her unique ability to convey information in practical ways with a ground perspective, engaging stories, and enlightening metaphors lets audiences quickly integrate and implement the tools given. She is know for her transformational retreats, intuitive classes, and is passionate about helping others become conscious and align with their truth.

Stacy Quast is an Intuitive Life Strategist, Soul Contract Astrologer, Master Higher Brain Living Facilitator and an Empowerment Coach. She holds a BS in Communications. Stacy has studied Archetypal Astrology, Soul Contracts and Intuitive Development with Robert Ohotto at Ananke-Apollo Institute.

With 10 years of experience working with astrology, healing and consciousness, Stacy is a clear and effective mentor and guide. Her unique ability to convey information in practical ways with a ground perspective, engaging stories, and enlightening metaphors lets audiences quickly integrate and implement the tools given. She is know for her transformational retreats, intuitive classes, and is passionate about helping others become conscious and align with their truth.


Misha johnson is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Intuitive, Life and Meditation coach based in Rochester MN. You may have seen her company www.Rootstostars.Com at various yoga festivals in conferences throughout the country. She holds degrees from the Sukkasart institute in Thailand,  studied with Doreen virtue and Radleigh valentine.

Misha johnson is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Intuitive, Life and Meditation coach based in Rochester MN. You may have seen her company www.Rootstostars.Com at various yoga festivals in conferences throughout the country. She holds degrees from the Sukkasart institute in Thailand,  studied with Doreen virtue and Radleigh valentine.

misha johnson

presenter, meditation and ml

experiential

Engage in the powerful process of setting strong intentions, creating meaningful mantra, and the use of prayer beads and Mala in meditation. Misha will lead you through a guided meditation that is designed to release old energies, transform patterns, all to help manifest that which you are seeking and will support your highest good.


amber mccornack

presenter, nia: the dance of awareness

movement / dance

Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. By blending the stillness and concentration of Thai Chi, the mindfulness and dynamic poses of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and creative spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance, Nia creates a whole new sense of well being! The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart- felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class.

 I have been dancing through life and teaching Nia since 2001. Connected and sharing what I sense through dance and continuing to find clarity through my bodies voice. Growing and expanding my awareness with great joy and tenderness. Nia has taught me that joy is available always. Nia opened me to possibilities and trust which led to my intention to open my studio HeartWaves in Albert Lea in 2008. HeartWaves Studio has taught me to keep expanding and connecting.  

 I have been dancing through life and teaching Nia since 2001. Connected and sharing what I sense through dance and continuing to find clarity through my bodies voice. Growing and expanding my awareness with great joy and tenderness. Nia has taught me that joy is available always. Nia opened me to possibilities and trust which led to my intention to open my studio HeartWaves in Albert Lea in 2008. HeartWaves Studio has taught me to keep expanding and connecting.

 


Tina Liebling was the first Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate elected from Rochester and has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2005.  She campaigns and governs as a bold progressive and is now a candidate for Governor of Minnesota.

Tina Liebling was the first Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate elected from Rochester and has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2005.  She campaigns and governs as a bold progressive and is now a candidate for Governor of Minnesota.

tina liebling

presenter, spirituality and government

discussion based

In the United States we have no state religion and most people believe that religion and government should be separated.  What about spirituality and government?  Can we bring our spirituality into the political affairs of our nation?  What happens if we do…or don’t?

State Representative Tina Liebling will discuss these questions and lead a discussion on the role of spirituality in political life.

 


terri berthiaume hawthorne, jolie berthiaume cummins, and diane berthiaume brown

presenter, sharing goddess stories

powerpoint / computer based, discussion based

For 32,000 years of recorded history, the Creatress of All was seen and imaged as a woman. Only in the last 1,500 years has Western culture depicted God as solely male. This information has a profound impact on both women and men today. This interactive and informal workshop will focus on sharing and telling Goddess Stories. Participants are invited to bring images, poems and stories of their favorite Goddesses to share. Presenters will also bring a selection of images from which to choose. The workshop will open with a short multi media introduction to Goddess images from around the world.

Educator and Scholar Terri Berthiaume Hawthorne holds an M.S. in Women's Studies from Minnesota State - Mankato, B.A. in Women Studies and Media Communication from Metropolitan State and has taught Women's Studies as adjunct graduate faculty for the MN State University system since 1988. Terri is the founder of the Mankato Women's Spirituality Conference. She is a long time community activist, and co-author of Stars in Your Bones, and The Many Faces of the Great Mother. Jolie Berthiaume Cummins works in a middle school classroom with developmentally disabled children. She is the director of CLEAR, a Continuing Education program for developmentally disabled adults of the St. Paul School District. She is the mother of 5 children and a proud grandmother. Diane Berthiaume Brown is a retired educator and writing consultant for K-12 assessments. She also works with developmentally disabled adults in the St. Paul School District. She is the co-author and illustrator of The Many Faces of the Great Mother. Diane is mother and favorite aunt of many.

Educator and Scholar Terri Berthiaume Hawthorne holds an M.S. in Women's Studies from Minnesota State - Mankato, B.A. in Women Studies and Media Communication from Metropolitan State and has taught Women's Studies as adjunct graduate faculty for the MN State University system since 1988. Terri is the founder of the Mankato Women's Spirituality Conference. She is a long time community activist, and co-author of Stars in Your Bones, and The Many Faces of the Great Mother.

Jolie Berthiaume Cummins works in a middle school classroom with developmentally disabled children. She is the director of CLEAR, a Continuing Education program for developmentally disabled adults of the St. Paul School District. She is the mother of 5 children and a proud grandmother.

Diane Berthiaume Brown is a retired educator and writing consultant for K-12 assessments. She also works with developmentally disabled adults in the St. Paul School District. She is the co-author and illustrator of The Many Faces of the Great Mother. Diane is mother and favorite aunt of many.


  Dr. Kay is a multi-degreed professional in the field of Psychology and Ministry ( U. of Wisconsin, U. of Minnesota, United Theological Seminary).  Since receiving her own 1992 Bipolar/Anxiety Diagnosis, she has committed herself to bringing hope to Mood Disorder sufferers and their families.  Her published pieces and articles lay out issues and solutions for Mood Disorder families. She has presented to Hospital chaplains, Ministers, and lay groups seeking solutions to daily issues not fully solved by pharmaceuticals.  

 

Dr. Kay is a multi-degreed professional in the field of Psychology and Ministry ( U. of Wisconsin, U. of Minnesota, United Theological Seminary).  Since receiving her own 1992 Bipolar/Anxiety Diagnosis, she has committed herself to bringing hope to Mood Disorder sufferers and their families.  Her published pieces and articles lay out issues and solutions for Mood Disorder families. She has presented to Hospital chaplains, Ministers, and lay groups seeking solutions to daily issues not fully solved by pharmaceuticals.  

dr. kay bernard

presenter, hope, healing, and spirit for those with bipolar disorder and family and friends

discussion based

For people diagnosed with Mood Disorders, their first circle of support is their family and friends. Dr. Kay Bernard explains how to provide proven help for bipolar/mood disorder families through Hope— the healing oxygen for a troubled soul, Healing— enhanced by tested tools for resisting stigma, shame, and suffering, and Spirit— a personal conversation with God, Yahweh, or Allah (or a higher power).


Hadas Marcus and Galit Govezensky

presenter, The Spiritual Bonds between Women, Nature and Animals: An Ecocritical Approach

Formal paper

The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate the bonds between women, spirituality, ecojustice and reverence for the natural realm and nonhuman animals. These linkages are expressed in art and literature produced by women from a variety of time periods and genres.  This talk will examine various works by women such as Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, using an ecocritical approach, as their underlying messages are intimately linked to environmental themes. We will also consider how these works are related to ecofeminism, a movement which points to the similarities between the oppression of women and the destruction and suffering that humans continually inflict upon the Earth and all its creatures.

Hadas Marcus graduated with an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 1981 and then moved to Israel. She has been teaching English for many years at Tel Aviv University and Oranim College of Education, mostly to women of diverse Western faiths (Jewish, Christian and Muslim). She focuses on literature/art of the environment (ecocriticism), animal rights and social justice. She is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and frequent speaker at international conferences.

Hadas Marcus graduated with an M.A. in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 1981 and then moved to Israel. She has been teaching English for many years at Tel Aviv University and Oranim College of Education, mostly to women of diverse Western faiths (Jewish, Christian and Muslim). She focuses on literature/art of the environment (ecocriticism), animal rights and social justice. She is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and frequent speaker at international conferences.


Paula M. Kramer is a lifelong psychic and has written a book about developing psychic skills. This workshop is the fun highlight of her year.

Paula M. Kramer is a lifelong psychic and has written a book about developing psychic skills. This workshop is the fun highlight of her year.

paula kramer

presenter, feeling, seeing, and physically reading auras

discussion based

The first step in developing psychic skills is paying attention. Auras are an easy and fun way to pay attention. Auras are colorful electromagnetic energy fields that surround us as individuals and as groups. Paying attention to your aura can get you started on identifying your psychic skills and taking advantage of everything the psychic realm has to offer. Individual experiences during the workshop will vary. Online resources help you continue your journey.


Shelly winemiller

presenter, The Spiritual Trauma No one Wants to Talk About: Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

experiential, singing / chanting, powerpoint / computer based

Women who have been sexually abused have been spiritually traumatized. This workshop will explore the mind, body and spirit of how to become a thriving survivor, not merely a lost victim. What is the process for a survivor to regain her mind, body and spirit back amidst the haunting memories that continue to silently plague her? This workshop will explore the researched scientific data of what happens to the brain and body when someone is sexually abused as well as the widely forgotten discussion of the traumatized soul struggling to trust and live. Discussion points will range from the following:
1. The effects of abuse on the brain; understand physiologically how the body stores trauma.
2. Symptoms the body communicates due to sexual trauma.
3. Types of Spiritual confusion due to sexual trauma.
4. Systemic reactions of family and society often common among survivors
5. Therapeutic modalities to claiming the soul for survivors.

Shelly is a licensed Marriage & Family therapist who practices in Rochester, MN. In 2011, she founded Wellspring Family Therapy Center. Shelly specializes in sex addiction recovery, sex abuse and trauma recovery and has special training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing). She also sits with couples in distress due to abuse, affairs and blended family issues. Shelly believes each individual has a wellspring of answers and truth that lie within. She finds it a privilege to sit with people to help them find their own answers to their situation. Shelly believes that emotional safety is critical and necessary in order to heal and restore past and current wounds. In addition to her busy private practice she is the founder of Sing Out Loud and conducts two of the choirs for girls in grades 1-12. The purpose of Sing out Loud is to build strong girls into confident strong women in order to give back to her community.

Shelly is a licensed Marriage & Family therapist who practices in Rochester, MN. In 2011, she founded Wellspring Family Therapy Center. Shelly specializes in sex addiction recovery, sex abuse and trauma recovery and has special training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing). She also sits with couples in distress due to abuse, affairs and blended family issues. Shelly believes each individual has a wellspring of answers and truth that lie within. She finds it a privilege to sit with people to help them find their own answers to their situation. Shelly believes that emotional safety is critical and necessary in order to heal and restore past and current wounds. In addition to her busy private practice she is the founder of Sing Out Loud and conducts two of the choirs for girls in grades 1-12. The purpose of Sing out Loud is to build strong girls into confident strong women in order to give back to her community.


Charlotte M. Steen, Vajracharya ZhiChan, is an ordained Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist teacher and Sifu, founder of the Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, dedicated to serving all those who have open hearts-minds through Chinese Esoteric Buddhist spiritual healing services, meditation classes and prayer services.  Originally from Minnesota and trained as a high school English teacher, Sifu Steen's spiritual life grew a new branch in April 2002 when she met her Guru, Mahavairocana Golden Crown Dharma King Dechan Jueren and received her first Hanmi Buddhist meditation practice from him in Mount Shasta, CA. In June of 2002 she received the Hanmi Buddhist Five Foundations for Self-Realization meditations, becoming a formal initiate to the lineage and student of Great Master Dechan Jueren's in September 2002 in Amherst, MA. In April 2003 she received the Medicine Buddha Dharma and the Black Manjusri Dharma practices from Great Master Dechan Jueren in Amherst, MA.  Sifu Steen was blessed to spend 2004-2008 in China continuing her Buddhist studies and practice while learning Mandarin Chinese and acting as one of the American Ambassadors for the World Buddhist Hanmi Association. Afterwards, she served for four years as a full-time volunteer for Great Master Dechan Jueren's Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles, CA, including two years as Vice Abbot. In November 2010 she received her formal ordination and yellow vest as a teacher and Sifu of the Hanmi Buddhist lineage from Mahavairocana Golden Crown Dharma King Dechan Jueren at Ying Tian Temple, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Sifu Steen returned in 2012 to Minnesota to be closer to her family and to offer those in the Midwest the opportunity to learn and to practice Chinese Esoteric Buddhist meditations.

Charlotte M. Steen, Vajracharya ZhiChan, is an ordained Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist teacher and Sifu, founder of the Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, dedicated to serving all those who have open hearts-minds through Chinese Esoteric Buddhist spiritual healing services, meditation classes and prayer services. 

Originally from Minnesota and trained as a high school English teacher, Sifu Steen's spiritual life grew a new branch in April 2002 when she met her Guru, Mahavairocana Golden Crown Dharma King Dechan Jueren and received her first Hanmi Buddhist meditation practice from him in Mount Shasta, CA. In June of 2002 she received the Hanmi Buddhist Five Foundations for Self-Realization meditations, becoming a formal initiate to the lineage and student of Great Master Dechan Jueren's in September 2002 in Amherst, MA. In April 2003 she received the Medicine Buddha Dharma and the Black Manjusri Dharma practices from Great Master Dechan Jueren in Amherst, MA. 

Sifu Steen was blessed to spend 2004-2008 in China continuing her Buddhist studies and practice while learning Mandarin Chinese and acting as one of the American Ambassadors for the World Buddhist Hanmi Association. Afterwards, she served for four years as a full-time volunteer for Great Master Dechan Jueren's Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles, CA, including two years as Vice Abbot. In November 2010 she received her formal ordination and yellow vest as a teacher and Sifu of the Hanmi Buddhist lineage from Mahavairocana Golden Crown Dharma King Dechan Jueren at Ying Tian Temple, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Sifu Steen returned in 2012 to Minnesota to be closer to her family and to offer those in the Midwest the opportunity to learn and to practice Chinese Esoteric Buddhist meditations.

charolette m. steen

presenter, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas In Our World: How to Use Chinese Esoteric Buddist Practices to Uplift, Inspire & Shine

experiential, ritual / worship

Learn how these ancient Chinese Esoteric (Hanmi) Buddhist practices can transform yourself and your community. This experiential workshop will include: 1. Background context about Hanmi Buddhism and Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas' roles in today's modern world; 2. Learning and practicing a Hanmi Buddhist meditation from the Lotus Family Dharmas; 3. Receiving Hanmi Buddhist spiritual healing as a group. It will also include the opportunity to share with one another your experiences and your insight with one another, our sangha, honoring the third precious jewel of Buddhism. 

Abstract: We will cover background information on the role of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in our world, as well as specific Hanmi Buddhist prinicples to help us tend the gardens of our soul. Then attendees will receive full transmission of one of the dharmas (meditation practices) from the Lotus Family and learn for themselves how to practice this meditation. After the meditation practice, participants may share their experiences with one another and/or the whole group. Thirdly, participants will receive some Hanmi Buddhist healing while simply relaxing in their chairs. Our workshop will close with the opportunity to reflect on and share our experiences and our hopes for the world. 

The goal of this workshop is to experience for yourself how you can use the Hanmi Buddhist principles and the three mysteries of mantra, mudra and visualization to heal, uplift, inspire and shine forth in this brilliant world.


mette biering christiansen

presenter, how energy therapies can be used to restore harmony and balance in the human energy field

Energy therapies like Healing Touch work with the energy system to support the natural ability to self-heal. Healing Touch can be used for increased well-being and mental activity, to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease and manage pain and enhance the immune system. Energy therapies are used in integrative medicine and have shown positive effects in mental care. During the workshop the participants will be shown simple exercises for home use.

Mette Biering Christiansen is Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Reiki Master and Teacher, Spring Forest Qigong Practitioner, Surgical Coach Practitioner, certified herbalist and trained by Marion Rosen in the Rosen Method Bodywork. She has her private practice, organizes and teachers workshops and volunteers at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Healing Arts.

Mette Biering Christiansen is Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Reiki Master and Teacher, Spring Forest Qigong Practitioner, Surgical Coach Practitioner, certified herbalist and trained by Marion Rosen in the Rosen Method Bodywork. She has her private practice, organizes and teachers workshops and volunteers at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Healing Arts.


Patricia is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher (RYT500) and has completed Advanced Yoga Teacher certification through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She offers yoga classes through Rochester Community Education, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center and the Rochester Family Y. Seh is currently pursuing advanced studies to become a Yoga Therapist.

Patricia is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher (RYT500) and has completed Advanced Yoga Teacher certification through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. She offers yoga classes through Rochester Community Education, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center and the Rochester Family Y. Seh is currently pursuing advanced studies to become a Yoga Therapist.

patricia barrier

presenter, Bhakti Yoga: Yoga of the Heart

experiential

Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion and love. Bhakti Yoga does not require a mat to guide you to a deep relationship with that which is greater than your own self-whether you name that Greater Power or it is a nameless flame of love in your heart.  In this workshop, we will explore Bhaki in movement and breath through gentle pratices requiring no previous yoga experience. We will explore Bhakti in sound through mantra and Kirtan chant. Then we will conclude with ways to infuse Bhakti Yoga into your daily life and spread love and devotion into your world.

Yoga Sutra: An Inner Journey to a Life of Compassion

EXPERIENTIAL

Through chant, discussion and reflection, we will explore how the Yoga Sutra guides us to a living, daily yoga that enables us to live in harmony with our self and in peaceful compassion with all others and our world.


terri allred

presenter, Balance Your Chakras through Belly Dance

experiential

Center your body and mind and access your body’s natural energy through this series of movements and combinations designed to balance your chakras and awaken your inner goddess.  Come prepared for gentle movement as we learn circular movements of belly dance paired with specific music to balance each chakra. 

Terri Allred is the Producer of the Women and Spirituality Conference. She has been a professional belly dancer for 14 years teaching and performing at national and international events.  She is a Reiki Master and loves to share her passion for dance as a means of spiritual connection.

Terri Allred is the Producer of the Women and Spirituality Conference. She has been a professional belly dancer for 14 years teaching and performing at national and international events.  She is a Reiki Master and loves to share her passion for dance as a means of spiritual connection.


Kristen is currently obtaining a Women's and Gender Studies degree from Luther College in Deborah, Iowa. She first entered inner-city high school classroom spaces as a facilitator for Community Peacemakers to teach Restorative Justice and Community Health to at-risk teens on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois.

Kristen is currently obtaining a Women's and Gender Studies degree from Luther College in Deborah, Iowa. She first entered inner-city high school classroom spaces as a facilitator for Community Peacemakers to teach Restorative Justice and Community Health to at-risk teens on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois.

Kristen hansen

presenter, Restorative Justice: Responsible Community Healing and Engagement

experiential, discussion based

Restorative Justice is a wholistic and comprehensive mediation method used to promote community healing and widespread systematic change. Restorative Justice is a widely accredited alternative to traditional community disciplinary systems, as this approach searches out and focuses on the systematic issues behind individual instances of violence and discrimination. This workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of, application strategy for, and sustainability tips to encourage a lasting restorative approach to community trauma.


donna magtibay, msn, rn

presenter, S.M.A.R.T: Stress Management and Resiliency Training

Experiential, discussion-based

People feel stress when the demands placed on them exceed their resources to cope with those demands. You may not be able to control the stressors, but you can retrain your brain to better respond to these stressors. The SMART program teaches you that your brain is hardwired to look for threats in your environment. You learn useful skills to help you change how your mind interprets these threats. Those who practice the SMART program have reported improvement in stress, anxiety, resilience, mindfulness, self-regulation, happiness, positive health behaviors.

Donna Magtibay, MSN, RN has completed course work and mentorship from Dr. Amit Sood. She has also conducted research on the SMART program and teaches the program in a variety of settings.

Donna Magtibay, MSN, RN has completed course work and mentorship from Dr. Amit Sood. She has also conducted research on the SMART program and teaches the program in a variety of settings.


Swami Kena is a native Minnesotan. The day Swami Kena met Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj was the day Swami’s life changed. Sri Shivabalayogi became his teacher, master, friend, and Guru. Within two weeks of meeting Sri Shivabalayogi, Swami was initiated into a special type of discipline known as ‘Tapas.’ When Sri Shivabalayogi first touched Swami’s third eye to initiate him into tapas, Swami fell into a deep state of samadhi and did not come out of it for five hours. Swami Kena’s guru asked him to travel through the whole year with him. During this time, Sri Shivabalayogi gave Swami Kena special instructions, enhancing his inward journey through meditation. After the tour, he instructed Swami Kena to come to India with him, where he was put into a private room to intensify his tapas (10 – 15 hours a day). When he returned to America, Swami continued his tapas, meditating in samadhi for up to 18 hours a day. Eventually Swami Kena was directed by his Guru to travel around the United States and offer the gift of meditation to everyone willing to accept it.

Swami Kena is a native Minnesotan. The day Swami Kena met Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj was the day Swami’s life changed. Sri Shivabalayogi became his teacher, master, friend, and Guru. Within two weeks of meeting Sri Shivabalayogi, Swami was initiated into a special type of discipline known as ‘Tapas.’ When Sri Shivabalayogi first touched Swami’s third eye to initiate him into tapas, Swami fell into a deep state of samadhi and did not come out of it for five hours.

Swami Kena’s guru asked him to travel through the whole year with him. During this time, Sri Shivabalayogi gave Swami Kena special instructions, enhancing his inward journey through meditation. After the tour, he instructed Swami Kena to come to India with him, where he was put into a private room to intensify his tapas (10 – 15 hours a day). When he returned to America, Swami continued his tapas, meditating in samadhi for up to 18 hours a day. Eventually Swami Kena was directed by his Guru to travel around the United States and offer the gift of meditation to everyone willing to accept it.

Swami Kena

The value of meditation in the world today

experiential

Swami Kena explains the importance of awakening the feminine spirituality within is paramount in bringing peace into the family unit, into society, and into the world at large.  He will explain the feminine deities, such as Durga, Lakshmi, Sita and Parvati, and their significance in one’s path to liberation. The world is changing and to be able to change with it, the human mind must change the way it thinks. The world is coming together by the way the mind is seeing itself. There is an awakening that is happening in all parts of the planet to the fact that we are creating our own world. This means that we have to get control of our thoughts before we destroy each other. Meditation is a way of recognizing and becoming this universal peace that we are searching.  It is not outside of us, but found within. Swami will also demonstrate how anyone can become attuned to their own essential divine nature through a simple technique as taught by his teacher, Sri Shivabalayogi, and allow a space for open question and answer from the audience.


Dennis "rocky" King

Earth medicine and natural healing

Experiential

In today's fast-paced society, illnesses are more extreme, yet the same spirit prevails as when Rocky's ancestors practiced spiritual healing hundreds of years ago. Many people are embracing a holistic consciousness and in their awakening, are calling upon Native Healers such as Dennis King to light the way as many of us seek a deeper connection - with ourselves, with each other, and with Creator of All Things. Rocky works holistically with his clients (i.e. their bodies, minds, and spirits) using the sacred songs of his people, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. You will not want to miss this opportunity to experience firsthand the blessed healing energy that awaits you. Are you ready to release that which no longer serves you? Now, more than ever, it is important to come together and experience these loving circles that bring humanity closer together and allow us to grow in love as one people. 

Creator’s Helper/Spiritual Healer Lalutakéhtas (He Scratches the Trees), Bear Clan, or Dennis J. King is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Dennis "Rocky" King is a Native American Spiritual Healer from the Oneida Nation whose ancestors passed down this sacred healing through the generations. Experience a deep sense of peace and harmony with laughter and joy by listening to the wisdom of the stories he shares. Not only is this an educational experience about Native American spirituality, but a powerful group healing circle facilitated by Rocky's incredible connection to spirit and the Creator of All Things. Referring to himself as the "Creator's Helper," he shares his incredible spirit with the world, spreading his message of Earth medicine and natural healing with those who are ready to see and hear. His gifts also include the ability to share messages from spirit, and he may share those messages with you during the circle.

Creator’s Helper/Spiritual Healer Lalutakéhtas (He Scratches the Trees), Bear Clan, or Dennis J. King is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Dennis "Rocky" King is a Native American Spiritual Healer from the Oneida Nation whose ancestors passed down this sacred healing through the generations. Experience a deep sense of peace and harmony with laughter and joy by listening to the wisdom of the stories he shares. Not only is this an educational experience about Native American spirituality, but a powerful group healing circle facilitated by Rocky's incredible connection to spirit and the Creator of All Things. Referring to himself as the "Creator's Helper," he shares his incredible spirit with the world, spreading his message of Earth medicine and natural healing with those who are ready to see and hear. His gifts also include the ability to share messages from spirit, and he may share those messages with you during the circle.


Craig Hartel completed the Hands On Healing and ordination program in the fall of 2000, under the training of Reverend Ron Moore at the Center for Wholeness in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He traveled to Peru for over 18 years studying the traditional healing and ceremonial practices of the indigenous people under the guidance of Master Shaman, Don Theo Parades. Of particular interest to him are the advanced shamanic practices using sacred plants and their use while managing energy. He is now called upon to assist Don Theo Parades with ceremonies during the workshops he presents in the United States. raig resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with his family and works from the healing studio in his home.

Craig Hartel completed the Hands On Healing and ordination program in the fall of 2000, under the training of Reverend Ron Moore at the Center for Wholeness in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He traveled to Peru for over 18 years studying the traditional healing and ceremonial practices of the indigenous people under the guidance of Master Shaman, Don Theo Parades. Of particular interest to him are the advanced shamanic practices using sacred plants and their use while managing energy. He is now called upon to assist Don Theo Parades with ceremonies during the workshops he presents in the United States. raig resides in St. Paul, Minnesota with his family and works from the healing studio in his home.

Craig Hartel    

Sacred Plants and Energy Healing

Experiential

Craig will give you a new perspective on working with sacred plants of Peru in conjunction with energy work. A shaman in his own right, Craig will present insight based on his travels and study to Peru for more than 20 years.  He will speak about energy work and how it has led to helping people heal from past life trauma to other traumas experienced in this life. He will do a guided meditation to help people be in the present.