Teachers, Lecturers, Workshop Leaders, and the Centers

The background information listed here pertains specifically to individuals and centers whose classes, workshops, and events are listed in the September through December 2018 issue.


Aaron is a spirit who has been a Buddhist monk and scholar in many previous lifetimes and is a being of great love, compassion, wisdom, and gentle humor. In his final lifetime he was a vipassana meditation master, but he has lived in many different bodies and followed many spiritual paths. He is channeled by Barbara Brodsky.

Linda Adamcz, MSW is a Certified Practitioner of Integrative Breathwork and Psycho-Spiritual Integration. She has worked in the mental health field for nearly 30 years.

Nia-Avelina Aguirre, ND is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and has been in the natural health, fitness, and wellness profession since 1983. She offers non-toxic, non-drug options along with bodywork and energy therapies for radiant health.

Layla Ananda has been on a path of spiritual growth since the 1970s, studying the wisdom of many traditions. She believes deeply that each person has her/his own truth and own path to wholeness. She is a psychotherapist, musician, and all-faiths minister.

Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness has a mission to cultivate and support the understanding of mindfulness to promote health and wellbeing.

Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) Ann Arbor’s public library serving the community of the Ann Arbor School District.

Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center is part of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage led by His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and is dedicated to the enlightenment of all beings. Ann Arbor KTC is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018. The Center offers regular meditation practice and instruction, and is open to anyone interested in taming and training their mind through the Buddhist path.

John Ashbrook is a Professional Numerologist and intuitive spiritual counselor. He has published more than 200 articles on everything spiritual. John has taught a comprehensive spiritual program of ongoing classes and individual guidance sessions for personal growth.

Sabrina Jo Atto is a seeker, a teacher of yoga, a business owner, a writer, and her passion in life is to help others heal. Sabrina has established a wellness coaching and yoga practice where she works with clients seeking a holistic or integrative approach toward healing anxiety and living a joyful life. She is the author of Transcending Anxiety: A Down to Earth Guide for Transforming Stress and Worry Through Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Awaken Ann Arbor is an inclusive community dedicated to non-dogmatic spiritual growth through a unique approach to practicing meditation, discovering one’s purpose, and engaging in meaningful action.

Marcia Bailey, MA, PhD is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner, Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator, and Senior Trainer with the Transformational Breath Foundation.

James Balmer was a co-founder of Dawn Farm in 1973 and has worked for Dawn Farm since 1983, first as a Clinical Director, later as president.

David Bell is a founder of Ann Arbor’s Interfaith Center and has been a longtime teacher of A Course in Miracles.

Linda Steinborn Bender, ACSW, LMSW has spent 30 years helping adults manage day-to-day life by adjusting to health, trauma, abuse, and grief. She has worked in several hospice settings.

Kathy Bloch is a Tarot reader, born and raised in Hawaii. She has studied Tarot since 1980 and likes to collect Tarot decks from around the world. She has been doing public readings since 1995.

Carole Blotter draws her meditation practice from dual roots in Quaker and Buddhist traditions. She has been teaching meditation since 1999, and is a teacher for The Forest Way, an organization dedicated to providing retreats conducive to balanced and integrated spiritual growth.

Blue Sage Health’s mission is to educate and empower you to achieve your highest quality of life with the use of plant-based cannabidiol (CBD).

Bodyworks Healing Center offers a variety of holistic health services from certified massage therapists and other certified practitioners.

Michele Bond has over 800 hours of training in yoga, yoga therapeutics, and meditation with internationally-recognized instructors. She has a background in martial arts, dance, competitive synchronized swimming, gymnastics, stunt fighting, and swordplay.

Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor offers comprehensive and professional support services for breastfeeding mothers and babies, including private consultations, weekly MotherBaby support groups, and breastfeeding-related retail.

Patty Brennan, Director of Center for the Childbearing Year and co-owner of Lifespan Doula Association, is a professional birth, postpartum, and end-of-life doula trainer. Patty is the author of The Doula Business Guide and provides business development support for doulas.

Dr. Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP is a Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University and award-winning trauma expert.

Barbara Brodsky is the founder and guiding teacher of Deep Spring Center and an ordained Interfaith Minister. She has been practicing meditation since 1960, teaching since 1989, and draws from dual roots in Buddhist and Quaker traditions. She became totally deaf in 1972, and is a channel for the spirit, Aaron.

Jonathan Buckman is a lifetime student of the martial arts and an instructor with SUN SHEN. He is also a social worker and a chess teacher to over 2,000 children.

Lama Nancy Burks is the resident Lama of the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center. She has been a Buddhist since 1978, and has completed a traditional three-year retreat led by the Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. A retired clinical psychologist, she is available for individual spiritual instruction and guidance, in addition to teaching and leading meditation practice.

Dr. Todd Butler farms in south central Michigan and brings twenty-five years of experience as a professor of theology, and as a higher education administrator. He is certified in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching and regularly leads retreats and facilitates workshops nationally.

Carole Caplan, E-RYT 500 teaches yoga and meditation to weave ancient wisdom into modern life. She bases her yoga teaching on traditional Kriya techniques and is also certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork.

Kimberly Cardeccia is a licensed Professional Counselor who has been involved with horses for over 30 years. She combines her professional skills with her passion for horses in order to help individuals tap into their own intuition, enabling them to better direct their lives and reach their goals.

Kapila Castoldi has studied meditation under the guidance of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy for 30 years. Her interest in Ayurveda as a complement to meditation spans two decades.

Consuelo Cassotti is an Intuitive Healer and author who helps clients release emotional trauma from present and past lives via healing work with autistic, ADHD, and sensitive-empathic children.

Atmaram Chaitanya is the director of the nonprofit Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Center. He has offered over 40 years of service as a teacher of meditation, self-inquiry, and kirtan chanting in the Ann Arbor area.

Center for the Childbearing Year is Michigan’s premier birth and postpartum doula training center with professional certification through DONA International. Also offering comprehensive childbirth preparation programs, including online classes hosted by Patty Brennan.

Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western nuns and monks in the U.S. Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is currently co-authoring a multi-volume series of teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The first volume, Approaching the Buddhist Path, was available July 2017.

Jules Cobb is a therapist with Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services.

Lorri Coburn, MSW is a psychotherapist and interfaith minister. She is author of Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and “A Course in Miracles” Can Set You Free.

Charles E. Coleman, LLMSW is a Primary Therapist at Dawn Farm Downtown residential treatment facility.

Common Bond Institute is a non-government organization that focuses on increasing skills and services locally to promote social healing and conflict transformation. Since 1990 CBI has been organizing and sponsoring over 50 international working conferences, and numerous psycho-social treatment and training programs for building local capacity to provide vital human services to vulnerable populations in developing societies experiencing war and turmoil.

Diana Cramer, MA has been co-facilitating the Ann Arbor Death Café since 2012. She is a natural death educator, home funeral guide, green burial advocate, and advanced care planning consultant.

Matthew Cremin, LLMSW is the Foreclosure Prevention Coordinator with the UMi Housing Bureau for Seniors.

Reverend Taikodo Marta Dabis is a board-certified hospital chaplain at Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, and ordained Zen priest in the SFZC Suzuki/Katagiri lineage.

Paula D'Arcy is a writer, internationally known retreat leader and speaker. In 1975 she survived an accident in which her husband and 22-month-old daughter were killed. She gave birth to another daughter six months later and began the long journey of healing which has guided her life and opened her heart. She is also the founder of Red Bird Foundation which touches the lives of men and women in jail and prison, the disadvantaged, and all who long to live life in the largest way.

Ray Dalton is the Coordinator of Dawn Farm Outpatient Services and former coordinator of the state suicide prevention hotline in Kansas.

Hugh Danville is one of the founding members of Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center. He has taught insight meditation classes and retreats in the Ann Arbor and Plymouth/Canton areas.

Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services Team provides assessment, intervention, treatment, education and support services for adolescents experiencing problems with alcohol and other drug use, and for their families.

Christy DeBurton, RYT is a Registered Yoga Teacher who has received training from both Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and The Center for Yoga. She has been teaching yoga since 1998.

Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry is a nonprofit organization devoted to offering teachings of nonduality and the meditation practices which support those teachings. Barbara Brodsky is the founder and guiding teacher.

Joan Delaplane, OP has a broad experience range in preaching, directing retreats, and conducting workshops in preaching for both Catholic and Protestant ministers. Spiritual direction has been her avocation for the past 25 years.

Mary Ellen Derwis, LMT is a Chi Nei Tsang Senior Teacher in Master Mantak Chia’s system, certified to teach Chi Nei Tsang Healing Abdominal Therapy 1-3, Qigong Meditation Basics, Tao Yin, and Fusion of the Five Elements 1. She is the first, and only, instructor in the U.S. certified to teach CNT beyond Chi Nei Tsang 2.

Mary Jo Desprez is the Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan.

Lama Karma Drodul is one of the Drubpons (Retreat Masters) at the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. He has completed two traditional three-year retreats under the direction of the Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and is now his principal attendant and assistant. He travels to centers throughout North America to teach, and is the author of Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

Kate Durda, MA is a shamanic practitioner, esoteric healer, published researcher, developmental psychologist, and co-founder of Spirit Weavers. She has extensive training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Sandra Ingerman, and various cultural shamanic traditions such as Tibetan, Andean, Celtic, Buryatan, and various Native American traditions.

Diptavo Dutta is a PhD student in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan. He is the disciple of Shree Jayanta Raychaudhury and Joydeep Ghosh of the Shahjahanpur Gharana.

Erica Dutton is a retired nurse who has practiced and taught yoga for many years.

Connie Lee Eiland has been a shamanic practitioner for 15 years and a physical therapist for 47 years. Since 2000, her shamanic studies have been with Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar, Nan Moss, and Larry Kessler.

Gail Embery has many years of experience as a Tarot reader. She reads the cards intuitively while incorporating her abilities as a natural medium and gifted clairvoyant. Gail is also a licensed Professional Counselor, and received her Master’s degree from WSU in Counseling Psychology.

Suzanne T. Fabick is a board-certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She has been working as a full-time hospice chaplain for the past 15 years and is actively involved in developing and presenting hospice related in-services to new hire employees and to the larger community. Suzanne offers retreats to men and women searching for respite and renewal in their daily lives in particular, those who care for others. Come and find rest for your weary soul.

Linda Diane Feldt, a student of the healing arts since 1973, is a holistic health practitioner, teacher, and writer who has taught herbal classes locally for over 40 years.

Lori Fithian is founder and creator of Drummunity and has been facilitating drum circles and rhythm workshops since 1998. A student of drumming tradition for 20 years, her teachers include Arthur Hull and Barry Bateman. She has made a career out of her passion for building community by bringing people together to drum.

Deb Flint is the bookstore manager at Crazy Wisdom and former Adjunct Professor at Siena Heights University and Adrian College.

Catherine Fritz is the Program Director and an Outdoor Educator at the Ann Arbor Forest School, a nature-based outdoor preschool and education center. She is passionate about fostering deep nature connection in the next generation, and also teaches music classes for young children through music together.

Food Gatherers is the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County, distributing 6.5 million pounds of food to 170 nonprofit programs that serve nearly 44,500 low-income adults, seniors, and children annually.

Marcella Fox is an intuitive reader at Crazy Wisdom.

John Friedlander is a psychic, author, and teacher with degrees from Duke and Harvard Law. He has studied with Jane Roberts and at the Berkeley Psychic Institute with founder Lewis Bostwick. His newest and third book, with Gloria Hemsher, is Psychic Psychology: Energy Skills for Life and Relationships.

The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library is a committed nonprofit group of volunteers that operates the Friends Book Shop in the downtown library and supports the activities of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Jerry Fouchey is a Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist.

Melanie Fuscaldo, MA, LPC, NCC is a licensed and nationally-certified counselor and life coach specializing in joyful transformations.

David J. H. Garvin, LMSW is the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, and Founder of the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression program.

Dr. Chuck Gehrke is a board certified addictionologist.

Ellen Gendelman MS, LPC, CPC is a licensed psychotherapist and certified professional coach who specializes in working with relationships. She cherishes her own roles as wife, mother, and grandmother. She recently co-authored a book entitled When Ice Cream is Not Enough available on Amazon. 

Norma Gentile is a natural clairvoyant who trained as both a professional singer and energy healer. She and her guides, most often Archangel Michael, Mary, and the Hathor Atamira offer insights, healing music, and online courses focusing on energy, sound, and healing at her website.

Ann-Margaret Giovino and Alexis Neuhaus are SUN SHEN tai-chi instructors and senior students of SUN SHEN Tai-Chi Lineage Holder Master Sang Kim.

Katy Gladwin is a doula and childbirth educator. She has been providing prenatal, birth and postpartum support to the Ann Arbor area through Sacred Roots Services LLC since 2011.

Curtis Glatter is a professional percussionist and multi-instrumentalist.

Robin Lily Goldberg is a writer, researcher, and holistic healthcare practitioner. She holds certifications in Reiki and Reflexolo-chi along with Hatha Yoga, Street Yoga, and Laughter Yoga.

Lisa Gottlieb is a social worker, local food activist, and Nonviolent Communication certification candidate.

Kay Gould-Caskey has been teaching art since 1970. Many of her students exhibit locally, nationally, and internationally.

Karen Greenberg, RPT is a registered physical therapist who has taught for many years at University of Maryland Hospital, dance studios, and via Skype around the world. She is currently a metaphysical teacher of personal and spiritual growth.

Sophie Grillet is a local Ann Arbor artist who has been organizing Westside Art Hop twice yearly since 2011.

Paulette Grotrian, MA was trained through the UMass Medical School Integrative Medicine Center for Mindfulness and the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She has studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a founding member of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.

Tara Habeck is the Founder, Director, and Lead Outdoor Educator of the Ann Arbor Forest School, Washtenaw County’s first Forest Preschool. She is passionate about early childhood education and the rich connections between communities, individuals, and the environment.

David M. Hall is a beekeeper, educator, and rescuer, having rescued over 4.5 million honey bees from extermination and founded two apiaries. He also has a Permaculture Design and Permaculture Teacher certification.

Nirmala Nancy Hanke, MD is a long time meditator and teacher of meditation at Lighthouse Center. She is a psychiatrist and therapist who integrates meditation, Reiki healing, and other spiritual practices with psychotherapy.

Su Hansen, MA, LLP is a certified Enneagram teacher psychotherapist, spiritual and personal advisor, and couple’s enhancement coach.

Ann Harmon has been studying meditation, energy medicine, and many other healing modalities for over 30 years. With over 25 years of working with clients, Ann’s purpose continues to assist others learning how to balance their own energies and align with their Divine Self and higher purpose. She brings joy, passion, intuitive insights, and amazing skills to shift energy during her classes and private sessions with clients.

Craig Harvey has been leading peace meditations and world-healing vigils since 2001, many of them for 24 hours. He hosts the Peace Generator on the third Friday of each month at the Interfaith Center and the 24-hour Peace Generator every three months.

Simran Harvey has been an astrologer for over half her life. In 2009 she was certified in the Advanced Pulse Technique, a powerful clearing energy to facilitate change at the energetic level. She received additional training to do the energy work over the phone, on up to twelve people simultaneously.

Elizabeth Hazel is an astrologer, tarotist, and author of several books. She has been the SMARRT group’s president and is currently a board member.

Marg Heeney, MSW works together with people and their guides to identify emotional or spiritual stuckness which interferes with your success, health, and peace of mind. As a medical intuitive, empathic, and healer with over 20 years of experience, Marg uses various healing methods to assist people to quickly remove emotional, physical, or spiritual pain.

Heidi is an accomplished psychic medium, clinical hypnotherapist, certified astrologer, sacred dance choreographer, and award-winning event producer. She has a passion for crystals, and currently writes the crystal column for the Crazy Wisdom Journal.

Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga.

Amber Horwitz, B.S., MSW candidate is the Founder of the Proud Parents of Loss mutual aid group.

Harald Hoven was the Biodynamic Farmer at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA for 30 years. There, he taught many workshops, trained apprentices, and made the Biodynamic Preparations for the Biodynamic Association of Northern California.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is a nonprofit, tax-exempt public charity. We are independently run and rely on the generosity of people like you to continue our mission to support the loving, responsible care of every animal in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with or funded by Michigan Humane Society, or any other humane organization.

Dr. Stephen P. Huyler is a cultural anthropologist and art historian who has spent the past 45 years conducting a cross-cultural survey of the arts and crafts of India.

Dr. Diana Quinn Inlak’ech (she/her/hers) is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and shamanic practitioner specializing in endocrinology, integrative mental health, and mind/body medicine. She is a graduate of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and has been in practice since 2006. 

Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. Spiritual seekers joining in community to attract others of like mind, creating an atmosphere and structure to foster and stimulate our individual and collective spiritual growth.

Inward Bound Yoga has offered a variety of approaches to the ancient discipline of yoga since 1995.

Martin Iott, OP is a friar of the Southern Dominican Province and the Prior of Dominican community at Holy Rosary Priory in Houston, TX. Ordained in 1970, he has served as a parish priest, as a university and hospital chaplain, as well as a variety of positions in the initial formation of Dominican students. His ministry for over 30 years has been dedicated to the full-time preaching of retreats and parish missions.

Jeff Jay is a clinical interventionist, educator, and author of Navigating Grace, a Solo Voyage of Survival and Redemption and co-author of the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention.

Stephen Jenkinson is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. It is rooted in knowing history, being claimed by ancestry, working for a time yet to come.

Jewel Heart was founded by Gelek Rimpoche and is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and to bringing the practice of this rich tradition within the context of contemporary life to everyone. Among the last generation of incarnate lamas tutored by the masters of Old Tibet, Gelek Rimpoche’s command of western culture enabled him to convey the Tibetan Buddhist tradition with wisdom, wit, and kindness.

Gwyn Jones is a certified STOTT Pilates and TRX instructor with a emphasis on natural movement and alignment.

Virginia June LMSW, MAC, CAADC, RT has been a therapist in the addiction field for 28 years, NADA trainer for 14 years, and in long term recovery for over 30 years.

Jan Katz is a senior student of SUN SHEN Founder, Master Sang Kim. She is also a certified instructor of the Tai Chi for Arthritis Program of Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute.

Joe Kelty is a poet and teacher of English and biology at area community colleges.

Andrea Kennedy is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Instructor, practicing since 1995. She sees clients at Borer Family Chiropractic in Saline, MI, and brings Reiki into the mainstream through education and social media.

Esther Kennedy, OP, MSW a Dominican Sister of Adrian, is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and clinical social worker.

Master Sang Kim is an engineer, Christian mystic, and inheritor of Master Gabriel Chin’s Yang Style Tai-Chi lineage. Originally from Korea, he has practiced martial arts, cultivation methods, and healing for more than 30 years, and has been teaching since 1992.

Cindy Klement has been involved in holistic health since the 1970s and opened her private practice in 1983. She is an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan and a sought after lecturer across North America. Cindy holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition, is a board-certified Nutrition Specialist, and a Master-Certified Health Education Specialist. She creates health education programs for large international US firms. Her first book will be available in September.

Grace Helms Kotre, MSW is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and the founder of Power to Be, LLC. She shares mindfulness as a tool for empowerment with youth and adults.

Dave Krajovic and Pat Krajovic founded Body Works Healing Center in Plymouth, the Global Breath Institute, and Ascension Breathwork. They have advanced training in a wide array of healing techniques, esoteric teachings, and breath mastery.

Amy Krentzman is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the UMn and an Adjunct Research Investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at the UMi Medical School.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, community performance artist, and a professor at UMi.

Lucinda Kurtz, MA Brennan Healing Science Practitioner and former professor of Women’s Studies, is a spiritual mentor and teacher of Kabbalah who believes Kabbalah, spiritual practice, and ritual can open paths to self-awareness and transformation.

K.WEST Skin Body Soul is a local spa and wellness space dedicated to supporting a true connection to yourself and your community for a most radiant life.

David Lawson has been teaching Buddhist meditation practices for over 20 years and co-founded Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center. He has studied with teachers from various traditions, but centers his teaching on the early practices of insight meditation taught by the historical Buddha.

Mary Ledvina is a writer, artist, healer, and teacher. She loves teaching creativity and has taught art journaling. Art Journaling Magazine, Paragraph, and Seeding the Snow have published her work.

Leslie Science and Nature Center educates and inspires children and adults to discover, understand, and respect their natural environment.

Lifespan Doula Association provides End-of-Life Doula Training and Certification. Owners Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan are experts in end-of-life issues and the doula model of care.

Mary Light, ND, MH, LMT is a traditional naturopath and consultant herbalist with a private practice and state licensed school of natural medicine in Ann Arbor.

Ellen Livingston has been a student of yoga for 30 years and a certified instructor for a decade. She is also a coach, mentor, public speaker, author, and retreat leader living an authentic, heart-centered, healthy lifestyle.

Lighthouse Center, Inc. in Whitmore Lake is a center for spiritual development founded by Chetana Catherine Florida in 1979. Open to all pathways, the Center is guided by Jain Master Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanuji and embraces Ahimsa, nonviolence toward all beings.

Judy Lipton is a licensed professional counselor and educational strategist who works with sensitives addressing sensory, intuitive, academic, social, and empathic needs in traditional and unconventional ways.

Julene Louis holds Jyotish Visharada certification from the Council of Vedic Astrology and has been a teaching and consulting astrologer for 18 years.

Raisha Love has been teaching since 2007. She is a Purna Yoga Certified Teacher at the 500-hour level. She is currently enrolled in the 2,000-hour program at the College of Purna Yoga.

Trish Magyari, MC, CGC, MS, LCPC, NCC, RYT-200 is a mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapist, Certified MBSR teacher/researcher/retreat leader, Insight Meditation Teacher, LifeForce yoga practitioner based in Baltimore, MD, specializing in trauma, adaptation to illness, disability, and loss.

Holly Makimaa is a transformational life coach, spiritual counselor, holistic writing teacher, and sacred activist.

Dr. Lynn Malinoff is the director of Eastern Michigan University’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs, Bright Futures. For 35 years, Lynn served challenged youth in K-12 education as both a general and special education teacher.

Julie Mariouw is an English teacher, published writer, former Journal Workshop leader. She is certified to lead workshops using the Amherst Writers & Artists method developed by Pat Schneider, and is an AWA affiliate.

Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW is the Executive Director of SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County.

Barb McConnell, LPN, CHTPI is a nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, and instructor for Levels 1-4 with 30 years of experience in hospital, clinical, industrial nursing/industrial management. She also teaches Total Health which includes essential oils.

Molly McMullen-Laird is an anthroposophic physician and medical director of the in-patient Rudolf Steiner Health Center. Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Anthroposophic Medicine.

Michigan Friends Center, built in 1994, is a nonprofit organization located on the wooded 90-acre land of Friends Lake Cooperative Community. As a spiritually grounded community, they enjoy discussions that explore their shared experience of renewal through nature.

Mindful City Ann Arbor is passionate about connecting mindfulness with community. We create experiences so that our community has opportunities for secular mindfulness practice to support calm, focus, and compassion.

Ed Morin is a poet and former English teacher at area universities and colleges.

The Mother is a combination of many expressions of the Divine Mother such as Mother Mary, Kwan Yin, and others, and expresses different aspects of herself depending on the needs and karma of the person with whom she is sharing darshan. She is trance channeled by Barbara Brodsky.

Samo Joanna Myers is a SUN SHEN healer, disciple, and senior student of the SUN SHEN founder, Master Sang Kim. Her passion is listening deeply and tapping into a person’s ability to change quickly, effortlessly, and permanently.

Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor staff are all licensed massage therapists and traditional naturopaths with extensive experience in natural medicine forms of assessment and treatment.

Patrick O’Neill is a teacher, author, and management consultant with an international client base. He leads Extraordinary Conversations Inc., a Toronto-based management consulting firm founded in 1988. The firm specializes in change management, leadership development, team performance, organizational communications, and conflict resolution.

John Orr is a former Theravadin Buddhist monk who spent eight years in monastic training in Thailand and India. He has been teaching meditation since 1979. He lives in North Carolina where he does transpersonal counseling and teaches at Duke University.

Sifu Genie Parker has trained and taught Wu Style tai chi chuan for over 20 years. She is a disciple of Grandmaster Eddie Wu Kwong Yu, head of the fifth generation of the Wu family and a gatekeeper of the Wu style.

Natalie Piet is a dedicated and inspired student, practitioner, and teacher of yoga and ayurveda. Her classes are rich with theory and practical application. Natalie’s love of life and deep desire to uplift and empower others will inspire you to access greater health for you and your family.

Pure Hot Yoga Studio in Maple Village promotes health and wellness. Teachers are trained to enhance all levels of yoga practice, beginner to advanced, in supporting everyone to their best potential.

Meena Puri is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Meditation Teacher and a Yoga teacher. She has been teaching Yoga Therapy for over 22 years and practicing Ayurvedic Medicine for seven years.

Ariana Riegel is a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, advocate, partner, and grad student. She is dedicated to offering compassionate, nonjudgmental, evidence-based support to help families transition to new parenthood with confidence and grace.

Libby Robinson, Ph.D., MSW has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1979. She was trained to teach mindfulness-based interventions by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Susan Woods, and colleagues. She has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2003.

Barbara Robertson is the Director/Owner of the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. She is a board-certified Lactation Consultant and breastfeeding educator who loves working with moms and babies.

ShuNahSii Rose began her practice as a feminist educator, healer, and community organizer in Ann Arbor in 1990 to honor the connection between the natural world and hope for the future.

David Rosenberg has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1993 and traveled to Pune, India, in 1996 to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

Diane Martin Roshi is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and transmitted teacher in the lineages of Dainin Katagiri and Shunryu Suzuki from Japan. She is founder and past abbot for 25 year of Udumbara Zen Center in Evanston, IL. Currently she serves as a guiding teacher for Udumbara National Sangha with centers and practice groups in ten states.

Anita Rubin-Meiller, LMSW has been facilitating groups for many years and has offered mindful self-compassion practices for the past six years. A therapist and seeker, she weaves her professional wisdom and personal experiences together in a way that helps others connect to their common humanity with compassion and kindness.

Dolores Rubio-Turtle first experienced Transmission Meditation with Benjamin Creme in 1994. She passionately believes in service and personal growth, and since this practice is vital for both, she is excited to share it now in Ann Arbor.

Merilynne Rush, RN has been co-facilitating the Ann Arbor Death Café since 2012. She is a natural death educator, home funeral guide, green burial advocate, and advanced care planning consultant. She is also a certified Respecting Choices First Steps Trainer who teaches end-of-life doula training through Lifespan Doula Association.

Sue Salaniuk holds a Senior Intermediate One Iyengar Certificate. She has studied with the Iyengars in India 12 times and continues to advance her studies regularly with teachers in the U.S.

Cayla Samano is the first ANFT Certified forest therapy guide in southeast Michigan. Cayla guides at Leslie Science and Nature Center and at Heritage Park in Farmington Hills in addition to offering her own workshops.

Aniruddho Sanyal is a maker of documentary films on themes of interest to the Indian diaspora that he encounters in the course of his professional travels as a consultant and software developer for the banking industry.

Judy Sauer is a passionate “foodie”. She knows the destructive power of food from her journey through a disordered eating addiction in her early life. In more recent years she has experienced the profound healing power of food through her journey of healing chronic autoimmune symptoms.

Patricia Scotte is a registered yoga teacher and Reiki Master.

Mary Seibert, BSN, RYT200 is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher with a foundation in Iyengar. She is also a holistic nurse and Healing Touch Practitioner.

Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, founded by Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma, is a nonprofit near Lansing. Its aim is to give support to those struggling or suffering in life on any level, and to assist those who seek inner knowledge and personal growth in the pursuit of peace, health, and happiness.

Laura Seligman, MS is a SoulCollage® facilitator, artist, and docent. She also volunteers at the UMi Museum of Art.

Holly Shay is a registered yoga teacher and is Reiki Level I certified.

SANDYA-Sandra Shears has been a Spiritual Channel, Healer, and Counselor since 1990 as guided by the Higher Communities of Light. As a Light Worker and Vibrational Practitioner, she specializes in activating other Practitioners, Light Workers, and World Servers.

Vijayalaxmi Shinde, a scholar of the ancient Indian art of Palmistry, can give accurate readings and guidance on all aspects of life. Using the art of Tarot Cards Divination, she can help to find subconsciously hidden answers to important concerns on one’s life path.

Antonio Sieira, PhD is a professional member of the American Hypnosis Association, with certifications in past life regression, smoking cessation, and weight loss therapies. He is also certified by the American Alternative Medical Association as an Alternative Medical Practitioner, and is the creator of the Mindfulness Meditation System.

Anneliese Sinnott, OP is a Dominican Sister of Adrian, MI. She recently retired as professor of systematic theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit.

Lynn Sipher, LMSW has provided psychotherapy since 1985 and mindfulness-based classes and workshops since 2006. She is a founding member of Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.

Lynlee Sky is a yoga teacher — the gallery is her yoga studio, and ceramic artist — the barn is where she and her husband do ceramics, mosaics, and sculptures like the blue giraffe and the tiger you can see on zone5art.com.

Southeast Michigan Astrologers’ Research Round Table (SMARRT) is a local chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR).

Matt Statman is the UMi Collegiate Recovery Program Manager.

Ema Stefanova, MA, E-RYT500, YACEP, Member IAYT is a yoga and meditation master as well as an experienced teacher trainer, healer, author, and therapist. She belongs to the Satyananda yoga lineage and has taught worldwide for over 30 years.

John Steinbauer is a clear-channel intuitive Reiki Master Teacher and Sound Healing Practitioner. John offers a large array of services, including his unique Sound Healing Therapy, Reiki Therapy, Distant Reiki, Intuitive Energy Cleansing, and Group Healing. He also teaches Reiki I, II, Master, and Teacher levels.

Steiner Health is a local medical nonprofit that has been operating in Ann Arbor for over 20 years making alternative and integrative medicine accessible and affordable.

Marsha Stroko, one of the innkeepers of Inn at the Rustic Gate, has a long history of studying and teaching in the field of consciousness and spirituality. She has focused her attention to second half of life issues and brings amazing focus and awareness to the transitions we make as we pass through the gates.

Jeremy Suttles, MSE, LMSW is a clinical Social Worker at UMi Hospital, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry.

Steven Sy is a senior instructor of Master Mantak Chia’s system. He is certified in Qigong Meditation Basics, Tao Yin Qigong, Iron Shirt Qigong 1-2, Tai Chi Qigong 1-3, and Fusion of the Five Elements 1. Steven is the only instructor in the U.S. certified in Tai Chi Qigong beyond level 2.

Janene Ternes is a commissioned spiritual director and founder of Prayer in Motion, LLC. She has developed a variety of workshops that teach and inspire holistic forms of prayer to help others find and achieve their own inner connection with God.

The Threshold Choir honors the ancient tradition of women singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling, some with living, some with dying. When invited-—and without charge-—we visit in small groups, welcoming families and caregivers to join us in song or simply to be present.

Thrive! Wellness Center uses Nutrition Response Testing™ involving the body’s reflexes to determine the underlying cause of illness.

Stephanie Tighe, MSW is a teacher and shamanic healer who co-founded Spirit Weavers, a training and support organization for shamans. She has over 25 years of experience healing and leading workshops nationally and internationally. She has trained extensively with Sandra Ingerman.

Tiny Lions is a nonprofit center that has cats for adoption roaming the building. You can come in and sit with the cats while studying or come to events with the cats.

Jennifer Vanderwal is a Healing Facilitator, Reiki Master, Intuitive Spiritual Counselor, and Melody Crystal Healer Instructor. She has taught classes for over ten years.

Sajeev Visweswaran is a visual artist based in New Delhi and Ann Arbor. While he works in many media and styles, drawing always comes at the center of his work. Sajeev received his training from the College of Arts, New Delhi, where he received his BFA, before completing his MVA at M.S. University, Baroda.

Patricia Walter, OP, PhD a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and a doctorate in philosophical and systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union. She also holds a doctorate in humane letters, honoris causa, from Barry University. Sister Patricia has taught at Siena Heights University, St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, and Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome.

Joe Walters has over 20 years of experience practicing Chen style Tai Chi with Richard Miller.

Kashi Walters is the Co-Director at the nonprofit Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Center in Ann Arbor. She is an experienced hatha yoga, meditation, and self-inquiry instructor.

Sifu Joseph Wang is the Head SUN SHEN Tai-Chi Instructor and Senior Tai-Chi Students of Master Sang Kim. He has been teaching since 2005.

Lou Weir is a long time student of the Diamond Approach and a teacher-in-training. He is also a founding teacher of Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.

Conrad Welsing has an MA Communication is Arts and Science, a BS in Psychology, and is a Certified Advanced Facilitator.

Alia Wesala provides brief astrological consultation sessions to individuals, couples, and families.

Ben Wielechowski is the Education Director at Robin Hills Farm. For over seven years he has been a teacher specializing in college-level composition. He is a new father, writer, and adventure enthusiast.

Suzy Wienckowski is a Reiki Master and Massage Therapist with over 35 years of experience in healing arts. She teaches the traditional Usui System of Reiki Healing and is a member of the Reiki Alliance.

Eve Wilson is the creator and Director of the Healer Development Program and a full-time Healer Practitioner since 1986. She is a groundbreaking leader in healing and ascension who helps others access their gifts and realize their potential as healers.

Julie Wolcott, MA, CSW, LPC has practiced in the fields of counseling and psychotherapy for over 40 years. Besides being a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner and Kripalu Yoga teacher, she is also a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator since 2004 and a Senior Trainer with the Transformational Breath Foundation since 2006.

John Wolff, Professor of Humanities, author, and priest, who in the Zen community is John Gendo Wolff, used to live in Ann Arbor, graduated from Huron High School, and attended freshman year at the UMi. Since then, he has obtained the degrees: B.A., Uni. Cincinnati; M.A., Uni. Colorado; M.F.A., UMT. He has also taken his family to live in China where he taught English and learned Chinese.

Women’s Divorce Resource Center (WDRC) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, educational organization. It offers workshops by experienced divorce professionals including Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Divorce Financial planners, and Attorneys.

Master Wasentha Young is a Master of T’ai Chi and Qigong with over 48 years of experience. She has received formal instruction in different styles of meditation and massage therapy and has a master’s degree in Transpersonal Studies.

Lama Kathy Wesley is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and has studied Tibetan Buddhism since 1977. She participated in a three-year retreat led by the Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at the Karmé Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY. You can learn more about Kathy at lamakathy.net.

Rebecca Williams has been a Tarot card reader at Crazy Wisdom for over ten years. Her readings explore deeper soul movements in our lives. Through intuitive readings she assists individuals to use their own soul awareness and wisdom to promote positive change and instill harmony through all of life’s complications.

Yoga Focus, an Iyengar Yoga studio, is celebrating 25 years as a yoga center. Teachers value their practice of yoga and the respect for their students.

Yoga Space consists of teachers certified in the Iyengar method with decades of experience. They excel at making yoga fun and accessible for everyone.

Ypsi-Arbor Childbirth Education was formed in 2017 by Ariana and Katy after they had been teaching childbirth education in a variety of ways throughout their work as doulas. They are dedicated to making your pregnancy and birth as empowered as possible, and easing the transition into parenthood by offering up-to-date, evidence-based information in a relaxed atmosphere.

Karlta Zarley, RN, CHTP has 36 years of experience in preventive and holistic nursing care, and is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. She has been in private practice for 19 years as a professional healer and educator. She leads classes and retreats, and also provides energy work, spiritual direction, and consultations on essential oils and flower essences.

The Zen Buddhist Temple was formally opened in 1981 as part of the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom. The Temple functions on three levels: as a temple serving the public, as a training center for ordained members, and as a Sangha or community of members.

Tina Zion, RNC, BA, CHt, RMT is a fourth-generation psychic who has been practicing and teaching holistic healing for over 30 years. She is known internationally for her books including Become a Medical Intuitive: The Complete Developmental Guide and The Reiki Teacher’s Manual.

Celeste Zygmont is a long time DSC community member who lives in Texas and facilitates the Deep Spring Center Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere weekly.