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 January through April 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. 

Jeanne Adwani, Tarot enthusiast since the early ‘70s, serving the never-ending stories we all travel in. She seeks the best of the stories that enrich one’s life.

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.

Erik Anderson LMSW, CAADC is a therapist with the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services.

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

Ann Arbor Co-Counseling is part of the international co-counseling community. Co-counseling is a peer process for processing strong emotions in a culture of validation and non-judgment.

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

The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee, a coalition of local environmental nonprofits and agencies, and held at Leslie Science and Nature Center.

Julie Arkison has owned and operated Synchrony Farm with her husband, Jim, since 1989. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a combined degree in Psychology and Art History, Julie blends this background with her many years of horse experience. Growing from rider in childhood, to teacher and trainer, she has studied both Dressage and Western Trick trainers from around the world. Whether interacting with horses on the ground or riding, she believes that horses help people explore the many rich layers of inner life in wonderful ways.

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. 

Deanne Bednar, MA has taught middle school art for 28 years, and sustainable future classes for 15 years. She is the director and teacher at Strawbale Studio, focusing on natural building, and sustainable living skills since 2003.

David Bell is a founder of Ann Arbor’s Interfaith Center and he 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.

Sandra Berman is a trained Sage-ing Circle facilitator. She comes to this process through a background in meditation, education, pastoral care/counseling and group facilitation.

Swami Beyondananda has traveled the world offering comedy disguised as wisdom -- or is it wisdom disguised as comedy?

Leslie Blackburn, MS, RCST is a Sacred Sexual Healer and Transformational Guide. She is a leading educator and coach of sacred sexuality and tantra in the U.S.

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.

Bloom Gardens is a local nursery and garden boutique specializing in unique plants, local and organic gardening supplies, and whimsical garden décor.

Carole Blotter draws her meditation practice from dual roots in Quaker and Buddhist traditions. She has been teaching meditation since 1999, and she 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.

Tammy Braswell is an intuitive channel, energetic creation coach, teacher, and high vibrational healer.

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 she 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.

Christina Burch, BFA, MA, BPS, MS is a Vajrayana practitioner who lives in retreat at Tsogyelgar. She is an internationally recognized artist, as well as a practitioner of Classical Chinese Acupuncture.

Dawn Burnell-Powers is a Neuro-Developmental Therapist who has worked with the Masgutova Method (MNRI) since 2006. Dawn currently works with children with developmental challenges, and adults who have sustained neurological injuries or who have progressive neurological diseases.

Diana Burney RN, BSN, M.ED is an Internationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with over 25 years of experience in the field. She is the owner of Mind’s Gate in Ann Arbor where she has lived since 2005.

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 she is also certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork.

Dave Carr has worked as a professional artist for six years, studying under world-class mentors from such venues as Imaginism Studios and Dreamworks Studios, as well as Hugo Award-winning illustrator Stephan Martiniere. Dave’s experience spans several industries, from video games to children’s books, as well as his own freelance work under the pseudonym “Cave Darr.” 

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.

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. center4cby.com

Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, FASAM, ABAM is a board-certified addictionologist and pain management specialist.

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.

Alan Clay is from New Zealand and will be making a special stop in Michigan to share his knowledge about Sedna.

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.

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.

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.

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 US certified to teach CNT beyond Chi Nei Tsang 2.

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

Tarianne DeYonker is a Certified Amherst Writers and Artists Leader.

Yael Dolev is a passionate advocate for the joy of eating nourishing food, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean diet and making the most of dietary limitations. She offers her services to the public via Dolev LLC Nutrition Choices & Behavioral Counseling. With a background in agronomy, botany, ecology, and coaching, she is a board member of Chelsea Community Kitchen, and a former editor of “Food and Kitchen” magazine.

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.

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

Joan Ebbitt, LMSW, is a spiritual director and licensed clinical social worker. She specializes in ministering to religious clergy and others in their quest to experience the divine.

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.

Sister Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D. has served as an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Barry University in Miami. An Adrian Dominican Sister, Dr. Fairbanks holds a Master of Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and a Doctorate in Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, the Toronto School of Theology in Toronto, Canada.

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.

Anna Fernandez is an herbalist, midwife, EMT, and mother living north of Chelsea. She has been studying plant medicine since the early ‘90s. She owns Mother Bloom Botanicals, grows and wildcrafts much of her own medicines, teaches, and helps to organize the Great Lakes Herb Faire.

Catherine Fischer is a certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Instructor and DONA Certified Postpartum Doula, has been working with families since 1994. She is a former elementary teacher, an experienced birth and postpartum doula, and a long-time parent support group leader.

Beverly Fish is a psychic medium and Astrologer. She does private readings by appointment.

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.

Susan Flinders is a Fully Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Psychoanalyst. 

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

Food Gatherers is the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County, distributing 6.5 million pounds of food to 170 non-profit 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.

Mariko Foulk has been a psychotherapist for older adults over twenty years through University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, and mindfulness teacher/therapist for almost ten years.

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

Pam Gallagher, CAP, has over 40 years of experience in practicing, studying, and teaching astrology. She has a fulltime astrological practice on Wholistic Astrology at the Midwest School of Astrology.

Amy Garber, BA, RMT, is a medical intuitive, psychic, and channel who aids people on their path by consulting with their spirit guides, illuminating past lives, encouraging intuitive development, and connecting with departed loved ones. She is the co-director of the Enlightened Soul Center and co-founder of Intuitives Interactive.

Ann Gee is a Spiritual Enlightenment Coach, Clairvoyant Spiritual Medium, Priest of the Order of Melchizedek, American Pagan Priestess, Lightworker, Seeker, and Teacher.

Dr. Chuck Gehrke is a board certified addictionologist. 

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.

Curtis Glatter is a professional percussionist and multi-instrumentalist.

Golden Lotus, Inc. teaches the science of yoga and its practical applications so that all can achieve the highest levels of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing as they progress on their path toward self-realization.

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.

Lynda Gronlund-Naeem is a 3rd degree black belt and certified self-defense instructor with over ten years experience.

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.

David M. Hall is a bee-keeper, educator, and rescuer, having rescued over 4.5 million honeybees 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.

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 interfere 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.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is a not-for-profit, 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.

Kelli Hurren is a Reiki Master & Life/Meditation/Spirituality Coach empowering others in the art of self-mastery and goal attainment. She believes knowing foundational concepts and consistent daily meditation practice are both vitally important during learning and discovery processes.

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.

Dave Jibson is a poet, blogmaster, and editor.

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.

David L. Kent is an Investment Advisor Representative with LPL Financial. He has a special interest in Socially Responsible Investing and financial planning that is compatible with a healthy world. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA. Member SIPC. David Kent may only transact and/or discuss securities business with residents of the following states FL, MI, OH, VA.

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. 

Katherine King has studied, professionally practiced, and taught restoration of the body, mind, and planet for over 35 years using various modalities, including environmental psychology, permaculture, spiritual retreats, massage, aromatherapy, and environmental engineering. Katherine has completed the Level II iRest Teacher Training and is working toward Certification with the Integrative Restoration Institute, a nonprofit organization. 

Amy Lynn and Markus Koch are sanctioned and seasoned guides. They are passionate about supporting seekers on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. They are sensitive and accommodating to individual needs, providing a safe space for healing on all levels.

Amy Krentzman is an Assistant professor at the School of Social Work and at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and an Adjunct Research Investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, community performance artist, and a professor at the University of Michigan.

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.

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.

Kiera D. Laike, IRW brings the theory and practice of Sensology, described in her book on Soul Orientation. Kiera founded the Sensology Institute and created the Human Energetic Development Mentor Certification program it offers. She and her students founded the nonprofit, The One Cause Foundation: theonecause.org.

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. lifespandoulas.com

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.

Pam Lindberg is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

Micah Lindquist is an enjoyable and capable crafter who has helped construct buildings at Strawbale Studio. He enjoys working with round-pole building and is an outstanding spoon-carver. 

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.

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

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.

Kevin McCauley is a qualified medical doctor and focuses on the important question about addiction: Is it really a disease?

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.

Drake Meadow is a certified leader of the dances and initiated Sufis.

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. 

Kathleen Moore has been teaching voice for about 30 years and is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a singer, and a certified music therapist.

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

Michael Morwood is the author of ten books on progressive religious thinking. He has given retreats and workshops in more than 30 states, as well as in Canada and Ireland.

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.

Glenn Mullin is a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature, and teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation. He lived in the Indian Himalayas between 1972 and 1984, and studied philosophy, literature, meditation, yoga, and the enlightenment culture. Glenn is the author of over 20 books on Tibetan Buddhism, founded and directed the Mystical Arts of Tibet, and has curated a number of important Tibetan art exhibitions.

Bonnie Mulliner, owner of Second Star to the Right Herbals and all-around DIY pro, is a repository of knowledge of traditional homestead arts and crafts. She has been knitting and crocheting for over fifty years, and is skilled in both two-needle and multi-needle technique.

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.

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. 

People Dancing Company is a regional dance company celebrating 32 years of dance.

Ellen Porter, M.Ac, Dipl.Ac of AcuThrive Acupuncture is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist specializing in Classical Five Element Acupuncture and NADA-Acu Detox Specialist. 

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.

Dr. Samm Pryce, N.D. founder of Balanced Integration is a Licensed Naturopathic and Alternative Medical Doctor located in Ann Arbor

Judy Ramsey has offered animal communication and interspecies counseling for over ten years. She applies her social work and linguistic skills to animals. She has mentored with Penelope Smith and Teresa Wagner and teaches three levels of animal communication.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Author, founded the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education conference and leads mindfulness in education trainings and conferences at institutions such as the Omega Institute, Esalen, and California Institute of Integral Studies. He has helped create curriculum for the leading mindfulness in education organizations and has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Eleventh Demo Rinpoche, reincarnation of Gelek Rimpoche’s father, was born in Tibet and recognized by the Dalai Lama at the age of five, when he entered Drepung Loseling. He received his Geshe Lharampa degree there and continued in tantric studies for several years after. He is currently studying Interfaith Engagement at a theological seminary in the United States.

Karen Renée Robb, an Ann Arbor native currently based in Nashville, is a vocal & visual artist and healer with over 25 years of vocal performance experience. Her passion for sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm, and creative expression through use of the frame drum. She is also the founder of The Music City Alliance For Sound & Music Healing, a Reiki Master Teacher and Universal Life Minister.

Dave Robison has 40 years experience as an automotive designing engineer at Ford and now applies his skill to holograms and ambient energy in the environment.

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.

Jonathan Rudinger, RN LMT and founder of PetMassageTM, has worked in the canine massage areas since the mid-1990s. He facilitates workshops and home-study courses.

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. 

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.

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.

Asha Sheth has been a student of Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanuji since her childhood in India. She brings the puja her devotion and a wealth of stories and wisdom of Parswanath.

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.

Terrence Shulman, JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CPC has been an attorney at law since 1992 and a licensed social worker since 1997. He is the founder/director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding and is the author of four books, including: Cluttered Lives, Empty Souls (2011).

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 from the profession of 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.

Barb Smith is the author of Brent’s World.

Song of the Morning offers an opportunity to become immersed in the simplicity, serenity, and sustenance of a balanced yogic lifestyle. We offer a place of spiritual refreshment and relaxation to those on a conscious spiritual journey toward union with the Divine, to those hoping to discover their own highest potential, and to all who seek respite from the worries and cares of the world. 

Sophia Unfolds is a community of women dedicated to empowering one another and uplifting the Divine Feminine.

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

Matt Statman is the University of Michigan 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.

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 University of Michigan 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 US certified in Tai Chi Qigong beyond level 2.

Lauren Tatarsky has a Master’s in Spiritual Guidance and has been a yoga and meditation instructor for over seven years. She has years of experience working with teenagers on mindfulness, stress reduction, and connecting inward.

Pamela Taylor began her journey with astrology at the age of 14 and calls it her life’s passion. She is an ordained Spiritualist minister.

Robert Taylor has been a scholar and writer of Vedic Philosophy for 47 years; he studied the Vedic scriptures while living as a Hindu monk in India. 

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 non-profit 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.

Judy Lee Trautman is a certified leader of the dances, an initiated Sufi, and an ordained Sufi Cherag. 

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

Cam Vozar, LMSW, LMFT, a psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years, has worked with individuals and couples focusing on trauma, recovery, spirituality, and EMDR.

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.

Dr. Mark A. Weiner, MD, D-FASAM is an addictionologist and pain management specialist.

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.

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 University of Michigan. Since then, he has obtained the degrees: B.A., University of Cincinnati; M.A., University of Colorado; M.F.A., University of Montana. 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 you 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.

Kate Zurenko is an award-winning Chelsea-based professional photographer, with a special passion for backyard and wildlife photography. Trained at Boston University, she has several years of experience tutoring shutterbugs, from beginner to professional.