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 2019 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.

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.

Arts in Motion Dance Studio believes that dance should be accessible to all ages and ability levels.

Robert Auerbach is a certified Advanced Practitioner of Rolf Structural Integration who has studied with two of Ida Rolf’s senior proteges and been in practice for 19 years.

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.

Rita Benn is a meditation practitioner with years leading retreats and mindfulness based groups.

Sarah Bennett is an intuitive channel of the divine realms and ancient ancestral wisdom. Her readings will provide heart opening clarity and peace and will help you go deeper within your own intuitive knowing.

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.

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.

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries and the author of the New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Lisa Conine is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Om of Medicine.

Sarah Conner has training as both an artist and a teacher. She also the parent of two young children.

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.

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.

Abby Dawson has more than five years experience practicing and teaching yoga. Join her as she guides you through poses and breath as a tool for overall wellness.

Dmitry Berenson has been writing poetry for twenty years, and his work has appeared in The Worcester Review, Poet Lore, MiPOesias, as well as several anthologies. He has also practiced meditation in the Zen and Vipassana traditions, including daily practice and several intensive retreats. His teaching explores the intersection of meditation practice and poetic creative expression.

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.

Tarianne DeYonker, OP, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, MI, is a Certified Amherst Writers and Artists Leader.

Todd Diana is a Dawn Farm staff member.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Margo Hertzfield is a certified Clinical Aromatherapist. She also serves as the regional director for Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan in the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is a member of the of the National Perfumer’s Guild.

Jenna Zuisei Hirschman and Charles Yugen Stuart are novice Zen Buddhist Priests in training and formal students at the Buddhist Temple of Toledo. We started this sitting group in 2017 with the guidance of our Zen Teachers.

Michael H. Hodges is a Detroit News reporter and the author of Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit.

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.

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.

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.

Jeff and Debra Jay are best-selling authors, speakers, and clinicians with a national practice providing clinical services and training, including Intervention and Structured Family Recovery.


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.

Carol Johannes OP is a Dominican Sister of Adrian, MI, and has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction. She has conducted workshops, addressed groups exploring issues of spirituality, provided days of prayer, and directed retreats throughout the US and beyond.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Evan Litinas is the Chief Medical Officer for Om of Medicine

Raisha Janet 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.

Rosemary Bak Lowery, MS, CHES, CNP, ACSM-CPT is a certified health educator.

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.

Mark and Roberta Maxwell are sound healers and the creators of the Sacred Sound Bath. Their goal is to uplift the spirit of humankind through sacred sound for the benefit of all sentient beings.

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 an initiated Sufi.

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.

Robert Moss has published fourteen books on dreaming and describes himself as a dream teacher on a path for which there has been no career track in our culture. He is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism.

Dan Muir found his spiritual home at Deep Spring Center shortly after moving back to MI in 1999. He has been teaching since 2006, trying to convey the peace, joy, and deep wisdom he has found through honest intention, an effort at clean living, and daily meditation. When he isn’t teaching the Dharma, Dan is a nurse anesthetist who shares a farm near Lansing with horses and alpaca.

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.

The Neighborhood Theatre Group’s mission is to make theatre an accessible home for the collaboration of people, artistic challenges, and new ideas.

Guy Newland is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University, where he has taught since 1988. He has authored, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism, including the three-volume translation of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and Introduction to Emptiness. Additionally, he is the author of A Buddhist Grief Observed.

Nancy Ogilvie is a wise woman who has been living in an increasingly intimate relationship with the Goddess for twenty plus years. This relationship is now the ground of her being and life which sustains her in these challenging political times. She wants to share this bounty.

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.

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.

Barbara E. Reid OP is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, MI. She holds a Ph. D. in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is a Professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Her most recent book is Wisdom’s Feast: An Introduction to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures. She is the general editor for the 58 volume feminist commentary on the Bible, Wisdom Commentary Series.

Demo Rinpoche is Jewel Heart’s Resident Spiritual Advisor and is currently based in Ann Arbor. Under the Dalai Lama’s direct supervision, Rinpoche’s training covered nearly thirty years of uninterrupted education in meditation, debate, memorization, philosophy, and composition as well as higher levels of training according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He also received his Master’s degree in Inter-Religious Engagement from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2018.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tiffany Schultz, LLMSW is a Dawn Farm Outpatient Therapist

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.

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.

Barb Smith is the author of Brent’s World.

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

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.

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.

Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin has an Acharya (Master’s) degree in Buddhist studies and was Senior Abbot at the Nalanda Institute in Rumtek, India before coming to the US in 2005. He has since completed a three-year retreat and now teaches at KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY and its many subsidiary KTC centers.

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.

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.

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.

Brad Waites is one of less than fifty teachers worldwide to be certified at the 2000 in Purna Yoga. He is a former litigation partner in a Dallas Law Firm who has dedicated his life to teaching students to find their true purpose.

Barbara Wall is Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. Dr. Wall has designed and implemented a variety of new initiatives that sharpened Villanova’s commitment to its Catholic Identity and Augustinian heritage.

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.


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.

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.

Wild Swan Theater has been putting on magical, lively productions for families and teachers for nearly four decades. They have an award-winning troupe of professional adult actors, dancers, musicians, and American Sign Language performers. These performances take place in Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College.

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.

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.

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.

Clinton Zimmerman CTN, ND, LMT, BFRP has been a practicing Naturopath for the last twenty years. He received his initial training at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education in Mt. Pleasant MI, and then went on and pursued many other independent studies. Clinton is a Licensed Massage therapist, with a focus in Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy.

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.