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 May through August 2016 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 in the Theravadin tradition and is channeled through Barbara Brodsky.

Linda Adamcz, MSW, Certified Practitioner of Integrative Breathwork, is an individual therapist and has been a group facilitator in the mental health field for over 27 years.

Nia-Avelina Aguirre, ND, is a board-certified Doctor of Naturopathy with offices in Ann Arbor and Chelsea. She has been in the natural health, fitness, and wellness profession since 1982 and also offers bodywork and energy therapies.

Lillian Anderson is a registered dietitian and culinary professional with extensive experience teaching culinary arts to both children and adults.

Ann Arbor Community Acupuncture offers acupuncture on a $20-$40 sliding scale in order to provide an affordable and effective alternative health service to everyone. 

Ann Arbor Kirtan Community supports over 500 members in the greater Ann Arbor area.

Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild is composed of artists, musicians, teachers, librarians, and others who gather monthly to share stories and develop the craft of storytelling.

Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling was founded in 1978 by Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, set of HH 17th Karmapa in North America.

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

Diane Babalas, DC, applies the concepts from the chiropractic model Bio-Geometric Integration (BGI). She has been the student of Dr. Sue Brown, BGI’s founder, since 1998 and graduated from the BGI Academy of Mastery in 2013.

Marcia Bailey, MA, PhD, has taught yoga since 1999 as a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and Kripalu yoga teacher. She has taught connected breathing for over 20 years, has been a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator since 2004, and has been a Senior Trainer with the Transformational Breath Foundation since 2006.

Liza Baker is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and is the chef/owner of Simply: Home Cooking. She is also a kitchen organizer who teaches her clients the “fl!p your k!tchen” system to learn to regularly cook 21 meals a week from scratch.

Brett Bashawaty is the director of Good Herb company and owner of Good Herb and Youngevity retail store in Royal Oak. He has 25 years of experience with  herbal preparations

Bob Bedard, PhD, is the author of five books on happiness with 25 years teaching and speaking about the Intrapersonal Happiness Theory to individuals and in workshops.

Deanne Bednar, MA, has worked in natural building including strawbale, earth plaster, rocket stoves, earth oven, foraging, and thatching since 1996. She is the illustrator of Hand-Sculpted House, The Natural Plaster Book and The Cobbers’ Companion.

Linda Steinborn Bender, ACSW, LMSW, has worked with families at Chelsea Hospital and Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care and in private practice for over 30 years. 

Leslie Blackburn, MS, brings years of experience as well as a diverse background into her work as a sacred sexual healer and transformational guide. 

Laurie Blakeney is a Certified Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher teaching yoga locally since 1977 and is the director of the Ann Arbor School of Yoga.

Kathy Bloch has studied Tarot since 1980 and has actively done readings since 1995. 

Carole Blotter has been practicing Insight (Vispassana) Meditation since 1989 and teaching since 1999. She is a teacher of The Forest Way, an organization dedicated to providing retreats conducive to spiritual growth that is balanced and integrated.

Susan Bloye, BFA, MEd, has a visual arts background with 30+ years teaching visual and healing arts. 

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

Brandy Boehmer is a National Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Holistic Nutritionist at Bio Energy Detox Center. 

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 helps others to expand beyond living for everyone else towards loving the self and taking charge of one’s own life. 

Patty Brennan, Director of Center for the Childbearing Year, has advocated for 30 years as a childbirth educator, doula trainer, midwife, and nonprofit executive. She is a DONA International-approved birth and postpartum doula trainer and author, and founded Michigan Doula Connection, a web-based nonprofit linking volunteer doulas with low-income families.

Barbara Brodsky is founding teacher of Deep Spring Center practicing meditation since 1960, and teaching since 1989. Her teaching draws from dual roots in Buddhist and Quaker traditions. She became totally deaf in 1972, and is a channel for the spirit, Aaron.

Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC, is the Program Coordinator for Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center. 

Roland Calvert, OSFS, is a memer of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He taught for 22 years and served as chaplain at the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse for 22 years. He has visited every part of the Holy Land.

Kapila Castoldi, a student of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, has studied and practiced meditation for over 29 years and has taught meditation throughout the midwest for over 25 years.

Atmaram Chaitanya is the director of the non-profit 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 DONA doula training center, and childbirth preparation and parenting community offering comprehensive online childbirth preparation, hosted by Patty Brennan, in addition to community-based education.

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

Lori Coburn, MSW, has a 25-year psychotherapy practice specializing in spiritual counseling, mood disorder, and substance abuse. She is author of Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and A Course in Miracles Can Set You Free. 

Cynthia Conklin is a shiatsu practitioner with Eastern Sun Shiatsu. 

Brother Ed Conlin is an addiction counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System.

Jani Cooke is a spiritual medium.

Dorothy Ann Coyne has been a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation since 1971 and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and senior teacher of meditation at Deep Spring. She is also a mother and grandmother.

Raymond Dalton, MA, CAADC, is the coordinator of Dawn Farm Outpatient Services and formerly coordinated a suicide prevention hotline for the state of Kansas.

Maryann Davis, RN, CHTP, HTCP, is a  Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master and Esoteric Healing Practitioner. Jane Perry is a Holy Fire Usui Reiki Master. 

Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services Team provides assessment, intervention, treatment, and education and support services for adolescents experiencing problems with alcohol/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 non-profit organization devoted to offering teachings of non-duality and the meditation practices which support those teachings. Barbara Brodsky is the founder and guiding teacher.

Joan Delaplane, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian who is professor emerita of Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has 25 years experience in preaching, directing retreats, spiritual direction, and conducting workshops.

Joya D’Cruz practices individual and relational psychotherapy in Ypsilanti. She offers individual and group sessions in focusing, meditation, and mind/body integration.

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 shamanism, and various Native American traditions.

Joan Ebbitt, LMSW, is a spiritual director who 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. Her shamanic studies have been with Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, Herb Stevenson, and Ana Larramendi.

Mindy Eisenberg, MHSA, ERYT-500, has taught adaptive yoga for individuals with neuromuscular conditions for over 11 years. She is the founder of Yoga Moves MS, which seeks to improve quality of life for those with MS by providing therapeutic yoga, and is the author of Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body.

Mariane Fahlman, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian who teaches health and wellness at Wayne State University.

Jackie Farah is owner of Imagine Fitness & Yoga in Ann Arbor.  Natalie Peterson is a personal trainer, yoga teacher, and nutrition coach, as well as the Marketing Director at Imagine Fitness & Yoga.

Marjorie Farnsworth is a clincial hypnotherapist and shamanic practitoner in Ann Arbor, as well as a PhD candidate in Transpersonal Psychology. She has been practicing shamanism for 15 years and teachers for Ann Arbor Rec & Ed and Plymouth-Canton Adult Enrichment.

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 30 years.

Patricia Fero is the author of three books: Mining for Diamonds, What Happens When Women Wake Up? and Sacred Marching Orders. Her upcoming book The Other Side of the Door will be released this spring. 

Catherine Fischer, MA, CPD,  is a former elementary school teacher, long-time parent support group leader, birth and postpartum doula and a mother. She teaches parenting tools and has written about them for the Crazy Wisdom Journal Conscious Parenting Column and Blog.

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

Carole Florence is in private practice in Ann Arbor offering naturopathic healing to the community. Grace Toth is the owner/operator of Naturopathic Knack, a web-based naturopathic healing resource and online store.

Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, Sp. A, is a Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center counselor and outpatient therapist who played a major role in implementing Dawn Farm’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program. He has extensive experience in education as a strategist, facilitator, administrator, teacher, and practitioner in the areas of educational administration, curriculum, instruction, and staff development. 

Mariko Foulk, LMSW, is a psychotherapist trained in mindfulness-based therapies who has worked with those with depression and anxiety for over 20 years through U-M Geriatrics Center.

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 non-profit group of volunteers that operates the Friends Book Shop in the downtown library and supports the activities of the Ann Arbor District Library. 

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

Cynthia Gabriel, PhD, is a doula, mother of three, and author of the book Natural Hospital Birth.

Susan Gale is an educator who has spent a lifetime learning about healing the mind and soul. She has been an A.R.E. lecturer applying the Edgar Cayce readings and has studied with a healer from a Navajo/Hopi reservation. She is the director of A Place of Light in Cherry Valley, MA, a safe haven for souls seeking knowledge and understanding about intuition. 

Amy Garber, BA, RMT, is the director of Intuitives Interactive, a group for intuitives, indigos, and the curious, who has been offering intuitive channeled readings to the public since 2001. She has hosted biennial Holistic Psychic Fairs in Ann Arbor since 2013. She earned a teaching certificate in elementary education from EMU.

Norma Gentile is a professional singer and trained healer and channel for Archangel Michael and the Hathors. She freely offers meditations and music at her website HealingChants.com. 

Nanci Rose Gerler has been offering her services as a psychic channel and medium for over 20 years. 

Ann-Margaret Giovino, Jan Katz and Alexis Neuhaus are Sun Shen tai chi instructors and senior students of Sun Shen tai chi founder Master Sang Kim.

Jim Gilligan, RYT200, began practicing yoga in 1988 and founded AcroYoga Ann Arbor in 2012. He is Michigan’s first certified AcroYoga teacher and is a certified AYfit trainer who teaches around the US and internationally.

Aura Glaser, PhD, is an author, psychologist, photographer, and dharma coyote who is the creator and original owner of Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, as well as a co-founder of Jewel Heart where she was a senior teacher for 25 years.

Robin Lily Goldberg holds certifications in Hatha Yoga, Street Yoga, Laughter Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga. She is also a writer, reflexologist, and Reiki instructor/practitioner.

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

Paulette Grotrian, MA, was trained through the U-Mass Medical School Integrative Medicine Center for Mindfulness. She has studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a founding member of the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness.

David M. Hall has been studying water and its relation to human health and nutritional sciences for two decades. He is a certified permaculture designer and teacher with over 20 years of experience with intensive gardening, landscaping, xeriscaping, and permaculture in the Sonoran Desert and in Michigan. 

Idelle Hammond-Sass is a trained facilitator of the Open Studio Process. She is an artist and educator who works in jewelry and mixed media. Her work is available at WSG Gallery and she runs OSP groups in the Ann Arbor area. 

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 in the narrative tradition, psychotherapist, personal and spirtual guide, relationship coach, and workshop leader.

Ann Harmon has been exploring meditation and energy medicine for over 25 years in her private practice. She incorporates such modalities as integrative motion, sound healing, color therapy, selenite crystals, and a blessing presence into her sessions.

Patty Hart, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga classes, private sessions, and workshops since 1998. She specializes in adapting poses for specific student needs while maintaining a safe space for grounding and exploration within yoga practice.

Karen Husby-Coupland is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga since 1993 and teaching since 1999.

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.

Carole Johannes, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian, and has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction, conducting workshops, addressing groups, and providing days of prayer and directed retreats throughout the US and beyond.

Wanetta Jones, Maryam Ali, Wasentha Young, and Wanetta Young, respectively mother and daughters from oldest to youngest, are a family of artists. Wanetta Jones was in the first class to graduate from NYC’s Art and Design High School (School of Industrial Arts) in 1946 and went on to Pratt Institute.

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

Kelly Kempter, RTT, massage therapist and bodyworker, is a graduate of the Myomassology Institute with advanced training and practice in Thai massage and shiatsu.

Esther Kennedy, OP, MSW, a Dominican Sister of Adrian, is a spiritual director and clinical social worker. Her own search for the sacred drew her to spend time in India and Indonesia. She is nourished by the interplay of the sacred teachings of Eastern and Western traditions.

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. 

Anthony King, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Trauma, Stress, and Anxiety research group at U-M.

Amy and Markus Koch practice at Holistic Physical Therapy and Energy Medicine.

Arlene Kosmatka, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian who is involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat work.

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.

Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor offers programs designed to impart a unique blend of knowledge, resources, and support to benefit families from pregnancy to preschool. 

Karen Lang, NTP, CGP, is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and GAPS Practitioner. She owns Healthy Balance LLC and works with clients to customize individual eating plans to address health concerns. 

Mary Ledvina, BA, MOT, is a writer, artist, and healer who journals daily.

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

Nancy Liebler, PhD, is a psychologist and lifelong student of Ayurveda. She is co-author of the book Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way: Creating Happiness with Meditation, Yoga, and Ayurveda. 

Mary Light, ND, MH, LMT, is the Director of Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts, and has provided evidence-based natural health protocols and education since 1992. 

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, non-violence toward all beings.

Pam Lindberg is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

Cheryl Liske, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian and has spent the last 20+ years as a community organizer with the Gamaliel Network, working with the interfaith community in the urban areas of Michigan. She has traveled twice to the Holy Land.

Janet Love is certified with Yoga Alliance and has over 1000 hours of teacher training, as well as a background in personal training and thai yoga massage.

Fred Luskin, PhD, is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project and author of the book Forgive for Good. He is an internationally-renowned scholar and practitioner of forgiveness work.

Barb McConnell, LPN, CHTP/I, is a nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, and instructor for Levels 1-4 with 30 years experience in hospital, clinical, industrial nursing/industrial management.

Patricia McDonalad, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian who ministers in the graduate division of Psychology and Leadership at Siena Heights University.

Jennifer Matesa has written about health and life transformation for more than 20 years and has been writing and speaking about addiction and recovery since 2010. She has published several books, writes a popular blog, and her journalism and essays have appeared in many publications. In 2013, she was awarded a year-long fellowship with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. 

Robert Moss is the creator and author of Active Dreaming, a synthesis of shamanism and dreamwork, and leads seminars online and throughout the world. His nine books on dreaming and imagination include Conscious Dreaming and The Secret History of Dreaming. 

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

Dan Muir found his spiritual home at Deep Spring center in 1999 and has been teaching since 2006. He tries to convey the peace, joy, and deep wisdom he has found through honest intention, an effort at clean living, and daily meditation. He is also a practicing nurse anesthetist.

Jeannine Myers and Marin Perusek are Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioners.

Joanna Myers and Alexis Neuhaus are disciples and senior students of the founder of Sun Shen, Master Sang Kim, and are practitioners of the Sun Shen Healing System.

Irena Nagler is a performer and director with Nightfire Dance Theater, Storydance, and Polyfonica Duo. She teaches environmental dance and facilitates dream circles.

Mindy Nagy, RYT200, teaches regular classes at Breathe Yoga. Nathan Correll is a massage and sound therapist and owner of Healing River Therapy in Ann Arbor. 

Vikki Narayan, RN, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who works with women who want to eliminate fatigue, balance hormones, and lose weight naturally to create a body and life they love. 

Bridget O’Brien is a certified permaculture designer and teacher, the Marketing Coordinator for the People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor, and the Program Director for RootedLoveFund.org. She has over 10 years experience as an avid and sometimes professional gardner and fermentation activist. 

Saundarya O’Donnell, E-RYT 500, LMT, developed Correctional Alignment Therapy based on 20 years experience with muscle anatomy (BS, Biology from U-M), therapeutic yoga, and Thai massage. She offers private CAT massage and therapeutic yoga classes. She currently studies at University of Chicago Divinity School.

Lucinda Orwell, PhD, is an integrative psychotherapist using a broad range of modalities to help people change.

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. 

Terence Palmer, PhD, is an English psychologist with a specialty in helping people rid themselves of disruptive discarnate spirit entities. He is the author of The Science of Spirit Possession.

Joanne Podlucky, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adrian and Director of the Dominican Center for Religious Development. She teaches in the internship in Spiritual Direction Program.

Judy Ramsey has been an experienced, professional consultant for animal communication and interspecies counseling for ten years. She teaches three levels of communication, writes articles, and works with animals and people for better understanding of each other.

Vaidya Raj is a spiritual healer and teacher who is board-certified Ayurvedic/Alternative Medical Practitioner and Certified Spiritual Healer by the International Center for Reiki Training.

Jason Riggs can consciously channel many different levels and types of beings from crystals and nature spirits to spirit guides and Archangels.

Gelek Rimpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Jewel Heart. Among the last generation of incarnate lamas tutored by the masters of Old Tibet, Rimpoche’s command of western culture enables him to convey the Tibetan Buddhist tradition with wisdom, kindness, and wit.

Elizabeth (Libby) Robinson, MPH, MSW, PhD,  has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1979, was trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the U-Mass, has attended 23 silent retreats, and has been teaching MBSR since 2003. She recently retired from U-M. 

Mark Roby, PA-C, ND, is an author and cancer strategist who has survived one of the rarest malignancies in the world. He is also an integrative medicine expert, co-founder of the Metro Detroit Center for Attitudinal Healing, and certified physician assistant. 

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.

Shannon Roznay is a chiropractor and expert in Nutrition Response Testing who enjoys teaching people of all ages how to improve health through a better diet and natural supplements.

Merilynne Rush, RN, and Diana Cramer, MA, are natural death educators, home funeral guides, green burial advocates, and advanced care planning consultants. 

Sally Rutzky is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.

JeeJee Safir, MA, is a transformational coach, marketing and mindset mentor for coaches and service-based soul-o-preneurs who specializes in showing her clients how to price, package, market, and sell the gifts they’re meant to share with the world.

Judy Sauer and Mary Pomerville have extensive experience on the food healing journey and are passionate about the potential for healing from autoimmune challenges through diet and lifestyle. 

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.

Elizabeth Shadigan, MD, is an obstetrician-gynocologist, consultant, educator, and researcher specializing in the health, safety and well-being of women.

Sandya - Sandra Shears is a channel, healer, and counselor who has practiced since 1990 as a light worker and vibrational practitioner. She is a graduate of LuminEssence’s “Awakening Your Light Body” course with Sanaya Roman and Orin.

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.

Patricia Siemen, OP, JD, is a Dominican of Adrian, and a civil attorney. Her passion is to protect the long-term ecological and spiritual health of humans and all members of the Earth community.

Anneliese Sinnott, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Adriian who is also a professor of systematic theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. She participated in two trips to the Holdy Land in 2009 and 2010.

Southeast Michigan Astrologers’ Round Table (SMART) is a local chapter of NCGR.

Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC, is the U-M Collegiate Recovery Program Manager.

Ema Stefanova, MA, E-RYT500, has been an author, healer, and yoga and meditation educator for over 35 years. She is a direct disciple of Swami Satyananda Paramahansa, the founder of the International Yoga Fellowship Movement and author of over 80 titles in the field.

Aaron Suganuma, LLMSW, is a therapist for Catholic Social Services.

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.

Tatianah Thunberg, RYT, a holistic psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and Thai bodyworker, is a graduate of Blue Lotus Thai workshop series in Ann Arbor.

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

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

Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio has been sharing a variety of world music and dance with the community for ten years. 

Brian M. Truskowski is a full time body worker, massage therapist, and healthy eating coach who focuses on enlightening and therapeutic work. He practices at Tranquil Being Healing Arts Studio.

Jennifer Vanderwal is a Usui Tibetan Karuna Seiroku Reiki Master and a Melody Crystal Healer Instructor. She offers past-life ascensions, cord removals, meridian clearing, quantum touch, and facilitates healing crystal arrays. 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.

Billie Wahlen is a Kundalini yoga teacher, KRI Certified, and RYT-200. He offers classes and workshops on sacred sound and gong meditations and does intuitive healing work in a private practice as part of the Parkway Center in Ann Arbor.  

Shannon Walter has taught yoga for over 10 years in the Ann Arbor area.

Kashi Walters is the Co-Director at the non-profit 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.

Mother Clare Watts is an internationally-known Christian mystic.

Mark A. Weiner, MD, specializes in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. 

Suzy Wienckowski is a Reiki Master and Registered Massage Therapist with over 30 years experience in healing arts. She teaches the traditional Usui System of Reiki Healing after her own training with two Masters initiated by Hawayo Takata and Hiroshi Doi. She is a member of the original Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai in Japan.

Carisa Wilder, MSW, RAP, provides holistic psychotherapy and ayurvedic consultation at Woman Safe Health in Ann Arbor. 

Debra Williams, LMT, is a board-certified, licensed massage therapist who has been providing Reiki to the community for over six years. 

Eve Wilson is a natural intuitive healer and has been a trainer of healers since 1986. She specializes in personal and planetary ascension. 

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.

Joan Wolf is a longtime meditator and yoga instructor who has accepted the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn. 

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. 

Master Wasentha Young has over 47 years of experience and received formal training in Taoist and Buddhist meditation, achieved certification in TCM and Acupressure, and has a masters degree in Transpersonal Studies.

Karlta Zarley, RN, CHTP, has 35 years experience in preventive and holistic nursing care, and is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. She has been in private practice for 17 years as a professional healer and educator, providing energy work, spiritual direction, essential oil and flower essence consultations, and leading classes and retreats.

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.