Jean Costa, MSW is a life-long journaler. Her love of daily journaling led her to write, Creating Positive Affirmations, Living an Intentional Life (2014) and a second book, Choosing Your Words, Crafting Your Life (2017). She is a certified yoga instructor and a former teacher. She facilitates workshops on a variety of subjects revolving around the topic of how to enhance life through the choice of language. She is also available for speaking engagements. Website: JeanACosta.com
Karin Cross is an iShine Inner Wellness Curriculum for Kids facilitator and a Law of Attraction life coach. She also facilitates the Raleigh Sister Circle and the Northeast Raleigh Law of Attraction Meetup and is the founder of Raleigh’s very own gratitude movement, Day of Gratitude. Karin has degrees, certifications and lots of experience, but the most important thing that she knows is that we are all love and light, and her work and greatest joy is in helping others know it too.
Karla Davis is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Integrative Health Coach, trained at Duke Integrative Medicine. She is also a member of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies and incorporates shamanic practices into her work where complimentary. Karla teaches group programs on creating personal ritual to more consciously honor, process, and move through life transitions.
Celine Koropchak. A retired Duke University medical researcher, Celine is currently a blueberry farmer and author of the OWAT book series ‘One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection and One With All of Thee: Sowing the Seeds for Change.’ She speaks and teaches locally sharing practical tools to help guide others on their personal journeys. Celine has been a repeat guest on BlogTalkRadio and writes a weekly blog, TheTovaryshConnection.
Nancy Loeffler is the founder of Being With Grief and the Author of The Alchemy of Grief, Your Journey to Wholeness. As a mother who lost her 17-year old daughter Leah in a car accident in November of 2000, she fully understands the territory of grief. Her daughter’s death provided a doorway to her transformation that she never expected. It broke open her heart and showed her a way to break free from limiting beliefs about what was possible in her life. She walks with her clients on their own grief journeys so that they, too, can again find meaning, purpose, and even joy after a devastating loss. She speaks often about her journey and is passionate about changing the conversation around grief. She finds present moment awareness to be a valuable resource on her journey.
Sherylyn Pitt MSW LCSW LCAS, is a psychotherapist and an ecotherapist. She holds a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill and is a licensed clinical social worker who has a private therapy practice in Raleigh, NC. She is also a poet, artist, health rhythms facilitator, hasya yoga instructor, reiki practitioner and founder of Feather Path Circles. With extensive training in mindfulness, trauma, grief, addictions, compassion, women’s issues, energy medicine and Eco contemplative practices she has provided services to a wide variety of organizations ranging from governmental to non-profit. Sherylyn is dedicated to manifesting interfaith and Intergenerational opportunities for people to gather in Sacred Soul Circles where they can enhance experiences of their innate value, place and purpose in relation to the natural world. She is a creative, playful and spiritual leader who invites each of us to Be Love, Cause Love, Because Love Heals!
Sarah Stein has been studying with Dr. Beverly Lanzetta, theologian and author of The Monk Within, for over 39 years. Sarah, a professor of media studies at NC State, was ordained in the Interfaith Theological Seminary in 1999. She took vows to the newly-formed Community of a New Monastic Way, a monastery without walls, in 2008. She serves as a spiritual director and counselor to people of many faiths. Her spiritual path has followed the Via Feminina, a theological understanding of God as intimate and united with all creation. She is eager to share with attendees her own long journey, in discussion of The Monk Within, and in seeking understanding of the place of contemplation and silence in contemporary life.