Jean Costa received her BA in education with a major in mathematics from St. John's University, and in 1997 she earned an MSW from UNC, Chapel Hill. She has practiced yoga for over 40 years and became a certified yoga teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga in 2007. Because of her personal experience with breast cancer she began the Pink Ribbon Yoga Retreat for breast cancer survivors in 2005. She sits on the Duke Cancer Patient Support Advisory Board and the Preston Robert Tish Brain Tumor Advisory Board. She is an avid journaler and has practiced creating affirmations for over a decade. Besides teaching yoga she teaches workshops in Creating Positive Affirmations and facilitates creativity development groups based on Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way.
Celine Koropchak. A retired Duke University medical researcher, Celine is currently a blueberry farmer and author of the book ‘One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection.’ 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.
Sherylyn Pitt MSW LCSW LCAS holds a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill and is a licensed clinical social worker who has a private therapy practice in Garner, NC. She is 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!
Theresa Riggins is an ordained minister with a Master of Divinity degree form Southeastern Seminary 1985. She performs dramas at churches in Virginia and North Carolina. She teaches Bible studies on a regular basis at her church. She has her own small dessert business. She is a portrait model at the Sertoma Arts Center periodically.
Clarissa Schaeffer has had a meditation practice since 1991. She came to Buddhist study in 1998, after her marriage turned “crazy making” and painful. She has been fortunate to have studied with excellent teachers and Rinpoches (Precious Ones) in the Tibetan Kagyu tradition. For 7 years she lead a group of inmates in a California state prison, as well as facilitating a small Buddhist Center. She now leads secular and religion based meditation groups.
Martha Anne Taylor, MSN is a pediatric nurse who has worked with children in the US, Lebanon, and East Africa both in hospitals and home care. she became a body-oriented psychotherapist who worked with clients over several years. She is currently retired from nursing and has been following her interest in dreams into research and teaching of children specifically about their dreams. As a result of this teaching she was asked to write a chapter in a newly published book called Sleep Monsters and Superheroes: Empowering children through creative dreamplay. She has been following up this research and teaching with counseling parents of young children to help them to understanding their children's dreams. She belongs to several dream groups of adults who explore their own dreams.
Carolyn Toben, M.Ed., brings 40 years of experience as a retreat and seminar leader. She is the Director of Timberlake Earth Sanctuary (www.timberlakeearthsanctuary.com) in Whitsett, N.C. and the author of Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry and Cultivating a Sense of the Sacred: Practices Inspired by Thomas Berry. In 2014 she received the “Sacred Universe” Award from the WELL Spirituality Center in La Grange, Illinois.