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2023 Retreat Presenters

Weeklong Morning Workshops:
Rev. Mary Lemons
 - Weeklong Morning Workshop # 1 & Tuesday Lecture

Michael Northrop - Weeklong Morning Workshop # 2 & Thursday Lecture

Weeklong Afternoon Workshops:
Jewel Shelden - Weeklong Afternoon Workshop # 3

Stirling Graham- Weeklong Afternoon Workshop # 4

Single Session AM & PM Workshops:
Heather Barrett - Morning Single Session # 11, Afternoon Single Session # 15

Diane Brown - Morning Single Session # 7

Minnie Kansman - Morning Single Session # 9, Afternoon Single Session # 13

Rev. Maryesah Karelon - Afternoon Single Session # 14, 17

Rev. Laura MacLachlan - Morning Single Session # 10, Friday Lecture

Tina Ritchie - Afternoon Single Session # 16, 20

David Schroeder - Morning Single Session # 12, 19

Dr. Antonis Sieira - Morning Single Session # 8, Afternoon Single Session # 18,  Wednesday Lecture

Wren VanderWilp - Morning Single Session # 6 

Rev. Jama Young - Morning Single Session # 5, Afternoon Single Session # 15


2023 Spiritual Counselors


  • Jeanna Billings
  • Bev Boerman
  • Diane Brown
  • Stirling Graham
  • Nan Hunt
  • Rev. Maryesha Karelon
  • Rev. Mary Lemons
  • Rev. Laura MacLachlan
  • Michael Northrop
  • Jim Puskala
  • Tina Ritchie
  • David Schroeder
  • Terese Schroeder
  • Jewel Shelden
  • Dr. Antonio Sieria
  • WrenVanderWilp
  • Rev. Jama Young

CONSULTATION appointments will be available at the Retreat during Free Time. Information on consultants will be mailed/ emailed to you along with your registration confirmation. Once you have received your registration confirmation, you can pre-register for appointments. It is advised to pre-register for appointments if there is a certain counselor that you would like to meet with. This will give you first choice and also eliminate the long lines often experienced when signing up at the Retreat. Fees are $50 for a 25-minute session and $100 for a 55-minute session, except as otherwise noted. Please note that some consultations will require your birth date, accurate birth time, and birth place. Consultations are provided for entertainment purposes.


Meet Your 2023 Retreat Presenters

Mary, is the founder of Inner Awakenings, a holistic healing practice for all species. A Spiritual Intuitive and Animal Communicator, Mary has helped innumerable people and animals deal with both emotional and physical concerns. She is the author of My Best Friend is Dying: What Do I Do, which is a spiritual and practical journey through your animal’s transition. Mary is a Healing Touch Practitioner, SoulCollage® Facilitator, and Reiki Master. She is also certified in Thymo-Kinesiology for both human and animals. Mary teaches workshops throughout the United States, conducts private sessions in-person or by phone, and facilitates Spirit Circles regularly in Charlotte, NC. Mary lives in Albemarle, NC.

Mary will also be offering private consultation sessions during the free time hours.

Michael Northrop has had an active Shamanic Healing Practice for 12 years. He has studied Core Shamanism, Weather Shamanism, Celtic Shamanism and Dhami-Jhankri Shamanism. Michael is also a Reiki Master Teacher, a Certified Hypnotherapist, Professor of Comparative Religion, and clergy for 37 years.

Jewel Shelden works as a professional psychic consultant and spiritual counselor on a daily basis.  She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Ordained Minister, and Reiki Master.  She has been a guest psychic on radio shows and presented esoteric classes throughout Michigan.  She has made a life-long study of palmistry and dermatoglyphics, reading thousands of hands.  She is an author and lecturer.

Stirling Graham has been a Metaphysical Minister for over fifteen years. He is also certified as a Master Crystalogist through Melodies Crystal Healing. He has done extensive research on angelology, the elements, humours of the body, spiritual theory, spiritual philosophy, spiritual geometry, the Platonic solids and Merkabah, spiritual physics, practical spiritual energy application, protection, ancient mythology, and the Hermetica.  He has also lectured for graduate students at MSU, CMU, TGLR, Camp Chesterfield, and the Convocation Conference. 

Heather Barrett is the owner of a metaphysical store, All My Relations, in Indianapolis, IN. She is an Ordained Minister, Reiki Master, Life Coach and trained in the use of Etheric Weavers.  She has been involved in the metaphysical realm for over 30 years as a practitioner and teacher.   Through the private sessions, workshops and classes she teaches; she helps people to understand who they are, what their potential is and grow spiritually.

Diane Brown began her journey reading stones in 2008, when she became the owner of Open Mind. Once a stone was placed in her hand, this opened her gift for hearing, seeing, and feeling the messages from Angels, Guides, and relatives.

Minnie Kansman and her business Eco~Balance Humanity in Harmony with Nature have been assisting others with Feng Shui, Sacred Space Clearing, and Nature Spirit Connection since 1994. She is a certified Master Feng Shui Consultant and Educator and a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. Minnie is the author of Spirit Gardens: Rekindling our Nature Connection, and Missing Nana: Lessons from the Nature Spirits. She is also a co-host of the radio show Nature Adventures and owner of Nature Travel Adventures, taking travelers on Sacred Earth adventures around the world. She lives lightly on the land and honors the power of Spirit in all things.

Minnie's website is

Rev. Maryesah Karelon has her Master of Divinity and was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister. She is a student of mystical Christianity, spirituality, and healing. She is an ordained priest in the Order of Melchizedek.  Maryesha has been a certified practitioner and teacher of Illuminata healing since 1990.

Rev. Laura MacLachlan was Ordained in 2001 by the United Metaphysical Churches.  She is also a Certified Medium and Healer.  After serving as UMC Executive Board President and Seminary Co-Chair/Advisor/ Instructor, she left that organization in 2018.  She has been a member of the First Spiritual Church of Bay City since 1986 and serves as Board President, Pastor and Seminary Chairperson.

Tina Ritchie, Reiki Master Teacher of Usui Shiki Ryoho, has been practicing since 2013.  She is a master level practitioner of Dar’Shem and trained in Sacred Childbirth with Reiki.  She has studied Edgar Cayce’s work, crystals, essential oils, astrology, mediumship, animal communication, tarot reading, and pendulum work taught by renowned teachers.

David Schroeder, LMSW, CPCis a clinical and spiritual social worker, life coach and author. For 18 years, in his practice, Transition Pathways, David assists individuals, couples and groups in discovering healthy pathways to love, higher awareness and greater potential. He conducts a variety of workshops on topics such as: spirituality and self-esteem, Just Be Love: The Soul's Journey (based on this book Just Be Love).  Conscious Relationship and more.

In David's own journey, he has learned the importance of self-love, acceptance and honoring his perfection within his imperfections.  David lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his loving wife Terese. He values helping others, time with family and friends, walks in nature, meditation, traveling and connection with Source.  For more information about David, please go to Find him on his Just Be Love Facebook page as well.

His book: Just Be Love: Messages on the Spiritual and Human Journey. Begins with a moving account of a mystical experience David Schroeder had that inspired him to write this book. Just Be Love explores the many aspects of love from both our human and spiritual perspective. He reflects on love that is familiar to us and he takes us to the hidden, mysterious and paradoxical aspects of where love is often not realized. David weaves his personal and professional experience, insights and reflections on love, as well as the wisdom and teachings of the spiritual masters and poets of many traditions. This book guides us to explore and contemplate again and again that our purpose and reason for being is to Just Be Love.


Dr. Antonio Sieira holds a Ph.D. in Psychology.  He 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 as an Alternative Medical Practitioner.  He has been a meditation practitioner for over 50 years and developed and teaches “The Mindfulness Meditation System”.



Wren VanderWilp is a social worker and certified massage therapist.  She specializes in trauma-informed, somatic bodywork, and medical massage.  She is a Reiki Master and has further training in craniosacral therapy and reflexology. Wren takes great joy in meeting beautiful humans and being a part of their healing process.

Rev. Jama is a spirit artist and the founder of Art by Jama. She is the creator of Prayer Urns, vessels of hope and faith that are used in spiritual rituals. Her artwork appears in private collections throughout the country and in the permanent collection at the Richmond Art Museum in Indiana. Her calling is to promote spirituality and introduce people to prayer, manifestation, and creative meditation. She is a clairvoyant and an Usui Reiki master healer. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Indiana University and has been an ordained minister since 2007.