.Cindy Barkei RN BSN
Certified Healing Touch practitioner and Holistic Nurse who has practiced
in the area of nursing within traditional medicine for more than 30 years
and now integrates complementary/alternative healing into her nursing practice.
Eileen Blyth, Artist
Columbia artist known for her paintings and sculptures of found objects. Originally from Charleston, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston and studied design at The University of South Carolina. Eileen's work is represented by The Camilla Art Gallery in Hilton Head and Carolina Gallery in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 2013 Eileen was included on the One Columbia Public Art qualified artist roster. She was selected to create a permanenet installaton on the 1400 block of Main Street in Columbia which was installed September, 2014.
Betsy Bowman EdD
Educator for 20 years, 25 years' experience, drug/alcohol recovery. Betsy has been mentored by Native elders on her spiritual journey and leads 12-Step retreats.
Full-time textile artist whose machine-stitched and quilted
works have been exhibited widely throughout Canada and
the US for the last thirty years. Martha currently resides in
a rural community in Saskatchewan and usually does
abric works that relate to the natural.
Rev. Jim Conlon PhD
Former Director and Professor of spirituality, Holy Name University, Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality, Oakland, CA.
Jim was presented the 2013 Thomas Berry Award by Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University and trustee of the Thomas Berry Foundation. This award was initiated in 1999 to recognize those instrumental in carrying on the work and legacy of Thomas Berry. This award honored Conlon’s more than two decades of leadership as director of Holy Names University
A Native-American-style flute player, writer and painter.
Learning and playing the flute helped Cerantha regain
her health following a virus attack on her heart.
She shares the power of the flute wherever she can.
Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN
Barbara Fiand is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She gives retreats, workshops and courses throughout the country and abroad on issues related to holistic spirituality, prayer, religious life, feminist spirituality, transformation of consciousness, quantum spirituality, and the psychology and spirituality of human maturation. She is the author of ten books and numerous articles.
Dot Goodwin, Artist
Full-time visual artist for twenty-five years,
member of the oldest studio/gallery in S.C.
and is the director of art for the downtown Camden Guild.
Dot facilitates monthly prayer circles and
carries the medicine of the drum.
Sr. Fran Grady, SCL
Sr. Fran is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and is a visual artist, retreat and spiritual director. She is presently Director of Living Waters Retreat Center in Maggie Valley, NC.s
Marya Grathwohl OSF
Marya holds a BA in English and Masters Degrees
in Creation Spirituality and in Philosophy, Cosmology
and Consciousness. She has been speaking, facilitating
workshops, and giving retreats for over twenty –five years,
and in 2001, she and Sr. Helen Prejean began co-presenting
their seminar, “One Life: People and Earth.”
Richard B. Guess MEd
Executive Director of a community mental health center,
a native South Carolinian with 25 years of experience
in the field of human services.
Being of Cherokee heritage, Richard brings a deep respect for all life.
Esther Kennedy, OP, MSW
At the heart of Esther’s teaching is the belief that as we each engage our own spiritual experience of the Divine and emabrace our inner depths, we become more truly who we are and offer this wholesome energy to the world with courage and love. She is nourished by the interplay of the sacred teachings of Eastern and Western Traditions. Esther, a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan, recently retired as Director of Spirit Mountain Retreat in Idyllwild, CA. She lives in Adrian and offers spiritual direction and various retreats and ritual gatherings at the Weber Retreat Center.
Miriam MacGillis OP
Co-founder of Genesis Farm where she teaches and practices
biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the
natural rhythms of Earth. Miriam teaches and coordinates
programs on the work of Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology
Louise McCormick RN MSA
Co-founder and president of the McCormick Green
Center for Holistic Therapies, is certified in herbal,
aroma, cranio-sacral, and Thai massage therapies.
Kathy McGrogan MA
With a masters degree in counseling and an undergraduate degree in fine arts has been deeply interested in Native American spiritual practices and has led 12-Step Retreats for women and men for the past seven years.
Pepper Sarnoff MA MS
Licensed professional marriage and family therapist, an educator,
a facilitator for the Well-Springs program, and a founding member
of Lifedance. Pepper brings her experience in the expressive arts
and interactive creativity to groups she facilitates.
Sr. Joanne Schuster SFP, PhD
Joanne is a Franciscan Sister of the Poor. After leaving her position as President of the Franciscan Health System, she studied to be a spiritual director. Joanne does Healing Touch and Healing of Memories work.
Pam Smith, SSCM PhD
PhD in systematic theology with specialization in
environmental ethics. Author of 10 books and
articles on Biblical, ethical, and ecological themes.
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF
Family Nurse Practitioner and spiritual director
who leads retreats on the contemplative art of basket-making.
Faye Townsend BA LMT
Licensed massage therapist, body-worker, founder and co-director of the Massage Therapy program in Florence, SC. Faye, with a background in music, has participated as a facilitator in the Well-Springs workshops over the last 12 years.
Christopher Marie Wagner OSF MFA
Art Instructor for 30 years. Chris restores
stained-glass windows and is dedicated to
the study of iconographin the Russian style
Trina McCormick, OP, MFA
Executive Director, artist, spiritual director, licensed massage therapist. Trina has been committed to retreat work and native spirituality and rituals for more than 30 years and has developed the ecological initiative at Springbank. As Jim Conlon states, "Trina's canvas is
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, MA, MSN
Executive Assistant, spiritual director, program/marketing
coordinator, educator, nurse practitioner, with a background
in administration. Certified in Diabetes Care/Education, Healing
Touch and Clinical Aromatherapy. Ministered in California in
education, nursing and outreach to the agricultural workers in
the area of Diabetes. Of Mohican heritage, Theresa enjoys
drum-making, native crafts and is committed to living
consciously for Earth's sustainability.
Barbara Fava, OP, MA
Guest preparation, Dominican Sister of Peace,
MA in Theology, MA in History, experienced
in Education, Pastoral Ministry, campus ministry,
Outreach programs (social and human services)
ecological and environmental committees.
Barbara helps with guest preparation and
on-going needs, recycling and the gardening project.
She enjoys golfing and has great interest in Eco-Spirituality.
Mary Dean Phafler, SND
Sr. Mary Dean joined the Springbank staff in the spring of 2017;
she was most recently the director of Lial Renewal Center,
a ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame of Toledo OH.
A spiritual director steeped in Ignatian spirituality,
she accompanies seekers looking to integrate their
spiritual life with the divine project at work in the
cosmos. She also enjoys the creativity of cooking
lower on the food chain.
Marcia Wilson, BA, RN
Marce is a pediatric nurse and certified Healing Touch
practitioner who gives time out of her schedule to come
from Canada and be part of the mission of Springbank
for four plus months of each year. Her love of the
outdoors and her skills in building and grounds enhances
and beautifies the Springbank grounds. Her commitment
to healing contributes to the well-being of participants
and the natural world.