If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.
Â Pope Benedict XVI
Presenters & Springbank Team
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.
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.
Martha Cole is a 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 exhibits nationally and internationally in public galleries, commercial galleries, and in a wide range of juried exhibitions.
Martha currently resides in a rural community in Saskatchewan and usually does fabric works that relate to the natural world – either in the form of large-scale landscape works of the prairies or in smaller, more intimate explorations of the vast array of plants and flowers of our eco-region.
Rev. Jim Conlon, PhD
Chairperson/director, and Professor of spirituality, Holy Names University, Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality, Oakland, CA
Jim Conlon 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 year’s award honors Conlon’s more than two decades of leadership as director at Holy Names University/ Sophia Center.
A Native American-style flute player, writer, and painter. Playing the flute helped Cerantha regain her health following a virus attach 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 as well as cassette tapes.
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.
Marya Grathwohl OSF
Marya holds a B.A. in English from Marian College, Indianapolis and has earned Masters Degrees in Creation Spirituality (Loyola/Mundelein, Chicago) and in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Franscisco). She has been speaking, facilitating workshops, and giving retreats for over twenty-five years, and in 2001, she and Sister Helen Prejean began co-presenting their seminar, "One Life: People and Earth."
Marya comes from a rich background in scripture, spirituality, human rights work, Earth Literacy, and bioregional and deep ecology studies. She is committed to personal, spiritual and cultural transformation that is beneficial to people and Earth.
BA, MA. An educator for 25 years, the last ten teaching earth and environmental science. The learning that my students and I shared and their enthusiasm began, for me, a love affair with Gaia that continues. I love to share that knowledge and my passion for our earth.
Jason Hebal NCLMBT
Massage therapist and certified meditation instructor through the North Carolina School of Natural Healing. He has sat in community and participated in ceremonies through the Earth Green Medicine Lodge for over 13 years and brings teachings from the Cherokee beauty path on how to be in balance with ourselves and the Earth as sacred human beings. He shares meditation tools to deepen our relationship with life's journey.
Margie Hosch OSF
Has provided marriage and family counseling for the past 20 years and authored and directs the Wholeness/ Holiness Retreat. Margie conducts days and weekends of renewal for Christian Women's groups.
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 embrace our inner depths, we become more truly who we are and offer this wholesome energy to the world with courage and love. Her own search for the sacred drew her to spend time in India, Indonesia and Ireland. 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.
Wendy Kraus MS CAS
Psychotherapist specializing in addictions and healing trauma. She is a long-time friend of Springbank and has received spiritual direction from elders on the (Native) Red Road. Wendy assists Grandmother June Perry with many of her educational and spiritual presentations.
Todd LeVasseur, Ph.D
in Comparative Religion, with an emphasis on religion and nature/ecology, and an M.Sc. in Human Ecology. He studies and teaches about human-nature interactions, focusing on the intersection of cultural and institutional and personal values, ethics, and practices, and how these shape and are shaped by the natural world.
Louise McCormick RN MSÂ
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 masterâ€™s 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.
Suzanne Schreiber, OP
Sue is a Dominican Sister of Adrian. She has been a teacher at the high school and college levels in the areas of religious studies, art and photography. She has served as a campus minister and coordinator of a parish adult faith formation program.Since visual arts, music and spirituality are central to her ministry she blends these elements in a way that encourages people to deepen their faith as they continue the spiritual journey. Suzanne has a BA in Art, MEd and MA in Religious Studies.
Sister Joanna Schuster SFP, Ph.D.
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. Sr. Joanne does Healing Touch and Healing of Memories work.
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. Â Faye, with a background in music, has participated as a facilitator in the Well-Springs workshops over the last 12 years.Â
Christopher Marie Wagner OSF MFA
Art Instructor for 30 years. Â Chris restores stained-glass windows and is dedicated to the study of iconography in the Russian style
Trina McCormick, OP
Executive Director, MFA, artist, spiritual director, licensed massage therapist. Trina has been committed to retreat work and native spirituality for more than 30 years and has developed the ecological initiative at Springbank.
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN
Administrative Assistant, Program/Marketing Coordinator, MA MSN, Nurse Practitioner, with a background in administration. Certified in Diabetes Care/Education, Healing Touch and Clinical Aromatherapy. Of Mohican heritage, enjoys native crafts and drum-making; and, is committed to living consciously for Earth's sustainability.
Barbara Fava, OP