“If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.”
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.
Rev. Jim Conlon PhD
Author, teacher, priest and director of Sophia Center at Holy Name University. Among his publications are At the Edge of Our Longing, Sacred Impulse, Ponderings from the Precipice, From the Stars to the Street, and Beauty, Wonder and Belonging: a Book of Hours for the Monastery of the Cosmos.
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.
Graduate of the University of Georgia in the Fine Arts. Has worked in such media as fabric design, weaving, metalworking, and jewelry design. Artwork features natural fibers, stone, and beadwork with an organic flair.
Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN
Author, lecturer, has written extensively on religious life and spirituality, including In the Stillness You Will Know and From Religion Back to Faith.
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
Author, lecturer, Earth minister, retreat director, has degrees in Creation Spirituality, Philosophy, Cosmology, and Earth literacy. Marya currently lives at San Benito Monastery in Dayton, Wyoming.
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.
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.
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.
Justina Lasley MA
A leading dream specialist who enjoys working with individuals and groups to unlock the wisdom of their unconscious. Justina is internationally recognized as a leader of individual and group work, a lecturer and qualitative researcher.
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 MS
Co-founder and president of the McCormick Green Center for Holistic Therapies, is certified in herbal, aroma, cranio-sacral, and Thai massage therapies.
Committed to the power of human voice singing and speaking truth to move society to transformation and to deepen human consciousness of ourselves as part of Earth community. Carolyn’s songs empower personal integrity, social vision, and planetary wholeness.
Kathy McGrogan MA
With a master’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.
Hilda Montalvo DMin
Author, lecturer, and spiritual director with a focus on weaving the new, emerging, creative consciousness with Christianity and other spiritual traditions.
Retired psychotherapist who focuses on creating healing experiences in the natural world. Founder of WomanQuest and Numina, a mentoring program for women.
Susan Pannier-Cass BS KRI
Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher, SuperHealth Trained (addiction recovery program),
has taught yoga since 2001 and is dedicated to assisting students in finding practical and simple ways to have greater endurance, wholeness and balance in their lives.
Grandmother June Perry
Elder, teacher, storyteller, artist, and drummaker who travels across the country sharing her Native wisdom, culture, and spirituality. Grandmother June leads ceremonies in both the Lakota and Cherokee traditions.
Rev. James Profit, SJ
James Profit, S.J., is a Jesuit priest trained in agriculture (B. Sc.Agr.), rural sociology (M. A.) and theology (M. Div., STM). Fr. Profit is the executive director of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph and the founder of the Ecology Project. He has led retreats and workshops on everything from agriculture to climate change to the greening of the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius to groups in Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe.
Rosa Dolores Rodriguez, SNDdeN
Certified Aromatherapist, 21 years' experience in health care, Director, Casa de la Cultura Center, teaching & ministering to farmworkers.
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.
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.
Sandra Smith MDiv
Co-founder and director of Holy Ground, a retreat ministry in Asheville, NC. Sandra is a certified Enneagram teacher in the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) founded by Helen Palmer and David Daniels, MD. She has been teaching the Enneagram for personal, professional and spiritual growth since 2002. Sandra was a presenter for Spiritual Directors International conference in Boston in April, 2011 where she wove spiritually and personality to offer spiritual practices by type.
Margaret Swedish MA
Initiated "Spirituality and Ecological Hope" project sponsored by the Center for New Creation. Author of two books including Living Beyond the End of the World: A Spirituality of Hope.
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 iconography in the Russian style
A Labyrinth facilitator, spiritual director, hiking guide. Has led pilgrimages exploring the sacred feminine; participated in WomanQuest experiences.
Graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. Margaret encourages the use of photography as an experience of intuitive appreciation.
Claire Whalen OSF
Certified T’ai Chi Chih instructor. Claire invites TCC practitioners to a re-telling of the Universe Story through the basic TCC movements. She has spent the last 14 years at Michaela Farm in Oldenburg, Indiana, promoting sustainable agriculture and “deep ecology.”
Rita Wienken, OSF/T
MA in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis in Earth Literacy. Rita has over 25 years experience in growing organic vegetables, fruit and herbs; and, teaching organic food production.
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
Ursula Ording, OP
Maintenance Supervisor, MA in Earth Science, potter, former Director of Springbank. Presently supervises the maintenance crew, beautifying the grounds and maintaining the buildings, and coordinates telephone registrations.
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN
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.