2014 Conference Speakers

Amy Torres facilitates spiritual awakening via A Course in Miracles, and is a Gestalt psychotherapist, interfaith minister, and jnana yogini. She writes the popular Ask Amy column in Miracles magazine. Her online class, Workin’ the Workbook, supports the ACIM Workbook practice and helps you discern between the ego and your Inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. You can find Amy’s many videos on ACIM concepts and her readings of the ACIM Workbook lessons on YouTube. If you would like a free subscription to her ACIM e-newsletter, The Unlearning Classroom, visit her website.
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Dr. Bob Rosenthal is the author of From Plagues to Miracles: The Transformational Journey of Exodus, From the Slavery of Ego to the Promised Land of Spirit (Hay House, 2012), a fresh new look at the Moses-Pharaoh story as a parable of the spiritual journey back to God; or as an earlier, less successful attempt at “a course in miracles.” Dr. Rosenthal is also a practicing, board-certified psychiatrist. He held the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine and at Hahnemann University (now Drexel) in Philadelphia. He was a close friend of Bill Thetford, Ph.D., ‘co-scribe’ of A Course in Miracles, and has been a dedicated student of the Course since 1975. He has served on the board of the Foundation for Inner Peace, publisher of the Course, for the past 20 years and will be assuming a leadership position with the Foundation in the near future. His regular monthly talks on Course-related topics can be accessed through his website.
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I have given my whole life to God. In return I have received practical miracles that fill me with joy. This joy inspired joining and we have come together under the team name MakeShfyt R.D.A. We have many projects in our pipeline, all of which build on the other and share in a purpose to help the world undo past conflict and realign with a new goal. I Will to share, in as many ways possible the power that forgiveness brings. I am inspired about extending the word of God from my heart and demonstrating its application in my life. I wish nothing more then to share what I have learned and to give as I have received to everyone. May we all remember our inner voice of Reason and accept the holiness and perfection of what we are.
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Bruce Rawles was drawn to metaphysics and anything that spoke to the principle of intrinsic interconnectedness in high school; he did the ’spiritual buffet line’ for many years before finally opening A Course In Miracles in 1984. Shortly after, he had an ‘off the chart’ year in terms of external events – his father, grandfather, uncle and a fellow ACIM student all passed on, he went through a divorce, changed where he worked, lived, etc. Finding deep comfort and solace in the poetic language of ACIM, he was involved in several ACIM study groups in northern Calif. before putting the Course on ‘back burner’ status for a few years. In 2007, while housesitting for a friend, he discovered Gary Renard’s Disappearance of the Universe book, which totally re-kindled his interest in ACIM with new insights – “How did I miss that!?!” – that somehow were overlooked in prior readings, and lead to enthusiastic on-going study of Kenneth Wapnick’s prodigious and brilliant work. His second book, The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation, is an ACIM-studies book, available in paperback and Kindle. His weekly ACIM activities include an ’in-person’ study group in Castle Rock, Colorado, an online study group, and sharing on Awakening Together radio.
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Carrie Triffet’s driving passion is spiritual and emotional freedom for self and others. She is the author of the award-winning book Long Time No See – Diaries of an Unlikely Messenger, which contains The Crash Course, a popular synopsis of A Course in Miracles (available as a free download from her website). Her most recent e-book, I Am The Love of My Life – A field Guide to Unconditional Love for Self and Others is also available as a free download. Additionally she is the author of The Enlightenment Project. Her current blog series, A Year Without Fear documents her shaky baby steps toward knowing the Self wholly without limitation. (Hint: Some days are better than others!) She also teaches workshops internationally.
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Cheryl has been a student and teacher of A Course in Miracles since the year 2000. As an Ordained Minister and Certified Spiritual Counsellor, she has a passion for personal growth and development and teaches people to awaken miracles in their lives through her weekly miracles group, blog and You Tube videos.
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Corinne began her work with A Course in Miracles in 1997 after struggling with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. More than any other method of relief she could find in the world, it has been practicing the principles of ACIM that have brought her to finding and maintaining inner peace. Now she can’t help but teach what she’s learned. Corinne is a keynote speaker, Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education, licensed counselor, coach, and mindfulness meditation teacher.
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Craig Villarrubia is a student and teacher of A Course In Miracles. After a many years of seeking for fulfillment in worldly pursuits, Craig has realized that fulfillment can only be found in Truth. It would be the teachings of the A Course In Miracles, more importantly the application of its principles, that would lead to a revelatory experience of love. He is devoted to awakening and sharing its joy. He is a self described “Joy and Peace Peddler.” Desiring only to give, Craig blogs and tweets about self-discovery and the application of spiritual teachings taught in ACIM.
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Danielle is a writer, intuitive and a student of A Course in Miracles who shares her journey with honesty, love and the intention to heal. She lives just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her two children. Danielle’s first novel, Without Fear of Falling, was published on April 26, 2013 by Soul Rocks Books.
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Being a student/teacher of ACIM since 1977, I have felt perfectly guided by the Holy Spirit, even though I thought I was doing it myself. Apparently I am not the doer. It is Perfect! Willingness, commitment, and developing trust in Spirit has been a blessing wherever I look. Seeing the Course as a way to see what’s valuable and what is not, I step back and let Him lead the way. Trust, Forgiveness, Kindness, Happiness & Perception are thoughts given me. This is what I share. Putting Spirit in charge at my request has given me everything to fulfill the function I came here for. Currently, I am a Minister at Awakening Together Sanctuary and speak every 3rd Sunday Morning. I am on the Board of Directors of both the Teachers of God Foundation and Awakening Together. I am a Co-Founder of ONEMIND Foundation, whose mission is to empower people to empower themselves. I am also the author of The Open Mind, Loving Your Self, and Into ONEness, Thoughts & Prayers Along the Way. I am always available for you.
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David began his journey to spiritual enlightenment in 1986 when he encountered A Course in Miracles and recognized it as the tool he had been seeking for a radical transformation of his mind and perceptions. In 1991 David impelled to make another leap of trust and to begin traveling around the US and Canada, sharing his clarity of understanding related to A Course in Miracles. He followed Jesus’ instructions to “become as a child,” allowing himself to be totally dependent on the Holy Spirit for money, transportation, shelter, food and the words to speak in countless ACIM gatherings, churches, metaphysical and spiritual groups and a host of holy encounters with persons who knew nothing of the Course. David travels the world shining the Light of God’s Love wherever there is a strong Invitation. He is a senior pastor at Living Miracles America.
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Earl “Raj” Purdy has been a New Thought teacher & A Course in Miracles facilitator for over 33 years, and a full time teacher of A Course in Miracles for over 27 years. Earl Purdy does workshops all over the United States and teaches internationally including England and Amsterdam, and has spoken at “Be The Love” weekend retreats with such well known teachers as Gary Renard several times. He was featured in ‘A Course in Miracles the Movie’ together with Marianne Williamson and Gary Renard, and Kenneth Wapnick. And Earl has a large internet teaching ministry. Earl was also a professional musician and loves to incorporate music in a fun, helpful and healing way in his talks,classes and workshops. Earl loves to teach with lots of humor and joy and aliveness in a spirit of total celebration of who we are!!
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Gabrielle is the New York Times best-selling author of May Cause Miracles and her newest book, Miracles Now. She appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today Show, has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next-generation thought leader, and was named “a new role model” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the books Add More ~ing to Your Life, and Spirit Junkie. Gabrielle is the founder HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect. Youtube named Gabrielle one of 16 Youtube Next Video Bloggers, she was named one of Mashable’s 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration and she’s featured on the Forbes List of 20 Best Branded Women. Gabrielle has a monthly segment on the Today show and weekly radio show on Hay House Radio. She has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ELLE, OWN, Kathy Lee & Hoda, Oprah Radio, Anderson Live, Access Hollywood, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamor, The New York Times Thursday Styles, Sunday Times UK, featured on the cover Experience Life and Self-Made Magazines (top 50 Women in Business) and many more.
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Joe Wolfe, writer, author, speaker and Founder and Director of Spirit Light Outreach, relays his own personal experience with God’s love taps. He is the author of three books: Letter To A Prisoner, The End of Reincarnation with The Five Signs, and In Warm Blood. He currently hosts a national prison ministry that has been delivering free inspirational books to prisoners for over nine years. Joe has been invited to speak to Unity Church congregations all over the country, including Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
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A single unexpected moment in John Mark’s mid 20’s left him with a vast and dark sense of emptiness. He would spend the next 15 years immersed in feverish worldly activity, trying in vain to fill this emptiness. His “normal” life of businessman, husband, and father had all the hallmarks of great success. But finally, in 2007, he was compelled by some greater force to sell his business and begin the inward search for the peace and happiness that had always eluded him. Almost immediately he was swept up in a tidal wave of Grace. For a man used to control and responsibility, it was particularly unsettling that these miracles began to move and direct his life into uncharted waters. In 2009, he was guided to “A Course in Miracles” and in 2010 “The Way of Mastery”. Instinctively, he knew this was what he had been searching for. It was as though both pathways had been written just for him. The Course and The Way led him to the direct experience of God’s limitless Love and Peace. That experience of Awakening from the dream of separation to the ever present, perfect awareness of God finally brought the causeless Joy and eternal Happiness for which John Mark sought. With great Joy, he now shares that Limitless Love with all as One.
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Dr. Jon Mundy is an author, lecturer, the publisher of Miracles magazine and the Executive Director of All Faiths Seminary International in New York City. The author of 9 books, his latest book, Lesson 101: Perfect Happiness, is published by Sterling Ethos of New York City, a division of Barnes and Noble. His previous book, Living A Course in Miracles is now in 5 languages and according to Amazon.com, after Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles. Jon met Dr. Helen Schucman the scribe of A Course in Miracles in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his counselor till she became ill in 1980. He also appears on occasion as Dr. Baba Jon Mundane, a standup philosopher comedian.
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Kandace Jones is the founder of Living in the Light, where she supports many in releasing stress and returning to the Peace that lies within. Her messages of inspiration reach tens of thousands across over 40 countries daily via her Living in the Light blog and Facebook page. In 2012, after battling depression and anxiety, Kandace had a profound spiritual awakening which inspired her to write From Stress to Peace: An Intimate Journal on the Journey from Living in Darkness to Living in the Light. As a Certified Spiritual Life Coach, student/teacher of A Course in Miracles, Reiki practitioner, and lover of spiritual wisdom, her passion for assisting others on the spiritual journey is palpable. Through the From Stress to Peace 21-Day Challenge, From Stress to Peace Retreats, Living in the Light Community, audio programs, workshops, and other supports, she shares step-by-step tips and daily practices for others to follow to facilitate their journey to unshakable peace.
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Kenneth Bok is the creator of ACIM Explained: a not-for-profit web resource and youtube channel dedicated to the dissemination of quality ACIM information online. He is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
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Lisa Natoli is a minister of God, a teacher of A Course in Miracles, author of the best-selling book Gorgeous for God and co-founder and Spiritual Director of the non-profit organization Teachers of God Foundation, which offers many online programs for transformation including The 40-Day Program which is free and supports thousands of people around the world in their awakening. She has dedicated her life to prayer, Jesus Christ, the Great Awakening, living in joy, and bringing God’s peace and light to those who still think they suffer. Her personal mission in life is to inspire and encourage people to make a commitment to take the journey from fear to love.
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Lorri Coburn received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1981. She worked as a psychotherapist for 25 years, specializing in substance abuse, anxiety and depression, relationships and spirituality. She is the author of Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and A Course in Miracles Can Set You Free. She has presented workshops nationally on A Course in Miracles, has a weekly program on Awakening-Together, an international Course in Miracles radio network, and facilitates a Course study group. She is also an interfaith minister and hospice volunteer.
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Rev. Maria Felipe is an Ordained Minister through Pathways of Light, which she uses to help people quiet their mind, hear their inner guidance, and connect to God. Maria has taken her love as a Reverend and Teacher of the Course In Miracles to create her own channel on You Tube by hosting MariaCoconut TV, a show geared toward inspiring, sharing, and expanding the message of love where you can see her interviewing other spiritual leaders, sharing empowering talks and video blogs. Maria facilitates ACIM groups and workshops in the LA area as well as other city’s and places around the world! Her passion to inspire others helped her start the first Spanish ministry at Unity of Burbank in Los Angeles where she also speaks on rotation at the English service. Maria can be seen on TV, Film and Commercials both nationally and internationally.
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I am a spiritual vixen; think Chelsea Handler meets Joel Osteen. I believe in miracles and the healing power of a good belly laugh. I am a storytelling, a minister, and a potty mouth mommy. I use provocative HUMOR and resourceful WISDOM. I tell the truth. You can all handle the truth. I have a sweet spot for supporting/grooming spiritual leaders. I’ve started and support over 50 sacred circles, Sangha groups and A Course In Miracles study groups across the country. I work one-on-one with the developing artist and teacher as well as internationally recognized names. I’ve presented to groups across the country as large as 8000 members and I am quite cozy at intimate kitchen tables. I draw on my creative background in Hollywood as an award winning writer, producer and actress in TV and film. My presentations are completely entertaining, educationally edgy, and entirely empowering experiences.
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Myron Jones, O.M.C., is an Ordained Ministerial Counselor through Pathways of Light, and an avid student of A Course in Miracles since 1981. She facilitates a weekly ACIM study group, conducts ACIM workshops and has taught classes for ACIM children. Myron is published in Unity Magazine and Miracles News, and has published two books; Healing Family Relationships, an audio book available through Pathways of Light, and Hey, Holy Spirit, It’s Me Again, available in print through Pathways of Light, and as an eBook through Amazon and other sources. As a minister, counselor and facilitator of courses for both individuals and groups, Myron emphasizes self-empowerment and creates a supportive atmosphere to help you feel comfortable to explore and share insights. She offers courses in person, by phone and via the Internet. Rev. Myron shares openly and honestly her awakening process, and invites you to share your experience with her. She has three interactive groups on Facebook studying the Text, the Workbook, and the Manual for Teachers. In addition to the links below, her writing is available at: Pathways of Light, ACIM Study of the Manual for Teachers, ACIM Study of the Daily Lessons, & ACIM Study of the Text.
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After twenty years of studying and living “A Course in Miracles”, Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira reached a particularly miraculous state of Holy union. Through their divine commitment to undo the ego’s version of “special” love, they discovered a Love that could never be threatened by anyone or anything – not even death. In 2009 Tomas was diagnosed with cancer and he passed in December of 2010. During her darkest night of the soul in January 2011, Nouk experienced a revelation that profoundly shifted her perception. Since then she has received a series of divine transmissions that joyfully reveal Jesus’ deeper message in the Course. These transmissions are now available in Volume One of her bestselling and award winning book, The End of Death.
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Susan Dugan, author of Forgiveness Offers Everything I Want, a collection of humorous, heartfelt essays about juggling work, family, and A Course in Miracles’ extraordinary forgiveness in an ordinary life, practices, teaches, writes, and forgives in Denver, Colorado. She continues to blog about her ongoing forgiveness journey and share Course teachings on her popular website: foraysinforgiveness.com. Her first book, Extraordinary Ordinary Forgiveness, was named a finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards. A devoted student of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick, she is a co-founder of the School of Reason and a graduate of its Course Immersion program for A Course in Miracles students and teachers.
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Rev. Tony Ponticello is the Executive Minister of the A Course In Miracles (ACIM) based church, Community Miracles Center (CMC) in San Francisco, CA, a position he has held since 1987. He speaks there frequently. He is the editor of the highly regarded paper publication Miracles Monthly which has been published continuously, monthly, since the March 1987 issue. Rev. Tony frequently writes for this periodical. He is the General Manager, through the CMC, of large, successful ACIM Conferences. The last one, “A Gift of Lilies” was held in Chicago in 2013, and a new one, “A Present Love” is now enrolling for New York City in 2015. He teachers several A Course In Miracles classes through the CMC, via telephone conference call. He is the web master for the CMC’s vast ACIM based web site, one the premiere ACIM web portals. He edits the CMC Ezine and manages the social media for the CMC. He is the author of the ACIM based book, After Enlightenment.
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