Conference Lectures

“Its such a blessing to teach people self-compassion and self-discipline with their inner experience while also helping them be more present – there isn’t a more important practice to learn to fully experience the depth of life in all it’s ebbs and flows!” – Mothering the Child Within with Amy Lohr, 2:30 PM EST, Sat Nov. 23

More Lecture information will be updated soon. Thank you for your patience.


All presentations are one hour long in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Fri Nov 22Sat Nov 23Sun Nov 24
7:30 PM – Intro w Anjali9:30 AM – Intro w Anjali9:30 AM – Past Lives w Karen
8:00 PM – TBA10:00 AM – True Spirit Connection w Doreena11:00 AM – Mercury Retrogrades in the Water, Yin signs w Anjali
11:30 AM – Intuition Rising w Kim 12:30 PM – Ayurveda w Ileana
1:00 PM – TBA2:00 PM – Jade Egg Practice w Michele and Carla
2:30 PM – Mothering the Child Within w Amy3:30 – Reclaiming Folklore w Kristin
4:00 PM – Winter Wellness for Moms w Aparna4:30 – 5:30 PM – Q&A
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Q&A6:00 PM – Nutrition w Priti
6:30 PM – Co-Create with Integrity w Lisa Perez7:00 – 8:00 PM – FB Social hour
8:00 – 10:00 PM – FB Pajama social hour – “Many Voices, One Story” duet performance

Friday, Nov 22


Saturday, Nov 23

True Spirit Connection for Life Goals – Demystifying the Mystic with Doreena Balestreire, 10:00 AM EST

So often we look outside ourselves for answers when in our own depth is our souls divinity. Spirit is not only accessible to mediums but to all souls and this talk aims to empower you to not keep relying on readings and to instead do it for yourself. We will touch on meditation with open mindedness and not as a religion. This is a way of being and doing inclusive of all faiths. We will discuss:

  • the egoic mind and the higher self
  • reading chakras, auras and energy as a way toward healing and direction
  • creating portal spaces and energy clearing areas to facilitate quick linking to spirit

Intuition Rising: The Revolutionary Power of our Feminine Inner Wisdom with Kim Chestney, 11:30 AM EST

Intuition is one of the world’s best kept secrets. Though everyone has it, few consciously know how to use it. Join international best-selling author and Intuition Master Teacher, Kim Chestney, for a revolutionary talk on the new spiritual practice of Intuition.

This one-hour workshop will show you how to:
~ take your spiritual growth to the next level
~ awaken your psychic ability 
~ own your inner power + start living your truth!

Mothering the Child Within with Amy Lohr, 2:30 PM EST

A workshop guiding you through mindfulness practices and other skills to support you in mothering the child within. Learn to greet your inner child from a firm and loving approach, bringing a compassionate presence to the memories, sensations or experiences that are emerging for your inner child. Often you can get swept away by the feelings, impulses, or memories that your inner experience holds and not knowing how to keep your footing through those experiences while also being disciplined and responsive to the needs that arise. This is what you are called to be towards yourself, but this can be complicated if you have not had a healthy “mother” modelled for you or if you have not learned this self-love or self-discipline. Learn to welcome these parts of yourself with a loving presence and with techniques that help you stay anchored in who you are as an adult today.

Winter Wellness and Self-Care for Moms with Aparna Venkataraman, 4:00 PM EST

 In this class on self-care for moms, you will learn:

  • The importance of practicing mindfulness as a parent 
  • 8 techniques for breathwork that I use with moms who are feeling stressed
  • Tips for a positive mindset year-round
  • All about what essential oils are and how they are useful for families
  • The best ways to use essential oils for immune support and in the home this season
  • Fun creations to make using natural ingredients!

Boss Up: Co-create with Integrity and Live Like the Queen You Are with Lisa Perez, 6:30 PM EST

Manifest your creative vision from a place of integrity that is in tune with the divine spirit in all of us. The divine feminine wants you to stop hiding and make art. How do I know this? Because about eight or nine years ago, “She,” whoever she is, decided to blow up my spot and move some stuff around in my life. In fact, she’s a real pushy inner guide, constantly putting me in situations where I have no choice but to let myself be seen – warts, screw-ups and all. And now, despite all my best efforts to stall and say that it wouldn’t be possible for me, I’ve put in the time, energy, and resources toward manifesting creative dreams I’ve had deep down all along. I learned how to become a patternmaker, how to sew, how to face out and out disapproval from many constituencies in my life. I discovered that apparently I am capable of being an inventor and a designer, and even a CEO,  because I was led to it. I’m excited to share my journey with you in the hopes that it will serve you, and to give you the benefit of several principles, practices and strategies I’ve learned along the way. Excited to meet you and help you boss up!

Sunday, Nov 24

Feel Comfortable Remembering Your Own Past Life So That Remembering a Past Life Can Help You with Karen Kubicko, 9:30 AM EST

Have you ever wondered: Can you really heal from remembering a past life? Can you have “the” near death experience without really dying? Do you watch over your loved ones after death? The answer is YES to all these questions. How do I know? I experienced it over and over through pastlife regression. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. At this class you will learn what a past life regression is, how it works, some personal examples and how it can help awaken you to heal on a deep, spiritual level.

Mercury Retrogrades through the Water, Yin Signs with Anjali Soi, 11:00 AM EST

All of the Mercury retrograde periods in 2020 are mostly in the yin, water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. Mercury retrograde transits represent times where one needs to step back a little bit from the daily routines of life either literally or mentally to take time for inner reflection and to understand the bigger picture behind the events in one’s life. We will look at the nature of each retrograde sign and how you can harness the potential energy of each period to develop and balance the Yin, feminine quality in your life.

Make Nature Your Ally for Long-Term Health with Ileana Gonzalez, 12:30 PM EST

The foundation of Ayurvedic wisdom lies in using the rhythms of Nature to achieve long-term, sustainable health. The mind and body were designed to work optimally when we use the power of Nature’s daily and seasonal cycles to support our own vital cycles such as sleep, digestion, and activity. When we harness the power of Nature, we are able to mitigate the effects of ageing on our mind and body, and therefore age with vitality, strength, and clarity. Ayurveda is sustainable because it allows us to tune in to our owntrue nature; we become our own best healer because only we truly know ourselves. 

In this talk we will explore how to use the power of Nature to make gentle shifts in how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally:

  • Improve sleep patterns, 
  • Increase energy throughout the day
  • Regulate digestion
  • Feel more emotionally stable       

An Introduction to Jade Egg Practice with Carla Poluha and Michele Buehl, 2:00 PM EST

This class will help to bring awareness and vitality into the pelvic floor. Tap into your inner womb healing by connecting and activating your pelvic floor muscles. Learn how this can improve your health and overall well being. 

How to Reclaim Folklore and Find Your Voice with Kristin Ward, 3:30 PM EST

In this workshop, Kristin will share some of the work behind the creation of “Many Voices” as well as her show “Swan?” (based on the Ugly Duckling).  She’ll discuss some of the trials of triumphs of finding her voice as a folk-less folk-teller, collaborating across cultures, and making fairy tales both relevant and inspiring to modern audiences.  Participants will then be encouraged to share their own stories; exploring the folktales that they grew up with and reconnecting to them through their own experiences.

Sustainable Habits & Nutrition for Lifelong Health with Priti Chandran, 6:00 PM EST

Do you feel stuck with your health no matter what you try to do? Want to learn some key things needed to kick your health into gear and moving towards the direction you desire? You may be surprised to discover that our health goes far beyond that of what crosses our lips and is very closely tied to the daily choices we make in various areas besides eating. Let’s bust some common myths and apply nutritional science that fits into any lifestyle. Our habits are the building blocks that create the foundation of one’s health, both physical and mind. Let’s make it YOUR best year ever!


Carla Poluha is a practitioner of Energy Medicine, Reiki Master/Teacher, Reflexologist, Private Yoga Instructor, and recipient as well as a facilitator of the Munay-Ki rites one of many in this growing group of visionaries in the Pittsburgh area and connecting around the world.  She is also certified in the healing art of acupressure. For the past 5 years she has held women’s healing circles as a certified Red Tent Facilitator. Carla is also a Public Speaker who speaks on a variety of topics such as health and wellness, meditation and of course the importance of accessing ancient wisdom from our ancestors.

Michele Buehl has been a licensed massage therapist since 2010. She has experience with chiropractors, physical therapists and spas.  Michele is passionate about the practice of holistic therapies and is continuing her education to incorporate new techniques for advancement of massage therapy. In 2014 Michele traveled to Costa Rica to study and become a certified Medical Massage Practitioner. She is very involved in The Red Tent gatherings that Carla facilitates. In September Michele spoke at a peace summit, on womb healing and the importance of woman gathering together to heal together.  Her journey has taken her to find all forms of healing to create a more holistic practice and help others heal on a cellular level.

Priti Chandran,

  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine
  • Certification in Center of Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) from Villanova University –
  • Served as Naval Office in US Navy
  • Active mom of 2 teens
  • Thrives in personal growth & development as well as helping others achieve the life they dream of

Kristin Ward is a multi-faceted artist who has been performing and working in various aspects of theatre since 2000.  Independently, she has produced, written and performed over two dozen tales, working alone as well as with other talented performers and musicians to create interactive family theatre that reconnects modern audiences to oral traditions.  Her most recent project, “Many Voices, One Story” unifies and celebrates women of diverse backgrounds by reclaiming world versions of the classic “Cinderella” type tale.

Ileana Gonzalez is a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, and Founder of Apurva Wellness (dba Apurva Ayurveda Healing) in Reston, Virginia. She received traditional gurukula-style training in India, including clinical studies with Dr. Vasant Lad in Pune, and Panchakarmatherapeutics at Arsha Vidya Peetam Trust in Coimbatore. In April 2020, Ileana will have completed 200 hour “Fusion Yoga Ayurveda” teacher training, plus 300 hour Yoga Therapy training with Ganesh Mohan. 

Since 2011 Ileana has been offering traditional ayurvedic treatments and services, specializing in the ancient purifying techniques of panchakarma. Ileana believes in the long term rewards of a healthy lifestyle, and is very much committed to offering her clients the tools and the support needed to live a life of balance and wellness. She is dedicated to bringing the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda to students through her educational offering. Since 2018 Ileana has been delivering her original course “A Journey Through Total Health with Ayurveda”, which covers the foundational principles of the Science of Life.

Practicing as a Psychotherapist for 12 years and now working as a Mindfulness Coach & Consultant as well as an Energy Healer, Amy Lohr shares her professional expertise and her personal healing from childhood trauma from an integrative perspective. Amy has also provided many trainings, retreats and workshops to support workplaces and groups in healing, personal growth, and deepening mindfulness practices. She sought training in complementary healing techniques such as Reiki and other healing practices through becoming a Reiki Master and then pursuing a year and a half long Shamanic Apprenticeship with the American Shamanism Movement to also support her personal and spiritual growth. She offers Energy Healing sessions and Mindfulness Coaching locally in Pittsburgh PA in nature at local parks to connect people to Nature and to their community as an essential component to healing and growth. Amy also provides video sessions as a healer and coach. Amy values equipping her clients with the embodied skills and practices in mindfulness so they can use these skills in their daily life to approach any personal growth issue.

Kim has touched thousands of lives by raising awareness of Intuition as a crucial element in the evolution of Consciousness. Her book, The Psychic Workshop: A Complete Program for Fulfilling Your Spiritual Potential, has been published around the globe, in multiple languages, for over a decade. Kim is also the founder of the CREATE! Festival, IntuitionLab and the International Intuition Alliance. With nearly 20 years of experience, Kim’s deepest passion is sharing with others the life-changing power of intuitive living. Download your FREE INTUITION AWAKENING GUIDE now at 

Since 2004, the study of reincarnation and past life regression has been Karen’s passion. She has been an active participant in past life regressions and has helped hundreds of people remember and heal from their own past lives. Through this work, Karen has been able to see the angels, guides, past lives, chakras, and passed over loved ones of those who ask. Karen completed the Past Life Therapy Professional Training Course with Dr. Brian Weiss and Carole Weiss. She also studied several healing modalities including Reiki, Soul Retrieval, EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, Angel Card Readings with Doreen Virtue, and years of intuitive training. Karen published, Life Is Just Another Class – One Soul’s Journey Through Past Life Regression, in 2014. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Having a decade of experience connecting with families in schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations, Aparna Venkataraman is a parent coach, motivational speaker, mental health advocate and wellness advocate for DoTerra Essential Oils.  With her approachable nature, strong intuition and problem-solving skills, she guides parents and children of all ages to empower themselves and build healthy relationships with one another through effective communication, confidence-building and lighthearted mindfulness techniques. She values authenticity, a kind nature, motivation, love, compassion, gratitude and humor as key components of a beautiful life.

Doreena Balestreire is a psychic medium (does tarot/card as requested) and energy aware lightworker. A session is inclusive of the seekers needs. I prefer to touch in lightly with your energy and do the reading. Most of the time your questions and concerns are answered. If at the end you would like to ask specific questions you may do so then. I have helped prepare for the passing of a loved one unexpectedly and this was said to be what was needed. I have helped people make the right job choice. I read auras and can read the energy of others at a distance and in spirit. Predictions are also coming back from previous readings as accurate. No reader is 100% accurate so when sitting we ask for your own connection to your spirit to discern your truth and free will.

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