|The presenters, in order of appearance:|
|Saturday, September 8||Sunday, September 9|
Ann Roach, recording artist and dynamic performer, is an extraordinary, versatile vocalist, singing all styles ranging from Musical Theater, jazz to pop, and what lies in between. Ann is sure to leave you touched and inspired. She is the regular soloist and song leader at Spiritual Life Center located at Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center.
Notable performances include: British Star, Billie Myers; Kentucky Head Hunters; Night Ranger; Jim Widner Big Band; Jazz Trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon; and Jazz Saxophonist, Houston Person.
Organizations include: Healing Journeys — Cancer as a Turning Point Conference; OWL Awards vocalist (Outstanding Women in Leadership); Juveniles At Risk; Feast For the Streets; and St. John’s Shelter. www.annroach.com
Glenn Sabin is a 21-year cancer “thriver” who created a comprehensive, integrative oncology approach to achieve a complete pathological remission of his CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia)—considered an “incurable” disease—without conventional intervention. Glenn’s case has been chronicled through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his personal oncologist, Lee M. Nadler, MD, Dean for Clinical and Translational Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
After a 25-year career running a media and content marketing company, Glenn sold his business in 2009 to explore new opportunities. Born out of his personal journey with cancer, Glenn launched his firm, FON Therapeutics. Through FON, Glenn provides patient coaching consultations and clinic and business development services to support the advancement of integrative medicine. He has a unique perspective on the business, policy and scientific matters relevant to integrative healthcare.
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Lise N. Alschuler, ND, is board certified in naturopathic oncology and has been practicing naturopathic medicine for 17 years. Dr. Alschuler is past-President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She is co-author with Karolyn Gazella of The Definitive Guide to Cancer: An Integrative Approach to Prevention, Treatment, and Healing, now in its 3rd edition. Their newest book, Five to Thrive: Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan, was published in September 2011. They have created CancerThrivers, a multimedia initiative dedicated to sharing information about integrative cancer prevention and treatment. Dr. Alschuler has received professional recognition and many awards for her work in integrative medicine. She is a breast cancer thriver. www.drlise.net
She will present: Creating a Body that Cancer Doesn’t Like — Learn how your lifestyle can transform your internal landscape to fight cancer. This presentation will focus on the most impactful ways to make your body inhospitable to cancer by highlighting the best researched diet, exercise, sleep, and dietary supplement anti-cancer strategies.
Susan Whitaker, MS, Vocational Rehab, is a certified yoga therapist and teacher with a 36-year yoga practice. She is the owner of Canyon Spirit Yoga Center in Auburn, CA. Susan’s passion is in helping people find greater health, vibrancy and inner connection through meaningful yoga, meditation, and breathing. She heads the yoga program at Wellness Within, a California based, non-profit, mind-body wellness center for patients, survivors, and families coping with the stress of cancer. Susan’s warm and compassionate style of teaching invites a deeper response to the connection with life, wherever you happen to be on the journey. www.wellnesswithin.org; www.canyonspirityoga.com
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The Soul Light Connection is the very talented group of musicians that plays most Sunday services at Spiritual Life Center in Sacramento, CA. Under the direction of Paula Mandella, the band’s versatility and professionalism bring a joyful surprise to each encounter. Ann Roach, an amazing vocalist, allows herself to feel and express the full spectrum of life, play out of the box, reach into the depths, and soar up to heavenly heights. Together, these inspiring ministers of music serve the spirit, feed the soul, and open your mind and heart!
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Nina Wise is a Playwright, Performance Artist, and Director. Since earning her degree in Religious Studies and the Aesthetics of Movement, Nina Wise has devoted her career to developing theater that addresses the complex relationship between body, intellect, and spirit. Her original works, performed in prestigious venues in the US, South America, Europe and Asia have won awards for playwriting, innovative design, and new theater including three NEA fellowships, seven Bay Area Theater Critics’ Circle Awards and three fellowships from the Marin Arts Council. Her book, A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life, was published by Broadway Books in 2002 and her stories and articles have been published in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the Artistic Director of Motion Institute and the founder of Motion Theater® — a form of autobiographical improvisation. www.ninawise.com
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Marianne Williamson, is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure . . .” — often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural address — is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and Charlie Rose. In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. www.marianne.com
Sacramento Taiko Dan is a community-based non-profit organization, formed in 1989 by a group of people who wanted to study the art of Taiko. The multi-cultural group, comprised of members ranging in age from 9 years old to over 70, is directed by Tiffany Tamaribuchi, a former performing member and current guest artist of the prestigious San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Tiffany has traveled extensively throughout Japan to study with several Taiko groups, including the world renowned Taiko group, Kodo. The word TAIKO means “big drum.” It is the word commonly used to describe the art of Japanese drumming, used for healing and religious ceremonies and once an integral part of Japanese life. www.sactaiko.org
Totally Tapioca is a four-part a cappella vocal group from Sacramento. The group members share a common love for song and a commitment to assisting our community and world through fund-raising events. Every penny that Totally Tapioca collects is donated directly to carefully-selected charitable organizations, and they rely on the enthusiasm of their fans for the music and on their generosity to support their efforts. In the Best of Sacramento 2008 awards, Sacramento Magazine named Totally Tapioca “Best Group for Pudding Charity First.” They called Totally Tapioca’s mission “totally selfless,” and applauded the group’s efforts of “singing to make the world a better place.” totallytapioca.com
Rev. Tammie Denyse, M.Div., is a preacher, author, founder of a non-profit breast cancer organization, advocate, motivational speaker and 8-year breast cancer survivor. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2004, Rev. Tammie founded Carrie’s TOUCH, Inc. (Teaching, Outreach, Understanding, Caring, Healing), a breast cancer organization. She provides advocacy, awareness, education, research and support to African American women and men. Rev. Tammie is active in the community locally, nationally and abroad, and has received numerous awards for her work. She joined an international effort led by Breast Care International to raise awareness in Ghana and West Africa. She co-authored a published research paper on “The Unmet Needs of African Americans with Breast Cancer.” Rev. Tammie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human and Community Services, a Master of Divinity, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Community Leadership. www.carriestouch.org
Kelly A. Turner, PhD, is a researcher, lecturer, and consultant in the field of Integrative Oncology. Her research focus is the “Unexpected Remission” of cancer, which is a remission that occurs either in the absence of Western medicine or after Western medicine has failed to achieve remission. She received her BA from Harvard University and her Masters and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research included a year-long trip around the world during which she traveled to 10 different countries to interview 50 holistic healers and 20 unexpected remission survivors about their healing practices. Kelly is currently writing a book that summarizes these research findings, and launching a website that will continue to collect cases of Unexpected Remission. www.kellyannturner.com/
Reverend Michael Moran is an award winning broadcaster with over 20 years of major market experience. In 1984 he and his wife, Faith, both entered seminary at Unity School for Religious Studies at Unity Village, Missouri. They were ordained in 1988 and served as ministers together in California, Oregon, Kansas, and Missouri. In 1998 Reverends Michael and Faith co-founded an Interfaith Ministry in Sacramento, Spiritual Life Center, where Rev. Michael continues to minister to people of diverse spiritual backgrounds, promoting peace, respect and understanding among the religions of the world. Rev. Michael cared for Rev. Faith during her five years of suffering from posterior cortical atrophy, an incurable form of progressive dementia. Reverend Faith died in January, 2008. Rev. Michael says that caring for her while she was dying “was a spiritual journey unlike any I’ve ever been on before.” www.slcworld.org
Jonathan Ellerby, PhD, is the CEO of TAO Inspired Living, a new wellness-retreat center and residential community devoted to total wellbeing and inspired living based in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. The author of two bestselling Hay House titles: Return to the Sacred and Inspiration Deficit Disorder, and a new book, The Promise of Paradise, Jonathan has become a popular expert on the topics of leadership, wellbeing, and cross-cultural approaches to health and healing. He has appeared in various media settings including documentary films, TV, magazines, and much more. The former Spiritual Program Director for the Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the fields of holistic healing, spiritual counseling, integrative medicine, and corporate consulting. www.jonathanellerby.com
Terri Tate, RN, MS, is a speaker, storyteller, and consultant whose life and voice were threatened by two bouts of oral cancer from which she had a 2% chance of survival. But her sense of humor was never in danger. Terri’s hilarious solo show, Shopping as a Spiritual Path, chronicles life’s challenges and triumphs. Terri offers customized keynotes, workshops, and webinars such as Wit and Wisdom From Both Sides of the Bed; The Power of Our Stories; Caring for Caregivers; and Humor, Resilience and Hope in the Face of Unwanted Change. Audiences across the country are moved to laughter, tears, and standing ovations by her powerful performances. Terri also teaches storytelling classes that emphasize healing, comfort in speaking and building the humor muscle. She is putting the finishing touches on her memoir, As Is, with an introduction by Anne Lamott. www.territate.com
Karen Drucker has recorded 12 CDs of her original inspirational music and has won numerous awards for her volunteer work. Karen has been called a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music. She has been a professional comedienne, led her own band for corporate events, and was the spokesperson for “Bread and Roses” (performing in convalescent hospitals, prisons, children’s hospitals). Her book, Let Go of the Shore, was published in 2010.
Karen has been the music director for 3 different New Thought churches; the UCRS Regional and National Conferences; and co-music director for RSI’s Asilomar conference. She sings, speaks and leads workshops at women’s retreats, mind-body & health conferences and various churches around the country. She loves making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.