FEATURED SPEAKERS – 2017
This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.
After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.
In the early 1980’s Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz, became licensed as a psychologist, and was appointed instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. The 20th anniversary edition, newly revised, was published in 2007. Author or co-author of 13 other books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People, she is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Boulder, Colorado and the Director of The Claritas Institute Interspiritual Mentor Training Program.
Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility—plus her lively sense of humor—create a compelling presence. Her inspirational reflections are featured frequently on Hallmark Channel’s New Morning program, and she also hosts a weekly Internet radio show, Your Soul’s Compass, for Hay House. One of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality, her engaging and well researched presentations are perfect both for professionals and for the general public.
International speaker, best-selling author, CEO consultant, visionary, and empowerment specialist for over four decades, Mary Morrissey’s transformational talks and seminars have made her one of the elite teachers in personal development. As a sought after expert on the “Spiritual Side of Success”, Mary has spoken three times at the United Nations, facilitated three different week-long meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and met with Nelson Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa, to address the most significant issues our world is facing. Mary has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and is the author of two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams, which became a PBS special. She is the founder and owner of Life Mastery Institute: The Premier Transformational Training Company in the world. She is also the creator of Prosperity Plus, a dynamic 10-week program that teaches a new way of living, centered on the spiritual practices of an abundant life! Mary positively impacts lives in ways that allow participants to move from fear, scarcity, and limited thinking to a life full of possibility, prosperity and promise. As a world-class inspirational speaker, executive coach, and corporate consultant, Mary has 40 years of experience empowering individuals in achieving new heights of spiritual aliveness, wealth, and authentic success. As a motivator and life coach, Mary wants to be a part of people’s quest to build structure, confidence, and success by helping them learn the principles for dynamic dream building to transform possibilities into realities. Among all her achievements and degrees in higher learning, Mary’s favorites are the two black belts she has earned: one in Success and the other in Failure. To learn more about Mary Morrissey visit www.MaryMorrissey.com
Rev. Howard Caesar
Dr. Sheldon Deal
Very few people can say that they have been a singing mermaid, a singing casket, and was literally “elevator music” when she was hired to sing and play piano in a moving elevator. Meet Karen Drucker. Karen has recorded 19 CDs of her original inspirational music, and is the author of an inspirational book, “Let Go of the Shore: Stories and Songs That Set the Spirit Free.” Among her many accomplishments, she has been a professional comedienne, led her own band for corporate events, and has been the music director of New Thought Churches, as well as music director and “music weaver” for many spiritual conferences and retreats. Karen has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Music for her work within the Religious Science Community, and a “Grace Note” award for her work within the Unity Movement.
In following her passion, Karen sings, speaks and leads workshops at women’s retreats, mind-body & health conferences, and various churches around the country, as well as working with authors like Joan Borysenko, Alan Cohen, and many others. Karen Drucker has been called “a master of communicating presence and spirituality through music.” She loves making music, making a difference, and touching hearts.
Dr. Charles Geddes
Rev. Sharon Hudson
Rev. Sharon Hudson (Ministry of Prayer Coordinator) was the Founding Minister of Light of Life Church in Rancho Bernardo, California, where she served for more than 10 years. She is the Regional Support Coordinator for Centers for Spiritual Living. In this capacity she supports churches and ministries in Southern California and Hawaii. Her passion is teaching interpersonal communications and conﬂict transformation, as well as the wonderful philosophy and principles of Science of Mind. She has a background in business and technology. She has served as a chaplain at San Diego Childrenʼs Hospital and as a hospice chaplain. She attended her ﬁrst Big Sky Retreat in 2003.
Dr. Joan Rosenberg
Best-selling author, consultant, media host and master clinician, Dr. Joan I. Rosenberg is a cutting-edge psychologist who is known as an innovative thinker and acclaimed speaker and trainer. As a TEDx speaker and member of the Association of Transformational Leaders, she is recognized for her thought leadership and influence in personal development. A California-licensed psychologist, Dr. Rosenberg speaks on how to build confidence, self-esteem, core emotional strength and resilience; emotional, conversational and relational mastery; neuroscience and psychotherapy; and suicide prevention.
Dr. Rosenberg was featured in the critically acclaimed documentaries I Am, The Miracle Mindset, Pursuing Happiness, and The Hidden Epidemic. She has been on CNN’s American Morning, the OWN network and PBS, as well as appearances and radio interviews in major metropolitan media markets. She hosts The MindStream Podcast, an influential and thought-provoking iTunes podcast. Dr. Rosenberg is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Ease Your Anxiety and of the forthcoming 90 Seconds to a Life You Love. She is a blogger for ThriveGlobal/Medium and The Huffington Post; has penned several articles for professional and trade journals; and is the co-author of Mean Girls, Meaner Women.
To download an excerpt from Ease Your Anxiety – “What You Say to Yourself, Matters: How to Change What You Say to Relieve Anxiety, Diminish Doubt and Experience Confidence and Inner Peace”, visit DrJoanRosenberg/anxiety-reset/
Rev. Christian Sorensen, D.D.
Reverend Christian Sorensen, D.D., is the eminent Spiritual Leader of the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living and a past president and community Spiritual Leader of the United Church of Religious Science (UCRS) worldwide (now United Centers for Spiritual Living). He is also the Director of The United Centers for Spiritual Living School of Ministry, an accredited master’s degree program in consciousness studies with campuses in San Diego, California, and Seattle, Washington.
Sorensen was born into Religious Science and has been a lifelong student of metaphysics. Both his father and mother were ordained into the ministry on the same day as Dr. Sorensen in 1985—the only triple family ordination in the history of the movement. His credentials include a Doctorate of Religious Studies earned from Emerson Theological Institute, a Doctor of Divinity and a Doctor of Religious Science received from UCRS. He served as Senior Minister of the Ventura County Church in California from 1983-1988, Co-founder of the Costa Mesa Church in California in 1982, and Co-Creator of the Oahu Church in Hawaii in 1988.
A gifted and eloquent speaker with a unique and engaging style, Dr. Sorensen lights up audiences with his expansive vision, passion, and heartfelt enthusiasm. His impassioned visionary talks on spirituality, New Thought, Religious Science, practical matters, and Universal love continue to thrill listeners in all venues. His new talks are now being seen by thousands every week on webcasts which can be viewed globally on-demand at seasidecenter.org. He is in high demand as a speaker for corporate business and social engagements and is a sought-after facilitator of conferences, workshops, and seminars internationally.
Sorensen is a world traveler, speaking to groups in Tibet, India, China, Russia, North Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand. Raising global consciousness is of great importance to Dr. Sorensen. To that end, he has strengthened international ties by helping orphanages and schools in Mexico and Africa through direct giving and hands-on building.
Sorensen has authored ten books. He has most recently published Living from The Mountaintop – Be the Mystic You Were Born to Be. His other books include Joyous Living (a Series of 3 books), Catch the Spirit; Riding the Waves of Life and its sequel Flying through Life; A Book of Prayers; Good Cents; Free Your Own Tibet and Soar – Spiritual Guidance for Overcoming Life’s Turbulence. He is presently working on a new book on Mysticism.
A distinguished representative within a multitude of religious traditions, Dr. Sorensen addressed the United Nations General Assembly as part of its annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. As a leadership council member of the Association for Global New Thought, Dr. Sorensen is involved in the worldwide grass roots movements of the Season For Non-Violence. As a member of the Evolutionary Leaders, whose mission is to collectively inspire, support and serve conscious evolution, Dr. Sorensen and nearly 40 other evolutionary leaders are forging a movement towards the conscious evolution of humanity. He was privileged to be a participant of the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and a repeat speaker at the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne Australia and South Africa.
Sorensen is an avid sportsman who loves surfing, skiing, tennis, and flying. He shares his love for travel and the outdoors with his wife, Kalli Holmes-Sorensen, and their teenage son, Trevor. His family resides in Encinitas, California.