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FEATURED SPEAKERS – 2020
David Ault is a prophetic voice in the human development/consciousness studies movement as an unwavering crusader for mindfulness, global literacy and social justice. Through trainings, coaching and keynote offerings, David’s singular intention has always been in bridging our collective forgetfulness into our great collective reawakening. As an award winning author and global humanitarian, David abides by the motto that people would rather ‘see a lesson lived out loud than hear one’.
A former minister, David now coaches associations, business leaders and individuals on the paramount importance of value based living. In Atlanta, he served as dean to a council of multi-generational, multi-faith leaders who assist others in dissolving systemic issues of unworthiness, bias and racism by building new mental equivalents of equality, character, ethics, spirituality and wellness.
David is also the founder and Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Child Foundation, whose mission is to advance vulnerable children and communities worldwide with sustainable education, life skills and fresh water. Beginning more than 15 years ago, Kaleidoscope now operates schools in Cambodia and India and partners with literacy programs throughout Guatemala and the US, serving more than 1000 children annually.
An adventurer at heart, David has hiked the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, trekked across the entire country of Spain on the ancient pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago and summited Kilimanjaro in Africa. He regularly takes groups on sacred site journeys and service trips, continuously marveling at the wisdom gained through cultural immersion.
As a respected teacher, writer and columnist, David is the author of the multi-award winning, The Grass Is Greener Right Here.
August Gold has been a licensed and ordained Interfaith Minister since 1990. She served as a spiritual founder and director of Sacred Center New York for eight years, a teacher, counselor and spiritual mentor in New York City for twenty-five, and a grateful volunteer at the Manhattan Center for Living, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Samaritans Suicide Hotline. She spent her twenties in Alanon which set her on the path to good love.
With an empowered presence and voice, August weaves transformational teachings of the Tao Te Ching through story – once a week at the Tuesday spiritual group Living Agelessly and once a month at the Saturday workshops in Ft Lauderdale, and once a season at Happy Hour in New York City.
Translated into 15 languages, her books with co-author Joel Fotinos include the “Family Circle Book of the Month” The Prayer Chest, as well as Multiply Your Blessings, and the Think & Grow Rich Workbook Series. Her award-winning children’s book, Where Does God Live? “Was one of the best introductions to ideas about God and oneself for children,” the Toronto Star reported. She was a regular guest on the Hallmark Channel “A New Day” offering deeply simple spiritual practices for living a more centered life, including her 5-5-5 Spiritual Morning Practice which was produced as its own segment.
Since 1990 she has offered thousands of people the opportunity to access the wisdom of their indwelling soul. Ernest Holmes calls the soul the place in us “that knows, and knows that it knows.” The Soul opens the way for whatever anyone longs to know or express or reveal or receive. It takes us to the heart of the matter on love or health or purpose or prosperity or destiny with crystal clear guidance points the way to our wholeness, our complete happiness. https://augustgold.net/
Rev. Cindy Grimes
If there’s a common thread throughout Cindy Grimes’ varied personal and professional experiences, it is her desire to empower people with understanding and practical skills to overcome life challenges and make the most of their inherent talents and abilities. Cindy uses real-life experiences, spiritual wisdom and humor to inspire audiences and participants to transform their lives, relationships and communities.
After graduating with a BA in Psychology from Hofstra University, Cindy moved to Ocala, Florida where she has lived since 1985. Cindy worked as a victim advocate, child protective investigator and social worker for 10 years before motherhood inspired her to start her own business. She went on to create Family Times Magazine and spent 11 years in the publishing business.
While publishing the magazine, Cindy’s life “bottomed out.” She carried over 100 lbs of excess weight and was on the verge of losing her business, home, marriage. It was at that point she found Centers for Spiritual Living and Science of Mind. She applied the practices and principles she learned at the Center in the laboratory of her life and turned her challenges into triumphs. Cindy eventually sold the business and went on to hone her presentation skills, facilitating training programs promoting child and family safety and advocacy.
Today, Rev. Cindy is the Spiritual Director of at the Center for Spiritual Living that changed her life. Most recently, Cindy has been developing and delivering curriculum and programs that teach practical peacebuilding principles, including social-emotional learning, conflict transformation and restorative practices for use in prisons, schools, businesses and spiritual communities. Her vision is that New Thought centers and churches throughout the world are known for bringing practical peacebuilding to their larger communities. In addition to serving CSL Ocala, Cindy is Director of Programs at River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and a Founder of Circle Up Center for Practical Peacebuilding in Ocala, Florida. Kindness is the Cure is the title of her 2015 TEDx talk.
Cindy and her husband Grady will celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary at this year’s Big Sky Retreat. Their growing family includes four beautiful grandchildren.
Rev. Lawrence Palmer
Rev. Lawrence Palmer is a native of Mississippi. He received a solid and joyful religious foundation in the Baptist church. As a youth, he felt a calling to spiritual service, beginning as a Baptist pastor and then following his inner direction into Unity. He has served as a minister for more than 46 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1992, he graduated from Unity Ministerial School in Missouri. Additionally, Lawrence has served in leadership positions for Unity on the local, regional, national and international levels. He currently serves as co-minister with his wife, Bev Spivey at Unity of Pompano Beach.
In addition to his theological and metaphysical schooling he has completed training in Silva Mind Control, Heart Math, Gateway Voyage at the Monroe Institute and is a practicing Reiki Master. He has experienced intensive training in Shamanism with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman and Serge King. He has also received advanced training in Hospital Chaplaincy.
Lawrence’s preaching and teaching style has been called intuitive and interactive. He has a deep passion for experiencing and facilitating personal growth and spiritual development.
A summary of his personal credo is :
- There is one Presence, called by many names and perceived in many forms. I AM the Presence being Lawrence.
- I AM the creating of the Creator. I AM breathing of the Breath.
- I AM incarnated here and now to eat, drink and to find pleasure in my toil. This life is the gift of God!