Forgiveness –as important to life as Breathing

No one is perfect. We all live with regrets.

Failing to forgive others who have bruised our heart can impede us from trusting, can limit our choices, can make us see ourselves as trapped; this failure can gnaw at our personal dignity. The forceful feeling of Shame tackles our freedoms.

Forgiveness of self takes us to a deeper well.  Where profound depth, despair and darkness may enclose, those waters may also serve to show a purposeful passage to safety, sometimes called a pilgrimage with God; a tradition of Jews, Buddhists and Christians.

A two-page questionnaire will structure small group conversation.  Participants may share their thoughts and feelings of forgiveness; such issues as road blocks, failures, risk, shame, and terror, as well as mended relationships, secure future, happy holidays, soulful flow, spiritual equanimity.

Small groups will be formed to discuss forgiveness experiences—forgiving, being forgiven, and forgiving oneself. We learn from each other. We hear jewels of courage, offer support that cannot be forgotten, and we encourage implementation strategies.

None of us is alone in our need to forgive and be forgiven.  One will leave this workshop with new thoughts, new language, and new support for considering and enacting forgiveness.

Dr. Kay Bernard

Dr. Kay is a multi-degreed professional in the field of Psychology and Ministry ( U. of Wisconsin, U. of Minnesota, United Theological Seminary).  Since receiving her own 1992 Bipolar/Anxiety Diagnosis, she has committed herself to bringing hope to Mood Disorder sufferers and their families.  Her published pieces and articles lay out issues and solutions for Mood Disorder families. She has presented to Hospital chaplains, Ministers, and lay groups seeking solutions to daily issues not fully solved by pharmaceuticals.

Esoteric Spirituality in Ashtapadi

Esoteric Spirituality in Ashtapadi with Ganga Gopalkrishan

Storytelling.  Open to All.

The presentation will explore the transformation of spirituality in a life cycle (from birth to death). This will be based on story telling on Hindu mythological character Krishna through Ashtapadi.  Ashtapadi refers to the Sanskrit hymns of the Geetha Govinda, composed by Jayadeva in the 12th Century.

Asthapadis are Sanskrit hymns of the Geetha Govinda, composed by Jayadeva in the 12th Century. The meaning of ashtapathi is ‘eight-steps’, which means each hymn is made of eight couplets (eight sets of two lines). The ashtapadis, describes the beauty of Lord Krishna and the love between Krishna and the gopis, are considered a masterpiece in esoteric spirituality and the theme of ‘Divine romance’. The ashtapadis remain popular and are widely sung in a variety of tunes, and used in classical dance performances, across India.

The lyrical poetry of the Geetha Govinda is divided into twelve chapters, each of which is sub-divided into twenty four divisions called Prabandha. The Prabandhas contain couplets grouped into eights, called ashtapadis.

I will be presenting the popular 8 prabandha today which shows the spirituality in transition in Lord Krishna’s life which can be replicated in all of our lives.

Ganga Gopalkrishan

Ganga Gopalkrishnan is a technology manager by profession and an artist at heart. She started learning bharathanatyam (classical Indian dance) at the age of 3 from Srimathi Kalamanadalam Kalyani Kutti amma. She has kept up with her passion in dance along with a successful career and social service by her side.
She teaches Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam (two dance form from Southern India) for students in SE Minnesota. She and her students performs at various diversity festivals, international festivals, nursing homes and conferences in the hopes of spreading the culture and art form from Indian sub continent and promote world peace through these art forms.
Exploring bhava (emotions) is a theme of her dance performances and choreography. For performances, lecture demonstrations and dance lessons, please reach out to her at (913) 461-7613 or

Get the Hell Out: Beyond the God of Shame

Get the Hell Out: Beyond the God of Shame

Discussion. Open to All.  

The Judeo-Christian Bible is littered with images of God that promote a culture of shame. Adherents embrace these images and then struggle with depression, disconnection, and self-loathing – a crippling separation from Self and Spirit. This workshop outlines the problem and provides a specific practice for moving beyond these images, collectively personified as the “God of Shame.” The goal is a revised conception of the Divine that attunes us to Spirit and allows our essential, original goodness to shine in the world. If time permits, Gracia McKinley (Swami Vidyananda) will lead a guided meditation in the Yogic practice of Ishta Devata, wherein participants will be encouraged to visulalize and connect to their own, unique, and empowering image of the Divine.

T McKinley
T McKinley is an interfaith minister, teacher, and author of both a critically-praised memoir, Boy in the Ivy (2013) and Get the Hell Out: Beyond the God of Shame (2016). Both on his own and with his partner Gracia Gimse McKinley (Swami Vidyananda), he offers workshops on shame and spiritual healing around the country.

Gracia McKinley (Swami Vidyananda)
Gracia Gimse McKinley empowers seekers to attune to their own inner wisdom in order to live authentic and meaningful lives.  She provides spiritual and astrological guidance and officiates at rituals such as weddings, baby blessings, and memorial services. Gracia is an ordained swami in the Kriya Yoga lineage.


Tarot 101 and 102 – Finding Your Own Voice

Tarot  101 and 102 –  Finding Your Own Voice

Experiential. Open to All.
We will check in with participants about their current tarot skills, talk about the basic structure of Tarot, and practice the Seer and the Seeker Structure reading with one card.

Then we will read in a Circle with one card and offer suggestions for learning on your own.

Sam Lofgren:
Sam picked up her first tarot deck as a child, and has been working with them ever since. Influenced by Western psychology, global esoteric studies, and Eastern mystic practices, she considers herself a mirror – reflecting back what you need to know in this life and guiding you to the next. She has been a member of the Twin Cities Tarot Collective since mid-2017.
Marianne Kollar:
Marianne had been a member of the Twin Cities Tarot Collective for 3 years. As a Tarot enthusiast and student, Marianne is intrigued by the symbology, the art, the imagery, the mystery and the magic of the cards. As a creative soul she takes delight in bringing the essence of the cards alive through poetry, and multimedia. And as a reader she enjoys weaving the seen and the unseen to tell a story that is unique to the person and the moment.
Melani Weber:
A tarot collector and student of tarot since 1995, Melani is most interested in the intersection of tarot with other areas of study, such as psychology, mythology and religion. She enjoys telling the stories that the cards offer up, layering intuitive meanings with esoteric teachings of the ages. Though she has over 400 decks she does have a few favorites, which include the Druidcraft, Modern Spellcaster’s, and Cosmic Tribe.

Downward Spirals Caused by Entities And What To Do

Downward Spirals Caused by Entities And What To Do

Discussion.  Open to All.

The spiritual world holds positive (God or Light Driven) and negative energy (Darkness Driven) so it is important to be aware of Entities and how they may hurt people. Where they come from. What they can do. What is real and what might not be. This covers how people and children pick up entities who drive them in negative ways and what to do about it – based on what I’ve seen in my 10 years as a Hypnotherapist dealing with people with Entities.

LeAnn Martin
LeAnn Martin first began working with entities as a Hypnotherapist ten years ago in Sydney, Australia where she found many of her clients were impacted by entities of different types from different countries in the world. And now in the US Midwest, she has found entities also are a part of life here. She also works with people carrying imprints held of a loved one who has passed or someone who may have picked up something from war and how to deal with that. Entities can be the basis of serious life wreckage for a person who does not understand what is going on or how to escape the influence of an entity. There is often nowhere to turn where people can feel comfortable telling their entity experience without others thinking they are crazy or have a serious mental problem. 

Tarot 365

Tarot 365

Experiential.  Open to All. 

Tarot has been used for centuries for divination and foretelling the future. But it is also a remarkable tool for self reflection and creativity. We will explore using tarot cards and images for personal uses in our daily lives through exercises and discussion. Bring a favorite tarot deck if you wish, or use one of mine for the workshop.

Nell Morningstar
For Nell Morningstar, tarot has been a doorway into Mystery. She grabbed hold of a deck at 11 years old and has never stopped exploring. She has been a professional reader and teacher in the Twin Cities since 1979, and co-owner of Evenstar Bookstore for almost 30 years, Nell now teaches and reads out of her own space Beltane Studio in St. Paul.

Bystander to Upstander

Bystander to Upstander

Experiential.  Open to All.

Bystander to Upstander sessions are participatory scenario-based sessions that provide opportunities for individuals to learn about and practice responses to incidents they might encounter in the workplace and in their daily lives. Unlike traditional diversity training, these activity-based workshops focus on real-time interventions. The sessions include general instruction in courageous listening and observing, as well as culturally-specific insights and roll-playing exercises with tips and tactics for de-escalation, respectful intervention, and accountability.
Overview: Bystander to Upstander sessions are part classroom instruction and part interactive roll play. Presentation and discussion segments include: implications of unconscious bias on personal response, crowd behavior and bystander theories, compassionate listening model, pyramid of hate in the current sociopolitical climate, courageous observing. Interactive elements include: recognizing personal safety, establishing situational understanding, gauging climate/energy level of situations, and responding with courage.
Interactivity: Bystander to Upstander sessions have two core processes, establishing common language and tactics, and running scenarios based on real-life interactions. Group exercises provide opportunities for individuals to work through incidents with peer coaching and continual dialog, building a repertoire of responses. Most critically, this methodology instills a new decision making paradigm, where a trained individual can no longer rely on simple instinct, but must choose to intervene or not knowing that they have the skills to act effectively. Scenario cards, response tip cards, and professional assistance are provided in these authentic skill-building sessions.
Tools: Session participants leave with tactical guides they can reference in and outside of the workplace, supported by their newly-developed understanding of the impact of bias and prejudice on campus culture. Most significantly, participants feel empowered to act because of the practical skills and personal awareness that come from examining interactions through a new lens. Individuals who have gone through the sessions feel the change keenly, and while not all are ready to act, all acknowledge the ability to do so.

Dee Sabol
Dee Vazquez Sabol is Executive Director of the Diversity Council, an organization that has spent 28 years ensuring that the people of Rochester embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous community. Ms. Sabol brings experience in cross-cultural communication and change management, and is deeply engaged in the areas of community collaboration, social equity, and sustainable growth in Southeastern Minnesota.

Awakening the 7 Chakras or Mantra and Manifestation

Awakening the 7 Chakras or Mantra and Manifestation

Experiential.  Open to All.

Engage in the powerful process of setting strong intentions, creating meaningful mantra, and the use of prayer beads and Mala in meditation. Misha will lead you through a guided meditation that is designed to release old energies, transform patterns, all to help manifest that which you are seeking and will support your highest good.

Misha Johnson
Misha Johnson is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Intuitive, Life and Meditation coach based in Rochester MN. You may have seen her company http://www.Rootstostars.Com at various yoga festivals in conferences throughout the country. She holds degrees from the Sukkasart institute in Thailand,  studied with Doreen virtue and Radleigh valentine.

Angel Relationships: A Match Made in Heaven

Angel Relationships: A Match Made in Heaven

Experiential.  Open to All.

Presenter: Annette Bruchu


A wonderful phenomenon is happening in heaven and on earth. Angels want to prove their existence and they are reaching out to connect with us now more than ever. Likewise, here on earth, people are learning more about the angelic realm and the roles and purposes of angels in our lives. What many people view as common sense or coincidence is often our angels communicating with us. This workshop will explore many ways, including using exercises, meditations, and visualizations, through which you can connect with your Guardian Angel and other heavenly beings to receive divine guidance. Heighten your awareness by learning how to discover the signs angels put before us and recognize the subtle nudges they give to keep us on our right path as we navigate life’s journey.


Annette Bruchu is a nationally-known visionary and intuitive healer who shares her many gifts bridging the spiritual and physical worlds to assist those who seek to improve their lives. She blends her expertise as a medium, psychic, healing practitioner, colorstrologist, teacher, mentor and author to help people heal and grow. Annette empowers others to develop their own psychic and healing gifts through classes offered at her Helping YOU Heal Center in Stillwater, MN, and through her book, Angel Relationships: A Match Made in Heaven. To learn more, visit:


Establishing a Drawing Meditation Practice

Establishing a Drawing Meditation Practice

Experiential.  Women Only Please.

Participants will learn how to create a calming atmosphere for themselves by creating an inspirational graphic using repetitious lines and shapes.

Kathryn Hardage has been sharing her inspiration for several years through her blog at   To create an atmosphere of calm and healing for herself, she began her “drawing meditations” which she now expresses through her fiber art.  She continues her expression in many ways at Contact her at