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)

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.

A wonderful phenomenon is happening on heaven and on earth. Angels want to prove them their existence and are reaching out to us to connect more than ever. likewise here on earth people are learning more about the angelic realm in the role and the purpose of Angels in our life. Using the  exercises, meditation and visualizations we can connect for angels and receive divine guidance and learn to grow and bond with your guardian angel and other heavenly beings.

Annett Bruchu
A nationally known Intuitive Healer, Annette has a vast understanding of Auric fields, color representation and the Chakra System through Aura Photography. She teaches Intuitive Development and Energy Healing courses at her Helping YOU Heal Center in Stillwater, MN, and also offers home and business energy clearing.

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

Learn + Experience Guided Contemplation

Learn + Experience Guided Contemplation

Experiential.  Open to All. 

A variety of contemplative practices can act as thresholds to the Divine (recognizing that our understandings of the Divine are varied and incomplete). If we can learn to live more centered lives – lives that are more deeply open to and aware of God’s loving presence – we can experience an abiding peace within ourselves that can then ripple outward to create a more compassionate world. We can see the Divine in ourselves and everyone around us.

In the “ Learn + Experience Guided Contemplation” session, participants will learn more about contemplative practices — specifically “visio divina” or “sacred seeing” which uses a selection of relevant icons or images that each participant will choose from. There will be time for individual meditation in which participants are invited to journal, write, or pray/meditate as guided by the “reading” of their life as seen through their selected image. The session includes guided time in community in small and large group conversation where insights and experiences are shared from the time of quiet contemplation and visio divina.  Participants will leave with a sense of having traveled alone, together — centered not only through personal quiet time, but by the wisdom of the group journey.

Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens is the Director of Contemplative Practices at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester. After working in worship and music ministry for 25 years, she has discovered a passion for helping others explore their inner-selves and deepen their spirituality.

5 Keys to Spiritual Growth

5 Keys to Spiritual Growth

Discussion. Open to Anyone. 

Learn about these amazing keys to enhance your life, and discover….You ARE Soul!  1. Find the secret to living a joyful life. 2. Discover a way to enliven your daily life 3. Experience a 5-minute daily practice to jumpstart your spiritual life.  4. Practice five words that can keep you on track spiritually.  5. Learn a universal yardstick for gauging your spiritual growth.

Crary Brossard and Hannah Mende