MEET THE TEAM OF
Linda has worked within the medical field as a Licensed Practical Nurse working with all ages in long term care facilities, as well as home care. Her continued path led her to natural practices initiating her journey in massage, craniosacral therapy, somatic emotional release, Reiki and Integrative Energy Therapy. Her work includes working with both humans, and horses.
Mitchell gained her expertise from the Institute of Therapeutic Massage, Center of Being and Upledger Institute. Linda's spiritual path led her to Unity of Sussex County where she embraced working with the YOU (Youth of Unity - Teens), and as a chaplain.
Linda was the founder of the Holistic Mentorship Network, MARCI® Magazine, and ran the New Jersey Shore Leukemia and Lymphoma Marathon in 2004 in honor of her sister Mary Lou DePue.
“We each were born as a character into a family and cultural story and not always in the roles we would have chosen for ourselves,” she says. “Then fate takes us in unexpected directions. Writing memoir is a way to weave our outer and inner lives to create meaning and trace and direct our evolving identities over time.”
What does all that mean for the culture at large?
Nothing helps the human race see and understand itself more than such honest witnessing in every corner of the human experience. There is no taboo territory in autobiographical writing, which the author William Dean Howells once called “the most democratic province in the republic of letters.”
In her workshops and writing retreats Lorraine presents nuts-and-bolts techniques and examples from successful published works to guide new writers in creating their very best work.
Participants learn to find their strongest writing voice, structure their stories in compelling ways, and see their lives from surprising and useful new angles. All these goals are achieved in an informal backdrop of serenity and relaxation.
“The ultimate achievement for writers,” Lorraine says, “is to lead themselves, and their readers, to some truth.”
Through her business, Lorraine Ash Literary Enterprises, she also ghostwrites and edits books and coaches authors one-on-one.
In addition to her books, she has written shorter memoiric works that have appeared in anthologies, including Steeped in the World of Tea and various journals and webzines such as Cairn, Journeys, Ducts, and Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing.
Currently, she is working on Missing Mae, a memoir.
Lorraine brings her sensibilities as a journalist to all she does. In another professional incarnation, she was an editor/reporter in her native New Jersey and holds a master’s degree in Communications from Fordham University.
She worked for the Ridgewood News, Daily Record, and Daily Voice. Her articles and special series have gained global, national, state, and regional attention and awards and have appeared in a number of newspapers, including USA Today.
Lorraine is active in the evolving world of stillbirth research and legislation. As a peer grief contact, she also works one-on-one with bereaved mothers of infants.
She lives in Allendale, New Jersey, with her husband, Bill, a jazz trumpeter. Her non-literary passions include cooking, yoga, great dramas, and the state of Maine.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
“We are emotional beings born to express ourselves through our perception of the world. Frequently, however, negative energy gets stuck in our system and prevents us from being the creators we were meant to be. These modalities help you release that negative energy and give you tools to use – on your own – to freely follow your dreams.” - Debra M. Hollinrake
Debra M. Hollinrake
Experience & Education
Experience & Education
Julie Lain Trilling
Beginning with the sudden death of her mother in 1995, Claire has waded through 40+ losses and counting – including loss of friendships, trust and innocence; animal companions; jobs; health diagnoses; moving without warning; turmoil, violence, doubt and disappointment. But all of it has had the effect of making her more determined than ever to live life to the fullest and create as much healing and Loving Kindness as possible.
She did not get here on her own. She has had tons of support, lessons, encouragement and motivation from teachers, counselors, friends and other healers. She has needed a lot of energy from the Universe to grow and change, and now has the opportunity to Pay It Forward, which she considers a tremendous privilege. It’s time to give back. Claire spent many years in therapy sitting across from people with whom she felt very little connection or understanding. Some had knowledge, fewer still had compassion or wisdom. Because of these experiences, her goal is to bring the absolute best to her clients and students. She views her work as sacred, and an honor.
Having pursued a unique 2-year training program in Reiki, Claire combines energy work, her psychology background and her coaching skills to bring a Holistic Healing approach to her practice. In grief and in life, you cannot pull apart the Mind, the Body, the Heart and the Spirit – Claire’s work is to teach you how to become whole.
From Fearless Grief to Fearless Living™ – Teaching the Art of Fearless Grieving™.
Be Heard – Be Validated – Be Healed.
Connection, Compassion, Inspiration, Gratitude.
Claire is a deep believer in the power of the human spirit, and that we are not stuck with whatever load has been laid on our shoulders. We just need help in shifting it until we can finally put it down.
Claire M. Schwartz
Immersed in the Beauty/Spa World for over 25 years, my passion has always been to take care of and help others to achieve feeling their best. I have been blessed with opportunities of meeting many people and being “in tune” with their energy. Realizing through the Power of Touch, I am able to help many release and balance whatever is in need of healing.
After working as a Massage Therapist, I furthered my education at The Great River Cranial Sacral Therapy Institute with Dr. Wish over a year of training. I am always amazed at the Power of each session and honored to witness how each journey unfolds towards personal healing.
Julie Lange Groth
Camelia is a Reiki Master. She comes from an Engineering background - as a Mechanical Engineer with an MS in Engineering.
Camelia is an Intuitive and applies the guidance she receives from the Universe to her Reiki skills for the benefit of her customers. She blends the knowledge of the human body with the client’s energies to work thru the blockages.
She decided to be a Lightworker and as a healer she is aligning her positive and loving energy with the Reiki ideals for the benefit of others. She will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with people and help them become healthier and stronger in the process. She plans on adding different methods of healing to Reiki and will continue her education in the field.