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.
Julie Lange Groth
“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
Julie Lain Trilling
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 the fore for her clients and students. She views her work as sacred, and an honor.
Claire was born and raised in a Detroit suburb to a musical family. She came to NYC after her mother died in 1996 to follow her dream of acting ~ which she did not bring to fruition. Why? Because she did not know my Authentic Self yet, nor had she done the healing and empowerment work necessary to speak from her Truth. Claire spent the next several years working in the corporate and legal worlds, as she figured her Self out, getting clear about who she is. Yet she knew something was missing, and she couldn’t figure out what…. Then in 2004, Claire discovered Reiki ~ and something opened up inside her like she had never experienced before. She felt a connection, a love, a lifting of soul and spirit....it was extraordinary.
She sought out the best teachers and most in-depth study she could find. She became a graduate of the Reiki Master program at the Reiki Arts Continuum in 2006, the only two-year course in the country, which required over 400 hours of class and practicum work. She then received her Reiki Master Teacher certification in 2007 in traditional Japanese methods and history from the International House of Reiki out of Australia.
Claire founded Miriam’s Well Healing LLC in 2006 in New York, bringing her practice with her when she moved to New Jersey in 2009. Here she is able to create a space where Transformation and Empowerment live, the kind of place she wishes she had found when she was seeking change in her life. She can use her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, her certification in Spiritual Counseling and as an Interfaith Minister woven together, for the benefit of all her clients and students. And the Journey doesn’t end here ~ with every new person who walks through the door, connection, compassion and inspiration happen, and she is filled with gratitude!
Claire M. Schwartz
Robert Cubby is a graduate of Montclair State University earning a BA degree. He joined the Jersey City Police Department in March, 1973. He served honorably for 38½ years, attaining the rank of captain assigned to city command. He had most of his assignments in patrol through all his ranks. For 8½ years he was assigned to Special Operation Emergency Services. From there he was temporarily assigned out to instruct in the Police Academy. For 2 years, as a sergeant he was assigned to the Property Unit. A career in law enforcement resulted in a diagnosis of PTSD, but he was able to continue working until retirement. Now actively involved with bringing change to departments concerning PTSD, he is appearing in the award winning documentary Code 9- Officer Needs Assistance and is an Ambassador for Code 9 Project representing Code 9 at various screening and functions.
Robert co-facilitates a NAMI Connections Peer Support Group for PTSD in veterans and first responders with John Drinkard. He brings as much experience and expertise as he can to the group and to all he does to helping veterans and first responders. He is also a third degree knight in the Knights of Columbus and he chairs the committee for veterans and first responders affairs through which he has raised funds assisting veterans and first responders.
Robert is certified in Mental Health First Aid and takes classes in Reiki and Buddhist Meditation. He has attended Journey Dance classes, Dances of Universal Peace, Drumming Circles, diversity in the workplace and peer training workshops. He helps facilitate healing with EFT, Total Relaxation Technique, suicide SAFE TALK, the Nurtured Heart Approach and Soul Injury practice and as a bereavement facilitator and support group facilitator.
Robert has attended various veteran affairs and is an Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He currently sits on the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Task Force for Mental Illness and Law Enforcement and is involved with the Veteran’s Diversion Program.
Upon leaving college, Melissa began teaching languages to adults. However, when she was offered a position at a kindergarten she realized that working with children was her true calling.
After teaching in England and Austria, she relocated to Japan where she taught at an International School for four years. While in Japan, she combined several of her passions, including meditation and spirituality, and began her personal journey towards more conscious living.
Studying Shiatsu piqued her interest in Eastern philosophy, which was further fueled while visiting Buddhist temples in Japan. This is when she began incorporating some of these ideas into her teaching and classroom environment.
Melissa moved back to Costa Rica in 2014, and began teaching at a Montessori kindergarten, where she continued introducing mindfulness to children. Impressed with her results, she wrote her master’s thesis on the idea of incorporating mindfulness into the classroom and using it as an alternative method for dealing with aggression in children with ASD.
Mindfulness is a concept dear to Melissa’s heart. She believes that by reaching out to young children and teaching them the concept of mindfulness, we are providing the stepping stones toward a better world.
Qualifications & Education
John V. Drinkard is an Interfaith Minister who was ordained at the Institute for Spiritual Development in Sparta, NJ. www.isdsparta.org The Institute for Spiritual Development is a multifaith church that accepts and honors all religions and spiritual traditions as valid pathways for connecting with the Divine. John is an Interspiritual Counselor who received a certificate in Interspiritual Counseling from One Spirit Learning Alliance and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He has been certified as a Healer at the ISD where he offers both spiritual and energy healing. John also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Spiritual Development.
John’s Shamanic work is rooted in the ancient ways of indigenous peoples, yet it reaches into the modern day world of quantum physics. Shamans journey to the Spirit world to bring back healing, knowledge and power. John’s Shamanic healing experience includes soul retrieval, depossession, divination, extraction and psychopomp work. He has studied extensively with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and with prominent Celtic shamans. John has also been trained in psychic development and mediumship.
John has been involved in hospice work for over 15 years. He serves as a Hospice Chaplain at the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in Newton, NJ. He also counsels families who have lost their loved ones as a bereavement counselor. John established the Hospice Veterans Partnership Team at Karen Ann Quinlan where he counsels and ministers to Veterans who are terminally ill. John is also a certified Soul Injury Ambassador. John is a Vietnam Veteran, a former Marine Corps officer and Naval Aviator who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. John counsels Veterans who are suffering from the trauma and invisible soul wounds of war. As a Program Leader he leads retreats for Soldier’s Heart www.soldiersheart.net Soldier’s Heart is an organization that is dedicated to healing the emotional, moral, heart, soul and spiritual wounds of war in Veterans and their families. John is also an active lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans America (VVA) Chapter 1002 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).