highlights of 2007 cruise


 Michael Beckwith


Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith is a world leader and teacher in the New Thought–Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality. He is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, cofounder of the Association for Global New Thought, and the Season for Nonviolence, which are extensions of his vision of one human family united on a foundation of peace, based on the spiritual origin of every man, woman, and child.

In 1986 Rev. Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a transdenominational community which today counts a membership of 9,000 devoted to the study and practice of New Thought–Ancient Wisdom.

Recently described in “What Is Enlightenment?” magazine as a "non-aligned trans-religious progressive," Rev. Beckwith shares his powerful conviction of creating the Beloved Community through his participation on international panels with other peacemakers and spiritual leaders including His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dr. T. Ariyarante of Sri Lanka, and Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi. He is co-founder of the Association for Global Thought, an organization dedicated to planetary healing and transformation. Rev.

Beckwith teaches meditation, scientific prayer, and speaks at conferences and seminars. He is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, a time-tested technique offering its practitioners a method for putting a stop to being a passive tourist in one's life. He is author of Inspirations of the Heart (currently nominated as a finalist for the Nautilus Book Award), Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, A Manifesto of Peace, and Living from the Overflow.

Recently, Rev. Beckwith shared his teachings on the universal laws governing the universe in the movie The Secret and has recently appeared on Oprah and Larry King Live.

Rickie Byars Beckwith

Rickie Byars Beckwith
Rickie Byars Beckwith is an internationally acclaimed singer, composer, lyricist, arranger and recording artist of uplifting, healing music that spans genres and defies classification. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in spiritual music and the songs, many of which are written with her husband, Michael Bernard Beckwith, are a profound experience that lift the spirit and touch the soul.

As Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, California, Rickie BB, as she is lovingly known by her spiritual community, directs both the 150 voice Agape International Choir and the seven-piece Agape House Band. Rickie has co-produced and recorded five solo albums as well as five albums with the Agape Choir under her direction. Always in demand, their concerts and performances at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, The United Nations, the Greek Theatre, the John Anson Ford Theatre, Royce Hall at UCLA and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center inspire peace and goodwill in the global community, using the universal language of music. Their most recent performance at the Universal Gibson Amphitheatre to a packed audience of 6500 people for the Agape Easter service was truly outstanding.

Rickie and Michael's songs have been featured on television shows including Strong Medicine, The West Wing, Days of Our Lives, Starting Over and I Married a Princess. She has been the featured in numerous magazine articles and seen most recently in the centerfold of March 2007 URB Magazine alongside her daughter and current producer, Georgia Anne Muldrow. Rickie BB's upcoming release entitled, Supreme Inspiration will be released this summer.

Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta Georgia, Rickie emerged early as a unique, multi-faceted musical talent, learning from choir directors in the segregated school systems of the South. The radio music of the 60's and 70's - especially the sound of Motown, Memphis, and Liverpool - helped form the foundation of her style which crosses all musical boundaries. Her rich beginnings in gospel, rhythm, and blues, were augmented by her studies at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, where she first started composing songs. In New York, she continued to mature as an artist, working as a lead singer with the Pharaoh Sanders Ensemble, Roland Hanna and the New York Jazz Quartet, Howard Johnson, Jiggs Chase, Thad Jones and many others who loved the originality of her musical style. But it was not until Rickie journeyed to Los Angeles that she was allowed to see the that the true purpose for her gift was not for herself but for the healing of nations and even more for the joy of God.

Dr. Masaru Emoto

Dr. Masaru Emoto
Dr. Emoto has been advised by his doctors that he must take the next year off to take care of health challenges. His presence will be missed on the Ocean of Gratitude Cruise and we will continue to honor his work and contributions to the planet.

Our prayers and blessings for Dr. Emoto's complete recovery are a primary intention for the 2008 cruise.

With the blessings of Dr. Emoto, we are honored and grateful that Dr. Darren Weissman will be presenting Dr. Emoto's work on the cruise. Dr. Weissman has built upon the research of Dr. Emoto and has recently written a chapter in Dr. Emoto's new book, The Healing Power of Water. To learn more about Dr. Weissman, please read his bio below.

Dr. Darren Weissman

Dr. Darren Weissman
A native of the suburban Chicago area, Dr. Weissman earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology at the University of Kansas and his Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine at the National College of Chiropractic. He received additional intensive training in acupuncture, homeopathy and other forms of energy medicine in Sri Lanka. Dr. Weissman’s other post-graduate studies have included Applied Kinesiology, Total Body Modification (TBM), Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Neuro-Linguisitc Programming (NLP), Neuro-Modulation Technique (NMT), Chinese Energetic Medicine, Natural Healing and many other forms of energy healing.

Dr. Darren R. Weissman is the developer of The LifeLine Technique™, an advanced holistic system that harmonizes and releases the core subconscious emotional imbalances of symptoms and stress. The LifeLine Technique™ is a fusion of science and spirit. It is simple, fast, and life-changing! It expands upon the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, Dr. Candace Pert, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Paul McLean, Louise L. Hay, and many other renowned modern day scientists and spiritual leaders with ancient traditions of natural medicine. The LifeLine Technique™ builds upon thousands of years of proven natural healing practices, including acupuncture (without the needles) and Ayurvedic medicine, with modern day therapeutic modalities and philosophies to create a revolutionary treatment system that is transforming our understanding of health, healing, and the way we create our lives.

Dr. Weissman is an internationally renowned lecturer, author, and holistic practitioner. His book The Power of Infinite Love & Gratitude, An Evolutionary Journey to Awakening Your Spirit is helping people realize the infinite potential they have to live a conscious life. Dr. Weissman has been a featured radio guest on many radio programs, including the Neale Donald Walsh’s Radio Show, Hay House Radio, Empowerment Radio in Seattle, Journey Radio, Isle of Light Internet Radio, and excerpts from his book has been published in magazines throughout the United States. Dr. Weissman is a featured author in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s newly published book The Healing Power of Water. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Weissman is training other healing arts practitioners and laypersons around the world in the use of The LifeLine Technique™ and The Power of Infinite Love & Gratitude.

Beyond his healing arts work, Dr. Weissman lives a passionate life with his wife, Sarit, and their daughters, Joya Ruth and Rumi Neve.


Niurka is a compassionate speaker, and a messenger for universal peace and prosperity.  Her company Niurka Inc., nonprofit One in Mind, and Supreme Influence seminar series serve as vehicles to share her vision for creating social transformation through inner evolution. 

Her mission has propelled her across the globe to lead, coach and inspire people by offering transformational events, training and coaching curriculums that ignite an individual's quest for Self-Mastery while offering practical tools to rise above challenges and realize goals.

As a living example of the Law of Attraction in action, Niurka is a highly sought after Corporate Consultant, Peak Performance Coach, Hypnotherapist, and NLP Trainer. Her message reaches thousands through total immersion and life changing experiences such as Laws of Supreme Influence and Supreme Influence in Action. She is also the founder of One in Mind, which is both an academy and a community of people united to effect positive global transformation through self-mastery and inner evolution.

Niurka is an authentic and dynamic speaker. Her stories are vivid and inspiring, and she has a playful sense of humor. With over a decade of experience, she has shared the stage with many notable experts including John Assaraf (The Secret), Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Charles Faulkner (NLP: The New Technology of Achievement). She has addressed such distinguished audiences at Emory University, Marriott, Toyota, Wells Fargo and Solomon Smith Barney. Her events and seminars enlighten, empower, and entertain.

Committed to her own evolution, Niurka actively seeks out new opportunities to learn.  She sponsors twice-weekly meditations in her company and practices energy balancing.

During the cruise Niurka will be speaking on how to reconnect to the healing power of love through faith and transformational vocabulary. 

Christiane Schull

Christiane Schull
Christiane Schull is an inspirational speaker on prosperity consciousness, author of the book ‘What You Speak Is Seeking You’, with photography by Nicole Katano, and the creator of The Prosperity Circle™, a dynamic, experiential and interactive gathering dedicated to supporting people to elevate their consciousness, transform how they feel and have the life they love. Her weekly Prosperity Circles in Los Angeles have developed a strong and passionate following. She is also an intuitive and clairaudient prosperity coach, interviewer, and Certified breathwork practitioner and rebirther, trained in the U.S. and Canada.

She was featured on the January ‘07 cover of the National Health magazine, Journal Of Longevity. She is the host of her own internet radio show, Prosper Now on Big Media USA. She was a featured speaker at The Walk on Water Empowerment Festival (W.O.W. Fest) in January 2006, and a guest speaker for Agape’s LGBT group, in the spring and fall of 2006. She was dubbed ‘The Prosperity Queen’ by Atlanta’s Reverend Reggie Johnson and was a guest on his W.O.W. blog talk radio show in February 2007.

Christiane Schull’s message is powerfully simple: “Be Who You Are. Have What You love.” “Prosperity is a feeling…a feeling of well-being. The more you master living in the highest vibrations of love, appreciation and gratitude…the better you feel and the more you prosper.”

Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens
Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC is a modern day troubadour who introduces people all over the world to musical expression in the form of drum circles. Through her company UpBeat Drum Circles, Christine has created programs for diversity training health & wellness, corporate teambuilding, and community events. A featured speaker, Christine is equally at home in the middle of a thousand-person drum circle or on the podium addressing a group of professionals. As Director of Music Therapy and Wellness Programs at Remo Drum Company, Christine has led music and wellness seminars internationally, including Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, England, and the USA.

Marybeth Grant

Marybeth Grant
Marybeth Grant is a modern-day explorer of the spiritual and esoteric worlds. She has an instinctive capacity to see beyond the mundane particles of life and discover the precious gems buried in the human experience.

Using her exceptional listening skills and her intuitive abilities, Marybeth assists people in breaking through their barriers and make positive shifts in their lives. Her ability to motivate and inspire allows people to connect to their hearts, find the passion in their lives, explore new and expanded possibilities, open to their potential…and most of all have FUN!

Marybeth is founder and president of Grow & Associates, Inc., a training and development company and a featured speaker at the Universal Light Expo in 2005 and 2006. She is the creator of Sacred Gatherings, spiritual exploration groups in Cincinnati, OH. She is a Life Coach, a Spiritual Teacher, a Facilitator of Change, a Personal Guide, an Intuitive Healer and an Ordained Minister. She has a passion for people and a deep desire to be of service to them. Marybeth’s mission is to assist others to live their lives fully, free from fear, healing their hearts, and strengthening their Spirits!

Practitioners On Board

Linda Friedman

Linda Friedman
Linda has successfully trained hundreds of energy healers in the art of Reiki both in Hawaii and on excursions to energy vortexes throughout the world. In addition to her expertise in Reiki, Linda is also an expert in the use of a broad range of other healing modalities including, but not limited to, Reflexology, Healing Touch, and The Reconnection. She is a founding member of the Healing Arts Center at Unity Church of Hawai'i, has a Masters degree in Counseling, and has taught numerous healing arts at the Hawaii's School of Massage, Remington College, Hawai'i Wellness Institute and Kapiolani Community College. She is a past president of The Reflexology Association of Hawai'i.

Linda will be doing healing sessions on the cruise that integrate Reiki, Reflexology, and other healing arts. Her individual sessions will give the cruise participants the opportunity to experience energy healing on a personal level. The benefits of Linda's work are both physical and emotional, and will ease stress and promote meditation and relaxation during your cruise.

Linda is the CEO of Reiki Travel Group.

Eveline Marie Smith

Eveline Maria Smith
Eveline Maria is an Artist, Certified Hado Instructor, Teacher and Mentor. Her interests in art, dance and music have enabled her to merge these mediums and develop what is known today as the Soul Art Collage Workshop.

Eveline Maria will be presenting her Soul Art Collage Workshop on the cruise. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to create an effective and focused visual aid to manifest their goals, dreams and aspirations. These heart and soul’s intentions will focus on all areas of life; emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. Encompassing the flow of “GOOD HADO!”

Patti Rondolino

Patti Rondolino, MMQ
Patti began promoting holistic health and energy healing modalities in the year 2000, with a focus towards “Healing the Healer”.   A Shamanic Practitioner, Patti works with the electromagnetic energy of the body in order to correct bio-energetic imbalances and blockages on the physical, emotional and spiritual level. These corrections enable the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous and immune systems.  Pain may be relieved, hormones regulated and deep-seated emotions and stress released. 

Ascended to Mayan Shaman, Patti is able to combine Soul Journey work in her healing sessions.  She holds a Master certification in Usui, Mayan and Karuna Reiki, and a Master certification in Medical Qigong, certified by the International Institute of Medical Qigong  Overseas College of Medical Qigong, Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine certified in the US and China. 

Patti will be available for private sessions on the cruise.  For more information contact  prondolino@aol.com

Carol Goddard

Carol Goddard
Carol’s path has taken her on a journey through the most raw and profound of experiences – birth and death – and the intense feelings that surround them. When we communicate with our hearts open, we dance to the Rhythm of Life itself. Our heart beats in time with the universal pulse.

People began to seek Carol out for her ability to ‘hold a mirror’ up to their lives in a non-judgemental way, and gently assist them in finding their own peace and truth. Truly experiencing and expressing Gratitude opens portals of Ease and Grace that flow as pure nectar that feeds our soul.

Carol is available to you on the cruise for private sessions, she will be a mirror for you to reflect on deeper aspects of who you are, Carol creates a safe space for you to open your heart and explore in gratitude the magnificence of who you are.


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