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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 is a multi-dimensional artist: singer, composer, performer, arranger, and founding director of the 160-voice multicultural Agape International Choir. She is an intuitive channel of healing music whose compositions give rise to a profound experience that opens the heart, touches the soul, and lifts the spirit. She is acclaimed as a pioneer in alternative spiritual music and has been recognized with an honorary doctorate degree in music from the United Church of Religious Science.

Rickie’s sound crosses all musical boundaries: gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, and world beat. She grew up in the Charlotte, North Carolina and studied music at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. She then moved to New York, where she was lead singer for The Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Roland Hanna, and the New York Jazz Quartet, among other groups.

In 1983, she moved to Los Angeles. She found a spiritual home at the Agape International Spiritual Center, founded by Michael Bernard Beckwith, and soon formed a choir that eventually developed to today's 160-voice Agape International Choir, of which she is music director. Rickie and her husband, Michael Bernard Beckwith, have written lyrics and music performed by the Agape International Choir in concert venues worldwide.

Rickie’s newest release Supreme Inspiration is now available!


Dr. Sue Morter
Dr. Sue Morter has been speaking, teaching and training for the past 20 years both nationwide and abroad on the concepts of user-friendly Quantum Physics, Bio-Energetics, and their application to evolving Human Consciousness. She illuminates how old belief systems that were established early on in our lives often contribute to habits and dynamics that interfere with our lives today. By understanding the relationship between human energy fields, our conscious thoughts, and our subconscious memory, audiences begin to see how change is a natural flow and a Universal Law. She shows us how we self-sabotage but more importantly, how we can end this cycle and become again, who we really are.

Dr. Sue also shares concepts of removing interference in the nervous system through a technique developed by her father, Dr M. T. Morter, Jr. called Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.). Living the very ideas she speaks of, she has never taken a prescription medication for an ailment of any kind and loves sharing the revitalizing viewpoint that we are whole and complete as we are and need only to learn how to utilize the innate and natural abilities to heal and to manifest our lives as we desire. As part of her mission to spread this message of conscious healing, she founded and heads Morter HealthCenter, a multi-doctor wellness center and chiropractic clinic in Carmel, Indiana, since 1986.

Called “today’s messenger with tomorrow’s message” Dr. Sue is known for her high impact energy, coupled with extraordinarily deep, guided meditations which end with an unforgettable, movement oriented and tribal type integrative finale. Big fun for big transformation.

Dr. Sue can also be seen in the recently released film entitled The Opus which features many of the same individuals who appeared in The Secret as they discuss how some of history’s greatest masterpieces were created and how you too can tap into that same creative flow.

And yes, she loves what she does!

Rickie Byars Beckwith

Tama Kieves
Tama J. Kieves, an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, left her law practice with a large corporate law firm to write and to embolden others to live and breathe their most meaningful self-expression. She is the best-selling author of THIS TIME I DANCE! Creating the Work You Love/How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All (©2003 Tarcher/Penguin) which was chosen as a Finalist for the national Nautilus Book Award, along with the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness.

Kieves is a sought-after speaker and leading career and book coach, who has helped thousands worldwide to launch the life, calling, and business of their dreams. Her dynamic work has been featured on T.V., radio, and in national publications, such as Forbes. Her lectures receive standing ovations and she presents at Canyon Ranch, the six star spa, and is on the faculty of the world-renowned Omega Institute. She is known for her dynamic humor, electrifying presence, “realness,” compassion, and the big possibilities she brings to every room. She offers keynotes, workshops and retreats internationally.

She is currently the founder and president of Awakening Artistry, an organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting a global family of creative souls, visionary minds, daredevil entrepreneurs, and empowered leaders.

Charlie Stuart Gay
Charlie Gay is the visionary and founder of Humanity Unites Brilliance, a movement of social entrepreneurs supporting each other to be the best they can be and impacting change into our world. He is also the author of "HEAR".

Charlie has operated as a senior executive in both private and public companies across the world. He has built and operated companies across the Globe. In his twenties he served as a concert promoter and event producer with such clients as Pink Floyd, Pavarotti, Phil Collins and Fleetwood Mac, as well as the UK government of Margaret Thatcher. He was sponsored to the US by CHER managing music and commercial activities and helped produce Cher's beauty product informercials which transformed the industry and led Charlie to produce a series of successful direct marketing programs. Moving into film funding and distribution, he co-founded Promenade Pictures with Frank Yablans, former head of both Paramount Pictures and MGM.

His Humanitarian activities sees Charlie as the former executive director of The Mineseeker Foundation & Sole of Africa Campaign with the mission to eliminate land mines throughout Africa and empower its peoples.

Charlie's extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas, coupled with his unparalleled passion and heart for todays neccessary global change at helps position HUB as the leader in providing a new model for business and humanitarian living.

Rev. Temple Hayes

Rev. Temple Hayes
Temple Hayes is an ordained Unity minister and international motivational speaker. She is currently the CEO of First Unity Church and Wings Bookstore in St.Petersburg,Florida, a New Thought campus center that transcends religious denominations, embraces all ethnicities, and reaches beyond national borders. As both a minister and speaker, Rev. Hayes focuses on the possibilities and power generated by positive thought and the joy and inspiration generated by spiritual spontaneity.

Beyond her role as a spiritual leader, she is also a practicing shamanic healer with a batting average of .616 who was selected as an All American Softball player in 1979. In addition, Temple Hayes was elected to Outstanding Young Women of America in 1988; to the International Who's Who of American Professionals in 1997; to the American Biographical Institute for Great Women of the 21st Century for 2006; and to the National Association of Professional Women in 2008. She has also been honored with the Footprints Award by the National Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority for outstanding community service and selected as the Moxy Woman for November 2007 by Women Taking Care of Business, a national comprehensive online magazine for woman, recognizing those women who demonstrate courage and/or bravery to go for their dreams.

Temple Hayes is also the author of THE RIGHT TO BE YOU...the little book that could, which has become increasingly popular throughout the country. She founded the LIFERIGHTS (tm) movement whose mission is to expand the knowing to all around the globe that all life is connected. With that knowing, allowing all life to live in freedom and peace is a natural extension of ourselves. LIFERIGHTS is a Peace Through People initiative and all net proceeds from THE RIGHT TO BE YOU go back to the communities and projects that promote life and unconditional love.

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 presentation skills, Marybeth assists people in breaking through their barriers and making positive shifts in their lives. She motivates and inspires 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 was a featured speaker at the Universal Light Expo (Columbus, Ohio) in 2005 and 2006 and a presenter on the 2007, 2008 and the 2009 sailing of the Ocean of Gratitude Cruise (www.oceanofgratitudecruise.com). She is the creator of Sacred Gatherings, spiritual exploration groups in Cincinnati, OH. and A Course in Gratitude, a 6 month teleseminar. Marybeth is founder and president of Grow & Associates, Inc., a training and development company.

As a Life Coach, a Spiritual Teacher, an Intuitive Healer and an Ordained Minister, Marybeth has a passion for people and a deep desire to be of service to them. Her mission is to assist others to live their lives fully, free from fear, healing their hearts, and strengthening their Spirits.

Eveline Maria Smith

Eveline Maria Smith
Eveline Maria Smith 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. Participants will have an opportunity to create an effective, focused visual aid that embraces positive intentions in all areas of life; emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. Connecting with these heart and soul’s intentions daily enables participants to manifest their goals, dreams and aspirations. Encompassing the flow of “GOOD HADO!”

Susan Winter Ward

Susan Winter Ward
Susan Winter Ward is an internationally recognized certified yoga instructor, author, and award-winning video producer. She is the creator of Yoga for the Young at Heart™, a leading publisher of yoga exercise video for boomers, seniors and beginners of all ages.

Susan’s joy is to bring yoga to those who wouldn’t otherwise think they could do it. “If you’re breathing, you can do yoga,” says Susan. Susan is committed to making yoga adaptable to all levels of ability so that “every body” can enjoy the benefits of a yoga practice. She is an inspiration to the young and the not-as-young. Yoga for the Young at Heart videos are used in elementary schools and corporate wellness programs, as well as by boomers and seniors who respond to her insistence that "yoga shouldn't hurt. It should feel like a good morning stretch!"

Teaching both seniors and younger beginners, Susan has developed a gentle, encouraging and inspirational teaching style. The integral foundations for Susan's teaching are the grace and strength of the vinyasa-style White Lotus Flow Series and the powerful influence of John Friend's heart-centered Anusara Yoga, Anusara Yoga's principles of alignment and the concept of honoring the body's innate intelligence. Listening deeply within, respecting the body’s limits and moving through a yoga practice with sensitivity and self-caring are the basis of Susan’s approach.

Jill Daniel
Jill Daniel is the Founder of The Gratitude Groove: A 40 Day Empowerment Program for Women Friends. A journalist specializing in women’s interests and wellness for the last 16 years, she has written articles for Health, Psychology Today, Fitness, American Way, and numerous other publications.

Jill confesses to learning about gratitude the hard way, by being a “Goddess of Ingratitude” for much of her life in relationship to her husband, a reason for her 13-year marriage ending in 2004. Divorce, debt, and then dealing with single motherhood brought her to what she terms reconstructive gratitude. “Reconstructive gratitude occurs when something falls apart in your life and your existence needs to literally be reconstructed from the broken pieces.

We can have deep insights and healing around this type of gratitude. Viewed through a ‘How can I grow and remain positive through this experience and help myself and others?’ framework, reconstructive gratitude is a powerful force in propelling us to reach out, connect, and give of ourselves to the world.” If she had not experienced her divorce and subsequent tumultuous events, Jill suspects she’d still be solidly me-focused rather than we-focused. “Anytime our hearts and minds have been broken wide open through circumstances that have motivated us to count our blessings in the face of challenges, we desire to ease suffering in others who are going through similar experiences,” explains Jill.

In the Gratitude Groove program, Jill, and her professional partner, psychotherapist Mary Kay Cocharo, have coached women friends from around the world in unconditional gratitude consciousness and growth, creating more peace and joy in women’s daily lives and deeper connection in female friendship.

Mary Kay Cocharo
Mary Kay Cocharo has been a licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Imago Relationship Counselor for 23 years. In her office in Santa Monica, California, Mary Kay has developed an appreciation for how conscious gratitude and appreciation contribute to emotional and spiritual well-being.

Last year, Mary Kay participated in The 40-Day Gratitude Groove with one of her girlfriends. Day One of the program coincided with her husband being diagnosed with Cancer. Mary Kay recalls, “It was almost as if the Universe was saying, ‘Oh yeah, let’s see if you can find some gratitude in this!?

Although certainly a challenging time, Mary Kay did find many things for which to be grateful. “I was grateful that my husband was alive. I was grateful that we lived in a big city and had access to the best doctors and treatments that the medical community had to offer. I was grateful for the love and support of friends and family. I was grateful to my children who allowed their needs to go temporarily on the back burner. I was especially grateful to my husband for keeping intact his faith, pleasant disposition, and appreciation for life. I was grateful for the discipline of gratitude. Without it, I may have been lured into a “why me?” victim mentality, hopelessness or depression.”

Today, Mary Kay’s husband is doing well and the whole family has learned the power of maintaining the right frame of mind.

Gary Hendrickson

Gary Hendrickson
Gary Hendrickson, Assoc. AIA, is a nationally known feng shui educator, author, lecturer, designer, consultant and real estate investor. He has practiced and studied with numerous internationally known masters for 32 years. Along with his architectural and interior design background, his integration of multiple techniques of feng shui makes him one of the country's most innovative consultants. He has designed entire developments with feng shui inserted into the overall layout.

Gary began his spiritual awakening in 1971, and now knows that fun, gratitude and joy are integral parts of life's blessings, including teaching and learning feng shui!

Gary is a Founding Council Member of the International Feng Shui Guild, founder and President of Feng Shui Design International, and author of Feng Shui Full Circle.

Gary will be available for mini feng shui readings and will also host a Conversation Circle about feng shui on the cruise.

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.

Rosemary Hurwitz

Rosemary Hurwitz
Rosemary Hurwitz has a B.A. in Communications from Marquette University and Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago.

She has over twenty years experience in Career Consulting and in leading Retreats for Discovery, a program for engaged couples patterned after Marriage Encounter. She has spent eight years studying the Enneagram, and received her practitioner certification in 2001.

Committed to self-awareness and spiritual growth, her workshops and individual spiritual direction sessions focus on teaching the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a profound “map” for understanding the nine universal personality types. It assists in connecting our personality to our soul work. It is a practical tool for deepening self-awareness, developing compassion, and strengthening your connection to your spirit.

Rosemary will be offering private Enneagram sessions on the cruise.

Peggy Black

Peggy Black
Peggy Black is a Sacred Sound Salutarist, Spiritual Synergist, Multidimensional Channel, Transducer, Scribe, world traveler, lecturer, with over thirty-five years experience in the healing field. Featured internationally on television, radio and in print media. Peggy co-created the International Sound Symposium 2002. Founded and continues to create global Sound Pods. Arabia, England, Ireland, Egypt, Japan and St. Lucia are a few of the sacred sites she has offered ceremonies of transformation.

Peggy has presented at the New England Sound Healing Institute 2004/2005. World Sound Healing Conference 2007, Global Sound Conference 2008, Counseling Resource Fair for the Los Angeles School District, 2008. The daily forum for eight years at Tom Kenyon’s Sound Healer’s Training. Ceremonialist for the Ocean of Gratitude cruise 2007. Awarded Dove pro-age “Fabulous over Sixty” People magazine 2007.

Peggy's life-long commitment to metaphysics has empowered her gifts as a clairsentient, clairvoyant and clairaudient intuitive. She weaves her multidimensional abilities, skills and expertise assisting others to live an empowered, rich and abundant life.

Peggy receives transmissions she calls “Morning Messages” from her “team.” These free messages invite you to honor your multidimensional Self. Over 5,000 global subscribers. She is available for private channeled transmissions while on the cruise.

Liz Alpert

Liz Alpert
Liz Alpert is dedicated to the evolution of consciousness on the planet - one person at a time. Since 2008 she has spent several months in Brazil working with the Master healer known as John of God.An Ordained Minister of the Universal Brotherhood Movement, Liz has studied, practiced and taught Reiki, Magnified Healing, The Reconnection and Reconnective Healing, and most recently Quantum Entrainment or QE.

For the past 6 years she has travelled extensively with Dr. Eric Pearl and The Reconnection Team. She was among the first Teaching Assistants with Eric Pearl to bring The Reconnection overseas. She currently travels with the Reconnection Jewelry line she created along with other hand-crafted gemstone jewelry for the seminar attendees.

Practicing healing and designing jewelry from Miami, Liz travels often to Sedona and Brazil as well as other international locations.

On the Gratitude Cruise, Liz will be offering The Reconnection, Reconnective Healing and QE. She will have aboard her new Love + Gratitude Medallions along with other select pieces from her collections.

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