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Rev. Abigail Schairer | Retreats 2015 – Current

Associate Minister,  Center for Spiritual Living, Seattle, WA | As a vibrant minister, dynamic speaker, and compassionate spiritual counselor, Rev. Abigail Schairer is inciting a global Love-olution by awakening people to their spiritual magnificence and radiant essence.

Her spiritual journey began at the age of 21 after walking into Center for Spiritual Living San Jose, where she instantly found her “tribe”.  Diving passionately into spiritual studies, she became a licensed Religious Science Practitioner in 2005 and later in 2011 graduated from the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies with her master’s degree and ministerial license.  In 2012, Rev. Abigail founded Center for Spiritual Living Peninsula, where she lovingly guides a growing congregation to embrace their own Divine potential.

Inspired by the awesome collective potential of women in this world, she birthed SisterSpirit Women’s Retreat in 2008.  She continues to facilitate this annual retreat, empowering women to live fully in their authenticity, allowing their love, creativity, and spirituality to heal themselves and the world.

In 2015, Rev. Abigail also created a remarkable experience designed for spiritual adults ages 18–35, the NextGEN Retreat, as an investment in the future leaders of the world. This retreat educates participants about social justice, engaging in healthy relationships, leadership skills, and emboldens them to create a sustainable future of prosperity, service, and love for all. In 2017 Centers for Spiritual Living recognized her powerful and impactful work with the emerging leaders in the organization by bestowing her with the global Youth Champion award.

Rev. Abigail draws inspiration from the great spiritual masters of all religions and seamlessly marries it with practical guidance in her speaking and teaching. With a spirit as fun as her hair, love is at the core of all she expresses.  She believes we are all a part of the human race, here to help create the life God intended us to have – one of absolute joy, complete abundance, and freedom.

Abigail resides in Washington with her wife, Geena, their two cats, a stuffed “Dino-Kitty,” and an assortment of spiritual books that threatens to take over their house. When she’s not changing the world, she loves to cook healthy food, illustrate books, doodle, dance, watch plays, hike, and travel the world.

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Kristen Ashley Moore, RScP | Retreats 2015 – Current

Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living, Napa, CA | Spirituality and learning have been an integral part of my life since early childhood and for the last 12 years it has been my primary focus.  I love being a Religious Science Practitioner and I am studying at the Holmes Institute to become a Minister. In addition to my work in CSL, I am also a Certified Tantrica, Oneness Blessing Giver, Social Justice Activist, and I am working to become a Wiccan Practitioner.  I love studying teachings and paths that allow all beings to live in harmony and balance within themselves, one another, and the Earth. I believe that all people deserve freedom, love, respect, equality, safety, and happiness, and I strive to live by these values in all that I do.  I have an innate gift to hold space and support people in their process and experience while still seeing their Divinity, and I use this ability to guide others in their growth through workshops, 1:1 sessions, speaking, retreats, and more. All of my life experiences (both “positive” and “negative”) have provided a depth and richness to the Faith and Oneness that I have had since childhood.  I live with my partner, Jennifer, our 3 cats (Mike Mike, Brianna, and Thomas), dog (Apollo), and hamster (Spencer) in Napa, CA.

Audra Nichole, RScP | Retreats 2017 – Current

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, Encinitas, CA | Audra Nichole was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in beautiful Northern California. She first moved to Southern California for college. She quickly fell in love with San Diego and “So Cal Living” and currently resides in San Diego.

Audra is a Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer. She is also a  Licensed Religious Science Certified Practitioner (RScP). She was a committee member and presenter at The 2016 Poway Interfaith Team, 6th Annual Spring Symposium & Youth Conference. She was the founder and host of Sunday Night LIVE at Seaside CSL a monthly service specifically designed for us! Audra has been a long time student of New Thought.

When she is not studying, facilitating workshops, serving private clients, leading her ministry or helping a fellow entrepreneur as a business consultant, you can usually find her on the ranch with her horse, Orion. With over 13 years of business consulting experience across a variety of industries from, Heath, Beauty and Wellness to Television Commercials, Real Estate, Finance and Philanthropy, Apparel and Basketball, Audra brings the organizational and operations experience to help us efficiently move as a team to create the best possible retreat for each of you!

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D. Ann Williams | Retreat 2019

Center for Spiritual Living, Eugene, OR | D. Ann was born and raised in Southern California and thought she’d spend most of her life there. However, in 2012 she started her spiritual journey and it opened her to listening to her intuition. A 10-day silent meditation retreat and a few services as Agape International Spiritual Center showed her there was something more to life. After a phone call with her sister, a feeling that she was supposed to move to Oregon, she walked into work the next day and told them she was moving.

After a few years of working on her life, she realized that she needed a spiritual community. In 2016 she joined the Center for Spiritual Living, Eugene. Once the minister started talking, D. Ann knew that this was the path. She was supposed to be a minister. Since then, D. Ann has attended, volunteered, and taken classes at the Center. Currently she is the Youth Ministry Director and a Practitioner I student. After attending the 2018 NextGen Retreat and undergoing a radical transformation, she’s excited to support the 2019 team.

When she’s not growing and expanding spiritually, she is working and volunteering in her community with children or the LGBTQ+ community. She co-owns a Montessori preschool with her sister and is the Marketing Chair on the Board of Directors for Soromundi Lesbian Chorus of Eugene, the Vendor Coordinator for Pride Eugene, and a site coordinator for the SMART Reading Program. In her spare time, she sings, runs, writes books, and travels.

Tony Richardson | Retreat 2019

Riverside Center for Spiritual Living, Riverside, CA | Tony Richardson was born and raised in California. He grew up living the church lifestyle whether his grandfather was officiating a wedding, his grandmother was playing the piano or organ, or his father was leading congregational music. At a young age, he knew his purpose in life was to be a minister. At the age of 11, he taught his first Sunday School class. This led to him speaking at youth rallies to up-to 600 teens starting at 13 years old. Additionally, he was a natural performer and sang with his family and in choirs, performed in theater, and plays multiple instruments.

Tony spent most of his life not only in churches, but as performer and speaker. He says that he has had many characters in my head my entire life. As I grew up, I held onto these characters. As a musical theater performer, they could sing, act, and dance. As a dramatic theater performer, they could show anger, confusion, and even cry. As a voice actor, they have become experts at promoting products and communicating to all audiences.

His experiences led him to be an AmeriCorps Ambassador where he developed spontaneous volunteer plans along with developing youth programs in Fresno, CA. This service lead him to work in disaster relief for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2005 and even sent him to Banda Aceh, Indonesia where he provided humanitarian aid as a part of relief efforts to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. He furthered his career by working for organizations such as the American Red Cross and United Way.

Tony is now a motivational speaker and voice actor where his passions live. He currently is Director of Operations for United Way of the Inland Valleys and leads a production and theater ministry at the Center he attends. Additionally, he is on his Center’s finance committee and does “other duties as assigned.” With a calling for ministry, Tony is ready to enter Practitioner studies and then continue his work in consciousness to become a minister in divine time.

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Jovi Castillo | Retreat 2019

Center for Spiritual Living Simi Valley, CA | Jovi Castillo was born at Manila, Philippines before moving to the United States. Having spent a part of his childhood at a different country the culture shock was a defining moment to him to this day. Feeling like the best of multiple worlds he developed a spirit of adventure. Jovi loves to explore the unknown and at this particular part of his life, that unknown is within the community of Center of Spiritual Living, New Thought, and Next Generation. Though it may be a little unnerving, Jovi strives to bring joy and happiness to whatever he does and hopes to bring some fun and wonder.

At his spare time, Jovi enjoys to draw, read, and hike, when he is working, Jovi works for Fox and CBS Sports running Utility Cable for Football and Golf Games. As well as catering and craft service for the television industry.

Rev. Doug LeBow | Retreats 2019

Senior Minister/Spiritual Director, High-Desert Center for Spiritual Living, Apple Valley, CA Rev. Doug LeBow is the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director of the Hi-Desert Center for Spiritual Living in Apple Valley CA – and is also an Emmy™ award – winning producer of music and video, composer, arranger, music supervisor, music engraver, and recording artist, with over 250 feature film, TV movie, television series, and publishing credits.

Rev. Doug currently serves on the board of directors of the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation, and recently also served as the Music Team Director at the 2015 and 2016 Spiritual Living Conventions in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

From 2003 – 2013, Doug served as the founding music director, and later as Assistant Minister at The NoHo Arts Center For New Thought (now The Global Truth Center) in North Hollywood, CA.

Since 2008, Doug has been under contract to Disney Publishing Worldwide, as a producer, composer, songwriter, and recording artist. He has written, produced, and recorded, more than 80 songs for Disney’s “Disney English” division, and has produced, mixed, and mastered more than 100 CDs, used in the “Disney Learning” programs.

For more than twenty years, Doug has specialized in music for children and families, and is currently writing, producing, and recording for Disney Junior’s Nursery Rhymes YouTube Channel and Disney Cable Channels Worldwide.

Doug also previously served a five-year, 635 episode stint as the Music Director on GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC-TV’s longest running daytime drama.

A graduate of The Grove School of Music, Doug resides in sunny (and HOT!) Santa Clarita, CA with his wife, Rev. Sharon Earle, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and sons Jesse and Tyler, both lifelong Religious Scientists.

Rev. Doug considers his greatest blessing to be the Universe’s continual support of his creative expression; allowing him to support his family while feeding his Spirit!

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Past Team Members

Elisha Christopher Hayden-Berrios, RScP | Retreats 2017 – 2018

Elisha Christopher Hayden-Berrios is a Religious Science Practitioner and a recent graduate of the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies. He served as Spiritual Director to The Launching Pad, young-adult intentional communities in UT, CA, and OR.
As a professional Social Artist who combines storytelling, public speaking, self-development training, and group facilitation. He is a Master Trainer and Trainer of Trainers in Social Artistry and has developed training curriculum for the Jean Houston Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Initiative.
 
Elisha’s greatest desire is “to be in service to Life and aide in the conscious evolution of humanity.” He is currently traveling and sharing his message at centers of worship, conferences, and music and culture festivals across the nation. Look for a number of retreats next year produced by Eli and the team!
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Guest Musician

Amy Steinberg | Retreats 2017 + 2018

Music Director, Universal Spirit Center, San Diego, CA “Singular” is the word that best describes Amy Steinberg. Uplifting, enlightening and hilarious with a voice that can burn the house down, Amy Steinberg is singer, songwriter and storyteller like none other. The main thrust of her work comes from marrying the sacred and profane, fusing the dreamlike nature of Spirit with the rooted realness of sexuality and humor.

She plays the piano and guitar with her own swingy rhythmic bounce, injecting shades of jazz, rock, hip hop, and poetry, all with a theatrical flair. Deeply soulful, she sings of self-love, open-mindedness, and the holiness of everything.

Amy has been Music Director at the Boca Center for Spiritual Living, the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte, and is currently the Featured Musician at the Spiritual Light Center of Charlotte. Recently, her original musical, Breaking the Moon, was featured at the New York Musical Festival.

Deeply involved with the New Thought and Positive Music world, she plays at conferences, churches, venues and festivals all over the country. Amy’s song “Burning into the High” won the Personal Transformation category of the 2016 Posi Awards. In 2017, her song, “One with Everything,” was also nominated, and she has been touring the country in support of her 10th independent release, “Broken Open” which is receiving rave reviews.

Rev. Masando Mike Hiraoka | Retreat 2018

Rev. Masando Mike Hiraoka received his BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado -Boulder in 2004, was introduced to his Buddhist meditation practice in his travels to India through Naropa University’s Buddhist Studies program in 2003, and received a Masters in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute in 2016. He has a monthly column, “The Art of Being Human” in the Science of Mind Magazine and is a member of CSL’s Diversity Commission, whose charge is to foster a greater culture Diversity & Inclusion within Centers for Spiritual Living.

Masando’s greatest passions include inter-faith and social justice ministry, finding that place where socially engaged participation and action can meet spiritual growth and the creation of greater communities of kinship and belonging.

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Jason Muraira | Retreat 2018

New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, Lake Oswego, OR In 2007, at age 23, Jason left his home town of Olympia, WA on a journey of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. He has since lived in Southern California, Colorado, and Oregon. Studying creative writing and literature in college, Jason nurtured his love for creativity and self-expression. He has extensive experience in the business world where he works as a corporate buyer, creative problem solver, and advocate of win-win business solutions. In his spare time, Jason enjoys playing guitar, hiking, reading, and writing. Overcoming an abusive childhood, early drug addiction, gang affiliation, and depression, Jason has developed a passion for personal growth and connection with Spirit. He seeks to serve humanity by unfolding his gifts and helping others do the same. Jason currently leads the Young Adult Group at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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Jeffon Seely | Retreat 2017

Spiritual Living Center, Atlanta, GA Raised at the base of the snow capped Wasatch Mountains in Holladay, Utah, Jeffon Seely is a speaker, entrepreneur, community leader, author and family man currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Standing upon Mahatma Gandhi’s message of “being the change he wishes to see” Jeffon is committed to shining a light of hope, peace and power into every environment he enters. On a mission to empower One Million Minds, Jeffon has spoke with students in Seattle, entrepreneurs throughout California, spiritual communities in across the southeast and held workshops as far away as Roatan, Honduras.

Troy Marjenhoff, RScP | Retreats 2015-2017

Launching Pad I love creating space for people to unwind, relax, and hear the truth of themselves. Crafting retreats is one of my passions! I love helping people to feel more at ease, aligned, in harmony, and inspired. I graduated from the University of Florida with my BA in Religion. There, through work with Shands Hospital’s Arts in Medicine’ program, I fell in love with ‘Spirituality in Healthcare,’ and in the power of creativity and the arts in the healing process. I’m now a yoga teacher and a licensed CSL Practitioner at the Launching Pad. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I am especially fond of dance (free style, and West African in particular), soul friends, and breakfast.

Kristine Anderson | Retreat 2015

Launching Pad, Berkley, CA Kristine is a third generation metaphysician.  She first discovered Religious Science at Inner Light Ministries Santa Cruz.  She fell in love with the CSL community, and it has been her joy to be a teen advisor for many years.  Kristine has served CSL in many different capacities, and is excited to help rebirth the new version of the Young Adult Retreat. What appeals to her most about this philosophy is the incredible people she has met in this movement, and how they have used these principles to transform their lives and the world.  Kristine currently lives in the Bay Area, and is finishing Prac 2 at Launching Pad Berkeley.  She loves having deep conversations about what people feel called to do in this world, and she loves supporting and encouraging people to use these principles to follow their hearts and live their dreams.   Kristine is a bona-fide beach girl and loves to recharge by traveling and visiting great friends (many of whom she’s met at CSL camps over the years).

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley | Retreat 2015

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley became a Practitioner in 2007 and a licensed minister in 2012.  She answered the call to ministry as the senior minister in Vallejo in 2013, prior to founding the Center for Spiritual Living Benicia later that year. She believes that through the use of a daily dedicated spiritual practice, transformation can take place in ease and grace with little or no resistance in the external world; and loves to assist others in bridging the gap between who you were, who you are, and who you are becoming.  The spiritual awakening process! She is a compelling, and charismatic speaker and teacher known and loved for her practical, down-to-earth approach to spirituality. You may find out on one Sunday she is joyfully pursuing the path of patience following a recent 20 minute wait in line at Peet’s coffee, and the next week you’ll hear about her facing her fears in a flying trapeze class. She enjoys traveling, especially to India, silent meditation retreats and other high spiritual practices; is very passionate about outdoor sports like water skiing, snow skiing, cycling, mountain biking and has also been known to enjoy extreme sports such as the flying trapeze and sky diving. Rev. Elizabeth has left a mark of joy and service in each position she has occupied on her journey from the Corporate world to Ministry. Elizabeth is a visionary, charismatic leader; creative, passionate, genuine, authentic and above all, a people person. She lives her ministry and walks the talk. Ministry is the fulfillment of her lifelong dream. She’s thrilled about spending time with the Next Generation of Spiritual Adults and co-creating the space for growth and expansion as we all continue to step further into the Truth of who we are while making an impact in our own lives, those around us, our communities, and the world.

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