Connie has shared her love of nature, passion for peace, and understanding of the human need to interact with Sacred Space through innovative teaching techniques. She has a Master’s degree in education and is a retired elementary school teacher living in Bucks County PA. Connie has founded Your Nature Connection Seminars,Common Ground Labyrinths, and co-founded Sacred Steps, Sacred Self Journeys. She has designed and built numerous labyrinths both within the U.S. and abroad. Her original Common Ground Labyrinth pattern was entered in the World Trade Center Memorial Competition and her Playground Peace Labyrinths aid school children around the country in solving conflicts.
Connie’s workshops focus on personal and planetary healing including themes of Healthy Living through Meditative Practices as well as Awakening Connection to Nature, Ancestors, and Spirituality. Whether facilitating a labyrinth walk; teaching yoga; providing a retreat in nature; or leading a tour, her programs are full of experiential activities and inspiring content. In all of Connie’s endeavors, her friendliness, compassion, enthusiasm, organizational abilities, and knowledge are evident.
Connie brings to our Sacred Journey several years of experience co-leading Pilgrimages to spiritual sites in Europe. With her friend and business partner, Mary Teti, Sacred Steps Journeys has visited stone circles, Goddess Temples, Holy Wells, churches and cathedrals in Glastonbury England, Wales, and Ireland. She is excited about teaming up with friend, Mary Moskoff, for another memorable adventure.
Mary Christine Teti LMT, BFRP, RM
In 1987, Mary began walking the path of personal awareness, healing and empowerment when she discovered Bach® Flower Essences. As a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner, she is versed in the application of these remedies to guide others to those Bach Essences most appropriate for their needs.
In 1989, she became a Certified Massage Therapist through the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy. Over the years her skills have been broadened with training in Aromatherapy and Hot Stone Massage and other modalities.
Mary has been a teacher of Reiki since 1992, guiding others in the many uses of this healing art, including for companion animals. While in Glastonbury, England to receive Master training in Karuna Reiki® from William Rand (who developed this branch of Reiki), she heard about Kwan Yin and Magnified Healing®!
She has a deep love for animals and is currently pursuing certification in canine massage. Mary’s previous careers in acting and as a guide for the National Park Service at Independence Hall have served her well in her role as a tour guide to European sacred sites with her business partner, Connie Fenty. For ten years they have led their “Pilgrims” to ancient stone circles, passage tombs, cathedrals, and other sacred landscapes. Their tours have been called “life changing.”
Valerie Brown, J.D., M.A., ACC
Valerie has practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Tiep Hien Order by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. As a pilgrimage leader, she has led and organized pilgrimages worldwide, including India, the USA and Europe.
She has completed several worldwide pilgrimages including El Camino de Santiago in Spain, theKumbh Mela in India, and the 88 Temples Shikoku in Japan. She shares her vision onmindfulness, transformation, and sacred travel in her first book, The Road that Teaches -Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media 2012).
She is a consultant, leadership coach, retreat and pilgrimage leader and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training for educators and others. Valerie works with non-profits seeking societal transformation and conflict resolution.
She blends career paths to bridge disciplines, focusing on mindfulness and leadership. Valerie is passionate about powerful transformation through mindful awareness, and designs and creates environments that promote greater trust, authenticity and integrity among people.
Valerie has completed several national level trainings that support her study, practice and teaching of mindfulness. These include the Center for Courage & Renewal with educator Parker J. Palmer, the Center for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, completing the Practicum in 2007, and the Teacher Development Intensive in 2013. Understanding the body-mind connection, Valerie is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, completed in 2000, with more than 500 hours of training.
For more on Valerie’s publications and trainings or to reach her, visit her website: www.leadsmartcoaching.com.
Mary Moskoff Ph.D, LCSW, DMiN
Mary has a Ph.D in Educational Policy and Analysis and Master’s degrees in Social Work and Child and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin. She also holds the degree of Doctor of Ministry with a focus in Labyrinthian Mysteries. Mary has a full time psychotherapy practice in Madison Wisconsin and is also a certified tea specialist. Her training as a labyrinth facilitator was through Veriditas, an international labyrinth project.
Based on the knowledge of the relationship of health, well-being and our environment she has obtained through other extensive trainings, she uses the labyrinth pattern to help individuals to return to wholeness and reclaim joy as a spiritual gift. With her background in education, mediation, and psychotherapy, Mary has led a variety of workshops and retreats.
Mary first traveled to Paris in 1970 and returns often for the art, food, and tearooms but mostly for the deep mystical mystery of the feminine facets of Paris. She has journeyed to the Caves of Dordogne several times with indigenous leaders. While there, she spent time in the ancient sites of Paleolithic people and returned with the gift of understanding our deeper connection to our ancestors and their message to us to connect again with Mother Earth.
Mary has gained extensive knowledge of the history, symbols, and geometry of Chartres Cathedral through several pilgrimages to the sacred site starting in 1999. She will guide us in the medieval village of Chartres as well. Mary is enthusiastic about planning with Connie for the pilgrimage to France.