Monday, January 1, 2018

Save the Date: SESC 2018

Southeastern Spiritual Conference 2018
Hearts Open, Blessings Flow

Wednesday, June 6 - Sunday, June 10, 2018
Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina


Gathering in spiritual community is an empowering and deeply healing experience. The Southeastern Spiritual Conference is a place where you can learn, grow, heal, and celebrate in the company of other wonderful folks. Whether you are new to spiritual exploration or are a long-time light worker, you will return home from this conference refreshed, inspired, and renewed!

Scroll down to meet the presenters who will be at the June 2018 conference. Click on the "page" tabs above for more information about conference events. Click here when you are ready to register.

Triad-area people who would like to register on campus from June 6-10 should come to the Multipurpose Room in the Community Center behind South Apartments. That is where the SESC Info Desk, the Art Center, and the Evening Programs will be.
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We look forward to seeing you in June!

Gloria Karpinski


Gloria will offer a three-day workshop at SESC 2018 (her topic is Seasons and Cycles: Changing the Aging Paradigm) and will also speak at one of our Evening Programs about Synthesis: The Next Step.  Her books and meditation CDs will be available for purchase in the SESC Art Center.


Gloria D. Karpinski is a holistic counselor, spiritual director, teacher, and author. Her seminars as well as her individual in-depth life attunements emphasize the relevancy of universal spiritual principles to everyday life and the interdynamics of mind, body, emotions, and spirit.

Gloria has presented workshops, intensives, and keynote lectures in seven foreign countries (Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland, Scotland, Iceland, Bali, Greece) and in 16 states in North America as well as in over 50 cities. She has conducted seminars and given lectures for such diverse groups as psychotherapists, actors and doctors, in venues ranging from large conferences to colleges, churches, hospitals and specialized groups.

She is the author of two books: Where Two Worlds Touch: Spiritual Rites of Passage and Barefoot on Holy Ground: Twelve Lessons in Spiritual Craftsmanship, both published by Ballantine Books.  Both books have been used as texts for interfaith seminaries and study groups, including the Center for Sacred Studies in California, where she is on the online teaching staff.

Gloria received a grant from the Laurence D. Rockefeller Fund for the Advancement of the Human Spirit. Women and Wisdom Foundation, Inc. honored Gloria at their “Service to Spirit” Award Banquet. She was presented the keys to her native city of Greensboro, North Carolina, for her outstanding achievements and contributions. Gloria received a grant from The Blessing Project Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to produce her book Where Two Worlds Touch in a CD Package.  She is on the National Advisory Board of the Sophia Institute in Charleston, SC.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, she was a journalist and design editor prior to being ordained into interfaith ministry by the International Church of Ageless Wisdom.

Gloria maintains a counseling practice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her website, Gloria Karpinski's Center Circle, includes a
 calendar of her workshops, lectures, Intensives and other specialized programs.


SESC is happy that our long-time friend Gloria will be joining us at the 2018 conference!

Elaine Silver



Elaine will lead a three-day morning workshop:  "Getting in Touch with Your Inner Magic: A Divine Path." She will also share her music with us in concert at an Evening Program and will offer private consultation sessions. Her music recordings will be available for purchase in the SESC Art Center. SESC is happy to welcome Elaine to our conference for the first time!  

Elaine Silver (aka "Faerie" Elaine) is a seasoned performer, touring musician, and recording artist with a voice you'll never forget.

Elaine's musical life has evolved into a Metaphysical Musical Ministry; she performs throughout the year at New Thought Centers such as Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living, and yoga centers.  She has completed her studies in the Science of Mind for practitionership through Religious Science International, and for many years she has combined her beautiful voice and lively Spirit with metaphysical teachings to present healing concerts, workshops and ritual. She utilizes energies of the heart, body, mind and spirit, as well as some refreshing humor and a sprinkling of magic, for a delightful and deeply sacred experience.
She has performed in concert for hundreds of thousands at colleges, festivals, churches, clubs and children's events throughout North America and Europe. Elaine has appeared in concert with Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Suzanne Vega, Jorma Kaukonen, Tom Chapin and many more of the folk world's brightest stars.

And she has worked with many best-selling authors in the metaphysical field, including Alan Cohen as musical accompanist for his workshops. Some of the other best-selling authors she has worked with include Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, don Miguel Ruiz, Marianne Williamson, Barbara G. Walker and Neale Donald Walsch.

Elaine's many highly acclaimed recordings continue to receive rave reviews, while touching the hearts and minds of her listeners. "Faerie Elaine" brings magic, love and blessings to her concerts and appearances as a bright light sharing herself and her music with emotion and authenticity. 
James Alexander, her husband, will join her during the Evening Program concert and he will offer private guitar lessons while at conference.

Elaine's website: click here

James and Elaine

Malaika Pettigrew


Malaika Pettigrew will open our conference on Wednesday night with a talk about how "Love Is ALWAYS the Answer." She will also lead a three-day workshop on "The Mighty Power of Love"  and will be available for private Spiritual Healing/Coaching sessions.

Malaika is a Life Coach, Healer, and Dance Movement Instructor.  She has over 25 years of experience in leading groups, facilitating retreats, teaching leadership skills, counseling, coaching, and healing. She has traveled the world extensively and has a wealth of world views, styles and techniques within her practice.

Malaika earned a Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from J.F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California, and she taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Naropa University for 11 years. Malaika founded the Institute for African American Leadership 15 years ago. She has served in leadership positions with a number of organizations serving low income/under resourced families, battered women, social change activism and teenage mothers.

She completed her life coaching certification with the Life Purpose Institute and received certification as a Minister of Spiritual Healing through the Takoma Park Chapel.
Visit her website: Ase Life Coaching. Ase (aah-shay) is a Yoruba term defining the life-force which runs through all things, animate and inanimate.

Malaika says, " I believe that within everyone of us lies all the answers. By learning to tune into our body, mind, and spirit, we identify the voice of our heart and become masters of our own healing.​"

Marie Andersen-Whitehurst




Marie will teach a three-day afternoon workshop at SESC 2018; her topic is Crystal Healing.

Marie is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with over 25 years of experience. She is also a long-time student of metaphysics and spirituality.  Her philosophy is to empower individuals to heal themselves on the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels.
Marie is a crystal healer and instructor, a Reiki Master, a clinical aroma therapist, and has trained in many energy techniques including Energy Radiance, Ama Deus, and La Ho Chi.  She is also trained in Theta Healing, past life regression and is a Certified Intuitive Healer. She also trained with Doreen Virtue in Angel Therapy and mediumship. Marie and her husband, own Earth Songs, a gem and mineral store in Greensboro NC (some know it as Rocks and Locks). She is a cancer survivor, mom to a wonderful dog, and friend to all.

While in Greensboro, you are welcome to visit her wonderful store, Earth Songs. This store has world class mineral specimens, carvings, and funky one-of-a kind jewelry, all set in a country store atmosphere.  "There is always a pot of coffee on, water and sodas in the fridge, for the browsers and customers.   We have everything from ajoite to zeolites, andalusite to zoisite.   Our goal is to have 80% of what Melody writes about and she has written 7 books on the subject of the mineral kingdom and how to use them for healing.  We have an "apothecary" of approximately 300+ small minerals that range from 5 cents to $20, that are perfect for laying on of stones and for your medicine bag.
We also buy out old collections, so we have some GREAT finds for the mineral collector. The energy is great here!"


 Marie's website: click here

Margaret Mohr


Margaret returns to facilitate our Evening Programs as Master of Ceremonies. For many decades now, SESC conferees have appreciated her humor and warmth, as well as her dedication to the conference spiritual family experience.

A resident of Pennsylvania, Margaret has over 35 years of experience with personal and group motivation in the spiritual field. She has worn many hats in her life - a radio talk show host, an advocate for women's issues, a leader of "A Course in Miracles" study groups, and emcee for various conferences and events.  She also maintains a private counseling practice. Her interests are wide and varied, but the one constant is an abiding belief that safety, dignity, and fulfillment should be available for all. Her focus as a teacher and counselor is to provide tools which can enhance and nourish the psyche, and inspire awareness of the higher Soul-Self.

Vaughn Boone



July 11, 1916 - July 13, 2017

Our beloved Vaughn picked up his well earned wings and flew back home. Thank you Vaughn for blessing our world for your 101 years! You will live on in our hearts forever.

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Vaughn is an inspiration to us all and is truly the heart of our conference spiritual family. We'll always remember the unconditional love and joy he brought to this conference for so many years.

Vaughn dedicated his life to being of service to others on the light-filled spiritual path. His wisdom and loving kindness touched many of us deeply, and we are grateful to him. Born a mystic, Vaughn was a brilliant healer, teacher, artist, singer/songwriter, retired CEO, and the author of a number of books including "Just Passing Through" which is the story of his fascinating life, and "Angels at Work" which includes stories of miraculous events that have occurred at this conference. Vaughn encourages us all to "Choose Joy!"

Watch an episode of WRAL's "Tarheel Traveler": Vaughn Boone - A Lifelong Entertainer."



Stanley and Vaughn