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Our facilitators will guide you and support you on these unique spiritual journeys, which are customized accordingly for each sacred site. Our facilitators are chosen for their specific expertise that is highly specialized in their own particular spiritual niche. Each site is matched with a perfect blend between facilitator and themed message that corresponds with the essence of the sacred site.

There is an inherent essence or quality that lives at each sacred site. Our facilitators have tapped into that great resource of infinite wisdom and clarity and they mix that with an ability to connect and commune with spirit. They have mastered the method and messaging that will ultimately be the vehicle to heighten your own inner experience on this discovery of self.

Dear Tracy,
The journey was healing.
Watching you set limits and go for function gave me an example of what I need to do to move forward in my life. Being with the group was a beautiful heart sharing. Thank you again for orchestrating a memorable experience, looking forward to sharing photos.
Glenn Frieder

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Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University. The recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego.  His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, Oxford American, and several other journals and anthologies.  His first book, PLEASE (New Issues), won the 2009 American Book Award.

For more information on Jericho, visit www.jerichobrown.com

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Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith was raised in Northern California . She received degrees in English and Creative Writing from Harvard College and Columbia University , and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1997-99. Her first collection of poems, The Body's Question , was awarded the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize by Kevin Young, and published in 2003 by Graywolf Press. She is the recipient of a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, and a 2005 Whiting Award.  Her second collection, Duende , received the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and was published by Graywolf Press in 2007. She has taught at the City University of New York, University of Pittsburgh , Columbia University , and Princeton University .

For more information on Tracy, visit www.poets.org

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Ed Kurtzman
A gifted winemaker with a talent for crafting elegantly structured, cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Ed Kurtzman has been making wine since 1994. He began in the cellar at Bernardus in Carmel Valley, California under the guidance of Don Blackburn and Kirby Anderson. Utilizing the extensive experience gained working for such esteemed wineries as Chalone and Testarossa, Ed has refined his style
and techniques. Ed crafts wines displaying an understanding of California Pinot Noir with a classic Burgundian approach. He acted as consulting winemaker at Fort Ross Vineyards (2003-2006) and at Freeman Winery.  Ed is the co-consulting winemaker for ROAR wines, along with Adam Lee of Siduri and Novy.   In 2003, Ed started his Sandler label and makes those wines at August West's San Francisco winery. Ed is a wonderful spirit whose energy and passion for wine and people are clear in his smile.

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Andrew Vingiello
In Andrew's large family, wine was a staple at the dinner table. But it was a bottle 1998 Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands where Andrew discovered a new world of small, artisan pinot producers making bold, complex wines unlike anything he had tasted before. While earning a living in the world of finance, Andrew moonlighted  working harvests and studying the craft with a respected pinot noir producer. He 
decided to fully pursue his passion and made the transition from finance to winemaker. While over the past eight years Andrew has learned a strong foundation of wine making skills from the winemakers and growers that influenced him, the last several vintages he's been fine tuning his own unique style. The overarching theme to his approach is that wine is made in the vineyard. Andrew feels fortunate to be able to work with some of the most talented growers in California, guiding their fruit into unique bottlings that create the A.P.VIN family of vineyard-designated pinot noir.


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