Programs

The Path of Consciousness Spiritual and Writing Retreat

The Path of Consciousness is a spiritual and writing conference and retreat that will help you transform your writing life with the help of various ancient, sacred and creative teachings, including writing and storytelling. Choose to stay for the one-day conference or the 3-day all-inclusive retreat.

The event is October 4-6, 2019 at the Colombiere Conference & Retreat Center, which is nestled on beautiful 420 rolling acres of mature pines and hardwoods in Clarkston, Michigan.

For more information, and to register, visit www.ThePathofConsciousness.com

The Weam Namou Show

Since January 2018, we’ve interviewed local authors, filmmakers, artists, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and others who are doing meaningful work in the world to help make it a better place to live in.

Interview with bestselling author of 21 books and mystic Lynn V. Andrews

Born in 1979 to a Palestinian-Lebanese mother and an Iraqi-German father, Rayyan Al-Shawaf lived in the UAE, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Lebanon, and the US. These days, he makes his home in Malta. Rayyan is a book critic and author.
Interview with Parisa Ghaderi, Iranian-born award-winning filmmaker and artist who works hard to make her projects manifest and the projects of other women.
R. L. Herron once worked for some of the world’s largest advertising agencies and an international Fortune 10 company. Now he’s a prolific and award-winning author.
Interview with award-winning artist ILham Badreddine Mahfouz  who was born in Damascus, Syria.
Interview with Kai Mann, an author and entrepreneur.
Interview with Brett Felton, the US Soldier who traveled on his own to Nineveh to fight ISIS. ABC Nightline and CBS’ 60 Minutes did a segment about him. Currently he’s running for the Mayor of Warren
Interview with Dr. Stan Williams, vice president of Unique Voices in Films,
a veteran producer of hundreds of documentaries, and an active Hollywood story consultant who has worked most notably on multiple film projects with Will Smith. He’s the author of The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success, which Will Smith considered “The most powerful tool in my new tool box.” 
Interview with Nidhal Garmo, pharmacist and founder and president of One World Medical Mission
https://owmm.org/

Interview with Brian Boulus, an oud player, a form of lute played principally in Arab countries.
https://www.facebook.com/brian.boulus



Interview with Rochester Writers’ founder, Michael Dwyer, and its executive administrator Sonya Julie.
http://www.rochesterwriters.com/

Interview with Terry Hojnacki, an award-winning flash fiction writer, children’s book author, poet, novelist, editor, and lover of words. The founder and editor-in-chief of Sterling Script: A Local Author Collection, Terry feels that this book is one way she can promote her local writing community.
http://www.terryhojnacki.com/

Interview with Narendra, author of Conversations in Silence, a diary of a journey with Spiritual Master Mother Meera.
http://www.spirituality4results.com/


Interview with Mary Jo Kokochak, president of the Theosophical Society, formed in New York City in 1875 by Russian noblewoman Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, and others. The Detroit Lodge was formed in 1897.
https://www.tsdetroit.org/

Interview with Aessin and Ranna, board members of Shlama Foundation, a nonprofit which was formed after ISIS attacked Nineveh in Iraq, forcing the evacuation, kidnappings and killings of many Christians and other minorities such as the Yazidis. https://www.shlama.org/

Interview with Diane Dovico who talks about the World of Wellness Symposium, a program by the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities.
http://achcmi.org/

Dr. Verma discovered a whole new way to conceive a boy or a girl and has helped thousands of couples choose their child’s gender. For more information, visit http://www.urobiologics.com

Interview with Derek Stottlemyer, a licensed Avatar® Master for 4 1/2 years. The Avatar organization believes we can create a better world by raising human consciousness one person at a time.
https://theavatarcourse.com/the-compassion-project-eng.html



Interview with author Angela Rochon, M. A.. Angela was a psychiatric therapist and in management. These led to teaching memoir writing, guiding reminiscence groups, grief support, and public speaking. An award-winning poet and a member of Detroit Working Writers, her work has been published in newspaper columns, magazines, and academic journals.
Interview with Joseph Drolshagen. For over 23 years, he has worked with individuals, helping them build their dreams. http://www.IFGTcoach.com
Interview with Helen Talia, CPA, writer, and Assyrian feminist. We talk about Inanna, what feminine power means in our modern world, and why it’s important today.
Interview with Violet St. Karl, first Albanian-American Science Fiction and Fantasy author of Collection of The Negatives. After over a decade in New York, she recently returned to her roots in the Detroit area where she is an advocate and proud co-Ambassador to the Authors Guild [Detroit Chapter].
Interview with Dr. Kuldeep Verma who invented an entirely new medical concept in women – that the oxidation reduction status of the uterus at the time of conception influences the outcome of fetal gender. This redox status alternates between two consecutive mental cycles. Conception in one kind of environment leads to boys and vice versa. This led to the development of the world’s first real preconception gender planning test as well as earliest fetal gender detect test.
Dr. Verma’s website is https://urobiologics.com/
Interview with Jeff Schemansky, a firefighter and paramedic at the Birmingham Fire Department. Jeff spent several years creating a free app called Emergency Medical Form to help make the world a safer place. https://emergencymedicalform.com/
Interview with Janel Gradowski, USA Today and Amazon #1 bestselling author of the Culinary Competition Mystery Series. She lives in rural central Michigan surrounded by farm fields and wildlife. http://www.janelgradowski.com
Interview with Luther Taylor III, a volunteer program coordinator for The Jobs Club, a career/support group. https://www.linkedin.com/in/luther-taylor-70052325/
Interview with David Zimmerman, a retired GM executive and a Vietnam War Veteran. He studied Art in Indiana, is a graduate of Claregate College of England, and a lifelong student of The Ageless Wisdom Teachings. He’s also a lecturer, producer and generous supporter of educational DVD’s and writings on esoteric subjects throughout the United States, England, Australia, Europe, and South Africa.
Interview with Joan Elmouchi, vice president of Metro Detroit Book & Author Society, which was formed in 1972. MDBA is considered the largest one-day literary event, oftentimes drawing over a 1000 attendees. It was created for the sole purpose of presenting a luncheon featuring major national authors.
https://www.bookandauthor.org/

Interview with Qais Al-Sindy, a renowned Iraqi American artist whose artwork has traveled the world.
http://www.qaissindy.com/
Interview with Robert E. Haskins, a master handwriting analyst, graphotherapist, and herbalist who received his education from various universities including The University of Tübingen in Germany.
Interview with Diana Kathryn Plopa, associate publisher, editor-in-chief and a writing coach at Grey Wolfe Publishing, LLC, an independent publishing house. She likes “mentoring other writers and supporting their dreams of publication.”
https://www.dianakathrynplopa.com
Interview with Lisa Argo, a writer and Secretary of The Center of Enlightenment.
http://www.coechurch.com/
Interview with Cynthia Harrison, an author of ten books, some which were #1 on numerous Kindle lists.
https://cynthiaharrison.com/
The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities Mission: Through substance abuse prevention, mental and physical wellness, and recovery support programs, the Alliance connects, strengthens, and mobilizes strategic partners to promote healthier communities.
Interview with Laura Hedgecock, whose passion for helping others share their stories stems from a gift left by her grandmother. Her writings included childhood memories, stories of her children as they grew, good recipes, and wisdom she had gathered along the way.
https://treasurechestofmemories.com/
Interview with Laura Bernstein-Machlay, author of Travelers, a collection of essays. She teaches literature and writing at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit where she also lives.

Interview with Patty Shaw, revolutionary healer, spiritual Author and teacher.
http://healingwithpattyshaw.com/
Interview with Iris Lee Underwood, author and owner of Yule Love it Lavender Farm
http://www.yuleloveitlavenderfarm.com/
Interview with Cheryl Crabb who writes women’s fiction and has 15 years of journalism experience.

Interview with Sonya Julie, an executive administrator for Rochester Writers. She has been writing for decades. http://www.SonyaJulie.com 
Interview with Heather Rae, a yoga instructor, meditation coach, energy and body worker and ordained minister/priestess.
https://www.heatherraemagic.com/
Interview with two brothers, twins, about their homosexuality. Here, they tackle questions about their faith and whether their sexuality defies the natural order of the universe.

Interview with Betsy McCabe, a volunteer moderator of the Game Changer Intensive group calls associated with Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. She is a musician, educator, mother and activist of social justice and environmental sustainability. 
https://www.pachamama.org/
Interview with Sandy Naimou, a yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. http://www.CreativeEnergyYoga.com
Interview with Diane Dovico who talks about the free event for kids called “So You Want to be a Farmer?”
Gail Katz, a Jew, Shahina Begg, a Muslim, and Trish Harris, a Catholic, brought other women together to form WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit) which officially became a 501 (c) 3 in May 2007.
https://www.interfaithwisdom.com/
Interview with Janice Seeley of Colombiere Conference & Retreat Center which was originally designed as a college for Jesuit priests.
http://www.colombiere.com/

Interview with Professor Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University and Randall Olson, a board member at the Theosophical Society. May is the director and founder of the Bertha von Suttner Project. 
Interview with Siete 16 Guevara, the author of 3 books, was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and after high school moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where he lived for about eleven years.
On April 28, Matthew Marroki lost his life in a fire. He was only 17 years old. His father, Laith Marroki, is keeping his legacy alive through an art exhibit, Matthew’s Masterpieces. To learn more about the exhibition, visit https://www.facebook.com/Matthews-Masterpieces-1755710791402257/
Interview with Renowned poet Dunya Mikhail about her fourth book, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq. The story is about a Yazidi beekeeper, Abd-Allah, who helped rescue women captured by the Islamic State. http://www.DunyaMikhailpoet.com


Interview with Cherie Happy and Rebecca Gray, community organizers for Michigan United Universal Family Care.  
https://michuhcan.org/about/
Interview with Dr. Homayoun Sadeghi, MD, a healer, author, and the documentary producer of a visionary film intended to transform people’s lives around the world, especially with regards to health and wellness.
http://staffofmercury.com/
Interview with Michelle Pallas who has led a remarkable journey, overcoming a dysfunctional family, a dead-end marriage, and the rampant sexism of a bygone era. She ended up laying her story in a book for all of us to learn from.
Interview with Reverend Barbara Yarnell was in law enforcement for 29 years and retired from the Detroit Police Department with the rank of Executive Lieutenant. After she retired, she became a minister. She has led a most interesting life, going to Brazil twice to visit the famous medium and psychic surgeon John of God who has been featured in major news outlets and interviewed by Oprah.
Interview with Christina Salem graduated from Oakland University with a Journalism and Public Relations degree, but she has also studied astrology, Tarot reading, and other supernatural phenomena.
Interview with John Kulesz, a local attorney and activist who for the past two and a half years has facilitated the Constitution Café at the Troy Historic Village in the Old Church. The Constitution Cafe is a forum where people explore the meanings and ideas behind the Constitution of the United States.
Interview with award-winning and bestselling author of 12 books (and counting), John R Monteith graduated from the Naval Academy in 1991.
Interview with Marie Gates, an author of several books. She holds an M.A. in psychology and for several years taught in colleges and universities.
Interview with award-winning bestselling author Sylvia Hubbard who has published over 40 books and is founder of Motown Writers Network.
Interview with Vince Anthony Pitre who studied sound healing in Europe and shamanic healing in the jungle and mountains of Peru.
https://www.newoutcomestherapy.com
Interview with award-winning singer and songwriter John D. Lamb, who has led Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters since 1995 and is the founder of Springfed Arts, which Michael Moore and his wife helped support by volunteering to be on the staff and providing $2500 seed money.
Interview with Film Guru Dr. Stan Williams, an award-winning filmmaker and television producer. He’s the author of THE MORAL PREMISE: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box Office Success that Will Smith calls the most important tool in his tool kit. www.StanWilliams.com
Interview with Vince Anthony Pitre, one of the practitioners at The Path of Consciousness spiritual and writing retreat http://www.ThePathofConsciousness.com.
We are highlighting the work of our practitioners who are presenting at the Path of Consciousness spiritual and writing conference and retreat. http://www.ThePathofConsciousness.com
The ‘Polar Bear’ memorial at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery. The ceremony marked 90 years of a largely forgotten GI mission in WWI Russia. Many of the soldiers were from Detroit.

Birmingham Concert Band held it’s beautiful yearly Patriotic Concert at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery.
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