The 2016 ON Lineup
We are thrilled to share with you the 2016 Simply Blossoming Retreat Speakers and Workshop Providers!
Keynote Talk – “Thar She Blows! – Learning to deal with life’s little explosions!”
Key Note Speakers – Laurel Crossley and Adrienne Pringle
Between them, Adrienne and Laurel have over 60 years of performance and speaking experience – Laurel with theatre and motivational speaking, and Adrienne with performance and public speaking.
For over 30 years, Laurel Crossley has made her mark as a hilarious on-stage performer, powerful adult educator and speaker on the subjects of living life to the fullest, mindfulness and meditation. Her current focus is on teaching mindfulness and meditation to organizations, community groups, preschools and schools. One of her missions is to empower families and their children to help alleviate anxiety and worry through mindfulness and meditation.
Laurel has been facilitating workshops using the process of meditation to unlock future visions to help Clients take dreams and turn them into realities. She currently focuses her meditation teachings to Children to help empower and keep them true to their light. Her programs Meditating Munchkins and LMAO – Laughing My Anxiety Off are offered both on and offline to community groups and organizations, private and public schools as well as preschools. Children believe she is a “real” faerie …..
Adrienne Pringle has worked as a music therapist for 15 years specializing in voice work, wellness, hospice and bereavement care. She has completed GIM (Guided Imagery and Music) Training level 1. Her gentle, loving and therapeutic approach is instrumental in helping clients release vocal constraints (perceived or real) while working toward a more powerful and authentic voice.
She currently works as a Music Therapist for Carpenter Hospice, runs her own private practice Soul Song Music and is the Co-Founder and Music Director for Beyond the Studio.
They’re BACK …… Opening and Closing Ceremonies – Laurel Crossley & Adrienne Pringle
The beautiful intertwining of powerful meditation, vocal stylings and acoustic accompaniment creates a magical experience for the Guests of Simply Blossoming as Laurel and Adrienne combine their talents as an amazing duet. Laurel’s meditations, incredible on their own are heightened by Adrienne’s emotionally moving guitar and vocals to bring the Blossoms to a new level of visualization. Together they help the audience capture the magic that is Simply Blossoming!
Melissa Siepmann – “From Dark to Dazzling“ – Creating your Life Plan!
Once upon a time there was a woman – or shall we say a mere shadow of a woman. She wore her hair pulled back in a severe bun, she wore black to every occasion, her head apologetically lowered to avoid eye contact. She buried herself in work and she hid from humanity so no one knew the daily darkness that surrounded her……
Once upon a time that dark darling attended an event that promoted a new vision – a vision of becoming a Dazzling Diva and although it frightened her, she “knew” it was her destiny ….
She worked vigilantly on herself, she attended classes and courses, she met new friends, she let down her hair (literally) and she began to reveal the new Dazzling woman that was always deep inside her dark self …
Her transformation was noticed by everyone including random strangers on the street who now smiled and said hello – they had previously walked right by her not acknowledging she was there. And yet ….. there was still something “missing”. She had this deep seeded need to live a life of travel and adventure – something she hadn’t done before. And this is where the story truly begins!
Once upon a time there was a dazzling woman who dared to pursue adventure and travel with passion. She dared to let her hair down, tell her story and inspire others how to do the same, She decided to live her life in full colour, dazzling others with her brilliant formula on overcoming personal barriers and limiting beliefs. And she teaches others how to make the leap from Dark to Dazzling. This workshop will help YOU create the dazzling life you deserve! What are YOU waiting for!!
Melissa Siepmann – Holistic Therapist, World Traveler, Thrill Seeker
Melissa is truly happiest when helping others improve their health and well-being through her reiki and Indian Head Massage practice. She loves to inspire others and is passionate about sharing the story of how she changed her life. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys hiking, meditation, spending time with loved ones and has made it her life goal to live each and every day to its fullest.
Selina Eckersall-McCall – “There’s a Story Inside of You“– Creating Your Story through words!
Selina Jane Eckersall is a published author and ghostwriter of several non-fiction books about success, positive thinking, spirituality, health, and financial wellness. A reiki master and creative entrepreneur, Selina spends her time focused on the business of creativity and pushing the boundaries of possibility. As the executive director of a non-profit arts organization called No Vacancy Art, the Vice Chair of the Art Gallery of Burlington and the owner of several businesses – Selina concentrates on building community, inspiring others, and being of service. Selina is educated in marketing and focuses her career on content and storytelling for businesses, brands and people.
“Endnote” Talk – “Your BIG Picture”! – Wrapping up the Simply Blossoming 2016 Retreat!”
Cathy Thompson – Co-Founder, Simply Blossoming
Cathy uses her ability to foster relationships in combination with her knowledge, experience and leadership to inspire others. Having co-founded Simply Blossoming, Cathy has been on her own journey of self-discovery through the multitudes of workshops and events she has hosted. She has learned the true power of love and gratitude and uses it to achieve her goals. She loves to teach others how to simply change perspective in order to change their world.
Cathy Thompson is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and co-founded 6 organizations, created and authored an international depression-prevention program for young women through CAMH and has been featured in two books about inspirational women. Cathy is a mom to two amazing children in elementary school who are exploring their own passions in the fields of baseball and acting.
Laurel Crossley – Co-Founder, Simply Blossoming
For over 30 years, Laurel Crossley has made her mark as a hilarious on-stage performer, powerful adult educator and speaker on the subjects of living life to the fullest, mindfulness and meditation. Her work with Simply Blossoming truly began when she shared with Cathy her workshop, “Vino ‘N Visions”. Cathy recognized the value in supporting women through this workshop and the rest, as they say, is history!
Laurel uses the process of meditation and visualization to help workshop participants and Clients take their dreams and visions and turn them into reality.
Laura Reid – Morning Yoga Sessions
Laura Reid – Yoga Instructor, Digital and Spiritual Guide
Laura Reid is a Digital and Spiritual Guide. A self proclaimed “Spiritual Geek”, Laura’s programs and services integrate function and empowerment. In the online world, Laura supports change making entrepreneurs and organizations in creating a digital presence that communicates their purpose.
Laura Reid’s philosophy is that business and life are intrinsically, holistically connected and that you are a multi-dimensional being, not just a simplified brand. Laura offers empowering workshops and programs that unite mind, body and spirit in creating your meaningful life and powerful business.
Debra Harding is a gifted Reiki Master/Teacher, energy translator, channeler, meditation facilitator and writer. She loves life, and finds overwhelming joy in sharing her journey along the spiritual path.
In 1995, Debra attended the Siddha Yoga Ashram in the New York Catskill Mountains, where she had a profound experience immersed in meditation. The gifts she acquired there are evident today as she leads deeply moving guided group meditations.
In 2004, Sacred Vibrations was formed, and all of the services Debra provides assist her clients in the expansion of being. She also founded the Inspired Hearts Meditation Group in 2009, inviting people to gather together on a regular basis to meditate, communicate soul to soul, and sit in peace with each other.