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New!! 1 Day Event with Grandmothers of the Sacred We

July 26th, 2017 by Mary Johnson

The Grandmothers have offered to add a one-day event in response to the sold-out event at SkyView Retreat Center.

 “The Global Indigenous Grandmothers of the Sacred We”
When: Thursday, September 14
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Located at: 9079 Lakeshore Dr, West Olive, MI 49460
Hosted by: 1Breath4All and Sky View Retreat Center.
Tickets: $200

“A new way of being is emerging. We are stepping forward. With us come our ancestors, future generations, and Mother Earth. Now is the time to gather and act. We are wisdom keepers, Grandmothers, and Great-Grandmothers from various nations and traditions: Hopi, Maori, Ojibwe, Sufi, and Mayan. We are calling all the others who witness and feel this need. Come be with us, help us. We walk together toward balance, in kindness and conscience, one human family.”
Grandmothers Rose Pere, Moetu Taiha, Flordemayo, Eila Paul, Pershlie Ami, Mary Lyons, Devi Tide

Grandmother Rose Great Grandmother Dr. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere is the Maori Tohuna – spiritual leader and keeper of the ancient wisdom and ways of the Maori people. She lives on the North Island of New Zealand. She is an international educationalist on the subjects of education, health, conservation and social welfare. “The Grandmothers of the Sacred We” came together in 2014 as a result of her inspiration.



devi-tide-head-shotGrandmother Devi-Tide is convener of the Awakening the World Project linking indigenous tribes around the world to invite the revitalization of natural human wisdom. She has been Head of the Sufi Healing Order in North America since 1999, and is also the head of the Art of Healing Foundation. She travels throughout the world, being with Elders and Healers and Wisdom Keepers of the many Indigenous tribes. She lectures, conducts workshops and leads healing retreats in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India and Europe. She is from Washington and is Kefayat (head) of the Sufi Healing Order and the Art of Healing Foundation, convener of the Rainbow Journeys & Awakening of the World Project.


Mary LyonsGreat Grandmother Mary Lyons travels the globe with The Indigenous Grandmothers of the Sacred We, presenting on issues including foster care of indigenous children, supporting women in recovery from addiction, and combating fetal alcohol syndrome in Native American communities. Her previous speaking engagements include the Parliament of World Religions in Utah as a keynote speaker and the 2014 World Climate March in New York City. She is a winner of the Minnesota Congressional Angels in Adoption Award, nominated by Senator Norm Coleman, and currently serves as a counselor for the women’s sobriety group Women of Wellbriety International. Mary has been invited by the UN to travel globally speaking on various topics. She is from Minnesota and is an Ojibwe Elder, “Second Water Woman” (water-carrier to her people), member of the Women of Wellbriety Int’l Council, and founding member of the Nations of Wellbriety Int’l USA, and active observer at the United Nations.

Grandmother EilaGrandmother Reverend Eila Paul is a healer with a spiritual and physical connection to her people, the Maori of Aotearoa New Zealand and to our world culture. Eila works with the elderly and children, using sacred sound as a tool to heal and transform space within people and the environment. She has traveled through North America and Europe offering sacred seeds of knowledge and healing. Eila’s philosophy is that path of Love, Harmony and Beauty. Her singing and music transform life. She is from New Zealand and is a Maori Tainue Elder, member of Grandmothers Circle the Earth, Aotearoa, healer, story teller, songleader, and dreamweaver.

Grandmother MoteuGreat Grandmother Moteu Taiha is a spiritual healer of the Tuhoe Maori Tribe. She is a Naturopath, Reiki Master/Teacher, Registered Social Worker and Spiritual Counselor. Moteu is deeply connected with the earth and our ancestors. She is from New Zealand and is a Maori Tuhoe Elder, member of Grandmothers Circle the Earth, Aotearoa. She is currently running a spiritual healing center in Germany.

Grandmother FlordemayoGrandmother Flordemayo is a Curandera Espiritu, or a healer of divine spirit, of the Mayan People. One of the founding members of Grandmothers, a prestigious group of traditional female elders drawn from around the world, who represent a global alliance of prayer, education, and healing for our Mother Earth, all of her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. She is from New Mexico and is a Mayan Curandera Espiritu (healer of divine spirit), founding member of the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge, recipient of the Martin De La Cruz Award (awarded by Congress of Traditional Medicine), and is recognized as a priestess by the Maya.

Grandmother PercyGrandmother Pershlie Ami is Hopi, Tewa Walpi, Arizona Sand Clan. Pershlie is a speaker, facilitator, trainer, consultant and volunteer. She is a writer, an author and the creator of the Butterfly Prayers. She is an active member of The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona and has volunteered in many capacities for the Phoenix Indian Center and the Urban Indian Ministry promoting health and wellness. She is a GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) Trainer, Parenting Teacher (Parenting in Two Worlds Curriculum) Curriculum Developer (I am Sacred Curriculum) and an advocate for the Suicide Prevention. She is from Arizona is an Elder of the Hopi-Tewa.

Their Mission:

To share the deep knowledge of the wisdom keepers gathered from ancient sources throughout the world. This teaching offers hope, tools for healing, empowerment and a reminder of our interconnected world.

‘We are all together, One family.’

Their Message:

Our message is one of healing the sense of separation, fear and division between nationalities, religions and races. This is a time that was prophesized by a great many ancient traditions, as was the healing and opening that is coming through the travel and teaching of the Elders of the Indigenous traditions.

For more information regarding the Grandmothers, visit their page: artofhealingfoundation.org

Purchase Tickets and Event Details.

-This event is open to men and women.

-Registration is a sliding scale of $200 Please give according to what you feel is best for your circumstances. A PayPal account isn’t necessary to register. Registration can also be done with a credit card.

-No refunds or exchanges after September 1, 2017

For Event questions, contact:
skyviewretreatcenter@gmail.com or 1breath4all@gmail.com

1Breath4All and Sky View Retreat Center are highly pleased at the opportunity of bringing this group of revered and respected Grandmothers to Western Michigan as they offer their wisdom and insights to us.

Meet David Stanley Gregory – Inspired Life GR Featured Speaker

January 16th, 2017 by Mary Johnson


David Stanley Gregory – Author, Spiritual Counselor, Teacher and Blogger is a featured speaker at our second Copy of Jen Bumstead copyannual Inspired Life GR Health and Wellness Conference. David’s lively, engaging, positive approach to life situations will undoubtedly inspire you on your wellness journey. Catch his presentation on February 25 at Inspired Life GR.

Learn more about David, and Phoenix Rising by visiting: Phoenix Rising Grand Rapids. And he is our featured collaborator in our 1Breath4All Community Circle this month.



Take Time Out To Breathe

December 9th, 2016 by Mary Johnson

As we move into the holiday season we often put our most basic needs aside. 1Breath4All invites you this year to remember to take time out to Breathe!!

Of course we breathe, right, luckily our autonomic nervous system takes over and we don’t have to think about it. But what is we thought about it? What if we took time out each day to focus on our breath?

When we do this we reduce the amount of stress on our body. The sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) relaxes allowing us to have energy for the other systems to function better. We find ourselves more centered and grounded giving us the ability to think with more clarity and to be more present to our lives. As we are more present, in the moment, we can make better choices, establish priorities, and follow thru with what needs to be done.

Breathing with the elements is one form of conscious breathing that not only accomplishes all of this but also connects us (our body, mind and energy) with the world that we live in so that we can coexists in a more dynamic way.

Here is a simple but powerful practice that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you through the busy holiday season and in your life in general.

Breathing the Elements

Begin by standing comfortably, feet solidly on the floor, shoulder width apart.
Relax into your body from the souls of the feet up. Let the eyes close and bring your attention to the breath. (You may also sit comfortably in a chair but back should be upright, head balanced  in neutral position.)

Breathe the elements in the order below. Focus on the element, its suggested color (color has vibration!), and the qualities it represents.
Note that each element has a direction of the breath. For instance, Earth is inhale through the nose and  exhale through the nose.

  • Earth

    The breath of the Earth Element is an even inhalation and exhalation through both nose ripe wheat
    Color: saffron
    Represents: Patience, endurance, humility, gratitude. Sifting.

  • Water

    The breath of the WaterElement is an even inhalation through the nose exhale through the mouth.
    Color: sea green
    Represents: Fluid, lush, generosity, repentance, renewing, agility, release, washing.

  • Fire

    The breath of the Fire Element is an even inhalation through both nose, exhale through the mouth.
    Color: orange-red
    Represents: Passion, affection, conviction, hopefulness, supplication, consuming the fuel of egotism, radiating selflessness.

  • Air

    The breath of the Air Element is an even inhalation and exhalation through the mouth.
    Color: sky blue
    Represents: Vastness, lightness, impervious to restriction, grace, delicacy, freedom. Air is the rhythm of change.

What is the Human Energy Body?

November 16th, 2016 by Mary Johnson

 imagesThis has become a commonly used term, but do you realize it is a complex system, with structure and components that, when in balance support optimal health?

The human energy system of the body is the vibration or essence of who we are. It is the frequency that supports our physical body. It is a dynamic system that consists of light, color, vibration and movement.

The components of the energy system are the power current/channel, the chakras and the field/aura.

  1. Power current- a vertical channel of energy running through the center of our body and field. This current of energy is the source that our chakras are “plugged” into. It is our connection to the earth’s vibration/energy and to the universal energy/vibration/intelligence/power. The clearer this channel is the higher the vibrations will be that run through it and that we ultimately have access to. The higher the vibration that is running through this channel and feeding the chakras and field the healthier our energy system will be. Emotions, thoughts, beliefs, past impressions and experiences all have an effect on the openness of the power current.
  2. Chakras – are energy vortexes that are cone shaped with the narrow opening emanating from the power current. The major chakras are located along this power channel and are paired, front and back of the body and in the case of the 1st chakra it is paired with the crown chakra. There are 7 traditional chakras but there are also an infinite number beyond the crown that feed energy into our field from the higher spiritual dimensions. There are also minor chakras located at the joints, palms of hands, bottoms of the feet, along the spine, and associated with specific organs, glands and valves.  The energy of the chakras flows in a clockwise manner, they are complex in nature, consisting of color, light, movement and dimension. They feed the organs and systems of the body that they are located in. They are also related to certain beliefs, emotions and thoughts.
  3. Aura or Energy Field – this last component of our energy system is composed of “levels” that correspond to the chakras. They all have their origin at the central power current therefor there is an “overlapping effect”, meaning they are levels but are not linear or static, but flowing within each other. This also means that they begin within the physical body, not outside of the edges of the form, so the vibration of the field will impact the overall harmony of the physical body.


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Find Your Archetypes in this 2-Part Workshop Nov. 17th and Dec. 8th

September 27th, 2016 by ifi-admin

ArchetypalJourney_340x353Have you ever asked, “Who am I, and what is my purpose?” Register now for 1Breath4All’s 2-part workshop “An Archetypal Journey” scheduled for Nov. 17th and Dec. 8 in Grand Rapids. For the low single-day workshop price of $75 or $135 for both sessions, you will explore and determine which 12 of the many Archetypes described by Caroline Myss best represent you, build them into your own personal chart, and learn to apply their wisdom to your daily life.

As you work towards building your chart, the process will help you understand what it is you are on Earth to do, realize what lessons your soul needs to learn, and guide you through important situations, decisions, and relationships.

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1B4A Sponsors InspiredLifeGr Health and Wellness Conference

September 20th, 2016 by Mary Johnson

InspiredLifeGR1Breath4All is proud to be a sponsor of the the next Inspired Life GR Health and Wellness Conference scheduled for February 25 & 26, 2017 at the  Aquinas College, Wege Ballroom. This 2-day health and wellness conference features holistic health experts who are driven to share and educate how the connection of breath, energy, community, movement and mindset impact and benefit physical health. This deeper awareness allows for individual work to be done and transforms positive spiritual and emotional health for our Michigan communities and beyond. Doors Open at 8:00 am each day, Saturday event 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday event 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. For more information and to sign up, visit InspiredLifeGR

Taking Charge of Spirit

November 29th, 2015 by Chris Wheeler


Carolyn Myss on Divine Guidance:

Your current spiritual practice might occur within the framework of an organized religion, or as private individual meditation. Whatever the structure, taking charge can enhance that practice.

One way you invoke a spiritual presence into your life is by asking yourself: “Why am I here?” Another is to ask the Divine for a new car. No level of prayer is right or wrong, but examining the quality of your prayer life can bring you to look beyond your own own personal self–toward something more intelligent and powerful. Whether you refer to the Divine as God, Great Spirit, Allah or Christ, seeking divine guidance means to stop asking for “things” and start asking for what really matters: trust, patience, faith, endurance, gratitude, acceptance and love.

When you step up the the plate with the Divine, be prepared to have your life reordered and false voices taken away. Distractions can be eliminated and you might be left only with the clear voice of divinity. More realistically, when this voice speaks–often in unexpected ways–it can leave you confused and unsure of what you really want. Additionally, it might be months, even years, before you’re aware that the Divine has spoken to you.

There are four stages you’ll move through as you bring a spiritual presence into your life:

  1. Separation
  2. Dark Night of the Soul
  3. Light
  4. Appreciation

While the stages often occur sequentially, they don’t necessarily have to, in fact you might not even recognize them until all is said and done. It happens with the big things in life, and with the seemingly insignificant. Read more online at Myss.com or Join Us for our next Archetype series to delve into a full exploration of your Archetypes in Money, Creativity, Health, and Relationships.

Book Club Review: The Forty Rules of Love

November 17th, 2015 by Chris Wheeler

40RulesOfLoveOur book club met for an in-depth discussion of The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.

In this lyrical, imaginative novel about the famous Sufi mystic Rumi, Shafak effortlessly blends East and West, past and present, to create a dramatic, compelling, and exuberant tale about how love works in the world.

In an excerpt of a book review by Alev Adil at Independent.co.uk., Alev writes:

Bored housewife Ella feels stalled despite her gracious suburban life in Northampton, New England. Her teenage children are growing away from her; her husband is distant and unfaithful. Ella’s new job as reader for a publisher introduces her to Sufism through a manuscript she is sent to read, and has life-changing consequences.

“Sweet Blasphemy”, the novel she is sent to appraise, tells the story of a 13th-century wandering Persian Sufi Dervish, Shams of Tabriz, and his inspirational relationship with Rumi, the greatest poet of the Sufi canon. Rumi, a respected Koranic scholar, was transformed through his love for Shams and was inspired to write the Masnavi, a key Sufi tract which weaves Koranic analysis with poetry, parables of the everyday, the mythic and miraculous. It was to beget Mevlevi Sufism, practised through poetry, music and dance.

The Forty Rules of Love takes Sufism into blockbuster territory. It interweaves Ella’s quest to find love with Shams’s and Rumi’s quest for beatitude through friendship, as told by a range of characters…

Read the full review by Alev Adil at Independent.co.uk.

To purchase this novel, visit Amazon.

We are very happy to welcome newcomers to our book club. We have a great group. Our format is to read 1 book a month and discuss its value and influence. Please contact us for more information.

Help Us Support Kitchen Sage This Season!

November 1st, 2015 by Chris Wheeler

1Breath4All is delighted to host a Used Cookbook Collection drive for Tommy Fitzgerald’s inspiring “Kitchen Sage” program that helps educate local youths through culinary leadership and promotes community engagement. Please bring a gently used cookbook to our Grand Opening on Dec. 17th, 4 p.m. or drop one off the next time you participate in a 1Breath4All Event!

Watch this video to learn more about Kitchen Sage, or visit the website at http://kitchensage.org

November Book Club: 10% Happier

October 29th, 2015 by Chris Wheeler


Our book club will be discussing Dan Harris’s book 10% Happier during our November meeting. In his book, the former ABC news correspondent describes his often skeptical and occasionally comic journey through the stressful arena of network news toward finding greater happiness through meditation.

In an excerpt of a book review by William Irwin Ph.D. at PsychologyToday.com, Irwin writes:

The first step on Harris’s journey of self-discovery began with an unlikely and unfortunate source, Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and other books. In reading Tolle’s books and interviewing him, Harris was baffled by Tolle’s ability to offer profound insight about human nature in one sentence and then the worst kind of pseudo-scientific mysticism in the next sentence. Frustration with Tolle led Harris to Deepak Chopra, who was a little better, but not much. The need for 10% Happier is evinced by Harris’s honesty in the book. Ironically he was the religion correspondent for ABC News and yet he knew virtually nothing about Buddhism, certainly not enough to realize that the only valuable parts of Tolle and Chopra were straight out of Buddhism. This, in a way, was the motivation for 10% Happier—to make everyone aware of the benefits of meditation and the insights of Buddhism that Harris eventually discovered.

After much hesitation and resistance, Harris tried meditation and even went on a ten-day silent meditation retreat. During a lecture near the end of the retreat, the instructor told the group not to start worrying about the problems or issues that await them. Harris raised his hand and objected that there are real problems that may await, saying that if he missed his flight home that would be a real problem. The instructor admitted that would be a problem, but pointed out that worrying about it seventeen times was pretty pointless. You have to ask yourself “Is it useful?” Sure, it makes sense to plan, but at a certain point the planning and worrying isn’t useful; it’s counterproductive.

This was a breakthrough moment for Harris, and it nicely illustrates the value of meditation in cultivating mindfulness. In meditation we focus our attention on our breath or a mantra.

Read the full story and review by William Irwin Ph.D. at PsychologyToday.com

To purchase the book, visit Amazon.