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Robbie Short on Open Conversations 05-07-2017

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Excited to welcome Robbie Short to Open Conversations this Sunday 05-07-17 from 3-4 pm Pacific Time on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM.  Robbie is an inspired yoga instructor in Franklin, TN offering yoga from the Heart to enlighten the Soul. To learn more about Robbie and her rich background please read below. Remember for listeners out of the area you can stream the show live at 1150kknw.com. To read more about Robbie and her studio visit her website halfmoonyoga.net.

Robbie Michelle Short

 

robbie-shortRobbie graduated from UNC-Charlotte, studying Sociology and Religious Studies, before spending the next 12 years traveling the world as a flight attendant. She started her yoga practice in 2000 at home in Asheville but after moving to Nashville in 2001, the tragedy of 9/11 brought her to her first live class  feeling scarred in every way. Yoga became her therapy, her saving grace, her love & her passion. Initially, Robbie’s respect for Yoga blossomed as she dove into the deeper aspects through self study, practicing near & far, research, and attending multiple workshops with various established teachers. Following these journeys & experiencing personal awakenings, she decided to obtain both her 200 RYT yoga certification as well as a meditation teaching certification from The Expanding Light in Nevada City, CA. from the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. She has since served on the Yoga Society Nashville board, was an ambassador for Lululemon 2 years, taught at international retreats, as well as in and around Franklin/Nashville in studios, gyms, churches, festivals, parks, schools, and corporate offices. Robbie is now in her 8th year of owning the studio and recently completed her 500 hour RYT through the Asheville Yoga Center.

Her teaching style encourages a spiritual approach going “above and beyond” just the physical aspects of the practice. Robbie plans her classes so that there is always some inspiration with “spiritual food or contemplative thought”, whether it’s through yogic philosophy, storytelling, insightful quotes, or personalizing the affirmations. Robbie’s teaching style is strongly influenced by the impact of her own    respected teachers, Gyandev & Diksha McCord and continues to expand with more practice, life experience, implementing yogic teachings, and all the valuable lessons she learns from her guru son Gabriel.  Robbie’s approach to teaching touches the heart and soul! So much so that Half Moon Yoga Healing  is coined “Franklin’s Heart Yoga”. Robbie invites YOU to join us for an experiential practice using this B.K.S. Iyengar quote as motivation: “Your body is the bow, the asanas are the arrows, and the target is the soul”.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Rev Michael Bogar on Open Conversations 4-23-17

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Look who is coming to Open Conversations! Tune in this Sunday 04-23-17 from 3-4 pm on Alternative Talk Radio 1150 AM, as Rev Michael Bogar shares his “soul-making” approach to living with purpose. You can also stream Open Conversations online live at 1150kknw.com. Read more about Michael Bogar’s work below.

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Michael’s approach is from a full-life experience. He can relate to a wide range of human beings and has a way of communicating to those at the top of their game and those ready to quit. He views life as an educational experience that he sometimes calls soul-making, requiring both negative and positive relationships with people, circumstances, ideas and emotions. There is no wasted moment in a soul-making life.

He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels and has a proven ability to inform and inspire students ranging from the informal beginner to the serious scholar. Students and audience members frequently comment on his depth of scholarship, personal approach and sense of humor. Michael has acquired two masters degrees in religious and biblical studies, has taught the classical religious texts from many religious traditions and is a very effective teacher of spiritual phenomena.

He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has studied Jungian Depth Psychology and universal mythologies. The title of his dissertation is: Watching God Grow Up: Reading the Bible as Stages and Modes of Consciousness.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Abigail Steidley on Open Conversations 03-26-17

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Excited to welcome pioneering Mind-Body Coach Abigail Steidley to Open Conversations this Sunday 03-26-17 from 3-4 pm Pacific Time on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM. You can also stream the show live at 1150kknw.com. To read more about Abigail’s work visit her website abigailsteidley.com.

About Abigail:

Let’s just say it. My early twenties sucked. Case in point: me, lying naked on the exam table, feet in stirrups, impossibly tiny cover-up draped over me, with yet another doctor probing my personal regions. Snapping the rubber gloves as he pulled them off, the doc popped his head up between my knees.

“Your pelvic floor is a disaster,” he said. Direct quote.

As a young woman, fresh out of college, I had never even considered my pelvic floor. I actually had no idea what that was.

“You have pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, and vulvar dysesthesia,” he continued. “We’ll start you on physical therapy and some anti-depressants. Oh, and a steroid.”

“Why did I get these syndromes?” I asked.

He shrugged. “We don’t really know why they occur.”

I swallowed, looking for courage before I spoke.

“Um…also, I’m really depressed. I’ve been feeling pretty hopeless lately. Actually, I’ve had a lot of panic, too.” (This was nice-speak for I am so f-ing tired of being in this much pain and my life is ruined and I can’t take it anymore, seriously, seriously, seriously! HELP ME!)

“Oh, don’t worry. The anti-depressant will help that,” he responded. And with that, we were done.

This was the one appointment I’d been hanging all my hopes on, waiting for with bated breath, as if simply walking through the door would bring relief. After years of suffering from interstitial cystitis and now months and months of vaginal pain on top of that, I was at my limit. It hurt to wear underwear, to sit, to walk, and to do anything that involved me moving my body at all.

I came home, laid down on my couch, and succumbed to deep, dark, despair. I felt lost. Alone. Hopeless. If the doctor didn’t know why I had these syndromes, how would I heal? It seemed like so many pieces of the puzzle were missing. I needed guidance. Support. Kindness.

When I went to my first physical therapy appointment, my physical therapist handed me a business card.

“This is a woman who teaches relaxation techniques and deep breathing,” she explained. “It might help you relax these pelvic muscles.”

I took the card, grateful for any suggestions. At this point, the medications had shown no signs of helping, and the doctor didn’t have answers.

At my first breathing lesson, I learned about a million things about myself. At my first breathing lesson, I found the compassion, the kindness, the hope, and the connection I needed to see my healing process from a new light. I’d found a healer; someone who could help me connect mind, body, and spirit and understand what imbalances were asking for attention.

And thus my mind-body healing journey began. I dove in, excited to understand how I’d been locked in mental patterns that caused me to live in a constant state of stress. This created tension in my body, and most of that was in my pelvic floor muscles. I spent most of every day being incredibly hard on myself, criticizing myself, trying to be better, do more, achieve more, be skinnier, and generally be someone other than myself.

I started to see how this pain syndrome had evolved. I started to see how I could create well-being. It was my new passion: mind-body healing.

But it was SO MUCH BIGGER than just health. It was freedom from mental self-torture. It was connection to inner wisdom. It was confidence. It was creativity. It was being aligned with my true nature and feeling spiritual connection and guidance in my daily life.

abigailIn 2008, I trained as a Life Coach with Martha Beck. I wanted to help others on this healing journey, and provide the kindness, the support, the coaching, the connection, and the tools that I’d found so immensely helpful. I figured that my story – healing from that wide variety of “chronic” pelvic pain syndromes using mind-body healing – could bring hope, help, and well-being to others. It was the most fulfilling work I could have ever imagined.

In 2010, I begin training other coaches in the mind-body tools, and in 2011 Mind-Body Coach University was born. It was increasingly hard to be of service to the many people who wanted mind-body coaching, so the coaches who took my training could also help those people seeking mind-body healing.

Now, I’ve created the Kindness Community to serve as a supportive place where you can come to feel connection, get coached, hear the wisdom your body is sharing, and discover kindness. You, too, can find the freedom in letting go of the old patterns that create constant self-judgment, stress, physical pain, illness, and a sense of disconnection from others and spirit. If you’re wondering if the community is for you, check out the Is This You? page.

What do I do, exactly? I see your energy in your body. I see where your old mental stress patterns are creating blocks to complete health, and I coach you around releasing them and allowing emotional energy to flow. This allows you to connect to your inner wisdom and begin trusting yourself. You hear the wisdom your body is sharing. You become an even more effective coach/healer, or you become ready to begin doing your work in the world.

In my thirties, I’m now a mom, an Irish fiddler (aka recovering classical violinist), a coach, a coach mentor, a seer, a healer, and a woman who is passionately dedicated to kindness: for me, and for others. It’s the secret to my well-being, and whenever I forget it, my body lets me know. Thankfully, I’m getting better and better at remembering. Kindness is the path.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Rabbi Ted Falcon on Open Conversations 03-12-17

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Excited to welcome Rabbi Ted Falcon back to Open Conversations this Sunday (03-12-17) on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM, from 3-4 pm Pacific time. You can also stream the show live at 1150kknw.com.

Read more about Rabbi Ted Falcon below and visit his website at www.rabbitedfalcon.com

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Through worship, teaching, counseling, and speaking, Rabbi Ted Falcon Shares the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while appreciating that it is only one of the authentic spiritual traditions of the world. With gentleness and humor, he deeply affirms the integrity of each individual being.

With Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of theInterfaith Amigos. Karen Armstrong calls their “exuberant and courageous” second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (Skylight Paths, 2011), “an inspiration and example for all of us in these sadly polarized times.” Their first book is Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam (Skylight Paths, 2009). Their third book,Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths, 2016), explores spirituality and interfaith dialogue as tools to help heal our personal wounds, societal injustices, and the environment. He is co-author with David Blatner of Judaism For Dummies and author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.

Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rabbi Ted served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in Professional Psychology, with research focused on the nature of meditative and mystical states of consciousness. Since then, his work has bridged the psychological and the spiritual, encouraging deeper integration for greater freedom of personal action and understanding.

The model for the meditative synagogue began in Los Angeles in 1976, after Rabbi Ted and a small group gathered for High Holyday meditations, born out of his need to explore this form of Jewish worship. He shared both meditative practices and teaching with that group, and in 1978 officially formed Makom Ohr Shalom, a Synagogue for Jewish Spirituality.

When he moved to Seattle in 1993, Rabbi Ted and his wife, Ruth Neuwald Falcon, founded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. He completed his final year as Bet Alef’s senior rabbi at the end of 2009 so that he could devote his time to writing, teaching, spiritual counseling, and interfaith work. He has the unique distinction of having been Scholar-in-Residence for two years at a Unity Church, Unity of Bellevue.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

 

Sunny Joy McMillian on Open Conversations 3-05-2017

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Excited to welcome, lawyer-turned-life coach, Sunny Joy McMillan to back to Open Conversations this Sunday March 5 from 3-4 pm Pacific time on KKNW Alternation Talk 1150 AM. Remember you can stream the show live at 1150kknw.com

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Sunny Joy McMillan is a lawyer-turned-life coach and host of the radio show “Sunny in Seattle.”  Prior to becoming a coach, Sunny practiced law in Austin, Texas as an associate attorney with a large regional law firm.  In 2010, after discovering the work of Dr. Martha Beck, a best-selling author and internationally acclaimed life coach, Sunny finally listened to the wisdom of her own essential self, leaving Texas and the practice of law.  Following a life-changing volunteer trip around the world, she finally landed in Seattle.  Through her desire to share the experience of her journey and help others with their own similar transformations, Sunny decided to become a life coach.  She completed her training and subsequent certification through Dr. Martha Beck’s program, and she is currently in Master Coach Training.  Through her coaching and her show, Sunny is passionate about connecting her clients and listeners to the peace and joy that come from remembering that we are empowered spiritual beings having a human experience.  Sunny is based in Seattle, Washington with a coaching practice in the University District.  Read her blog and find out more about her at www.goldenoversoul.com.  Listen to Sunny in Seattle on Friday mornings on KKNW 1150 am from 9-10am Pacific.

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Eddie Watkins Jr. on Open Conversations 02-26-17

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Raise your vibration this Sunday, 02-26-17, as Open Conversations welcomes the inspiring singer/ songwriter Eddie Watkins Jr. This Sunday on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM, from 3-4 pm Pacific, listen to Eddie share his triumphant journey of music, life lessons and spiritual awareness.

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Born in Detroit, Eddie was given a piano at age 7 by his grandmother who recognized his musical talent. He turned out to be a gifted musician & composer, playing piano, bass, guitar, drums & sax in junior high and high school. Eddie’s true love was the bass guitar; by age 17 Eddie continued his dream, playing bass for Motown’s Norman Whitfield, supporting artists like the Temptations, The Undisputed Truth, & other Motown greats.

When  Motown moved to LA, Eddie left Detroit, moved to Hollywood and made a name for himself as a premier “A list” session bass player. He lent his rock solid bass licks to recordings by Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Pointer Sisters, James Brown & a who’s who of popular music icons.

Success & the fast life led Eddie to substance abuse, recovery & a spiritual search for deeper meaning which led to a spiritual awakening & a call to serve humanity through music. Eddie has served as musical director at the Center for Spiritual Living greater Las Vegas & the Center for Spiritual Living Seattle. Today with 6 CDs of original life-altering high consciousness music under his belt, Eddie is on tour across America raising the vibration of the planet with his music.

Eddie Watkins Jr. is also writing a book, Motown & Miracles, & is the keynote speaker at many of the Centers he visits. He has recorded with Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, James Brown, Santana, Cher,  Diana Ross,  Herbie Hancock,  Pattie  Labelle, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Frampton, Gato Barbieri, The Temptations, Phyllis Hyman, Norman Conners, Thelma Houston, Nancy Wilson, more.  “I know what my life purpose is, to share this music with the world.”

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

Forgiveness to “Give Forth”

 

Forgiveness to ‘Give Forth’

“God can only be Peace and Harmony. Let go all the tenseness in your body, forget all the mean feelings you may have, and let the body, emotions, and mind rest in a deep awareness of that Peace which is God.” Ernest Holmes – The Basic Ideas of Science of Mind P 39

I love Emma Curtis Hopkins’ breakdown of the word forgiveness, ‘for-give-ness’ or to ‘give forth.’ As a means to realign myself with the Harmony that God is, I ‘give forth’ any negative thoughts or false beliefs that I have about myself or others.  I ‘give forth’ any negative thoughts or false beliefs that ever suggested I, or anyone, could be separate from our Source and Creator.

Giving forth our negative thoughts and false belief is a means of clearing a path way for Spirit to operate in our lives. Anger, resentment and hurt, while important to honor, must at some point give way to forgiveness in order to continue our healing process and spiritual growth. This pathway is the richness of life. As we clear ourselves of the false idea that God is something other than who we are, other than our neighbor, we make way for the Truth of our Oneness. When we recognize this Truth we fill those newly cleared spaces with Spirit, expanding our consciousness for a joyfully rich and thriving life. Rev Dr Kathianne Lewis once said in reference to forgiveness that it is, “Total Surrender! You give-forth yourself so God can give all of Itself as you.”

Today forgive, allow yourself to be freed from false thoughts about yourself and others. Allow yourself to be freed from a focus on condition. Everything is possible in God.

Holly Holmquist

Day Minister – Spiritual Mentor

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

I am a Center in the Divine Mind, by Ernest Holmes

This prayer by Ernest Holmes has personally carried me a great distance, through some of the most challenging times of my life. If I am hurting pain does not suddenly cease at these times, however, when I focus on the truth of who I am the pain I feel at life’s ups and downs is pure, not bloated by false stories or fears. A pure emotion is full of power, clarity and healing. Anytime I remind myself of Truth, that I am an extension and expression of the Divine and the Universe is conspiring for my Good, I once again ride with the magical flow of Life. I stand in awe of the mystery and allow myself to be pulled forward and called to my greater what’s next.

Say it for yourself. Say it for others. Speak Truth often and with conviction!

Peace, Love and Blessings, Holly

“I am a center in the Divine Mind, a point of God conscious life, truth and action.  My affairs are divinely guided and guarded into right action, into correct results.  Everything I do, say or think, is stimulated by the Truth.  There is power in this word that I speak, because it is of the Truth and it is the Truth.  There is perfect and continuous right action in my life and my affairs.  All belief in wrong action is dispelled.  Right action alone has power and right action is power, and Power is God…the Living Spirit Almighty.  This Spirit animates everything that I do, say or think.  Ideas come to me daily and these ideas are divine ideas.  They direct me and sustain me without effort.  I am continuously directed.  I am compelled to do the right thing at the right time, to say the right word at the right time, to follow the right course at all times.”

“All suggestion of limitation or unhappiness is uprooted from my mind and cannot gain entrance to my thought.  I am happy, well and filled with perfect Life.  I live in the Spirit of Truth and am conscious that the Spirit of Truth lives in me.  My word is law unto its own manifestation, and will bring to me or cause me to be brought to its fulfillment.  There is no unbelief, no doubt, no uncertainty. I know and I know that I know.  Let every thought of doubt vanish from my mind that I know the Truth and the Truth [made] me free.”

Ernest Holmes – Science of Mind Text

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

THE ANSWERS ARE WITHIN By Rev William Curtiss

THE ANSWERS ARE WITHIN

“God never asks a question. It is not necessary for God to ask questions because God already knows all the answers. The word for this is “omniscience.” It means that God is the source of all knowledge, wisdom, and intelligence. Since I am one with God, then I have access to all knowledge, wisdom and intelligence. I know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. I have all the answers. There is Something within me that knows. I trust it totally. It is never wrong; it is always right.

I am filled with confidence because I know, and I know that I know. I never have to worry about the outcome because I am always divinely guided into perfect right decision and perfect right action. I never worry about the “means” because the “end” is already secure. My purpose in life is to express God. God’s purpose in life is to live fully, joyously, creatively and lovingly. I fulfill God’s purpose when I live that way, for I am a vehicle of God’s life. I am the means by which God lives. Accordingly I am endowed with everything necessary to live God’s life: all knowledge, all wisdom, all intelligence.

Knowing this, I now approach each day with excitement and great expectations. Each day is a new opportunity for me to express God, and I have within me an inexhaustible reservoir of resources to do a magnificent job living God’s Life.

I draw upon my inner reservoir of knowledge, wisdom, and intelligence to answer every question and to meet every challenge that presents itself to me today. I have an inexhaustible supply of answers, and they are all right answers. I approach this day in total confidence.”

By Rev William Curtiss – Science of Mind Magazine, December 1992 “Daily Guides to Richer Living”

The power of focusing on the truth of our existence is great. We “pray without ceasing” whether we are aware we are praying or not. Every thought is sending an energetic projection, a blueprint to the Universe about our true beliefs and understanding. Life is a culmination of what each person believes to be possible.

Dive into your beliefs, discover what you believe to be possible. Remember who and what you are and allow this knowing to pull you forward.

Holly Holmquist

Day Minister – Spiritual Mentor

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.

 

Elizabeth Brandon on Open Conversations 01-19-2017

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Excited to welcome Elizabeth Brandon back to Open Conversations at a special time this Thursday, noon – 1:00 pm Pacific time. Stream the show live on 1150kknw.com or tune in live at KKNW Alternative talk 1150 AM. Join the conversation as Elizabeth Brandon shares what has inspired her successful  30 year career as an introspective painter.

Artist Elizabeth Brandon has shown her paintings for over 30 years in galleries across the US. Her style is primarily influenced by the 17th century Dutch and Spanish painters.  Along with showing her art nationally, Elizabeth painted the cover paintings for Cooks Illustrated from 2000- 2007 and established their familiar look. In the 1970’s, she gained an in-depth knowledge of the principles of light and atmosphere in the Old Masters tradition from her years of study at the Art Students League of New York, where she also met her artist husband, Joseph Sulkowski.

Elizabeth’s work includes still life, florals, and landscapes. Recently she has embarked on a new series based upon her 20 year yoga practice. These paintings are inspired by aspects of healing with a spiritual approach to yoga asanas, breath work, and body knowledge.

Elizabeth’s introspective paintings draw from her passion for the natural world and it’s attributes of light and shadow, with an emphasis on expressing the energetic chakra systems of the body.

She has won numerous awards for her still life and is currently represented at Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, WY,  Marine Arts Gallery in Marblehead, MA,  Edgartown Art Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard, and her studio/ gallery  at www.elizabethbrandon.com

Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and host of the radio show Open Conversations on KKNW Alternative Talk 1150 AM in Seattle, WA. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Listen to past Open Conversations shows, see blogs and read about Holly’s ministry at holmquistholly.com.