University of Metaphysical Sciences is a non-profit distance learning
facility, offering downloadable courses
from the internet or delivered via postal mail. Study at your own pace
while you work, stay at home, or travel.
following is a roster of some of the writers involved in creating the
curriculum for the university. All come from various walks of life. Not
all teachers and writers are listed here as there are too many contributing
writers to list and some are a little shy... There are new writers coming
aboard all the time, though, for UMS is always adding new electives to
its curriculum offerings.
writers and teachers are what makes UMS so wonderful. Many minds have
come together to create the curriculum of UMS. Our teachers are varied
in background and training, each bringing their area of expertise to the
courses they write. They have gathered much knowledge in their own studies
and training, and have also collectively gathered vast amounts of real
world experience as practicing counselors, teachers, and healers in their
Breese, D.D., Ph.D.
An author, lecturer and workshop facilitator, Christine Breese has taught
many classes on metaphysical subjects. She holds workshops and retreats,
offers meditation journeys on tape and CD, and is the founder of University of Metaphysical Sciences. She earned her A.A. Degree in Audio Engineering,
and another A.A. in Film and Video Production. She worked in the entertainment
industry on commercials, TV shows, music videos and independent films.
She then earned her Doctor of Divinity Degree in Metaphysical Sciences,
and her Ph.D. in Metaphysical Counseling.
Devon Love is dedicated to the process of self awakening and assisting
others on this journey. Devon practices what she calls "spiritual
medicine," in which she offers sessions in multi-dimensional intuitive
healing, witnessing spiritual awakening, conflict resolution, and compassionate
communication. She also works full time as an Admissions Advisor and research
writer at UMS.
Margaret Branch has completed graduate coursework in psychology, and has
developed dream-work classes and workshops from a Jungian perspective.
As a visionary artist and writer, she integrates imagination and the superconscious
with practical tools for uncovering the authentic self. Margaret Branch
facilitates professional dream consultations and workshops in Arcata,
Yamas O.M.D, L.A.C.
John Yamas received a degree in mechanical engineering from the Oregon
State University in 1970, and a master's degree in counseling/guidance
from the University of Hawaii in 1980. After meeting a variety of people
healed from traditional Chinese medicine that Western medicine could not
help, he decided to study traditional Chinese medicine. He attended The
American College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received his state
license in 1986. He also studied at The SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine
and received a degree of Doctor Of Oriental Medicine in 1988. He also
studied abroad in China where he completed advanced training in acupuncture
and Chinese herbal medicine at the Quangdong Provincial Hospital Of Traditional
Chinese medicine. In 1988 he and his wife, Elisabeth Pahara M.S.CM. who
is also trained in traditional Chinese medicine, opened The Center For
Natural Medicine in Arcata, California.
Nicole Yalsovac graduated from Washington State University, earning a
B.A. in Sociology. She has been a VISTA (now AmeriCorp) Volunteer, a social
worker, flight attendant, interior decorator, travel specialist, and an
Innkeeper/Owner. Through her studies in spirituality and meditation practice,
she gained much understanding of how to achieve inner peace, the power
of prayer and daily affirmations, and the universal connection we all
have with one another. She shares some of this knowledge in her writings
Callaghan, M.S., M.F.T.
Teri Callaghan is a psychotherapist who has spent twenty years combining
spiritual and psychological principles into her own unique style of service.
She specializes in helping to identify and eliminate emotional-cognitive
blocks to our natural evolution into individual and personal Sovereignty.
Teri has written mental wellness training curriculum for schools, law
enforcement agencies and counseling programs and has had the opportunity
to teach and lecture on many of these topics. She is currently in private
practice in Arcata, CA.
Dominic Daley has earned his Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree in early
childhood development from Los Angeles Harbor College in San Pedro, California
in 1981. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Waldorf Education
from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California in 1983. Currently
he farms, works as an internet artist at www.3foldsun.com, creating
online novels, and presenting various metaphysical materials to the public.
Nova Love is an educator with a passion for lifelong learning. With a teaching style that is interactive and dynamic, he shares his years of personal research, education, and experience with his students. Recently earning a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2011 and a California Teaching Credential in 2012, he has experience teaching in classrooms, outdoor settings, workshops, and writing for online coursework. Nova envisions a world where diverse people interrelate in joyous co-creation; his connection to life and learning is contagious.
Genevieve Marie Trimarco has written poetry and short stories throughout
her life. She is a violinist and plays with the All Season’s Orchestra
of Arcata and is artistically inclined in the mediums of acrylics, graphic
pen, watercolor and pastels. She has acted in several plays and was an
extra in The Majestic and Small Town Life, and had a
small role in Escape In Time. She is an active member of the
Wisdom Of The Heart Church and is deeply involved in her spiritual
Jamie Kessler is a religious studies major at Humboldt State University
and has been studying spiritual concepts for many years. He is a proficient
meditator, Reiki practitioner and teacher. He has studied with various
spiritual teachers and explored several spiritual avenues. He is often
traveling in other countries.
Sharose Niedelman has over two decades of experience as
a resource specialist, multimedia artist and mentor for youth in arts
& technology. As an arts educator in progressive learning environments,
she has applied process-oriented approaches for youth and adults of all
ages, assisting with special needs (autism, dual-diagnosed)), learning
disabilities, at-risk, tutoring, in-home services, and seasonal programs
in private and public sectors. Children’s spirituality and orientation
of the whole child is a basis for her philosophy concerning interacting
Daniel Barnhart has written for many media avenues, including screenplays
and stage productions. He is the author of two children’s book series.
Additionally, he has been a contributing author to educational newsletters
and one children’s psychology book. He has worked on many projects
including education videos, musical entertainment, marketing philanthropic
pursuits, historical research, and book editing. A 15 year student of
metaphysics and a trained metaphysical healer, Daniel endeavors to make
his art a healing work.
Bill Timm CMA,CPM
Bill Timm is a teacher and practitioner of Falun Gong, also known
as Falun Dafa, and has done much to promote and teach its concepts and
techniques in various areas of the United States. He has trained in martial
arts, he is an avid surfer, and has studied nutrition. He is a certified
medical assistant and also a certified mediator. For the past twelve years
he has focused on teaching Chinese disciplines and the healing arts, and
for the past three years, specialized in teaching Falun Gong.
A. P. Reyes
Carmel A. P. Reyes has resided in Humboldt since 1996. She has drawn some
of the diagrams and pictures for UMS courses. She has been drawing, painting,
singing, and dancing since childhood. Her local works include illustrations
for the Humboldt Herbals catalog, PeaceFunk, Full/Fool Moon flyers, a
mural for Reggae on the River Music Festival, and artistic signs for Humboldt
Herbals and Earthdance.
David Bradley was born, raised, and lives in California, residing in Arcata.
He has practiced Geotechnical Engineering in California, and has been
a Urantia Book reader, for over 25 years. He has published a
book titled An Introduction to The Urantia Revelation (White
Egret Publications, Second Edition, 2002). He also plays cajun-zydeco
music with a local band, the Bayou Swamis.
Carolyn Hoppe is a teacher, healer and inspirational speaker. She has
taught Elementary School for 14 years and has a Master's degree in Education.
She does Spiritual counseling and Emotional Release work. She has taught
workshops on topics such as "How to have more Joy in your life"
"How to connect to your Angel," Aroma-therapy and also "Ways
to release Emotions." She has the ability to tune in to a client's
core issues, and assist in reaching full potential.
She trained as a ballerina at a young age, then migrated into gymnastics,
track and field, tennis and beach volleyball. She taught volleyball to
middle school young women, instructed Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes at
a non-profit physical therapy clinic in Eureka, CA, works as a Physical
Therapy Aide at HealthSport Physical Therapy Clinic and has been coaching
gymnastics and acrobatics for the past four years, from toddlers to adults.
She is a certified massage practitioner at the Spiral of Life Wellness
Center in Arcata, CA. Her artistic work has been performing partner acrobatics.
She feels it takes a variety of methods to be in balance physically, emotionally,
mentally, and spiritually. She has been written about physical well-being
in UMS courses.
Vaughn, M.A., MFTI
Susan Vaughn is a published author, public speaker, and teacher. She has
been teaching courses in reality creation for over fifteen years. She
has a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family therapy and is currently working
towards further licensure. She is a trained hypnotherapist, and spent
numerous years working with A Course In Miracles and the channeled
being Lazaris, both of which are at the core of her work. The mother of
three grown children, she currently resides in Eureka, CA, where she has
a thriving private practice.
Laurel Sherer has always been fascinated with plants, which developed
into a deep interest in herbs and food as medicine. Through her Bachelor's
studies in Spanish, she had the opportunity to travel to several countries
where she experienced new ways of eating and living. She also spent a
year of her life cleansing in Hawaii. There, she experienced a great sense
of healing at the emotional, spiritual, and physical levels, and is continuing
this through her diet of mainly raw foods. She is currently living in
Arcata, CA working in the field of energetic and intuitive healing.
Tristan Anderson is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelors
Degree in Religious Studies. Through this degree he was exposed to many
of the world's spiritual philosophies and healing modalities. He continues
to deepen his connection with spirit through meditation, raw foods, fasting,
and mindful living. It brings him great joy to write courses about some
of the things he has learned over the years.
Tina Ball lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy
gardening, hiking, cooking and laughing together. She feels nature and
food can be magnificent sources of health and healing. Tina has been a
student of spiritual and healing arts for twenty years including art therapy,
acupressure, food medicine, and breath work. Recently Tina has found great
inspiration in the study of compassionate communication, the art of deliberate
creation and is working towards becoming a facilitator in conflict resolution
with the use of these new techniques.
Nicole Rieth graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.A. in French.
She also has a strong interest in healing arts with an emphasis in Ayurvedic
principles. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Southeast
Asia and has lived a year in both France and India. Nicole has returned
to Arcata ten years after her college graduation to co-found the opening
of the Spiral of Life Wellness Center where she conducts her Ayurvedic
massage practice. She is an active member of the Wisdom Of The Heart Church
and enjoys working for UMS.
David Mitchell has been a healer ever since he was a little boy when at
the age of six his gift of intuitive healing was discovered. He enrolled
in the Community College of Denver and spent two and a half years studying
various styles of massage along with extensive anatomy and kinesiology,
and graduated with a 1000 hour certification and a degree in health and
wellness. Since graduation, David has dedicated his time to the spa environment
Born and raised in the Northeastern United States, Frank Milelzcik was
brought up in Christian traditions. When he was 18 he moved to California
where he discovered Eastern philosophical teachings. He has two college
degrees in Art and Forestry. Frank Milelzcik is a forest technician for
the US Forest Service and works in various National Forest locations.
He has a close connection with the spirituality of nature.
DeLorme, MA, MFTI
Kathryne DeLorme has Masters Degrees in Transpersonal Psychology and Counseling
Psychology with a Depth orientation. She has facilitated expressive arts
processes for ten years including mask making as an exploration of archetypes,
mythic themes and transformational healing. Her art masks have been exhibited
in Bay Area galleries. Kathryne’s focus and intention as a teacher
and therapist is psychospiritual in nature, supporting movement toward
more embodied and conscious living.
Katy Wilson, M.D. is a public sector psychiatrist who has been practicing
psychiatry for over 10 years. She was born and raised in the San Francisco
Bay Area and went back east for her education which included medical school
at University of Rochester and residency at Dartmouth. She has worked
in a number of community mental health centers in New Hampshire, Maine
and California. She has had several teaching positions including affiliation
with the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and Assistant Professorship
at UC Davis in the Department of Psychiatry. She has taught classes on
empathic interviewing and Mindfulness and has supervised medical students
and residents. She also teaches her patients a wide variety of health-promoting
strategies. She practices yoga and mindfulness on a daily basis and lives
in the redwoods with her husband and her pets in California.
Gerry Blue has a Master’s degree in Psychology, and brings the perspective
of over fifteen years work as a counselor in the community mental health
field. He has collaborated in the process of acceptance, struggle, and
growth with hundreds of people of all ages. Through this window on many
lives, he has repeatedly witnessed miracles. He shares his experience
and expertise with the students at UMS.
Julie Achterhoff is a single mom to 5 wonderful, healthy kids. She is
also a midwife with a focus on nutrition. She started studying nutrition
20 years ago when she lived in Chicago. Health food was hard to come by
in the beginning, but it’s been a wonderful adventure finding more
and more options through the years. She is currently studying nursing
at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California.
Brother Zohar is a grass-roots spiritual activist and teacher, with a
foundational instruction in, and practice of, Mazdian, Essene, and sibling
Kabbalistic Traditions, Tantra Yoga, Biogenic Nutrition, and Natural Healing
modalities, in honor of Inner and Outer Alchemy. At age 15 he received
a revelation of the Essene Tree of Life, and has an extensive Knowledge
of the Mystical Tree of Life systems, cross-traditional Kabbalistic Teachings,
and a mono-synthesis of a Living Teaching.
Visionary artist and writer, Sheranda Tay, works to restore peace and
well being to humanity through expressive art forms. Her healing silk
paintings can be viewed at her new website, www.angelmatrix.info. She
is co-author of “The Return of The Dove,” a book about Mary
Magdalene, to be published in 2006. She has researched Mary Magdalene
for twenty-two years and her insights are enlightening regarding this
amazing woman. Sheranda teaches silk painting and she offers a children's
art program. Sheranda is a mother of three, and she lives in Trinity County,
Roslyn Imrie was born in North West Arkansas and home schooled most of
her childhood, while she lived in close proximity to nature. Her love
for learning drew her to the art of writing as a young child. She writes
both non fiction and fiction. Also, she has studied and recieved teaching
certificates in the arts of T'ai Qi, Qi Kung, and Reiki. Recently, she
has studied creative writing at the College of the Redwoods and is now
attending Goddard College to learn more about creative writing, environmental
ethics, and anthropology. But more than anything, she loves to travel,
write, explore Mother Nature and learn about metaphysical subjects.
Meenal Chaudhari has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and a M.Phil. in Psychology of Education, from highly reputable universities in India . While practicing psychotherapy she has also grown deeply interested in transpersonal psychology and consciousness studies. She has explored several avenues of self-expression including writing, theater and visual arts, as well as diverse spiritual paths. She practices yoga and meditation. She offers sessions in transformative therapy, rebirthing breathwork and past life regression. She also conducts workshops in self-exploration and awareness. She currently lives in Santa Clara, California.
Jill Semonin, PhD - CHt
Jill Semonin was born and raised in northeast Ohio and was a K-12 cheerleader. She took cosmetology in high school and achieved her license with the State of Ohio. She had three kids by the time I was 24. She bought a beauty salon and ran that while studying metaphysics at home. She became allergic to salon chemicals so badly, she was forced to change careers. She then went into doing permanent cosmetics. Studying metaphysics was still the main focus, which lead her into paranormal investigations in 1993. In 2005, she found UMS and signed up immediately. She is a graduate and now moderates on the UMS discussion board. It was UMS that brought out her desire to be a hypnotist, so she went through more training and graduated as hypnotherapist. Her current goal is to become licensed by the State of Ohio in Mental Health Counseling, but her heart and desire is with Metaphysics. Her spiritual side has opened up many doors and is the underlying drive. Her career is Hypnotherapist/Spiritual Counselor. Her hobby is paranormal investigations, sports, and learning. Her way of life is Metaphysics. She is married now to her best friend and soul mate, and together they have 5 wonderful children.
Machele Kindle, M.S.
Machele Kindle (Master Fire) received a Masters degree in Physics in 1997 from East Carolina University. In recent years, she has become more and more interested in spiritual concepts outside of her scientific discipline and Christian upbringing. She is now an active member of the growing spiritual subculture that practices tribal ritual and rites of passage. She is part of the faculty for the Women’s APEX Academy in the Butchmanns Tradition, an experience that focuses on the spiritual issues and techniques of her community. Her spiritual path is an eclectic mix of Neo Shamanism, energy work and magick with the odd Buddhist concept thrown in.