The Heart of Inner Peace



 Thank you to all for a wonderful day!

We are looking forward to next year.


Experience a sense of well-being through creativity and intuition 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Mercy by the Sea

167 Neck Road, Madison, CT

Artists for World Peace invites you to “unplug” from your hectic life and join us for uplifting and powerful workshops and presentations.


Chair Yoga – with Jeff Hush

Hush’s system of chair yoga takes classic yoga poses and makes them available to everyone. Great for improving balance, strength, and teaching one to breathe fully.

Emotions in Sound and Color – with Dr. Robert Nasta and Wendy Black-Nasta

Every day, sounds and colors influence our moods and emotions on a subconscious level. This workshop invites you to explore the sound and color connection by creating art in response to live music.

Introduction to the Art of Muscle Testing – with Vicki Graham

Muscle testing (kinesiology) allows us to determine what makes the body strong and which supplements, substances, foods, items, etc., would be helpful for our health and wellness.

The Art of Placement for a Good Night’s Sleep – with Pat McGrath

This workshop is based on the idea that our bodies have the ability to heal themselves. Learn how to use the Art of Placement to set up your bedrooms for rest and rejuvenation.

Participants must bring photos or videos of their own bedroom

T’ai Chi for Mind, Body and Spirit – with Tom Cushing

This movement-based class is rooted in a system designed to improve body, mind, and spirit connections, improve physical health, and foster an overall sense of well-being. No experience is necessary.

Listening to the Voice Within – with Liz Petry

“Listening to the Voice Within” is an opportunity to explore your inner and outer world through writing. You will leave the session with ideas and techniques that you can use to enhance your spiritual journey.

Psychospiritual Counseling & Healing – with Mensimah Shabazz

Learn how Psycho-spirituality opens up an integrated worldview that allows physical healing, psychological problem solving, and exploration of spiritual or sacred ways of being. Traditional medicine/healing practices will also be discussed.

The Sound of Balance, Vibrational Healing – with Vicki Graham

When we introduce healthy vibrations to a particular chakra or aura, it balances and shifts the subtle energies of the body. Experience the power, simplicity, and impact that vibrational healing can have on your well-being.

World Peace Meditation with the Angels – with Dan Lupacchino

Learn a brief history of Angels, and experience a “Heart Link” technique to help connect deeply with the Angels, as we send healing and love to ourselves and out into the world. 

T’ai Chi for Mind, Body and Spirit – with Tom Cushing

This movement-based class is rooted in a system designed to improve body, mind, and spirit connections, improve physical health, and foster an overall sense of well-being. No experience is necessary.

Giving Messages from Spirit – with Deb Orris

A gallery-style reading to give people messages from spirit for their best and highest good.

I Can’t Meditate/I Can’t Shut Off my Brain! – with Pat McGrath

If this is your complaint about not meditating, you are not alone. In this workshop you will learn how to tame your brain, release some stress and find some peace and quiet.

The Sound of Balance, Vibrational Healing – session continues – with Vicki Graham


Thank you to Mercy by the Sea for their support of this event.

Workshop Presenters

Jeff Hush
Jeff Hush has been practicing and teaching dance, tai chi, yoga and Pilates for more than 35 years.  In the 1980s and 1990s he was also a scholar specializing in Medical History and Literature; he studied and taught at Wesleyan University, UC Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.  After leaving his teaching post at the University of Chicago in 1994, he moved to Prague to start a consulting business teaching business skills in English.  He returned to the US in 2011 to combine his medical research skills with his movement disciplines.  He currently teaches movement therapy in Connecticut, mainly at Community Health Centers in Middletown, Meriden, and New Britain.  His newest venture is the website (Food and Movement Therapy: “the future of health care in America”), detailing the newest research in how to use food and movement to build health for every individual.

Dr. Robert Nasta
Robert Nasta is a composer, performer, and educator. He also serves as Musical Director for Artists for World Peace.

Wendy Black-Nasta
Wendy Black-Nasta has been an international jewelry designer since 1977. She has an MFA in Metallurgy, and has taught metal, jewelry, sculpture, and color theory. Wendy is the Founder and Executive Director of Artists for World Peace.

Vicki Graham
Vicki has 30 years of practice in the field of alternative health. Licensed in massage, somatic bodywork, Trager, Cranio-Sacral, kinesiology, reflexology, nutritional coaching, emotional diffusion, life skills, energy and core balancing, and journey work. As a transformational therapist and educator, Vicki has been supporting clients in their well-being through integration of bodywork with emotional, nutritional, spiritual and energetic tools. She educates her clients in developing life-skill programs to balance and reconnect with the body, mind and spirit, creating healthy movement towards freedom and the innate ability to heal themselves.
She teaches for the International Institute of Reflexology and muscle testing for the Touch for Health Foundation. Vicki has trained thousands of practitioners and novices around the world. She has developed many workshops such as S.I.T. (Selective Integrative Therapies) and R.E.S.T. (Releasing Emotional Stress Technique); both systems designed to quickly utilize tools for transformational healing and balance.

Pat McGrath
Pat McGrath, founder of Adventures In Mind, works as an Intuitive Coach at the Healing In Harmony Center in Glastonbury. She is a certified instructor in the S.E.E.D. (Simple, Easy, Every Day) meditation method by the McLean Meditation Institute of Sedona Arizona; by the New England School of Feng Shui as a consultant; and by the Psyche Institute of Higher Learning as a spiritual counselor and as a practitioner of Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets. She serves as a member of the Council of Elders for Artists for World Peace, and can be contacted at

Tom Cushing
Tom Cushing has been practicing the Martial Arts (T’ai Chi is, originally, a martial art), and teaching students ages 4 to 91 for over 18 years. Tom is a certified 4th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Fillipino Martial Art of Modern Arnis; and studied for over ten years with International Champion, Master Zhang Zhao Xun.
Tom is also a certified instructor in T’ai Chi Moving for Better Balance—Evidence Based Program for Fall Prevention. He has traveled around the USA for training seminars in multiple arts, and is the lead instructor for the Fall Prevention Study for Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University, as well as a member of the inner circle of instructor for T’ai Chi Moving for Better Balance at Yale University.

Conduit Center
The Conduit Center of East Hartford, CT is a Wellness & Meditation center specializing in the art of sound meditation: a technique that creates a state of effortless relaxation and a natural environment for self-healing. The Center also feature many activities including: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Massage Therapy, Workshops, Discussion Nights, Movie Nights, Kirtan and more.

Liz Petry
With more than 10 years of experience in journalism and a degree in law, Liz Petry has found great rewards in researching and writing two books about aspects of the African American experience. Her first book “Can Anything Beat White?: A Black Family’s Letters,” explored the lives of her maternal grandmother’s family as they traveled to Hawaii, the Philippines and parts of the Deep South between the 1890s and 1910. Her second book, “At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry,” is a memoir about her amazing and multifaceted mother, the renowned author, Ann Petry. Liz is currently working on a new non-fiction book that engages topics beyond her family and beyond the twentieth century. Read her blog

Mensimah Shabazz
Mensimah Shabazz is a Psychospiritual Consultant in Wethersfield, CT, and she holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Studies. She is the author of Sankofa: Learning from Hindsight, a professor of World Religions at Middlesex Community College and completing her doctoral studies with the California Institute of Integral Studies this summer in Philosophy and Religion.

Emrys Tetu
My concept of Decadent Wellness arose out of the connection I see between the ability to savor our lives and the ability to feel well. There is a strong link between health and wellness, but they are not the same. When we address both our wellness and our health needs with a nourishing approach, we thrive.
I have spent the past twenty years studying yoga, local food, and wellness practices in New England, California, Hawaii, France, Mexico, and India. I am passionate about the whole experience of our relationships with ourselves and our food, how we experience being in our bodies, and how we can feel truly well.
As a chef, and as a counselor, I believe in building the experience of food beyond its flavors and ingredients, and certainly far beyond measurements of fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

Dan Lupacchino
Dan Lupacchino is a gifted healer, reader and teacher.  Having started his holistic training at the age of 16, he has built his holistic practice to include Massage Therapy, Energy Healing and Intuitive Work.  He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Medical Intuitive, Spiritual Counselor, Master Healer and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET®) Master Instructor—recently being named a 2014 IET® Top Instructor.  The scope of his class topics includes healing, meditation, metaphysical practices and spirituality.  Dan practices and teaches at The Healing in Harmony Center in Glastonbury, CT.

Deb Orris
Deb is a gifted reader who combines her strong psychic abilities with her mediumship skills to deliver spiritual guidance to her clients. Deb has completed her Level II Mediumship certification at the PSYCHĒ Institute for Higher Learning in Glastonbury, CT.  Deb has had a long career in healthcare and decided to return to school for OTA so she could work directly with clients. She is currently a student at Manchester Community College, entering her second year in the Occupational Therapy Program. Deb gives private readings in addition to gallery style house parties. To set up an appointment you can reach Deb at 860-205-2666, or at