Enough Technology!

It has been proven time and time again that we humans need to touch each other.  In order to thrive, we need to hug and connect with others.Barryhug

My Mom, Ariel, worked as the Director of a Summer Camp when my sister and I were kids and every summer we would go to camp and have the experience of a lifetime.

Camp was always so wildly joyful and to this day my sister, Jaime, and I are connected to our camp friends. 

When creating Celebrate Your Life, Ariel and I made a conscious decision to immerse you in that beautiful, wildly joyful energy of being at Summer Camp.

You are free to express your authentic and truest self in whatever way resonates with you and connect with like minded spiritual playmates!

There is absolutely nothing that can replace that live experience of being in community with like minded people.   The party begins the moment you step into the door. That’s when the moment begins and your heart starts to awaken, open and expand.  We have seen this happen with our attendees year after year.

All the online courses are great, but let’s stop hiding behind our computers, cell phones and other devices and dare to put all this aside and experience human contact!  It’s essential for our well being.  It’s essential for our souls. 

Human connection is the new wave of the future. 

Come be with us at

Celebrate Your Life in Chicago and YOU decide which experience you prefer.

Reserve YOUR Seat Now!  

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Why Communicate with the Spirit World?

I have been privy to sit in with some of the world’s greatest spiritual mediums.  Everyone from James Van Praagh, John Edward, Tony Stockwell, Lisa Williams, John Holland and many more. Many people have asked me and even criticized, what the purpose is of having someone communicate with the spirit world?  I will tell you why.

Having seen thousands of spirit communication readings I have realized the great healing that occurs when a person, a mother, father, sister, _SKP8154husband, wife or whatever the relationship is to the deceased, have the most profound eye opening “aha” moment when one of these great spiritual mediums gives them a message from their loved one on the other side.  But it’s not just any message, it is information that only they know and absolutely no possibility for the medium to know.  The tears of joy, relief and comfort when a mother hears that her child who she lost is “okay, and with grandma” is profoundly healing.

I have heard James Van Praagh and Tony Stockwell give such details to people about their loved ones in spirit, even after all these years, I am still amazed and in awe.  This work is so important to help people heal their grief on a deeper level that they could not obtain through traditional grief counseling.  I’m not saying that counseling is not valuable, but this work  takes the person to a place of allowing them to begin to have conversations of their own with their loved one and possibly being able to hear messages back from them.

James and Tony are quite a powerful team when they come together and teach a workshop.  Tony Stockwell is one of the most renowned spiritual mediums in the U.K. During a reading I heard him tell someone the exact time on the clock when their loved one passed and what they were wearing.  The energy of James and Tony working together helps for messages to come through more clearly.

In a rare appearance in the United States, James and Tony will present two extraordinary programs in Phoenix, Arizona. People from all over the world are flying in to attend the 5 Day Intensive on May 5 – 9.  There is VERY limited seating for this event!  To register and learn more visit:  www.CelebrateYourLife.Org


Getting Ready!

Things are buzzing at Mishka Productions headquarters!  Although it is over 100 degrees outside of our Scottsdale, Arizona office, inside we keep it very cool to keep our minds and bodies awake as we prepare for the upcoming Celebrate Your Life Sedona retreat.

This year’s event begins on Halloween!  What a perrrrfect way to start the event in the powerful and mystical energy of Sedona on Halloween. gorgeous-sedona-arizona-sunset  Who knows what magical things will happen??  With all the amazing energies of the spiritual teachers along with Halloween and Sedona…WOW!!

Featured at this year’s retreat includes bestselling authors:  Doreen Virtue,  Neale Donald Walsch,  Denise Linn,  Michael & Rickie Beckwith,  Panache Desai,  Sonia Choquette,  Sunny Dawn Johnston,  Shayne Traviss,  plus musicians Kris Voelker and Barry Goldstein.  In addition to all these powerful luminaries, we will begin the event with a sacred Native American Ceremony led by Uqualla, a medicine man from the Havasupai Tribe.

In addition to all the life changing workshops, inspired by Doreen Virtue, we will take time for some fun and have a Halloween Costume Dinner and Dance Party on Saturday night of the event.  Doreen shared some insights about the Halloween Party,

“With stress swirling around you, you NEED a fun outlet to keep yourself centered. You can dress as your Earth Angels Realm (angel, fairy, leprechaun, wizard, wise one, star person, mermaid, etc), or use your imagination to express yourself and dress up in a way that expresses your inner light and spiritual path. Celebrate your soul and inner child!”

The Celebrate Your Life Sedona Retreat will be a time for you to become introspective, discover new ideas, have many “aha” moments, meet like minded new friends, get up close and personal with your favorite authors and most of all, have fun!  Come join us on October 31 – November 4
Register NOW as seating is limited!  www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.ORG


Get to Know Your CYL Authors – Sunny Dawn Johnston

One our favorite and long time Speaker/Author at Celebrate Your Life is Sunny Dawn Johnston.  She has been a part of the Celebrate Your Life and Mishka Family for 8 years!

Sunny Dawn Johnston at CYL 2004

Originally Sunny Dawn was one of our Work Schorlarship staff who helped at the Celebrate Your Life conference.Sunny’s passion and knowledge got her on stage at Celebrate Your Life in 2007! She has been a part of the program ever since.

Sunny was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah (living in a metaphysical household), and now resides in Glendale, Arizona with her husband, two children and two dogs. Her psychic abilities manifested themselves when she was a teenager and, after being a stay at home mom she began working full-time as a psychic and medium in 2000. Since that time, she has conducted thousands of readings for clients all around the world.

(from www.sunnydawnjohnston.com/bio/)

In December 2003, Sunny founded Sunlight Alliance, a spiritual teaching and healing center in Glendale, Arizona. She felt there needed to be a spiritual center where people could go for guidance and direction and to find a support system of like-minded people.

In 2004, Sunny began offering Spiritual Healing retreats in Sedona Az. At this time they are now in several locations, including foreign countries and are loved and blessed by many participants of all backgrounds.

In November 2012, Sunny will be a part of  Celebrate Your Life – 10th Anniversary in Sedona, AZ (www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org) where she and Kris Voelker will hold a workshop called: Invoking Your Archangels – To Heal Mind, Body, Soul.  Here’s a little description about the workshop:

You have powerful and loving guardian angels that want to help you create the life you desire and deserve. They are with you always and they are ready to communicate with you, if you will only ask and listen. In this workshop, Sunny will share with you a process she has created that uses the energy of the 7 Archangels to heal the heart from the inside out. This process can be used for relationships, addictions, self-esteem issues, disease, etc. She will teach you how to invoke the power of the Archangels to help transform your heart from a state of fear to a realization of the love that always exists within. Through a series of meditations, visualizations, music with soul musician Kris Voelker and hands on exercises, you will learn how to become aware of this unconditional loving energy that is surrounding and supporting you in all ways.

This workshop is based on her book “Invoking the Archangels” (available at www.sunnydawnjohnston.com and Amazon.com).  Here’s a trailer from YouTube:

We look forward to seeing her at CYL in November!

Relive Celebrate Your Life! Here is Phoenix 2009!

We are only 57 days until Celebrate Your Life’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage and Celebration in Sedona, AZ (Nov 8-12). This will be a very different Celebrate Your Life!  Spiritual Gathering, Party, Communing with Nature!

Celebrate Your Life has created so much personal growth, love and friendships for thousands of people over the last 10 years.  So many oustanding, influential and loving authors/speakers have joined us to help us raise people’s spirits and lift their spiritual awareness.

Here’s a taste of the 2009 Celebrate Your Life held in Phoenix AZ.  The authors who joined us were: Wayne Dyer, Iyanla Vanzant, James Van Praagh, Gregg Braden, Sonia Choquette, Neale Donald Walsch, Byron Katie, Dr. Judith Orloff,  Debbie Ford, SARK, John Holland, Cheryl Richardson, Bruce Lipton, Alan Cohen, Michael Tamura, Sunny Dawn Johnston.  If you were there let us know what is your most fond memory?

From our YouTube Channel (CelebrateYourLifeCYL)

Manifesting Positive Results with Affirmations

There are so many book, videos, and internet resources on manifesting your desires. Some examples include the movie/book – The Secret, Neville Goddard‘s book – The Power of Awareness, Wayne Dyer – Manifest Your Destiny, Gregg Braden – The Isaiah Effect and many, many, many others.   I have heard, read and seen various steps to follow to get results from taking any of of my ideas and turn it into a physical reality.

Recently I came across this video from Laura Silva (The Silva Method).  This video explains the process succinctly. Imagine it, Create the feeling, Be grateful before and after it arrives.  I have to practice these steps daily.  I had to practice learning to ride a bike, ice skating, speaking Spanish, playing the guitar, etc, etc.  Now to create ANYTHING I desire I practice this.  Enjoy the video and please feel free to leave comments.

Bless Your Heart,


Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishka Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

The Sacred Pilgrimage – Do We Really Have Pilgrims Coming?

From November 8-12, 2012, I plan on being a part of  the Celebrate Your Life 10th Anniversary, Sacred Pilgrimage. The event will host about 300 pilgrims through a weekend of spiritual self exploration, growth, learning and kinestetic experiences. Each person was also asked complete a sacred intention for the event.

As I think about what this weekend & what will be like, I asked myself, “What is a pilgrim and a pilgrimage” as it relates to this event?

I decided to break it all down by definition (from Dictionary.com):

 – noun
1. a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land.
2. a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.
3. an original settler in a region.
4. ( initial capital letter ) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.
5. a newcomer to a region or place, especially to the western U. S.

Of the over 200 people currently signed up for the event, only 5 from Sedona, so everyone else is traveling from a distance to get to this remote city in central Arizona.  So are the Sedonans pilgrims?

Over 30 live outside the U.S., definitely pilgrims. Plus anyone who has never been to Sedona  meets pilgrim definiton #5.

Looks like most folks meet the “pilgrim” definition.  How about meeting the “pilgrimage” criteria?

pil·grim·age – noun

1. a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
2. Islam . a. the Pilgrimage, hajj.  b. ʿumrah.
3. any long journey, especially one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage: a pilgrimage to the grave of Shakespeare.

Hmmm, lots of folks (over 180 from outside AZ)  traveling some distances for this event.  Including their “sacred intention”, they would be making a “pilgrimage” as definition #3 states.  As for the folks from AZ, everyone is traveling and has a “sacred intention” = pilgrimage.  On top of that, the event is being held at the Enchantment Resort which is located within the Boynton Canyon Vortex!  This is powerful sacred ground to all who understand the spiritual significance of a “vortex”! Sacred place, check. Quest or votive purpose, check.  I think we are good here.

Well, I feel a whole lot better knowing that everyone attending meets the definition of “Pilgrimage”.  I still have to check on the Sedonans to see if the meet the “pilgrim” definition.  What do you think?

Thanks and Blessings,


Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishka Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

Those that “Do” always “Teach” – Cliche Buster

Today a I feel like busting the common cliche: “Those that can’t do, teach”.

My new saying is: “Those that “Do” always “Teach” too!”

There are many, many, masters who have come before us, or live among us that display this talent!

Beautiful, amazing souls like Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Iyanla Vazant, Oprah Winfrey and Wayne Dyer. Spiritually gifted people who walked among us teaching, sharing and giving of themselves to better our planet.

After his enlightenment, Buddha went to the Deer Park near the holy city of
Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood
immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist
community. – from http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/footsteps.htm

Jesus taught his disciples in the “Sermon on the Mount“, one of the most famous pieces of his ministry.  Jesus and his companions traveled to many, many places teaching messages of love and compassion.

Jesus loved being around children and sharing insights with them.  The 12 apostles, Jesus’ main companions, often received teachings by living example and his words.

Muhammad received his first revelation from God at 40, through the Angel
Gabriel. He continued to receive revelations for 23 years, on topics ranging
from the Oneness of God and His wondrous handiwork, to stories of earlier
prophets, morality and ethics, and life after death. These revelations became
collectively known as the Quran, and are considered by Muslims to be the literal
word of God; the Prophet’s own words were collected separately. (http://www.islamuncovered.com/info/whoismuhammad.htm)

When Muhammad first began to teach about Islam he did so privately and publicly in Mecca.

People began to accept Islam, both men and women, in large numbers until the fame of it was spread throughout Mecca, and it began to be talked about. (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah, p. 117).

Mahatma Ghandi inspired the world with his faith in truth and justice for all Mankind. He was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his ideals to bring about peace with non-violence. He has been called the”Father of India”.

His life was a message — a message of peace over power, of finding ways to reconcile our differences, and of living in harmony with respect and love even for our enemy.

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Gandhi
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives teachings throughout the year at various times and in different places. His Holiness also gives public talks. In India, teachings and public talks are usually free and open to the public. However, to attend teachings and public talks outside of India one usually is required to purchase a ticket. The proceeds from the ticket sales are used to cover the costs of the venue and other expenses related to His Holiness’s visit. http://www.dalailama.com/teachings
Wayne Dyer is the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. He has attended Celebrate Your Life 9 times! Teaching crowds of over 1200 people every time! www.drwaynedyer.com

To left is an image of Dr. Dyer on one of his PBS Specials: “Change Your Thoughts –Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao.” .

On an interview with Elevated Existence magazine, Dr. Dyer said: “I think there is a force in the universe that directs everything, and there are no accidents, anywhere. This divine force is what is growing our hair, growing our fingernails, beating our heart, digesting our food, and all of the other incredible mysteries that we look at and take for granted. My showing up on this planet and living for the first 10 years or so of my life in a series of foster homes and orphanages was all perfect. That is how I’ve always looked at it.”


 Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vazant and two of the most powerful teaching women on the planet today.

Oprah’s OWN channel carries incredible teaching programs like: Oprah’s Life Class, Super Soul Sunday, Oprah’s Next Chapter and many others. This year Oprah’s Life Class had a stop in St. Louis, MO with Iyanla and an international audience (On Skype with 6 people around the world and live feeds on Facebook & Twitter), their topic: Stopping the Pain. (www.oprah.com)

Iyanla Vanzant is the best-selling author of five books on self-empowerment, personal growth and spiritual healing. As the founder and executive director of the Inner Visions Spiritual Life Maintenance Network, she conducts workshops, seminars and lectures nationally.  (www.iyanla.com)

Iyanla has a new show, set to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Network, called “Iyanla, Fix My Life!”.
All of these gifted individuals share a common message of peace and love. Their lives have had bumps just like ours do. Some of them lost their lives for their beliefs and causes.  They all took the time to live what they believed in. They all also took the time to teach others by words AND example.  My goal is to continue to grow myself and TEACH others around the planet on how we are all of ONE common spirit.  Spirit connects us all.

Thanks and Blessings,


Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishks Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

Sarah McLean – Meditation Teacher, Mentor, Practitioner

Sarah McLean is one of the key speaker and authors at the special 10th anniversary Celebrate Your Life on November 8-12, 2012 in Sedona, AZ.  See Sarah’s bio below.

This year’s Celebrate Your Life is expected to be completely different from any of the previous years.  Mishka Productions plans to integrate more experiential activities, walks in nature, connecting to the Boynton Canyon Vortex, Drumming Circles, connecting to Angels, Sprites and Fairies and more. One key practice over the 5 day event will be guided meditations.

On Friday, November 9, Sarah will lead everyone at the event in meditation. Everyone will experience “getting into the gap”, hopefully feeling that deep sense of contentment and inner peace.  All in attendance can take this practice into their daily lives.  In her book, Soul-Centered, Sarah explains, “By spending time in silence and your practice every day, your awareness expands and the noise and distractions (both in and out of meditation) lessen.  The spaciousness between choices and action can become more obvious.  In that space and underlying silence, you discover your inner guidance system–what some people call intuition–is very real.”.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for all in attendance to appreciate “Kinesthetic learning“, that is “hands on” or experiential learning.  Attendees will be “do-ers”!

Don’t miss this very special Celebrate Your Life fom the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ.  More info at: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

BIO: Sarah McLean, an inspiring contemporary meditation teacher, makes meditation accessible to everyone. She’s spent much of her life exploring the world’s spiritual and mystic traditions, having lived and studied in a Zen Buddhist monastery, meditated in ashrams and temples throughout India and the Far East, spent time in Afghan refugee camps, bicycled the Silk Route from Pakistan to China, trekked the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, and taught English to Tibetan Buddhist Nuns in Dharamsala. Sarah is the founding director of the Sedona Meditation Training Company (www.SedonaMeditation.com), and The McLean Meditation Institute (www.McLeanMeditation.com).

Enchantment Resort near Sedona, Arizona

Doing What I’m Told

Growing up I always had a hard time doing what I was told. I don’t know if it’s the Taurus in me, being the first-born child…who knows, maybe it’s the red hair. All I know is that somewhere in my constitution there was a switch that flipped to “oh hell no” when I was told that I should be doing something, just because they “said so”. Sometimes it was an intellectual reaction- the request just didn’t make sense to me. However, most often the reaction was completely from-the-gut; a visceral need to understand their motivation in order to consider/embrace it completely. Without knowing it, I was learning how to trust my intuition. Even as a child, I didn’t trust that their direction was for my highest good. Now, as an eight-year-old, I didn’t understand what was going on…and needless to say, neither did the adults dealing with me.

A few years ago I stepped onto a path of mind-body-spirit wellness that truly has been an adventure. I’ve been purposefully working on opening up my “clairs” – clairsentience (clear sensing or emotional layer sensing), clairvoyance (seeing with the Third Eye), clairaudience (clear hearing), and claircognizance (clear knowingness), as well as developing relationships with my Guides, Angels, and Totem Animals. I’ve reached a point where I communicate with them throughout the day on a variety of subjects. Although I do ask them for their guidance, more often than not I find that… you guessed it… I’m being told what to do! WHAT?! What I find even more fascinating is that I’m listening! With no flipping of the switch!


I find it ironic that I spent the first half of my life resisting direct orders, and here I am elated to be receiving guidance multiple times a day. I’m quite sure They’ve had a few chuckles at this as well. I accept Their direction because when They “tell” me something, it resonates as a pure and absolute truth, completely satisfying my “gut”. This is why the “oh hell no” switch doesn’t get flipped with them. Of course old habits do die hard. I spend quite a bit of time taking the directive/guidance up into my head and finding all kinds of reasons why the information isn’t convenient, doesn’t make sense, etc.  However, I am very clear on the fact that in this case, we – family, friends, clients…strangers in the grocery store… all benefit the most when we simply do what we’re told.

Dang it.





Julie Tufte, RM/T, CCht

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