Jaap van Etten's Bio
Jaap was born and educated in The Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Amsterdam specializing in ecology and population genetics. His work history includes being a laboratory technician, a High School Biology teacher and a research scientist where he spent six years in Africa where his job also exposed him to many different cultures, ideas and ways of being. He also held the position of being the Director of the Department of Education and Exhibitions at the National Natural History Museum (later called Naturalis) in Leiden, The Netherlands
In 1990, he shifted his attention to spirituality, energy healing, the study of Earth and crystalline energies (crystals and crystal skulls) and of subtle worlds. He studied these subjects for more than 25 years. His passion is the integration of science and spirituality. He mentioned the term “metaphysical ecology” for the first time in his book “Gifts of Mother Earth.”
Jaap moved to the United States in 1998 and is married to Jeanne Michaels. Together they founded Lemurantis (http://www.lemurantis.com) that has as its goal to support the process of moving from Duality to Oneness. He has studied the energies in the Sedona area for more than 17 years. He includes the results of his studies in his books, in lectures and articles, and in workshops.
Over the last couple of years, the subject of Metaphysical Ecology has become more important. In these years, gradually, a plan developed. This plan has resulted in the creation of the Universal Center for Metaphysical Ecology, together with his wife Jeanne Michaels and Gary Palisch.
Jaap is an International speaker and workshop facilitator, has been Master of Ceremony of large metaphysical conferences, is the author of four books, and has written numerous articles on metaphysical subjects for magazines the US and in The Netherlands. Together with his wife Jeanne they have given workshops worldwide.
Jeanne Michaels Bio
Jeanne’s Master Degree is in Western and Buddhist Psychology which she received in 1977 from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. That reflects her interest in the alternative and spiritual aspects of life from a young age.
Shortly after that, she began her ongoing education in learning many various energetic healing modalities and integrated them with her understanding of human nature. She has had a healing practice for more than 25 years.
She married Jaap van Etten in 1998. Together they founded Lemurantis (http://www.lemurantis.com) which has as its goal to support the process of moving from Duality to Oneness. Together they have given workshops internationally, and she has assisted him in researching earth energies in a number of countries. Together they have also explored working with many types of subtle energies and beings. Individually and together they also give healing sessions. Together and separately they have researched, worked with and given training on working with crystal skulls using them as tools for expansion of consciousness, healing, and transformation. She has assisted him in doing some of the exploration and research for some of his books. See Jaap’s bio.
Her overall passion is working with energy in many forms for the healing, transformation, and upliftment of consciousness of people and Gaia and the Universal Living System. That includes earth energies, crystals, water, healing modalities, the energy of words and other vibrational systems.
One of her main passions is working with water, particularly that quality of water which holds energies and therefore can be used for healing and transformation. She is also passionate about using consciousness to transform, transmute polluted water.
One of her main gifts is her sensitivity to subtle energies. One aspect of this quality is to be able to feel both energetic disharmony and harmony within an individual, on the land, within a house or a group of people. She used this quality extensively during her six years while working at a Spiritual Retreat Center.
Since leaving the Retreat Center in 2008, her main focus has been Lemurantis where she continues to develop and share her qualities both together with Jaap and as an individual.
Gary Palisch Bio
Gary has spent over 40 years building foundations that support the growth of businesses and nonprofit organizations in understanding their visions, missions and manifesting their purpose. His career includes being a founding member of what became one of the largest political consulting firms of the early 1970’s, adapting early technologies in creating a new political paradigm. In 1975 he participated in the acquisition of Advo-System, a $7 million marketing company in Hartford Connecticut, which grew into a $1.3 billion public corporation 20 years later. During his 25 years in that company, he held various management positions in strategic planning, operations, information technologies, customer service and national account sales.
His personal goals and direction changed in 2004 as he was drawn to the Sedona Arizona area and became more aware of the balance necessary with his physical and spiritual journey. He eventually consulted for and became the general manager of a spiritual retreat center in Sedona. After leaving this center, he went on to consult for a dozen other retreats, wellness, and yoga centers from New York to California.
He has served on 5 non-profit boards in various roles including President of 2 organziations.