Michael Salonius holds a Doctorate of Divinity from his accumulated studies with the Columbia Theological Consortium, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Fordham University (MSW) – he conducted post-graduate psychoanalytic training at Blanton-Peale Psychoanalytic Institute. Salonius received his Bachelor’s degree in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology and Jewish Mysticism from the American Jewish University. His dissertation was written on a phenomenological comparison of mystical Jewish meditation and Buddhist philosophy of mind. While attending Fordham’s Master’s Of Social Work program, he worked for the New York Department Of

Health’s trauma program for First Responders who were present at the World Trade Center’s attack on September 11. Salonius has presented his work on spiritual approaches to Post Traumatic Stress to multiple law enforcement agencies and has received merit awards from the California Association Of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN) and the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI).


His trademark meditation technique is currently used by over three agencies treating PTS and is used by hundreds of law enforcement personnel, veterans and active duty personnel in the United States Of America, Australian Special Forces, and the Israeli Defense Forces. Salonius has pioneered the use of the Mythopoetic intervention strategy for use in traumatized veteran and first-responder populations.


Currently, he is completing requirements for board certification (ACPE) in clinical chaplaincy with Academy For Jewish Religion and Claremont School Of Theology.  Michael's Warrior Meditation technique is employed by SPARTA and he is an expert when it comes to supporting Warriors who are engulfed in a battle with Post Traumatic Stress. When the occasion necessitates he serves as a mountain guide, ropes course facilitator and a trauma and substance abuse counselor for SPARTA (Spiritual Process and Resiliency Trauma Association).




Cheyenne Price is a natural horsewoman and master trainer, who conducts intensive empowerment equine workshop experiences.  Her energy and incredible knowledge base, in conjunction with her rescue horses, all come together to provide multi-layered healing, creating soulful, insightful and restorative experiences. Cheyenne attributes much of her knowledge and success to her work gentling wild horses and mustangs.  Cheyenne recently obtained her certificate in Ecotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA and is excited to bring Ecotherapy into her work. excited to bring Ecotherapy into her work. She is a Level II Certified Equine Specialist with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) and is looking forward to receiving her advanced EAGALA certificate in 2016.  


Cheyenne is the Founder of Hoof Prints to Freedom, a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue, and conducts personal and team development equine programs working with youth at risk, treatment programs, and community.  In addition, she is a co-founder of The Sparta Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization helping veterans and first responders struggling with Post Traumatic Stress and Suicide ideations.


Cheyenne has an educational background in child development and has studied Equine Guided Education for nearly a decade. She is well-known and respected for her collaborations and her own curricula that she has developed in partnerships with other industry professionals in the addiction and behavioral health fields.




Aftercare Specialist. Julie Rake received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with a focus on Pre-med and Life Sciences in 2000 graduating Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University. At this time she also graduated from The Barrett Honors College Summa Cum Laude completing her Thesis on “Prion Diseases: An Emerging Epidemic.” She went on to attain her Masters degree In Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2003. Julie began practicing family medicine in 2003 and specialized in both primary care and women’s health.

After practicing medicine for ten years and seeing first-hand the limitations of the current healthcare model she began seeking avenues to advance her capacity to help patients heal. She sought out the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Integrative Medicine leader Dr. Andrew Weil. In 2015 she graduated from the Fellowship Summa Cum Laude. Her goals are to help individuals find the roots of health rather than simply managing chronic disease states. Julie believes health and healing can be found using an integrative approach, which relies heavily on prevention and wisdom to transform the mind, body and spirit. She is confident we can reduce our reliance on synthetic pharmaceutical medicines and risky procedures if we take the time and attention to recognize the roots of disease rather than treating symptoms.

Julie serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona. She is an expert in the field of Neuroplasticity of the brain and currently speaks on this topic. Furthermore, she researches and speaks about the effects of meditation on the brain from a Neuroscience perspective. Julie is currently speaking for the Arizona Brain Injury Alliance and EMPACT Suicide Prevention Team on topics such as “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” and “The Neuroscience of Transformation” to bring awareness to individuals and communities.

Julie has been a practitioner of multiple styles of meditation for 15 years. She has combined an interest in Neuroscience with her own practical experience to both teach meditation as well as delineate evidenced based research to advance the practice of meditation as a powerful healing modality. Julie currently works with Veterans teaching various meditation techniques to aid in trauma resolution and advance their recovery.

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