Meet the Facilitators
Stephen Michael Tumolo, MA, SEP
Stephen Michael grew up in South Philadelphia and moved with his family to New Jersey as a teenager. He studied at Boston College, earning degrees in Philosophy and Economics. It was during this time, through volunteering in a Catholic Worker soup kitchen and in a home for boys, that he learned he loves to serve. Simultaneously, he encountered a God who loves him and who is undying in compassion and second chances. Stephen Michael went on to earn a Master's Degree in Theology with a concentration in Justice and Peace at the Maryknoll School of Theology.
In 1995 Stephen Michael moved to New Mexico, where he worked as a high school teacher and educator in the field of faith. In 1998 he was invited by Sister Mary Jo Boland to co-facilitate a healing, learning journey for incarcerated men called Comienzos, which means beginnings. Over the past eighteen years men and women in jails and prisons have had a profound impact on him. They have introduced him to the twelve steps and twelve recovery. They've modeled courage and vulnerability and drawn out his passion for healing, justice and a lasting peace.
Stephen Michael returned to New Jersey in 2008 and brought this healing work with him. He co-founded Heart-to-Heart: Comienzos East, bringing life changing education to jails, prisons and communities. Now serving as Heart-to-Heart's Executive Director, Stephen Michael continues to educate in and out of correctional facilities. He leads groups for men who survived childhood sexual trauma, facilitates restorative dialogues, and provides training and coaching to individuals, couples, families, faith communities, businesses, and nonprofits.
Stephen Michael is a coach and trainer in Heart-to-Heart Communication. He is an accredited T'ai Chi Chih instructor and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. He has personally studied and is forever indebted to Marshall Rosenberg, Robert Gonzales, Philip Shepherd, and Sister Grace Myerjack, MM. For more on Stephen Michael and Heart-to-Heart go to www.heart2heartinc.org
Janine Harris Degitz
Janine has been studying Non-Violent Communication (NVC) since 2005 with a primary focus on Robert Gonzales's work of Living Compassion. She is a graduate of Robert's 2009-2010 LIFE program and was an assistant for Robert in the 2012-2013 LIFE program in Portland, OR. She has spent over 700 hours practicing and supporting Robert and his work. In addition to NVC Janine has been studying conflict resolution, restorative circles, community building, mediation and restorative justice for the past 19 years. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Restorative Practices at the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Janine lives in Columbus Ohio with her life partner of 29 years, two children and several hives of bees. Janine regularly facilitates classes and workshops in her community on embodied practices of living compassion. In addition she is the creator and owner of Fermenting Abundance, a certified teacher of The Embodied Present Process as developed by Phillip Shepherd and a teacher mentor of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy. Each of these passions lead Janine in practical ways to support others in sensitizing to their true nature and returning to the wholeness and connection to the passion in their life.
Certifications, Special Study & Training:
BS, Information Systems, Kelly School of Business - Indiana University (1987)Masters certificate - The International Institute of Restorative Practices(IIRP) (2016)Masters degree candidate - MS Restorative Practices - (IIRP) Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio (CCCO) - facilitator/teacherCompassionate Communication Center of Ohio - Board of Directors Co-PresidentThe Embodied Present Process (TEPP) - certified teacher (2016)Graduate of Robert Gonzales' 2009-2010 LIFE programAssistant to Robert Gonzales' 2012-2013 LIFE programUrban Zen Integrative Therapist - certified teacher/mentor (2014- Present)Natural and Sustainable Bee keeping - Spikenard Bee Sanctuary - Certification (2013)
The Core Principles of Robert Gonzales' Living Compassion
Four Components of Empathy
Dwelling In Living
Energy of Needs
Cultivating an Integrated Awareness Of Our Inner Life
Recognizing Self-Judgment & Judgment of Others
Listening to our Soul, Experiencing our Essence
Vulnerability, Wounding, Protective Structures, Protection and Persona
Staying and Allowing
Recognizing the Residue of Trauma in Ourselves or Others and Offering Support to Regulate the Nervous System
Grounded-ness, Rooting our Experience in the Body
Self - Care
Starts: April 27, 2017@ 8:AM Ends: April 30, 2017 @ 4:00PM
Life is inviting us all the time. Each breath is an invitation to be present, not conditioned by the past. Each encounter is an invitation to love and receive love, not conditioned by habits of thinking or reacting. Each moment contains an invitation to hear the small, still voice inside us and discern the calling of Life. Each relationship is an invitation to experience a depth of connection with others and self. Life is calling to our particular soul, to the unique expression of life that we are, inviting us to live into our purpose.
Central to this journey will be four retreats,
each taking place from Thursday through Sunday at the Pendle Hill Retreat Center.
Twelve nights lodging, three nights each retreat,
and all meals are included in the cost.
The next 3 retreats will take place in
October 26-29th 2017, April 26-29th 2018, October 4-7th 2018
In addition to these retreats several opportunities to learn, grow, and integrate
our learning have been created. These include:
In addition, participants will be asked to identify and meet with a local practice group weekly or biweekly for the length of the program. The Yes to Life community and facilitators will support each other in finding practice groups if needed.
In order to support an ongoing sense of cohesion and connection this retreat will be limited to the first 21 registrants.
About Our Fees
338 Plush Mill Rd
Wallingford, PA 19086
Pendle Hill offers:
Beautiful 23-acre grounds with walking paths
Comfortable private &
Nourishing meals made with local & organic ingredients
High Speed Wireless Internet
Art studio open 24 hours
Library open 24 hours
Quaker worship half hour every morning – everyone welcomed
just outside Philadelphia
Yes to Life – A Two Year Journey
*If paying by check please make checks payable to Heart-to-Heart and mail to
PO Box 1441, Merchantville, NJ 08109
Two-Year per Person Fees
|Double, Early Bird||$3,900 ||Registered and 1/4 of total, or $975, received by February 25th|
|Single, Early Bird||$4,300 ||Registered and 1/4 of total, or $1, 075, received by February 25th|
|Double, Regular Registration||$4,100 ||Registered and 1/2 of total, or $2,050 received within seven days of Registration|
|Single, Regular Registration||$4,500 ||Registered and 1/2 of total, or $2,250 received within seven days of Registration |