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Inner Journey Seminars DC

Inner Journey Seminars DC is a non-profit educational organization committed to creating healing environments in which people can learn and grow emotionally and spiritually, and bring that growth into their daily lives. We design courses, provide coaching, and work to build sustainable supportive environments in the Washington, DC area. We also provide courses in other communities and locations upon request. Our curriculum is designed to enable people to develop their own path for inner work. We are open to people of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We are not affiliated with any church group, religious, or spiritual organization.

What is the Inner Journey Intensive?

The Inner Journey Intensive is a 3 1/2-day residential program intended to support you in powerfully and dramatically transforming the quality of your life.  Drawn from years of experience and research into a wide range of personal, philosophical, and spiritual transformational practices, the Inner Journey is a modern-day response to the ancient search for truth and meaning in our lives. This self-exploration can lead to a dramatic transformation in the quality of your life.

How long has IJS been in DC?

Howard Ross was introduced to The Inner Journey Seminar in the fall of 1999 at the second Inner Journey course.   Howard was so moved by his experience in the Inner Journey that he was trained to lead the course and eventually formed a partnership with Michael Schiesser to make the work more available.  Howard and Michael have continued to partner in the work for the past decade.  The first Inner Journey was delivered in the Washington, D.C. area in the summer of 2000 and a local community began.  Since 2000, hundreds of Washingtonians have participated in the Inner Journey Seminar.  In 2008, the WDC Inner Journey Community was registered as a 501c3, non-profit organization.

Inner Journey Facilitators

Howard Ross

Howard RossHoward is a facilitator and the Executive Director of Inner Journey Seminars, Washington, D.C..  Founder of Cook Ross, Inc. and author of Reinventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, he has more than 23 years as a transformational business consultant with hundreds of organizations all over the world, specializing in leadership, diversity, and organizational change.  A former teacher, school administrator, rock and roll musician, and college professor, and a father of four sons and grandfather of four granddaughters, Howard is a co-creator of A Journey into the Soul of Leadership, a transformational course for organizational leaders. 

Michael Walter Schiesser, M.A.

Michael Walter Schiesser, M.A.Founder, and a member of the board of directors of the Inner Journey Seminars, LLC, based out of California.  Michael has 31 years of experience in the field of facilitation in the US, Canada, and Europe.  Specializing in individual and group dynamics, he is a facilitator for The Inner Journey (outside of DC), the Human Experience Seminar, the Inner Journey Transformational Facilitation Training, and the Essential Pilgrimage courses.  He is also a life coach as well as a consultant for organizations.
He is a co-creator of A Journey into the Soul of Leadership, a transformational course for organizational leaders.   See Michael's Reflections Blog

Neelama Eyres

Neelama EyersNeelama has been guiding people through personal transformation for over 16 years. She takes great joy in assisting people in the process of discovering themselves beyond their personality. She has a B.A. in Comparative Religion and has lead international meditation and yoga retreats as well as facilitated hundreds of spiritual and transformational seminars. In 2000, she began a successful life coaching business and in 2001, she created Body Embraced, a seminar for women, out of her desire to transform the body discontent that most women experience into a vehicle for profound healing and growth. In 2004, she co-created Devotion; Calling The Beloved a spiritual retreat focused on discovering, experiencing and deepening one's personal connection with The Divine. For more information about Neelama and her work, please visit  

Leslie Traub

Leslie TraubLeslie is a facilitator of personal transformation work, the Chief Consulting Officer at Cook Ross, Inc in Silver Spring, MD, and a watercolor artist (  Leslie has more than 25 years of facilitating and consulting experience in many countries around the world.  The focus of her work is on being able to see oneself clearly, distinguishing between one's neural circuitry and the essential self. Whether in corporate boardrooms around the world or in a client's living room, Leslie brings deeply compassionate listening for one's vision and supporting the manifestation of that vision in the world. Leslie's work has included a focus on developing authentic women leaders, expanding culteral competence, and building inclusive, multi-cultural leaders.  

Michael Lucy, M.E.P.

Michael LucyCentered in a profound connection to the natural world, Michael is a planner, designer, and builder committed to environmental stewardship throughout the Metro D.C. region and beyond. His award-winning planning and design business, Sustainable Life Designs, provides architectural and landscape design services as well as environmental planning for the public and private sectors. Michael has over twenty years of experience with transformational work and is a founding Board member of Inner Journey Seminars, Washington, D.C. Michael’s deep appreciation of art, meditation, Eastern and Western philosophies, martial arts, and breath work inspires his facilitation of transformational experiences for individuals and groups. 





Kimberly Salameh

Kimberly SalamehKimberly brings 10 years of experience as a trainer, professional coach and speaker coupled with over 23 years of facilitation, project and account management, resource management and human resources.   She is the founder of Dynamic Life Solutions which offers corporate training, professional coaching and facilitation for women’s empowerment groups.  Most recently, she co-designed and delivered - Dynamic Choices for Women: Creating Professional and Personal Fulfillment - a curriculum designed to support women in identifying their values, career choices, and to achieve wholeness in their life.   She is a certified coach and a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), International Coaching Federation (ICF), Executive Women’s Roundtable (EWR) and eWomen Network.


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