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Meet the Karlsen’s!

Micaela will be finishing her Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology in December. She is author of the book, A Plant-Based Life, and the former Executive Director of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.  She brings organizational, marketing, and strategic planning skills to the position.

She writes: I want to help the retreat center, and the energetic dynamic of healing and spiritual growth that LOH has cultivated, to thrive and continue. I want to help more people find solace and peace, to do the inner work that the mission statement is founded, and to be able to find a deeper place in themselves that they can then share in the rest of their life.

Mark holds a Master of Music Degree, and is a professional musician. He has also worked as a home energy specialist, and in grounds maintenance and facilities construction for a retreat center in North Carolina. He brings his managerial, mechanical, and maintenance skills to the position.

He writes: I’ve always had a desire to take care of the land, and be in touch with nature. I’ve loved coming to LOH to do retreats in the cabin, walk in the woods, and do some of the maintenance as a work-trade. The Managing Director position would allow me to manifest and utilize my capacities that are so important to me—a caretaker of such a holy place, helping others on the spiritual path, [and using] a variety of accumulated skills related to carpentry, building science, and mechanical systems that would be put to good use.

Both long to continue developing their own spiritual lives and making it possible for others to do deep inner work. They have both had a strong heart connection to Light on the Hill for over ten years, graduated from the Hidden Treasure program, and attended numerous retreats both here and elsewhere. They are the parents of Cadence, a year-old baby girl.