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The accumulated life-knowledge and positive, uplifting energies of Cher and Lisa have blended into their powerful Heart of Manifestation Workshop -- embracing the heart's inner-knowing that connects powerfully to the magic available to every single human desiring a glorious abundant life, filled with grace and ease. Both ladies walk their talk and stand tall in the knowledge they share.

Lisa Nicks-Balthasar
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Inspirational speaker, writer, and co-founder
of  "The Heart of Manifestation"

Lisa’s inspirational memoir, "Believe!" her amazing odyssey through deep loss, grief, love and life, has attracted the attention of Academy Award-nominated screenplay writer Scott Marshall Smith ("Men of Honor”). Scott describes her “tragic meets magic” story as a gossamer web of small, yet profound miracles that add up to something much more wondrous than their sum." He adds that Lisa’s powerful story is filled with "magical movie moments!"

Lisa’s passion for writing began over a decade ago when she began writing after losing her high-school sweetheart, husband, and soul mate of twenty-seven years to brain cancer. A survivor at heart, she processed her pain by putting pen to paper.

Lisa has inspired people from all over the world to "Believe!" in love and the power of positive affirmations while manifesting the life of their dreams. She is the President and founder of Believe! International, Inc., a non-profit organization, facilitating her passion for educating and inspiring humanity.

Lisa’s background is in the art of design and transformations. She is an avid entrepreneur with a rich and diverse background and a deep passion for creating beauty, love and harmony for all of humanity. Lisa had a successful 14-year career as a lead designer at a premier design and décor company on the Monterey Peninsula. She has designed and produced large-scale events and fundraisers in prestigious communities such as Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea, receiving media acclaim. For over 30 years, Lisa has also transformed the health and well-being of her clients as a personal fitness trainer.She has competed in the Big Sur International Marathon and numerous triathlons throughout her journey in health and fitness.

Finding an amazing love once again, in a serendipitous and magical way, Lisa makes her home with her husband, Chris, in the sunny beach town of Santa Cruz, California. She loves every free moment she can spend with her family, friends, two wonderful daughters, two step-children, and two adorable granddaughters!

Be inspired! Learn more about her journey, book releases & retreat/workshops.

Cher Slater-Barlevi, MA
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Writer and Spiritual Counselor with a passion
for lifting consciousness on this planet

Cher's background is in the arts. A graduate of Art Center College of Design with a BA, cum laude, in Illustration, she has illustrated and written children’s books, tabletop books, magazine editorials, and education books, and has also produced large fine-art paintings using acrylic sculpture, old lace, antique beads and gems.

Cher has worked 40 years in show business on both sides of the camera–as an actress in film and theater and featured in hundreds of commercials. She has headed Hair, Makeup, and Wardrobe Departments for film, TV and commercials. During that time, she also worked as a model and stylist for photographers.

Cher's passion as a writer started while working in Hollywood as a screenwriter for 12 years. While attending UCLA and Media Bistro, she was able to fulfill a dream—to write a novel about healing after a crippling near-death experience from a car accident. "Dog of God: The Novel- a wild romp through wonderful worlds," became an Amazon International Best Seller in 2016.


For over 40 years Cher has also developed her talents as a medium, doing readings and using her art for channeling large “SOUL” paintings related to images and messages she receives, to help to move people’s lives forward. She also does art with a message for people’s pets to help in the healing process whether it has to do with a pet’s health, the owner’s healing, or after a pet’s passing.

Since earning her Masters of Spiritual Psychology at The University of Santa Monica in 2011, Cher gratefully works with the graduate volunteers from the Freedom to Choose Prison Project. She has also helped people find “The Kid Within® ” through her seminars, sharing her insights into the immense value of having “Fun” and “Play” in their lives.

Cher has recently become the founder of the Golden Light Creation Foundation, facilitating healing, art and writing retreats in Ojai, CA, helping people to awaken their divine magnificence by assisting them to release beliefs that hold them back from what they want and need.

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