Exploring Self- Discovery – May 15, 2024

Please join us with authors Mari Grande, Derek V. Schuster, and Stuart V. Witt.

Mari Grande, author of “Overcoming the Mother Wound: A Transformative Journey of Healing and Empowerment” – This book serves as your compassionate guide in the profound journey of self-discovery and healing, offering a well-tested method that delicately navigates the depths of your emotions, experiences, and beliefs with empathy and support. Through carefully designed exercises and prompts, readers embark on a unique journey to uncover and appreciate parts of themselves that may have remained unexplored. Central to this journey is the utilization of art and creative prompts as tools for self-knowledge and discovery, inviting both artists and enthusiasts to connect with the transmutative forces of creativity for self-expression and healing. Filled with practical and embodied practices, the book provides a versatile toolkit for insights, exercises, and support as individuals navigate the intricate terrain of the Mother Wound. These practices can be undertaken independently, with the guidance of a therapist or coach, or as a supplement to the online Overcoming the Mother Wound eCourse and Membership Community, seamlessly integrating into personal growth journeys. Serving as a gate to healing, self-discovery, and creative expression, “Overcoming the Mother Wound: A Transformative Journey of Healing and Empowerment” transcends being a mere book; it becomes a guide, a companion, and a catalyst for individuals’ paths toward profound emotional liberation and holistic well-being.


Derek V. Schuster, author of “Youth in Jeopardy: Keeping Kids out of Trouble”While numerous books have tackled the subject of parenting, there remains a significant gap in literature addressing parents at risk of violent and criminal behavior. Remarkably, the discourse around this population often emanates from academic perspectives rather than firsthand experiences in the streets and homes of at-risk families. In response to this void, my book provides a distinctive perspective on juvenile misbehavior. Unlike traditional works that rely on dry academic studies, “Youth In Jeopardy” draws from my two decades of experience in violence prevention work in the Bronx and East Harlem. Rich with emotion-laden anecdotes, it doesn’t just analyze the issue—it delivers what parents, therapists, and teachers across the nation fervently seek: fresh and practical approaches to prevent violence among rebellious tweens and teenagers. One might question the timeliness of “Youth in Jeopardy.” The book is crafted to address the palpable frustration felt by Americans bombarded with daily headlines of yet another act of deadly violence. It aims to provide insight into the causes of such tragedies and offer tangible remedies, breaking away from the academic discourse to engage with the real challenges faced by families and communities.


Stuart V. Witt, poet and author of “Love…Light…Life” To Be Or Not to Be, a Mensch. Step into the luminous world of “Love…Light…Life,” a captivating collection of heartfelt poems that illuminate the path to self-discovery and resilience. In this enchanting anthology, the author weaves a tapestry of verse, each strand intricately crafted to impart profound lessons about love, light, and life. The poems within these pages are a gentle guide, inviting readers to explore the boundless depths of their souls. Through evocative language and poignant imagery, the author poses introspective questions, urging us to recognize the inherent beauty within ourselves. As the verses unfold, they raise a poignant inquiry: If we fail to acknowledge the radiance within, how do we navigate the labyrinth of life without stumbling into self-imposed darkness? “Love…Light…Life” is not merely a collection of poems; it is a lyrical journey that explores the intricacies of the human experience. The author skillfully addresses the consequences of losing sight of our inner light, cautioning against the perilous journey of self-inflicted wounds and the bondage of distress that accompanies such a descent. The verses contemplate the delicate balance between love and self-acceptance, offering solace and wisdom to those grappling with life’s challenges.