Place of Peace is a community of love and peace – A Place of Peace to
journey; emotionally, spiritually, personally. As an
interfaith/metaphysical community, we offer a home for the
soul and a bridge to the Oneness in all traditions. We are dedicated to
bringing people together of like mind - offering them a "Place" to
evolve and to become their highest selves - through the clases,
meetings, circles, groups, guidance, meditations, community support and
practitioners we have drawn together here.
| The purpose of A Place of Peace shall be:
provide a forum for personal and spiritual growth through but not
limited to: counseling, interactive dialogue, education, study groups,
workshops, prayer, meditation, retreats
To directly engage in and to provide facilities for: counseling, worship, self reflection and community
To sponsor lectures and events from like minded others
To provide outreach to: hospitals, food shelters, community service programs
provide a facility for healing/awakening/spiritual enlightenment
through but not limited to the various modalities of: Counseling, Drum,
Movement, Massage, Energy Facilitation, Reiki, and Music.
Teri Kierbel, Founder/Director
Counselor and Interfaith Minister
his book The Little Prince, French author, Saint-Exupery, asks us to
consider a concept so simple it seems obvious, yet so simply wise it
tends to escape the most intelligent of minds. “It is only with the
heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the
eye...It is the time you waste on your rose that makes your rose so
I love that message! I “waste” time. And, I encourage all of us to do
so - to “waste” time that we might see from the heart what is
invisible. I encourage the wasting of our precious time on the roses in
each of our own gardens of life. I challenge us all to “waste” as much
time as we can on our loved ones - to meet them from our hearts. I
uphold the “waste” of time on ourselves in acts of self love, on causes
that arouse our passions and on simple pleasures of the heart that
whisper to us of the eternal. I believe the time we “waste” is how we
come to know....
A Place of Peace is my Rose, my passion, the whisper of the eternal in
my heart. I am honored and excited to be here and to have this
opportunity to be part of the creation of a Place for people to find,
work toward, offer, experience…Peace.
I am blessed with sons who are also my Roses and my passion. Our
journey for these past 30+ years has been my greatest teacher of love,
peace and hope. And now my grand daughter has blessed us with her
precious life – teaching our family an even deeper sense of love. I am
a wife to a wonderful man who shares and supports - participates in my dreams and now finds them to be his own.
is a journey of becoming, of awakening to our highest, healthiest and
most natural self. A thriving life and relationship is lived in
alignment with Love and Peace. I assist my clients in
discovering that which keeps them from happiness and peace
within. Together we redirect cognitions, search partnerships and
environment, find the right tools and training toward peace on the this
path of the heart. I have been in private practice now for over
25 years and
am currently in the process of obtaining my doctorate in Metaphysical
Sciences. I am an Ordained Interfaith Minister as well - I have been an
Associate Minister at The Interfaith Fellowship in Thousand Oaks and a
member of the Conejo Valley Ecumenical Counsel. I am on the founding
Board of Directors for the Council of Interfaith Communities of the
United States, now recognized at the table of World Religions. I
am a member of Spiritual Directors International. Much of my
with people who have left traditional religious forums but who search
for spirituality. I address their concerns or disaffection while at the
same time honoring the truth and beauty of those traditions that formed
them. I love assisting folks who come to me to create both traditional
and non-traditional spiritual ceremonies that create a sacred and
meaningful experience for their special times.
The vision I hold for my work is ever changing. I believe in the
evolution of the human spirit toward a love and need for individual
truth. I believe in the healing of our planet, and our people. I know
my quest is to serve in that arena. Therefore, I walk with people where
they are and am honored by the journey they share.....I hold all in my
heart. My practice and ministry are planted where ever there is need or
desire for Love/Light/Truth/God. My message is Love and my way is
Peace. I pray that I will understand more each moment I live how sacred
life is in all its forms as I strive to grow in wisdom, reverence and
respect. As I grow and mature I pray for increasing integrity in my
life. I imagine peace - for myself and the world - that all may know
the beauty and perfection of now.
I look forward to welcoming fellow
travelers to our Community at A Place of Peace ~ as well as to our
weekly Interfaith Services. I look forward to meeting any and all of
you in the days, months and years to come.
||Doug Kierbel, Treasurer
am Doug Kierbel, Board of Director. I am blessed as husband and father
of a wonderful family. I am excited and thrilled to be involved with
the creation of A Place of Peace. I have always felt a need to do my
part in supporting people to bring about positive change in their
lives. In the early 70’s I joined VISTA Volunteers as a full time
employee. Thereafter I became the Director of a non-profit community
service organization, working with consumer protection and landlord
tenant meditation. In the late 70’s I earned my Masters Degree in
Public Administration and later in the 90’s my Masters Degree in
Clinical Psychology. In 1978 I became a Labor Relations Specialist at
UCLA Medical Center and there I stayed for 23 years. I transferred to
University of California at Santa Barbara campus in the same capacity
for the next 7 years. I left UCSB in June of 2008 to begin my journey
with A Place of Peace. Currently I am working with my wife Teri to help
facilitate couples counseling and provide administrative support for
the Place of Peace.
My excitement with A Place of Peace is that I believe we can build a
home for the heart and a place to come to get filled up and connected
with others of like mind. I see A Place of Peace as a place that will
feed the soul and promote inner peace and happiness. I’m looking
forward to where our outreach in the community will take us and all the
folks we will meet along the way. I enjoy Teri’s and my sessions with
couple’s counseling – we draw on our own journey in love and marriage
for our work and I think truly connect with our clients’ healing
I look forward to meeting any and all of you. Hope you’ll stop by.
||Illayne Kiel, Volunteer Coordinator
name is Illayne Kiel and I am a Board Member of A Place of Peace. I
have been friends with Teri and Doug for 10 years now, supporting their
dream of the community they envisioned. I was a participant in Teri’s
ministry in Thousand Oaks and am very happy to assist in her endeavors
here in Ventura . I am a Speech Therapist, working in the Oxnard School
District . I have been working in California schools for over 20 years
and love my work. I also work with Children’s Therapy Network, making
home visits for them in the surrounding communities. I will be offering
after school tutoring for children in the community needing a little extra support.
am married to a wonderful man, Mark. We spend much of our time around
the beach and park in Oxnard Shores where we live, together with our
little Calico, a small labradoodle. I look forward to what the future
may bring for all of us at A Place of Peace.
||Jim DeSmit, Outreach Chair
I am Jim, and this new venture is just what I have been searching for
in my life. I come to the board with lots of love and willingness. I
feel Ventura needs a place like this, A Place of Peace, and I am going
to do my part to make things happen. Our board meetings are filled with
ideas and good will – we are all on the same wave length and I like
that harmony. I guess our job is to support the creation process and
then the sustaining of our new community. We are all looking forward to
this new beginning.
was born in New Mexico but have lived in Texas and California as well.
I’ve been here in California for more years than I can remember now. I
have two Masters Degrees from Berkeley and have left teaching Math at
Ventura College , last year. Actually, I enjoy my coffee and donuts
with friends in the morning, wandering and finding what’s out there,
meeting new people, I seek out all kinds of meditation, and I believe
in service. I am a minimalist and am enjoying the process of releasing
material things that I have collected over the years toward simplifying
my life style.
Come celebrate with us on Sundays – or Wednesday nights for A Course in Miracles. I’ll see you then and there.
am Phil Carker, father of 5 sons and a big German Shepard dog I love. I
am a man who loves – and my life is dedicated to that endeavor. I live
in Houston Texas but that will not stop me from being a huge part and
presence at A Place of Peace. I will be traveling to California every
couple of months, to stay for a month each time, to work together with
Teri and the Board of A Place of Peace. I’m known as a, “get it done
spirit”. Now a part of the A Place of Peace Board of Directors, I will
get it done. I realize in this new commitment that I am back where I
began, a place of new beginning. This is a beautiful Place, and a
community of people with outstretched arms, full of love.
have a long and successful history of businesses I have owned and
operated, my most recent and loved was, Health Masters, School and
Clinic of Massage in Houston Texas . Teri and I shared a practice in
Houston , years ago – she has spoken of her vision of A Place of Peace
for many many years.
Together, all of us, we are going to make it all happen!
In-House Professional Practitioners
Teri Kierbel, Counselor/Interfaith Minister
is a Counselor, Interfaith Minister, and Spiritual Guide - Founding A
Place of Peace to provide a "Place" to journey: emotionally, spiritually and personally.
As a counselor and spiritual guide, Teri assists people in the process of coming to the fullness of their promise.
Her passion is to awaken participation in life: fully, peacefully and with love.
that end she is a guide in the process of coming to truly “know” and
understand one's self, one's partner, one's environment and vision.
Teri journeys with those who seek to
release, within theselves, their best and highest selves, that they might flourish outwardly.
Her Relationship Counseling supports couples in finding the love that drew them together in the beginning…
in removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence...in creating the vibrant life they envision.
Teri's Workshops, Retreats, and Classes are fun, empowering, motivating and healing.
She holds Meditation Circles and A Course in Miracle Study Groups regularly and has recently introduced Full Moon Circles.
As an Interfaith Minister, Teri provides a Place for people who have left traditional religious forums but who search for
collectively diverse spirituality and community. Sunday Services are Circles of Love...casual and heartfelt.
She offers all the services of ministry; Weddings, Funerals, Baby Blesslings....
Teri has been in private practice for over 25 years, her ministry for 13 years.
She was ordained in The New Seminary/ Interfaith Seminary.
She is currently obtaining her doctorate in Metaphysical Science.
Teri is a founding board member of the Council of Interfaith Communities of the United States
and a member of Spiritual Directors International.
Doug Kierbel, MA, Clinical Psychology
MBA, Pulic Administration
Co-Founder of A Place of Peace
After 30 years with the University of California, Doug retired to co-found A Place of Peace with Teri.
Doug assists with the administration and overall business functions of A Place of Peace. He is pulling
together all aspects of the Wellness Center: Equipment, Practitioners, Instructors, etc.
Doug currently co-counsels Relationship/Couple’s Counseling with Teri and works with her on their Couples's Retreats.
He is in the process of beginning a Men’s Process Group to facilitate their exploration of self and Doug
offers his Drum Circle each month on the 2nd Wednesday.
Doug is also a Mediation Specialist focused on Labor Relations.
Mary Ellen Cullen, MSW
Intuitive Counselor/New Consciousness Teacher
Ellen has been studying consciousness and the concept that all things
are energy, for the last eight
years of her personal and spiritual
Starting in childhood, Mary Ellen suffered
from an eating addiction, poor health and poor body
image yet has moved
beyond this and has helped many others to as well. She teaches about
of food and the body and how they respond to our own
consciousness of self love and acceptance.
Mary Ellen provides individual private sessions and is facilitating a class on Tuesday afternoons at A Place of Peace.
a Intuitive Counselor, and as a Group Facilitator, she provides a safe
energetic and emotional space to help
others develop a spiritual
relationship with food, their bodies and to find peace with their
She facilitates groups and individuals to bring Spirit into
their moment to moment experiences to live with more joy and balance.
Mary Ellen has facilitated workshops on Food, Body and Spirit since 1999 in Michigan, North Carolina, and California.
graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a Masters Degree
in Social Work.
She worked in Mental Health as a Counselor and Clinical
Therapist for 5 years. She now prefers private
practice to work with
others on a spiritual and creative level.
Donna Otte - Traditional N.D., CHC Natural Health Consultant
Linda Marshall - Traditional N.D., CHC Natural Health Consultant
and Linda developed, manage and own "Quest for Health" and "Quest for
Health II" holistic, alternative health care consulting
They have been working as a natural health consultants
for over twenty five years and incorporate many different modalities
for healing, including:
lifestyle and constitutional analysis, iridology, herbalism, muscle testing, retreats, workshops, classes and much more.
Both have completed their naturopathic studies and have master’s degrees in Holistic Nutrition.
BROCK TRAVIS, PHD
Brock Travis holds a doctorate in Psychology,
& has over 20 years experience serving in rehabs, clinics, spiritual centers, colleges & schools,
provides discrete individual consultations - guidance for people in
recovery from addictions,& support for people giving care for a
His work uniquely draws from modern science & ancient
wisdom to enhance well-being. It does not involve either therapy
Brock also presents seminars & workshops in
non-sectarian meditative spirituality - helping people find their way
to living in this world with serenity.