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2023 Annual Retreat: EMERGENCE

  • Mon, October 02, 2023
  • 7:00 PM (CDT)
  • Fri, October 06, 2023
  • 12:00 PM (CDT)
  • Unity Village, Lee's Summit MO


  • Join us for the banquet, auctions and dance on Thursday evening.
  • Join the retreat, and all the activities, for one day
  • Join us for one day of morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Meals are not included.
  • Register early and SAVE!
  • Attend all of the Keynote Sessions and Conference Room Workshops via Zoom
  • ANTN members register early and SAVE!
  • Full access to the Retreat for graduating Emerson students (discount code required)
  • Join us for graduation ceremony, followed by the banquet, auctions and dance on Thursday evening.
  • There is no charge to attend the Emerson graduation ceremony on Thursday 10/5. Please register if you will be on-site so we can ensure adequate seating.
  • The ANTN membership meeting, Talent Show and Emerson Institute graduation ceremony are open to all, and free of charge.
  • Full access to the Retreat. Sign in for access.
  • Full access to the Retreat.
  • Attend all of the Keynote Sessions and Conference Room Workshops via Zoom


This four day program at Unity Village combines internal spiritual development with informative, insightful, and inspiring presentations.

The 2023 Emergence Retreat & Conference features keynote presentations by Jeffon Seely, Lisa Benson, and Nimo Patel. They'll be joined by thought leaders, workshop facilitators to bring in new perspectives on social justice, diversity, spiritual practice, and new ideas for the evolution of New Thought.

We will be encircled with engaging and exciting music from our resident musician Daniel Nahmod, an inspiring and exciting nationally touring singer and songwriter.

Spirit in Bloom

You won’t want to miss this sacred time together! Register early and SAVE - ends July 31, 2023.


We begin on Monday at 4pm with a gathering to welcome to first-time attendees. Dinner is at 5:30, and the Retreat begins with the evening session at 7pm.

There are daily activities, with Sacred Time every afternoon. A full schedule will be published in this space.

The Retreat ends with a closing ceremony on Friday at 11am. An optional lunch is available on Friday.


Jeffon Seely

Jeffon Seely is a transformational speaker on Diversity & Inclusion, Mindfulness, and 21st Century Leadership. He speaks on mindfulness, and the evolving role of Millennials and the 2020 Generation.

Jeffon shows us how to embrace differences in the workplace and use them to create a competitive advantage. We'll learn to rethink our approach to inclusion, engagement, teamwork, success, and the responsibility we have in creating a culture where exceptional performance prevails.

Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism practitioner. Her mission is to celebrate differences and eradicate racial ignorance through historical analysis of fact-based knowledge, interactive training sessions, and courageous conversations.

​She's also the author of "Anchored in Bias, Fired Over White Tears", a book chronicling her personal experiences with workplace bias and discrimination that led to a 2-week trial in federal court.

Lisa is fueled by her lived experiences, cultural curiosities, and a hunger for systemic change. She is the Founder/CEO of Winning Truths International, LLC.

Nimo Patel

From an Ivy League education to Wall street to fame and fortune as a MTV Rap star, at some point along his journey, Nimo realized that he was walking a path of suffering and that the only path to light was through selfless service to others and his own internal purification. For the past 10 years, Nimo has been serving and working with the underprivileged communities in the Gandhi Ashram in India.

Most recently Nimo has reconnected to his roots of music and is offering this gift of love, peace and oneness through his songs: an offering he calls "Empty Hands Music".

Daniel Nahmod

Orange County, California-based Singer/Songwriter, Producer and Humanitarian Daniel Nahmod has performed his profound, heart-opening original music for over one million people in 45 U.S. states and Canada since beginning his music career in 1999 and receiving literally thousands of standing ovations along the way.

His songs are recorded and performed all over the world on a weekly basis. Recent media appearances of Daniel's music include Saturday Night Live, The Voice, American Idol, The Super Bowl, and the Today Show.

Daniel's poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion across all nations, cultures and faiths has found overwhelming acceptance wherever he has performed. 

Unity Village

The Retreat takes place at Unity Village, north America's largest and most long-established property in the New Thought movement.


Meals are included with your registration, but hotel accommodations are not – you must arrange your own.

Book your room now at Unity Village

Space sells out early - reserve now! All guest rooms have been set aside for the ANTN Retreat, and are unavailable through the website. Please contact the Front Desk directly.

Unity Hotel and Conference Ctr, Ascend Hotel Collection
1901 NW Blue Parkway
Lees Summit, MO, 64086
Front Desk: (816) 347-5537 

There are several airbnb houses at Unity Village with multiple bedrooms and space for an entire group.

Accommodations available at the Holiday Inn Express. It is nearby, with van transportation to and from Unity Village each day.

Holiday Inn Express
201 NW Innovation Parkway

Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Reservations 1 888 HOLIDAY
(1 888 465 4329)

Front Desk: (816) 600-2405

Phone: (831) 372-1159


Rev. Dr. John Karn, Administrator


7918 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N332
La Mesa, CA 91942

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