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Our Leadership

Our Spiritual Leader, Rev. Duchess Dale

Rev. Duchess Dale became the Spiritual Director of Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living in January, 2016. Her professional ministry journey began when she graduated ministerial training in 1987 taught by Dr. Leo Fishbeck at the RSI Glendale Church of Religious Science. Prior to graduating Holmes Institute Ministerial Training in 1997, she served as a Practitioner at the Agape Church of Religious Science for 10 years with Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith where she was the co-founder and Director of the Animal Kinship Ministry, an ongoing pastoral care outreach program that later spread throughout other Centers.

She was ordained in September, 2000 while Rev. Duchess was serving as the Assistant Minister of the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science with Rev. Mark Vierra. There, she had the opportunity to use both her theatrical and her ministerial training.

Starting in 2001, for six years, Rev. Duchess was the Senior Minister at Pacific Church of Religious Science in San Diego before becoming the C.S.O. at the Chico New Thought Center in 2008 for seven years.

One of her proudest spiritual accomplishments was being invited by the Best Friends Animal Society to collaborate on the historical Religious Proclamation for Animal Compassion which she co-authored and helped present to the U.S. Congress in 2007.

Besides being a dynamic speaker and leader, Rev. Duchess loves to write. Her first book, How May I Love You, Today? was published in 2009 and she continues to be a regular contributor to Inner Visions Magazine published by the Agape International Center, as well as Science of Mind Magazine in-between sneaking time to work on her next book.

Her popular blog, Breath Space, is an interesting look at life through her unique, personal perspective.

When she has free time, she spends it with her husband, Don, attending or performing in theater; and watching baseball or movies with their adopted fur-children, feline Beauregard, and their dog, Chai.

Our Practitioners/Spiritual Support

Through the use of careful listening and affirmative prayer, our ministers  and practitioners support people who experience physical or emotional anguish, or who desire a new perspective for their lives. This is done using the teaching and principles of The Science of Mind, providing educational material and prayer. Working with a Practitioner is so valuable in helping to remove the hidden beliefs and the wounding feelings that can prevent us from accomplishing our greatest good.

Our professional CSL-licensed practitioners are available and ready to help with any type of situation.
Feel free to contact the practitioner of your choice to discuss your needs and/or make an appointment. Please scroll down for their contact information and brief, personal video clips.

News from the Centers for Spiritual Living Practitioner Council –  February 2018Centers for Spiritual Living Prayer Match
There has been a lot of interest lately from many Practitioners, Ministers, and Members who would like to have a Prayer Partner.  Also, there are lots of people who would like to have more than one Prayer Partner.Who can Apply: CSL Practitioners, Ministers, and Members How to Apply:  Prayer Match participants will complete an initial survey/application and will then be paired with a prayer partner based on their responses. Participants will have the flexibility to tailor their prayer partnerships to meet each of their own individual needs.

Please share this notification with others.  Simply go to and check it out. 

JUDY BLAISEJudy Blaise, RScP – (505) 424-8429   e-mail

Judy Blaise was licensed as a Religious Science Practitioner in 1990.  She lives within the Truth of the Oneness of all Life.  She is devoted to embodying the Principles of Science of Mind, to experiencing Divine Love, and to seeing all people and situations as Spirit – whole, perfect, radiant Light expressing through form.  As a member of Santa Fe CSL’s Practitioner Core, she loves teaching classes, workshops, visioning, and meditation, as well as one-on-one spiritual sessions, the core of which is our powerful healing tool, Spiritual Mind Treatment.



DEBRA BRYANTDebra Bryant, R.Sc.P. – (505) 699-6091    e-mail
Debra loves the journey as a Practitioner which began in 2005. She is also the Executive Director of Stand Up For Kindness and she holds a vision of living in a community and world where everyone is honored, valued and respected and Kindness is the language.

She is an ardent Religious Scientist and is continually inspired by the teaching of our founder, Ernest Holmes. She knows that no matter what may come our way, there is no pit deeper than God’s love and is inspired to hold this truth for others. Sharing the wisdom of our tradition through prayer, individual sessions, workshops and Sunday messages feeds her soul. Our motto “changing our world one thought at a time” is a guiding principle to her and she love to assist others in experiencing the freedom and peace found in embodying the principles of the Science of Mind.



LISE KNOUSELise Knouse, R.Sc.P. – (505) 501-3385   e-mail
LiseKnouse has been interested in the metaphysical all her life. In high school, while growing up Episcopalian, she read many books by Indian Yogis and practiced yoga, standing on her head daily, fasting and taking hot and cold baths. Later, in her early 20’s she learned and practiced TM meditation and the TM siddhis. She explored all manner of Spiritual practices and was privileged to meet many Spiritual leaders, including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Stuart Grayson, Eric Butterworth, Mother Meera, Ammachi, Karunamayi, Gangaji, John Gray and Barbara DeAngelis.

She had a career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, followed by marriage and the birth of 4 wonderful children at home. All of her children played violin through the Suzuki Method. As they grew older, she founded and directed the Santa Fe Suzuki Institute. She has volunteered with La Leche League for 28 years. Currently, she is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Santa Fe and helps individuals and families joyously buy and sell their homes.

She discovered Religious Science in the early 1980’s in New York City and has loved, benefited from and become passionate about the philosophy of Ernest Holmes. She gratefully and joyfully became a Religious Science Practitioner in 2015.



Deb Mizell, R.Sc.P.(720) 771-8913    e-mail
Hi my name is Deb Mizell.  I am a licensed practitioner with Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living.  While living in Denver CO.  I was introduced to the teaching of Science of the Mind at Mile Hi Church in the mid 1990’s.  I was moved often to tears of joy, love, and peace that I found listening to the Sunday messages of Dr Roger Teel.   I had an overwhelming feeling of “being at home”.  My Spiritual Home.

The introduction of New Thought, Oneness, and Science of the Mind appealed to me very much!  I started classes meeting many dear friends  as we journeyed thru the classes.  Applying the practices and teachings and going in deeper to the truths of my divine self.  Healing old beliefs and thinking, finding freedom, joy, peace, and a deeper love of self in my life.  I had not planned to become a practitioner.  And then, one day,  I became really clear that the practitioner studies were where I was to study next.

My Practitioner Path began.  In July of 2012 I passed my oral exams and became a Licensed Practitioner at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, CO.  I served in numerous ways within the Prayer and Guidance Center, visioning, and as a Prayer Practitioner on Sundays for many persons.  In 2015 I moved to Santa Fe, NM. following a dream I had of living in this enchanting state.  In 2017, I became a member at Santa Fe CSL and moved my license here.

I enjoying being available for others, reminding them of their truth as a spiritual being.  I enjoy teaching, leading meditations and visioning, talking with others and praying for truth revealed.  It is my great joy to share this and live this teaching daily.


LIN NOWICKILin Nowicki, R.Sc.P. – (505) 310-0157    e-mail
Lin Nowicki has been member of The Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living since 1984, and has been a licensed Practitioner since 1993. She was granted Practitioner Emeritus status in 2013.

With multiple careers spanning the gamut from hippie farming, to fine art, to real estate and property management, her heart lies with coaching, teaching, and speaking grounded in this amazing philosophy we call the Science of Mind. Her articles and short stories have appeared in national publications including the St. Anthony Messenger, the Christian Science Monitor, and Science of Mind Magazine.

Lin is currently enrolled in the Holmes Institute School of Spiritual Leadership, San Diego Campus, pursuing a certificate in Consciousness Studies. Her vision is her own pulpit ministry within the Centers for Spiritual Living by 2018.



RICHARD KNOUSERichard Knouse, R.Sc.P. – (505) 429-5525   e-mail
Richard’s life-long spiritual journey has carried him through many personal transformations: the battlefields of Vietnam and Wall Street, the astonishing clarity of the Vale of Kashmir, the bleakness of the American street, and the embracing mystery of the Land of Enchantment. He has been a husband, a father, a sadhu, a software engineer and a business consultant. Along the way he has been blessed with the personal presence of many of the leading spiritual leaders of our time, including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Mata Amritananda Mayi.

He discovered Religious Science in New York in the 80’s and became a Religious Science Practitioner in 2015. Life can be a problem to be solved or a perfection to be revealed; it’s just a matter of perspective. As a licensed practitioner, guiding others to find their personal miracle has become his favorite thing to do.



Maurean Palmer, RScP – (505) 469-7763   e-mail
“Celebrating Humanity and Recognizing Divinity in everyday living, with Practical Spirituality” This is my Mission and Ministry in a nut shell! I am so honored to be a Licensed Practitioner Since 2004.

Science of Mind and The New Thought Movement became an active part of my life in 2000, when I moved to Sun City, Arizona from Lacuna Beach, California, to care for my Mother who had become blind. I quickly became a member of The Valley Church of Religious Science and began classes, classes and more classes. I also took my Mom and she took classes, with my help and The Science of Mind Textbook on CD,  we  learned about and explored SOM together. A series of strokes ultimately led to Mom’s transition in 2008. At the moment of her death, literally in my arms, I realized that the Spirit Never dies. I know without a doubt that we are all connected in the Oneness! AND that Scientific Prayer, Spiritual Mind Treatment and Meditation are fantastic tools for Living a Joy filled life!

Women and World Religions, Human Services and Victimology at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo
Early Childhood Development at Pasadena City College

I am passionate about Empowering Empaths and teaching forgiveness and gratitude practices.

I married  Alan Palmer on November 11, 2011 and moved to Santa Fe ,New Mexico in 2013. We practice life together as we walk this planet in love and service. Please contact me for a Joyful experience.



We recognize that every once in a while, we are all in need of help. The Universe does not expect us to walk our life’s journey alone. Our philosophy encourages us to seek Oneness within ourselves and with the world around us – to give and to receive. To that end, we have trained professional practitioners that can assist you at times of need and aspiration.

All of the sessions are kept non-judgmental and strictly confidential. Typically, each session is one hour in duration. Though practicing  affirmative prayer (also called a Spiritual Mind Treatment) is free, there is a fee for a licensed professional’s time. The fee is negotiable with each Practitioner. Please feel free to call ahead of time to make an appointment and/or to learn about their schedule availability and fee structures.

giftBirthday Gift for Our Members!

As a special gift to the members of the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, the Practitioners offer to you the gift of a free session during your birthday month. Contact any Practitioner (listed above) during your birthday month, if you wish to take advantage of this membership perk.

Our Music Director, Lydia Clark

LYDIA CLARKProfessional Musician/Singer/Songwriter, Lydia Clark, joined the Center in 2014 as Music Director and is working to help create a spiritually innovative service. She has over thirty years working and coordinating with spiritual communities in the capacity of accompanist, youth & bell choir director, soloist and music director. Working for over ten years in musical performance and education in the public schools and community college, the National Dance Institute, and Santa Fe Opera, she brings an enthusiasm, professionalism and demand for excellence in all areas.

Performing as a vocalist/keyboard player internationally, nationally and locally with her own bands and others for over 40 years, she has created a buzz in not only the spiritual community, but also in R&B/Blues and Children’s music, winning awards in all these categories.

Currently, her work with the Center includes performance and composing original music for Sunday service, coordinating special guest musicians, and the Center Song Leaders. The Song Leaders are a group of experienced singers and anyone interested should contact Ms. Clark. All professional musicians are also invited to contact Ms. Clark to inquire about Sunday performance.

We look forward to a continued relationship and to great music at the Center.

CONTACT: Lydia Clark at 505-501-2606 or for information about the music program.


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