Presentations and Retreats

Book Signing and Presentation

Santa Maria Library

December 1st at 11:00am


“The importance of teaching self-advocacy as a life skill has proven valuable over the years raising a child with special needs,” says author Lori Ciccarelli Stotko, MPS, of  “Myself, My Responsibility – tools to self-advocate” and mother to 29-year old JJ on the autism spectrum.


Join the Santa Maria Library at 421 S. McClelland St. on Saturday, 12/1st at 11:00 for a presentation by the author on her newly published book, “Myself, My Responsibility – tools to self-advocate.” This workbook is for all ages and abilities to inspire and encourage self-advocacy. The author, a former elementary school teacher and board member for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, shares in the book a simple 4-step process she created to help her son apply his gifts and strengths to overcome challenges while communicating special needs effectively and respectfully.


In the book, the author has teamed up with her son JJ, the illustrator, to share life experiences and fun activities to overcome challenges for best possible outcomes. Together they want to make a difference and published this book in celebration of their 10-year anniversary documentary film release of “JJ’s Journey, a Journey about Autism” in 2008. As a gift, all who attend the library’s presentation on 12/1st will receive a complimentary copy of their documentary film DVD of “JJ’s Journey.”


Myself, My Responsibility” is available on Amazon or may be purchased at the library’s event for the author’s signing. About the author Lori Ciccarelli Stotko, MPS, Founder and Certified Spiritual Director



“Come to the Well”

Spiritual Renewal Retreats

Refresh – Restore – Renew 

“If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-38


Are you emotionally and spiritually bankrupt? Physically exhausted? Suffering from compassion fatigue? Renewal retreats are for everyone thirsty for refreshment.


 Two-day Spiritual Renewal Retreats

Soul Care for the Servant Leader. Are you a servant leader in the caring-for-others business? A teacher, preacher, physician, nurse, first responder, therapist or 12-step sponsor? Are you experiencing compassion fatigue? “Come to the Well” for Refreshment, Restoration, and Renewal. Experience the integration of Christian faith-formation practices, social competence tools, mission / values integration and servant leadership development supported by biblical scriptures modeled after the teachings of Christ. Attendees leave with curriculum designed to inspire and encourage continued Christian character & leadership development.


Kingdom Living  Abundant Life.  Experience a journey of transformation from the head (beliefs) to the heart (relationship) to the hands (passion / purpose). Circumstances are eternal opportunities – turn your whys “Why Lord, why me?” into what “What Lord – what will thou have me to do?” Purpose your God-given passions to bring the kingdom forward in every area of your life. Attendees leave with curriculum designed to inspire and encourage continued Christian character and servant leadership development.   Sample Outline

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11


Transformative Servant Leadership Development for the Church. Develop healthy church leaders through Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence Development training, Soul Care Restoration, Purposing Transformative Ministry. In this retreat, participants purpose their passion in the church as a “body” through mission / values integration to reflect Christ furthering His Kingdom. Attendees leave with curriculum designed to inspire and encourage continued Christian character & servant leadership development.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various form,” I Peter 4:10


Pastoral Care for Ministry (Clergy, Ministry Leaders, Chaplains, Missionaries).  “Reflect – Restore – Renew – Reconnect.” Are you experiencing compassion fatigue? This retreat is for all those in ministry looking for spiritual refreshment reconnecting to “call.” Discover “purpose renewal” through soul care restoration attuning to the presence of God, transformative servant leadership renewal and mission / values integration. Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence Development training. Attendees leave with curriculum designed to inspire and encourage continued restorative reconnecting to call. All those serving in Ministry are encouraged to attend. Scholarships available.

And more…

Facilitator / Leader 

Lori Ciccarelli Stotko, MPS, Founder and Certified Spiritual Director


Everyone, regardless of the leadership context, will benefit from Lori’s teaching on emotional and spiritual development of leaders. She has done a master-full job of weaving the best from psychosocial-spiritual academic research with down-to-earth story narratives from her own and others’ redemptive journeys to illustrate just what transformational leadership looks like in our culture today for tomorrow.

Rev. Dr. Russell R. Veenker, BCPC; Co-Founder, Mountain Learning Center Pastor Retreat 


We recently invited Lori Ciccarelli Stotko to be the featured speaker at our women’s spring tea, and I have to say our women’s ministry team was so happy and impressed with Lori’s preparation, adherence to our theme, and passionate delivery of her message! Her deep love of God and His word absolutely shines through everything she says and does. Not only would I invite Lori back to speak at more events for our church, I have already recommended her to other churches in our area. This woman is a gem!

– Paula Friedrichsen, Director of Women’s Ministries, Church on the Mountain 


When Lori came to present a day-long workshop for healthcare professionals, we were blessed.  Her intelligent passion for people is grounded in spiritual maturity that has been thoroughly tested by her life’s journey.  Her presentations are interesting, evidence-based, and practical.  Most of all, they are inspiring.

– Gerald R Winslow, PhD, Loma Linda University Health – VP, Mission and Culture; Director, Institute for Health Policy and Leadership


I have had the great pleasure of working with and participating in multiple educational sessions presented by Lori. She is an amazing speaker who has the ability to captivate, inspire and encourage the audience to share the passion she has for the topics she presents. She is compassionate, caring, holistic and she brings such a broad spectrum of experiences to her audience. She is a fantastic leader and has many attributes that emerging leaders are drawn to.  – Theresa Dessert, RN, BSN; Nurse Educator

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