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Marti Beddoe is founder of Designs for Peace, a SoulCollage Facilitator,  creator of the Walking the Beauty Way Retreat, helping women learn to fully discover and express life’s beauty, meaning, and joy, in Chicago, Illinois and Naperville, Illinois.


My Teachers

Marti Beddoe, founder of Designs for Peace, SoulCollage Facilitator, Peer Spirit Circle Practitioner, Meditation Teacher is deeply grateful for the the many teachers who are listed.


My Teachers

"Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu."  
(A person is a person because of other people.)

- Zulu Proverb


The Practice of Okagesamade

In modern Japanese, “Okagesamade” means, “Thanks to you.”

In the ancient Japanese mystical tradition, Okagesamade (oh-caw-kaw-saw-ma-day) means, “Thank you, because of you this moment exists."  It’s a simple way to recognize the truth of our inter-relatedness to all of existence in any given moment.  You can do this practice at any time, in any place.

The following practice of Okagesamade was taught by Goswami Kriyananda, the founder and spiritual preceptor of the Temple of Kriya Yoga:

Pause and take a breath.  Observe your surroundings. Become curious, in an open and friendly way as you ask, “Who made it possible for me to experience this specific moment?”  As you reflect, be sure to include all the known and anonymous people... 

  • Who designed and built the structures around you.

  • Who designed, built, and delivered the furniture you sit upon or the floor you stand upon.

  • Who gathered and delivered the materials for the building and furniture.

  • Who built the roads you traveled on to be where you are at this moment.

  • And before that, those who pioneered and cleared the land around you.

  • Who grew, delivered, cooked and served your last meal.

  • Who invented, built, and delivered the technology you may be using in this moment.

  • Who cleaned and beautified your environment.

  • Who designed, made, and sold your clothing.

  • Who nurtured and educated your body, mind and soul.

  • Whose thoughts, words or deeds may have saved your life—physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

  • Who befriends, encourages and loves you despite your shortcomings.

  • And who gave you life, starting with your parents and including the thousands of love stories before your parents.

It is an enriching spiritual practice to contemplate our connection to all those who have made it possible to experience this specific moment.

Regardless of current challenges, it soon becomes apparent how incredibly blessed each of us has been and is in our lives.  My life has been blessed by a multitude of teachers who have enriched my life beyond measure. Because of them, this moment of connection with you, dear reader, is possible.

May any merit that comes from sharing this practice of Okagesamade go to my teachers in the Kriya Yoga lineage, particularly Swami Pranananda and Sri Goswami Kriyananda.  Because of these two souls, this moment exists.

Click this button for a 15 minute guided meditation of the Okagesamade Practice.


My Family: My Greatest Teachers

Grandmother Marti's Flying Up Ceremony (Committee Suit)

Grandmother Marti's Flying Up Ceremony (Committee Suit)

My greatest teachers have been my three sons and two daughters, their partners, my seven precious grandchildren, and my great grandson born December 25, 2017, exactly 100 years after my father! In the course of daily life, they have challenged me how to walk my talk in concrete and mundane ways. Among many things, they have taught me about the power of forgiveness, the need for humor, the value of positive thinking, the wisdom of keeping my mouth firmly shut, and the utter joy of the present moment.


My Husband


I am deeply grateful for my husband and primary teacher, the rock n' roll kid, the nature lover, the Renaissance man--the beloved soul known as Harry H. Hitzeman, Jr., who shows me his love and care in practical and romantic ways.  Harry has always seen the best in me even when I could not.  He translated my vision for Designs for Peace into reality through this website and has helped me learn more about technology.  A Boy Scout at heart, Harry has a reverence for life and embodies courage, patience, self-discipline, persistence, ingenuity, loving-kindness, and a joyful spirit.

Because of Harry, I am a better person in all ways.



Other Life Teachers

The following incomplete list of my life teachers is a start in practicing Okagesamade.  Though I have grouped them, many of my teachers have taught me in each category listed.  If you are curious about certain teachers, please contact me.  I will be very happy to tell you more!


The Spiritual Practice of Kriya Yoga

Dispellers of Darkness: Swami Prananada & Sri Goswami Kriyananda  (Community Suit)

Dispellers of Darkness: Swami Prananada & Sri Goswami Kriyananda

(Community Suit)

Sri Goswami Kriyananda

Swami Pranananda Mahaswami

Eric and Devi Klein

Barbara Schermer

It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is that you find Joy in it!
— Goswami Kriyananda
Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?
— Swami Pranananda

Walking The Spiritual Path

What Change Am I Bringing to the World? (Committee Suit)

What Change Am I Bringing to the World? (Committee Suit)

Dalai Lama
Thich Nhat Hanh
Pema Chodron
Angeles Arrien
Mahatma Gandhi
Bishop Tutu
Nelson Mandela
Ram Dass
Sharon Salzberg
Mathew Fox
M. Scott Peck
Parker Palmer
Viktor Frankl
Eckhart Tolle
Rachel Naomi Remen
William Bridges
Gary Zukav

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
— His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Dying, Death, and Rebirth

Soul's Journey: Held by Infinite Love (Council Suit--1st card I made!)

Soul's Journey: Held by Infinite Love (Council Suit--1st card I made!)

Ira Byock
Atul Gawande
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Stephen Levine
Alan D. Wolflet
Elizabeth Alexander
Michael Ortiz Hill
Sogyal Rinpoche
Eben Alexander

The four simple phrases Dr. Ira Byock learned
were most important to his hospice patients:
’Please forgive me’ ; ‘I forgive you’; ‘Thank you’ ; and ‘I love you.’
— Ira Byock, From The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living


Happy Inner Child (Committee Suit)

Happy Inner Child (Committee Suit)

June Purcell Beddoe
Hal Beddoe, M.D.
Geoffrey Beddoe
Corean Shoffner Beddoe
Bae Emilson
Robert Fritz
Elizabeth Caperton
Ira Progoff
Sr. Brigid Molloy
Kelly Williams
Jenna Eisenberg
Julia Cameron
Marjorie Johnson
Larry and Mary May
Oleh Sydor
Betty Edwards
Cheryl Strayed
Millie MacKinnon
DeAnn Trucano
Judy Cowley
Judie Welch
Pat Allen
Dayna Block
Jacqueline Huxel

Art making is my way of bringing soul back into my life.
Soul is the place where the messiness of life is tolerated,
where feelings animate the narration of life...
Soul is the place where I am replenished and
can experience both gardens and graveyards.
Art is my way of knowing who I am.
— Pat B. Allen, from Art is a Way of Knowing

PeerSpirit Circling / The Circle Way

Circle Makes The World Go Round (Community Suit)

Circle Makes The World Go Round (Community Suit)


Christina Baldwin

Ann Linnea





A circle is a way of doing things differently than we have become accustomed to. The circle is a return to our original form of community as well as a leap forward to create a new form of community.
— Christina Baldwin, from Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture


SoulCollage® Facilitator: Dweller of the Deeps (Committee Suit)

SoulCollage® Facilitator: Dweller of the Deeps (Committee Suit)

Jon Hansen
Seena Frost
Kylea Taylor
Jim Schofield
Anne Marie Bennett
Alia Moore
Mariabruna Sirabella
Catherine Anderson
Kat Kirby
Barb Horn
Nancy Weiss
Glenda Goodrich
JoAnn Flynn
Renee Robbins
Marie Drennan
Mary Ann Reed
Lori Harris
Chris Regan
Connie Devendorf
Cheryl Finley Goggins
Bea Friend
Veronica Murphy
Mary Sinclair
Patty Reinhardt
Marianne Cirone
Debbie McEllenborough
Sharana Mueller
Esther Anderson
Darlene D'Angelo
Heather Hathaway
Beth Bouchard
Mindy Diaz
Cheryl O'Rourke
Deedee Schneider
Meredith Raque
Noelle Remington
Sue Gelber
Suzie Wolfer
Jeanne Marie Merkel
Dot Everhart
Lila Critchley
Kimee Doherty
Mary Agnes Twomey
Judith Goldberg
Fran Cherlow
Jennifer Mantle
Laura Seligman
Janine Kinch
Larissa Berger
Sandy Burke
Monica Charvet

When the soul wishes to experience herself,
she throws an image of the experience before her and enters into it.
— Meister Eckhart
How each of us nurtures, heals and explores Soul will have impact on the vast cultural changes beginning to manifest. If we become more Soul-Conscious, we will become more powerful and effective as Lightbearers, as Warriors, As Wise Women and Wise Men of the 21st Century.
— Seena B. Frost from SoulCollage® Evolving: An Intuitive Collage Process for Self-Discovery & Community

Feminine Wisdom and Spirituality

BEAUTY: the Elixir of Life (Council Suit)

BEAUTY: the Elixir of Life (Council Suit)

Marie McFadden Purcell
Curt Hyman
Patricia Beddoe Bernardello
Judy Beddoe Crocker
Suzie Beddoe Robinson
Mary Calenda
Louise Guenther Webber
Bridget Morgan
Alfrieda Wilkins
Sonja Johnson
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Marilyn French
Betty Friedan
Gloria Steinem
Marian Woodman
Linda Belknap
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Grace Paley
Carol Lee Flinders
Beverly Hightower
Leslie Sann
Jean Houston
Sonia Choquette
Virginia Satir
Edna Groves
Brenda Kien
Sue Monk Kidd
Judith Duerk
Joanne Reichlin
Sr. Virginia Mary Barta
Shirley Tassencourt
Allegra Ahlquist
Robbie Lapp
Nancy Masland
Judy O'Leary
Vivian Londos
Cha Moon
Jennifer Brown
Stefanie Taranto
Oksana Hites
Melanie Meade
Sylvia Ewing
Elesa Commerse
Helen van Dongen

Whenever I’d trusted my truth as a woman and was loyal to it, it had become like a thread in my fingers...taking me where I need to go…
The best female friendships are about encouraging full personhood,
giving the other permission to follow her Big Wisdom
…even when it means her thread takes her away from safe conventionalities.
— Sue Monk Kidd from The Dance of The Dissident Daughter

Conscious Aging

Choosing Love over Fear (Council Suit)

Choosing Love over Fear (Council Suit)

The Heartland Council of Grandmothers
The Arizona Council of Grandmothers
The Gulf Coast Council of Grandmothers
The Texas/Oklahoma Council of Grandmothers

When the Grandmothers speak, the Earth will be healed.
— Hopi Proverb


Passing It On (Committee Suit)

Passing It On (Committee Suit)

Annette Spiezio
Don Riso
Helen Palmer
Jerry Wagner
Sandra Maitri

The Enneagram provides us with nine perspectives for viewing the world: The Idealistic Perspective, the Perspective of Love, the Productive Perspective, the Aesthetic Perspective, the Perspective of Wisdom, the Perspective of Tradition, the Joyful Perspective, the Perspective of Strength, and the Peaceful Perspective
— Jerome Wagner, Ph.D, From Nine Lenses on the World

Nonviolent Communication

Marshall B. Rosenberg (Community Suit)

Marshall B. Rosenberg (Community Suit)

Marshall B. Rosenberg

Myra Walden

Nonviolent Communication is a way of communication
that leads us to give from the heart.
— Marshall B. Rosenberg from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion

Career / Life Counseling & Coaching

Broadening My Horizon of Awareness (Committee Suit)

Broadening My Horizon of Awareness (Committee Suit)

Virginia Satir
Isabel Briggs Myers
Ira Progoff
Marsha Sinetar
Richard Bolles
Robin Sheerer
Jack Chapman
Tom Camden
Judy Lansky
Randy Bennett
Peter LeBrun

Choose a job you love and
you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
— Confucius

Community Organizing and Intellectual Methods

Divine Encourager (Community Suit)

Divine Encourager (Community Suit)

Institute of Cultural Affairs
    Alfrieda Wilkins
    Joseph and Lyn Mathews
    Joe and Carol Pierce
    Gene and Ruth Marshall
    Dennis Lord

Training, Inc.
    Beverly Hightower
    Judy Montgomery
    Mary Ann Wainwright
    Lynette Shanklin

People’s Resource Center
    Mary Ellen Durbin
    Rosie Dixon
    Leslie Gena

If we have no peace, it is because
we have forgotten we belong to one another.
— Mother Teresa