Burge Smith-Lyons is the owner & president of The Essence of Being, Inc. which consults, produces, and facilitates family & corporate trainings and seminars for emotional healing, better communication techniques, team building, and leadership development.
Burge has been involved with communications, emotional healing, and the educational environment for over 36 years and has created and facilitated personal growth workshops & corporate seminars since 1980. She has led private & public venues in the field of self-development, relationships, emotional healing, and abundance for thousands of adults, children and businesses from all over the world. She is an international best selling author, motivational speaker and trainer, DISC Certified Instructor, relationship and communications expert.
She is chairman and founder of The Healing Forest Foundation, Inc. It is a non-profit organization that focuses on experiential learning and the shifting of outdated belief systems for children and adults. She is an intuitive healer, certified rebirther, certified hypnotherapist, personal coach, family & divorce coach, and ordained minister through The Universal Life Church . She uses many modalities of learning for personal growth and healing in personal workshops and private sessions including conscious breathing, kinesiology, emotional release, energy release, psychotherapy, NLP, EFT, anger-release work, channeling, and Super Learning techniques. She specializes in emotional/anger release.
Burge is the Chairman and founder of The Healing Forest Foundation, Inc. It is a non-profit organization that focuses on experiential learning and the shifting of outdated belief systems that contribute to physical, mental, and emotional illness for children and their families. The foundation produces “Kid Power Camps” for children ages 6-17 for one-week residential & 2 day Power programs. It produces workshops for divorced or separated parents dealing with alienation & emotional stress. Burge facilitates support groups with parents who are dealing with similar issues. She is on the board of The National Parents’ Rights Association. She is affiliated with the Family Therapy Center, Inc. for New York and Georgia.
She has brought interactive programs and self-esteem workshops to the Atlanta City Schools, Prodigy Learning Centers, and Alternative High Schools in Asheville, N.C. She has also been a communications teacher for high school as well as a primary educator for kindergarten and elementary schools in Atlanta GA.
She has developed the Essence Series: Essence of Being, Essence of Abundance, Essence of Relationships, Essence of Teaching, and Essence of Communication. These are 2 and a half to 3 day classes focused on experiential learning & shifting belief systems that do not serve the individual anymore. Additionally, the graduate workshop, called Passionate Manifestation (3 day event), and the Advanced Graduate Workshop, called Mastery (5 day event), are available to the graduates of the Essence Series. She has also developed a higher consciousness seminar called “Higher Vibes”.
She has thousands of graduates from around the world & hubs in Atlanta , Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Asheville, Boston, Rhode Island, Toronto Canada, Malaysia. She is opening hubs in Brazil, Nicaragua, China, and India.
She has developed and participated in the weekly Radio Show “Being An Authentic You” in Atlanta for years and has been interviewed for radio programs such as “Spirit Talk with Phoenix” in Miami , the BBS network in Los Angeles, Mrs. Claus in Australia, A Designer Life with Unity FM, Inner Speak, 7th Wave Network , Hay House Radio , many Blog talk radio shows and has an Etv channel with Women’s Information Network.
She has also consulted and trained within the corporate environment in companies such as Georgia-Pacific, Toro Company, Target Stores, Xcellenet, Medical Doctor’s Association, Enlightened Business Network, Thomas Publishing, and Women’s Prosperity Network in the fields of customer service, sales, human resources communication, team building and leadership development.
She has been a speaker for the US Humanities Team : We Are All One World convention, Unity North Women’s Conference, Women’s Prosperity Network , The Zen Cruise, and many global summits. She has shared hundreds of stages including: with Kevin Harrington (Shark Tank), Sharon Lechter (Rich Dad , Poor Dad, Think and Grow Rich for Women), and Loral Langemeier. She is a member of The Womens Speakers Bureau, International Women’s Leadership Assoc. and written with Wake Up Women. She is on the advisory board of The Women Network.
She is an international best selling author of the international best seller “Conversations That Make a Difference -Shift Your Beliefs to Get What You Want”. She has written e-zines and for magazines such as Spirit Side, Think Holistic, Authentic Lifestyles, Reflections, Holistic Local, Aquarius, Oracle 20/20.
She is the V.P. and founder of Fresh Start Capital, Inc. which is a real estate investing and management firm that deals in residential and commercial investments. She has also consulted within the corporate environment in companies such as Georgia-Pacific, Target Stores, Xcellenet, Medical Doctor’s Association, Body Awareness and Thomas Publishing in the fields of customer service, sales, human resources, and communication. She is a DISC certified facilitator for corporations, families, and children.
She has a B.A. in the Communication Arts (Magna Cum Laude) and a T-5 Certification in Education from Georgia State University.