Essence Of Being®

Today you can choose to empower yourself with the life-changing Essence of Being® playshop. We will explore how you create reality through your thoughts and core belief system with the principle of Law of Attraction.

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Essence of Being® is a 3 day experiential weekend to discover your definitions of success, how successful you are, and how to enhance your life! It’s about breaking old habits and changing methods that no longer work for you.

  • Overcome feeling "stuck"
  • Tune up your financial literacy
  • Have more loving relationships
  • Reach the next level in your transformation
  • Increase your wealth consciousness
  • Uplift yourself to greater relationships
  • Get real results

Through this 3 day experiential weekend journey into self, you will become skilled at attracting success on your own terms by adopting a more powerful, yet peaceful way of being, while releasing blocks that no longer serve you.

You will learn to embrace all aspects of your natural abundance such as self-love, life passion, financial satisfaction, and your ability to grow healthy relationships at home, in business and your community. Essence of Being® is a rare opportunity to turn a corner in your life, meet people, and have fun all at once!

Join the thousands of graduates from around the world and learn “the secret” to being!

The Essence of Being® provides an amazing way to help you manifest your dreams, and discover, or enhance, your special gifts. You will step more firmly into your power and see how to use goodness and light to better serve the world and yourself.

The goal of  The Essence of Being® is to raise the vibrations of people and businesses by compassionately facilitating a paradigm shift from fear, scarcity and loss to one of courage, abundance and growth.

Through a combination of simulations, role-playing and experiential games, Essence of Being® specializes in helping you recognize the patterns you’ve created in your life. You’ll evaluate these patterns, determining if your belief system has served you well or needs to be updated to reflect your new approach to life!

What you can expect

  • Enhance your self esteem
  • Games that teach you how to create more wealth and freedom
  • Opportunities to clear your blocks to more prosperity
  • Learn how to have healthy relationships
  • Find a sense of purpose and the power to create what you want
  • Have more joy in your life
  • Discovering what is “enough”
  • Discovering and releasing negative beliefs around money and love
  • Do you feel you deserve to be wealthy?
  • How to combine what you do and love with prosperity
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively in your relationships
  • Get what you want and deserve in your life
  • “Essence of Being has touched my life, causing me to reconnect with a universal creative process that makes me blissful. I understand now what ‘inner peace’ means. I found many answers, and the certainty that we are all God.”
  • “Essence of Being workshop was so divine, so delightful – leading me to dive deep into all the best life can offer for all of us: Love, Self-esteem, Trust, Abundance, Acceptance and Equality.”
  • “Thank you for helping me come so far. Essence of Being is the most amazing experience I have ever had.”
  • “I continue to cruise in an altered state. Essence of Being has generated a blissful transformation from within. This was my first ever drug-free cosmic consciousness and I got all the love and support and abundance I have so needed to trust.”
  • “Loving Me was something I had never done since I could remember. Essence of Being helped me realize I also have a stronger capacity to give love to others. I reclaimed my life. I can soar to great heights, and more, with my new belief in myself.”
  • “I catch myself smiling at the new day in a focused joy. Essence of Being was a peak experience for me…a peace of mind that I never imagined could exist. With an amazing feeling of abundance, I embrace the miracle of feeling good for the first time in my life.”
  • “You have touched my life, causing me to reconnect with a universal creative process that makes me blissful. I understand now what ‘inner peace’ means. I found many answers, and the certainty that we are all God.”
  • “I hope all of you are feeling as grateful as I am. Essence of Being workshop was so divine, so delightful – leading me to dive deep into all the best life can offer for all of us: Love, Self-esteem, Trust, Abundance, Acceptance and Equality.”
    Sueli Fatima Da Rocha
  • “Thank you for the gift of life. This experience has been the BEST experience ever! I am forever grateful for you guys coming into my life and giving me the opportunity to receive the gifts of the Universe. I am at a loss for words of how much this weekend has meant for me. Literally, my life has changed. I’ve started a new non-profit organization catering to survivors of life. I put the need for the money to start this organization’s paperwork on the “Universal to do List”. Any you know what? The exact amount I needed came to me yesterday from an unlikely source. I kept meditating on what I needed for more than 68 seconds as Ross told us…and it worked! I wasn’t skeptical because I went to the workshop with an open mind and more than an open heart. But I didn’t expect the money to appear soooooo fast!”
  • “Up until now, I had thought I was going to have to ‘go it alone’, but being with all of you convinced me that there are definitely others out there of like minds (and spirits) and that my partner is alive and well and looking for me, too!”
    Karen Moore, Hilton Head, Grant Writer

What are You Waiting For?

It’s about breaking old habits and changing methods that no longer work for you.

Today you can choose to empower yourself with the life-changing Essence of Being® workshop.

We will explore how you create reality through your thoughts and core belief systems with the principle of Law of Attraction.

Meet the Founder & Facilitator: Burge

Burge Smith-Lyons is president and CEO of Essence of Being, Inc. For more than 37 years, she has been involved with the healing, learning and educational environment and has facilitated workshops for personal growth and corporate seminars since 1980 in the area of self-development, emotional and spiritual healing, communication techniques, relationships, abundance, team building, and leadership development. She specializes in helping people identify their "Bubble Talk" — subconscious negative self-talk that blocks them from achieving what they want in life.

Her holistic mind-body-spirit approach includes experiential learning styles and Super Learning, accelerated learning techniques that activate both the left and right brain.

Burge is an international best-selling author, motivational speaker and trainer, DISC Certified Instructor, relationship and communications expert, intuitive healer, certified rebirther, channel, ordained minister, spiritual counselor, certified life coach, and hypnotherapist. She is chairperson and founder of The Healing Forest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on experiential learning and the shifting of outdated belief systems for children and adults and has built and operated a school in Liberia. She is founder of the Conscious Leadership Academy that has been launched in North America, Africa, and Europe. She has taught live transformational workshops on 6 continents.

How It All Began

The Essence of Being started out as the Heart of Acting in 1993. It evolved into the Art of Being Successful, then morphed into The Art of Being, and finally The Essence of Being

We created a graduate course in 1994. Donna Summers, Ross Stearns & Burge Smith designed the courses after compiling segments & philosophies from many different seminars & experiences they had grown from and wanted to share with the world. Donna retired & Ross & Burge continued the energy & developed it further into the realm of energy higher vibration & healing. It became the Essence of Being in 2000. Ross retired and Burge continues to produce and expand the course to encompass all levels of personal development.

Burge is the owner & president of The Essence of Being, Inc. & Burge Enterprises, Inc. Burge Enterprises, Inc. is the umbrella corporation for all of the divisions, which include, The Essence of Being, Inc. (workshops, sessions, trainings, public & corporate), the publishing entity for the books, cd’s, DVD’s, teleseminars, the Essence Centers (franchise centers of healing), and Kid Power(kids camps & family workshops).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the workshop cost?

Cost of the Essence of Being 2 ½ - 3 day workshop is $897. This includes lunch for all days. There's a pay-in-full discount. See shopping cart. The other classes are priced separately.

Does the price of the workshop include lodging or meals?

No, the cost of lodging and meals is the responsibility of the participant. Meal packages available for select workshops. We usually have a special price at some of the nearby hotels. Call or email us for more details. Only Mastery and Kids Kamp price includes meals and lodging at all times.


What is the Money-Back Guarantee?

If you’re not fully delighted with the experience that you’ve had at the end of the weekend, you may request your money back in its entirety. You must complete the weekend to qualify for this refund, however. No refunds are given to attendees who elect to leave the class early. You must request a refund at the end of the class on Sunday only. No refunds are allowed after the Sunday close of event. All deposits for classes are non-refundable. There are no refunds given if cancelled 1 month before any workshop. The 5 day workshops are not refundable after 5 months prior to the event due to upfront costs of renting the spaces. All monies can be transferred to another date or person within 1 year.


I’ve already been doing a lot of personal reflection and growth work on myself; how is this different?

The work done in the workshop setting “turns up the heat” on the processes most people use in their private, personal practice. The intensity of the work is amplified by having the support and encouragement of the group behind you. The energy and power generated by a group atmosphere can catapult you to new levels of learning and growth. You also will learn things you never thought of simply by observing other people’s processes. We use games and exercises to facilitate growth.


Why would I want to work on myself?

If there are areas of your life you feel could use improvement, there’s only one way to effect real, positive results, and that’s to look within. You are the common denominator in all of your experiences, and you’re the only element you can control in any given situation. If you can learn to minimize your shortcomings and capitalize on your strengths, you can impact almost any situation to your advantage. You’ll find ways to be happier and more effective in all your relationships, and take control of your own destiny.

Is this workshop tax-deductible?

Yes it is. The Healing Forest Foundation maintains its 501 (c ) 3 status. You can deduct it as a continuing educational program or training. This extends to all our subsidiary classes such as the Essence of Abundance, Health, Communication, Sales, etc.

What is the time commitment?

Essence of Being is 3 days starting Friday 10am and ending Sunday at 7pm. Essence of Abundance and Essence of Relationships basic class is 2.5 days , beginning at 7pm on Friday evening and ending at 7pm on Sunday. The ending times on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the beginning times on Saturday and Sunday mornings, vary depending on the particular needs of the group. Even if you live in town or nearby, your commitment should be for the entire weekend. Higher Vibes class starts Friday night at 7pm -11pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. The Passionate Manifestation graduate course is a full 3 days starting Friday 10am through Sunday at 7pm. The Mastery course is 5 full days and nights starting Wednesday at noon until Sunday at 6pm and is a residential retreat.


Will the effects of the class last longer than a few days?

If the tools taught in the class are utilized and integrated into daily life, the effects will last, literally, a lifetime!

Will this conflict with my religious beliefs?

No.  This program is not a religion, nor do we support or condemn any religion in particular.  The tools taught in this program are designed not to conflict with any religious viewpoints, and can be used in conjunction with, in addition to, and/or in spite of any religious practice.