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Tara Bradbury
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Famous motivational speaker to share secrets in St. John’s

She’s been named one of the most influential people in health and fitness, is one of Mashable’s 11 must-follow Twitter accounts for inspiration and is on the Forbes list of 20 best-branded women. She’s a favourite of Oprah, a New York Times bestselling author and often called a “miracle motivator.”

Gabrielle Bernstein.

She’s Gabrielle Bernstein, and she’s speaking at Holy Heart Theatre Thursday night, in an event hosted by the I Am Genie Foundation.

A native of New York, Bernstein founded her own public relations firm at the age of 21, before leaving it to become a motivational speaker and author. She has written a number of books, including “Add More ~ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness,” “Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles” and “May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness,” outlining her plan to help people discover happiness and their best self.

This spring, she will publish “Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose.”

Bernstein is one of a group of speakers the I Am Genie Foundation — which helps people fulfil their own wishes — has brought to St. John’s; others have included author Wayne Dyer and Jack Canfield, creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.

“Gabrielle is the female side, which hasn’t really been talked about,” explained Josh Dawson, who is behind the foundation.

“They all have the same core, figuring out who we are and living in the moment, but hers talks about her experience as a drug addict and coming out of that. She’s more cutting-edge, and is geared towards ages 25 to 40.”

Monday evening, the foundation held auditions for a local speaker to open for Bernstein. At the Masonic Temple, nine hopeful speakers (eight of them female), gave presentations to a full, sold-out house, and audience members voted for their top three. Instead of choosing a winner, I Am Genie will include all three in Thursday’s event. Kelly Hickey will be the MC for the night, Kathy Stock will give a musical performance and Leslie Bridger will be the opening speaker.

Over the next year, I Am Genie will bring other spiritual speakers to St. John’s for public events, including holistic health guru Deepak Chopra, “Conversations With God” author Neale Donald Walsch and psychic medium James Van Praagh. In each case, Dawson says, an audition will be held for an opening speaker.

Tickets for Bernstein’s “May Cause Miracles” event in St. John’s are $50 general admission, or $100 for admission plus the “May Cause Miracles Book” and participation in a book signing and photo-taking session with Bernstein. Tickets can be purchased at the Holy Heart Theatre box office, by calling 579-4424 or online at www.holyhearttheatre.com.


Twitter: @tara_bradbury

Organizations: Holy Heart Theatre, Genie Foundation

Geographic location: New York, A Radical Road

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