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About Ruth Schwartz & Michelle Murrain

Michelle Murrain, Ph.D. and Ruth L. Schwartz, Ph.D., are a joyful lesbian couple who recently celebrated eight years together. After making their own long, difficult journey to lasting love, they founded Conscious Girlfriend (www.consciousgirlfriend.com) to help other lesbians and queer women find, create and sustain the happy, healthy intimate relationships we all want and deserve!

Although life experience has been one of our greatest teachers, we also have professional credentials:

Ruth has been a writer, healer and teacher for over three decades. She has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Writing. She is also a Board-certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with extensive training in Focusing, shamanism and energy medicine. She’s had a private healing practice since 2003, and is the author of seven books, including Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living & Loving Your Human Life. Ruth has taught at six colleges and universities, and is currently on faculty in the Ashland University low-residency graduate creative writing program.

Michelle has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University, and a  Certificate in Theological Studies from the Pacific School of Religion. She taught Biology at Hampshire College for ten years, and she is a long-time practitioner of contemplative spirituality, both in Buddhist and Christian traditions.  She’s also a multi-genre writer and blogger who has published eight science fiction novels.

Michelle & Ruth live in Northern California with their funny little cat, Zaaluk.

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