Meet the StarHouse Team

The StarHouse, founded in 1990, is operated by an incredibly devoted and talented staff, and  governed by a Board of Directors.

The StarHouse is also supported by a large team of skilled event leaders, facilitators, and ceremonialists who offer an array of events, courses and other experiences designed to serve our core mission of nurturing greater connection between the Earth, stars and human hearts.

Founders

David Tresemer

Passed away in Feb 2024, leaving a remarkable legacy through The StarHouse and beyond.

David Tresemer, Ph.D.¬†was the primary visionary of the StarHouse. His skill with geometry and design brought together a unique team to construct the alchemical vessel of the StarHouse. Together, with¬†Lila, his wife and partner, the temple and surrounding landscape was dedicated to transformation and Sacred Union. David designed the Solar Cross system for the ‚Äústar poem‚ÄĚ qualities of each of the 360 zodiacal degrees. He authored myriad star wisdom articles (published in the¬†Journal for Star Wisdom¬†and other books), and co-authored¬†Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner. He had experience as an organic/biodynamic farmer and wrote¬†The Scythe Book, which has sold a thousand copies every year for forty years.¬†David was editor and contributor to¬†The Counselor‚Ķ As If Soul and Spirit Matter, and the past president of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology.¬†¬†With¬†Lila, he co-authored The Conscious Wedding Handbook (Sounds True publishers) and they created many online courses found in the website library.

Lila Sophia Tresemer has been involved in The StarHouse since 1994. David and Lila envisioned a spirit-based community based on the highest common denominators of those drawn to a trans-denominational path. She is a group facilitator and certified mediator, author, photographer, ceremonialist, and minister. She¬†co-founded The Path of Ceremonial Arts in 2000, and the Women of Vision program (with Anastacia Nutt) and in Israel & Palestine. Lila is dedicated to building a global community that honors¬† Feminine and Masculine partnership and celebrates the Sacred in all beings. Her current passion weaves a living network for the Lineage of Sophia (literally, ‚ÄúWisdom‚ÄĚ) for people around the world who are seeking to reconnect with sacred Earth activism and spiritual practices that matter in these astonishing times! Lila leads annual sacred activist journeys to Washington, D.C.

Lila Sophia Tresemer

She has published The Conscious Wedding Handbook (with David) and loves co-creating inspired weddings and counseling couples.  She facilitates Threshold Crossings, solstices and equinoxes.  She has published the novel, Don’t Go Back to Sleep (and has a second novel ready to print!) along with many of the online courses offered through The StarHouse.

 

Staff Team

Debbie Burns

Director

Debbie Burns is currently the Director of All Seasons Chalice and has been a steward of The StarHouse since 2019, having served two years prior as an involved volunteer.  She has over 25 years experience in non-profit organizational leadership and development. She held various roles at The Peace Center in Pennsylvania to include Executive Director, Board President, Peace Educator, and Program Coordinator, working with children, teens, and adults teaching nonviolent communication, conflict resolution, mediation, restorative practices, compassionate listening, social/emotional intelligence, conscious parenting, and a comprehensive non-violence and bullying prevention program in schools. Debbie  co-founded Omphalos ~ The Center for PEACE, offering various workshops and experiences for remembering, awakening, and connecting with the Divine.  Debbie is dedicated to clearing and holding space for the highest vibrational frequency for transformation and awakening.

Laura Brown

Facilities Manager & Administrative Assistant 

Laura Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the study of The Interconnectedness of Humans and Nature. She is passionate about how humans can heal and come alive in the natural world. Laura recognizes the potent energetics of The StarHouse being in alignment with nature, thus being a place to feel safe and supported for deep healing and awakening. She is gifted with holding a safe space for healing to occur, with vast trauma awareness. Laura has been a teacher, was a Whitewater Guide for many years, created a kayak class for a middle school, and created an outdoor adventure camp for people with developmental disabilities. She is currently the Administrative Assistant, Facilities Manager, and a steward of The StarHouse.

Jim Paschis

Maintenance 

Jim Paschis has provided maintenance services for the StarHouse and EarthStar land since 1997. He maintains road access and watchful forestry care by mitigation of mountain pine beetles that have invaded the verdant Ponderosa pine forest enclosing the many facilities here. He assisted with construction of the Water House bathroom facility and adjacent picnic tables. Passing by Mary’s Well you may see his donated Morning Sun View stone sculpture showing buttressed gravity through geometry in geology using gneiss.

Chris Pino

Maintenance 

Chris Pino has been a caretaker for the EarthStar land since 2014. He is responsible for the maintenance of the structures, roads, sacred sites, and trails. Other responsibilities include fire mitigation and caring for the land and its inhabitants. Chris' background ranges from IT to construction, and his wide range of mechanical skills plus his creative problem-solving are a gift to this place.

Board of Directors

Corin Blanchard

President

Corin Blanchard, M.Ed.¬†joined the board in 2019 and currently serves as President. She is a relational alchemist, structural integrator, and dimensional facilitator/ceremonialist who is passionate about embodied, creative, whole-systems health for all life. With 20 years experience in educational nonprofits and social enterprise, and 13 years as an entrepreneur/business owner ~ including private practice as a Certified Rolfer‚ĄĘ and wedding officiant ~ she brings a wide range of operational, educational, and leadership skills. Corin graduated from Path of the Ceremonial Arts (PCA) in 2015, was Program Director for the Sacred Arts Practitioner¬†Certification in 2019, and has served on the board of directors since January 2019. She is a Sacred Rhythms ceremonialist, hosting StarHouse New Moons since 2017 and co-creating Solstices & Equinoxes since 2021.

Ed Burns

Treasurer

Ed Burns serves as the Treasurer and has been on the Board since 2019. Ed has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and has created multiple successful businesses. He developed his awareness by studying meditation (Clairvision) and opening to the All of nature by learning from the Druids (OBOD). He has experiences with The Landmark Forum, The Light Institute, the work of Rudolf Steiner and the Sustainability movement. Ed also brings 12 years of volunteer experience including President & Treasurer and Steward of Columcille Megalith Park in Pennsylvania, another beautiful and sacred space in the world.

Stefanie Smith

Secretary 

Since 2021, Stefanie Smith has been an active and dedicated member of The StarHouse, attending numerous programs, nurturing the land, and completing the Ceremonial Arts Program in 2023. She joined the Board in 2024 and currently serves as Secretary. Passionate about sound healing, spirituality, Star Wisdom, and wellness, Stefanie aims to bring fresh perspectives to membership and program offerings, enhance corporate outreach, and promote The StarHouse's mission. With over 20 years of experience as a Business Development Leader in the event services and hospitality industry, she is renowned for creating unforgettable experiences. Stefanie also practices sound and energy healing, travels to sacred sites, pursues photography, and delves into art and divination. As a blogger, she guides readers on transformative journeys, simplifying spiritual practices and making them accessible to everyone. Her volunteer efforts focus on making the planet more accessible and sustainable for all.

Scott Medina

Member 

Scott Medina has been involved with this Sacred Place since first joining The StarHouse Choir in 1998. He began leading evenings of ecstatic chanting (Kirtan) on a quarterly basis at The StarHouse over 22 years ago and is a Certified Leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. He and his wife Shanti have led dozens of workshops, retreats and special events over the past two decades at The StarHouse, as well as throughout Colorado and internationally. They were married at sunrise in 2008 at The StarHouse. Scott has also recorded both instrumental and chanting CD’s inside The StarHouse. Scott works as Director of Community Relations at the non-profit Bridge House, helping those experiencing homelessness to attain sustainable employment and housing, and also enjoys teaching preschool music classes as Mr. Scott the Music Man. The Board welcomed Scott as a member in 2024.

Michael Schulenburg

Member

Since wandering onto the land from the nearby Shungite Ark in early 2022, Michael Schulenburg has been a dynamic and dedicated member of StarHouse, passionately diving into astrology, wellness, and spiritual growth. With nearly 30 years of expertise in Learning & Development, he excels in crafting transformative corporate training experiences. Michael's mission at StarHouse is to elevate membership experiences, leverage cutting-edge technology, and champion the community's growth. Professionally, he serves as a Senior Learning Technologist in the Web3/Blockchain industry. Beyond his professional life, Michael thrives on outdoor adventures, travel, and exploring life's diverse experiences.

Jonathan Mischke

Member 

Jonathan Mischke has spent the last 20 years helping organizations and individuals bring transformative ideas to life. With a background in design and marketing, he's developed campaigns for brands including Nike, Apple, Google, and Kelloggs organic brands. Jonathan’s work as a business consultant is about elevating authenticity and human connection as driving forces in our business culture. In his work within The StarHouse community, Jonathan's ability to help others recognize purpose, and his unique capacity to distill complex ideas into simple concepts helps empower others to create meaningful movement in their lives and work. Based in Boulder, Jonathan is an avid cyclist, an enthusiastic foodie, and a deeply dedicated husband and father. He joined the Board in 2024.