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Meet the Magdalenes – Deb Sommerhalder

The Magdalenes are women and men who have completed the Authentic Freedom Leadership training or the Magdalene Priest/ess Training. The Magdalenes are called and empowered through their own unique giftedness and within their own circle of influence to be a vessel through which Divine Love is brought forth into this world.  I am honored and humbled to be in the company of this amazingly powerful community! This blog series features the Magdalenes and all the great work they are doing in the world.

Magdalenes, Meet the Magdalenes, Deb Sommerhalder, Inner Sun Yoga StudioDeb Sommerhalder, OM, E-RYT, CYT, CPT  

Deb Sommerhalder is the founder and owner of Inner Sun Yoga Studio in Oshkosh, WI. With a 20 year background in the fitness industry teaching aerobics and prenatal classes Deb went on to become certified to teach yoga and is a member of the Yoga Alliance.  In January 2004, Deb founded and opened Inner Sun Yoga in Oshkosh. Beyond traditional Hatha Yoga, Deb is certified to teach and offer Aerial Yoga, the Roll Model Method, Aromatherapy, Thai Massage bodywork, Christouch energy healing and most recently, Aromatouch and Sound Massage.  As a graduate of the full Magdalene Priest/ess Training, Deb incorporates her training into all of her yoga and healing offerings.  You can learn more about Deb and her studio at

Deb has been my yoga teacher for the past 10+ years.  We first met “by chance” at a wellness events for the local Boys & Girls Club where Deb and I were both facilitators.  Deb then invited me to facilitate Spirit Dance at her studio and about  a year later I traded in my YMCA membership for a Yoga membership at Inner Sun.  I am deeply grateful for Deb’s vision and approach to yoga as it is solidly grounded in the ultimate goal of yoga which is spiritual.  Deb’s studio is a warm and welcoming space and over the course of the past 10 years, it has become my “church.”  Deb’s gifts of hospitality and pastoring are visible as she has birthed a yoga space that fosters true community.  I am humbled and honored to have had Deb and her amazing teachers as guides and for the privilege of serving Deb and the members of her studio through my own unique gifts.  It is a true partnership for which I am eternally grateful!  Thank you Deb!

Begin your journey of embracing your own Magdalene calling:

Resurrecting the Magdalene

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Celebrate Christmas with Authentic Freedom Academy!

Authentic Freedom Academy has been called to offer two ways for you to celebrate Christmas with us! 

  • A local Christmas Day celebration in Oshkosh, WI
  • An online service for those out of the area or who are unable to attend in person.


Christmas Day Service in Oshkosh:

December 25, 2016

10:00 am

Theme: Birthing the Christ Within

Facilitated by Lauri Ann Lumby

Service held at:

Inner Sun Yoga Studio

On the northeast corner of Oregon and 8th (parking and entrance in the back of the building).

Dress casually – jammies permitted!  😉

I will have coffee and tea available, feel free to bring Christmas treats to share for after the service.

Donations welcome!

Online Service:

For those interested in experiencing a Christmas service in the comfort of your own home and at a time convenient to you, check out the online service.  Click on image below to learn more and to register! 

Click HERE to learn more and register. Only $13.00 to attend.
Click HERE to learn more and register. Only $13.00 to attend.


Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year!