May 4, 2023

Next Metaphysical Service

Sunday, May 7th, at 10:00 AM

In Person at ISD Headquarters & via Zoom

Homily: "The Re-awakening of the Earth and the Animals!" 

By Christene Springle

Emcee:  JoAnn Wormuth

Followed by Hospitality

CLICK HERE to Join our ZOOM. . .

Intuitively received messages are given by ISD sanctioned mediums for some audience members as a regular part of the service.

Please Stay after service, for Refreshments & Hospitality!


Upcoming classes and events...

"Tuning In & Tuning Up" w/Story Ducey & Renee Ranke

Thursday May 4, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until May 11, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

Did you ever wonder why you are able to connect intuitively? Are you looking for an ancient divination method to help you connect and receive stronger messages? Then this two-part class if for you. In this class you will learn the ‘physics’ behind telepathy (Tuning In) and the history and methods of Automatic Writing (Tuning Up).

This is required class #9 of 10 for the Intuitive Practitioner Program, but is open to anyone at all levels of interest or spiritual development. 


ISD Board Meeting

Sunday May 7, 2023 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Monthly on the first Sunday

Via Zoom Meeting- get link from Kimberly Winsor 

The Board of Directors meet on the first Sunday of every month, via Zoom- the same zoom link that the Sunday service was on. The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. All major decisions will need to be ratified by the Board. New policies are reviewed and set, the treasurer's report is reviewed and financial decisions are voted upon. The board determines the direction that ISD takes, and plans for its future. If you have some ideas you would like discussed, you are welcome to email Kimberly Winsor, the President of the Board, to see if it can be added to the Board Agenda. Visitors are welcome to attend and observe, but do not have the privilege of voting. There will be a time for public commentary, if you are not on the agenda.

Board members include President, Kimberly Winsor, Vice- President, Tom Landon, Treasurer, Sali Dellysse, Secretary: Carol Callahan, Trustees: Susan Owens, Christine Springle, JoAnn Wormuth, Sherri Barton, Connie Lull. Ex-Officio: Diana Friedell, Pastor, Co-director; Story Lu Ducey, Co-Director

"Prosperity Now!" Class with Norma Victor


Thursday May 11, 2023 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until June 8, 2023

Via ZOOM Mtg- Get Link when you Register

Have you ever wished that you just had more money come into your life? Have you ever felt that you were stuck in a rut when it comes to your money supply? The "Prosperity Now" FREE class with ISD Sparta Faculty, and gifted trance channel, Norma Victor, will use proven metaphysical concepts and practices that will give you the tools to accomplish increased wealth and allow you to take control of your financial destiny.


"Midday at the Oasis" Social Time!

Friday May 12, 2023 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ISD LOTUS HQ's 124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 

Gather in with us at the new Lotus Center, on the 2nd and 4th Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light lunch, laughter, & library time. We will at long last link together with all of those we have only seen on zoom for the past year! Yahoo! The Lotus Center is now located at 124 County Rd 58 (Hemlock Rd.), Oneonta, at the home of Tom Landon. Please let Tom know if you plan to drop in! Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside! Bring a dish to pass if possible, but don’t worry if you don’t have one- we just want to SEE you!

Peruse the ISD Members’ library, choose to take out a book on an array of metaphysical topics, including dream interpretation, channeled guides to life, dealing with loss, and much more.

We also have a set alone Edgar Cayce collection with more than 50 books written by Edgar Cayce, his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and many interpretations and commentaries from other authors.

Contact Tom Landon if you would like to attend: (240) 285-8011

Reiki Master Training Pt 1 of 2 w/JoAnn

Saturday May 13, 2023 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Weekly on Saturday, until May 20, 2023

Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki

Reiki Master Training - Part one of Two

Are you serious about taking your practice to a higher level and providing enhanced healing possibilities for your clients? JoAnn Wormuth, Reiki Master Teacher, will introduce Participants to additional sacred geometry to provide greater support for their healing practice. Prerequisites: Usui Reiki 1 & 2 and must be in good professional standing.

This is an intense level of practice and requires a sincere commitment as an energy healer. Students will have plenty of opportunity to practice. To enroll students must have completed both Usui Reiki Level One and Two and be in good professional standing. Students will receive a Level Three Attunement, two Master Level Guide Books, and a Completion Certificate.


Self-Care for the Lightworker" w/Amanda Hoover

Saturday May 13, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Weekly on Saturday, until May 20, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

Are you grounded in your own life, as you care for others? Join Rev. Amanda Hoover, Spiritual Counselor, & Psychic Medium, in this 3 part series, leading us in energetic & practical self-care techniques. When we are responsible for our own wellbeing, we are better able to serve our community. This course provides recommended therapeutic self-care for light workers & healers.


Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

Thursday May 18, 2023 7:00 - 8:00 PM




Please note:

There is a new mailing address for ISD Oneonta.

We didn’t need the larger PO Box we were paying for, so we

started the year off with a new smaller PO Box to save money.

The new address is:

P.O. Box 332, Oneonta, NY 13820

Please change your address book. (Delete PO Box 1266)

Thank you!

Check out our May 2023 events calendar for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook, to see our events, guided meditations and homilies posted there. May event calendar  HERE

Prayer Warriors

Just a reminder that we are continuing our Prayer Warriors group, every day at 5pm we pause to pray and send our healing energies where they are most needed right now.

Each day at 5 PM EST, we will pause for about 10 minutes and meditate and pray with the intention of sending healing energy to all.

You do not have to be present each day. Requests for healing or suggestions should be submitted to our Healing Program director, JoAnn Wormuth at the below ISD website link.


Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


(May 6 - 16)

CERES turns direct in Virgo on 5/6 and will remain in Virgo until 6/21. CERES is a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The qualities are creativity and abundance in a very organized, efficient manner. Virgo is a very detail oriented Earth sign that welcomes the fertility of Ceres. She assists agriculture and the seasons of life. It is a very strong placement, adding another significant Earth element to the stellium of planets currently in Taurus. 

VENUS transits into Cancer on 5/7 until 6/5. Her rulership of love, beauty, and gentility takes an inward focus toward the home, hearth, and the self.

This is appropriate now. It works in concert to the larger scale focus.  Applying nurturing to the self and close associates, and adopting an attitude of "To thine own self be true," then naturally emanates out into the world.

Now we come to another of the very auspicious changes of sign by the closest of the outer planets. Saturn has moved into Pisces and Pluto into Aquarius. Now JUPITER  begins a year - long transit in Taurus. This is a wonderful placement for Jupiter!

One of the reasons for optimism is the joining of forces of the benefic planets, VENUS and JUPITER. They are joined in the sense that while Jupiter is in residence in Taurus, the lucky, gracious, beautiful energies of Venus rule the sign of Taurus.

This Jupiter transit will begin and end with Pluto in forward and outward looking Aquarius. The wealth of resources and the abundance of Taurus, associated with Jupiter's great good luck, is focused by Pluto in Aquarius in such a way that it includes entire populations and WHAT IS BENEFICIAL TO ALL IS THE EMPHASIS.

That is where the caution of Jupiter in Taurus may show itself. The creation of limited abundance that focuses the riches to a select few is not as supported as previously. Care may also be taken against overindulgence.

When JUPITER moves into Taurus on 5/16/23. The habitual activity will slow. It will become calm and steady. The possibility to create a solid foundation for your future exists regarding your possessions and financial security. 

This may include a change in what you truly value. The financial/economic chasm that has widened between the masses will come to the attention of all. SOLUTIONS may begin to be implemented. It will become important to believe that this includes you. 

A good thing to keep in mind  is that Aries, where Jupiter has been, initiates. Taurus, where Jupiter is going, materializes.

Another bonus to look forward to with the Jupiter transit through Taurus is the retrograde cycle. It is going to take place in early September at 15°, a direct conjunction to the Taurus Point of Avatar. This is also the placement of the Royal Star Aldebaran.

If you include the days approaching the retrograde and those after, we will have months of Jupiter being within the effective degrees of conjunction of this Cosmic Portal. The cosmic Solar winds bathing our Solar system's largest planet of great good luck gives us the resources to create the halcyon days of lore that we have all hoped for!

May this help us all find our Godspeed



What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?

It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center original founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy

We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.

We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.

Welcome Home!!!

We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?

It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!

Now there are also chapters in, Washington DC, Treasure Coast Fla, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

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Institute for Spiritual Development International

Together we shine love and light to souls around the country and around the world with education, metaphysical services, healing and community.

We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection

Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 

Email Tom Landon at and he will give you a time to pick up stickers at our new ISD headquarters.

Take one to put on each bag that you are bringing to Hannaford- Ask someone there where the bags go. With that correct tag on it, the bottle deposit money goes directly into the ISD Oneonta Account.

Kimberly Winsor

Rev. Story Ducey I

Rev. Diana Friedell

ISD Oneonta Board of Director

Kimberly Winsor - President

Tom Landon - Vice President

Sali Dellysse - Treasurer

Connie Lull-


Susan Owens -


Christene Springle - Trustee

Story Ducey -

Ex-Officio Member

Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

Sherri Barton


Carol Callahan


Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership

Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director

Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director

Adult Education/Programming Chair

Ministry Training Program

JoAnn Wormuth – Healing Program Director

Carla Finn- Newsletter Editor

Tami Barrows- Administrative Assistant

Amy Gallop- Social Media

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