About Us

Carla R. Mancari

Carla R. Mancari is an author, life guide, teacher, and a leader of retreats to improve individuals’ (from all walks of life) self-confidence and self-esteem, and to teach them how to meet life’s challenges. For more then 40 years she has guided individuals in the understanding of life’s spiritual principles, spiritual activities, and rising emotions in their private and daily lives. Her expertise with the Minute Method is unsurpassed. She is the founder of The Minute Method teaching and co-founder of the Contemplative Invitation teaching.

Although Carla never attended high school and was labeled a retarded child, she attained two University degrees: a B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, and a MEd from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She studied at Brigham Young University, and the School of the Americas in Switzerland.

She gained national recognition when featured in Good Housekeeping, “The Education of Carla Mancari, 1969” chronicling when she was the first white woman to receive a degree from the all black South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Carla published: Walking on the Grass: A White Woman in a Black World about her experience. 

Carla led a class action suit in the United States Supreme Court, for the protection of minorities rights (Morton vs. Mancari, 1973), and was a certified psychologist.  She served in the United States Air Force. Carla was a guest on the Larry King Show and guest lectured at Colleges, professional groups, book clubs, and book signings.

Traveling worldwide, for many years, Carla studied with Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist masters. Carla is the author of many books about the Minute Method and its practical use in daily life. Her greatest joy is helping individuals to realize their self-worth, special gifts/talents, and full potential.

Carla’s contacts:
websites: theminutemthodpractice.com and christcenteredprayerpractice.com
Email: charmcarla@gmail.com.



Mary Carpenter

Mary Carpenter is the author of Unfoldment (A Journey of Awakening): Reflections Along The Way, 2017. She is an experienced retreat leader who delights in sharing life giving practices in classes, retreats and private sessions. With profound gratitude she shares what she has realized.

Mary was introduced to the Minute Method Meditation practice in 2009, by her priest and friend Rev. Sandra Casey-Martus. Shortly thereafter, she gained a relationship with and guidance from Carla R. Mancari recipient of the Minute Method Teaching. The Minute Method has brought Mary countless blessings in the form of restored relationships and greater compassion for self and others. A foundational awareness of the stillness within helps her navigate the rocky terrain of this wild and unpredictable world.

Mary Carpenter is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher (CSYT 700), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Embodyment® Yoga Therapist, meditation guide, retreat leader, and author. She has taught yoga for more than 20 years and meditation for over 10 years.

Mary’s Contacts:
Website: HeartInSoulYoga.com
Email: HIS@yogamary.net