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Dialogues with the Masters

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Dialogues with the Masters, a project we’ve been secretly working on for over a month now. The site features Janet Attwood, co-author of New York Times Bestseller The Passion Test and her journeys throughout India learning from the great masters of our time.

Janet interviewed over 100 masters and compiled their wisdom into a DVD and CD set, as well as the newly created Daily Dose of Enlightenment program, in which subscribers can receive a video every day for a year.

This site was a milestone in my web design career, both in the extent of my abilities and the exposure this site will be receiving. It will also be the last “Design” I post on this website. Very soon my Design services will be moved elsewhere, and The Astrarium will be transforming into a true online magazine, featuring…YOU?

Apologies for the delays along this process and with the October Forecast. Hang in there!

Flow with Oren Harris

We created this WordPress based site for Oren Harris, the Flow Coach. The site will feature two blogs, an e-store, several information pages, and pretty soon social-networking capabilities using Buddypress. Oren’s services range from inspirational speaking to flow coaching to working with Energy Sensitive Beings (ESB’s). Check out his site for more info!

Oren Harris

Power of One Trailer

Photo of Toon and Biw by Michael McCracken

Is it possible for one person to make a difference?

Imagine…stepping off a plane in Thailand with students from all over the world, to volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary, learn about Thai Culture, and make lasting friendships. Visit Buddhist Temples, participate in a ceremony to save trees from deforestation, feed and bathe the elephants, and laugh with your new friends.

All this and much more is the experience of Power of One, a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer opportunity created by the non-profit Blue Star of Hope. This annual program has changed lives and truly made a difference in our world. Now is your chance to make a difference!

This (very) rough cut is just a taste of the upcoming feature documentary that explores the Power of One experience, interviewing its participants as their worlds are transformed. Stay tuned for more clips from the film, and the full version coming in 2011.

Rough cut edited by Michael McCracken of www.theastrarium.com/archives and filmed by Shane Ernest of www.thesacredstudio.com. Expect a more polished trailer coming soon.

Music by Tina Malia, used with permission. “Lilac Blooms” and “Heal This Land” are just two of the fantastic songs by Malia. If you like what you hear, look up “Shores of Avalon” and “The Silent Awakening“, or visit Tina’s website at www.amidarecords.com.

For more information about the Blue Star of Hope and its founders Juelle and Donovan Wilkins, visit their website at www.bluestarofhope.org. Juelle and Donovan are always seeking participants, mentors, and donors to help expand the program. Please support their vision by sharing this video and their website!

Thank you to Juelle, Donovan, and the nearly 50 other participants from the 2008 Power of One trip. We love you all!

Blue Star of Hope

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve launched the new website for Blue Star of Hope, our favorite non-profit who brought us the Power of One program! This WordPress site features an image slideshow, a blog, some very complex forms, photo galleries, and several information pages.

Visit Site

Don’t miss Blue Star’s Power of One program, which unites international students in Thailand for a life-transforming service learning opportunity! We’ll soon be launching a trailer for the feature documentary we filmed about this program in 2008.

Hope for Bangladesh

I created this video for the Hope Foundation for Bangladesh. They were seeking to raise donations to continue their efforts to build hospitals and provide affordable healthcare across Bangladesh. This was made during one of my Video Production courses.

Mary Lou Hanlon Identity

Mary Lou Hanlon is an elder care specialist who was looking for a new identity package. We created this business card design and brochure design to help her promote her business.

Copyright Michael McCracken
Copyright Michael McCracken
Copyright Michael McCracken

Power of One Teaser

The Power of One Program – Fostering the idea that one person can make a difference to a family, a village and a world. In this annual program coming into its fourth year, international students come together in Thailand to volunteer on an elephant sanctuary, teach Thai students English, make life-long friends and so much more!

I participated in and documented this program with my friend Shane in it’s 2007-2008 year. This teaser is just a taste of our feature film to come Summer 2010.

A better quality Trailer and many promotional videos will follow in April and May 2010, before the film’s release.

For more information on this fantastic program, visit the Blue Star of Hope website, which incidentally we created. Enjoy!