Meet the Founders

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Steve's journey of building a sacred center for health, art and purpose.

He built his center just a mile from the rowdy pub his family operated for twenty five years. If his Dad wasn't drinking and gambling, he was doing yoga and working diligently to transform his pub. Steve grew up in an alcoholic and dysfunctional family that suffered from trauma. After graduating as an electrician from Windham Technical School, Steve's dad asked him to serve his country. Steve was stationed in West Germany and learned how to dish up 600 omelets for hungry platoons while serving as a US Army Food Service Specialist. Upon discharge, he partnered with a wild and crazy cousin from Northern New Hampshire in a start up business called Basket Buys. Steve learned to operate mobile showrooms and spent fifteen years servicing the floral and garden industry. He earned ownership, moved the business to Connecticut, and sold it a few years later. This offered him the ability to take time away from the work world and follow a dream he had as a child of founding a retreat center focused on bringing more positivity into this world. He studied and traveled abroad, volunteered for the summer season at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, New York, and that following autumn he studied holistic nutritional theories at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. While attending the weekend classes in New York City, he not only fell in love with his studies, but also a beautiful lady from Florida. His passion for health led him to being a Featured EFT/Tapping Expert in the Tapping Solution Film and a leading teacher trainer in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Steve also became a top team builder in Isagenix, a film producer, trained in Trauma Release and continued to build his retreat center. While balancing life and work he manages to keep up with his studies and is currently attending classes at the Ayurvedic Center of Vermont. He is married to Shannon and is a father of two little goofballs. 


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Shannon McCarthy is a visionary artist with a degree in linguistics and classical studies. She became enthralled with painting when she was just five years old and in 2006 made the decision to commit her professional life to the study and practice of classical and religious art. Her Art pervades throughout Clearpoint and doesn't stop with just paintings, her artistry has also found its way into the kitchen, which has blessed many of our treasured guests.

She is currently studying with Sandra Wakeen Fine Art and is planning to continue her studies in Italy this fall.

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Clearpoint Center

Founding story


In 2004 I enrolled in a Health Coaching program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. While attending the live classes I met a gal from Florida. After a few dates I drafted up an invitation for a personal retreat under the tall pines of Connecticut. Shannon accepted and our relationship started to bloom. In 2005 we joined forces to operate Clearpoint as a retreat and holistic learning center, our first program was a sold out success! We’ve have the great fortune to host guests and visiting teachers from around the globe. In 2011 we were married under those same tall pines and shortly after welcomed our son Leo followed by our daughter Rinde in 2014. We operate Clearpoint as a family and community run business.

Shannon's R&R