Love Over Everything


The Dunn's

My name is Dionne Edmond-Dunn.  I am an author, singer, song writer and business owner.  Together with my husband, Antonio Dunn, we created, 'My Serenity Retreats'.  We have been together for 28 years and married for 21 of those years.  During the course of our marriage we discovered that marriage was work.  

Initially we thought our marriage would be a breeze.  We'd seen so many romance movies.  I read so many romance novels, but no one at the time made movies or books that spoke the truth about marriage.  We were young, naive and lost.  We never did premarital counseling yet thought we knew everything.

We couldn't have been more wrong.  I currently have 3 books on Amazon.  Two of those books, 'Sophie's Prayer To God', and 'Chronicles of Sophie: Love Over Everything,' depicts our life and the struggles we had to overcome in our marriage.  Our journey has not been an easy one and we often felt like we wouldn't make it, but out of our pain came the greatest story of love and forgiveness.

My Serenity Retreats is created to help remind people of the power of love.  Love for each other as well as love for yourself.  We have been fortunate to have the honor of collaborating with some wonderful people, domestically and internationally in hosting retreats around the world.

Network Family

Be a part  of our collaboration team. While they work for themselves, we all work together for the greater cause.

Jennifer Niu

Certified Health/Wellness Coach

Jennifer Niu is a mom of 3 children, married to a pediatrician in private practice, Certified Health Coach, former school teacher, and Sr. Clinical Wellness Coordinator. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Towson State University.

After being chronically ill for 17 years and losing her daughter, she has turned this pain into passion and is on a health mission to help families take healthy back.

Chris McClerklin


Peaceable Solutions

Chris is a speaker, Relationship Interventionist, and life recovery specialist. Chris helps couples deal with every day issues finding inventive ways to resolve them or move on from them. 

 He is a Southern Wesleyan University alum and founder of New and Living Way Ministries with more than 20 years experience in developing peaceable solutions for individuals, community organizations, and churches. He offers Premarital, Marital & Relational Consulting.

Nissrien Barakat


Serenity Retreats Belize

Ms. Barakat, is a practitioner of veganism.  Selling everything she had and leaving everything behind in Canada, Nissrien moved to Belize, Central America and opened a vegan resort offering a one-of-a-kind experience.  The idea developed when her mom was diagnosed with cancer and given months to live.  She immediately took the journey of plant-based living with her mom.  Nissrien hopes to broaden peoples mind to a healthier way of living.

Natalie Bryan

Licensed Therapist/Author

From a young age, Natalie Bryan, LCSW has been devoted to serving her community and advocating for others. After completing her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Early Childhood and Psychology, Natalie went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work at Adelphi University. She has worked in the health and human services field for over 15 years which includes experience in case management, child protective services, mental health clinical services, and working with our veterans. Natalie is also the founder of P.E.A.R.L, an organization that focuses on children and families in our community. The acronym stands for Providing Education and Advocacy to Rebuild lives. 

George Dixon Jr.

Activity Director/Owner


George received his BS in Psychology Degree from the  University of Phoenix. While he loves to listen and help others with there issues, he enthusiastically creates couple's activities to introduce fun and exciting ways to tackle problems and bring people closer together. 

George recently founded the company, VOLUME-Voices of Leaders United Making Excellence, which is a non-profit organization for less fortunate children.  George started this company from the pain/struggles of his youth in an effort to offer solutions to troubled teens.

Ashley Reaves

Owner/Event Planner

CPS Billing & CG

Starting at the ground level, Ashley worked her way up in her family business to become Co-Owner of CPS Billings company. Ashley works hand in hand with multiple insurance companies to settle claims for her clients.  While co-running CPS Ashley pursued her passion in another business venture and opened CG - Coco's Girls.  Here, Ashley uses her true gift of event planning to host 'over the top' events for her clients.  Being well traveled in the US, Caribbean and  most recently Amsterdam and Dubai, her creative spirit and talent opens her up to a variety of clients and their needs.

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