The Festival of Life is a family friendly two-day convention that will feature up to 40 vendors, free entertainment for kids, food trucks and free seminars/lectures on various topics.


The Festival of Life has been over 20 years in the making and a dream shared by friends, Eileen Connolly and Marlene Dunphy. They wanted to create an event that combined the holistic healing, the medical field and the metaphysical world – and make it accessible for everyday people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, Eileen Connolly passed away in 2015 from cancer before she got to see her dream realized. Only two years after Eileen’s passing, Marlene was diagnosed with cancer as well. Despite life threatening complications following her cancer removal surgery, Marlene was blessed to make a full recovery. After regaining her life and her health, she set on a quest with her husband and daughter to host her and Eileen’s dream. Thus the Festival of Life was born.

Meet The Family

Marlene Dunphy (Founder)

Marlene Dunphy is the founder of  the Festival of Life. She is a teacher of Tarot, Numerology, Mincryology and Esoteric Sciences. She was a scholar of Dr. Eileen Connolly, a world renowned teacher of esoteric studies, for over thirty years. Upon graduation from the Connolly University in 1988, Marlene began working alongside Dr. Connolly. She was her assistant for over twenty-five years. Marlene’s passion is teaching new students all the facets of Connolly Studies and keep the late Dr. Eileen Connolly’s work alive for future generations.

Marlene’s  Business – Dunphy Naturals is expanding with knowledge of Mincryology she is creating new and exciting products. Dunphy Naturals  is selling creams and elixirs with the ingredients of Gem Ray. All the Products are made in N.C. and are natural.  These creams have a duel healing effect both in the skin and the aura  for replenishment. For more information on Dunphy Naturals go to

Dale Dunphy (Co-Founder)

Bio Coming Soon!

Erin Dunphy Dean (Show Director)

Acting as the Show Director for The Festival of Life, Erin Dunphy Dean is no stranger to the world of event organizing. A graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Motion Pictures, she got her start early on in the entertainment field. After founding her own production company, EDProductions, Erin worked behind the scenes in Miami’s TV industry as an Associate Producer. She had the distinct honor of working on set alongside such stars as Matt Damon and Sarah Silverman. She is currently the founder and owner of Triangle Game Night.

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