about the monk's journey

Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne is Unitarian Universalist Lay Community Minister currently living in Bar Mills, Maine. He is currently Director of Institutional Energetics and a member of Adjunct Faculty at Ubiquity University  Calen is a member of Unitarian Universailst Society for Community Ministries, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, American Academy of Religion, Spiritual Directors International, and Association for Transpersonal Psychology. He received his BA in English and Psychology from Purdue University, an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, and a DMin Degree from Wisdom University in San Francisco.

Calen has traveled extensively and spent time in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia studying with masters of both Japanese and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, with Bon and pre-literate Bon masters, with geomancers from Celtic and Druid traditions, and with alchemists of various indigenous religions, including the first (nameless) religion of the Himalayas known as “sacred conventions” or “patterns of heaven and earth.” Calen is also a Certified Master of Himalayan Singing bowls. His primary singing bowl, over 600 hundred years old, was previously used by practitioners of the nameless religion. Find more of his work at The Monk Library.

Calen has also completed certification training in Interior Alignment (Instinctive Feng Shui and Space Clearing), Egyptian Bio-geometry, Theory and Practices of the Principles of Sacred Geometry, Divine Proportion and the New Renaissance, Tao of Geometry, and Canon of the Human Body. He is a Veriditas Advanced-Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and completed Master Level training in Labyrinth Building with Robert Ferre. He is also completed certification process as a Reiki Master and teacher in four lineages, Usui, Japanese, Tibetan and Soul Wind. Calen has trained in Celtic Reiki. He has also completed foundational training in Celtic/Druid sacred geometry and geomancy.

Instruments used for his sound/energy work include dowsing rods of various kinds, Himalayan singing bowls, shaman drum, ghanta and dorje, tingshas, bonpo shangs, phurbas and other ritual objects from many world wisdom traditions. Calen offers meditation and mandala instruction in support of these modalities. He is also a Japanese candlestick chart theorist, poet, fine arts photographer, folk singer and contemplative brush artist.

Calen is married to Jini Rayne, a business and teaching professional of Feng Shui, Space Clearing and Permaculture. Jini was a senior student and disciple of the late His Holiness, Grand Master Thomas Lin Yun, Rinpoche, a Chinese-born Feng Shui master, and also completed certification training with Denise Linn and Starhawk.

along that journey

Masters and Teachers
Here we share information on some of the Masters and Teachers who have highly contributed to Calen's journey.

``Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.`` Dalai Lama

HeatherAsh Amara

The founder of Toci, the Toltec Center of Creative Intent, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering communities that support authenticity, awareness, and awakening. She apprenticed with Vicki Noble, co-creatress of The Motherpeace Tarot, and don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and she continues to teach with the Ruiz family. HeatherAsh is the author of The Four Elements of Change, Sacred Time Management, The Pixie Solution, and The Toltec Tarot. As a doctoral student at Wisdom University she is delighted to offer Wisdom University women a bridge for connecting ancient and modern learning modalities and teachings.

Lauren Artress            

B.A., Ohio State University | M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary | Analytic Training, Institute of Religion and Health | DMin, Andover Newton Theological School, 1986

The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress serves as a Canon at Grace Cathedral. In 1996 she created Veriditas, a non-profit dedicated to introduce people the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth. The labyrinth is a twelfth century mystical tool symbolic of the Path of Life that is re-introducing the walking meditation back into the Christian tradition. She travels worldwide offering workshops and lectures on the labyrinth and on Hildegard of Bingen. She offers a yearly program in Chartres, France, called Walking a Sacred Path that nurtures spiritual maturity. In addition to her ordination as an Episcopal priest she is a spiritual director and licensed MFT psychotherapist in the State of California. She is the author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth.

Diane Berke

Ph.D., Open International University for Complementary Medicines | M.S., Yale University | M.A., University of Pennsylvania

Ordained as an Interfaith minister in 1988, Dr. Diane Berke is a recognized pioneer and leader in Interfaith ministry education. She is the co-founder and spiritual director of One Spirit Learning Alliance and One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor in private practice for almost 30 years, She is also a diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association and a workshop leader on spiritual development throughout the United States and England. Diane is the author of two books on the spiritual path, Love Always Answers and The Gentle Smile, and four spiritual reference manuals, Developing and Deepening Your Spiritual Practice: An Interspiritual Perspective; Interfaith Minister’s Training and Reference Manual; Understanding Ourselves and Others: Basic Psychological Concepts for Ministers; and Forgiveness as a Path of Awakening. She is currently completing work on All Things Are Lessons: Essential Teachings of A Course in Miracles.

Joan Borysenko 

Ph.D. Harvard Medical School | Post-Doctoral Studies, Harvard Medical School | Recipient of Medical Foundation Fellowship | Post-Doc Fellowship in Psychoneuroimmunology

Joan Borysenko is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. She later returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.

Bruce Chilton

Ph.D., Cambridge University | M.Div., General Theological Seminary, NY | CB.A., Bard College

Dr. Bruce Chilton is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism. He wrote the first critical commentary on the Aramaic version of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum), as well as academic studies that analyze Jesus in his Judaic context (A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible, The Temple of Jesus; and Pure Kingdom). Dr. Chilton has taught in Europe at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament) and Bard College. Currently, he is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard, and also directs the Institute of Advanced Theology there, as well as being chaplain of the college. Throughout his career, Dr. Chilton has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church, and is Rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York. His most recent books are Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography; Redeeming Time: The Wisdom of Ancient Jewish; Christian Festal Calendars; Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography; Mary Magdalene: A Biography; and Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

C.Y. Kaleo Ching

M.A., University of New Mexico | B.F.A., University of Hawaii | Lithography Printer Certificate, Tamarind Institute

Kaleo Ching is a professional studio artist, certified acupressurist, T′ai Chi practitioner (25 years), author, and teacher integrating artistic creativity and spirituality. He teaches the healing process of Chi Gung, T′ai Chi and creativity at various universities in the Bay Area, as well as at national and international conferences. Kaleo has exhibited his art extensively nationally. His private bodywork practice integrates lomilomi massage, acupressure and guided imagery. Kaleo and his wife, Elise, are the co-authors of two books, Faces of Your Soul: Rituals in Art, Maskmaking, and Guided Imagery with Ancestors, Spirit Guides, and Totem Animals and Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist. For examples of masks made by the Wisdom School students with Kaleo, click here or view YouTube Video.

Karuna Erickson

B.A. Psychology, Stanford University, 1968 | M.S.W. Psychiatric Social Work, University of California, Berkeley, 1970 | Interfaith Minister, Metaphysical Interfaith Church, 1998

Karuna Erickson is a psychotherapist and a yoga teacher, practicing in both fields for over 35 years. The focus of her work is the integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit. She is the director of the Heart Yoga Center, a registered yoga teacher training school with Yoga Alliance, and has trained yoga teachers for over 20 years. She teaches yoga internationally, interweaving Sufi poetry and Buddhist practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, and draws upon her profession as a psychotherapist in her yoga teaching to explore the union of body and mind. She has taught many workshops, classes and retreats with Andrew Harvey in which the peace of yoga is combined with the passion of mysticism. Karuna and Andrew are presently co-authoring a book entitled: Direct Path Yoga: the Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism. She has lived in the mountains of British Columbia for over 35 years, and her teaching is inspired by her love of the peace and beauty of the mountains. She teaches Direct Path Yoga, The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism, The Divine Feminine, Yoga and Meditation, Ecstatic Yoga, Remembering the Beloved, Communication Skills, Stress Management, and Exploring Relationships. Karuna is a Registered Counselor, Canadian Counseling Association and Registered Yoga Teacher (advanced), Yoga Alliance, and D. Min. student Wisdom University (since 2001).

Matthew Fox

Author of 28 books including “Original Blessing,” “The Reinvention of Work,” “Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet,” “One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths,” “A Spirituality Named Compassion” and his most recent “A New Reformation!.” He was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate (received summa cum laude) in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Seeking to establish a pedagogy that was friendly to learning spirituality, he established an Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for seven years at Mundelein College in Chicago and twelve years at Holy Names College in Oakland. For ten of those years at Holy Names College, Cardinal Ratzinger, as chief Inquisitor and head of the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith (called the Office of the Holy Inquisition until 1965), tried to shut the program down. Ratzinger silenced Fox for one year in 1988 and forced him to step down as director. Three years later he expelled Fox from the Order and then had the program terminated at Holy Names College. Rather than disband his amazing and ecumenical faculty, Fox started his own University called University of Creation Spirituality nine years ago in Oakland, California. Fox was President and a member of the Board of Directors for nine years. He is currently lecturing, teaching and writing and is President of the non-profit that he created in 1984, Friends of Creation Spirituality. The principle objections from the Congregation of the Faith to Fox’s work were that he is a “feminist theologian;” that he calls God “Mother” (Fox has proven the medieval mystical tradition did exactly that); that he prefers “original blessing” to “original sin;” that he calls God “child”; that he associates too closely with Native Americans and people of the wikka tradition; that he does not condemn homosexuals; that he has replaced the naming of the spiritual journey as Purgation, Illumination and Union with the four paths of Creation Spirituality: The Via Positiva (joy, delight and awe); the Via Negativa (darkness, silence, suffering, letting go and letting be); the Via Creativa (creativity); and the Via Transformativa (justice, compassion, interdependence). Matthew Fox has been renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality that was named for him by his mentor, the late Father Marie Dominic Chenu, o.p., in his studies in Paris. This tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts and artists, wisdom centered, prophetic and caring about eco-justice and social justice and gender justice issues. Fox’s effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics. Fox is a well received lecturer who has spoken at many professional and community gatherings on many continents and in many countries around the world. Fox’s books have received numerous awards and he is recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award of which other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa and Rosa Parks. He has led a renewal of liturgical forms with “The Cosmic Mass” that mixes dance, techno and live music, dj, vj, rap and contemporary art forms with the western liturgical tradition. Fox believes that by “reinventing work, education and worship we can bring about a non-violent revolution on our planet” and has committed himself to this vision for many years.

Robert J. Gilbert

Dr. Gilbert has a multi-faceted background in both spiritual and scientific studies. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps Instructor in Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Warfare Survival; since leaving the service in 1985 he has conducted independent research into the Geometric basis of modern science and new technologies. Dr. Gilbert is also a Rosicrucian with more than 20 years of experience in Sacred Geometry and its hidden uses by the world’s great spiritual traditions. His non-sectarian approach is inclusive of individuals from all spiritual traditions. Dr. Gilbert holds a Ph.D. in International Studies and is a published academic author in that field, contributing to the first academic textbook in the new field of Transformational Politics. In 1997 Dr. Gilbert began for the first time to teach publicly the results of his two decades of intensive research. Today he teaches both publicly and privately in Asheville, NC. Dr. Gilbert also offers a small number of his VESICA series of special seminars throughout the United States every year. He is currently completing his first book 7 Keys to Creation: Sacred Geometry and the Patterns of Life.

Allen Ginsberg

Probably one of the best known contemporary poets in recent history. He was born in 1926 in Newark, NJ and recieved his B.A. from Columbia University in 1948. Like many other artists, Ginsberg held a variety of odd jobs before becoming an established writer. His employment history includes work on various cargo ships, a spot welder, a dishwasher and he also worked as a night porter in Denver. He has partcipated in numerous poetry readings, including the famous Six Gallery event that occured in San Francisco. In 1954, San Francisco painter Robert LaVigne introduced his model and companion, Peter Orlovsky to Ginsberg. Soon after this first meeting, Orlovsky and Ginsberg became lovers and moved in together, defining their relationship as a marriage. Despite periods of separation, this arrangement remained intact until Ginsberg’s death in April 1997. Ginsberg was the recipient of numerous honors and awards during his lifetime including: the Woodbury Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, the National Book Award for Poetry, NEA grants and a Lifetime Ahievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In addition to the almost epic poem Howl, Ginsberg has authored numerous books, too voluminous to mention here. Many of his writings were interpreted as contrevertial and even obscene. The reading of Howl resulted in the arrest of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the owner of City Lights Books, on obscenity charges. The authorities objected to Ginsberg’s openess concerning his homosexuality as well as the graphic sexual language. Many of his other writings deal with subjects such as narcotics and the experiences on has while under their influence. However, many other prominent writers, including Jack Keroauc, William Carlos Williams and Kenneth Rexroth, realized Ginsbergs importance. Ginsberg was greatly influenced by Keroauc’s spontaneous and carefree style and often worked in a “stream of consciousness” manner until he completed a work. Ginsberg also once, influenced by Williams, arranged some of his poems “according to how you’d break it up if you actually to talk it out” and the latter was greatly impressed by the feat. Like many of the writers of his period, Ginsberg had a desire to attain the mystical. The metaphysical poets of the nineteenth century, including William Blake, were perhaps his greatest influence. It was the desire to expand the mind and reach the spiritual that inspired Ginsberg to experment with substances such as marijuana and Benzedrine. He claimed that many of his writings, including Howl were written while he was under the influence of drugs. Ginsberg’s theme of politics was once described by Rexroth as “an almost perfect fulfillment of the long, Whitman, Populist, social revolutionary tradition in American poetry”. Many of his writings contain a war motiff: subjects such as the Nazi gas chambers and Viet Nam are the topic of many of his poems. Ginsberg is perhaps one of the most respected and revered Beat writer’s. His work is definitely worth a glance even if the writers of this period are of little interest to certain readers. After his recent death, City Lights had a celebration of his work which included the playing of some of his taped readings. Ginsberg’s writing has been compared to Thoreau, Emerson and Whitman and has been said to contain “that old gnostic tradition”.

Andrew Harvey

B.A., Oxford University, 1972

Andrew Harvey was born in South India where he lived until the age of nine, a period he credits with shaping his vision of the inner unity of all religions. He left India to attend private school in England, and entered Oxford University in 1970 to study history on a scholarship. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Fellow of All Souls College, England’s highest academic honor. In 1977, Harvey became disillusioned with life at Oxford and returned to India to begin his spiritual search. He has since lived in London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco, and has continued to study a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Harvey has written and edited over 30 books. Honors he has received include the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award (both for Mary’s Vineyard: Daily Readings, Meditations, and Revelations), and the Christmas Humphries Award for A Journey In Ladakh. Among Harvey’s other well-known titles are: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, edited with Patrick Gaffney and Sogyal Rinpoche; Dialogues with a Modern Mystic; The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi; Hidden Journey; The Essential Gay Mystics; and Son of Man. Andrew has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as numerous spiritual centers throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and also appears in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for a new Humanity.

Kabir Helminski  

M.A. in psychology, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, 1990
Ph.D. (hon.) in literature from Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey, 1996

Kabir Helminski is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order and is the Co-Director of the Threshold Society, a non-profit educational foundation that has developed programs that provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism and spiritual psychology. He has translated many volumes of Sufi literature, including the works of Rumi, and is the author of two books on Sufism: Living Presence and The Knowing Heart. From 1980 until 1999, he was the director of Threshold Books, one of the foremost publishers of Sufi literature. Between 1994 and 2000 he toured with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, bringing the spiritual culture of the Mevlevis to more than 100,000 people. His books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, and Turkish. For more than twenty years Kabir’s focus has been developing and sharing a contemporary approach to Islamic concepts and practice both within the Islamic community and outside of it. In 2001, he was the first Muslim to deliver the prestigious Wit Lectures on spirituality at Harvard Divinity School, which will be published as a book by The Paulist Press. Living with his family in Santa Cruz, Kabir now focuses on Sufi music, writing, teaching, and developing a program of spiritual education with an international team of scholars.

Richard Henry

MA, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts | MSc, University of Wales | BA Hons, Unversity of Birmingham

Richard Henry is an artist and teacher with particular interest in the contemplative aspects of pattern. He has a background in philosophy and cognitive psychology and studied for two years under Keith Critchlow, one of the world’s leading authorities on geometry in sacred and traditional art. Richard has subsequently lectured widely on this subject and has devised and taught practical portfolio courses in geometric design for the British Museum in London’s World Arts and Artifacts programme. He has undertaken field studies in Morocco, Egypt, Syria and most recently Iran. Richard is the co-editor and illustrator of Miranda Lundy’s Sacred Number (Wooden Books 2005), a book about the history and symbolism of number and has participated in a number of exhibitions exploring links between geometry and art. Richard is a visiting lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, a sessional lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London and an associate lecturer at the Open University in London.

Jennifer Hereth   

B.FA, Art Institute of Chicago | M.FA, Art Institute of Chicago

Jennifer Hereth has taught painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for 17 years. She is currently head of the Painting Department at the College of DuPage and Visiting Lecturer at Dominican University in Chicago. Jennifer has had several museum exhibitions in this hemisphere. She received a three-year Kellogg Foundation Grant for studies between North and South America during which time she did several public art projects in Brazil. In 1999 she was named one of “100 Women in Chicago Making a Difference”. In 2000 Jennifer won the outstanding volunteer award from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for a program where her painting students illustrated the poems of homeless poets and gifted 200 paintings to the poets in this shelter project. She teaches Tapates: Central American Earth Mosaics and Altaring Your Life with the Black Madonna.

Anselm Hollo

Born in Helsinki, Finland, and was educated there and in the U.S. (senior year in high school on an exchange scholarship). In his early twenties, he left Finland to live and work as a writer and translator, first in Germany and Austria, then in London, where he was employed by the BBC’s European Services in their Finnish Program from 1958 to 1967. Translations into Finnish from that time include Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and John Lennon’s In His Own Write. For the last thirty years, Hollo has lived in the United States, teaching creative writing and literary translation at numerous colleges and universities, including SUNY Buffalo, The University of Iowa, and The University of Colorado. He has read his work, lectured, and conducted workshops at many universities and colleges, art museums and galleries, literary conferences, coffeehouses, and living rooms. He is now Associate Professor in the Graduate Writing and Poetics Department at The Naropa Institute, a Buddhist-inspired nonsectarian liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado, where he and his wife, the painter Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, make their home. Hollo has published more than thirty-five books and chapbooks of his poetry, most recently Corvus (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1995) and AHOE (Erie CO: Smokeproof Press, 1997). He has also translated many contemporary Finnish poets, among them Paavo Haavikko (Selected Poems 1949 – 1988, Manchester UK: Carcanet Press, 1991) and Pentti Saarikoski (Trilogy: the last three books, Los Angeles CA: Sun & Moon, 1998), as well as fiction, plays, and poetry (by a.o. Brecht, Paul Klee, Genet, Blok, Louis Malle) from the German, French, Swedish, and Finnish. Hollo’s honors and awards include the New York State Creative Artists’ Public Service Award (1976), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Poet’s Fellowship (1979), the P.E.N./American-Scandinavian Foundation Award for Poetry in Translation (1981), the American-Scandinavian Foundation Award for Poetry in Translation (1989), Fund for Poetry Awards for Contributions to Contemporary Poetry (1989, 1991), The Finnish Government Prize for Translation of Finnish Literature (1996), and a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry 1995-1996 (1996).

Jean Houston

Ph.D., Union Graduate School |B.A., Barnard College

Dr. Jean Houston, a scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, and has long been regarded as one of the principal founders of the human potential movement. Together with her husband, Dr. Robert Masters, Dr. Houston founded the Foundation for Mind Research in 1968. She is also founder and principal teacher of the Mystery School, a program of cross-cultural, mythic and spiritual studies, dedicated to teaching history, philosophy, the new physics, psychology, anthropology, myth and the many dimensions of human potential. The Mystery School is now in its third decade. A powerful and dynamic speaker, Jean is also founder of the International Institute of Social Artistry™. She has also worked extensively with 40 different cultures, helping them to maintain and strengthen their own uniqueness as they become part of the global community. Dr. Houston has recently formed the Jean Houston Foundation as an independent non-profit leadership training organization that designs and delivers innovative and catalytic leadership training globally, assisting in creating positive change at the local and global level, and working together with the UN, the Institute of Cultural Affairs, and other organizations. She is a prolific writer and author of 19 published books, including A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved Life Force, The Possible Human, Public Like a Frog, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, The Passion of Isis and Osiris, and Jump Time.

Raymond Moody

M.D., Medical College of George |Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Virginia |M.A. Philosophy, University of Virginia |B.A. with Honors in Philosophy, University of Virginia

Dr. Ray is the best selling author of 11 books including Life After Life which has sold over 13 million copies world wide and Reunions, a bestseller, as well as numerous articles in academic and professional literature. Dr. Moody continues to capture enormous public interest and generate controversy with his ground breaking work on the near-death experience and what happens when we die. Dr. Moody is the leading authority on the near-death experience—a phrase he coined in the late seventies. Dr. Moody’s research into the phenomenon of near-death experience had its start in the 1960s. He received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, 1976; Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1969; M.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1967; and B.A. with Honors in philosophy from the University of Virginia, 1966. Dr. Moody trains Hospice workers, clergy, psychologists, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals in all aspects of his work. Dr. Moody also works as a practitioner of philosophic counseling. He consults on a private individual basis in person, by phone, or at the bedside of the dying. Dr. Moody has appeared three times on Oprah, as well as on hundreds of other local and nationally syndicated programs such as, MSNBC: Grief Recovery, NBC Today, ABC’s Turning Point, Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael Show, Geraldo, and The Joan Rivers Show.

Carolyn Myss

B.A. Journalism, 1974 | M.A., Theology, 1979 | Ph.D. Energy Medicine, 1996

Caroline Myss began her career as a medical intuitive in 1984 when she met C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard trained neurosurgeon, who had an interest in the science of medical intuition. They began a colleagueship that continues to this day. During their early years together, Norm helped Caroline to develop her skills by having her conduct health readings on his patients. During Norm’s interview with a patient in his office in Springfield, MO., he would phone Caroline for her assessment of the patient’s health. The only information Caroline requires is the name and age of a patient and his/her permission. From that data, Caroline is able to profile the physical/psychological/emotional/and family history of the patient. Through this research, Caroline developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that partners specific emotional/ psychological/ physical/spiritual stress patterns with the specific diseases that they create or influence. This research proved so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written by Caroline and Norm: The Creation of Health. Eventually this ground-breaking research became standard classroom material for students studying the principles of holistic health, psychological stress patterns, and the alternative methods of healing. In 1996, Caroline compiled her years of research in medical intuition with her work in the field of human consciousness, releasing the book, Anatomy of the Spirit. This book became a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 18 languages. Her next book, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can also became a New York Times bestseller as did her fifth book, Sacred Contracts. In 2003, Caroline founded CMED (Caroline Myss Education), her own educational institute. CMED offers two programs per year, each three sessions long. The first is on Sacred Contracts and the second is on Mysticism, Intuition, and Healing. The Institute draws students from nineteen nations as well as across the United States. In 2004, Caroline released her sixth book, Invisible Acts of Power, which also became a New York Times bestseller. Her new book, Entering the Castle: Spiritual Direction for Dialoging With Your Soul will be released in March, 2007.

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

In the seventh lunar month of 1951, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche was born into the Tsangsar family as the first-born son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche whose family has, for many generations, held the now rare Barom Kagyu lineage. At 18 months of age, Chokyi Nyima – Sun of the Dharma – was recognized as the seventh incarnation of the Drikung Kagyu Lama, Gar Drubchen, a Tibetan siddha and spiritual emanation of Nagarjuna, the second-century Indian Buddhist philosopher. Soon after, he was enthroned at his predecessor’s monastery, Drong Gon Tubten Dargye Ling Monastery in Nakchukha, Central Tibet where he resumed his role as Dharma Master to 500 monks. Shortly before the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, Chokyi Nyima migrated with his parents and younger brother, Chokling Rinpoche, to Gangtok, Sikkim. During his younger years, he was enrolled at the Young Lamas’ School in Dalhousie, India. At the age of 13, he entered Rumtek, seat of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, and spent the next eleven years studying the Karma Kagyu, Drikung Kagyu, and Nyingma traditions under the guidance of such eminent masters as H.H. the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. His studies included such philosophical treatises as Vasubhandu’s Abhidharma Kosha, the Five Texts of Maitreya, Dharmakirti’s Pramanavartika, Shantideva’s Bodhicarya Avatara, and Chandrakirti’s Madhyamaka Avatara. At a very early age, Tulku Chokyi Nyima achieved the degree of Khenpo. In 1974, Tulku Chokyi Nyima left Rumtek, where he had been personal aide to the 16th Karmapa, and joined his father and younger brother, Chokling Rinpoche, in Boudhanath, Nepal where, at the command of the 16th Karmapa, they established Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery close to the Great Stupa Jarung Khashor. After its completion in 1976, he was instructed by the Karmapa to become its 25-year-old abbot. His Holiness also advised Tulku Chokyi Nyima to turn his efforts towards instructing Western practitioners. To fulfill this directive, Rinpoche honed his English language skills and began to offer weekend teachings to the Western travelers. In 1980, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and his father, Tulku Urgyen, embarked on a tour of Europe, the United States, and Southeast Asia where they gave Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings and empowerments to numerous people. In 1981, Tulku Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche founded the Rangjung Yeshe Institute for Buddhist Studies, and later established the Rangjung Yeshe Publishcations who have produced many transcripts of his teachings and commentaries. Rinpoche has a good command of the English language, and has been instructing a growing number of Western students in meditation practice since 1977. When his busy schedule allows, Rinpoche opens his doors and gives weekend teachings to interested Westerner travelers, and each fall conducts an English-translated Dharma Seminar.

Beatriz M. Orive

Beatriz is a multi-cultural and trilingual entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala and educated in the United States. She has had an extremely successful business career in Strategic Planning and Strategic Marketing for the past 16 years, working with several Fortune 200 multinational corporations across many diverse industries and obtaining her MBA from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. At the age of 33 she left Motorola as Vice President of Latin America’s Paging Division to start her own business consulting company, in order to allow time for her spiritual path. During the past 12 years, Beatriz has been immersed in studying many diverse spiritual disciplines as part of her own personal quest to find that “something missing”, finally settling on Energy Medicine and Shamanism within the last 6 to 7 years. She most recently studied at Healing the Light Body, a mystery school. Beatriz has transitioned out of the Corporate Business world and into the arena of Teaching and Healing, delving into her mission and passion by developing Awakening the Soul.

Rolf Osterberg

A seasoned executive in the film and newspaper industries. He has served as President and CEO of Svensk Filmindustri, Scandinavia’s largest film company; President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Newspapers Association; and executive vice president and deputy CEO of the Dagens Nyheter Group, Scandinavia’s largest newspaper company. He was also chairman of the board of over twenty companies and trade associations. He has a law degree from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He has also attended the Senior Management Program of  the Harvard Business School. Österberg lectures and gives seminars around the world on the relationship between humans and businesses organizations in a rapidly changing society. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden and Inverness, California. He is the author of Corporate Renaissance and the Search for Meaning in the Workplace, the latter with Thomas H. Naylor and William H. Willimon.

Khenpo Sherab Ozer Rinpoche

Born in 1966 to a nomadic family, entered Drong Ngur Monastery, in Nakchu, Tibet, in 1985. In 1992, he began eight years of study in India and Nepal at the feet of many learned masters from both the Old and New Schools (Nyingma and Sarma), culminating when he was awarded the title “Khenpo” during the Drikung Kagyu Snake Year Teachings in 2000. During his time in Nepal, he spent two years as a teacher at Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s monastic college and its sister college for foreigners. In 2001, Khenpo Sherab Ozer was invited to the United States by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche. He has been asked by H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche and H.E. Garchen Rinpoche to stay in the West specifically in order to teach the Bodhicaryavatara. In May of 2004, Khenpo Sherab Ozer established the Buddhist center Drikung Namgyal Ling in Tucson, Arizona, where he currently resides. Khenpo Sherab Ozer has devoted his life to serving the Drikung Kagyu lineage. He is known for his crystal-clear, uncompromising presentations of the authentic Dharma and the loving care with which he guides his students. He is an accomplished scholar and a skilled teacher, author, singer, songwriter, and sewer. He maintains an active teaching schedule in America, Europe, and Asia.

Russill Paul

Indian Institute of Engineering Technology, Chennai, 1982 – 1983 | College of Technology and Engineering, Chennai, India, 1983 – 1984. | Traditional Education (Indigenous System): Birla Institute of Sanskrit Studies, Karnataka, India Internships in 1994, 1998 and 2000 | Kalai Kaveri Institute of the Arts, Tiruchy, India, 1985 – 1987 | Saccidandanda Ashram, 1984 – 1989

Emin Russill Paul is recognized nationwide as a forerunner in understanding and applying sonic mysticism from the Indian tradition of yoga. Combining years of monastic training in India as a Benedictine monk and yogi under the renowned cross-cultural Benedictine monk, Dom Bede Griffiths, with extensive studies in Sanskrit mantra and Indian music in the great temple cities of South India, Russill Paul offers a comprehensive and contemporary teaching on the role of sacred sound in healing and in spiritual practice. A world-class musician, Russill Paul is the artistic producer of several best-selling yoga chant albums including Nada Yoga and AM & PM Yoga Chants (The Relaxation Company, 2000, 2001); he is also the author of The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant (New World Library, 2006). He teaches: Journeying with the Chakras, Introduction to The Yoga of Sound, Music as Healing, An Overview of Hinduism, Meditation through Mantra, Elements of Hindu Rituals, and The Art of Contemplative Prayer.

Collette van Praag

A visionary artist, a performer of mystical poetry, and the creator and publisher of Gateways of the Divine, An Illouminated Manuscript for the Modern Age. Collette is Director of Program and Artistic Development for the New Chartres School.

Paul Ray

BA, Yale University | Ph.D., University of Michigan

Paul Ray designed and ran the original survey research that identified the Cultural Creatives during the 1980s. His current research includes surveys on developments beyond left and right in politics, “the New Political Compass,” and theoretical and practical work on the design of a wisdom civilization, working with NGOs, with new political groups and governments, and with green and socially responsible businesses.              Formerly, Paul was Executive Vice President of American LIVES, Inc., a market research and opinion polling firm specializing in surveys based on the Lifestyles, Interests, Values, Expectations and Symbols of Americans; Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources of the Government of Canada; and Associate Professor of Urban Planning and a Faculty Associate of the Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Karen Rivers

M.A., Wisdom University

Karen Rivers is co-founder of the Sophia Foundation of North America, and founder of Chrysalis Productions, a transformational theater company for children and adults. Karen works as an educator, lecturer, educational consultant and writer, offering courses in Choreocosmos and esoteric studies. She ministers the Rosamira Circle, the Sophia Grail Circle, and directs a community choir. With the Sophia Foundation, Karen has co-led pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Turkey, Palestine, France, Britain, Italy, and Greece. She is the Director of Wisdom University’s New Chartres School.

Kim Rosen

Kim is a poet, spoken word artist and guide of self-inquiry and transformation. Whether she is speaking poems or guiding individuals and groups, her work focuses on dissolving patterns of suffering to reveal the “Self within self” as the 15th century poet Lala says. Kim has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. For over twenty-five years, she has led trainings, workshops and retreats in the U.S., Canada, South America and the United Kingdom and has taught on the faculty of the Omega Institute, Wisdom University and the International Pathwork Foundation. In 1983 she began exploring the consciousness-shifting power of the interface between spoken poetry and music. She has offered Poetry Concerts and workshops in collaboration with such musicians as Jami Sieber, Peter Kater, Paul McCandless, David Darling, Chloe Goodchild and Gary Malkin. She has worked – both as a group facilitator and a spoken word artist – in a wide variety of settings including concert halls, conferences, universities, professional trainings, corporations, retreats, hospices and juvenile lock-down facilities. As a facilitator of inner work for groups and individuals, Kim is a Pathwork Helper and a certified practitioner of the Breathwork and the Work of Byron Katie. In addition, her work is inspired by her training in Core Energetic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Hands-on Healing as well as her personal immersion in the non-dual teachings of Gangaji, Adyashanti and Peter Fenner.

Linda Tucker

MA, Cambridge University | BA Hons., Cape Town University

Linda Tucker is founder the Global White Lion Protection Trust, a South African based non-profit conservation and community development organization, which is dedicated to protecting the White Lions (which are being kept in captivity and hunted as trophies) and the indigenous African culture which holds them sacred. She began her research into the White Lion mysteries after being rescued from lions in the Timbavati region of South Africa in 1991 by a shangaan shaman woman who became her teacher and introduced her to other African lion shamans. It was these elders who informed her that she herself carries the ancient shamanic title: “Keeper of the White Lions.” The conservation and ethos of the White Lion Trust, founded in 2002, integrates science, culture, education and enterprise development to protect the rare endangered White Lion and to help alleviate poverty in surrounding rural communities. This integrated approach is the only way to realize wildlife conservation objectives whilst creating long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability for South Africa’s vast rural poverty nodes. Linda was educated at the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge, where she specialized in Jungian dream psychology and medieval symbolism. She is author of Mystery of the White Lions, Children of the Sun God.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920 – 1996) was widely acknowledged as one of the great meditation masters of modern times. Leaving Tibet in the face of the Chinese invasion in 1959, he settled in the hermitage of Nagi Gompa, on the northern slopes of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Here he lived quietly as a true Dzogchen yogi, visited by a steady stream of scholars, students, and practitioners from around the world. Throughout the course of his life he spent more than 20 years in meditation retreat. Tulku Urgyen was famed for his profound meditative realization and for the concise, lucid and humorous style with which he imparted the essence of the Dzogchen teachings. His method of teaching was ‘instruction through one’s own experience.’ Using few words, this way of teaching points out the nature of mind, revealing a natural simplicity of wakefulness that enables the student to actually touch the heart of the Buddha’s Wisdom Mind. Tulku Urgyen’s startlingly clear teachings have been captured in several books, including Rainbow Painting, Repeating the Words of the Buddha, Vajra Speech, and As It Is. He had many foreign students, and was keenly interested in the expansion of the Dharma to the West. It was his wish for a North American seat that motivated his eldest son, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, to found Gomde in 1998.

Carol Vaccariello

D.Min., Ecumenical Theological Seminary, 1992 | M.Div., Equivalency, Ashland Theological Seminary, 1991 | M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace College,
M.S.E., Saint John College of Ohio, 1985 | LPC Licensed Professional Counselor for State of Michigan, 1996 | B.A. Music Education, Notre Dame College, 1975

Carol Vaccariello is the formerly the Co-Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ and has served as Senior Minister and Bridge Builder in Ohio, Michigan and Texas Congregations. Carol’s emphasis is bridging among western, eastern and indigenous spiritual expressions. She is a practicing facilitator of the Labyrinth, a teacher of the Medicine Wheel, and a builder of Sacred Drums. Carol is a teacher, lecturer, leader of ritual, healer and spiritual guide. She teaches: Immersion in Creation Spirituality.

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a poet & teacher, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. She was born April 2, 1945 in Millville, New Jersey. During the late Sixties she ran the St. Mark’s Church Poetry Project, and gave exuberant, highly physical readings of her own work. She was featured along with Ginsberg in Bob Dylan’s experimental film ‘Renaldo and Clara.’ Waldman is one of the most interesting, vibrant and unpredictable members of the post-Beat poetry community. Her confluence of Buddhist concerns and thought-paths with sources of physicality and anger is particularly impressive. Over the years,she has worked her magic on audiences throughout the United States and around the world, giving poetry readings in Germany, England, Italy, Scotland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Bali, India, Nicaragua and Canada. She has also worked and performed with a number of well-known musicians, composers and dancers. More recently, she has collaborated with many visual artists.  Her list of publications is voluminous. She has written more than 42 books, most recently Kill or Cure (Penguin Poets) and her book-length poem, Iovis (Coffee House Press). She is now working on Book III of Iovis.Throughout the poem, Waldman is trying to come to terms with her own male energy and impulses. Waldman has been acknowledged as a major–and a mature–voice in American poetry. She delves deeply into the masculine soul and its sources of energy. Her goal: to speak against, about, around and through the all-pervasive forces of Western patriarchy and its many manifestations. Waldman’s goal for her poetry is simple, and yet anything but simple to achieve. She says, in effect, that what she is attempting to do on the page is to give readers not “a refined gist” or “an extrapolation” of feeling, thought and emotion, but an actual “experience” of “a high moment.” In effect, Waldman is attempting to bring to poetry on the page the same kind of immediacy and sense of immersion that she brings to her poetry, in public performance.

Jane A. Weaver

Jane Weaver has been an enthusiastic student of mathematics, music, and the connections between these two sciences for nearly all of her life. Following her college and graduate studies in the areas of music, mathematics and general systems theory, and several years of public sector teaching, she served as a faculty member of the music department at Princeton University. Having relocated to Western North Carolina she teaches piano, cello, and violin in her private studio. She also provides instruction in piano pedagogy and the geometry of music. Her Mennonite upbringing and interest in mandalic geometries led her to pursue quilting as an art form. Jane has participated in numerous local and juried national quilt shows, receiving several awards, and has commissioned work hanging in offices and homes. Her conviction that geometry and proportion lie at the heart of all creation inspires an interest in sharing that perception in both written and workshop formats. Jane’s current projects include applications of projective geometry, interpreting and furthering the work of the French radiesthesists, exploring non-quantum geometric theories of nuclear structure, and consulting in application of sacred geometry in architectural design. Jane works with architect Alice Dodson in Sacred and BioGeometric Design.

Richard Tarnas

Ph.D., Saybrook Institute | A.B., Harvard

Richard Tarnas was born in 1950 in Geneva, Switzerland, of American parents. He grew up in Michigan, where he studied Greek, Latin, and the classics under the Jesuits. In 1968 he entered Harvard, where he studied Western intellectual and cultural history and depth psychology, graduating with an A.B. cum laude in 1972. For ten years he lived and worked at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, studying with Joseph Campbell, Gregory Bateson, Huston Smith, and Stanislav Grof, and later served as director of programs and education. He received his Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute in 1976. From 1980 to 1990, he wrote The Passion of the Western Mind, a narrative history of Western thought which became a best seller and continues to be a widely used text in universities throughout the world. His most recent book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK. He is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he currently teaches. He also teaches on the faculty of the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and gives many public lectures and workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

Anne Baring  

MA Oxon, graduate 1951 | Former member, Association of Jungian Analysts, London | Former member, International Association for Analytical Psychology | Member, Scientific and Medical Network

Anne Baring is the author and co-author of seven books including The Myth of the Goddess, Evolution of an Image, The Mystic Vision, The Divine Feminine, and Soul Power: An Agenda for a Conscious Humanity. Her children’s book, The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time, has been honored with a Nautilus Gold Award for 2011. Anne’s new book, The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul was published in 2013, and is the primary text for this course. Anne is a Jungian analyst, living near Winchester, England. Passionately interested in the fate of the Earth and the survival of our species in this critical time of evolutionary change, her work is devoted to the recognition that we live in an ensouled world and to the restoration of the lost sense of communion between us and the invisible dimension of the universe that is the source or ground of all that we call ‘life.’

Lynn Bell       

B.A., English Literature, Northern Illinois University

Lynn Bell is a Paris-based astrologer whose work spans multiple cultures as a speaker, teacher, author and consultant in astrology. She is one of the principal tutors at The Centre for Psychological Astrology in London, where she has taught since 1995, and she has had an active consultation practice in Paris for over twenty-five years. Lynn was a recipient of an undergraduate teaching fellowship, The Dean’s Award, and a Kester Svendson Fellow during her graduate work at the University of Oregon. Lynn has spoken at most of the major astrology conferences in the world, and teaches seminars internationally. She led the first Astrology in Bali workshop with Steven Forrest, and also teaches for the New Chartres School, sponsored by Wisdom University, as well as for Caroline Myss and her CMED Institute. Her most recent book is Cycles of Light: Exploring the Mysteries of Solar Returns (2005). She is also author of Planetary Threads: Patterns of Relating among Family and Friends (1999) which explores family patterns in astrology, and co-author of the Mars Quartet (2001) (with Darby Costello, Liz Greene and Melanie Reinhart) all at CPA Press. Her articles have appeared in the Mountain Astrologer, the AA Journal, Meridian and many other publications. She helped create L’Association Française d’Astropsychologie in Paris.

Teresa Collins

Teresa brings a rare blend of dynamic presence, a whole systems strategic mind, and a large loving heart to the endeavors that call her into service. At the core of her calling is a commitment to empowering learning communities of all shapes and sizes to thrive in these profoundly potentiated times. For the last decade Teresa has initiated and engaged in a number of learning community experiments with people from around the world and continues to adapt and innovate in response to this living experience. She is a radiant teacher who guides by example, inspiring people to live authentic and joy-filled lives and to join their genius with others doing the same to co-create the new.

Jack Collom

Collom teaches ecology-poetics and oversees Project Outreach at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he has been resident faculty for over a decade. A prolific writer, he has been published in over a hundred magazines and anthologies in the United States and abroad. His books include Arguing With Something Plato Said, The Task, and Entering the City. He has worked extensively with the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City and published his ars poetica on teaching poetry, Moving Windows, under their aegis. He has twice been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Red Car Goes By (a selected poems 1955-2000) is published by Tuumba Press. Jack Collom lives in Boulder CO.

Pamela (Apela) Colorado

B.A., University of Wisconsin | M.S., University of Wisconsin | Ph.D., Social Policy, Brandeis University, 1982

Apela Colorado is a member of the Oneida tribe and is a traditional cultural practitioner. She established the Spirit Camp cultural revitalization project at the University of Alaska. She began the Native Social Work Concentration at the University of Calgary. With Assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency, Apela founded the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (WISN) in 1989. WISN brought together Western scientists and indigenous practitioners of traditional knowledge in a series of international workshops, conferences, and overseas projects. The work created a forum and established a process to promote consensus, collaboration and cooperation between experts of Western and Indigenous knowledge in conservation and education programs and alternative resource development. She created the first Doctoral Program in Traditional Knowledge at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Apela heads the Master’s Degree Program in Indigenous Mind at Ubiquity University.

Neil Douglas-Klotz

 Abwoon Study Circle  | Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning

M.A. Somatic Psychology, 1985 | Ph.D., Religious Studies and Psychology, 1997

Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chishti) holds a Ph.D. in religious studies and psychology and an M.A. in somatic psychology. He is an independent scholar with a background in hermeneutics, Middle Eastern languages, and sacred movement. For 8 years he served as co-chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and was the first practicing mystic to hold this position. He currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning ( He has followed the Sufi path for 30 years and is initiated as Murshid (senior guide) in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. He also serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Sufism.He is the author of the books Prayers of the Cosmos (1990), Desert Wisdom (1995), The Hidden Gospel (1999), The Genesis Meditations (2003), The Sufi Book of Life (2005), Blessings of the Cosmos (2006), and co-author of The Tent of Abraham (2006) with Sr. Joan Chittister and Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Based on the work that led to the book The Tent of Abraham, he co-founded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace in 2004, which has been acclaimed as a new interspiritual model for peace conferences, based in spirituality and the arts, rather than in religious concepts around faith and belief. In 2007 Neil initiated the Abwoon Interspiritual Leadership Program, a three-year program for spiritual directors, interfaith ministers, retreat directors and meditation instructors. The program will be informed by both the best practice of past spiritual traditions as well as the latest research on mind-body psychology and new science.  Neil has taught at the various manifestations of Wisdom University since 1986. He was the first Director of the Deep Ecumenism Emphasis at the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality and also taught Body Prayer for ten years at the Institute. He currently teaches: The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus; The Aramaic Lord’s Prayer: Body Prayer, Chant and Dance; Genesis Now! Creation Mysticism and Mystical Practice in Early Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Original Healing: The Aramaic Beatitudes in Body Prayer, Chant and Dance; and Sufi Meditation and Movement (based on The Sufi Book of Life).

Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche

Born in 1964 in North India to Tibetan parents.  At age 9, the 16th Karmapa recognized Rinpoche as a tulku, an incarnation of Kyabje Jamgon Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye called “the Great,” the one who gave life to the rimay [non-sectarian] tradition. Rinpoche trained in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine.  His Root-Guru was H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche of the Nyingmapas, the oldest of the Tibetan Buddhist  denominations. In 1989, Rinpoche and his family moved to the USA where he founded Jigme Samten Chöling, a retreat centre in Colorado.  He spends most of his time there guiding his students through extended periods of retreat. Rinpoche occasionally teaches around the world or pursues his own studies.

Lawrence L. Edwards

A.B. Chemistry, Occidental College, 1963 | Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 1969 | Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1970

Larry Edwards is a chemical-physicist and author of many scientific articles as well as a contributor to Arab Resources: The Transformation of a Society. He is co-founder of the Epic of Evolution Society and currently teaches the Universe Story and its implications for a sustainable and fulfilling personal and cultural life at Wisdom University, California Institute of Integral studies, Saint Thomas University, Genesis Farm as well as through an at-Home/online program. He teaches: The Universe Story; Celtic Spirituality; and the New Cosmology.

Mara Freeman

B.A. Bristol University, 1972 | M.A. London University, 1974 | Chapman University, 1992

Mara Freeman, British author and storyteller, is a keeper of the ancient Celtic Spirit. Her life is dedicated to reweaving the ancestral traditions of the British Isles and Ireland for today’s world. She is the Honorary Chief Bard in the international Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and an Archdruidess in the Druid Clan of Dana. Dividing her time between California and West Wales, Mara teaches at many universities and learning centers, including Omega Institute, New York, Naropa University, Colorado, and the University of California in Santa Cruz. She leads annual retreats and pilgrimages in the British Isles and Ireland. In 2005, Mara founded the Avalon Mystery School, a three-year training program in the Western esoteric arts. Mara also has a private healing practice in the Celtic tradition of Anamcara, or soul-guidance work, using her extensive training in the arts of psychotherapy and seer-ship. She is also a psychotherapist and seer who carries on the Celtic tradition of Anamcara at The Chalice Center, Carmel, California. She is author of Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine your Life through the Seasons, (Harper San Francisco, January, 2001.) She teaches: Celtic Spirituality and A Celtic Experience.

Lama Gape

Gape Lama (Konchog Thubten Nyima) was born in 1965 into conditions of political turmoil and exile associated with the Chinese “Cultural Revolution.” Beginning at age 14, Lama Gape had the good fortune to receive dharma from many great Tibetan masters including the great yogi Tamga, Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok.  Lama Gape traveled to Gar Monastery where he received refuge ordination H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, and full monastic ordination from the great siddha Karma Norbu. At Gar Monastery, he trained in the ritual practices of the tantras of Old and New Schools and other diverse religious activities. He was selected for special training at Hlo Lungkar Monastery, including the Eight Heruka Sadhanas, the Embodiment of the Masters’ Realization, Vajrakilaya, and Essence of Great Bliss. He served as chant master and, later, as disciplinarian of the Gar monastery. Subsequently, at Gar Monastery, Gape Lama took responsibility for instructing the nuns at the Fivefold Mahamudra Meditation Center of Gargon Nunnery. In the year 2000 he went to India, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. He currently resides in America, and is the Chant Master for His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche’s Dharma centers in the West

James Garrison

B.A., World History, University of Santa Clara, 1973 | M.T.S., Christology and World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, 1975 | Ph.D., Philosophical Theology, Cambridge University, 1982

Jim Garrison became Is President of Ubiquity University. Garrison founded and serves as President of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA and the State of the World Forum, both San Francisco based non-profit institutions created to establish a global network of leaders dedicated to creating a more sustainable global civilization. With President Gorbachev as its Convening Chairman, the Forum convenes leaders from around the world and a spectrum of disciplines to its annual and regional conferences and catalyzed the creation of several independent organizations. Garrison published his first book in 1980, The Plutonium Culture (SCM). This was followed by The Darkness of God: Theology After Hiroshima (SCM/1982); The Russian Threat: Myths and Realities (Gateway Books/ 1983); The New Diplomats (Resurgence Press/1984); Civilization and the Transformation of Power (Paraview Press/2000); and America As Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power? (Barrett Koehler/2004). Garrison is also active in Mosaic Networks, a business development company of which he is a Founding Partner.

Bernard Glassman sensei

Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, Zen Buddhism Master(Roshi) and pioneer in the American Zen Movement (also known as Roshi Bernie) is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic, and successful businessman. Dr. Glassman currently teaches and travels, giving talks and workshops on spiritual practice, socially responsible business and international peacemaking. He is the founder and co-spiritual director of the Zen Peacemakers Order.

Alex Grey

Best known for his paintings which “X-ray” the multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving the physical and biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual subtle energies. Grey’s visual meditation on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, is contained in the monograph entitled Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey, published in five languages. His second book, The Mission of Art reflects on art as a spiritual practice. Grey’s art has been exhibited worldwide including a mid-career retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Sao Paolo Bienniale, The Grande Palaise, Paris, and solo exhibition in Tokyo to accompany the Japanese translation of his book Sacred Mirrors. Grey previously taught for ten years at New York University as well as teaching at Rhode Island School of Design and Philadelphia College of Art. Grey’s art work has been used as album art for such multi-platinum bands as Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Tool (Grammy award winner), and String Cheese Incident where the album art recently won a Jammy Award. With his wife, artist Allyson Grey, Alex co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a cultural and non-denominational spiritual center, now in its temporary location in New York City. The future Chapel of Sacred Mirrors will provide a permanent public exhibition of Alex Grey’s most outstanding and widely appreciated works of transformative art, fostering a vision of the fully awakened human potential. The Sacred Mirrors speak to our highest aspirations as a species: universal compassion, respect for all life, a deep appreciation of all cultures and wisdom traditions, awakened consciousness and a full flowering of our human potential.

Stanislov Grof

Stanislav Grof, M.D.,PH.D., is a psychiatrist with an experience of over fifty years of research in non-ordinary states of consciousness. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he also received his scientific training — an M.D. degree from the Charles University School of Medicine and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine) degree from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences. His early research was in the clinical uses of psychoactive drugs conducted at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague. There he was Principal Investigator of a program systematically exploring the heuristic and therapeutic potential of LSD and other psychedelic substances.  In 1967, he was invited as Clinical and Research Fellow to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After completion of his fellowship, he remained in the United States and continued his research as Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In 1973, he became Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where he lived until 1987. He spent this time writing books and articles, giving seminars and lectures, and developing with his wife Christina Holotropic Breathwork, an innovative form of experiential psychotherapy. He also was invited as special consultant for the Hollywood movie Brainstorm. Stanislav Grof is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). At present, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), teaching in the Department Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He lives in Mill Valley, California, writes books, conducts training seminars for professionals in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology ), and gives lectures and seminars all over the world. Among his publications are over 130 articles in professional journals and the books Realms of the Human Unconscious; LSD Psychotherapy; Beyond the Brain; The Adventure of Self-Discovery; Beyond Death; The Stormy Search for the Self (the last two with Christina Grof); The Holotropic Mind; Books of the Dead; The Cosmic Game; The Transpersonal Vision; The Consciousness Revolution (with E. Laszlo and P. Russell); Psychology of the Future; When the Impossible Happens: and The Ultimate Journey. He also edited the books Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science; Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution; and Spiritual Emergency (the last one with Christina Grof).

John Hanagan

Ph.D., University of Toronto | M.A., University of Detroit | B.A., Providence College | Minister of Spiritual Counseling, The New Seminary

Dr. John Hanagan has been an award winning Professor of Philosophy for more than 30 years. Most recently he has divided his time between teaching Buddhist Studies and East/West Ethics at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan, and giving seminars on the Dialogues of Plato and workshops on the Art of Teaching to the faculty of La Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. After spending five years in the Dominican Order, Dr. Hanagan received his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a minor in Latin Paleography from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto in 1973. This was followed in 1975 by an NEH Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ethical Theory. In addition to his international teaching, John was Chair of the Philosophy Department for many years at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, taught Honors Seminars on the Dialogues of Plato at Indiana State University and gave University Outreach courses on World Religions to inmates of the Maximum Security Unit of the Indiana State Penitentiary. His academic experience is balanced by 10 years as a Certified Flight Instructor, four decades as a professional jazz pianist, and being a student and teacher of meditation in both the Zen and Yoga traditions. He has written numerous academic articles and presentations, as well as published essays on East/West Philosophy in Yoga International Magazine and The Kyoto Journal. Dr. Hanagan is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wisdom University, and on the faculty.

Mark Hanf

An artist and educator who has been exploring the nexus of science and art his entire life. In 1995, he was nominated to attend the NC Governor’s School in Science, Art, and Mathematics, and ultimately chose to study Fractal and Non-Euclidean Geometry. Mark went on to attend Davidson College, where he continued to study Math and Science through astronomy, chemistry, and physics, and integrated these topics into his art. He received a BA in Visual Arts from Davidson College in 2000, with a special focus on Science, Religion, and Environmental Architecture. From 2001-2007, Mark taught at the Rainbow Mountain Children’s School in Asheville, NC, where Multiple Intelligence theory and a holistic approach are blended to create an interdisciplinary, experiential, life-long learning environment. He taught middle school math and science and developed a unique curriculum that integrated environmental science, astronomy, cosmology, synergetic and ancient geometry. In 2006, he was a participant in the Design Science Lab in Asheville, a ten-day international think-tank sponsored by The Buckminster Fuller Institute and the United Nations that addressed global sustainability with an emphasis on energy, environmental, health, and educational issues. Since then he has worked with the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) and a team of educators and multimedia artists to produce Aboard Spaceship Earth (ASE), a 21st Century Global Studies program that integrates Geography, Science, and Geometry. For the past 3 years he has served as director for ASE and has been designing the curriculum, as well as producing tools and materials. He has presented Aboard Spaceship Earth programs locally and regionally to a wide range of groups including elementary and middle schools, college students, and adults. He has also produced a range of events in collaboration with the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and The Education Committee of the BFI, sharing the work of Buckminster Fuller with “design scientists” of all ages. In 2008, Mark co-founded Geometry of Nature, LLC, and has served as it’s creative director ever since. He has presented numerous lectures, classes, and hands-on workshops in collaboration with a variety of schools and organizations including Sidwell Friends School, The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Washington DC Public School System (DCPS), UNC Chapel Hill-World View, Davidson College, The Global Institute for Sustainable Technologies, (NCCAT) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mark is on the faculty of the Academy of Sacred Geometry along with some of the world’s leading teachers in the field. He is also on the faculty of the New York School of Feng Shui, where he regularly teaches a course entitled The Tao of Geometry that explores the relationships of chinese sacred symbols and fractal geometry. Mark is also a professional artist and creates work that weaves together his wide range of interests including science, math, and history. His paintings examine Nature’s architecture and symmetry and recently he has been using CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) routers and lasers to create a body of sculpture and prints that explore fractal Geometry. His studio is part of Marshall High Studios, a complex located on a tiny island in the French Broad River in the Mountains of NC.

Deborah Koff-Chapin

BFA, Cooper Union

Deborah Koff-Chapin walks a unique path as an artist. She has been developing the transformative art form of Touch Drawing since it came to her in a creative revelation in 1974. She is founding director of The Center for Touch Drawing and has presented the process at conferences and educational institutions internationally. Deborah has served on the board of directors of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is an ordained minister of Incarnational Spirituality. Deborah is creator of SoulCards 1&2, evocative card decks that are distributed worldwide. She is author of Drawing Out Your Soul and The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook, and is contributor of chapters to several books including Art Therapy in Healthcare, ed. Cathy Malchiodi. Deborah has done Interpretive Touch Drawing for over 500 unique lectures and performances. Find out more about her work at

Robert Lawlor

M.A, Pratt Institute

Robert Lawlor is a film producer, anthropologist, mythographer, symbologist and author of several books. He has lived in remote parts of Australia over the last 25 years, and has studied aboriginal culture firsthand. Robert is the author of the recently published the critically acclaimed “Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime.”  Lawlor seems well qualified to guide us on this journey. He has spent much of his life studying ancient civilizations, particularly ancient Egypt. He lived and worked for six years with Dravidian village people in South India and has spent another ten years on an island off the coast of Tasmania considered by the Aborigines to be the sacred abode of their deceased ancestors. He presents a remarkably comprehensive and fascinating account of the Aboriginal worldview and its potential usefulness in imagining future directions for our own faltering culture. The book explores the Aboriginal approach to such concepts as the creation of humanity, time and space, the power of the earth’s magnetic forces, kinship, life cycles, male and female roles, sexuality, death, and mysticism. Lawlor is the translator of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz’s masterwork – The Temple of Man- the culmination of his exhaustive 12-year study at the great temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu at Luxor, which is revealed to be an architectural encyclopedia of humanity and the universe. Lawlor is also author of “Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice,” a ground breaking book which introduces the mythological properties assigned to geometric forms, and covers the Golden Section, gnomonic spirals, music, and the squaring of the circle. The thinkers of ancient Egypt, Greece and India recognized that numbers governed much of what they saw in their world and hence provided an approach to its divine creator. This book explains the numerical systems that determine the dimension and form of both man-made and natural structures, from gothic cathedrals to flowers, from music to the human body. Lawlor received a Master’s Degree in Painting and Sculpture from Pratt Institute N.Y.C., while living an “artist’s life” on the lower East-Side of Manhattan during the cultural revolutionary years of the early 1960’s. After falling ill from toxic substances in his sculptural materials, he left New York, via a freighter, to then hitch-hike throughout Turkey and the Middle East for over a year and to finally arrive in South India and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in Pondicherry. During a seven year sojourn in India he studied Yoga and Indian philosophy. While experimenting with indigenous materials and village architecture, he was continuing to do paintings and to teach himself a little about writing and translating. In 1968 Robert, with his then partner Deborah Lawlor, was amongst the earliest pioneers in the utopian “New Age” community of Auroville. It was here that Robert became aware of the work of R.A Shwaller de Lubicz, and the role of Geometry in the Metaphysical Vision of Ancient Egypt. In 1974 both Robert and Deborah left Auroville, India, heading toward the south of France and to the study of Egyptian Hieroglyphics, mathematics, mythology, geometry, symbolism and architecture with Lucie Lamy, the step daughter of Schwall de Lubitcz and daughter of Isha Lamy, an accomplished esoteric writer and homeopath. During this eight year tutelage from Lucie Lamy, Robert and Deborah completed the 1300 page translation of The Temple of Man It was also during this period they discovered the work of the French Indianologist, Alain Daniêlu and began translating several of his works while reconciling the many shared aspects of Hindu and Egyptian cosmology. With the Temple of Man translation completed, they “retired” to Australia where Robert produced “Sacred Geometry – Its Philosophy and Practice” for Thames Hudson London 1982 – a book that was to remain continually in print for over thirty years. Robert began teaching Sacred Geometry with Keith Critchlow in the USA for eight consecutive summers. Here he produced two books, “Geometry and Architecture” and with Keith Critchlow, “Homage to Pythagoras – Rediscovering Sacred Science.” Robert also wrote “Earth Honouring – Towards a New Male Sexuality.” This book describes how our gender and sexual relationships correspond to our societal attitudes towards the earth. The book was followed by a much acclaimed work about our original human culture, “Voices of the First Day Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime.” This work emphasised how Egypt and Indian beliefs and attitude echoed much of this most ancient aboriginal tradition. With this backdrop, Robert’s most recent work, “The Geometry of the End of Time – Proportion Prophecy and Power,” reveals how the geometries of space and form are likewise imprinted in the Cyclic Laws of Time. Utilizing the ancient long-count calendars and temporal monuments of the Sumerians, Mayans, Druids, Persians, Greeks, Egyptian and Indian Cultures, Robert explores how the corresponding geometric and harmonic patterns in these great cycles of time impose a hidden Prophetic order upon the events of history and the development of human consciousness, past, present as well as toward the impending End of Time.

Ervin László

Ph.D., University of Paris-Sorbonne

Ervin László is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno University, Founder and Executive Director of the Ervin László Center for Advanced Study, Founder and Director of the General Evolution Research Group, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, Founding Father of WorldShift, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into as many as twenty-two languages, and the editor of another thirty volumes including a four-volume encyclopedia. László has a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne and is the recipient of four honorary Ph.D.’s (from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary). He received the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award in Tokyo in 2002, and the International Mandir of Peace Prize in Assisi in 2005. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and was re-nominated in 2005. Formerly Professor of Philosophy, Systems Science, and Futures Studies in various universities in the US, Europe, and the Far East, László lectures worldwide. He presently lives in a three hundred year-old converted farmhouse in Tuscany.

Marshall Lefferts

Marshall is the founder and director of the Cosmometry Project, a not-for-profit research initiative to define and coalesce the emerging field of cosmic geometry and its application within all domains of scientific, artistic and spiritual experience (fiscal hosting provided by Planetwork NGO, Inc). In recent years he has served as Associate Producer for the groundbreaking documentary film, THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take? (released worldwide on 11/11/11); President of the Board of Directors for the Resonance Project Foundation (Nassim Haramein, Director of Research); Co-Founder of the Gene Keys, US; Co-Director of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution; Consulting Producer for the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and producer of many projects in interactive media. He was a member of the faculty for the 2011 New Chartres School for Wisdom University. Marshall is also a musician, photographer, graphic designer, free diver, ki energy practitioner, and joy-body lover. He resides on both the east and west coasts of the US, and Hawaii, as spirit calls.

John Daido Loori

John Daido Loori, author, artist, Zen Master is the founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York. Under Daido Loori’s direction, Zen Mountain Monastery has grown to be one of the leading Zen monasteries in America, widely noted for its unique way of integrating art and Zen practice. Daido Loori is also an award winning photographer and videographer, with dozens of exhibitions to his credit and a successful career in both commercial and art photography. He has had 54 one-person shows, and his work has been exhibited in 118 group shows both in the United States and abroad. His photographs have been published in leading photography magazines, including Aperture and Time Life Photography.

Michael Mansfield

B.A., Philosophy and Letters, with additional English and Theater Majors, and a Secondary Education Teaching Credential, St. Louis University, MO, 1982 | M.Div., Spirituality and the Arts, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, 1988.| M.F.A. (British Post-Graduate Diploma), Acting, Arts Educational Schools, London, 1993| D.Min., Spirituality and the Arts, University of Creation Spirituality, Oakland, CA, 2001

Michael Mansfield has been teaching dance, ritual, theater, spirituality, and justice-making since 1980. His interest is in the intersection of education, worship, and performance. He has taught art and spirituality at graduate theological schools in the Bay Area for the last 19 years, including 6 years at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He has been on the faculty at ICCS/UCS/WU since 1994. He is on the faculties at Chabot College and Naropa University, Oakland, as well as teaching throughout the Bay Area in the grade schools and high schools as a guest artist-in-residence. Michael preaches, teaches, and speaks nationally on the importance of bringing forward the wisdom of our bodies through the arts, faith, and justice. He trains staffs, faculties, and leadership teams in both religious and corporate settings, and leads retreats with groups and communities around the country. He serves as academic administrator at the University of California at Berkeley in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. He directs and choreographs theater and dance productions at colleges and schools. He writes arts-based curricula for educational publishers and articles and columns for magazines regularly. All of his work has a definite kinesthetic bias. Courses Taught at ICCS/UCS/WU include: Body Prayer; Loving Otherness: Differing Sexual Mysticism and Activism; How They Love One Another: Creation-Centered Sexuality; Dancing Sacred Texts; Body Prayers for the Soul of the Community; Creating Techno Cosmic Masses and Rituals Theokinetics: Dancing Our Wisdom; Dancing with Sexuality; Process Group.

Peter Merry

Ph.D.  Ubiquity University | MSc in Human Ecology, Edinburgh University | BA Combined Honours in French and German, Exeter University, UK

Peter Merry is a co-founder of Wisdom University in Europe. He is also Chair of the Center for Human Emergence (Netherlands)—and a founding partner of Engage!. He has worked in and across different sectors. His experience includes facilitating integral change processes in multinational corporations, and government ministries, and in multistakeholder initiatives with global stakeholders. He has also spent many years in the not-for-profit sector. Recent multistakeholder projects focus on MDG5 (Maternal and Newborn Health with WHO), climate change and biodiversity. Peter is a recognized expert in the field of evolutionary systems dynamics. He has had his first book published in English and Dutch (Evolutionary Leadership). He is an experienced designer of learning processes and host of collective inquiry and collaboration. He also has a background in theatre and folk music. Having experienced the limits of more traditional approaches to societal change, his current focus is on researching the application of noetic science, geomancy and quantum physics to whole systems transitions. As part of this, he is a Ph.D. student with Wisdom University and in the advanced stages of ECOtherapy training.

Mark Ryan

Ph.D. and M. Phil., Yale University |M.A., University of Texas at Austin | B.A., University of St. Thomas

Mark B. Ryan is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wisdom University and a member of the Academic Council. Prior to joining Wisdom, he was Titular IV Professor at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico, where he also served as Dean of the Colleges, Master of José Gaos College, and Coordinator of the graduate program in United States Studies. For more than twenty years he was Dean of Jonathan Edwards College and a teacher of American Studies and History at Yale University. He holds Ph.D. and M. Phil. degrees from Yale, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. Mark is author of A Collegiate Way of Living (Yale University, 2001), articles in various journals on higher education, and articles in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology on transpersonal thought. He served for fourteen years on the Board of Trustees of Naropa University and is a certified by Grof Transpersonal Training as a practitioner of Holotropic Breathwork.

Ed Sanders

Education: BA in Greek, NYU 1964.

Sanders has taught at the Naropa Institute, now Naropa University a number of times during the past 25 years, teaching courses on Investigative Poetry, the theory and practice of writing book-length poems, how to operate a small town newspaper, how to set poems to music, and other themes. He has lectured at the Rock and Roll Museum and Hall of Fame in Cleveland on the music scene in New York City in the 1960s; has taught several courses at the Schule für Dichtung in Vienna, including one titled “The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg” and another on the Metrics & Verse of Sappho. And he has lectured on poetics and literature at many colleges, universities and cultural centers throughout the United State. Sanders has received a number of awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. His Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century, Selected Poems 1961-1985, won an American Book Award in 1988. He was awarded a $25,000 poetry fellowship for 1997-1998 by the Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts, Inc. in New York City. In 1997 Sanders received a Writers Community residency sponsored by the YMCA National Writer’s Voice through the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund.

Andrew Schelling

Andrew Schelling, born January 14, 1953 in Washington D.C., grew up in New England’s Transcendentalist country. He moved west to Northern California in 1973. There he explored wilderness regions of the Coast Range and Sierra Nevadas and studied Sanskrit and Asian literature at U.C. Berkeley. An ecologist, naturalist, and explorer of wilderness areas, he has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, India, and the Himalayas. In 1990 he relocated to Colorado to join the faculty at Naropa University where he teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and wilderness writing. Poet, amateur naturalist, mountaineer, and translator of India’s classical poetry, he lives in Boulder, along the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. In 1992, Schelling received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India (1991). His volumes of translation also include For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai (1993, revised edition 1998) and The Cane Groves of Narmada River: Erotic Poems of Old India (City Light Books, 1998). His collections of essays and poems include Wild Form, Savage Grammar: Poetry, Ecology, Asia (2003), Tea Shack Interior: New & Selected Poetry (2001), The Road to Ocosingo (1998), Old Growth: Poems and Notebooks 1986-1994 (1995), The India Book: Essays & Translations from Indian Asia (1993), and Moon Is a Piece of Tea (1993). Schelling has also received two grants for translation from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.

Rupert Sheldrake

B.A. Cambridge University |Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cambridge University

Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 75 scientific papers and ten books. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honors degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. At Clare College he was also Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. From 1968 to 1969, based in the Botany Department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, he studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he was Principal Plant Physiologist. While in India, he also lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life. In September 2005, he was appointed to the Perrott-Warwick Scholarship administered by Trinity College, Cambridge. Rupert’s books include: A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation (1981); The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature (1988); The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God (1992); Seven Experiments that Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (1994) (Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Institute for Social Inventions); Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals (1999) (Winner of the Book of the Year Award from the British Scientific and Medical Network); The Sense of Being Stared At, And Other Aspects of the Extended Mind (2003); Trialogues at the Edge of the West With Ralph Abraham and Terence McKenna (1992); and Natural Grace: Dialogues on Science and Spirituality (1996) and The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet (1996) with Matthew Fox.

Bruce Silverman

B.A., History, Washington University, 1968 | M.A., Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, 1973

Bruce Silverman is a practitioner of Afro-Cuban/Haitian, and Brazilian drumming, North Indian Classical music/drumming and is a performer with Batucaje, a Brazilian Folkloric Ensemble, and co-founder and Director of the Performance Troupe. He is founder of Sons and Daughters of Orpheus, a community of artists, musicians, drummer/ritualists and healers which he directs, now in its 19th year. Bruce has been offering healing work in California and throughout the US for over 25 years and has a private counseling practice in the east bay. Bruce and the Sons of Orpheus have appeared on NBC-TV nationally, and in a feature article in Newsweek Magazine. Bruce has worked with Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Mimi Fariña, Caroline Casey, Matthew Fox, and Jean Shinoda Bolen, and has been interviewed by Charlie Rose. He has taught or presented in many locations, including: the Zellerbach Auditorium, The Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco) the Esalen Institute, Grace Cathedral, and the San Francisco Aids Foundation. He teaches Body Prayer, From Drum Time to Dream Time, and Men’s Rites of Passage.

Gyorgyi Szabo

Ph.D., (Summa Cum Laude) University of Paris-Sorbonne – in Sociology | M.A., University of Wales Trinity Saint David – in Philosophy | B.A. (Hons) Birkbeck College, University of London – in Philosophy

Gyorgyi serves as Ubiquity University’s Director of Academic Research and Program Development and Dean of Doctoral Studies at the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies. She was a Co-Founder and Academic Dean of the Ervin László Center for Advanced Study (ELCAS). She served as Director of Research and Development of the Center’s Exploratoria Program. She was co-creator of the WorldShift International Foundation, and the WorldShift 2012 organizations, and currently serves as Member of the Advisory Board of the Memnosyne Foundation. She collaborated with Ervin Laszlo in preparing some of the meetings of the World Cultural Forum in China and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Budapest France. In 2012, she founded and now serves as a president of UniverSoul, a Hub for Conscious Evolution in Paris, in association with Barbara Marx Hubbard. Gyorgyi lectures worldwide and has published papers in The Scientific and Medical Network’s Review, The Shift Network, and World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. She translated from Italian to English The Basic Code of the Universe: The Science of the Invisible of Physics, Medicine and Spirituality by Dr Massimo Citro. Gyorgyi is also a trained Reiki and Reconnective Healing practitioner. She has lived in America, England, Italy and Spain. She currently lives in Paris, France. Her holistic approach to metaphysics and interest in conscious evolution serves as foundation for her work in facilitating cooperative evolution toward a peaceful and sustainable world.

Jeremy Taylor

B.A., Psychology and English Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1961 | M.A., American Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1972 | D.Min. University of Creation Spirituality, 2001

Dr. Jeremy Taylor, a Unitarian Universalist minister, has worked with dreams for over twenty-five years; he blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective. Past president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, he has written three books integrating dream symbolism, mythology, and archetypal energy. Jeremy is Director of Wisdom University’s Institute for Archetypal Studies and Projective Dreamwork. He teaches Archetypes: Wounded Healer and Willing Sacrifice, Empowering Your Passion for Social Change, Dreamwork and Ethics: Dreams and Liberation, Counsels of the Night: Dreams as Messengers; Dreams: Cross Cultural Contexts and Personal Visions Exploring the Personal and Collective Unconscious with an Open Heart. Universal Themes in Myths and Dreams, Dreamwork and Social Change, Dreams and Spirituality, Dream Work: Discovering the Deep Myths Underlying Personal Development; and Dreams: Exploring the Archetypes of Wounded Healer & Willing Sacrifice.

Will Taegel

Ph.D., Wisdom University |D. Min, Graduate Theological Union | M. Div., Emory University, Summa Cum Laude | B. A., McMurry University, Summa Cum Laude | Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Texas

Will Taegel brings an integral approach to his work at Wisdom University as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Academic Council. He weds his Native American background and traditional training in shamanic circles with his 30 year practice of psychotherapy, including a stint as Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners in Psychotherapy. He balances his academic interest in evolution and trauma with the spiritual practice of rain water collection, solar and wind energy, and environmental restoration. Dr. Taegel is the author of 8 books and numerous professional articles. He was among the first researchers to connect clinical and cultural disturbance with human estrangement from the sacred core of Nature and, in that regard, to build a number of ongoing eco-spiritual communities and is the co-founder, with Judith Yost, of an eco-spiritual, integral practice community called the Earthtribe.

Judith Yost

D.Min., University of Creation Spirituality | M.S.W., University of Houston | B.B.A., University of Oregon

Judith Yost is a licensed psychotherapist and counselor in practice for 30 years. She is the Co-Director, with her spouse Will Taegel, of the Center for Creative Resources, Inc. As Dean of Students at Wisdom University, Judith Yost, brings a rich collage of experience and education. For eleven years she served as field, practicum faculty at the University of Houston as graduate student advisor and clinical supervisor. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Creation Spirituality researched mystical and transformational encounters with Nature, a reflection of her deep connection with the Earth and experience in creating Eco-Spiritual Communities with her spouse, Dr. Will Taegel. She is the author of the book, Nature and Intimacy.

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