About Us – Our Faculty
Jim Garrison - President of Ubiquity University
Will Taegel - Dean, Wisdom School of Graduate Studies
Gyorgyi Szabo - Dean of Doctoral Studies
Judith L. Yost - Dean of Students
Claire Garrison - Director of Faculty Relations
Chandra Alexandre, Ph.D.
HeatherAsh Amara, Ph.D. (cand)
Carolyn Atkinson, Ph.D., R.N.
Lynn Bell, M.A.
Diane Berke, Ph.D.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D.
Bruce Chilton, Ph.D., M.Div
C.Y. Kaleo Ching, M.A.
Apela Colorado, Ph.D
Daniel Deslauriers, Ph.D.
Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D.
Lawrence L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Duane Elgin, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. (hon)
Stanislav Grof, Ph.D., M.D.
Andrew Harvey, Ex-Fellow All soul’s, Oxford
Jim Hickman, M.A.
Jean Houston, Ph.D.
Deborah Koff-Chapin, B.F.A.
Ervin László, Ph.D.
Katherine McIver, Ph.D.
Peter Merry, M.Sc., Ph.D. (cand)
Raymond Moody, M.D., Ph.D.
Caroline Myss, Ph.D
Robert A. Powell, Ph.D.
Paul Ray, Ph.D.
Christian de Quincey, Ph.D.
Calen Rayne, DMin, M.F.A.
Karen Rivers, Ph.D.
Mark Ryan, Ph.D.
Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D.
Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.
Bruce Silverman, M.A., Ph.D. (Hon)
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D.
Jeremy Taylor, D.Min.
Linda Tucker, M.A.
Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies
MBA, Presidio School of Management
M.A., California Institute of Integral Studies
D.Min., University of Creation Spirituality
A.B., Columbia College, Columbia University
Chandra Alexandre is the founding director of SHARANYA (www.sharanya.org), a federally-recognized temple whose mission is to promote healing, truth, and personal transformation through integration of embodied worship, spiritual discipline and devotion in order to create an engaged spirituality in service to social justice. Chandra is a regular pilgrim to the birthplace of Tantra in northeastern India, where she studies and practices with her teachers. She was first initiated into the mysteries of the dark goddess in 1998 in Puri, Orissa on the dakshinacara path, and then, five years later, she accepted the non-dualistic path of vamacara Tantra at Kamakhya outside of Guwahati in Assam. Her maternal grandmother was her first guide into the ways of spirit in the world. Chandra is known for her passionate engagement of theory and practice through her courses on women’s spirituality, ecofeminism and tantra. She serves on the Board of Directors for several community-based nonprofit organizations committed to the empowerment of women and girls. Originally from New York, Chandra has, since 1995, called San Francisco home.
HeatherAsh Amara is 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 the Wisdom School she is delighted to offer the Wisdom School women a bridge for connecting ancient and modern learning modalities and teachings.
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.’
B.A., English Literature, Northern Illinois University
Lynn Bell is a Paris-based speaker, teacher, author and consultant in astrology, whose work spans multiple cultures. 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 more than 25 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 the Wisdom School, as well as for Caroline Myss and CMED. 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, which explores family patterns in astrology, and co-author of the Mars Quartet (with Darby Costello, Liz Greene and Melanie Reinhart). Her articles have appeared in the Mountain Astrologer, the AA Journal, Meridian and many other publications. Lynn also helped create L'Association Française d'Astropsychologie in Paris.
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.
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.
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, go to: www.flickr.com/photos/kaleoching/sets/72157606679759399/ or view YouTube Video
Ph.D., Brandeis University
M.S., University of Wisconsin
B.A., University of Wisconsin
Dr. Apela Colorado, a member of the Oneida tribe and traditional cultural practitioner, created the first doctoral program in traditional knowledge at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also established the Spirit Camp cultural revitalization project at the University of Alaska and began the Native Social Work concentration at the University of Calgary. With assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency, Dr. Colorado 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. Dr. Colorado is Director of the Indigenous Mind Concentration.
Ph.D. University of Montreal
Dr. Deslauriers received his Ph.D. from the University of Montreal and serves as Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies.
He conducted research at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and the Chronopsychology Laboratory, Carleton University (Ontario). He lived in Indonesia and has studied the religion and sacred arts of Bali, and trained in Gamelan music and Balinese dance. He was co-founder of the Montreal Center for the Study of Dreams. Dr. Deslauriers co-authored Le rêve: sa nature, sa fonction et une methode d'analyse (P.U.Q., 1987), has published articles on epistemology and narrative research, and has co-authored (with Fariba Bogzaran), Integral Dreaming (SUNY Press, 2012). His professional interests in consciousness studies include: traditional and contemporary approaches to dreams and imagination, embodied consciousness, spiritual intelligence, and integral psychology. Dr. Deslauriers is a practitioner and teacher of Unity in Motion, a bodymind integrative practice and contact improvisation.
Ph.D., Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH
M.A., Antioch University
Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chishti) is an independent scholar with a background in hermeneutics, Middle Eastern languages, and sacred movement. For eight 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. Dr. Douglas-Klotz 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. Neil 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 he initiated the Abwoon Interspiritual Leadership Program, a three-year program for spiritual directors, interfaith ministers, retreat directors and meditation instructors.
Lawrence L. Edwards
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University
A.B., Occidental College
Dr. 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 The Wisdom School, California Institute of Integral studies, Saint Thomas University, Genesis Farm, as well as through an at-Home/online program. He also teaches Celtic Spirituality and the New Cosmology at the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies.
Ph.D. (honorary), California Institute of Integral Studies (2001)
M.A. economic-history, University of Pennsylvania (1969)
M.B.A. Wharton Business School (1968)
B.A. College of Idaho (1966)
Duane Elgin, Wharton MBA and MA is an internationally recognized author, speaker and trans-partisan media activist. His books include: Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Awakening Earth. He has done studies on the long-range future since the early 1970s while working as a social scientist on a Presidential Commission on the American Future. That was followed by diverse studies of the long-range future at the think-tank, SRI International. In the 1980s, he was a media activist and community organizer, focusing primarily on the San Francisco Bay Area. Duane is the co-founder of three trans-partisan organizations working to use the new social media to give citizens a greater voice in the future. In 2006, Duane received the international Goi Peace Award in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His current work involves bringing together more than a dozen “Great Transition Stories” that offer new ways of understanding our time of profound global change. His personal website is: www.DuaneElgin.com and his professional website is: GreatTransitionStories.org.
Ph.D., Cambridge University
M.T.S, Harvard Divinity School
B.A., University of Santa Clara
Dr. Jim Garrison served as President and Chairman of Wisdom University (now the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies) from 2005–2012, and is now President of Ubiquity University. Previously, he founded and served 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 brought together leaders from around the world in a variety of disciplines to its annual and regional conferences and catalyzed the creation of several independent organizations. Dr. 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). He teaches several courses at the Wisdom School, including the core course Wisdom & Civilization.
Alex Grey is best known for his paintings of the multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving the physical and biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His visual meditations on the nature of life and consciousness are contained in the monograph, Sacred Mirrors: The Visionary Art of Alex Grey, published in five languages. His second book, The Mission of Art explores art as a spiritual practice. His third book, Transfigurations, published in 2001, expands on the visual imagery of his first book. Alex’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 a solo exhibition in Tokyo to accompany the Japanese translation of Sacred Mirrors. Alex taught for 10 years at New York University, as well as at Rhode Island School of Design and Philadelphia College of Art. His 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, for which his album art 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 currently located in New York City.
Ph.D., Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences
M.D., Charles University School of Medicine, Czechoslovakia
Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Dr. Stan Grof is a psychiatrist with more than 50 years of experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness. In 1967, Dr. Grof was invited by Johns Hopkins University to be a clinical and research fellow. After completing his fellowship, Stan 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 Johns Hopkins. Stan then developed Holotropic Breathwork, an innovative form of experiential psychotherapy, with his wife, Christina. Currently, he is professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Among his publications are more than 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 Holotropic Mind; Books of the Dead; The Cosmic Game; The Transpersonal Vision; The Consciousness Revolution; Psychology of the Future; When the Impossible Happens: and The Ultimate Journey.
ExFellow of All Souls College, Oxford
Andrew Harvey is a poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar and lecturer. At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. England’s highest academic honor. He has taught at Oxford, Cornell, Hobart and Smith Colleges, California Institute of Integral Studies, and UCS. Honors he has received include the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award and the Christmas Humphries Award. He is the author and editor of over 30 books including: The Return of the Mother and Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ, and The Direct Path. He is Founder and Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, and his forthcoming book The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism is being published in fall 2009.
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.
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 www.TouchDrawing.com.
Osprey Orielle Lake
MA, Holy Names University
BA, UC, Santa Cruz
Osprey Orielle Lake, MA is a lifelong advocate of social and environmental justice issues. She is the Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus and serves on the Legislative Assistance Working Group for Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Osprey has traveled to five continents studying ancient and modern cultures while making presentations at international conferences and universities. She is the Founder/Artist of the International Cheemah Monument Project, creating 18 foot bronze sculpture monuments for locations around the world, where people can ponder a better future for the earth and humanity. Her themes concern new cultural narratives and the way public imagery and stories either enhance or distance our relationship with the Earth. Osprey’s unique perspectives as a renowned international sculptor and public speaker on environmental issues have been featured on both national and European television. Awards include the National Women’s History Project Honoree, “Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” and the Woman of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award from the California Federation of Business and Professional Women. Uprisings for the Earth won a 2011 Nautilus Book Award.
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.
Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
M.A., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
M.A., Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality, Holy Names College
BA, University of Michigan
Katherine McIver is an artist, spiritual guide, and expressive arts therapist/educator. She is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and has a private practice offering individual sessions and workshops in Sausalito, California. She is currently a faculty mentor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Global Program. Katherine also teaches at ITP, California State, Chico, Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, and Naropa University. She has exhibited her clay sculptures in New Zealand, Minnesota, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and currently at the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa. She teaches: Spirit into Form: The Experience of Clay as Spiritual Practice.
MSc in Human Ecology, Edinburgh University
BA Combined Honours in French and German, Exeter University, UK
Peter Merry is a co-founder of the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies 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 the Wisdom School and in the advanced stages of ECOtherapy training.
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.
Ph.D., Greenwich University
M.A., Mundelein/Loyola University
B.A. - Journalism, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Dr. 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 with 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 this time, Dr. Myss developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that partners specific emotional/psychological/physical/spiritual stress patterns with the specific diseases these patterns create or influence. This analysis proved so accurate that it became the subject of a book co-written by Caroline and Norm, The Creation of Health. In 1996, Caroline compiled her medical intuitive experience with her work in the field of human consciousness for the book, Anatomy of the Spirit, a New York Times bestseller 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. The Institute draws students from 19 nations and across the United States. In 2004, her sixth book, Invisible Acts of Power, again was a New York Times bestseller as was Entering the Castle: Spiritual Direction for Dialoging With Your Soul, published in 2007. Her latest book is Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason, published 2009. Caroline is on the Board of Directors of Ubiquity University.
Robert A. Powell
Ph.D., Polish Academy of Science
M.S., University of Sussex
Dr. Powell was a student mathematics at the University of Sussex when he developed an interest in astronomy. This, in turn, led him to explore the roots of astrology, the ancient science of the connections between the stars and human beings. In the early 1970’s, while researching these fields at the British Museum Library in London, Robert discovered the Rudolf Steiner Bookshop and Library. Steiner’s anthroposophy or spiritual science became the esoteric or spiritual context in which he was to work: a path and a guide. Dr. Powell, completed a training in eurythmy, a new art of movement developed by Steiner. Dr. Powell has authored several books: on Astronomy (The Zodiac: A Historical Survey; The Sidereal Zodiac; History of the Planets; History of the Houses); Astrology (Hermetic Astrology, vols. I and II; and Christian Hermetic Astrology: The Star of the Magi and the Life of Christ); and Anthroposophy (Cosmic Aspects of the Foundation Stone). Recent works include: Chronicle of the Living Christ, The Sign of the Son of Man in the Heavens, The Christ Mystery, The Sophia Teachings (book and tapes), and The Most Holy Trinosophia. Dr. Powell is co-founder of the Sophia Foundation of North America and founder of the Choreocosmos School of Cosmic and Sacred Dance.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
B.A., Yale University
In the 1980s, Dr. Paul Ray designed and ran the original survey research that identified the Cultural Creatives. His current research includes surveys on developments beyond left and right in politics, the new “political compass,” and theoretical and practical work with NGOs, new political groups and governments, and green and socially responsible businesses on the design of a new Wisdom civilization. Formerly, Dr. Ray 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. He has also been chief of policy research on energy conservation in the department of energy, mines and resources of the Canadian government; and associate professor of urban planning and a faculty associate of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ray is currently the Director of the Institute of the Emerging Wisdom Culture at the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies.
Christian de Quincey
Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies (2000) - in “Philosophy and Religion”
M.A., John F. Kennedy University (1995) - in “Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies”
B.A., College of Commerce, Dublin (1970) - in “Journalism”
Dr. Christian de Quincey is an award-winning author, teacher, philosopher, journalist, entrepreneur, and an international speaker on the nature of consciousness and the role of the mind in practical affairs. He presents at conferences and workshops in the United States and Europe.
Dr. de Quincey is a professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University, and a recent faculty member of the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies. He is also Dean of Consciousness Studies at the University of Philosophical Research and adjunct faculty in the Holmes Institute’s masters degree program in Consciousness Studies, as well as guest faculty at Schumacher College, Devon, England. Dr. de Quincey is founder and director of The Wisdom Academy, offering personal and professional mentorships in Consciousness Studies, and co-founder of The Visionary Edge, committed to transforming global consciousness by transforming mass media.For 12 years, he served as managing editor on Shift (formerly IONS Review) from the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
His books include the award-winning Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter (Invisible Cities Press, 2002); Radical Knowing: Understanding Consciousness through Relationship (Park Street Press, 2005); Consciousness from Zombies to Angels (Park Street Press, 2009); and Deep Spirit: Cracking the Noetic Code (Wisdom Academy Press, 2009). With Willis Harman, he co-authored The Scientific Exploration of Consciousness (Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1996). Before moving into academia, he was a marketing/PR executive, and, before that, a professional journalist for national newspapers and magazines including The Irish Times, the London Sunday Times, and the science journal Nature.
He served on the advisory committee for the University Arizona’s Center for Consciousness Studies and co-chaired the program committee for the University of Arizona‘s “Spirituality & Healing” conference.
1993–1994 Post Doc, Psychology, Stanford University
1986–1992 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin
1983–1986 MA, Behavioral/Social Science, University of Texas, San Antonio
1975-1979 BPhil, Philosophy, Wayne State University, Detroit
Marilyn Schlitz is a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, and charismatic public speaker. She is currently the President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has also served as President and CEO. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders. She is currently producing a feature film with Deepak Chopra.
D.Min. Wisdom University
MFA, Naropa University
B.A., Purdue University
Rev. Dr. Rayne is a Unitarian Universalist Lay Community Minister and Spiritual Director in Asheville, NC. In both his Spiritual Direction and Earth Medicine practices, Dr. Rayne draws on experience and training in following disciplines: labyrinth, reiki, kaballah, meditation, energy healing, Himalayan singing bowl, earth energies, feng shui/space clearing, dowsing, contemplative brush, Egyptian Bio-geometry, alchemy, sacred geometry, Druid geomancy and medical intuitive work. He has trained with alchemists of the first religion of the Himalayas (nameless religion), known as "patterns of heaven and earth" or "sacred conventions." Dr. Rayne builds labyrinths, designs and consults on sacred landscapes, and produces energy mandalas and altars for healing. He serves as President of Healing and Expressive arts chapter of UU Society for Community Ministries and is a member of Spiritual Director's International, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Association for Transpersonal Psychology and American Academy of Religion.
Ph.D., Wisdom School of Graduate Studies
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 New Chartres School.
Ph.D. and M. Phil., Yale University
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
B.A., University of St. Thomas
Mark B. Ryan is former Associate Dean of the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies and former Chair of the Board of Directors of Wisdom University. 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.
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cambridge University
B.A. Cambridge University
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 75 scientific papers and 10 books. A former research fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University. He then studied philosophy at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Clare College, where he completed a Ph.D. in biochemistry. From 1968 to 1969, based in the botany department of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Dr. Sheldrake studied rain forest plants. From 1974 to 1985 he was principal plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India. While in India, Rupert also lived for 1-1/2 years 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. Dr. Sheldrake’s ten books include: 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).
Ph.D. (Hon.) Wisdom University
M.A., John F. Kennedy University
B.A., Washington University
Bruce Silverman has devoted most of his professional life to the practice of art as healing. He is a drummer, music therapist, counselor, teacher, and ritual-maker. In 1987 he founded, and continues to direct the Sons and Daughters of Orpheus, a community of artist-healers utilizing drum and chant, movement and dance, sacred circle work, and most of all ritual: the “art of arts.” They were highlighted in a 1992 Newsweek feature article exploring the role of drumming as a healing modality for men and was the subject of his interview with Charlie Rose on CBS Television in 1993. He has worked with Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Mimi Farina, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Caroline Casey, and has been on the faculty of Matthew Fox’s University of Creation Spirituality, Naropa University, and currently the Wisdom School. He teaches an innovative blend of drumming and embodied dream work, From the Drum Time to the Dream Time, as well as Rites of Passage for Men, The Art of Ritual, The Dream as Ritual Encounter, and also Body Prayer and Group Process. His approach to art as healing encompasses personal therapeutic work, group work, community ritual, (such as The Day of the Dead Processionals) and sacred activism as planetary transformation. He and his troupe of artist-ritual healers have had numerous presentations including those at Zellerbach Auditorium, Grace Cathedral, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Esalen Institute, The Ojai Foundation, The Bioneers Conference, and The San Francisco Aids Foundation. Bruce advises students who choose a focus of art and healing in their degree program at the Wisdom School.
Ph.D., (Summa Cum Laude) University of
Paris-Sorbonne - in Sociology
M.A., University of Wales Trinity Saint David -
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.
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 role as Dean of the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies. 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.
Ph.D., Saybrook Institute
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.
D.Min., University of Creation Spirituality
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Jeremy Taylor, a Unitarian Universalist minister, ordained in 1980, has worked with dreams for more than thirty-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 four books integrating dream symbolism and archetypes, mythology, and sacred story. Jeremy is Co-Director of the Wisdom School’s Institute for Archetypal Studies and Projective Dreamwork. He teaches classes on Archetypes; Empowering Your Passion for Social Change; Dreamwork and Ethics: Dreams and Liberation; Cross Cultural Contexts and Personal Visions Exploring the Personal and Collective Unconscious; Universal Themes in Myths and Dreams; Dreams and Spirituality; Dream Work AND the Deep Myths Underlying Personal Development.
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
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 School of Graduate Studies, 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. Her abiding interest is the elegant connection between rigorous intellect and the profound interior.
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Globe As Classroom
In addition to our dimensionalized pedagogy, Wisdom School of Graduate Studies operates with the world as our classroom. We hold our classes at selected venues all around the United States and abroad. This is essential if we are to be global in scope rather than simply trying to get students to come to a specific campus in a specific country for instruction in campus classrooms. The Wisdom School’s “globe as classroom” capacity allows us to provide two very unique and inter-related offerings:
• We take our Intensives and our faculty to our students. Our students come from all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. We thus hold our Intensives on the west and east coasts of the United States, in Canada, in Europe, and in Asia. Europeans, for example, can obtain graduate degrees without ever coming to the United States. In the spirit of a global institution, we take our faculty, students and alumni to where teaching can have the most potency.
• We connect sacred subjects with sacred sites. It is one thing to study Mary Magdalene and the Black Madonna in a classroom in San Francisco or Atlanta. It is a completely different matter to study these themes in France in the traditional places associated with Mary Magdalene and where some of the most dramatic Black Madonna sites can be found. We believe that in a globalized world we should be taking our instruction to the students and our students to the world.
We do not know of another institution of higher learning that has embraced the notion of globe as classroom with quite the intensity of our graduate school. This commitment is the cornerstone of who we are and what we intend for our students in a globalizing world.
It is with all the above in place that the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies approaches the challenge of setting the gold standard for full spectrum transformational learning. This endeavor is not a new challenge but a challenge that has emerged out of the very success of what we have become as a global learning community dedicated to catalyzing personal and professional transformation within the context of granting academic degrees.