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The Chairs of Wisdom University are individuals of distinction who are widely recognized as contemporary wisdom teachers and who teach and conduct research and other programs at Wisdom University.

Oberto Airaudi  -  Damanhurian Studies (website)  

Born in Balangero in 1950, Oberto Airaudi is a philosopher, healer, writer and painter. He is the founder and spiritual guide of the Federation of Damanhur in Italy. Founded  in 1975, Damanhur is an eco-society and UN-award winning model for a sustainble future. It is based upon spiritual principles and promotes a culture of peace and balanced development.

The spiritual path Oberto Airaudi proposes leads to the awakening of the inner Master through study, experimentation, the full expression of individual potential, and the overcoming of all dogmatic attitudes.  At the basis of this is the conviction that every human being shares a divine nature, which is to be awakened within oneself, through action and interaction with others. As a consequence, it is a society in continual evolution and transformation, based upon the respect and appreciation for differences. Damanhur is internationally known for its Temples of Humankind, an extraordinary underground complex of Halls dedicated to the reawakening of every human being. The construction of the Temples has been inspired  by Oberto Airaudi, based on a vision which provided the blueprint for the design. In Damanhur, in accordance with the citizens’ custom of being called by animal names, Oberto Airaudi uses the name “Falco”.

Angeles Arrien: Cultural Anthropology (website)

Ph.D. California Institute for Integral Studies

M.A. University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Angeles Arrien is an anthropologist, educator, award-winning author and consultant. Dr. Arrien is the Founder and President of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. Her research and teaching have focused on values and beliefs shared by humanity cross-culturally, and on the integration and application of multi-cultural wisdom in contemporary settings. She teaches universal components of leadership skills, communication, health care and education. Her work reveals how indigenous wisdom is relevant in our families, professional lives, and relationship with the Earth. Dr. Arrien is the author of The Four-Fold WayTM: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary, all published by HarperCollins, San Francisco, and Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them, winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award. Most recently, she has published The Nine Muses: A Mythological Path to Creativity (Tarcher/Putnam). She has also written numerous articles and teaching modules on a variety of topics and has received three honorary doctorates.

Lauren Artress: Labyrinthian Mysteries (website)

D.Min., Andover Newton Theological School

Analytic Training, Institute of Religion and Health

M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary

B.A., Ohio State University

The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress serves as a Canon at Grace Cathedral. In 1996 she created Veriditas, a non-profit organization dedicated to re-introducing people to the healing and meditative powers of the labyrinth, a 12th century mystical tool symbolic of the Path of Life. Dr. Artress offers workshops and lectures worldwide on the labyrinth and on Hildegard of Bingen. She also teaches a yearly program in Chartres, France, called Walking a Sacred Path that nurtures spiritual maturity. In addition to her ordination as an Episcopal priest, Dr. Artress 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 as a Spiritual Tool. Lauren is also the Co-Director of Wisdom University's certificate program in The Art of Spiritual Direction.

Alex Grey: Sacred Art (website #1; website #2)

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.

Stanislav Grof: Transpersonal Psychotherapy (website)

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.

Christina Grof: Transpersonal Psychotherapy (website)

Ph.D. (Hon.) Wisdom University

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College

Christina Grof has been active for almost 30 years in the field of Transpersonal Psychology. She is an author, teacher, artist, psychotherapist, founder and advisor to the board of the Spiritual Emergence Network, co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork, past-President of Grof Transpersonal Training, and Vice-President Emeritus of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Christina studied with mythologist Joseph Campbell and poet Muriel Rukeyser. Christina is the author of The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path, the forthcoming memoir, The Eggshell Landing, and is currently working on a book of her paintings. Her other books, written with Stan Grof, are Beyond Death; Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis; and The Stormy Search for the Self. All of her books have been translated into many languages.

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.

Jean Houston: Social Artistry (website) (

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.

Barbara Marx Hubbard: Conscious Evolution (website)

Ph.D., Emerson Institute

B.A, Bryn Mawr College

Barbara Marx Hubbard is a graduate of Political Science, and studied at La Sorbonne and L'Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris during her junior year. She worked closely with Dr. Jonas Salk and was one of the original contributors to the Salk Institute. In 1984, her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. Barbara is one of the original directors of the Center for Soviet American Dialogue and served as a citizen diplomat during the late 1980's. She has helped found many organizations and initiatives including the World Future Society, New Dimensions Radio, Global Family, Women of Vision and Action, The Foundation for the Future, and the Association for Global New Thought. She was awarded the first Doctorate in Conscious Evolution by Emerson Institute. Barbara is now President of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. Barbara's books include: Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence, The Evolutionary Journey: Your Guide to a Positive Future, The Hunger of Eve: One Woman's Odyssey toward the Future, and Revelation: Our Crisis is a Birth.

Dr. Raymond Moody: Afterlife Studies (website)

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. 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. is the leading authority on the near-death experience — a phrase he coined in the late seventies. Dr. '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. trains Hospice workers, clergy, psychologists, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals in all aspects of his work. Dr. 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 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.

Caroline Myss: Energy Medicine (website #1, website #2)

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 Wisdom University.

Paul H. Ray: Emerging Wisdom Culture (website)

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 Wisdom University.

Rupert Sheldrake: Holistic Science (website)

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).

Linda Tellington-Jones - Interspecies Connections (website)

Ph.D. (Hon.) Wisdom University

Feldenkrais Certification, Institute of Humanistic Psychology, San Francisco 

Linda Tellington-Jones is an internationally-acclaimed teacher in the field of animal and human well-being, and an award winning contributor to the world of horse training for over 40 years. In the 1980s she introduced the world to Tellington Ttouch, a gentle, hands-on technique to promote healing and well-being in animals. Linda's work in the field of humans, called “Ttouch for You: Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit,” is based on activating cellular intelligence and Whole Brain Learning. With more than 1,000 certified Tellington Ttouch practitioners in 27 countries, 15 books in 12 languages, contributions to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, prime time television documentaries and numerous awards, her influence in the world of health and healing—for animals and humans—reaches around the world. Linda is Director of Wisdom University's Institute for Interspecies Connections.

Linda Tucker: White Lion Leadership (website)

Dr. Linda Tucker is founder the Global White Lion Protection Trust, a South African based on-profit conservation and community development organization, which is dedicated to protecting the White Lions (which were 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.

Marion Woodman: Feminine Spirituality (website)

Ph.D., University of Toronto

LLD, University of Western Ontario

HBA, University of Western Ontario

Marion Woodman is a mythopoetic author and one of the most powerful teachers of our time in the area of personal transformation and women's spirituality. She is a Jungian analyst trained at the Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. Among her collaborations with other authors, she has written with Thomas Moore, Jill Mellick, and Robert Bly. She is author of over a dozen books, including, "The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter"; "Addiction to Perfection"; "The Pregnant Virgin"; "The Ravaged Bridegroom"; "Leaving My Father's House"; "Conscious Femininity"; "Dancing in the Flames" (with Elinor Dickson); "Coming Home to Myself" (with Jill Mellick); "The Forsaken Garden: Four Conversations on the Deep Meaning of Environmental Illness;" "The Maiden King" (with Robert Bly); and "Bone-Dying Into Life". A visionary in her own right, Marion Woodman has worked with the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung in an original and creative way, developing what she calls "BodySoul" work. The roots of the BodySoul work grow out of a deep respect for dreams, Jung's understanding of the psyche, and the wisdom of the body. Marion has nurtured and developed these roots through her passionate commitment to feminine consciousness both in her writing and her devotion to the embodied soul.


Adjunct Faculty

Chandra Alexandre (website)

Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies

MBA, Presidio School of Management

M.A., California Institute of Integral Studies

A.B., Columbia College, Columbia University

Rashani Chandra Alexandre is the founder and Executive Director of Sharanya, a 501(c)(3) devi mandir (goddess temple) dedicated to the reclamation of the Divine Female and de-pathologizing of the Sacred Male. A hereditary witch and priestess of the Old Religion, Chandra received her introduction to women's mysteries from her grandmother and has, since 1998, explored the embodied spiritual traditions of India during annual pilgrimages there living, learning and worshipping at the sacred seats of Devi. Chandra received diksha (initiation) in India into both dualistic and non-dualistic forms of Tantra and has dedicated herself to Maa Kali. She continues to bridge east and west in her life and practice, helping to reveal the relevance of Devi for our time, and aiding westerners in respectfully approaching the living goddess traditions of India.

Sherry Ruth Anderson

Ph.D., University of Toronto

M.A. University of Toronto

B.A. Goucher College

Sherry Anderson is co-author of The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World (Harmony/Random House, 2000) and The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women (Bantam, 1991). In Canada, she chaired the Department of Psychological Research at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School. Her research in communication and psycholinguistics has been published in many journals and also in her monograph Crazy Talk (Plenum, 1979). As a Senior Research Scientist she consulted to to NIH, NIMH, and the Medical Resarch Council of Canada. Sherry also served as Head Dharma Teacher at the Ontario Zen Center and taught Zen in Europe and Canada. She is an ordained minister in the Diamond Approach to Spiritual Development and has taught groups in the United States and Europe. She is currently exploring the ways in which wise elders develop.

Tg Belcheir

PhD, University of Edinburgh

PhD, University of South Florida

PhD, Yale University

MA, University of Buffalo

BA, University of Buffalo

Rev. Dr. Tg Belcheir is the founder and CEO of Center of Life, Inc. Conference of Churches and Institute of Study founded in April of 1995. The conference is a domestic religious non-profit institution created and dedicated to providing a sacred and safe place for those pursuing a Call to Holy Orders and Ordination. Dr. Belcheir is also the Executive Director of the Boise Idaho Research Group of the Mendicant Foundation, an independent group for the study of the language of the sub-conscious mind. She was born in Argentia, Newfoundland Canada and grew up in Connecticut and upstate New York. While attending Saint Gregory's Prep School for Girls, she made her decision to enter the Vocation and become a Roman Catholic Nun. Through the vocation she attended the University of Buffalo, New York and acquired both her Bachelors and Masters in Science. Her intentions were to pursue Medicine and went on to Yale. Her vocation orders changed and she received a Doctorate in Philosophy, which then led to being a part of the comparative study team of Vatican I and II. Leaving the vocation in 1983, Dr. Belcheir received a Doctorate in Behavioral Science from the University of South Florida and is a Certified Behavioral Analyst. Dr. Belcheir received her third doctorate in Parapsychology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is presently working on compiling the research of the Language of the Subconscious and preparing it for publication.

Lynn Bell

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 Wisdom University, 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.

Diane Berke (website)

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.

Dorsey O. Blake (website)

D.Min., United Theological Seminary

M.Div., Pacific School of Religion

M.A., Pacific School of Religion and the Center for Urban-Black Studies

A.B., Brown University

The Reverend Dorsey Blake is the pastor of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, California. He was founding co-director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality. Dorsey has extensive field ministry experience and works with numerous interfaith groups on justice and peace issues, and was the first full-time, black male professor at the University of Alabama from 1972-77.

Daniel Buford

Ordination, Temple Bible College

Certificate of License to Preach, University of Cincinnati

Adult Education Credential, State of California

The Reverend Daniel Buford is an ordained minister and professional sculptor. He has done graduate studies in African-American History and Linguistics at Xavier University, and the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities Graduate Program in Cincinnati, Ohio. Daniel has been on the faculty of the San Bruno jail, Milpitas School District, and Xavier University, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cincinnati and New College in San Francisco. He has taught incarcerated men and women for several years, designing a curriculum in basic drawing, clay and wood sculpture, which he has been teaching incarcerated men and women for many years. He has also conducted numerous workshops on racism. Daniel is dedicated to justice, peace and the empowerment of the disinherited, and his work has been exhibited widely.

Charles Burack (website)

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Northwestern University

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dr. Charles Burack is currently Chair of the Liberal Arts Department and Director of the B.A. Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University. Dr. Burack is a widely published writer/poet and award-winning scholar. He has written three books and is on the editorial board of Tikkun magazine. In addition to Wisdom University, he teaches at University of California, Berkeley; St. Mary's College; and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Burack is also a spiritual director, career counselor and formerly directed the Chaplaincy Institute's Interfaith Spiritual Direction Program. A former rabbinical student, he is a graduate of the Spiritual Directors' Institute at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.

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 (website)

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 Wisdom University students with Kaleo, go to: or view YouTube Video

Pamela (Apela) Colorado

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 Wisdom University's Indigenous Mind Program, which offers Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

Deidre Combs (website)

D.Min., University of Creation Spirituality

M.A., George Washington University

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison

A consultant, speaker, and credentialed mediator, Deidre Combs coaches individuals and organizations to find possibilities in conflict. In 1994, she founded Combs & Company, whose diverse corporate, nonprofit, and educational clients have included IBM, the Landmine Survivors Network, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. She is author of The Way of Conflict: Elemental Wisdom for Resolving and Transcending Differences, and Worst Enemy, Best Teacher: How to Survive and Thrive with Opponents, Competitors and the People Who Drive You Crazy. She also spent seventeen years in the technology and healthcare sectors as a project manager, software developer and marketing director. She teaches courses on transforming our challenges into opportunity, including "Reinvention of Work: Transforming Conflict and Career," and "Welcoming Change: Techniques to Thrive through Chaos."

Adriana Diaz (website)

M.A., Holy Names College

Graduate study in Analytical Psychology, C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland

California State Elementary Teaching Credential

B.F.A., California State University, Hayward

Adriana Diaz is a Creative Life Coach and Mentor, as well as an exhibiting artist, published writer, and an accomplished dancer. She is the author of Freeing the Creative Spirit, Drawing on the Power of Art to Tap the Magic and Wisdom Within (Harper San Francisco, 1992). She has a Master's Degree in Culture and Spirituality, and taught at the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality at Holy Names College, Oakland, for thirteen years. She has also been on the faculties of the University of Creation Spirituality, New College of San Francisco, and John F. Kennedy University. Adriana has traveled internationally, teaching and lecturing in three languages. She teaches: Painting as Creative Meditation; Creative Dialogs: Painting the Arenas of the Self; Painting to Free the Creative Spirit; "Yes, and..," The Creative Improvisation of Life into Art; and Arts and Contemplative Prayer.

Neil Douglas-Klotz (website #1; website #2)

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 (website)

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 Wisdom University, 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 Wisdom University.

Karuna Erickson (website)

Interfaith Minister, Metaphysical Interfaith Church

M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Stanford University

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. Karuna is 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 at Wisdom University (since 2001).

Jim Garrison (website 1, website 2)

Ph.D., Cambridge University

M.T.S, Harvard Divinity School

B.A., University of Santa Clara

Dr. Jim Garrison became President and Chairman of Wisdom University on February 2, 2005. 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 Wisdom University, including the core course Wisdom & Civilization.

Norma Gentile

M.M., University of Michigan

B.M., University of Michigan

Stretching into both music and Shamanic healing, Norma Gentile blends transmissions she receives from spirit with advanced sound healing. Her formal training in voice at the University of Michigan, combined with her studies in esoteric healing have helped Norma understand how sound affects our ability to heal. She has recorded four CDs of healing chant by Hildegard von Bingen which appeared on CBS TV, demonstrating the properties of Gregorian style chant to relax the physical body, and has been profiled by NPR's All Things Considered. Norma's spiritual transmissions from Archangel Michael appear regularly in the Sedona Journal. She teaches Hildegard & Healing.

Jacqueline B. Hairston

M.A., Columbia University

B.A., Howard University

Jackie Hairston has recently been awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award, and is an accomplished pianist/composer and illustrator of the sacred/secular connection in music. Jackie is former head of the music department at Merritt College, Oakland, California. She is an internationally known composer and arranger of Gospel, jazz and Broadway show tunes. She received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for her work with youth. She teaches: Spiritual World of Gospel Music, Healing the Soul With and Through Music, and African American Sacred Music.

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.

Kabir Helminski

Ph.D. (hon.), Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey

M.A., Institute for Transpersonal Psychology

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. 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

M.FA, Art Institute of Chicago

B.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. Ms. Hereth 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.

Sam Keen

Ph.D., Princeton University

M.A., Princeton University

STB, Harvard Divinity School

B.A., Ursinus College

By his own account, Sam Keen was "over educated" at Harvard and Princeton and was a professor of philosophy and religion at various institutions for 20 years before becoming a contributing editor of Psychology Today. Dr. Keen is a freelance thinker, lecturer, seminar leader and consultant. He is the author of a baker's dozen of books and a co-producer of an award winning PBS documentary, Faces of the Enemy. His work was the subject of a 60-minute PBS special with Bill Moyers - Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen. He has lectured, consulted and conducted workshops in 200+ universities, institutes, corporations and clinics. Dr. Keen has served on the faculties of: Boston University, Lecturer in Religion (1956-8); Douglas College, Lecturer in Religion (1959-60); Princeton Seminary, Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion; Louisville Seminary, Professor of Philosophy of Religion; NIMH postdoctoral Fellow at Western Behavioral Science; Institute and Center for Studies of the Person (1969-70); Prescott College, Professor of Philosophy (1970-71); Professor, Humanistic Psychology Institute (1972); and Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Florida Medical School, (1983). He served as Contributing Editor of Psychology Today (1969-89), and a Contributing Editor to Spirituality and Health (2001-present). Books in print include: Faces of the Enemy; Learning to Fly: Reflections on Fear, Trust, and the Joy of Letting Go); Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man; and Your Mythic Journey.

Deborah Koff-Chapin (website)

BFA, Cooper Union

Founder of The Center for Touch Drawing, which spans therapeutic, educational and spiritual practices, Deborah Koff-Chapin is an artist, vocalist, author, teacher and publisher. She is the developer of a process called Touch Drawing. In this technique, the hands are tools for direct expression of interior awareness. She has taught Touch Drawing at such places as the California Institute of Integral Studies, Antioch University, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the annual conferences of the American Association for Transpersonal Psychology, International Expressive Art Therapy Association, American Art Therapy Association and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. She is the creator and publisher of SOULCARDS 1&2 and author of Drawing Out Your Soul: The Touch Drawing Handbook (1996), and has also produced multi-media educational tools.

Yacine Badian Kouyate

Ph.D., University of California, Davies

M.S., Moscow State University

Yacine Badian Kouyaté of Mali, West Africa, was born into the sacred lineage of the Bambara Jali, the genealogists and epic poets of the Malian society. A prolific song writer a performer and a producer, Yacine sings, plays a myriad of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, kamalengoni, piano, and an ensemble of percussion instruments. As a teacher, Dr. Kouyaté has lectured and led workshops nationwide on the musical and spiritual traditions of the Malian provenance. As a scientist, Yacine has taught classes on recombinant DNA at UC Davies, and been part of a California biotech company pioneering the development of rapid low cost diagnostics tests for the detection of HIV. Yacine has taught courses on Bambara language and culture at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and has served as faculty in the Traditional Knowledge Program, an accredited program associated with the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network. Before coming to the United States, Dr. Kouyaté lived and studied in Mali, France and Russia.  He is fluent in Bambara, Mandinga, Wolof, French, Russian and English.

Osprey Orielle Lake (website)

MA, Culture and Environmental Studies, Holy Names University
BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Osprey Orielle Lake is the founder/artist of the International Cheemah and Mari Monument Projects, which are dedicated to environmental, multicultural and societal themes. Three of her 18 foot tall monuments have been placed in Germany, Spain and in the United States. Through her projects and presentations around the world, Osprey explores art and new narratives as critical tools in societal transformation and in renewing contemporary human/nature relationships. She is one of the world’s few female monument makers working with allegorical images, is on the faculty of two California universities, and works internationally with social and environmental change organizations.

Michael Mansfield

D.Min., University of Creation Spirituality

M.F.A., Arts Educational Schools, London

M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley

B.A., St. Louis University

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 been on the faculty at ICCS/UCS/Wisdom University since 1994. He is on the faculties at Chabot College, 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. Michael serves as academic administrator at the University of California at Berkeley in the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. Michael 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 Wisdom University include: 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, among other topics.

Katherine McIver

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 University, 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.

Barbara McLain

Ed.D., University of San Francisco

M.S., Boston University

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Barbara McLain Ed.D., University of San Francisco M.S., Boston University B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst Barbara McLain has been studying traditional Tibetan Thangka painting for10 years under the instruction of Ang Tsering, a Tibetan thangka painting master who received his instruction from his father, Urgen Dorje, in Kathmandu.

Barbara is also a practicing Vajrayana buddhist who uses her deity paintings in her daily practice. A number of her Tibetan paintings are on view at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute in Cazadero, Ca. She is a former Associate Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco, and has more recently been working with hospice patients at Hospice By The Bay in Larkspur, CA.


M.D., Medical College of Georgia

Ph.D., University of Virginia

M.A., University of Virginia

B.A.,University of Virginia

Dr. Raymond is a 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. 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. He 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. Dr. is the leading authority on the near-death experience -- a phrase he coined in the late seventies. Dr. 's research into the phenomenon of near-death experience had its start in the 1960s. He has received the World Humanitarian Award in Denmark in 1988 and a bronze medal in the Human Relations Category at the New York Film Festival for the movie version of Life After Life

Mary Rockwood Lane (website)

PhD., University of Florida

M.S.N., Boston College

B.S.N., University of Florida

Dr. Mary Rockwood Lane is the co-founder and director emeritus of Shands Arts in Medicine program at University of Florida, Gainesville. She founded and created the first artist in residence program of this type in the country. Dr. Lane led and developed that program for over ten years. She is now an Associate Professor of Nursing at College of Nursing, University of Florida, where she teaches Creativity and Spirituality in Healthcare. Mary is also core faculty with in the Center of Spirituality and Healthcare. She has written many articles on art and healing in peer reviewed journals and is a recognized leader in the field. Dr. Lane is currently developing an end of life program at the University of Florida that integrates spirituality and creativity as well as the arts. She is co-author of Creative Healing, Spirit Body Healing, and The Path of the Feather, Shaman Wisdom - Shaman Healing, and Path to Peace. Mary is the Co-Director of the Art and Healing Program for Wisdom University.

Russill Paul (website)

Birla Institute of Sanskrit Studies, Karnataka

Saccidandanda Ashram

Kalai Kaveri Institute of the Arts, Tiruchy, India

College of Technology and Engineering, Chennai, India

Indian Institute of Engineering Technology, Chennai

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.

Christian de Quincey (website

PhD., 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 Wisdom University. 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.

Calen Rayne (website)  

D.Min. Wisdom University

MFA, Naropa University

B.A., Purdue University

Dr. Rayne is a spiritual director and Minister of Wisdom Tabernacle, an interactive, experiential exploration of world wisdom traditions. In both his spiritual direction and earth medicine practice, Calen draws on experience and training in the following wisdom disciplines: labyrinth, Reiki, Kaballah, Buddhist meditation, energy healing, Himalayan singing bowl, earth energies, sacred landscapes, 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 various indigenous religions, including the first religion of the Himalayas (nameless religion), known as “patterns of heaven and earth” or “sacred conventions.” Calen builds labyrinths, designs and consults on sacred landscapes world-wide, and produces energy mandalas for healing using acrylics and contemplative brush.  Calen is a circuit-rider for Unitarian Universalist churches and member of UU Society for Community Ministries and UU Psi Symposium.

Sophia Reinders (website): 

Ph.D. Ph.D. Saybrook Institute, San Francisco

MFT, Antioch University West, San Francisco

Sophia Reinders is a body-oriented Jungian psychotherapist and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice in San Francisco and Corte Madera, practicing in English, French and German. She is faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, CIIS, where she teaches in the areas of Jungian psychology, Creativity, Expressive Arts, Engaged Depth Psychology, Ecopsychology, Spirituality, and Yoga as Psychospiritual Practice.  

Sophia is a passionate photographer, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, and member of the Doctoral Council of the European Graduate School, EGS, Switzerland. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Sky Mountain Institute for Expressive Arts, and is vice-president of the Board of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology.

Karen Rivers (website):

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.

Kim Rosen (website)

M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College

B.A. Yale University (magna cum laude)

Kim Rosen is a teacher and facilitator of inner work as well as a poet and spoken word artist. For more than 25 years, she has offered trainings, workshops and retreats in North and South America, and the United Kingdom. In 1997 she began learning poems by heart as a personal spiritual practice. Since then she has become a voice for poetry's power to awaken, inspire and heal, offering poetry in venues from concert halls to juvenile lock-down facilities in collaboration with many gifted musicians. Kim has produced a number of CDs featuring innovative interweavings of spoken poetry and music, including Naked Waters (with Cathie Malach and Peter Kater), The Fire and The Rose, Vesica and her most recent, Only Breath (all with Jami Sieber). Currently, she is writing a book about the art of learning, living and speaking poetry by heart.

Bruce Silverman (website)

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 Wisdom University. 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 Wisdom University.

Will Taegel (website)

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 of 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.  He 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. 

Richard Tarnas (website)

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.

Jeremy Taylor (website)

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 Wisdom University'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.  

Edward Tick


Edward Tick, Ph.D. is a holistic psychotherapist, writer, educator, journey guide, activist and veterans’ advocate.  He has been working with veterans and survivors of war, violence and trauma since the late 1970s.  He specializes in using psycho-spiritual, cross-cultural, and international reconciliation practices to help veterans, communities and nations heal.  He is founder and Director of Soldier’s Heart: A Veterans’ Safe Return Program.  This program is of national and international scope with home offices in Troy, N.Y.  Dr. Tick is an adjunct professor in both Communication and Global Studies at the Sage Colleges.  He leads international educational, healing and reconciliation journeys to Greece, Viet Nam and other countries.  Dr. Tick has published 4 books (2 with Quest Books): Sacred Mountain, Encounters with the Vietnam Beast (1989), The Practice of Dream Healing (2001), The Golden Tortoise: Viet Nam Journeys (2005), and most recently, War and the Soul, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Best Psychology Book of 2005.  He is also a poet and is the author of almost 100 articles in psychology, holistic health, mythology and spirituality, literature, philosophy, culture and travel. Ed is a frequent guest lecturer at numerous institutions around the country and world, most recently including Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Judith Tripp, MA, MFT (website)

Judith Tripp is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Workshop Leader, Musician and Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She leads the Women’s Dream Quest at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and around the country and the Pilgrimage to Avalon, a tour of sacred sites in England.

Her workshops draw from her 26 years of experience as a therapist as well as her extensive background in yoga, movement, music, meditation and psycho-spiritual exercise. She as created two CDs- homage – Meditative Solo Flute in Celtic Sacred Sites and Return Again, Songs from the Women’s Dream Quest. She has also written two booklets, The Dream Quest Companion and Poems from a Spring in Chartres. She is at work on Circleway, The Story of the Women’s Dream Quest.

Carolyn Turner

Post Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard University Medical School
Ph.D., Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University
M.S., Montclair State University
B.A., Indiana State University, Magna Cum Laude

Carolyn received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Educational Leadership and her post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard in Pediatrics and Psychiatry, followed by a one semester post-doc in short-term and family therapies with the Mental Research Institute at Stanford University. She then returned to Harvard Medical School where she served on the faculty for many years and supervised the Early Childhood Program at Children's Hospital, Boston. She also maintained an extensive private practice as a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Cambridge. Dr. Turner was a member of a team from Harvard that consulted to Medical Schools throughout the country, and was also Principal Investigator of a Mailman Grant for Early Intervention Assessment and Training for 43 Infant and Family Centers in Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of Zero to Three, the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs in Washington, DC. While attending graduate schools, Dr. Turner served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Development and Special Services in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ school district. She has taught in graduate programs at Montclair State University, New York University, and in a special outreach program of Indiana State University in Women's and Men's Prisons. More recently, she has been Professor of Psychology at La Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, and at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan.

Carol Vaccariello (website)

D.Min., Ecumenical Theological Seminary

LPC Licensed Professional Counselor for State of Michigan

M.Div., Equivalency, Ashland Theological Seminary

M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace College

M.S.E., Saint John College of Ohio

B.A., Notre Dame

Carol Vaccariello 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 on creating a bridge between western, eastern and indigenous spiritual traditions. She is a practicing facilitator of the Labyrinth, a teacher of the Medicine Wheel, and a sacred drum builder. Carol is a teacher, lecturer, ritual leader, healer and spiritual guide. She frequently leads Body Prayer as well as Process Group and teaches Reinvention of Faith Communities. Carol serves as the Director of Ordination Program and is Co-Director of The Art of Spiritual Direction program at Wisdom University.

Neale Donald Walsch:  ( website )

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God. His Conversations With God series of books has been translated into 34 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.

In addition, Neale has published 16 other works, as well as a number of video and audio programs. Available throughout the world, each of the Conversations With God books has made the New York Times Bestseller list, Conversations with God-Book 1occupying that list for over two and half years.

The With God Series has redefined God and shifted spiritual paradigms around the globe. In order to deal with the enormous response to his writings, Neale created the Conversations with God Foundation,  ( ) a non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring the world to help itself move from violence to peace, from confusion to clarity, and from anger to love. Neale's learning programs, for young people and their adult leaders, are shepherded in his nonprofit organization, the School of the New Spirituality. ( )

Neale's work has taken him from the steps of Macchu Picchu in Peru to the steps of the Shinto shrines of Japan, from Red Square in Moscow to St. Peters Square in Vatican City to Tiananmen Square in China. Everywhere he has gone-from South Africa to Norway, from Croatia to The Netherlands, the streets of Zurich to the streets of Seoul, Neale has found a hunger among the people to find a new way to live, at last, in peace and harmony. And everywhere, has sought to bring people a new understanding of life and of God which would allow them to experience that.

Judith Yost (website)

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. Her abiding interest is the elegant connection between rigorous intellect and the profound interior.




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