A Concert with Yuval Ron and the Guibord CenterSaturday, October 19th, 2013, 7pm
St. John's Cathedral, Los Angeles, California
Dialogue, Reception & Book SigningMonday, October 21st, 2013, 7pm
USC, Los Angeles, California
Sousan Abadian is a graduate of Harvard University and a consultant with Cambridge Leadership Associates. Dr. Abadian speaks and leads workshops in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Her areas of expertise include international development, recovery from collective trauma, and conflict transformation. Sousan is of Iranian heritage and Zoroastrian faith, with special inner and outer relationship with Judaism, Christianity and Sufism.
is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology and indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.
. He is a founding co-editor of the peer-review publication, Time and Mind - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture. He has field researched ancient places ranging from European Stone Age sites, to Mayan temples, to vision quest locations in the US, and many more. Besides articles, peer-reviewed papers and magazine columns, he has authored or co-authored 27 books in as many years, including Re-Visioning the Earth, The Sacred Place, Stone Age Soundtracks, and Sacred Geography. www.pauldevereux.co.uk
is Network Manager of the Scientific and Medical Network, a UK-based educational charity. Her main area of interest is complementary medicine. She co-pioneered the first US university courses on the healing uses of essential oils, and organised international conferences on the same theme. She also organised a conference at the Royal Society of Arts, London, dealing with visionary and mystical levels of consciousness. Her books on essential oils, meditation, lucid dreaming and related topics have sold over a million copies in 14 countries.
(Sheldon Isenberg) teaches Jewish Studies and Comparative Mysticism at the University of Florida, and serves as Director of the university's Center for Jewish Studies. A professor and a rabbi, he lectures and offers workshops on applied mysticism, meditation, self-development and relationships.
Satya Inayat Khan is a freelance web developer, martial artist, and chivalry practitioner. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. She can be found online at satyakhan.com, or on twitter @satyakhan.
Deepa Patel is passionate about music, young people, fighting injustice and poverty and nurturing equality and creativity in our world. These areas have been the focus of her work. Her past roles have included work as a music education producer for the BBC, a campaigner on HIV/AIDS for ActionAid, and as a Managing Director of Creative Partnerships (a national UK Government Initiative on creativity in schools). She currently facilitates programs on the art of collaboration and conversation and is Co-Director of Slow Down London, a campaign on how to appreciate and enjoy life at a different pace. Deepa is a member of the Seven Pillars Board of Trustees and lives in England.
Immaginal, a company that grew from her practice of creating scent memory experiences during relaxation therapy protocols. She resides at Temenos, an environmental sanctuary, co-founded with her husband and soul mate, Iggy.is a transpersonal psychologist, a complementary health care consultant, and an ordained minister. She holds a doctorate in biology from New York University and a doctorate in transpersonal psychology from Saybrook Graduate School. She took her herbalist training at David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies. Janet holds the distinction of being the first woman practitioner to present shamanic ritual at the Harvard Divinity School Conference on Reinterpreting Shamanism. In private practice she creates complementary therapies incorporating natural supplements as well as psycho-spiritual techniques. Janet is the founder of
Contributors & Presenters
, Seven Pillars’ original founding Director, who served from 2007 until October 2012, has a background in public service and volunteerism, previously founding, directing, and supporting a variety of organizations. Jennifer was an original shaper of the AmeriCorps national service program, led the nonprofit Hands on Baltimore, and served as the General Manager of the independent publishing house and bookseller, Omega Publications. Jennifer lives in New Lebanon, New York.
Ralph Abraham has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1968, and has held teaching posts at Berkeley, Columbia, Princeton, and many visiting positions in Europe and Asia. He is the author of more than 20 texts, with eight books currently in print. He has been a consultant on chaos theory and its applications in numerous fields (medical physiology, ecology, mathematical economics, psychotherapy, etc.) and is an active editor for the technical journals World Futures, and the International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos. www.ralph-abraham.org
is a writer with many years of experience studying the cultures of the Middle East and South Asia. His main preoccupation is the dialectic between speech and silence, which, particularly through the Sufi tradition, takes on a profoundly important role in times of crisis.
holds a doctorate in economic theory from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently teaches economics at the City College of San Francisco, CA, where he lives with his wife. His research focuses on the political economy of prisons and crime. Asatar is a student of meditation, and enjoys running, tai chi, sculpture, and philosophy.
is a bishop in the Mennonite Church, with responsibility for six churches in the Bronx, New York. He is also a dynamic preacher and inspirational speaker who has appeared to great acclaim at countless religious convocations and conferences. He is much-in-demand as a retreat leader, with special expertise in spiritual transformation and peacemaking; he has done ground-breaking work in urban peacemaking. Reverend Banks has taught throughout the United States, in Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa. He has presented at seminaries, including the Westminster Methodist Seminary in Philadelphia, and at universities, including Notre Dame University. He is recognized as an extraordinary preacher, and was selected as one of the 10 top preachers in his denomination.
is a leader within the Jewish Renewal Movement, a facilitator for the Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah, an author, and ESOL educator. She is founding Director of the Riverside Language Program, an intensive English language school for adult legal immigrants and refugees. She co-authored Tales of Tikkun, Getting Into It, and with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven: The Jewish Life-Spiral as a Spiritual Path.
Adam Bucko is an activist and spiritual director to New York City’s homeless youth. He grew up in Poland during the totalitarian regime, where he explored the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. Adam emigrated to the US at 17, but his desire to lead a meaningful life sent him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where a brief encounter with a homeless child led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth. Upon returning to the US, Adam worked with homeless youth in cities around the country. He co-founded The Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City's homeless youth. Additionally, Adam established HAB, an ecumenical and inter-spiritual contemplative fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism. Adam is a recipient of several awards and his work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine and Sojourner Magazine. www.reciprocityfoundation.org and www.adambucko.com
William C. Chittick, Ph.D. is professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He has lectured around the world and published 30 books and numerous articles on Islamic intellectual history, concentrating on the interface between Sufism and philosophy. His books include The Sufi Path of Love, The Sufi Path of Knowledge, The Heart of Islamic Philosophy, Ibn Arabi: Heir to the Prophets, Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul, and, with Sachiko Murata, The Vision of Islam.
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. Corbin's major written works include Avicenna and the Visionary Recital, Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi', Spiritual Body & Celestial Earth and The Man of Light in Iranian Sufism.
Charles Eisenstein is the author of The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics. More of his writing, interviews, short films, etc. may be found on his website, charleseisenstein.net.
has been the president of Mongolia since June 2005; he served as speaker of the Parliament 2004–5 and as prime minister 2000–2004. A graduate of the Moscow Institute of Literature, he has also studied at Leeds University in England. Enkhbayar worked for the Mongolian Writers Union as an editor-translator, and was their secretary general and vice president. He has translated Mongolian epics as well as a number of works of European literature, Dickens among them. Enkhbayar has also translated Buddhist teachings into Mongolian.
is a long-time student of Sufism and many other world wisdom traditions. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and currently works as a development officer for Coffee Kids, an international non-profit organization that supports coffee-growing communities in Latin America. She has a deep interest in cultivating beauty in modern culture, as well as exploring the feminine experience of the divine. She currently lives in Derbyshire, England with her husband.
Jennifer Ferraro, MFA, is a poet, artist, and translator of Quarreling with God: Mystic Rebel Poems of the Dervishes of Turkey and a collection of her own illustrated poems, Divine Nostalgia. She has led workshops and has presented poetry performances combining poetry, dance and music in innovative ways. For four years she toured with a Turkish music ensemble performing percussion, dance and sacred poetry all over the world. Her work is particularly concerned with presenting poetry as a sacred art and in illuminating the neglected beauty and passionate wisdom of the sacred feminine. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently working on a new book.
is an actor-turned-storyteller who brings spiritual stories and songs from the Jewish tradition and many other paths to people of all backgrounds and ages around the country and in Canada. A long time yoga teacher, Carole also leads spiritual workshops in creative movement and dance. She is a “Guidess” at Life Works, Inc. supporting women in having the lives they desire.
is a professor of philosophy at Haverford College, Haverford, PA. He was the first director of Haverford’s Center for the Cross–Cultural Study and is the founder–director of the Global Dialogue Institute.
Wisdom University. He also founded and serves as President of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA and the State of the World Forum, both created to establish a global network of leaders dedicated to creating a more sustainable global civilization. Garrison received his BA, magna cum laude, in World History from the University of Santa Clara in 1973; his MTS from Harvard Divinity School in Christology and the History of World Religions in 1975; and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Philosophical Theology in 1982.serves as President of
Corin Girard serves as Seven Pillars’ Special Projects Manager, working on event logistics, outreach and communications, website updates and general administrative projects. Corin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Advertising from Marist College and previously served as Executive Assistant to the President and the CEO of Humboldt Storage and Moving Co., where she organized numerous events, facilitated company-wide initiatives and provided administrative support. She is an impassioned student and teacher of Argentine tango and currently resides in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
has been learning and teaching about dreams for twenty years, with a focus on dreamwork as spiritual practice, and the benefits of sharing dreams in groups. She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and co-founded the Cummington Community Dream Center in western Massachusetts in 2004. Nancy has an M.A. in Transformative Arts, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mythology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in southern California.
Sharif Graham is a scholar and former professor of Literature and Comparative Religion at University of Arizona and Pima College. For the past twelve years he has authenticated and edited the lectures of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, and regularly given seminars on Inayat Khan's teachings. Sharif lives in Suresnes, France.
Towards 2012 and Dreamflesh Journal, and his interests include prehistoric consciousness, magic, altered states and ecopsychology. He recently published his first book of essays, Archaeologies of Consciousness. www.dreamflesh.com/journalis an independent writer, public speaker, publisher and web developer. He edited the acclaimed
H. Talat Halman is Assistant Professor of Religion at Central Michigan University where he teaches courses in Islamic Studies and World Religions. His book on the Green Man, al-Khidr, is to be published by Fons Vitae as Where Two Seas Meet: The Story of al-Khidr and Spiritual Guidance. Talat holds initiations in the Ruhaniat, the Sufi Order, and Sherif Baba’s Rifa’i-Marufi lineages of Sufism.
Lori Hanau is a facilitator, advisor, community builder and founder of Global Round Table Leadership based in Keene, NH. Drawing from her background in business and the lenses of whole systems, humanity and collective wisdom, Lori works with clients to build healthy, collaborative relationships and work environments. Lori is the co-founder of the Mindfulness Practice Center in Keene, NH and acts as Community Builder and faculty member for Marlboro College Graduate School’s MBA program “Managing for Sustainability.” She is also honored to serve on the Advisory Boards for the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance, Peace Day Live, the Of Many Institute at the NYU Center for Spiritual Life and on the Board of Directors of the Social Venture Network. For more information, please visit www.globalroundtableleadership.com.
The Serpent's Circle and The Rapture, before embarking on a long study of the Western esoteric tradition which found expression in his alchemical romance Mercurius; or, the Marriage of Heaven and Earth; in his study of visions and apparitions, Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Otherworld; and in his history of the Imagination, The Philosophers' Secret Fire. Harpur's most recent title is A Complete Guide to the Soul published by Rider in 2010. www.harpur.orgpublished two novels,
(June 27, 1850 – September 26, 1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was well known for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories.
is Professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. He has published numerous articles on Jung, Hegel, transpersonal psychology, and the new science and is the author of Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path toward Wholeness (Paulist Press, 1993). Sean is an editor (with Donald Rothberg) of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers (Quest, 1998) and a translator (with Roger Lapointe) of the French thinker Edgar Morin's book Homeland Earth: A Manifesto for the New Millennium (Hampton Press, 1999). Along with his academic work, Sean has trained intensively in the Chinese internal arts (taiji, bagua, and xingyi) and has been teaching taiji since 1990.
teaches Religion at San Domenico School. He enjoys riding his bicycle.
Sister Joan Kirby is the Temple of Understanding's representative to the United Nations and a member of the Sacred Heart Order. www.templeofunderstanding.org
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and is a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches. Over the years, Jack has written numerous books, taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a husband, father and an activist. Read more at www.jackkornfield.com.
Laurie Lane-Zucker serves as Seven Pillars' Executive Director. He is a seasoned nonprofit executive, "impact" entrepreneur, lecturer, and spokesperson on environmental, educational, and entrepreneurial issues. His background includes serving as executive director of the Orion Society, an environmental organization with broad international membership. While there, he edited and published magazines and books, founded a grassroots network, organized over 70 conferences, colloquia and institutes, and was a leader in the development of Place-based Education. Laurie also founded a nonprofit incubator to nurture local, national, and global citizenship, and a global impact digital media company delivering content on the burning issues of the day. Laurie was raised in a theosophist family where he had an early introduction to mysticism; he has three children and currently resides in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
is a senior teacher in the Sufi Order, and co-director of Rising Tide International. She is one of the few Westerners to hold a Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which she was granted by Zhejiang College of Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Anna brings a deep understanding of the mystical underpinnings of physical form, and an ability to relate the subtleties of the spiritual path to our every day lives.
Patrick Levy is the author of Sadhus: Going Beyond the Dreadlocks. http://site.patricklevy.free.fr/
Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota in 1954. Raised by his grandparents, Lucy and Thomas Looking Horse, Arvol learned the culture and spiritual ways of the Lakota. He speaks both Lakota and English. At 12 he was given the enormous responsibility of becoming the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest in history. Arvol has felt, on many occasions, overwhelmed by inheriting such a responsibility of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations at such a young age. He was raised in an era and bore witness to the suppression of his peoples' spiritual practices. He decided to "work for change and let the world know how beautiful our way of life is, so the seventh generation can have a better future."
Victor Mansfield (1941-2008) was Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University and a student of Tibetan Buddhism. He published widely in physics, astronomy, and several interdisciplinary fields, studied and practiced with teachers in the USA, Europe, and India, and lectured widely in the USA and Europe. In 2008, Professor Mansfield published Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Science, with an introduction by His Holiness the Dali Lama.
Zachary Markwith is a doctoral student and instructor at the Graduate Theological Union who specializes in early Islamic spirituality and the perennial philosophy. He earned an M.A. (cum laude) in Hinduism and Islam at the George Washington University and a B.A. in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also worked as a research assistant for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the International Peace Project on subjects that include Islamophobia, non-violence in Islam, and interfaith dialogue. He has contributed articles to leading traditionalist journals, including Sophia and Sacred Web, and is the author of the forthcoming work One God, Many Prophets: the Universal Wisdom of Islam (Fons Vitae, 2013). In addition to his academic training, Zachary has studied with Sufi teachers from West Africa, Iran, and North America, and currently lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Sarah.
was an English philosopher and a prolific writer on geometry and number, archeology, archeoastronomy, sacred sites, the occult, art, and the lives of noted eccentrics. His better known works include The View Over Atlantis, which stimulated renewed interest in ley lines; City of Revelation, which concerns sacred geometry; A Little History of Astro-Archaeology; and Who Wrote Shakespeare?
studied History of Religions at Michigan State University and Contemplative Religion at Naropa University, specializing in non-dual philosophies and comparative religion. He is the editor of Living Fully, Dying Well: Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life's Meaning, and co-authored A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009) with Reb Zalman.
was born in Bareilly, North India, in 1899. He was a descendent of the great 18th century Chishti saint, Shah Niyaz Ahmad. ‘Aziz Miyan become the lineage-bearer of the Niyaziyya branch of the Chishtiyya. He was adept in the arts of alchemy, gemology, medicine, music, calligraphy, fencing, swordsmanship, marksmanship and the manufacture of fireworks. He composed poetry in Persian, Urdu and Hindi, under the pen name Raz (secret). He was even rumored to have miraculous powers including the ability to foretell the future. In 1968 ‘Aziz Miyan died and was succeeded by his son.
studied pastoral counseling and psychology at Harvard Divinity School, and had the privilege of working as a hospital chaplain in Berkeley, California, where a dying man taught him to really taste a mango. Sohrob currently lives with his family in San Rafael, CA.
Progressive Radio Network, a New York Times best selling author, and a multi-award-winning director of controversial documentaries, including Gulf War Syndrome: Killing Our Own, The Drugging of Our Children, and Autism: Made in the USA. www.garynull.comis the host of the nation’s longest running public radio program on nutrition and natural health, founder of the
Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), and the author/translator of The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the Lost Scrolls of Taoist Christianity, published by Piatkus Books (2001) as well as the Penguin Classics translation of The Book of Chuang Tzu, a compilation of the great Daoist philosopher from the fifth century BCE.is the Secretary General of the
(1867-1935), who wrote under the pseudonym A.E., was an Irish Nationalist, critic, poet, and painter. He was also a mystical writer, and centre of a group of followers of theosophy in Dublin for many years.
is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he specializes on Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought, and medieval Islamic history. He received his PhD from Duke University (2000). Before coming to UNC he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Safi is the Chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. His book The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam, dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, was published in 2006. His translation and analysis of Rumi’s biography is forthcoming from Fons Vitae.
Dorion Sagan is a science writer, essayist, and theorist. He is author of numerous articles and twenty-three books translated into eleven languages, including Death and Sex, and Into the Cool, coauthored with Eric D. Schneider. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Wired, and the Skeptical Inquirer. Look for Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel, an anthology of essays about the late Lynn Margulis, from scientists and philosophers around the world, due out this fall.
is founder and president of Kalliopeia Foundation, a grant-making charity whose mission is to help cultivate the evolution of communities and cultures that honor the unity at the heart of life’s diversity. She was brought to the Naqshbandi Sufi path starting in 1985 and is a disciple of Sheik Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. She resides in northern California with her husband and they have two grown children.
, better known as ‘Reb Zalman,’ was born in Zholkiew, Poland in 1924. He was ordained by the HaBaD-Lubavitcher Hasidim in 1947 and is professor emeritus of Psychology of Religion and Jewish Mysticism at Temple University and World Wisdom Chair holder emeritus at Naropa University. Today he is primarily known as the father of the Jewish Renewal movement and is widely considered one of the world's foremost authorities on Hasidism and Kabbalah. He is the author of Jewish with Feeling: Guide to a Meaningful Jewish Practice (2005). In 2004, he co-founded The Desert Fellowship of the Message: The Inayati-Maimuni Tariqat of Sufi-Hasidim with his student, Netanel (Mu’in ad-Din) Miles-Yepez, fusing the Sufi and Hasidic principles of spirituality espoused by Rabbi Avraham Maimuni in 13th century Egypt with the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Hazrat Inayat Khan.
is a full time Marketing Director and a part time writer, activist, critical thinker, and student of Indo-Tibetan history and philosophy. His work focuses on the dissection of all-too-common memes in China-Tibet propaganda and American political and religious thought.
studied at the University of Edinburgh before taking a degree in Medieval Studies at Stanford University. He has traveled in search of Hermeticism's legacy from the Western Mediterranean to the Far East. Shelton is the author of Alchemy in Middle Earth: The Significance of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, is a contributor to The Royal Book of Spiritual Chivalry, and has numerous magazine articles to his credit.
Edward Tick, PhD, is the author of War and the Soul, The Practice of Dream Healing, and The Golden Tortoise. He is the Director of Soldier’s Heart, a non-profit organization that works to prepare families and communities to help in supporting and healing veterans returning from current wars as well as those who fought in past wars. www.soldiersheart.net
Visual & Performance Artists
Emmanuel is a director, producer, musician and composer. In 2005 he founded the Global Oneness Project, a webby award winning media platform and production-company. He has directed and produced numerous award winning short films–A Thousand Suns (2009), What Would it Look Like (2009), A Game for Life (2008), Barrio de Paz (2007), Seva Café (2007) that have been widely distributed online and aired on PBS, LINK TV, and ABC Australia among others. Prior to his work in film Emmanuel performed and recorded as a sideman with some of the biggest names in Jazz, as well as releasing two records under his own name, Previous Misconceptions (2002) and Borrowed Time (2005).
is an artist/photographer, flower designer and art historian specializing in "the history and symbolism of flower decoration from ancient times to the 20th century." Her art work "Nature Spirits" has been exhibited widely including in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Dublin, Paris and Moscow. As a designer, she created environments primarily with flowers and plant materials for events here and abroad including The Metropolitan Museum, The National Gallery of Art, The Morgan Library, The White House, American Embassy Residences in Moscow and Paris and the British and Dutch Royal Families. In the last 20 years her work with indigenous people, Shamanism, mythology, Jungian psychology and the Tarot has focused her on historic and traditional teachings regarding the beneficial uses of flowers and plants. She is currently preparing a book on how to give flowers with more consciousness based on those teachings, the effects of color, numerology, her extensive practical experience and that of her colleagues.
Br. Robert Lentz is a Franciscan friar whose innovative icons are known throughout the world. He is a member of Holy Name Province, and is stationed in Silver Spring, Maryland at Holy Name College. Besides painting many hours each day, he teaches apprentices, writes, and conducts workshops on art and spirituality throughout the United States. His icons reflect his experiences among the poor in this country and in the Third World, as well as his Franciscan and Russian roots. He is active in promoting dialog between Muslims and Christians. While always striving to remain true to the essence of Byzantine iconography, he adapts traditional conventions in order to minister better to the emerging Church. His icons remain transcendent expressions of the ancient Christian Tradition, and they invite us into communion with God and the saints. www.trinitystores.com
Said Osio is an artist, senior teacher, and retreat guide trained in imagery and alchemy. The late Pir Vilayat Khan, Osio's teacher for more than 30 years, had a strong creative influence on his "inner imaginal" body of work. For Osio, performance and ritual become the building blocks, metaphors, montages, songs, visual landscapes, and stories for the expression of creative intelligence. Said Osio's work grows out of a lifelong encounter with iconic art, using found objects and images across cultures and spiritual traditions. He founded Nadazul, a guided imagery collective, and has been a creativity and strategy consultant for design professionals. Osio currently works at the intersection of creativity and the healing healthcare profession, incorporating visual language and storytelling, healing, spirit mind-body connection and integrative medicine. www.nadazul.com