Ed Bastian, PhD, Founder
Training courses on InterSpiritual Meditation are taught by Dr. Ed Bastian, who holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and is the founder and president of Spiritual Paths Foundation. He developed InterSpiritual Meditation process after forty years of research, study, and teaching, especially during the past decade, with over fifty esteemed teachers from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, and Native American traditions. He is the award winning co-author of Living Fully Dying Well, author of InterSpiritual Meditation, author of Mandala – Creating an Authentic Spiritual Paths, contributor to Meditations for InterSpiritual Practice, and producer of documentaries on religion for the BBC and PBS. He is the former co-director of the Forum on BioDiversity for the Smithsonian and National Academy of Sciences, teacher of Buddhism and world religions at the Smithsonian, an internet entrepreneur, and translator of Buddhism scriptures from Tibetan into English. He is also a faculty member of Antioch University in Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on Buddhism, Mindfulness Meditation and religion. He has led dozens of retreats and programs at such organizations as the Parliament of World’s Religions, the Chaplaincy Institute, One Spirit Interfaith, CIIS, Omega, Esalen, Hollyhock, La Casa de Maria, Garrison Institute, the Aspen Chapel and the Aspen Institute.
These highly qualified and experience individuals have been working closely together and training with Ed to complete the InterSpiritual Mentoring certification course based on InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process. Some of them will be helping to mentor new students in the upcoming online course.
Margaret Northall is a Registered Nurse, Interfaith Minister and Chaplain and Spiritual Director. Born in South Africa, I learned early on to live in cultural diversity, spiritual diversity and the importance of community. Fueled by creativity, my life has been mixed with a sense of humor, adventure and deepening interfaith spiritual exploration. As an Interfaith Minister and Chaplain, Spiritual Director and Registered Nurse, I find my roleas a healer, through spiritual practices, ritual and ceremonies. As a mystic I engage in writing sacred poetry, soul art and dance, meditation and hiking as I seek Wisdom from the natural world. I draw from several traditions and I believe every spiritual tradition is valid, as well as those with no tradition or spiritual path. In the name of Interfaith Ministry, I am called to conscientiously help others in their awakening journey, communicating with love, compassion and understanding.
Spirituality is best expressed for me in the words of Rumi:
all this singing
is one song
The differences are just
illusion and vanity…”
David Wali Waugh, RPC (Registered Professional Counsellor)
David is a Midlife Awakening Specialist, Sufi Healer and has trained in the art of interspiritual guidance. He is the director of Elements Counselling in Vancouver BC, Canada and Cofounder of The Natural Gifts Society. He has over twenty years training and experience in wholistic development. His private practice includes one-to-one, couple and small group work for people interested in transformation, psychospiritual development and relationship work. His general orientation is to assist people in accessing their inner resources in order to develop more conscious choice in their lives, and thereby foster the potential for growth in their evolution of consciousness. This often unfolds as one develops an aware ego process that leads to greater individuation, while contributing their gifts to their community and the world. He believes that if we want meaningful change to happen in others, we must first learn to practice living the perspective that Gandhi espoused, “becoming the change that we seek in the world.”
[email protected]; www.davewaugh.net; www.naturalgiftssociety.org
Rev. Judith Liro, MDiv
Judith is an Episcopal priest called to recreate the Christian church responsive to the sacred feminine, open to the wisdom of earth’s diverse spiritual traditions and the evolving creativity of the universe. Her work centers in deepening spiritual community that is transformative personally and societally. She co-founded and continues to co-lead and teach in The Servant Leadership School of Austin (Texas). She co-founded and leads St. Hildegard’s Community, a contemplative-active faith community. Since 1992 The Servant Leadership School has offered classes and retreats to support participants in seeking what makes them come alive. For twenty years St. Hildegard’s Community has sung justice: celebrating intimate weekly Eucharists with eclectic songs and dancing, with inclusive liturgical language, creative ritual, and thoughtful sermons. The contemplative life is nourished with silent retreats and accountability for spiritual practices. Each person is encouraged to discover his/her own path and serve from the heart. Both St. Hildegard’s and the SLS provide a generous space for those seeking spiritual authenticity and she has mentored those on an interspiritual path for many years.
Judith’s marriage to Joe for more than fifty years, the joy and challenges of being mother and grandmother, and the grief of a stillborn child have been significant for her spiritual life. She did Jungian analysis for many years and dreams are a source of guidance. Centering Prayer, QiGong and yoga are longtime practices that continue. Judith is nourished by the mystics (especially Hildegard and Julian), poets, Celtic spirituality, the wisdom of Thomas Berry and especially by delighting daily in the Earth Community. She is involved in local efforts to address climate change, immigration and racism. She currently serves on the board of Equity for Women in the Church, an ecumenical Christian organization. She is included in two books by Jann Aldredge-Clanton: She Lives: Sophia Wisdom Works in the World and Changing Church: Stories of Liberating Ministers.
Spiritual Practice has been a major focus for as long as I can remember. Although I am a representative of a traditional religious institution, I am very sympathetic to the growing trend of people identifying themselves as spiritual and not religious. But I do see the need to be grounded in a particular wisdom tradition. I continue to appreciate the teachings, the rituals and the relationships which have come through my life-long commitment to Christianity.
Nevertheless, the teachings of other wisdom traditions are very appealing to me and have been for most of my life. You can see this very clearly if you visit the website I have worked on since 1999: www.abundancetrek.com.
I retired in 2002 at the age of 55. My wife, Mary, received a Ph.D. in Nursing in 1999 and her career has been very successful since then. She is now an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester teaching and doing a lot of research. Her focus on indwelling urinary catheters has met with wide appreciation around the world. We have traveled a lot due to her success. I love to travel.
Since 2005 we have had 2 homes, a house in Whitesboro NY (near Utica) and an apartment in Rochester NY. Mary and I are active at the First Presbyterian Church, Utica. Our daughter, Sharon, and her husband, Bob, and a grandchild, Derrick, live near us. Our delightful son Andrew died of a brain tumor on March 11, 1994 at the age of 16.
Juliet Rohde-Brown, Ph.D.
Juliet is the interim Chair for the doctorate in clinical psychology program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Working within an integrative and transpersonal framework, she is also a licensed clinical psychologist with a small private practice in Carpinteria, CA. and she is a member of SDI. She is the author of Imagine Forgiveness: A Guide to a Joyful Future and she has presented at international conferences, particularly on the topic of forgiveness. In addition, she has led and co-led retreats and meditation groups. Her articles and reviews have been published in such journals as Sutra—The Thread: Journal for Research on Education, Psychology, Traditional Sciences and Systems, Health and Consciousness, the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Psychological Perspectives, as well as an upcoming article in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and she has contributed writings to various newsletters and websites. She is currently working on a paper with Radhule Weininger, M.D., Ph.D. exploring compassion and the mindful pause in the context of painful emotional patterns. In addition, she has been invited to be a guest speaker on radio programs on the topic of forgiveness and she hosted her own online radio program entitled Emotional Pathways. She has collaborated with music composer, Shantha Sri, on guided imagery CDs for the general public on forgiveness and spiritually-related topics. Juliet just completed a term as president of Imagery International, an organization composed of those in the healing arts who honor the role of the imagination in healing and she is a founding board member of Tierra Sagrada: Sacred Earth Foundation, an organization committed to supporting the voice of indigenous elders and the many ways of knowing. Her most recent voluntary activities have involved co-facilitating restorative justice workshops and teaching basic mindfulness and compassion-building practices to inmates at Corcoran Prison. This has been part of her contribution as a board member of Restorative Justice Resources (RJR) in partnership with Lyra Monroe, the founder of RJR, who for many years has assisted ex-inmates in the development of peer-led groups where offenders and survivors of crime have met face to face to share their stories in a stance of compassionate witness and care.
Alex is a mystic devoted to answering the call of her heart: to experience the essential oneness of life with others. Her work focuses on the development of relational consciousness, an awareness born from the primordial feminine knowing of unity and interrelatedness. A mother, spiritual director, and founder of Essential Oneness, Alex speaks and leads workshops and retreats internationally on spirituality, sacred feminine, spiritual ecology and dream-studies. She is the author of El Llamado de mi Corazón (The Call of my Heart). Alex has extensive experience in Christian and Sufi mysticism and the Great Mother tradition. www.essentialoneness.org.