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Being Taught What I Preach

Just returned from a one week intensive with an incredible teacher.  I studied “The Nine Muses” with Angeles Arrien, a noted cultural anthropologist.  The week was inspiring and moved me out of a stance of complacency.  I am experiencing a transformation as a result of her simple ministrations that allowed me to crack open my own cosmic egg.

 In her gentle, accepting and inspiring way, Angeles gained the trust and admiration of the entire group.  She elicited deep emotions and allowed participants to go to the depths of their soul and dance with the muses.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to watch someone with so much skill and grace work her magic.

I’m especially grateful for her method of inclusion.  Throughout the five day intensive no one person was the focus of our attention.  She crafted an environment where every person was seen, heard and respected.  We had the opportunity to see each person’s magnificence and share their sorrows and joy. 

I always am grateful when I have the opportunity to learn the way I believe I teach; highly interactive and where inclusion is my primary goal.  I learned a lot just sitting and experiencing, something that as a pilgrim I sometimes lose sight of on my daily quest.  It’s exciting to leave the workshop with a newly recharged sense of purpose and conviction.  What will get you recharged for the next leg of your journey?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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