Affiliations and Links
1. Toltec Center of Creative Intent (Toci) in Austin, Texas
Over the last twelve years, I have taken many instructive and illuminating workshops, classes, retreats, and apprenticeships through Toci. I began as a novice student, then became a program assistant, then co-taught classes, and now offer my own programs. Most recently, I have collaborated with Toci founder HeatherAsh Amara in developing and presenting a series of month-long classes that include live online broadcasts to reach a global electronic community.
The Toci homepage states, “Founded in 2001, Toci - The Toltec Center of Creative Intent is a spiritual non-profit organization based in the Eagle Knight lineage teachings of don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. We are a community dedicated to living in spiritual integrity: to consciously choose presence, purpose, joy, healing and wholeness in everything we do.”
2. Lama Foundation in Northern New Mexico
In 1996, a huge shift in my life occurred when I went to live at Lama Foundation in northern New Mexico. This intentional community is a “meeting of the ways” where practitioners and pilgrims from many religious and spiritual traditions come together to share. Here I was immersed in a practical spirituality, and I was especially drawn to Buddhist vipassana meditation, Hindu chanting, and Native American Church ceremonies. The community lived together, practiced together, and prayed together.
Founded in 1968, Lama Foundation was essentially the first successful multi-traditional spiritual retreat center in the United States. The mission statement declares, “The purpose of Lama Foundation is to be a sustainable spiritual community and educational center dedicated to the awakening of consciousness, spiritual practice with respect for all traditions, service and stewardship of the land.”
Various retreats are offered during the summer, such as Buddhist meditation, the Dervish Healing Order, Women Singing in Circle, Permaculture Design Certification, Christian centering prayer, Contemplative Environmental Studies, and many others.
3. Neem Karoli Baba Ashram in Taos, New Mexico
This is one of my spiritual homes and a strong reason that my wife and I moved to the Taos area in 2000. Probably best known as the guru of Ram Dass (author of “Be Here Now”), Neem Karoli Baba has touched many thousands of people both before and after his passing in 1973. The Neem Karoli Baba Ashram is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the incarnation of perfect selfless service.
The ashram’s website explains, “Neem Karoli Baba is also known as Neeb Karori Baba, and is called ‘Maharaj-ji’ by His devotees. Maharaj-ji's teachings were simple and universal. He often said, ‘Sub Ek’ — All is One. He taught us to ‘love everyone, serve everyone, remember God, and tell the truth.’ Strongly connected to Hanuman, the Hindu God in the form of a monkey, Maharaj-ji ‘taught’ in a highly personalized, non-traditional way that reflected the deep devotion of the bhakti path of the heart. Known as the ‘Miracle Baba’ throughout north India, He manifested many siddhis (powers), such as being in two places at once or putting devotees in samadhi (state of God consciousness) at the touch of a finger. Maharaj-ji is best known for the unconditional love He showered on all who came into His presence as well as those who never met Him in the body but established a connection to him beyond the physical plane.”
4. Sandra Ingerman in Santa Fe, New Mexico
I have been a fan of Sandra Ingerman for many years. She taught me how to conduct soul retrieval ceremonies for clients, and I continue to take workshops from her and staff that she personally trained. I am proud to be on her list of shamanic practitioners.
Sandra is a licensed therapist and counselor, as well as one of the most respected teachers of shamanism. For many years, she was the Educational Director of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Sandra is a chakaruna, a Quecha word referring to an adept who serves as “a bridge between the worlds.” She is an accomplished shamanic healer, author, and workshop leader who most often teaches shamanic journeying, healing, and spiritual methods to reverse environmental pollution. To access her wisdom for free, sign up to receive her monthly newsletter, Transmutation News. Sandra is good medicine.
5. Human Spirit Radio Network is worldwide
HSR was founded in the Bay Area by noted energy worker and healer Sarah McCroskey. All HSR broadcasts are offered to the public free of charge. Participants simply call in or log in to shows when they are broadcast live or listen to the archived recordings later at their convenience. The website states:
“HumanSpirit Radio (HSR) is an energetic broadcast and conversation to ignite and inspire Who We Are as evolutionary beings on an unstoppable path of self-discovery and awakening.”
My participation as a monthly HSR host began in July 2012, and my series titles have been Cultivating the Inner Garden, Conscious Embodiment, Exploring the Chakras, the Seven Sacred Directions, and Exploring Sacred Topics. Look under the Free HSR tab for more information and links to my archived shows.