Arthur Aghajanian attended California Institute of the Arts, received his M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design and has worked as an educator in the visual arts for over twenty years. He has also recently started teaching mindfulness to high school students and is a facilitator on The Meditation Chapel. His writing explores visual culture in ways that are informed by his own contemplative practice.
Clint Sabom is an award-winning writer published in The Tulane Review, Paste Magazine and with Dabel Brothers, among others. His paper “Bunuel and Surrealism: The Changing Manifestations” won best paper at the 2012 Conference of The Americas. He enjoys hosting The Contemplative Light Podcast.
David Cole is an international Spiritual Teacher and Retreat Leader; he is an award winning author; ‘Explorer Guide’ for The Community of Aidan and Hilda – a globally dispersed Celtic New Monastic Community; and is founder of ‘Waymark Ministries’. Learn more or book him to speak at www.waymarkministries.com.
David Youngren is an international speaker and the founder of Juma’s World (a charity working with children in Tanzania.) His latest book, "Awakening To I Am Love: How Finding Your True self Transforms Your Wellbeing, Relationships, and What You Do" was published in November 2019.
Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 books and audio albums on self-realization. He is the founder and director of Life of Learning Foundation, a nonprofit center for self-study located in southern Oregon where he gives talks four times each week. Currently due to the pandemic, he is holding free online classes which you can register for at www.guyfinley.org/letgo.
Jesse Brodka is finishing his studies in English and Education at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. He is an avid reader of Contemplative writing from various traditions and has a daily practice of Centering Prayer. Jesse has found a particular love for contemplative poetry and writes poems about silence, nonduality, and the daily inner journey with God.
Joan is founder of Healing Companions® services, a holistic pioneering vision for eldercare. Joan has worked with people in transition, crisis, and end-of-life issues. She is the author of "Joy in the Evening of our Lives" that deeply touches elders including those challenged by Alzheimers and dementia. For more information, visit: www.healingcompanions.care.
Justin Coutts is a contemplative teacher living on Manitoulin Island. While his practice is primarily Celtic Christian his religious life has been very diverse. He spent many years as an apprentice to an Ojibwe elder and was raised in a traditional rural Quaker community. He hopes to bring people closer to the natural world and their own souls to live once more in harmony with the wind and waves, the trees and moss, the rocks and stars.
Kelly Boyer Sagert is a professional writer, editor and coach with decades of experience. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Professional Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Kelly is the author of Everything to God in Prayer: A Writer’s Weekly Devotional.
Kimberly Holman has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maine and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Naropa University. She has been practicing meditation and contemplative prayer since 1996. Kim writes from various points of view, but her heart is always informed by an enduring love of Christ and the Christian mysteries.
Marc Thomas Shaw is an award-winning instructor and author. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, he has been a Centering Prayer practitioner for over a decade and is a commissioned presenter through Contemplative Outreach. He is also the author of the book Dante’s Road: The Journey Home For The Modern Soul.
Certified Neurographica Specialist (therapeutic art) "www.neurographica.us/instructors"; M.A. psychology of Spiritual Retreat, Norwich University; B.A. Communications & Studio Arts, Ohio University. Managed Court-Placed-Teen Shelters & Women in Transition Career Center. Currently offering my 'Neuro Chakra Art & Journaling' program to seniors through private counseling. A practicing Buddhist for thirty years, I am 85 years, and I live near Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Reese LeBlanc holds a Master of Theological Studies from Lipscomb University and is currently pursuing a Master of Theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. His interests include eschatology, Native Christianity, Quakerism, and the contemplative tradition. A student of quietude and centering prayer, Reese hopes to grow in stillness while sharing its value. He is a husband, a father of two, and a disciple of the eternal Christ.
Rich Lewis has been a daily practitioner of Centering prayer since June 1, 2014. Centering prayer has been so life giving that he feels compelled to share it with others who wish to learn more. As he puts it, "I cannot keep it to myself!" His new book, Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer, is now available.
Rev. Roger Butts is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister serving as a Staff Chaplain at Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs. A couple of his prayers were recently published in the anthology: Conversations with the Sacred: A collection of prayers (Skinner House Books, 2020). Roger's forthcoming book, Seeds of Devotion: Contemplations on Faith, will be available on Amazon and Kindle in the Spring of 2021. It is published by GraceLight Press, an imprint of GracePoint Publishing.
Just a small-town girl, living in a children's world and working to bring something new and higher into their lives. No formal writing background, just a love for the expression of it through true present moment living experience.
Tim is a life long learner, educator and lover of mystery. As a result of a recent spiritually transformative experience (STE), he enjoys exploring and writing about topics related to mystical spiritual awakening.