Guest Faculty

As the seminary has transitioned to an online format, we are continuing to include guest faculty to participate in the monthly webinars as available. A sampling of past presenters includes:

Sikhism

Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., LPCC is an expert in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, combining Western scientific training with Eastern traditions to develop practical approaches to personal growth and fulfillment. Dr. Khalsa co-authored Breathwalk and The Mind with Yogi Bhajan and co-edited The Psychospiritual Clinician's Handbook. He is the Director of Training for the Kundalini Research Institute, which he co-founded in 1972. He instructed in yoga and wellness psychology at MIT for more than 15 years and established wellness programs in universities and clinics internationally. Please join us as he shares his interest in and vast knowledge of his beloved Sikhism.

Sunday, June 9, 2013 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Presentation on Sikhism by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., LPCC
SOUL Kundalini Art and Yoga, 347 Union St.
Peterborough, NH

Buddhism

Ajahn David Chutiko is Vice Abbot of Wat Buddhabhavana Temple in Westford, MA. Venerable Chutiko was ordained a Buddhist Monk 17 years ago in Thailand. He is committed to interfaith dialogue and teaches frequently in Christian and secular venues in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and elsewhere. Ajahn David also teaches semi-monthly to a sangha at the Federal Medical Center at Devens. Please join us Sunday, May 19th as Ajahn David Chutiko speaks to us on his beloved Buddhist faith tradition.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Buddhism by Ajahn David Chutiko
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8
Amherst, NH

Anthroposophy

Carla Mattioli, M.A. is an Interfaith Minister and Anthroposophical art teacher and art therapist. She has been changing lives through the arts and anthroposophy for over 25 years. She also teaches yoga and meditation. Her talk will explore insights into the spiritual path known as Anthroposophy whose founder was Rudolf Steiner. The mission of Anthroposophy is to renew the ancient mystery wisdom of "Sophia", bringing the fruits of this living wisdom fresh into the thoughts, hearts and hands of those of us who are hungry for it! Included will be experiential exercises in art and movement inspired by Anthroposophy.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Anthroposophy as a Spiritual Path by Carla Mattioli, M.A., Interfaith Minster
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8
Amherst, NH

Baha'i

Joan Haskell is a Baha'i, wife and mother, social worker, and quilter, among other things. She was raised Episcopalian, and discovered the teachings of Baha'u'llah over 35 years ago. Since then she has studied His Teachings, striving to bring them into reality and action. She will share a brief taste of the life of Baha'u'llah, His Teachings and the organization of the Baha'i Faith.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on the Baha'i faith by Joan Haskell
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8
Amherst, NH


Christianity

Robert Jonas is the director of The Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton, MA. Trained as a psychotherapist, Jonas is also a retreat leader, author and musician. A Christian in the Carmelite tradition, he has received spiritual formation with Buddhist teachers. Jonas will share reflections on Christianity.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Christianity by Robert Jonas
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8
Amherst, NH



Past Presenters for 2011-2012

Judaism

Michael Rosenblum is a Rabbinic student through the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and has been a dance leader of the Dances of Universal Peace 10+ years. He will speak to us on Judaism & how it intertwines with other faith traditions.

Sunday, October 23, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Judaism by Michael Rosenblum
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Optional Pot Luck
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dance of Universal Peace, facilitated by Michael Rosenblum
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8
Amherst, NH



Islam and Sufism

Fatima Deek was born and raised a Palestinian refugee. At 17, she came to the U.S. after an arranged marriage to a Palestinian man who now lives in Palestine. She later became a U.S. citizen and is the mother of 4. Fatima is a legal and medical interpreter. She also runs workshops and gives lectures that teach about the Middle Eastern culture and the Islam faith. Fatima belongs to the group Women of Faith - a group that educates women on acceptance regardless of tradition or religion. She is the NH State Commissioner on the State of Women, and is a self-described human rights, peace and community activist.

Sunday, February 5, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Islam by Fatima Deek
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Optional Pot Luck
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dance of Universal Peace, facilitated by Sufi, Rev. Jenaabi Finlay
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH



Shamanism

Julie Hannon is a shamanic practitioner and graduate of the Healing the Light Body School, trained by The Four Winds Society. She holds a certification in Luminous Healing and has trained extensively in the techniques of Light Body Healing, Soul Retrieval, Divination and Life/Death Rites. Julie is an assistant in Working with the Sacred, a Master's Class in Healing the Light Body School. She is also a Sage Mentor for Light Body students. Julie holds a master's degree in psychology from Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Presentation on Shamanism by Julie Hannon
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Optional Pot Luck
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Dance of Universal Peace, facilitated by the Tree of Life dance team
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH



Past Presenters for 2010-2011

Judaism

Michael is a Rabbinic student through the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and has been a dance leader of the Dances of Universal Peace 10+ years. He will speak to us on Judaism & how it intertwines with other faith traditions.

Michael Rosenblum
Saturday, October 2, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8
Amherst, NH



Islam/Sufism

Karuna is an ordained interfaith minister of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Abraham is a senior teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Halima is a Senior Mentor Teacher of the Dances of Universal Peace. Together they will present a talk on the Islam & Sufi faith traditions. Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, LLC.

Karuna Teresa Foudriat, M.E.d, and Halima & Abraham Sussman
Saturday, November 6, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH



Sikhism

Gurunam Singh composes and peforms devotional songs and chants. He's studied with some great ragis around the world. He will share with us his love of chanting as wellas how Sikhism informs his daily life.

Gurunam Singh
Friday, December 10, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
"The Barn" at Access Shuniya, Hollis, NH



How Christian Science Heals Bodies and Restores Lives

From hard rocker who overdosed on LSD, to renowned Christian Science teacher and healer, Ginny Luedeman has spent the last 30+ years spreading the power of divine Love and seeing it flourish in the lives of others. In Ginny's own words, "God's love has weeded my garden of thoughts. What isn't a blessing has been gently removed and healed, one thought at a time, so the good in me can grow more freely. I've felt like a flower, unfolding in the bright sunshine of God's Mothering care, where all are embraced and forever loved." Come feel embraced and loved, as we learn how our bodies heal and how our lives can be restored through the power of Christian Science.

Ginny Luedeman
Sunday, January 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Town Hall Auditorium, 3 Middle St., Milford, NH



Frontiers in the Buddhist-Christian Traditions

Join us at The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living on Saturday, February 19th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we welcome Dr. Robert A. Jonas Ed.D., M.T.S as our guest speaker. Jonas is the director of The Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton, MA. Trained as a psychotherapist, Jonas is also a retreat leader, author and musician. A Christian in the Carmelite tradition, he has received spiritual formation with Buddhist teachers. Jonas will share personal stories from his forty years of Buddhist-Christian meditation, as well as prayer and dialogue from his membership in the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and leadership at The Empty Bell. He will also touch on his experience as a friend and biographer of Henri Nouwen.

Robert A. Jonas
Saturday, February 19, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH



Tibetan Monks of Gomang Monastery

The monks of the Gomang Monastery in India are the ultimate embodiment of respect, integrity, and compassion, as they work and meditate to generate peace and compassion for everyone. They will speak to us about their Buddhist religion as well as their culture and history. $15. Free for Tree of Life seminary students.

Tibetan Monks of Gomang Monastery
Thursday, March 10, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bedford High School Auditorium, 47B Nashua Rd., Bedford, NH



Native American Spirituality

Wampanoag elder Medicine Story is author of 8 published books and lectures on peace, environment, and community. He will present a talk and open a discussion on Native American spirituality. $15. Free for Tree of Life seminary students.

Medicine Story
Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH



Hinduism and Yoga Philosophy

Karen is a yogini and owner and director of Quest Yoga Studio. Karen will speak to us on the connection between the practice of forgiveness and the practice of yoga in Hindu philosophy. $15. Free for Tree of Life seminary students.

Karen Kenney
Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH



Reflections on The Parliament of World Religions

Ilona Kwiecien is an Interfaith Hospice Chaplain at Hospice at HCS, based in Keene, NH. Ilona will share her experience as an attendee at the Parliament of World Religions as well as her views on Interfaith spirituality. $15. Free for Tree of Life seminary students.

Ilona Kwiecien
Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, 5 Northern Blvd., Unit 8, Amherst, NH


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