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SDCO’s Silver Service 2020

Workshop Presenters’ Biographies

 

Carolyn Baker

Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., is the author of Dark Gold: The Human Shadow And The Global Crisis (2016) and Love In The Age Of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive (2015). With Andrew Harvey, she has co-authored Return To Joy (2016) and Savage Grace: Living Resiliently In The Dark Night Of The Globe (2017), and Saving Animals From Ourselves: Healing The Divine Animal Within (2019). Her previous books include Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times (2013); Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition (2011) and Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path Of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse (2009). She lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado and manages her website www.carolynbaker.net. A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life and leadership coaching as well as spiritual counseling for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Carolyn works closely with Andrew Harvey and other spiritual luminaries to live and promote Sacred Activism---the marriage of effecting change in the world with consciousness transformation. With Andrew Harvey in 2019 she has published Saving Animals From Ourselves: A Manifesto For Healing The Divine Animal Within. 

Lacy Borgo

Lacy Finn Borgo, DMin, teaches and provides spiritual direction for the Renovaré Institute, for the DMin. in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Theological Seminary, for Master’s and Doctoral classes at Portland Seminary, and for the Companioning Center. Lacy has a spiritual direction and supervision of spiritual directors ministry, and provides spiritual direction for children at Haven House, a transitional housing facility for homeless families in Olathe, Colorado. She is also a member of the Renovaré Ministry team. She is the author of Life with God for Children: A Curriculum for the Spiritual Formation of Children. She is the coauthor, with Ben Barczi, of Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Her book Spiritual Conversations with Children: Listening to God Together will be released March 2020 through IVP.   

Cheryl Conklin

Cheryl Conklin has been in love with writing ever since she learned how. Fifty years of journal keeping has made her a better companion to herself and helped her to listen into the heart of matters. She is an active alumna of the Living School of Action and Contemplation and an ordained interfaith minister. Her journey as a soul friend is further supported by a masters degree in counseling, a wide variety of training, and a lifetime of engaging in expressive arts.  

Katie Fosselius

Katie Fosselius is a Licensed Social Worker who has recently received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute with a supplement from Denver Seminary. She is currently attending the DMin program at Denver Seminary with her thesis to focus on creating a sustainable model of spiritual direction for people on the margins; such as those facing homelessness, addiction, and mental illness.  

Katie has a non profit, TRAnsformation Art Collaborative that brings healing art projects to adults primarily at the Denver Rescue Mission. They have participated in several gallery showings in the area and hope to continue to bring their art into the community to educate others. She considers herself to have many informal directees on the streets and is a participant in formulating a new street chaplaincy group in Denver with several other like minded outreach workers.  

Lis Griffin

Lis Griffin, Certified Structural YogaTM instructor, owns Catspaw Studio, housed in a cozy renovated 1900s barn, where she has taught yoga since 2009. Lis is also an author, artist, and photographer whose work has appeared in the The New York Times, MS Magazine, Woman’s Day, Der Spiegel, Men's Journal, Denver Business Journal, other newspapers and trade publications, and on book jackets and CD covers, and in Communication Arts’ Photography Annual. 

JP McLaughlin

JP McLaughlin is an initiated Kuraq Akulleq, 4th Level Priest and Wisdomkeeper in the Inca Tradition of the Andes, and a partner in Everyday Shamanism, LLC.  JP is a healer, teacher, and scholar of shamanism. A student of Ginger and Dale Lee of Sacred Ways, John Milton of Way of Nature, and Christina Pratt of Last Mask Center for Shamanic Healing, he also holds academic degrees in Business Management and Intellectual History, and continues to practice as an executive coach. 

Sandra Schrawder

Sandra Schrawder is an initiated Kuraq Akulleq, 4th Level Priest and Wisdomkeeper in the Inca Tradition of the Andes, and a partner in Everyday Shamanism, LLC.  Sandra is an ordained minister, healer, teacher, and ceremonialist. A student of Ginger and Dale Lee of Sacred Ways, Joan Wilcox, and Silver RavenWolf and Rhiannon Willowthorn of the Sacred Order of the Black Forest, she also holds degrees in Business Administration and Spanish. She is also Lady Nightshade, High Priestess, and holds a Third Degree in the Sacred Order of Black Forest. 

Vie Thorgren

Vie Thorgren , D.Min., is a spiritual director, trainer and supervisor. She has over thirty years experience providing soul care for women in prison, people living in poverty, at-risk youth and families impacted by disaster.  She is the director of the Elder Wisdom Programs offered by the Center for Spirituality at Work and is regularly invited to give workshops on discernment, positive aging, volunteer service and grandparenting. She enjoys her role as grandmother, not only to her own grandchildren, but also to young people considered at-risk.  

Victoria Tonski

Victoria Tonski is a certified spiritual director who completed her formal training through the Journey Center in Santa Rosa, CA, in 2016. This two-year training program included individual direction as well as retreat facilitation. This was an excellent complement to serving over 35 years in education in a wide variety of roles ranging from kindergarten teacher to elementary principal to university instructor. Prior to completing the SD program she served as a Prayer Chaplain. Ms. Tonski is a trained consensus facilitator and has facilitated groups in many settings, including faith communities and other organizations. 

Jane Vennard

Reverend Jane Vennard was called to the ministry of teaching and spiritual direction and ordained in 1987 by the United Church of Christ. She is retired senior adjunct faculty at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, USA. Jane has presented workshops at SDI conferences and offered a Plenary Address at the 20 th anniversary celebration in 2010. She has led programs for Spiritual Direction Colorado’s continuing education events including an afternoon on the topic of racism. A number of church groups have also sponsored programs on white privilege including UU, Catholic, Episcopal, and UCC. Jane has taught in spiritual direction formation programs at Garrett Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary and The Community of Christ spiritual formation program. She is a spiritual director in private practice and the author of eight books.

 


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