A 12-part exploration of the mystical ground that supports our calling as spiritual companions
How does our deeply contemplative relationship with God, the Universe, and our true essence, inform our work as spiritual companions?
And how do our companionees benefit from contemplative immersion as they make their way towards greater spiritual insight and maturity?
These, and other important questions, will be tackled from varied vantage points by leading practitioners of our calling.
How can we understand our place in infinity and what does that mean?
What to Expect
Living into the big questions: Why are we here? What is our place in the universe?
Twelve live weekly 2-hour courses, Wednesdays beginning September 14, 2022 and concluding on November 30, 2022. Sessions will occur over Zoom each Wednesday from 1pm PDT to 3:00pm PDT. To find your start time based on time zone, click here.
Students can participate live or watch at their convenience later.
Mysticism is a form of ultimate experiencing, the greatest portal to our union and communion with forever; with all that was, is, and will be.
Rev. SeiFu Anil Singh-Molares
Rev. Seifu is the Executive Director of SDI and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, as well as a practicing spiritual director/companion and motivational speaker. He is a veteran of numerous interfaith and interspiritual efforts over the years, including Seeds of Compassion in Seattle in 2008, where he was one of the chairs, and as founder and executive director of the Compassionate Action Network. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.
Rev. Seifu is an accomplished speaker and university lecturer and is a key contributor for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In a previous life, he was also an executive at Microsoft, where he successfully grew international groups and divisions and provided leadership to multi-cultural teams around the world.
Tessa Bielecki was previously Mother Abbess of the Spiritual Life Institute, a Carmelite community with hermitages in Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Ireland. She now lives as an “urban hermit” in Tucson, near her beloved Saguaro National Park. Tessa is a seasoned retreat leader and the author of numerous articles and five major works: Teresa of Avila: Mystical Writings; Holy Daring: The Earthy Mysticism of St. Teresa, the Wild Woman of Avila; Ecstasy and Common Sense; Season of Glad Songs: A Christmas Anthology, Desert Voices: The Edge Effect, and Sounds True audio learning courses Passion for God and Wild at Heart: Radical Teachings of the Christian Mystics. She is currently working on a memoir.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning teacher and author of over thirty-six books on religion and spirituality. A rabbinic chaplain with the U.S. Air Force for three years, a congregational rabbi for twenty years, and a professor of religious studies for ten years, Rabbi Rami currently codirects the One River Foundation, a 501(c)3 educational institution devoted to perennial wisdom (www.oneriverfoundation.org). Rami is also a Contributing Editor at Spirituality and Health magazine where he writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler column for the print magazine, the Spirituality & column for the digital magazine, and hosts the magazine’s bi-weekly podcast, Spirituality & Health with Rabbi Rami (www.spiritualityhealth.com). Rami’s personal website is www.rabbirami.com
Imam Jamal Rahman
Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.
Jamal’s passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and cultivates a “spaciousness” by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion but about completion.
More faculty will be announced in the coming weeks!
We will announce our Course Outline very soon.