Background as Spiritual Director


Masters and doctoral level education in counseling psychology. Served as a counselor at two universities and two colleges. Received training in transpersonal (spiritual) psychology at Esalen Institute (CA), Omega Institute (NY) and Findhorn Community (Scotland).


qwackslogoTaught university level psychology for 40 years. Taught senior adults in the Elderhostel program for 25 years, and taught adult continuing education for University of Tennessee, Knoxville for 20 years. Currently teaches for the Oasis Institute in Knoxville and for the Institute of Noetic Sciences chapters in Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN. Recently taught a month long course on daily life as spiritual practice and soul making in the Work Scholars Program at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.


Currently completing a book “Using and Teaching Daily Life as Spiritual Practice, Spiritual Direction, and Soul Making thru Psycho-Spirituality; Spirituality in Public, Adult, Higher, and Integral Education; Elder as Sage; Dying; Life After Death; Edgar Cayce: One of a Kind; George I. Gurdjieff: One of a Kind; Emanuel Swedenborg: One of a Kind; Ken Wilber: One of a Kind.” Previously published in professional journals in psychology, adult education, death education, spiritual direction, gerontology, and life after death.


Institute of Noetic Sciences (Knoxville & Chattanooga, TN); Sage-ing International Conferences; American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences; The National Institute on Teaching of Psychology; Association of Death Education and Counseling; American Association of Adult and Continuing Education; American Counseling Association; Southern Gerontology Association; Association of Transpersonal Psychology; Georgia Annual Conference on Aging; Southern Gerontology Society; The American Society of Aging.


Certified Spiritual Director (Haden Institute), Certified Spiritual Guidance Counselor  (American Center for Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences), Certified Sage-ing Leader (Sage-ing International), Doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology, Adult and Continuing Education, Masters studies in Counseling Psychology and Adult and Higher Education, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.