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Last updated: January 1, 2017

The education, training and experience documented below is relevant to my therapy / counselling / coaching practice, Chaplaincy work, and facilitation of discussion and study groups.


Formal / Theoretical Education:

  • Psycho-Spiritual Psychotherapy, Certified LEVEL 1 Sacred Attention Therapy, Cortijo Llano de Manzano, Granada Spain, January 2015. Ongoing training, understudy with Richard Harvey, Psycho-Spiritual Psychotherapist.
  • Psychotherapy. Foundation for Inner Peace. Course in Miracles. 2009 – present (ongoing).
  • Sanctuary of the Beloved. Ordained Minister (Interfaith). 2010.
  • Mount Saint Vincent University. 3 years undergraduate studies in psychology (1992-1995).


Experiential Training:

  • 449 hours clinical therapy / counselling
  • 1217 hours facilitating psycho-spiritual discussion / study groups
  • 43 hours Chaplaincy (focus on visitation with sick, infirm and dying)
  • 1473 hours yoga instruction (Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga)
  • Daily meditation practice since 2009


Additional Experiential Training:

  • Co-Founder, The Center for Human Awakening, 2016 - present
  • Co-Founder, Sacred Attention Therapy Online Training Course, 2015 - present
  • Coordinating Editor, Sacred Attention Therapy Project, 2013 – present
  • Visiting Chaplain, Algonquin College Spirituality Centre, Woodroffe Campus (2014-2015)


Professional Development Courses / Lectures:

  • Conference: Leading Out Of Pain – Victims’ Pastoral Care                           26-Apr-12
  • Conference: Deep Truth (Gregg Braden)                                                       11-May-12
  • Conference: Deep Truth (Gregg Braden)                                                       12-May-12
  • Lecture: The Feeling Practice of Awareness – Part 1                                    17-Oct-12
  • Lecture: The Feeling Practice of Awareness – Part 2                                    24-Oct-12
  • Lecture: Absolute Freedom: The Path to Love, Devotion… - Part 1              14-Nov-12
  • Lecture: Absolute Freedom: The Path to Love, Devotion… - Part 2              21-Nov-21
  • Lecture: Honoring the Gate: Blessing, Gratitude… - Part 1                           12-Dec-12
  • Lecture: Honoring the Gate: Blessing, Gratitude… - Part 2                            19-Dec-12
  • Lecture: The 3 Stages of Awakening - Part 1                                                 09-Jan-13
  • Lecture: Sacred Attention: Awakening, Liberation, Spirituality                       16-Jan-13
  • Lecture: Sacred Attention: Awakening, Liberation, Spirituality                       30-Jan-13
  • Lecture: The 3 Stages of Awakening - Part 2                                                 06-Feb-13
  • Lecture: The Heart of Compassion                                                                 20-Feb-13
  • Lecture: How the Soul is Born into the World                                                 06-Mar-13
  • Lecture: Authentic Love and The Birth of The Soul                                        20-Mar-13
  • Lecture: The Intuition of Eternity                                                                     03-Apr-13
  • Lecture: The End of Seeking                                                                          17-Apr-13
  • Lecture: Threshold of Transformation                                                             08-May-13
  • Lecture: The Crucible of Awakening (Part 1)                                                  22-May-13
  • Lecture: Awakening the Heart Nature (Part 1)                                                05-Jun-13
  • Lecture: The Crucible of Awakening (Part 2)                                                  19-Jun-13
  • Lecture: Awakening the Heart Nature (Part 2)                                                03-Jul-13
  • Lecture: The Philozovo: Responding to The Call of The Divine                     17-Jul-13
  • Lecture: The Novena Teachings: Surrender                                                   18-Sep-13
  • Lecture: The Novena Teachings: Relationships                                             02-Oct-13
  • Lecture: The Novena Teachings: Anger                                                         16-Oct-13
  • Lecture: The Noveva Teachings: Now                                                            30-Oct-13
  • Lecture: The Novena Teachings: Disenchantment                                         13-Nov-13
  • Lecture: The Novena Teachings: Love                                                           27-Nov-13
  • Lecture: The Novena Teachings: Maturity                                                      11-Dec-13
  • Lecture: The Hsüan-Hsüeh Discourses: Penetrating Wisdom                       12-Feb-14
  • Lecture: The Hsüan-Hsüeh Discourses: Transcending Separation               26-Feb-14
  • Lecture: The Hsüan-Hsüeh Discourses: Locating Destiny                             12-Mar-14
  • Lecture: Hsuan-Hsueh - Spiritual Baptism                                                     27-Mar-14
  • Lecture: Silent Thunder - The Crucible of Awakening - Part 1                       14-May-14
  • Lecture: Silent Thunder - The Crucible of Awakening - Part 2                       28-May-14
  • Lecture: Silent Thunder - Awakening the Heart Nature - Part 1                     11-Jun-14
  • Lecture: Silent Thunder - Awakening the Heart Nature - Part 2                     25-Jun-14
  • Lecture: Silent Thunder - The Philozovo                                                        23-Jul-14
  • Lecture: Being Born A Human Being                                                             01-Jul-15
  • Lecture: Who Needs A Guru?                                                                        15-Jul-15
  • Lecture: To Realize Consciousness                                                               05-Aug-15
  • Lecture: Resistance to Freedom                                                                    19-Aug-15
  • Lecture: Poor or Rich? A Discussion of Vision                                               02-Sep-15
  • Lecture: I Am Responsible for Myself / I am Responsible for You                 16-Sep-15
  • Lecture: Wherefore Art Thou? The God who has Forsaken me...                 30-Sep-15
  • Lecture: Arriving at Truth                                                                                14-Oct-15
  • Lecture: A Spiritual Autobiography                                                                 28-Oct-15


Writing and Published Works:

  • Regular contributor (monthly) to Spiritual Guidance e-newsletter
  • Regular contributor (monthly) to Spiritual Guidance blog
  • Articles
            - What is Spirituality?
            - Spiritual Practice
            - The Impediments to Spirituality
  • Books
            - Life with Sherwin: A Caregiver’s Loving Spiritual Journey


Books and Texts Studied:

  • Sacred texts of the Faith Traditions:
            - Buddhism - Dhammapada, The Tibetan Book of the Dead
            - Christianity - The Holy Bible
            - Confucianism - Analects, Doctrine of the Mean, Great Learning
            - Hinduism - Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads
            - Islam - Koran
            - Judaism - Torah
            - Taoism - Tao Te Ching
            - The Baha`i Faith - The Hidden Words, The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-lqan), 
              The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys

  • A Caregiver's Guide: A Handbook About End-of-Life Care - Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • A Course in Miracles - Foundation for Inner Peace
  • A Healed Mind Does Not Plan - Allen A. Watson
  • Active Spirituality: A Guide for Seekers and Ministers - Kent Ira Groff
  • All Pets Go to Heaven: The Spiritual Lives of The Animals we Love - Sylvia Browne
  • Art of True Healing (The) - Israel Regardie
  • At the Feet of the Master - Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Autobiography of A Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Barefoot on Holy Ground: Twelve Lessons in Spiritual Craftsmanship - Gloria D. Karpinski
  • Be an Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace - Ayya Khema
  • Becoming Enlightened - His Holiness The Dalai Lama
  • Bible Code (The) - Michael Drosnin 
  • Bible Code II (The): The Countdown - Michael Drosnin 
  • Both my Houses: From Politics to Priesthood - Sean O'Sullivan
  • Coming Back to Life: The After-Effects of the Near-Death Experience - P.M.H. Atwater
  • Crystal Bible (The): A Definitive Guide to Crystals - Judy Hall
  • Cunningham's Guide to Hawaiian Magic & Spirituality - Scott Cunningham
  • Dharma Sky: Talks on Psychological and Spiritual Understanding and Renewal for the Modern Era - Richard Harvey
  • Dialogue on Awakening - Tom and Linda Carpenter
  • Edgar Cayce's Story of the Old Testament: From Solomon's Glories to the Birth of Jesus - Robert W. Krajenke
  • Essenes (The): Children of the Light - Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis 
  • Essential Rumi (The) - Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Facing East, Praying West: Poetic Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises - Kent Ira Groff
  • Finding our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices - Brian McLaren
  • Flight of Consciousness: A Contemporary Map for the Spiritual Journey - Richard Harvey
  • Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All - Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
  • Gift of Years (The): Growing Older Gracefully - Joan Chittister
  • Glimpses of World Religions - Jaico Publishing House 
  • Golf and the Spirit: Lessons for The Journey - M. Scott Peck
  • Golf for Enlightenment - Deepak Chopra
  • Good-bye to Guilt: Releasing Fear Through Forgiveness - Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
  • Great Religions of the World - Huston Smith, et. al. 
  • Hand in Hand: Recovery and Miracles - Bette Jean Cundiff
  • Healing Your Rift with God: A Guide to Spiritual Renewal and Ultimate Healing - Paul Sibcy
  • Heart of the Soul (The): Emotional Awareness - Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
  • Hidden Messages in Water (The) - Masaru Emoto
  • Hidden Spirituality of Men (The): Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine - Matthew Fox
  • How Can I Help: Stories and Reflections on Service - Ram Dass and Paul Gorman
  • How to Know God: The Soul's Journey Into The Mystery of Mysteries - Deepak Chopra, M.D.
  • "I AM DISCOURSES" (The): Saint Germain Series Volume 3 - Ascended Master Saint Germain
  • It's All Mind: The Simplified Philosophy of A Course in Miracle - Edwin Navarro
  • Jesus and Israel - Jules Isaac
  • Jewish Way in Death and Mourning (The) - Maurice Lamm
  • Journey Home (The) - Allen Watson
  • Journey of A Soul - John Roger
  • Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook - Ram Dass
  • Journey of Souls - Michael Newton, Ph.D.
  • Journeymen: A Spiritual Guide for Men (and for Women who Want to Understand Them) - Kent Ira Groff
  • Ladies and Gentlemen! Daring to live what the soul already knows - John J. Heney
  • Laws of Spirit (The): A Tale of Transformation - Dan Millman
  • Life You Were Born to Live (The): A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose - Dan Millman
  • Lives of the Master: The Rest of the Jesus Story - Glenn Sanderfur
  • Living Divine Relationships - Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha
  • Love is Letting go of Fear - Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
  • Magdalen Manuscript (The): The Alchemies of Horus and the Sex Magic of Isis - Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion
  • Moksha Dawn: Talks on A Radical and Innovative Approach to Spirituality and the Sacred in the 21st Century - Richard Harvey
  • New American Spirituality (The): A Seeker's Guide - Elizabeth Lesser
  • On Zen Practice: Body, Breath and Mind - Taizan Maezumi and Bernie Glassman
  • Order of Melchizedek (The): Love, Willing Service, and Fulfillment - Rev. Daniel Chesbro
  • Out of Darkness Into The Light: A Journey of Inner Healing - Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. 
  • Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions - Robert McDowell
  • Red Thread of Passion (The): Spirituality and the Paradox of Sex - David Guy
  • Return to The Sacred: Ancient Pathways to Spiritual Awakening - Jonathan A. Allerby
  • Ringing Cedar Series (The) - Vladimir Megre (9 books)
  • Saint (The), the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires - Robin Sharma
  • Searching for Spiritual Unity...Can There Be Common Ground? - Robyn E. Lebron 
  • Seat of the Soul (The) - Gary Zukav
  • Secret Life of Plants (The) - Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
  • $elling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion - Jeremy Carrette and Richard King
  • Sex, Spirit and You - John Roger
  • Shame: The Exposed Self - Michael Lewis
  • Soul of Tomorrow's Church (The): Weaving Spiritual Practices in Ministry Together - Kent Ira Groff
  • Spirit Whisperer (The): Chronicles of A Medium - John Holland
  • Spiritual Labyrinth (The): A Guide Through the Myths, Symbols, Practices and Pitfalls of New Age Philosophy - June Mewhort
  • Spiritual Practices for Beginners and Leaders - Kent Ira Groff
  • Spirituality Matters for Committee Meetings - Kent Ira Groff
  • Staying Well With Guided Imagery - Belleruth Naparstek
  • Take Me to Truth: Undoing the Ego - Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira
  • Thoughts from the Seat of the Soul: Meditations for Souls in Process - Gary Zukav
  • Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (The) - Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Tom Sawyer and the Spiritual Whirlwind - Sidney Saylor Farr
  • Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
  • Ultimate Crystal (The) - Jennifer Bernius
  • Walking A Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as A Spiritual Practice - Lauren Artress
  • Way of the Shaman (The) - Michael Harner
  • What Animals Can Teach Us about Spirituality: Inspiring Lessons from Wild and Tame Creatures - Diana L. Guerrero
  • What Tom Sawyer Learned from Dying - Sidney Saylor Farr
  • What Would I Believe If I Didn't Believe Anything?: A Handbook for Spiritual Orphans - Kent Ira Groff
  • Why Cafe (The) - John P. Strelecky
  • Wisdom of Solitude (The): A Zen Retreat in the Woods - Jane Dobisz
  • Wisdom Walk: Nine Practices for Creating Peace and Balance from the World's Spiritual Traditions - Sage Bennet, PhD
  • Wounded Healer (The): Ministry in Contemporary Society - Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Writing Tides: Finding Grace and Growth through Writing - Kent Ira Groff
  • You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty!: Water for Health, for Healing, for Life - F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
  • Your Essential Self: The Inner Journey to Authenticity and Spiritual Enlightenment - Richard Harvey
  • Zen Buddhism - Christmas Humphreys
  • Zoroastrian Faith (The) - S.A. Nigosian