Faculty

Joe MitchellSchool of Meditation

Joseph Mitchell, CP  

Joe Mitchell is a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious community. He studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His ministry includes presenting retreats in Christian spirituality, meditation courses, religious environmental programs, as well as workshops in the new cosmology and Great Work.

 

Lois LuckettSchool of Meditation

Lois Luckett, LCSW, CHT 

Lois has been in private practice as a Holistic/Transpersonal Therapist for over 30 years.  She is a Certified Hakomi teacher (a body-centered psychotherapy based on mindfulness).  Lois has presented extended workshops on Dream Work and taught Continuing Education for other Clinicians.  She has been practicing meditation for over 40 years utilizing the teachings of Edgar Cayce, TM, Shambhala, and Insight Meditation.  She serves on University Hospital’s Ethics Board, is co-chair of St. William Compassionate Commitment Committee and, with her wonderful husband Jim, has raised four fine fellows.  

   

Tim DarstSchool of Earth Literacy

Tim Darst 

Tim Darst has a Masters in Environmental Education from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. He is the Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, a non-profit organization that works to help people make the connection between theology and ecology.  He serves on the board of directors of the Louisville Sustainability Council and the Louisville Climate Action Network, and is on the Advisory Committee for the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Waste Management District. Tim has taught Theology at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati and serves on the Louisville Sustainability Council Board of Directors, Louisville Climate Action Network Board of Directors, University of Louisville Sustainable Operations Committee, and the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Waste Management District Advisory Committee.

 

Phyllis FitzgeraldSchool of Social Compassion

Phyllis Fitzgerald 

Phyllis Fitzgerald, an environmental educator and activist for more than 30 years, has served in government, corporate, non-profit, and school settings. She holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, with additional training and experience in environmental education, air pollution, energy conservation, sustainable food, community building, and gardening. She has worked as a journalist for The Courier-Journal and WAVE-TV.

 

John ShealySchool of Meditation

John Shealy, PhD

John Shealy, PhD, a licensed psychologist in private practice, specializes in Integral Psychotherapy and MBSR. He has practiced and taught mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. John’s teaching style is experiential, intimate and challenging. Drawing from a unique combination of education and training, commitment to personal practice and diverse life experience, he guides and supports his students as they establish a life-long practice of emotional healing, spiritual growth and transformation. You can learn more about John by visiting his website www.BeMindful.org 

 

Glenda Hodges CookSchool of Meditation

Glenda Hodges-Cook, RN

Glenda Hodges-Cook has been practicing insight meditation for thirty-five years.  Her initial instruction was with Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield.  She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program offered through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California. Her current teachers are John Travis, Heather Martin and Donald Rothberg. She has led the Louisville Vipassana Community for the past ten years. Glenda has a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and is on the adjunct faculty at Indiana University Southeast.  She has four sons and three grandchildren. 

Deb OserSchool of Meditation

Deborra Oser

Deborra Clark Oser is the Principal of Deborra Clark Oser & Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in transformational leadership and the field of human development. Deborra has over twenty years of experience in both line and staff positions inside global corporations. Deborra is a certified Integral Coach and spiritual director. She specializes in coaching women who are in transition, or who are exploring their leadership contribution, especially how to make a difference in the world.  In addition to her work in the corporate setting and as an independent consultant and coach, Deborra has served as adjunct faculty in the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University, a premier private institution, where she also received her M.B.A. 

 

Chris SchrodtSchool of Meditation

Chris Schrodt, MD

Dr. Schrodt received his Medical Degree from the University of Louisville, and completed his psychiatric residency training at the University of Massachusetts in 1994. In addition to training in cognitive therapy, meditation, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and hypnosis, he is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained clinician. While at the University of Massachusetts, he completed an internship in the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. A practitioner of various meditation styles since age 15, Dr. Schrodt has integrated these techniques into his clinical practice. For many years, he was the staff psychiatrist at the Marten Center for Complementary Medicine and Pain Management at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, and was Medical Director of the Adult and Geriatric Psychiatric Services, with special expertise in dual diagnosis, mood disorders, and anxiety syndrome.

 

Emily DeMoorSchool of Earth Literacy

Emily DeMoor

Dr. DeMoor is Assistant Professor of Education at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.  She holds a Master of Musicology from Tulane University, a Master of Pastoral Studies with a focus in Religion and Ecology from Loyola University New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, with a focus in Environmental Education. She has worked as an educator and community activist with a particular focus on the natural world, agriculture, systems thinking, and sustainability in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Kentucky. She has published and presented widely to national and international audiences on the topics of spirituality and creation, the garden as curriculum, and the impact of Hurricane Katrina. 

 

Trish TullSchool of Earth Literacy

Patricia Tull

Dr. Tull is A. B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and is an ordained Presbyterian minister.  She writes on Scripture and ecology for lay, clergy, student, and scholarly audiences; teaches, preaches, and lectures, leads pilgrimages across town and around the world; and serves in editorial capacities for several academic publishers. She is a GreenFaith fellow, Climate Reality presenter, and member of Compassionate Louisville, Jeffersonville Main Street, 350.org.  She also serves as Affiliate Developer for Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, working with Indiana congregations to conserve energy.  Her most recent book is Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis.  She blogs at  http://inhabitingeden.org.

 

Kathleen KaelinSchool of Meditation

Kathleen Kaelin

Kathleen Kaelin has an MA in Counseling Psychology with certifications in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Internal Family Systems.  She is in private practice as a transpersonal therapist and spiritual guide, with a passion for integrating eastern and western and evolutionary spirituality. 

 

 

 

 

Pamela CottonSchool of Meditation

Pamela Cotton, Ph.D.

Pamela Cotton, Ph.D. is trained in clinical psychology and had a psychotherapy private practice for many years.  She studied meditation in several traditions and incorporated mindfulness into her work with her clients. Pamela has shifted focus from clinical practice to writing and coaching, integrating mindfulness with resilience development.  She has written several books, including Mindful Resilience,Grief:  Finding Peace, and Compassion in Leadership.  Her coaching clients learn to integrate mindfulness into their lives and use current life challenges as opportunities for growth and personal transformation.  She greatly values personal development and continues her own studies and mindfulness practice.

 

 

School of Earth LiteracyKyle Kramer

Kyle Kramer, MDiv

 Kyle Kramer did his undergraduate studies at Indiana University (Bloomington) and the Universität Hamburg (Germany) in comparative religion, Germanic studies, and vocal music.  He earned a Master of Divinity from Emory University and has lived and worked for over two decades at the intersection of ecology and spirituality. He and his family spent fifteen years as organic farmers and homesteaders in Spencer County, Indiana. He also served as the director of graduate theology programs and spiritual formation for Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology. A nationally known speaker and writer, Kyle is a current columnist for St. Anthony Messenger magazine, a former columnist for America magazine, serves as a Catholic Climate Ambassador for the Catholic Climate Covenant, and is the author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt (Ave Maria Press, 2010).  A trained musician and former parish music director, Kyle sings and also plays piano and guitar.

 

 

Natasha BurrowesSchool of Social Compassion 
School of Meditation

Natasha Burrowes, MATS

Natasha Burrowes is a spiritual director, workshop leader, retreat facilitator, educator, and writer. Her educational, professional, and ministerial pathways have focused on the intersections of spirituality and justice making. Natasha has over 20 years of experience working in nonprofit, higher education, community-based, and faith-based settings. She earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Transforming Spirituality (MATS) with an emphasis in Spiritual Direction from Seattle University’s School for Theology and Ministry and also earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies and African AmericanStudies. 

 

 

School of Social CompassionHarry Pickens
School of Meditation

Harry Pickens

Harry Pickens, B.A, CAPP (Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology), is an award-winning performing artist, educator, positive psychology practitioner, and life transformation coach. As pianist and composer, his multifaceted musical career has featured collaborations with hundreds of the world’s great jazz artists, choral works featuring the poetry of Wendell Berry, and a recent performance for the Dalai Lama. Mr. Pickens has also served as a classroom teacher on elementary, middle, and high school and collegiate levels; presented seminars and workshops nationally on leadership, personal mastery, team building, communication, and social entrepreneurship; and created/promoted community-wide celebrations that tap the power of the arts to inspire positive social change. As a positive psychology practitioner and life transformation coach, he develops and shares practical applications of cutting-edge research in the science of wellbeing.