meditation summer school

Nourish Your Soul

The summer meditation school program offers instruction and a supportive community to help sustain a personal practice of meditation. Each session includes a presentation on an aspect of Mindfulness Meditation, 30 minutes of silent sitting with periodic guidance, and practice-oriented discussion. It is an opportunity for deepening into the silence that allows for an awakening of the heart.


Meditation Summer School 2017

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Coming Summer 2017 on Tuesdays





Joe Mitchell, a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious community, is president of the Earth & Spirit Center. 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 spirituality, meditation courses, religious environmental programs, as well as workshops in the new cosmology and Great Work


Kathleen Kaelin, an Ursuline Sister of Mount St. Joseph, 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. 


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. 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. 


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.


Dr. Chris Schrodt received his Medical Degree from the University of Louisville, and completed his psychiatric residency training at the University of Massachusetts in 1994. 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, Chris has integrated these techniques into his clinical practice as a psychiatrist.


Kabir Helminski is a translator of the works of Rumi and others; a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order, which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi; co-director of The Threshold Society; and a Director of the Baraka Institute. His books on spirituality, Living Presence and The Knowing Heart, have been published in at least eight languages. In 2009 Kabir was named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. He has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people.


Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO, has been a monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani since 1958.  He had his initial formation with Thomas Merton, studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and has assisted in the direction of the Thomas Merton International Society, and the Thomas Merton Institute of Spiritual Practice.  He appeared in the Festival of Faiths in 2015, and has been publishing poems and photography for the last twenty years.

Kyle Kramer 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. 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). 


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. 



Classes can be taken individually at a drop-in rate of $20. No pre-registration is required.

The individual classes are not full.