Michael Fisher, a philosopher/artist/designer/curricularist at-heart, who has studied and applied the work of Ken Wilber and other integral theorists to the general area of curriculum theory and instruction, healing and spiritual development, and specifically to change, transformation and social emancipatory praxis, since the early 1980s. His philosophy is liberational and grounded not so much in the human potential or new age movements of which he is often critical, but located more on a path beginning with the theory and practice of Critial Pedagogy of the Conflict Tradition, Re-evaluation Co-counseling, Integral Studies, Sacred Warriorship Studies, Feminist Studies, and the Fearlessness Tradition. A self-proclaimed fearologist and cultural critic, therapeutic counselor, artist and educator, with a BSc in Environmental Biology, a BEd in Science Secondary Education, an M.A. in Adult Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, his transdisciplinary research as a scholar and public intellectual has led to many published exhibitions, monographs and articles-- while he continues to lecture, coach and counsel in private practice, facilitate workshops in communications and conflict resolution, and engage in trans(per)formative artistic practices and collaborations. He is former founder/teacher of the School of Sacred Warriorship (1993-96), co-founder and Director of the In Search of Fearlessness Research Institute (1989-), Calgary, AB, Canada, and founder Director of the Center for Spiritual Inquiry & Integral Education. A prolific writer with over two hundred publications since 1974, his latest book, The World's Fearlessness Teachings: A Critical Integral Approach to Fear Management/Education for the 21st Century was published in the late fall of 2010 by University Press of America (Rowman & Littlefield) (book brochure). Michael is a certified school teacher and a Level-2 Spiral Dynamics Integral Technology facilitator. His latest collaborative online virtual Museum of Fearology project can be followed at http://beamsandstruts.com/bits-a-pieces/item/905-coming-soon-to-beams-and-struts-the-museum-of-fearology. Born and raised in Western Canada, he has recently moved to Carbondale, IL, USA with his wife/partner, Barbara Bickel. Michael (pronounced my-ky-el), formerly Robert M. Fisher. He lives in conscious abstinence as spiritual practice without a motor vehicle, ownership of house or land, TV set, and the titilation of Twitter and Facebook.
Treesong is an educator, author, community radio host, and Real Life Superhero. As an undergraduate student in philosophy at SIUC, he bridged the gap between theory and practice. While he was studying environmental ethics in his courses, Treesong was also exploring applied environmental ethics through his involvement in the Student Environmental Center at SIUC and other grassroots ecological and social justice organizations. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from SIUC in 2000, completed the Ecology and Community program at the Institute for Social Ecology in 2001 and 2002, and completed a Permaculture Consultant Design Course at the Earth Activist Training in 2006.
Treesong is the author of Revolution of One: A Simple Guide to Reclaiming Your Life and Transforming Our World. This book draws on an understanding of dialectical and integral philosophy to present a simple and accessible self-help program for personal growth and community development.
Currently, Treesong is working on several writing projects as well as curriculum development and research at CSIIE.
Zachary Seibert is an Oracle, Wisdom Teacher, and Energetic Practitioner. Spiritually awakened at a very young age, his entire life has been dedicated to the expansion of consciousness. He has studied a wide variety of energetic and divination techniques, from which he has constructed his own unique modalities designed to unfold the spiritual potential of his clients. Zachary offers classes and workshops on consciousness and spiritual technologies drawn from the benefit of his extensive explorations and research. He graduated from the South West Institute of Healing Arts with a degree in Mind-Body Transformational Psychology in 2009.
Zachary is the founder of Ascension Arts, his private practice in complementary therapies and wisdom teachings. He became an Associate Instructor with the Center for Spiritual Inquiry & Integral Education in January of 2011 and the Head of the Department of Spiritual Arts & Technologies in May. Zachary is the channel-author of Ten-Thousand Messiahs in the Temple of Knowledge, and is currently working on developing an ongoing video ethnography on the culture and practices of contemporary spiritual practitioners.
Barbara Bickel is a practicing a/r/tographer who combines art, education and research practices in a postmodern and integral way. Philosophically, Bickel is a spiritual feminist and completed her dissertation (2008) as a co-researcher with a group of diverse women leaders on a multi-faith planning team. She has received an outstanding dissertation award from the Arts-based SIG of the American Educational Research Association and has published extensively in journals such as Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Visual Culture and Gender, Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Journal of Arts and Community. She is currently Assist. Prof. of Art Education & Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her art and research can be seen at http://www.barbara.bickel.com. Barbara is co-founder and artist-member of Gestare Art Collective http://www.gestareartcollective.com. Her current interest to teach at CSIIE on occasions will be around her work with art, the labyrinth, and Matrixial approaches to inquiry in the spiritual domain (a la Bracha L. Ettinger). For a detailed CV: bickelcv
Jim Hanson has been a professor of community development, college instructor of sociology, and a business and development consultant for many agencies. He supports and is involved in several service groups and is a founding member of Shawnee Ventures LLP, Carbondale, Il. He lives with his wife in Collinsville, IL. Jim is recipient of two Buddhist lay ordinations and an independent scholar interested in the role of postmodernism, ontology, and nondual philosophy related to integral philosophy. Currently in retirement, he continues an active research and writing schedule. His many articles have appeared in esteemed journals such as The American Rationalist, Phenomenological Inquiry, Asian Philosophy, Buddhist-Christian Studies, Theology Today, and the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy and he has written two books: The Next Cold War: American Alternatives in the Twentieth Century (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996) and The Decline of the American Empire (Westport, CT: Prager, 1993). In his spare time, when he is not meditating and enjoying life, he lectures and teaches courses now and then.
Ken Markley is a social worker, certified Family Mediator with Family Mediation Canada and a faculty member of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. His professional career spans forty years of working with youth, families and social service clients. He has a masters degree in Adult Education and is currently a private consultant (www.markley.ca). His research, writing and teaching interests involve ways to apply an integral approach to social work and mediation. He has adopted a spiritual orientation to his life and work and is interested in bringing forth other integral theorists less well-known than Ken Wilber, such as Steve McIntosh. He is trained and certified in Level-II Spiral Dynamics Integral Technologies. Ken lives with his wife and dog on the beautiful shores of the Sunshine Coast of the Pacific Ocean in British Columbia. markley(resume)
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