Confirmed for 2021

Sister Joan Chittister

Keynote Speaker

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Roshi Joan Halifax

Keynote Speaker and Institute Leader

Roshi Joan is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Dr. Barbara A Holmes​

Keynote Speaker and Institute Leader

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Mirabai Starr

Institute Leader and Speaker

Mirabai taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Her latest book is Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the
Women Mystics.

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Pat McCabe
(Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining)

Conference Ritual Leader and Spiritual Companion

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Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. 

Adam Bucko

Speaker and Workshop Leader

Adam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of
New York City’s homeless youth, and co-author with Matthew Fox of a new award-winning book called
Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation (Sacred Activism)He was recently appointed to serve as Minor Canon at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in New York, and launch the cathedral's new Center for Spiritual Imagination. Adam established HAB, an ecumenical and inter-spiritual “new monastic” fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

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Fr. Richard Rohr


Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy--practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Lucy Abbott Tucker

Speaker and Workshop Leader

Lucy Abbott Tucker has worked in adult formation and the preparation of people for the ministry of spiritual direction for thirty-six years. Lucy has been active in the work of Spiritual Directors International, serving on the first Coordinating Council, chairing the committee that prepared the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct, and working on the committee that prepared the Portrait of a Spiritual Director and the Principles for Training Programs.

Gillian Gonda

Speaker and Workshop Leader

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Gillian Gonda is engagement program director of the Fetzer Institute, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. She guides Fetzer’s storytelling and public engagement efforts—with strategies that support sacred relationship and connection. Gonda is a passionate advocate for restorative narratives and works to help media makers and storytellers of all kinds see the transformational potential of their work. Gonda has worked her entire career in the nonprofit sector, spending much of that time in public media and philanthropy leading communications, program strategy, community outreach, and public engagement.

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A renowned spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar, Dr. Holmes describes her life as a commitment to the struggle for justice, the healing of the human spirit, and the art of relevant and radical creativity. Her scholarship has focused on African American spirituality, mysticism, cosmology and culture. Her recent book is Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church.

Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights for over 50 years. Called “one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors” by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment draws on the wisdom of prophets–both ancient and modern–to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us.