FORA.tv Speaker - Alexander Shaia
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Alexander Shaia grew up as part of a large, extended family that had emigrated from Lebanon a generation previously. He grew up with the traditions of an ancient religion - Maronite Catholicism - and was expected to become a priest, a family tradition since the year 1300. Alexander chose otherwise.
He attended the University of Notre Dame and received a degree in cultural anthropology. Next came a Master's in Counseling Education, a Master's in Religious Education, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Then Alexander traveled to Switzerland where he studied with the originator of Sandplay, Jungian Analyst, Dora Kalff, and spent additional time at the Jung Institute. Returning to the United States, many years of teaching, and study continued to build on a life-long practice of prayer.
Dr. Shaia is the founder and creative director of the Blue Door Retreat; a place dedicated to the practices of depth spirituality and the nurturing of soul. The center is committed to providing guest quarters with a rustic elegance, as well as retreats and trainings that integrate depth psychology, spiritual practice, and creative expression. The center also offers weekly and seasonal meditation practices in the spirit of depth Christianity.
03.09.08 | 00:58:32 min
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