Alumni Messenger


Alumna Renee Levi, PhD 03 is Associated with the Powers of Place Initiative


Alumna Renee Levi, PhD 03 has been associated with the Powers of Place Initiative over the last year.

You are invited to visit the new Powers of Place website:

The web site, which explores how place, space and environment contributes to individual and collective transformation, was created by a small but growing international network of people supported by the Fetzer Institute. We believe that places are alive. We believe that right relationship between people and place results in tremendous transformative power. Over the past two years we've convened a series of meetings and research initiatives, the results of which are now available on our site.

We hope and suspect that the site will not only confirm what you've suspected all along, but also stimulate your thinking in new and unexpected ways. We expect that it will introduce you to a vital network of international practitioners who are together defining and shaping this new field of study and practice. We would be honored if you join us and hope that you'll add your experience to our growing knowledge base as this important new field takes shape.

Saybrook Alumni Haiti Effort


Dear Saybrook Faculty, Staff, Board Members, and Alumni,

Earlier, I spoke with Saybrook alumna and immigrant from Haiti, Marie Fonrose, Ph.D. ’03, who thinks that mental health issues are going to become more serious in Haiti as this crisis progresses. She has an uncle in Haiti who is already showing signs of earthquake related stress, including delusions. The lack of food and water, and the potential for disease are systemic, and the situation will no doubt continue to get worse. People living in suburban areas just outside the city are already out of water and food, and relief efforts have not reached them. Marie would like to go to Haiti and offer therapy and counseling, especially in areas that are going unnoticed by larger humanitarian efforts.

The Alumni Association and Saybrook University would like to help Marie with the purchase of a plane ticket and living expenses, so she can go to Haiti for a month or two as a therapist/counselor. Marie has experience as a therapist, has worked with Haitian immigrants in the DC area, and knows the language and culture of Haiti, having immigrated to the US at the age of 12. She is also experiencing this current devastation from a personal perspective, with 11 of her relatives having died in this quake, including a half-brother, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

If you’d like to help Marie go to Haiti, send Tax-Deductible Donations written to Saybrook University to my attention at the address below. You can also make a donation on the website to the Alumni Campaign Fund . Please send an email to the , letting me know what portion of your donation should be designated for this effort.

May our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti,


Saybrook University Press Release


Dear Alumni (For the Press Release, See Link Below):

This week marks an important milestone for our community. Today we distributed the attached press release making the formal announcement of our transformation into Saybrook University. We’re excited to share the word of our innovative programs and highlight our community’s accomplishments.

As members of our community, you are our most powerful messengers to communicate our story. I would like to invite you to help us spread the word about the exciting changes taking place.
· Tell your Network: Letyour online network know about our University and its Colleges by posting a link to the website as your Facebook status, tweeting the news that the University has arrived, or writing a post on your blog.
· Tell a Story: Share a story about what the University and/or your College means to you. No pamphlet or brochure can match the power of your personal account.
Thank you all for your efforts to help us launch our new University.



Sigrid Badinelli
Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Development

To See Press Release Click Here

Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member Kirk Schneider Announces Radio interviews and a Book Signing for “Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation”


Alumnus and Saybrook Faculty Member Kirk Schneider Announces Radio Interviews and a Book Signing for Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation (Jason Aronson, 2009)

Interview with Michael Krasny, host of KQED’s Forum
Thursday Feb. 4th, 10 am

Kirk and several of the book’s contributors will give a talk and signing at
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday Feb. 6th, 4pm

Kirk was interviewed by Michael Toms of New Dimensions radio
Airs Jan. 27-Feb. 2 Worldwide (according to Kirk, this was a very spirited and informative show in my view), See Below:

New Dimensions Media is featuring an interview with Kirk Schneider, on its worldwide broadcast schedule, in January.
Reawakening to Life’s Great Adventure Hosted by Michael Toms. Program 3327

It will air the week, January 27 – February 2, 2010 (broadcast week begins on Wednesdays) on stations throughout the U.S. and Australia. You can also hear it streaming for free on the New Dimensions website for two weeks beginning Jan 27th or you can download it for a small fee beginning Jan 1st. Go to "Listening Options" in their website for a list of stations and carry "New Dimensions."

Topics explored in this dialogue:
* How our culture insulates us from experiencing awe
* Why is awe important in your life
* Why we are drawn to horror films and science fiction
* How your dog or cat can help you tap into the awesomeness of life
* Why efficiency interferes with inspiration
From the dark terror of his own breakdown, Kirk Schneider has come to live in a state of awe. He explored the roots of his nightmares and anxiety, and the habits that kept him depressed and disengaged, and found that life is something to marvel at. Now he shares the long, winding road he traveled from there to here, and offers guideposts each of us can use to find our own way. Join him as he explains the reasons we spend so much of our lives disengaged from our sense of wonder, and the many tools and teachers that surround us, ready to help us regain it. The rewards, he assures us, are many. "Awe is a vital way of experiencing life," he says. "It has the capacity to lift one out of one's narrow identifications. We so often get stuck in certain fears or judgments. And awe is able to acknowledge that we’re creatures, we're anxious, we're fragile somewhat. But at the same time it points us to the more--the more of who we are and the more of what we're participating in." Inspired by the wisdom of Dr. Schneider you’ll find a renewed capacity to occupy parts of your being that you may not have considered before--your most vital, essential self.
Program #3327 59:00 Minutes
Justine Willis Toms, PhD (hon)
Co-founder, Managing Producer
New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network

Kirk J. Schneider, PhD

Alumnus David Whitsitt, PhD '08 Publishes Article on Illness and Meaning


Alumnus David Whitsitt, PhD '08 Publishes Illness and Meaning: A Review of Select Writings in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Vol 50, No.1, 108-131.

The Goddess Cycle: A Ritual of Renewal April 2010-Berkeley, CA


The Goddess Cycle: A Ritual of Renewal April 2010.

All relevant info can be found here:

Where: Berkeley, CA, 4/6/2010
Press contact: or

In collaboration with The Fellowship of the Spiral Path: The Goddess Cycle: A Ritual of Renewal" April 6, 2010.
Libretto: Lezlie Kinyon
Original Compositions: Lauren Renee Hotchkiss (music Director), Diana Rowan, Theodosia, Bon Singer

In order of appearance:
Mark O'Neil as Tiresias, Theodosia as Arke, The Supplicant, Michael Schemel as The Forest God, Roberta Gould as Medea, Hallie Frazer as Spider Woman, Diana Rowan as Calypso, Bon Singer as The Queen of Heaven, Diana Dorell, Varsha, Carol Jaron - others.

Artists: Faye Douglass-Johnson, Emily Mehr, Clarice Schawrk, Denita Beneshek, Michael Schemel, Kai Schuman, Lezlie Kinyon (Art Direction)
Ritual facilitators: Herb de Grasse and Ren Monson

Therapist/Teacher Training in Non-Dual Therapy w/Peter Fenner in the Bay Area, CA


Therapist/Teacher Training in Non-Dual Therapy w/Peter Fenner in the Bay Area, CA

Peter will be in the Bay Area this January for an evening of nondual inquiry on Thurs Jan 14th (7pm) and a workshop on Sat Jan 16th (11am-5pm). Both events are sponsored by the East Bay Open Circle and are by donation. For more information visit

He will be available for one-on-one meetings with anyone who is interested in the Nondual Teacher and Therapist Training which will be offered in San Francisco from March 25, 2010 - Feb 6, 2011.

There is no charge for these meetings; you will have 45 minutes to meet with Peter, experience his work and ask any questions you have about the Training.

Meetings will be held at Marin Suites Hotel, 45 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925 on:

Wed Jan 13th / 9:30am - 9:15pm
Thurs Jan 14th / 9:30am - 4:15pm
Fri Jan 15th / 9:30am - 4:15pm

To schedule a meeting with Peter email Jonathan Taylor, You may also call 1(250)354-7511, or 1(877)723-6463.



Special announcement from Arne Collen:

MAY 3-18, 2010 in FLORENCE, ITALY
with Ron Pokrasso, David Hoptman, and Arne Collen


It is with great excitement that I am able to send you this special announcement of the forthcoming two week art workshop in Florence, Italy. After having taken this workshop under the apprenticeship of Santa Fe artist and printmaker Ron Pokrasso in 2006 and 2008, as well as artist and professional photographer David Hoptman, I am able to offer an opportunity to my students and colleagues to join us for this workshop in 2010. You will receive personal instruction from Ron in various means of printmaking, David in photoshop that is associated with printmaking, and myself in relating Ron and David’s instruction to methods of visual arts based inquiry. But the content of your two week workshop partly depends on your reasons for taking this workshop and its choices, which I detail after you read below the workshop description provided by Ron Pokrasso.
Teaming up with Ron and David is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I hope you as well, to be part of this workshop. Unfortunately, studio space and number of participants are limited. I expect this popular workshop to fill easily in the first quarter of 2010, as it did in past years. Therefore, if you can plan and budget to become part of it, please do. But read on and if seriously interested, consider acting as early as possible in the new year.
After reading the remainder of this special announcement, if you have a sincere interest, please contact both Ron Pokrasso ( to secure your place via a deposit, and myself ( to discuss which choice of participation best matches your needs and interests.

For more information, contact Ron Pokrasso, or have a look at his website,

The tuition for the program is $1800. A deposit of $500 should be sent immediately to secure a place. The deposit is fully refundable until January 31, 2010. Full payment is required by March 1, 2010. Checks should be made payable to Ron Pokrasso and sent to 24 Timberwick Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87508. You may also pay with Visa or MasterCard; however a 3% processing fee will be added to all credit card payments. Call 505 984 0827 or email .

Alumnus Greg Bogart, PhD '92 Releases Book on Dreamwork and Self-Healing


Greg Bogart, Ph.D, MFT, Saybrook class of 1992, has just released a new book, Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious, published by Karnac Books (London).

This book explores therapeutic dreamwork, archetypal themes and complexes, symbols such as the ouroboros, king, puer, wounded healer, and cross-gender imagery. The author shows that dreamwork is a natural antidepressant, is effective in transforming anger, bereavement, couples conflicts and impasses, and aids the process of individuation. The book explores synchronistic experiences and spiritual awakening in dreams, representations of the body in dreams, and breakthroughs into the light of pure awareness. The final chapter, “Taming Wild Horses,” explores animal dream symbolism and its importance for enhancing our human sexuality. The book also describes the Dream Mandala, a method of self-transformation through the union of opposites—the charged polarities of the personality.

The book is available from or

Here is a link to detailed info:

In addition to his work as a psychotherapist in the East Bay, Bogart currently teaches at Sonoma State University and in the Integral Counseling Psychology and East-West Psychology programs at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He also serves on the Research Faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

Saybrook University Website Now Online


The New Saybrook University Website is Now Online

Click Here: Saybrook University Website