Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
— Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
 

Associate Professor of Research, Department of Biochemistry
Weill Cornell Medicine
My professional bio

Co-Director, Microscopy and Image Analysis Core Facility,
Weill Cornell Medicine
Core Facility Website


Ordained Interspiritual and Interfaith minister
One Spirit Learning Alliance Minister page

Training candidate in Jungian analytic psychology
(currently on leave of absence)
Jungian Pyschoanalytic Association (JPA)

Student, Interspiritual Counseling Program
One Spirit Learning Alliance

Member, Spiritual Directors International
Spiritual Directors International

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Memberships

Spiritual Directors International (SDI)

International Association for Jungian Studies (IAJS)

The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)

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Ordination as interspiritual/interfaith minister

I trained at the two-year-long interspiritual/interfaith seminary program at the One Spirit Learning Alliance, and was ordained from there is 2017.  Please find a brief introduction to Interspirituality here.

Interspiritual Counseling Training

I am currently enrolled in the two-year program in Interspiritual Counseling at the One Spirit Learning Alliance.

Jungian Psychoanalytic Training (the first year)

I have completed Year 1 of training in Jungian Analytic Psychology at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA) in New York City. During this year, I studied:

  • Introduction to Jungian Theory and Practice (year-long)

  • Deep immersive reading of Carl Jung's Collected Work volumes 6, 7 and 9i

  • Introduction to DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

  • Frame of Analysis (importance of analytic space creation - both physical and psychological)

  • Ethics in Analysis

Dreaming Into the Dreamtime: Tapping the power of 7 world traditions for transformation; and
Living your Mythic Edge

I have completed these two deep dreamwork trainings with the world-renowned dream teacher, Robert Moss. I have also attended other shorter workshops with him.

Way of the Trickster; and
Liberating the Citizen Trickster in You

I have completed the above “mythic trickster training” programs with the dream teacher, Caroline Casey. Over the years, I have also had the great pleasure of "cavorting" one-on-one with Caroline. Caroline, more than anyone else, has opened me up to the mystical dimensions and the mythological power of the planets.

Anti-Career, Manifestation and Alchemy of Abundance approaches with Rick Jarow

I have worked closely with Rick Jarow since early 2000s, and consider him one of my primary mentors on this path. I coordinated the Manifestation Café started by Rick in New York City for five years, until 2017. Rick's approach is deeply influenced by Eastern mysticism (he spent years in India), as well as by Western esoteric traditions and Western astrology. The basic idea is to look inward for meaning and inspiration, and to create one's life and career from inside out, rather than trying to "fit into" what the outer world seems to demand of us.

Inner Relationship Focusing with Ann Weiser Cornell

I have completed the year-long training (levels 1-4) in Inner Relationship Focusing with Ann Weiser Cornell. Focusing is an inner-work modality, developed by the philosopher, Gene Genlin, where we train ourselves with sit with whatever arises in the moment, without judgment or pushing away anything. We learn to do this alone, and also to serve as a witness for another who is focusing. The title of Ann's book captures the spirit of this work: "The Radical Acceptance of Everything!"

Green Medicine: a training in herbalism with Peeka Trenkle

I have completed the 4-month Green Medicine training at the New York Open Center with Peeka Trenkle. Peeka is an intuitive healer, herbalist and homeopathic consultant with a deep interest in the integration of spiritual and physical healing. Peeka's approach to health and wellbeing is also deeply intertwined with ecological awareness and the wellbeing of Mother Earth.

Feeding Your Demons: Tibetan Buddhist training with Lama Tsultrim Allione

I completed Kapala Training Level 1 (also called “Feeding Your Demons” retreat) at the magical Tara Mandala Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, with Lama Tsultrim Allione, during which I received the Prajna Paramita transmission from her. Feeding Your Demons is a simplified and easily learnt version of the ancient Tibetan Buddhist Chöd Practice.

Native American Shamanic Work

I have attended several workshops and done personal work with Olivia Olkowski, a curandera in the Peruvian Pachakuti Mesa tradition. I have attended workshops with Robert Moss, the shamanic-inspired dream teacher, and have attended several online workshops given by Sandra Ingerman. Plus, I have worked quite extensively with entheogenic plant medicine (South American traditions), which unfortunately, I am not at liberty to discuss publicly due to the sensitive nature of such work.

Yogini Sadhana Practices

I have participated in 21-day immersive practices with several different Goddesses with Chameli Ardagh, founder of Awakening Women Yogini Sadhana Practices. The one that I found the most transformative, and the most in sync with my Jungian worldview, was the 21-day immersion in the myth of the Sumerian/Akkadian Goddess, Inanna. The part of the myth we worked with was the journey of Inanna - the Goddess of Heaven and Earth - into the underworld, where she meets her "dark sister" - the Queen of the Underworld - Ereshkigal. The story is truly alchemical - complete with Inanna's death in the underworld, rotting of her corpse on the meat-hook, her resurrection by the little non-gendered beings sent for her rescue, and her eventual return to the middle earth, transformed (individuated).

Embodiment

I have training in classical Indian music (Hindustani vocal) and dance (Kathak). In addition, along with my ongoing Jungian analysis with Heide Kolb, I have worked for periods of time with a practitioner who combines dance and movement with focusing and psychotherapy (Barbara Chutroo), spirituality and dance with fitness training (Eileen Kelly) and a Rosen Method Bodyworker (Elizabeth Smith).

SoulCollage

I have been learning SoulCollage work in small and large group settings in New York City, with trained facilitators, Andrea Hunt and Patricia Llosa.

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