The Mystic Heart Wisdom School is a year-long spiritual formation program that builds on the Core Curriculum of Seton Cove and provides an in-depth study of the Wisdom Tradition. Below you will find more information about the facilitators of this program. Interested in learning more? Sign-up for one of our upcoming information sessions.
Patricia Speier, DMin, is Director of the Seton Cove and Senior Director of Formation for Ascension. She is a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat facilitator who specializes in the use of literature and writing for spiritual growth and ethical development. She is passionate about the connection between Spirituality and Leadership and has developed the Leadership Pilgrimage, a year long intensive for leaders in all fields (business, medicine, law, religion, non-profit) which is now in its 13th year. Speier is a 2008 DMin graduate of Perkins School of Theology and a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest. She has studied spirituality at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico and Integral Spirituality with Ken Wilbur.
Gordon Peerman, D.Min., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia, Yale, and Vanderbilt. He founded the Saint Thomas Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program in 1997. As a vice president at Saint Thomas Health Services, he coordinated the dissemination of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to fourteen other hospitals in the United States. He is an Episcopal priest and has taught Buddhist Christian Dialogue at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He and his late wife Kathy Woods taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health.
Rev. Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, poet, author, spiritual director and retreat leader. Until her retirement, she taught classes in spirituality for the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Mary has authored nine books; the subjects include the spirituality of living with illness, rule of life, Celtic Christian spirituality, the Desert Mothers, and Julian of Norwich. Mary has offered presentations and retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings, including conferences of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Directors International, the International Thomas Merton Society and hospice organizations. She was included in the Living Spiritual Teachers project of Spirituality and Practice.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author of over two dozen books on religion and spirituality, including The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature and The Sacred Art of LovingKindness. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a PhD from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami currently co-directs One River Wisdom School, writes a regular column for Spirituality & Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, and hosts the weekly Internet radio show, How to be a Holy Rascal. His newest book is Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent.
Daniel Hope, MA is a formation manager, educator, and spiritual director at Seton Cove. Daniel was previously at Seminary of the Southwest where he worked in administration and earned his counseling degree with a focus on Marriage and Family therapy. While studying at Southwest he founded the marriage retreat and workshop series, The Commitment Project. Daniel is an alum of Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and is passionate about bringing spirituality and mindfulness into the workplace. Daniel also has a background in social media strategy and has spoken at 3 SXSW Interactive conferences regarding the intersection of technology, psychology and spirituality. Daniel and his wife, Leslie, are about to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and live in North Austin with their two daughters, Camilla and Violet and their toddler son, George.