board of directors
The Satyana Institute is a non-profit service and training organization. Our mission is to support individuals, communities, and organizations to combine inner work of the heart with outer service in the world. The name satyana comes from two sanskrit roots: sat, which means truth or being, and also refers to action aligned or suffused with spirit; and yana, which means vehicle. So "satyana" means a vehicle for action infused with the grace of spirit.
Satyana Institute has three principal program areas:
Leading with Spirit
Women’s Spiritual Mastery
Will Keepin, Ph.D., President and Executive Director. Will co-founded the Satyana Institute in 1996, and founded its Gender Reconciliation project (formerly Gender Reconciliation), which has organized more than fifty intensive gatherings in six countries for healing and reconciliation between women and men. A mathematical physicist with thirty scientific publications on sustainable energy and global warming, he presented testimony to European and Australian parliaments and the US House of Representatives, and became a whistleblower in nuclear science policy (recounted in The Cultural Creatives by Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson, Harmony Books, 2000). Will began practicing silent meditation in 1982, trained in transpersonal psychology, and has facilitated Holotropic Breathwork for 19 years (Grof Transpersonal Training). He leads retreats on interfaith spirituality, and is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, and adjunct faculty at Holy Names University. Will is author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation Between Women and Men (Hohm Press, 2007), co-editor of Song of the Earth: The Emerging Synthesis of Scientific and Spiritual Worldviews (Permanent Publications, 2009), and co-author of Women Healing Women (Hohm Press, 2009).
Cynthia Brix, M.Div, MA., Program Director. Cynthia is an interfaith minister specializing in international peacemaking, and spiritual direction for young adults. She is co-founder of the Women’s Spiritual Mastery project, and she co-directs the Gender Reconciliation project. A long-time student of Eknath Easwaran's Passage Meditation, Cynthia leads retreats on interfaith spirituality, and she is adjunct faculty at Holy Names University. She was formerly the Unitarian Universalist campus minister at the University of Colorado for United Ministries of Higher Education, and she led meditation workshops at regional and national Unitarian Universalist conferences. Cynthia co-chaired the Race Relations Committee for the City of Muncie, Indiana, and later initiated an interfaith project to address racial tensions at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She earned her master's of divinity from Iliff School of Theology (2006) and her master's degree in wellness management and applied gerontology from Ball State University (1999). Cynthia is contributing author of Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men (Hohm Press, 2007), and co-author of Women Healing Women (Hohm Press, 2009).
Honoring former co-founder of Satyana Institute
Satyana Institute was co-founded by Will Keepin and Jed Swift in 1996. Early initiatives included leadership development for social change professionals, training programs in ecopsychology, and intensive workshops in gender reconciliation. Jed gave tirelessly of his time and energy to lay the foundations of the institute on both programmatic and administrative levels. He founded the Earth in Mind training program in the nascent field of ecopsychology. In 1999 Jed moved to Naropa University where he continues his creative work as the Director of the ecopsychology program.
Gratitude to our Financial Supporters
Satyana Institute was founded with a grant from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which was renewed over a three-year period. This start up funding was central to the creation of the Institute.
Satyana Institute acknowledges with gratitude the following organizations for their past or present financial support:
- Charitable Gift Fund
- Compton Foundation
- Cunningham Family Foundation
- Fetzer Institute
- Further Foundation
- Giant Steps Foundation
- Global Environment Projects Institute
- Hidden Leaf Foundation
- Kalliopeia Foundation
- Rockwood Fund
- Roy A. Hunt Foundation
- San Francisco Foundation
- Selby-Fong Spirit in Community Fund
- Shaler Adams Foundation
- Sister Fund (on behalf of Maher project)
- The Philanthropic Collaborative
- Tides Foundation (Caritas Fund, Fred Moon Fund, and Star Fund)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Richard Paine, M.Div, Ed.D. is a philanthropist, psychologist, and ordained United Methodist minister and former Unitarian Universalist minister. He served as parish minister in Ashby Massachusetts for eight years, and later completed his doctorate at Harvard University, with his dissertation on the psychology of men. He co-founded Naos Foundation in 1995, a four year spiritual development program that offered trainings throughout the United States. Richard has taught at the New York Open Center, Esalen Institute, Hollyhock, and Omega Institute. He served on the board of the Threshold Foundation and currently serves on the boards of New Stories Foundation, the Boulder Institute, and the Whidbey Institute.
Chaya Pamula, MBA, is President and CEO of PamTen, Inc., a thriving Information Technology services company operating in three countries. A visionary entrepreneur, Chaya also founded Support Organization For Kids In Need (SOFKIN) which creates caring homes for orphans and underprivileged children in India. She serves on the board of two remarkable NGOs in India: Maher which is a leading refuge for underprivileged women and children near Pune, and Lead India 2020 (US Chapter), which seeks to educate 640 million Indian youth in values & leadership by 2020, founded by Dr. Abdul Kalam, former president of India.
Karambu Ringera, Ph.D., is the founder and president of International Peace Initiatives (IPI) – a US and Kenya-based organization that promotes peace and supports efforts to mitigate the effects of war, poverty and discrimination at the grassroots level. She received her PhD in Human Communications from the University of Denver, Colorado, and holds degrees from the University of Nairobi, Natal University in South Africa, and Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Karambu organized organized the highly successful Women's International Grassroots Peace Congress in Kenya, and she has founded homes for orphans with AIDS. In 2007, Karambu ran for Kenyan Parliament in North Imenti, and placed sixth out of fifteen all-male candidates.
Dorothea Hendricks, MS Ed, M.Psych, is a psychologist at the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) in Cape Town, South Africa. She taught for 24 years at multiple levels and lectured at Rand College in teacher education. As a graduate student at the University of Rochester in NY in the late 1980s, Dorothea helped organize successful divestment campaigns pressuring U.S. corporations and universities to impose sanctions against the former Apartheid government in South Africa. She later served as the National Coordinator of Renew, a nationwide program in South Africa to build community among leaders in the Anglican Church under Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Dorothea has a deep spiritual commitment and longstanding interest in contemplative practices.
Ravi Ravindra, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada) where he held a triple appointment as Professor in the departments of Physics, Comparative Religion, and International Affairs. He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, and is the author of more than 20 books on science, religion, and spirituality. He is a leading international authority on science and spirituality, and presents seminars and lectures across the globe. His books include Science and Spirit, The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (includes a new translation), Pilgrim without Boundary, and Science and the Sacred.
Bernard Daley Zaleha, J.D. is an environmental lawyer who served two terms on the national Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, and one term as its Vice President. He is a recognized eco-theologian and scholar of religion and philosphy, and founding president of the Fund for Christian Ecology. After practicing law for many years he was suddenly fired when his employer learned that he was a Sierra Club activist. The resulting lawsuit received national media coverage, and was eventually settled while on appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court. Bernie has defended numerous environmental activists, and he serves as Vice President of the Constitutional Law Foundation.
Jed Scott Swift, MA, (photo not available) is the former Chair of the Psychology Department at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. He co-founded with Will Keepin the Satyana Institute in 1996 and was professor and co-founder of the Ecopsychology program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Jed is one of the early pioneers in the field of “ecopsychology” that bridges psychology and ecology, drawing on the insight that the health of the human soul and psyche cannot be divorced from the health and wellbeing of the natural world. Jed was trained in the School of Lost Borders, and has guided hundreds of adults and teens on extended wilderness quest programs.
Rev. Matthew Wright, M.Div. is an ordained Episcopal priest, a Sufi dervish of the Mevlevi Order, and an initiate in the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta. At age 28, he is a leading young voice within the emerging field of interspirituality and multiple religious belonging. He currently lives with The Community of the Holy Spirit in Brewster, NY, and is the author of a pioneering essay, Reshaping Religion: Interspirituality and Multiple Religious Belonging.
William Keepin, Ph.D., founding Executive Director of Satyana Institute. See bio here.