Robin Weeks, Ph.D.

I spent my graduate studies at University of California, Santa Barbara looking at the workings of the Earth’s magnetic field, and then as faculty in Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, I used satellites to study various aspects of global change. In all cases, throughout my science career, I studied the earth and her behavior as an exterior project – it was outwardly focused. The Earth, her features and life, were treated as objects of study.

It slowly occurred to me that there could be an inner exploration as well as an outer one. Inner worlds slowly became as relevant to me, if not more, than the outer worlds. The word relationship becomes relevant here. I had started to work on my relationship with the Earth and as a result, I started to perceive her differently.

I left my mainstream science career and completed a master’s degree in Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder. It was there I encountered Western Philosophy for the first time. It was a key element in helping me to bridge the yawning chasm I felt between the outer world of my scientific studies and the inner world accessed in contemplative practice.

I’ve always been blessed with a deep love of the natural world, but the marriage of contemplative practice and academic study at Naropa opened a much deeper connection to this love. At the completion of my Master’s degree I moved to Sedona to begin a true work of passion – the exploration of science and spirituality and our relationship with the natural world.

Our contemporary (mainstream) worldview is typically one that regards nature as separate from us. We know this isn’t true, even in a purely scientific sense. I hope you’ll come on a retreat to Sedona to explore with us the silent and powerful voice of the wild landscape here. What does it have to say to us and what does mean for us today?

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