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author, lecturer, retreat & seminar leader

 

Regina Sara Ryan is a former Catholic nun who has studied contemplation and mysticism from several traditions for over forty years. After leaving the convent in the early 1970s, Regina explored other religious paths and was particularly inspired by the lives of the great women of Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Sufism. She felt the need to balance the masculine pole of Divinity, which had characterized her previous religious education, by finding women and men who exemplified the feminine pole, or the “feminine face of the Divine.” Since meeting her own spiritual mentor, the Western Baul master Lee Lozowick in 1984, Regina has continued to follow what she calls a path of “unashamed devotion,” working to bring her life of contemplation into action.

Regina is currently a professional editor and seminar/retreat leader. She holds a master’s degree in communications from Colorado State University, and has taught interpersonal communications, health and wellness, and the psychology of consciousness at colleges in Colorado and Iowa, and most recently at Prescott College, Arizona, where she was also a graduate advisor in theology and psychology.

Books include:
    •    the classic, Wellness Workbook
    •    Simply Well, Choices for Healthy Life
    •    No Child In My Life
    •    The Woman Awake: Feminine Wisdom for Spiritual Life
    •    After Surgery, Illness, or Trauma
    •    Breastfeeding: Your Priceless Gift to Your Baby and Yourself
    •    We Like to Move: Exercise is Fun
    •    Igniting the Inner Life
    •    Only God: A Biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar
    •    Praying Dangerously: Radical Reliance on God (2001, 2011)

Selections of her work are found in contemporary anthologies of spiritual writing by women, including Sacred Voices: Essential Women’s Wisdom Through the Ages by Mary-Ford Grabowsky (HarperCollins, 2003), and excerpted in Unity magazine.

Since 1980 Regina has offered workshops and retreats in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. Her programs include: “Mothering and Spirituality”; “Meetings with Remarkable Women,” about the feminine nature of the Divinity; “Praying Dangerously”; and “Writing Your Way Home,” about journal-writing as a means of spiritual enrichment and personal transformation. Married for 38 years, she lives in Paulden, Arizona with her husband Jerome and several “adopted” grandchildren.