Summer Dream & Spirituality Conference  (Hybrid)
May 28 - June 2, 2023

Sacred Earth: Sacred Soul.

We are honored to spend time in 
person at Kanuga with
 Joy Harjo
who served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States 2019-2022.


The path to wholeness involves waking up to the deep knowledge of our sacred relationship to the Earth. This path is affirmed in many traditions: Jung’s psycho-spiritual approach, Celtic Christianity, and the Perennial Wisdom tradition found in many mystical and Indigenous spiritualities. Strengthening our relationship with the Earth is the path forward.

Joy Harjo

Poets and Dreamers know the power of image to inspire, inform and transform. Joy is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2019-2022. The author of nine books of poetry, Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as US poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. A musical, kaleidoscopic, and wise follow-up to  Crazy Brave, Poet Warrior reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice.


In-person & Online 

May 28 - June 2, 2023






— 2023 —
Catherine Meeks  

Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Prior to the center's opening she chaired its precursor, Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Catherine brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite. She can be found at

Kathleen Wiley​   
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice. Her work with clients recognizes the importance of the present moment, the moment of meeting between analyst and analysand, as primary. She is author of New Life: Symbolic Meditations on the Birth of the Divine and New Life: Symbolic Meditations on the Promise of Easter and Spring. She can be found online at and
Larry Maze​   
Served as the Bishop of Arkansas for 13 years before retiring in 2007. He frequently taught in his diocese around issues of Jungian psychology as it interfaces with Christian spirituality. Since retiring he speaks on the topics of Jungian spirituality and dreamwork and how it interfaces with Christian spirituality. He has led teaching conferences in many areas of the southeast and served on the faculty of The Haden Institute.
Sheri Kling​   
The director of Process and Faith with the Center for Process Studies at the Claremont School of Theology and director of the John Cobb Legacy Fund. She is also a writer, teacher, and coach who draws from wisdom and mystical traditions, relational worldviews, depth psychology, and the intersection of spirituality and science to help people find wholeness. She is the creator of Deeper Rhythm and Transforming Women as well as a faculty member of the Haden Institute. She can be found online at
Music by River Guerguerian and Chris Rosser: 
River Guerguerian  

River  has been inspiring audiences with his ecstatic and versatile percussion for over 30 years. Whether collaborating with world-class artists, supporting symphonies or creating his own dynamic explorations of rhythm, River’s devotion and attention to the vibrant life of the drum reverberate through the mind and soul of the listener. A respected music educator, River is Music Director of the Odyssey Community School. He also conducts “rhythm and sound exploration” workshops throughout the country, and enjoys teaching privately. You can hear his lyrical style with his world jazz trio Free Planet Radio, and other ensembles he curates.

Chris Rosser  

Chris Rosser is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and producer. As a solo performer, he has opened shows for folk and pop luminaries such as John Mayer, Tom Rush, David Wilcox, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka, Nickel Creek, and more. He has released four solo singer-songwriter recordings, Archaeology (1998), The Holy Fool (2000), Hidden Everywhere (2006) and A Thousand Hands (2014). Rosser illustrates his talent as an instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio Free Planet Radio.

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Every participant
will have access to Keynote & Workshop recordings as educational resources for 6 months after
the conference!


The saxophone is so human. Its tendency is to be rowdy, edgy, talk too loud, bump into people, say the wrong words at the wrong time, but then, you take a breath all the way from the center of the earth and blow. All that heartache is forgiven. All that love we humans carry makes a sweet, deep sound and we fly a little.  — Joy Harjo

Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.  — Joy Harjo


I can hear the sizzle of newborn stars, and know anything of meaning, of the fierce magic emerging here. I am witness to flexible eternity, the evolving past, and I know we will live forever, as dust or breath in the face of stars, in the shifting pattern of winds.  — Joy Harjo


Allen Proctor, Director Haden Institute