Spiritual Development Groups
John offers spiritual study and practice groups that meet every other Friday from 10-11:30am. They focus on experiential contemplative practice (often guided) and the experience of unity of mind. John draws on his many years of study in various disciplines to help each member explore and deepen their own authentic spirituality. He teaches the core mechanics of spiritual growth that world traditions share in common, and helps group members hone their practice to ensure effectiveness and results. The groups are non-denominational and open to all beliefs and faiths or no faith. Inquire directly for information on joining one of the groups.
Study Group in Spirituality and Mindfulness
John Howard, a longtime non-denominational spiritual director, offers spirituality and mindfulness study groups. These groups have both professional clinicians and non-mental-health professionals as members. The groups are experiential and combine study of universal spiritual growth concepts with dedicated mindfulness and contemplative practice time. The groups are non-denominational–all beliefs and non-beliefs are welcome. John combines methodologies common to many of the world’s mystical traditions and ancient spiritual wisdom gleaned from various cultures with his own real-world experience studying and teaching spiritual growth for over 20 years.
John’s background as a spiritual director:
John had a spiritual awakening at the age of 18 that led him to dedicate his life to the exploration of our inner potential as human beings. After a year spent living alone and meditating, John hit the road, learning various traditions across the U.S., including learning Sanskrit from hippies in Woodstock to working with Mayan healers in Portland, OR. Much of this time was spent living in the woods and learning to live fully present in the moment. John then traveled to the high Andes of Peru and trained in traditional Inca spirituality with a renowned instructor. That was followed by a study of Aztec healing systems in the remote mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico, and time spent living and training with a Cheyenne medicine man in Wyoming. He also studied Hinduism, mystical Christianity, Sufism and Tibetan Buddhism.
John completed a three-year training program including a teacher training program in alternative healing modalities led by two medical doctors who were incorporating holistic medicine and Buddhist meditation in their clinical practices. John taught for the University of Spiritual Healing in California for several years and traveled the United States training acupuncturists, psychologists and nurses in holistic healing modalities. Before becoming a therapist, John had a well-known holistic healing practice with clients in every major U.S. city and Canada. John is credentialed at one of the highest levels in one of the world’s oldest mystical schools and was the youngest spiritual teacher in the U.S. to attain that rank when it was given. He appreciates the diversity of cultural perspectives and world traditions and focuses on common elements across traditions that lead to effective practice and personal growth.