Gerry Starnes, M.Ed., best-selling author of the award-winning book, Spirit Paths: Quest for Authenticity, began his career journey in 1977 when, after earning a Master's degree in Psychology, he became a counselor working in residential treatment. After a few years, he recognized that something significant was missing from traditional therapeutic modalities. For the next twenty years, he followed a serpentine route that leads him through many teachings and traditions. Along the way he began to sense that however different they might seem, they shared a common connection, a meaningful thread. In 1996, Gerry put his growing experience and knowledge into a new approach: developing Internal Dialog using journal writing, which he had practiced for thirty years, as a vehicle for self-discovery. The Conversations Within online workshop in journal writing (www.journal-writing.com) presented this approach to a worldwide audience. Conversations Within eventually became his first publication in 2010. Also in the late 1990s, Gerry encountered contemporary shamanism as a practical approach to integrating spiritual guidance into everyday life. As he learned about shamanic practice, he discovered that it was an organic vehicle for work that matched his experience and values. He presented numerous workshops and classes throughout the 2000s, including founding the first shamanic journey circle in Austin, TX in 2003. In 2008, he created a new program called Spirit Paths™: The Quest For Authenticity, a six-month program that teaches shamanic principles and practices and provides support for experiencing change in everyday life. A new book based on that program is planned for publication in Fall 2013. Gerry's first fiction novel, Druid Twilight: The Loom of Destiny, was published in two books in 2013, which were combined into the Epic Edition in 2014. A third in the series is planned for publication in 2015. He published three more books in 2013: The Shamanic Journey, Power Animals, and Conversations Within (2nd edition). Gerry currently offers classes, workshops, and retreats based on contemporary shamanic and traditional personal development practices. He is a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practitioners, and executive director of Ravens Grove Foundation for Healing.Read more Read less
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