Community Engagement Faculty
Meet The Extended Studies & Community Engagment Faculty Team
D. Atekpatzin Young, MA
Atekpatzin is the Spiritual Leader for the Genízaro Apache Nation. He is founder of the Calmecaztlán, a school dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Indigenous beliefs and practices. As an artist, musician and writer, Atekaptzin is able to incorporate a wide variety of teachings into his apprenticeship program. He holds a Master’s in Ethnic Studies and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Mental Health. He spent fifteen years studying with traditional healers from the Apache, Genízaro, Lakota, Mexica and Chicano communities. He has done work across North America and Europe as a curandero (traditional healer). Atekpatzin has had the distinguished honor of presenting workshops and trainings at local, national and international conferences. He has taught courses at Naropa University and been a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado, University of Washington, Metro State College, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado and Denver University. Atekpatzin is the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship award, a three-time recipient of the White Rose Scholarship Award and the Alexander Foundation Award. He also received the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Leadership Award and the Cesar Chavez Leadership Award for his contributions to the community. Atekpatzin is often invited to provide a blessing or invocation at community events.
Suzanne Frazier has taught contemplative art workshops since 1992 including retreats at the Abbey of St. Walburga, The Dairy Art Center and Ghost Ranch. She combines a BFA Degree in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado with a BA Degree in Philosophy from Lake Erie College to create a new approach to art making. Suzanne’s art studio is located in Longmont, Colorado.
Jill Powers is an artist interested in the intersection of contemplative practices and natural process art. She teaches in the Visual Art Department at Naropa University, and uses contemplative practices she designed to enhance the creative process. Jill shows her art locally in Santa Fe and Denver, and nationally in galleries, museums, and centers for art and ecology. Jill’s art has a primary focus on natural materials and processes, and creating environmentally themed art. Her recent art is inspired by ocean ecology issues, and the ancient ocean which once covered the southwest.
Jill offers art & contemplative practice retreats, and leads workshops in contemporary natural materials techniques. In addition to 18 years at Naropa, Jill has taught at many places, including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Botanical Gardens in Denver, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Jill has a master’s degree from Tyler School of Art. To learn more, go to JillPowers.com.
Peg Hilliard, MA
As an artist and educator, Peg Hilliard has worked in a variety of mediums, drawing, painting, sculpture and clay. Having earned her BFA, BAE and MA she enjoys sharing her love for the arts with others. Peg works with all ages and delights in bringing out the creativity in each individual. Most recently, she has been doing Artist-in-Residences with St. Vrain Valley Schools. Working in a variety of mediums, participants create large installation pieces, where everyone contributes to the whole, to beautify the environment. She is also teaching professional development classes for teachers and supervising student art teachers for UNC. In her spare time she is working on her book, “The Peg Hilliard Drawing Method”.
For more information please visit, PegHilliardCreates.com
My Family Constellation story. Back in 2002 I remember sitting in the Virginia woods at dusk, it was late spring and I was taking in the warmth of an open, crackling fire. I was a bit blown-away by what I’d just experienced. By “blown-away,” I’m speaking about the talking-to-a-burning-bush sort of blown-away.
Sitting next to the fire I pondered the previous few hours and the shock of emotions I’d just experienced. I knew I’d touched something big, too big for me to fully grasp. I didn’t know yet that my entire life had just changed direction.
Experiencing the Family Constellation work bring deep family issues to life, while providing healing for LONG-STANDING generational problems had opened me to concepts of healing I didn’t know existed. I’d seen a bigger truth around healing, our Spiritual natures and a new psychology… For me, there was no turning back. READ MORE.
Rev. Gregory Toole
Gregory Toole is Spiritual Director of Somseva whose mission is to inspire authentic, compassionate relationships through spiritual education, tools, and practice that promote peacemaking and conscious action.
He is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living, whose vision is revealing a world that works for everyone.
He has taught thousands of students, through his talks, blogs, and classes, to be conscious participants in their own spiritual evolution, and thus the evolution of humanity.
My delight is creating. My passion is connection: with myself, my friends and family, my communities, and the Mystery around and in us. My guide is the labyrinth as it leads me into my center and back out into the world.
SoulCollage® combines it all: creating, connecting, and bringing myself to the world. I have been guiding people into connection with their heart and inner wisdom using SoulCollage® for over 12 years, and am a trainer of SoulCollage® Facilitators.
I am living my dreams as co-founder of the Creative Life Center in Westminster, Colorado. What will you find there? Fun ways to feel connected, follow your path, and enrich your life!
Cindy Brandle is the Artistic Director of the Cindy Brandle Dance Company. CBDC incorporated in 2004, became a non-profit officially in 2005 in Chicago, and is now a Boulder, C0-based company. Cindy danced for ten years with the Chicago Moving Company and served as Co-Artistic Director with founder Nana Shineflug for five of those years. She has been awarded two scholarships from the Dance Center of Columbia College as both a performer and choreographer. In 1999 and 2006 Cindy received fellowships for choreography from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has been presented at Dance Chicago, The Storefront Theatre, Harold Washington Library, The Dance Center of Columbia College, throughout Illinois, the Midwest and internationally in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil. In November of 2001, Cindy’s dance “Duplicate” was presented in the XXII INBA/UAM Choreographic Festival in Mexico City. Her dances were produced in some of Chicago's most exciting, experimental and exhilarating dance festivals, such as Chicago's NEXT Dance Festival, Estrogen Fest, Spectrum Dance Festival and The Other Dance Festival. Since relocating to Boulder, Brandle's work has been produced at the University of Colorado, Boulder department of Dance, The Denver Independent Choreographer's Project and twice in the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Cindy lives with her beautiful family, Ashay and Akasha. Brandle is also a singer/songwriter.
Cynthia Hutchison, DNSc, MSN, RN, HTCP/I, is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, an internationally known Healing Touch teacher, and Educational Program Director for Healing Touch Program™ (HTP).
Cynthia began studying holistic healing, natural healing and energy therapies in the early 1980s. She is an avid student of spirituality and energy medicine and, as a doctorally-prepared nurse from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. (1987), is also knowledgeable in mainstream health sciences.
Cynthia earned a master’s degree as a clinical specialist in mental health nursing (1979), and has maintained a private practice in Healing Touch since 1992. In 1995, Cynthia initiated the research program for Healing Touch and became the first Director of Research, a position she maintained until 2000. She was invited by Janet Mentgen (founder of HT) in 2003 to serve as the Assistant Program Director. Cynthia became the Program Director in May of 2005 (several months before Janet’s death), and was asked by Janet to carry on her legacy of the Healing Touch Program. Teaching all levels of HTP curriculum, she brings enthusiasm, empowerment and creativity to her classes. A mother of three awesome daughters, Cynthia has lived in Boulder, Colorado since 1993.
Cynthia spends about half of her work hours serving in her administrative role with HTP which includes directing and supporting HTP’s approximately 140 instructors who live all over the world. She also teaches locally in Boulder and Denver, as well as nationally and internationally. Cynthia especially treasures her time as a HT Certified Practitioner in her Boulder office, where she works with clients of all ages with a variety of health care and wellness issues. She combines her years of experience as an energy medicine practitioner with her knowledge of human psychology, spirituality, holistic nursing and wellness practices.