Mirabai Starr was an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years. Her emphasis has always been on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in an effort to promote peace and justice. Her books include Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and The Showings of Julian of Norwich: A New Translation. Her latest book is Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. Her commentaries on the interconnected wisdom of all traditions are lyrical and evocative. Mirabai builds bridges not only between religious traditions, but also between contemplative life and compassionate service.
David Whetstone is one of the most active sitarists in the United States, a shagird (disciple) of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has collaborated and toured extensively with poets Robert Bly and Coleman Barks since 1974, appearing with them in numerous recordings and films. In 1992 David co-founded Ragamala Music and Dance Theater and created the repertoire for this group until 1997, with original text, stories and music. An American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellow in 1988, David also has had training in Western classical music, having studied privately with Philip Meyers, solo hornist of the New York Philharmonic, for five years. David lives in Minneapolis, and teaches at Carleton College.
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