FRANK INZAN OWEN, M.A.

A descendant of artists, chaplains, cowboys, country doctors, ministers, poets, and teachers, with ancestral roots originating predominantly from Scandinavia and Scotland, I'm a lifetime student of Nature, the nature of the Deep Self, and the beneficial influence of the former upon the latter.

I earned an M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University (with a focus in Jungian Psychology and Ecopsychology). I also pursued post-graduate studies in Japanese Naikan psychology, Jungian Dreambody work, spiritual direction studies, and Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP), a course of study developed by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

An active hillwalker and organic gardener, I'm the author of three books of poetry, The School of Soft-Attention, The Temple of Warm Harmony, and Stirrup of the Sun & Moon. I also studied for a decade with Darion Kuma Gracen (1949-2007), a teacher, counselor, wilderness guide, master meditator, and mentor in the Path of Wayfaring.

My Spiritual Journey to the

Trailhead of the Wayfarers

My spiritual journey began, in earnest, on the threshold between childhood and adolescence. My path was initially spurred by a series of numinous dreams and synchronicities that initiated a deep search in my life. At that time, my mother (a student of Jungian thought) introduced me to dreamwork, the work of C.G. Jung, and the I Ching (the Dao-and-Nature-inspired Chinese Book of Changes).

Though I was originally raised in a Christian home, with two clergy parents, my process of seeking took me away from their faith tradition into a cross-cultural exploration of Nature-oriented spirituality. At some point I encountered a quote by the renowned Japanese poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) that would alter the trajectory of my path. The quote read: Seek not the paths of the ancients; seek that which the ancients sought. This, in turn, led me into a deep process of study of diverse spiritual traditions and practices that originate in East Asia.

In my college and graduate school years I engaged in formal academic studies of Buddhism, Daoist philosophy, Ch'an/Zen, Neo-Confucianism, and Japanese religions, in general, with the scholar Thomas Kasulis, author of Shinto: The Way Home and Zen Action, Zen Person. During this time, I also embarked upon studies of psychosynthesis, developmental psychology of the gifted, and other experiential studies such as training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

In time, I would meet my late teacher whose own Wayfaring spirituality and Zen lifestyle was a long-simmered brew of various orientations and practices. Hers was a vivacious, creative, and expeditionary spirituality that drew inspiration (and an adventurous spirit) from Nature, multidisciplinary approaches to meditation practice, and the verses of some of the hermit-poets of the past who offer us practice hints for the path.

My time with Kuma-sensei opened me to a path I came to realize had been under my feet all along: the Path of the Wayfarers, which weaves together three facets: connecting with Great Nature, contemplative practice, and creative expression. I continue to follow this way-within-the-Way today.

In my work with others, I adhere to a transpersonal orientation (we are more than just body and mind, and we are more than the sum of our parts), and an interfaith ethic of hospitality (I support each person, whatever their spiritual or religious path).

Archetypally speaking, I see my role as "the hermit at the foot of the mountain" -- one who has had (and continues to have) his own journey, but who now holds a lantern of inquiry to support others along their way. In this work, I refer to people as "fellow travelers" rather than "patients" or "students." There are no doctors or spiritual gurus here.

Wayfarer

Mentor

Poet

Year-long SIP Program (Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy), 2021

Life Path Exploration Facilitator Training I, II, III with Darion Kuma Gracen, 1996-1998

M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, 1996

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Naropa University, 1993

Humanistic Psychology/Japanese Religions, Northland College, 1988-1991

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Post-Graduate Jungian Studies and Advanced Dreamwork with Clyde Reid, Ph.D.

Diversity Awareness Training with Victor Lewis

Process-Oriented Psychology & Dreambody Training with Max Schupbach and Jytte Vikkelsoe

850-hour supervised graduate clinical internship

FURTHER STUDIES

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DISCLAIMER

This work is a form of spiritual companioning, intuitive inquiry, and life path exploration. Our work together is held in strict confidentiality. Though I have a graduate degree in counseling psychology and advanced training in psychotherapy, this work is not reparative psychotherapy, therapeutic in focus, and not intended to serve as a substitute for mental health counseling, psychiatric treatment, addiction or trauma recovery, or other medical care. If, in the process of working together, themes, content, or issues arise that necessitate traditional counseling, psychotherapy, recovery work, or psychiatric services, every effort will be made to connect you with those resources.