Louise Pare- Director
Louise M. Paré, Ph.D. is a dynamic international women’s spirituality and movement educator. She earned her doctorate in Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, 2002 and her M.A. in Religious Studies from Mundelein College in Chicago, 1980. She has extensive experience in the fields of adult and women’s education, religious studies, yoga philosophy, psychology and science, social justice and the arts. Her extensive background in yoga, meditation, Enneagram, and holistic lifestyle management enriches her movement training from the Institute for Transformational Movement in Seattle, WA.
Her work in social justice includes the following: established the North Dakota Peace Network (the first statewide peace organization in North Dakota) in collaboration with business, civic, and religious organizations that passed the North Dakota Nuclear Weapons Freeze Initiated Measure; directed the Church and Domestic Violence Project in North Dakota; established the Nurturing Network of North Dakota under the auspices of the North Dakota Children’s Trust Fund as an active statewide organization; ritualist and member of Pachamama Alliance; member of the Board of Directors, Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission, Portland, OR; member of Red Earth Descendents; taught at United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND. September 2016 she visited Standing Rock and was in service and support of the Water Protectors. Upon her return she worked with local civic and religious organizations to organize rallies and fundraisers to support Standing Rock and included updates and teaching about this in her OLLI classes.
She is also a published writer who has contributed to many anthologies: The Spiral Path: Explorations in Women’s Spirituality, Streams From the River: Women’s Sacred Wisdom, Keys to the Open Gate: A Women’s Spirituality Sourcebook, She is Everywhere! An Anthology of Writing in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality, Vol 2, and Talking to Goddess: Powerful Voices From Many Traditions.