Education Highlights

Formal Education &

The Creative

Anna attended the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1961–64, then a fine arts program at the New School of Social Research in New York in 1964 and 1965 and  from 1965–67 she attended the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. At age 35–45, the longing for creative expression took the form of dance and the study of many art forms expressed through the body, including 4 years of classical ballet.

Psychology - Personal
& Transpersonal

The academic passion, that has now spanned more than 40 years, was first ignited from Anna’s interest in personal, then transpersonal psychology – mostly that of C.G. Jung, James Hillman and other Jungians. Anna’s journey of self-education over the years deepened through reading, attending conferences and courses of study in the U.S. and Australia. In 2006, Anna authored and presented a paper - entitled  ‘The Alchemical Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine, A New Paradigm, A New Cycle of Teachings’ – at both the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland in Brisbane and the Byron C. G. Jung Society in Byron Bay, Australia.

Anna’s relationship with psychology also included entering into several years of Freudian analysis in the 1960’s and extended periods of Jungian analysis during the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Human Potential &
New Age Movement

Self-exploration and self-inquiry continued in the 1970’s with participation in many workshops, seminars and conferences through the ‘Human Potential Movement’ in San Francisco and, she explored just about everything the ‘New Age Movement’ had on offer from the mid 1980‘s through most of the 90’s.

Mystical & Spiritual Lineages

“The greatest impact on my life and, to this day, continues to deeply inform my work, is the more than 40 years of receiving teachings and practices in many traditional and mystical spiritual lineages.”

From 1967-72, Anna found herself drawn to and taking teachings with various revered Hindu teachers and their ancient traditional lineages.  In 1972 she began an 18 year love affair with mystical Islam and two Sufi Dervish Orders – the Chisti and Mevlevi Dervish Orders. 

In 1981 Anna took refuge with Kalu Rimpoche. This began, and continutes today, the receiving of teachings, empowerments and practices from many Rinpoches and lamas in the Mahayana, Vajrayana and Tantric schools of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Trainings in mindfulness also took the form of several years of practice in the Japanese art of Kanji: calligraphy, Ikebana: flower arranging, Sumi-e: brush painting and since mid 2006 and continuing today, training in the Japanese Zen practice of Chado: The Way of Tea.