DOMINIE CAPPADONNA, PH.D. CT
“Life is so colorful.”
– HH the 14th Dalai Lama
Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Mentor
Ecopsychologist and Wilderness Mentor
Humanitarian and activist mentor
As a pioneering practitioner in the field of Transpersonal Psychology established in the 70’s, I had the privilege of studying with the originators and contributors to psychospiritual theory and practice. I bow to their keen and perceptive guidance. Today, as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Mentor, with nearly four decades of post-doctoral trainings, I am grateful for this evolving basis of training.
I feel refreshed by the continuous inquiry and dimensional ways that transpersonal therapy and studies ask questions, and answer the call of our suffering world. Through the study of wisdom traditions, psychospiritual and therapeutic interventions, art, science and philosophical inquiry, I encounter and bear witness with both personal and beyond-ego values and aspirations. This feels to be deep and worthy work.
Nature itself is my teacher in all ways beautiful and terrifying. If you’ve been outdoors, you know it’s many lessons, and have bent a knee!
As an Ecopsychologist, educator-activist and eco-pilgrimage guide, have lead groups by land and sea internationally. One Wilderness Vision Quest culminated in a book chapter called “Remembering Hands: Wilderness Vision Quest & 911” included in a book called “Ritual and Healing” by Don Eulert.
Of my earth & sea teachers, I feel a continuous blessing with Joanna Macy as a friend with whom I became a facilitator of her work, “The Work that Reconnects,” as well as with Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who introduced me to wolves. I value my training in Ken Wilber’s Integral Sustainability as it served me well in work in China. I currently offer wisdom teachings and trainings called, “Wild Buddha Bowing”™ and “I Ching-Nature’s Mirroring Wisdom.”
I appreciate the continual morphing of student-teacher-student this past 35 years, as I have honed my knowledge and skill through working with innumerable MA and PhD students in universities. They reflect back through their actions, inquiry and intelligent insight, what I’ve come to appreciate today. I’ve taught courses in Transpersonal/Integral psychology and counseling, human development, transcultural healing, Shamanism, Buddhism, Ecopsychology and more.
Mentoring with students and graduates, assessing a proactive life style, and ‘finding their place in the family of things” is a joy for me and an opportunity to think beyond the universe!
Across the continuum, as death happens at all ages and I’ve lost close loved ones, I became Internationally certified as a Thanatologist (dying death and bereavement) and am also Hospice and Threshold trained. As a Death Awareness Educator, I learn at the knee of Death, Itself, as well as through mentors in our professional organization.
As a past board member and present council member of Conversations on Death, have participated in yearly symposiums, and other events.
I offer wisdom teachings and trainings called, “Befriending Small Deaths-Big Deaths”®, and “One Year to Live.” In addition, I listen as a mentor and psychotherapist with those exploring their own and other’s dying, death and grieving.
As a Humanitarian and Activist with a long time interest in refugee medicine, human rights and the environmental cascade of crisis, I appreciate my teachers in humanitarian settings: Cambodians in the ‘Killing Fields’ and my refugee family who joined me in the U.S. Through being in refugee camps I felt initiated in feeling the resiliency of the human spirit. Refugees modeled that with nothing else to lose, one is most free to give compassion and generosity. My family of 26 members continually teaches perseverance in learning the way of our society through becoming U.S. citizens. For 30 years they’ve contributed to our American “dream.”
As a Senior Fellow briefly for a Global Citizenry nonprofit, Future 500, I have gratitude for multi-national and Chinese helping hands in our work to bring all stakeholders to the table, from the Chinese central government to socially responsible business, human rights and environmental activists. Learning diplomatic and heart to heart ways of international leadership is invaluable, and kind mentoring was offered beyond borders.
In the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest I teach Ecopsychology principles and practices in trainings with rainforest activists. I learned how to collaborate through speaking truth to power, and realize we share an urgency to be change agents with the cascade of crisis in the natural world. Colleague and friend Angeles Arrien and her cross-cultural work was a quintessential teacher and weaves effortlessly through my world work.
I mentor and offer therapy with those engaged in ‘the trenches of world work” and those who aspire to be out in the field. I offer wisdom teachings to prepare within for world work without, through a training called: “Green Buddha: ‘The Path awaits our Steps, the Work awaits our Hands, the World Awaits our Loving Compassion™.”
As a spiritual practitioner for decades, the guidance I’ve received about being non-distracted is priceless. Daily life itself and activism as practice, is immeasurable. I am indebted to Buddhist teachers of several lineages, and have received training as a contemplative and non-theistic chaplain.
As a past chairwoman of a university Religious and Philosophy department, I feel ecumenically trained and honor all religious, non-religious, humanist and spiritual paths. In addition, I acknowledge decades of loving instruction in the Diamondlogos/Diamond Heart Approach of Faisal Muquddam.
At the inception of early shamanic teaching by native shamans in South America, North America, and Cambodia, I was instructed by those who want authentic transmission of their practices aimed at healing our human-nature family, and was invited to teach MA and PhD courses in Shamanism, based on these direct experiences and research.
It is with my essential teachers that I bow most deeply to their direct examples of wisdom and mindful compassion.
I offer contemplative practices called, “Presence of Mind, Gifts of Heart.”
Teacher & Mentor – Spiritual Practices
Teacher, Mentor &
Death Awareness Educator