from the Spiritual Garden
a website for those around the world interested in the programs of Atum O'Kane

Deeper Story
Public Programs


"Time of Transition" — July 3–8, 2016 — Hollyhock, Cortes Island, Canada

"Embracing the Human and Divine Within Us" — July 8–13, 2016 — Hollyhock, Cortes Island, Canada

Pilgrimage: "Journey To Nepal" — October 19–30, 2016 — Nepal

Sufi Camp in Mexico — January 7–14, 2017 — near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

"Archetypal Dimensions of Spiritual Guidance" — begins January 19–22, 2017 — Ann Arbor, MI USA

"The Alchemy of Transformation" — begins January 28–29, 2017 — Seattle, WA USA

"Pir Vilayat: His Spiritual Legacy, His Soul, and His Journey" — March 17–19, 2017 — Seattle, WA, USA

"Core Training: The Art of Spiritual Guidance" — begins September, 2017 — Hamburg, GERMANY

Pilgrimage: "The Garden of the Soul and Its Seasons" — November 3–8, 2017 — Coromandel, New Zealand

"Gathering of the International Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School" — March 1–4, 2018 — Oaxaca, Mexico

"Oaxaca Pilgrimage" — March 5–11, 2018 — Oaxaca, Mexico

Pilgrimage to Brazil, 2018

On-Line Teachings

Audio recordings and printed material from Atum's writings and workshops
are available for download from the separate website...

Currently available:

"Field of Consciousness in a Spiritual Guidance Relationship"
An 87 page book (pdf format), combined with Atums presentation: "Constellation of Archetypes in the Field of Spiritual Guidance" recorded in 2007 at the Boulder gathering of the International Spiritual Guidance Community (
mp3 format).

"International Gathering of the Spiritual Guidance Community, Los Gatos CA, April 21-24, 2011"
Recordings featuring Atum’s program on "the Four Worlds of Soul", and a presentation by Frances Vaughan (mp3 format).

Also available:

The Good Seeds Cards
The Good Seeds Cards have been created to accompany Atum's "Good Seeds Rosary Prayer Beads For A New Consciousness" program. They are not available to the general public. The proceeds of each set will go to the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle. Each card carries an image rich in color and association. On the back of each of the forty cards is one of Atum's seed quotes. Cost: $30.00 U.S. How to order: By email through Jana Legat,

The Deeper Story #16, Novermber 2016

“From Finite Disappointment to Infinite Hope”

Thomas Atum O'Kane

Blessings Dear Friends,

Shortly after the elections I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to teach the final section of the Mandala Pilgrimage training. In the recording linked below you will hear our first hour of meeting together. Everyone arrived with overwhelming gratitude that we had our spiritual community to journey with in this dark time—we profoundly knew the reality of finding refuge in our Sanga. With this amazing community, we journeyed for four days—from shock, disorientation, fear, anger, and sadness—to deep empowerment. Underlying all of these feelings was a profound concern for the environment, minorities, women, the poor, the elders, healthcare, global politics, peace in the world, the example of lack of moral character being presented to our children, and especially the apparent setback to an emerging global consciousness. We journeyed from a kind of despair to a solidly rooted re-dedication to actively standing for our spiritual values. The Holy Fire emerged in us out of the ashes of disillusionment.

We were very aware to not demonize the people who voted for Trump, and sought to more fully understand their fears and desires. Michigan is a state with a large population of working poor, especially white blue-collar workers. One of our members read from the Facebook page of a long-lost friend who is a Trump supporter. She is battling cancer; her husband has worked two jobs for years as they faced vast financial problems; they are concerned whether their son, after he graduates from college, will ever find a job in the state. Ever since the collapse of several industries in Michigan decades ago, there has been a desperation among many from this background.

We have never so deeply appreciated what President Obama and Michelle accomplished, modeled, represented, and symbolized. One of our members found a quote from Martin Luther King that we all will carry to sustain us in the days ahead: "We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope." Remember, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 2,000,000 votes and still counting. We are not alone. I hope this first hour of a journey that helped us move back toward our infinite hope will touch and help you as well.

Love and amazing gratitude to all of you, for being such a sustaining and inspiring community.


Opening Hour of the Final Session of The Mandala Pilgrimage Program Ann Arbor, MI, 10 November 2016

Atum O’Kane: In the Garden of Well-Being

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