Reverend Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar co-pastors the Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith. She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, advocate, and group facilitator. She is author of several books, including Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: How to Find your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus and blogs regularly about life and faith at www.kathyescobar.com

Doctor Loretta Pyles

Loretta’s sensibility about transformative justice was formed during her time working in a women’s collective at a community-based domestic violence program in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to work in feminist movements, she has focused on racial justice, workplace justice, and disaster resilience. She came to body-mind-spirit practices in 1999, after becoming burnt out from her social services and social change work. Loretta’s integrative journey draws from her years of training in Buddhist meditation practices including zen, dzogchen, and vipassana. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Lauren Toolin at Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts in Albany, New York and her 500-hour yoga training at Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She continues her study with teachers from Buddhist, yogic, non-dual, and shamanic traditions.