Sobonfu Somé, Founder
Sobonfu Somé was a respected lecturer, activist and author. She founded Wisdom Spring, Inc. an organization dedicated to the preservation, the sharing of indigenous wisdom and fundraises for wells, schools and health project in Africa. She brought a voice African spirituality to the West, bringing insights and healing gifts from her west-African culture to this one. Her books includes: The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient teachings in the ways of relationships, Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient teachings to celebrate children, community and “Falling out of Grace: meditations on loss, healing and wisdom”. She is also the author of “Women wisdom From the Heart of Africa” a set 6 CD and has contributed to several anthologies.
One of the original founders of Wisdom Spring’s “Walking for Water” teen fundraising program that has raised over $300,000 for the construction of wells in developing countries.
Susan loves working with women and teens, offering an amazing and dynamic experience that combines traditional coaching techniques with a connection to spirit and indigenous wisdom. Susan is a co-founder of “Living Your Gifts”, a company that creates programs to support and build confidence in women and girls-of-all-ages, while encouraging them to be a part of the growing worldwide movement recognizing women and girls as the most powerful force for change on the planet.
Susan Hough has a BA in Social Work from Longwood University; and more than 25 years experience in the helping professions with a focus in mental health facilities. She has completed healing and ritual trainings with Mary Branch Grove and Mietek Wirkus, and is a graduate of the two year Healing Ritual Village Training Program with Sobonfu Somé.
Kristen Wood has loved the culture and traditions of the Dagara Tribe since she first learned of them as a pre-teen. With the help of her mentor Susan Hough, Kristen founded Walking for Water, an annual community event which raises money to build water wells, send children to school and help indigenous cultures around the world continue to thrive.
Kristen graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelors in Sociology as well as completed two Kundalini Yoga Teacher trainings. She is currently a stay at home mom to her little boy Silas and is teaching yoga part-time.
A leader in the fields of performance, education and spiritual counseling for over 25 years. In his various roles he has performed and presented in front of 1,000’s of people, bringing compelling content and insight. His life has been a series of firsts, blazing away into the unknown so that others can walk the path a little easier.
As a spiritual counselor in hospice and palliative care, he created hundreds of rituals and life transitions, assisting others to find clarity about the most essential elements in their lives. He works with trauma, grief and major life changes with people of many ages, with a specialization in pediatric palliative care. He is there for births, deaths and everything in between. Carlyle contributed to the creation of the book Making Healthcare Whole, and has a chapter published in The Arts of Contemplative Care by Wisdom Press.
Carlyle is certified as a Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and is the first Tibetan Buddhist practitioner to be Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is honored to be a part of the Wisdom Spring Board and the work happening by the organization. In 2006, he traveled to Burkina Faso to see first hand the positive impact the organization was having on the communities there. His plan is for that to continue for many years to come.