Carolyn Reinhart MA, DProf
Carolyn was born in Windsor Ontario in 1941, educated in Kitchener and worked in Hamilton as a Registered Nurse until moving to England in 1974 to join a lay Christian Ecumenical Community called Post Green, in Dorset. During that time she founded Post Green Pastoral Centre and where she worked as a team within the Community offering counseling, retreats, conferences and short term residential care. She studied photography at Bournemouth University and was later awarded a Licentiate with the Royal Photographic Society in 1988.
In 2003 she completed a Doctorate on "Understanding Spirituality within a Multidisciplinary Organization" with the National Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships, Middlesex University, London, UK. It consisted of both "research and development" over a four-year period and took place within a charity in Poole, Dorset. There were six people on the research team which met monthly and functioned mutually in Participative Action Research. It consisted of the Director, 2 Trustees, the Land Manager and a Counsellor/Volunteer. The Project had to be requested and supported by the Directors and three others working externally in the field of spirituality. She had completed an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College, University of London. She had been a member of Post Green Community for 30 years, and it in turn founded the Charity in 1996. She worked there as the Project Manager and was intimately involved therefore both in its founding and then further development. In that sense she researched as an ethnographer, participatively and together the research team learned on the go, as events developed and emerged and so had to adjust accordingly during the research and discernment process.
She returned to Canada in 2005. She now lives in Huntsville, Muskoka, in Northern Ontario, amongst the many lakes and forests, continuing to do Photography and Writing, both with an on-going passion. She has been one of the Directors of the Muskoka Chaplaincy Association for the past 4 years. She belongs to two Photographic Clubs and the Huntsville Arts Society. She also continues to do research, mostly on the web, about spirituality and quantum physics. She belongs to many web organizations and is able to keep up to date as well as reading significant books in the field. She is also part of several groups who meet regularly to discuss spirituality and personal growth as they understand it here in the North and in Canada. There are significant differences between Canadian and English perspectives, structures and experiences, which she is continuing to learn about.
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