Elizabeth Berry is a teacher of Ikenobo, the oldest school of Ikebana. With the support of the Manako Jaffas school of Tokyo and Reiko Royston of the Metropolitan Washington Chapter, she teaches both traditional and creative free-style compositions. Elizabeth believes that when one finds harmony among the materials, the vase, and the space, one finds internal harmony. She leads classes throughout the Greater Washington DC area and in Richmond, Virginia.
David Berry served seven years at the White House Council on Environmental Quality chairing Interagency Groups on Sustainable Development Indicators and Industrial Ecology which he co-founded. He has spoken in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. He is a member of the Balaton Group, a systems and natural resources think tank. He is past president of one of the oldest meditation centers in North America. Popular retreats he conducts are “Daily Life as a Spiritual Practice” and “Your Life is your Path.” David studied with Namgyal Rinpoche since 1971 and traveled with him to Antarctica, the Arctic, and scuba diving in Indonesia. A few weeks before Namgyal Rinpoche's death, he ordained David on September 11, 2003. David co-gathered Tales of Awakening, a book of memorable interactions meditation students had with Namgyal Rinpoche.
The idea to write the historical fiction time-travel novel, Gate in the Fence of Time, began with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg long ago. He procrastinated on actually writing it until the characters in the book began to insist on being heard.
In the 1970s and 80s, David performed on Korean and American television and radio including on National Public Radio's "The Prairie Home Companion”
David's spiritual work is woven into talks and his facilitating on environmental and sustainability topics. He was invited to speak on sustainability and spirituality at the Russian Academy of Science to scientists from around the world.
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