With the Founder and Animator of Quadratos:
Four Paths, One Journey of Transformation
Alexander John Shaia, PhD

New 7-Module Live Video Training Starts
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
 
 
 
 
 

Make your holiday season sacred again and experience deeper connection, meaning, and merriment through the long-lost tradition of Christmas — told through the melding of vibrant Celtic and Christian sacred stories.

Hear the ancient Celtic Christmas Story told anew and connect with Spirit and the Earth in a deeper way to revitalize and inspire your life during the dark season — and every day after.

 

The time of year when darkness descends on the Northern Hemisphere has long been a sacred time for families, communities, and religions.

It is a time to renew our deeper sacred commitments, refresh our deepest relationships, and keep the holy at the center of our lives.

The Winter Solstice marks the darkest time of the year... and the birth of new radiance.

The Celts called this new radiance the Golden Child, forged within a transitional threshold of time that connects us ever deeper to our ancestors and the merging of polarities — light and dark, spirit and earth, and unity of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine.

With an understanding of these Celtic rituals, Christians perceived this newfound light as Jesus the Christos, born anew from the deepest dark, like the sun at the Winter Solstice.

By understanding how the ancient Celtic 13-Day Winter Solstice Festival influenced and connects to current Christmas traditions, we have the opportunity to unify both mythologies...

... and re-enrich the holiday season through an array of Earth-centered rituals, symbolism, mystical merriment, and traditions that will deepen your appreciation of the Winter Solstice and Jesus as an inclusive universal reality.

To illuminate the deeper currents of how these historical traditions weave together into a richer spiritual tapestry, there is no better guide than Alexander John Shaia, PhD, devout Christian and teacher of mystical spirituality. During his 7-module program, you’ll be immersed in the true story of Christmas as you journey through the 13 Days of the Celtic Winter Solstice Festival, which became the 13 Days of Christmas.

Ultimately, you’ll learn long-lost practices and rituals for celebrating Christmas and the Winter Solstice in a deeper way — and reconnecting with the sanctity, joy, and awe of the holiday season and carrying it forward into the New Year.

Interweaving anthropology, Jungian psychology, mythology, and spirituality with incredible historical insight and vivid storytelling, Alexander John will share the mesmerizing story of how the Celts completely reshaped Christianity.

You’ll begin by exploring the Celtic Festival through the sacred physical intimacy of generosity and generativity — and how each day highlighted another aspect of these practices...

... including where the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine intersect with Celtic mythologies and Christianity to form some of our most beloved modern-day holiday traditions — and a path to the harmony and peace that exists within wholeness.

You’ll be guided through sensory-based meditations that help you cultivate the dark season as a womb for hope and transformation... animating the holy dark without and within, embodying the experience of Christmas morning, and more...

... and gain a deeper connection with the Earth, the seasons, and the Great Tree — and how the Celtic tree reshaped Christianity’s use and imagery, including the shape of the cross.

You’ll learn the first uses of mistletoe, how and why the Magi suddenly appeared in sacred texts, and the original meaning of widely celebrated (and now commercialized) Mardi Gras.

Are you ready to make your holiday season sacred again? To revitalize and inspire your life during Christmas and every day thereafter by connecting with Spirit and the Earth in a meaningful way?

Join Alexander John on this immersive journey and make this holiday season your most sacred, enjoyable, and fulfilling yet through the Celtic 13-Day Winter Solstice Festival.

 
 
 

During this fascinating look at the true origins of the Christmas Season, you’ll:

  • Learn about the Celt’s 13-Day Winter Solstice Festival — and how it’s the source of the 13 Days of Christmas — and what it means to us
  • Explore the number 13 with its connection to motherhood and birth
  • Develop simple rituals to greet November and December, decorate the dark, bring a tree into your home to use between Solstice Night and Christmas Night, and more
  • Appreciate the Great Tree as a joining of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine — the harmony of unity and wholeness that we all aspire to
  • Be guided through meditations to find your sacred soil, animate the holy dark without and within, embody the experience of Christmas morning, and more
  • Connect with the Aramaic understanding of one ever-present, on-going eternal breath — known as the Messiah or the Christos (The Christ)
  • Perceive the flow of nature’s seasons as a map of personal transformation
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the cosmic interplay of dark and light
  • Learn how the 13th day of the Solstice/Christmas Festival is also the 1st day of Carnival or Mardi Gras
  • Look ahead to the opening of Celtic Spring — and explore simple practices for the Feasts of Brigid & Candlemas on February 2nd
 
 

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What You’ll Discover in These 7 Modules

In this 7-module transformational intensive, Alexander John will guide you through the fundamental skills and competencies you’ll need to make your holiday season sacred again and experience deeper connection, meaning, and merriment through the long-lost story of Christmas.

Join the Livestream — or Stream Later to Watch at Your Convenience

 

You’ll connect with Alexander John and experience his teachings through livestreaming video via any connected device. This connection is easy to use and will enhance the impact of Alexander John’s transmissions. After each class, you can stream the video and audio recordings to enjoy anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

(Can’t make it live? No worries! After each class, the video and audio recordings will be available for you to download or stream in a high-quality format at your convenience.)

 
 

Course Sessions Tuesdays (and Thursdays for the first two weeks) at 9:00am Pacific

This course will feature LIVE teachings, interactive training sessions, experiential practices, and Q&A with Alexander John. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to make your holiday season sacred again and experience deeper connection, meaning, and merriment through the long-lost story of Christmas.

Module 1: Learn the True Story of Christmas to Reconnect With Mother Earth & Harmonize Your Own Inner Seasons (November 8)

 

Hear the ancient Celtic Christmas Story told anew to help you live a more vital, inspired life in the midst of dark days.

Interweaving anthropology, Jungian psychology, mythology, and spirituality, Alexander John will share the long-lost picture of how the Celts completely reshaped Christianity.

One of the most cherished pieces of that reshaping is the 13 Days of Christmas. Thirteen was the number of the Celtic Winter Solstice Festival in honor of the Great Mother and the mysteries of birth, including that of the sun.

This module, you’ll explore the festival’s two core values: generosity and generativity... and how the Celt’s Winter Solstice Festival evolved into the 13 Days of Christmas.

During the opening session, you’ll:

  • Learn about the Celt’s 13-Day Winter Solstice Festival — and how it’s the source of the 13 Days of Christmas
  • Discover how the Celts reshaped Christianity’s moon-based calendar into a solar calendar
  • Explore the number 13 with its connection to motherhood and birth
  • Perceive the flow of nature’s seasons as a map of transformation
  • Develop simple rituals to greet November and December
  • Be guided through a meditation to find your sacred soil — and walk from Autumn to the opening of Winter
 

Module 2: Hallow the Dark — Connect With Your Own Luminosity & Spark Inner Transformation Through the Celtic Winter & Christian Advent (November 10)

 

This module, you’ll explore Celtic practices for November and December — and how those practices created Christianity’s Season of Advent.

The Celts — and the Christians who first met the Celtic world — hallowed darkness as the womb (mother) of new beginnings. In those days, both traditions honored the cosmic holy interplay of dark and light.

And both perceived the time of November/December (Northern Hemisphere) as the holy dark... a womb time where darkness serves as a birth chamber for fresh radiance.

As a result, early Celtic Christianity crafted Advent as a time of preparation for our inner womb... where we participated with the Earth as a Dark Madonna — a place from which fresh radiance will be born.

For Christians, Mary is the Dark Madonna, and The Christos is that fresh radiance.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the cosmic interplay of dark and light
  • Explore the dark as the womb (mother place) of new beginnings
  • Discover how the Celts and Christians hallowed winter, nighttime — and the dark season
  • Develop simple rituals to decorate the dark
  • Be guided through a meditation to animate the holy dark without and within
 

Module 3: Unite the Sacred Feminine & Masculine to Cultivate Inner Peace & Wholeness Through the Sacred-Sexual Symbolism of the Great Tree (November 15)

 

Lighting a Great Tree is one of the world’s most endearing rituals of wonder and awe. You’ll explore the ritual’s origins and its significance for the ancient Celts...

... and discover how the tree’s importance in the Celtic world reshaped Christianity’s use and imagery, including the cross.

You’ll also explore why the tree became a central symbol in the Celtic dark season... and why early Celtic Christians incorporated it into their practice.

As you learn about the Great Tree, you’ll come to appreciate its symbolism as an invitation to unite seemingly opposite and contrary meanings...

... and connect with the Aramaic understanding of one ever-present, on-going eternal breath — known as the Messiah or the Christos (The Christ).

In this module, you’ll:

  • Appreciate the Great Tree as a joining of the Sacred Feminine and Masculine — the harmony of unity and wholeness that we all aspire to
  • Understand the role and experience of The Oak as The Celtic Great Tree
  • Explore simple rituals to use when bringing a tree into your home and life
 

Module 4: Celebrate Jesus as a Timeless Universal Reality to Ease Isolation & Amplify the Radiance of Christmas Day (November 17)

 

The Winter Solstice is essential to the Feast of Christmas.

What did the early Christians discover in the Celtic world about the Solstice? Why did the Solstice and Christmas become separated by three days centuries later?

You’ll explore these questions and more, including how this separation has led to a horrendous misunderstanding with tragic consequences for Christian spiritual practice.

For Christians, this rejoining of Solstice and Christmas will help us appreciate Jesus as an inclusive universal reality.

You’ll also learn practices for the Winter Solstice through the first day of Christmas — including sunset on December 24, in the night, at dawn, and finally... in the daylight of Christmas morning.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Learn the meaning of the word solstice and its significance to the separation of Christmas by 3 days
  • Understand the inherent connection between Solstice and Christmas
  • Observe the stillness from the night of Solstice to the night of Christmas
  • Appreciate the practice of 3 nights/3 days between the Winter Solstice and the Feast of Christmas
  • Discover practices and rituals to use between Solstice Night and Christmas Night — adding deeper meaning and connection to your holiday season
  • Be guided through a profound embodied experience of Christmas morning
 

Module 5: Explore the Feasts & Rituals of Wrens, Wine & Fools to Find Hope in the Mystery of Birth (November 29 – *Note, no class during U.S. Thanksgiving week)

 

The Celtic Festival was about the practice of generosity and generativity — each day of the festival highlighted another aspect of these practices.

You’ll explore the 2nd through 6th day of Christmas — the Celts’ celebration and the Christian translation of the day into its own story and practice.

For instance, the 2nd day of the Celtic Festival is in honor of the Sacred Masculine. It was a day when men and boys were to sacrifice a wren. The Christian Festival kept to the story of the Sacred Masculine and made this the feast of Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

You’ll discover how the Celtic and Christian days are in honor of the same principle but different stories... and come to appreciate the deeper meaning of these practices for men and boys.

Celtic and Christian stories also honor generosity and generativity on the 3rd through 6th days of the festival... you’ll explore them as well.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Learn why the 2nd day honors the Sacred Masculine — and the rituals that were practiced
  • Discover how the Christian Festival kept to the story of the Sacred Masculine — and made this the feast of Stephen, the first Christian martyr
  • Understand how each feast and ritual honors generosity and generativity — and shares an aspect of life and the mystery of birth
  • Discover simple spiritual practices that will instill hope and help you recreate the original Celtic Festival
 

Module 6: Bless & Protect Your New Year With Mistletoe, Wassail & Grumbling (December 6)

 

There was a time when mistletoe was considered an herb with healing and protective properties.

As a result, it was only to be harvested by a spiritual elder (a shaman or druid priest) who would then provide each home with a branch. The members of the household would take the branch to each room, asking that its mystical properties cleanse the house from any ill spirit found there. Finally, the mistletoe was hung over the front door as a talisman to protect the house and block any dark spirit from entering.

The Christian story of this day involves blessing each room of your home with sacred baptismal water. This sacred water — blessed by a priest — offers a home a spiritual cleansing, as well as a protective prayer for all over the coming year.

You’ll continue your walk through the 13 Days exploring the stories and aspects of birth celebrated on the 7th through 11th days of the festival.

The 7th day of the festival corresponds to today’s 31st of December — the last day of the civil year. While we think of mistletoe as something to be hung before Christmas Day, for the Celts, it was hung on this the 7th day of the festival.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Explore the sacred symbolism and mystical properties of mistletoe
  • Learn rituals for blessing each room of your house — and cleansing your home of evil spirits
  • Hang mistletoe over your front door as a talisman to protect the house and block any dark spirit from entering
 

Module 7: Celebrate the Mysticism of Mardi Gras With Spiritual Practices to Manifest Radiance (December 13)

 

The final day of the Celtic and Christian Festival is now January 6th — the 13th Day.

For the Celts, this day celebrated the growing radiance that was first noticed just past the Solstice. Now what was almost imperceptible to the naked eye has become easily seen, felt, and robust.

In this final class, you’ll learn how the Christian lore of this day has become muddled over the centuries... as Chrisitans have used three gospel stories to speak of radiance becoming manifest.

One of those three stories is the arrival of the Magi. Unfortunately, that story has overtaken the meaning of the feast and is now seen as a literal historical event on this date.

The other two Christian passages for this feast (known as the Epiphany) are Jesus coming up from the waters of a mikvah bath (jewish baptism) and the wedding feast at Cana.

You’ll explore all three passages, with a focus on the mystical marriage at Cana and its full impact on the 13th and final day of the festival. Alexander John will also share how the 13th Day is “omega and alpha.”

This day closes the Festival of Christmas and simultaneously opens the Festival of Mardi Gras or Carnival that extends from the 6th of January until the opening of Lent.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Explore the true origins of the story of the Magi and the mystical marriage at Cana — and how these stories evolved in Christianity
  • Discover simple spiritual practices to close the festival
  • Learn why Alexander John calls the 13th Day of the Solstice/Christmas Festival “omega and alpha”
  • Look ahead to the opening of Celtic Spring — and discover simple practices for the Feasts of Brigid & Candlemas on February 2nd
 
 
 

 

The Sanctify Your Holiday Season Bonus Collection

In addition to Alexander John’s transformative 7-module virtual course, you’ll receive these special bonuses with leading visionaries and teachers to complement the course and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.

 

When you register by Midnight Pacific on Saturday, October 22, you’ll receive the bonuses below as an extra gift:

The Celtic Dark Season & The 13 Days of Christmas: Celebrating the Wonder & Awe of Birth 
The Complete Unpublished PDF Manuscript From Alexander John Shaia, PhD

Alexander John’s complete unpublished manuscript, The Celtic Dark Season & The 13 Days of Christmas: Celebrating the Wonder & Awe of Birth, restores the untold connection, meaning, and wonder in the 13 Days of the Celtic Winter Solstice and the 13 Days of Christmas. Included are details on each day — Celtic and Christian — with reflections and practices to revitalize your awe as you witness the return of radiance, within and without. The epilogue explores how the festival continues, as the 13th day is also simultaneously the first day of Mardi Gras and Carnival.

 
 

When you register by Midnight Pacific on Saturday, October 29, you’ll receive the bonuses below as an extra gift:

The Most Misunderstood Mystic — In Conversation With Mirabai Starr
Video Dialogue From The Shift Network Mystic Summit 2021

In conversation with Mirabai Starr, Alexander John reveals revolutionary wisdom in the Christian Gospel of John. He shows how today’s common understanding of the text is horribly flawed by erroneous translations. Also, it’s this text’s understanding of The Christos (the eternal here and now one breath) that’s the doorway to the creation of the Christmas season.

 
 

When you register by Midnight Pacific on Saturday, November 5, you’ll receive the bonuses below as an extra gift:

Why Is Santa Dressed in Red & White?
Video Dialogue Between Alexander John Shaia & Glenn Siepert

This video dialogue looks at the origins of Santa Claus as a mixture of the Celtic Green Man and the Christian Saint Nicholas. This video is filled with little-known meanings and some trivia about Santa, including the significance of the North Pole and his coming down the chimney.

 
 

Radical Transformation: The Four-Gospel Journey of Heart & Mind
Enjoy a 20% Discount on Alexander John Shaia’s Book

In this fresh lens, each gospel is a story of a practice in response to a core life question. In this setting, the four gospels form the great map of a universal journey of growth in love, wisdom, and a root (radical) transformation. The universal journey is a foundation of the Christmas season. With each book purchased, Alexander John plants a tree in your name. (Price does not include shipping and handling.)

 

Celebrate Your Royal Nature: From the 13th Day to the Opening of Celtic Springtime
Video Dialogue Between Alexander John Shaia & Glenn Siepert

The 13th Day for Christians (and for many European cultures) is also the first day of Carnival or Mardi Gras. This video dialogue looks at the meaning and practices of these royal festivities, offering suggestions for how you might celebrate the Jan/Feb days in your home and community.

 

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What Graduates of Alexander John’s Courses Are Saying...

 

— Emily and Jeandre Gericke: “Alexander John Shaia Really IS the Village Elder”

— Mary Solberg: “Alexander John Shaia Inspires Me to Look Back on the Days of My Life With Compassion”

 

— Annie Sempill: “My Heart Was Captivated by the Beauty Shared by Alexander John Shaia”

— Bronwyn Thoroughgood: “Alexander John Shaia’s Work Will Transform the Whole World”

 
“Alexander John Shaia’s course was a deeply thought-provoking seminar.”

Alexander John Shaia’s course was a deeply thought-provoking seminar. It has redirected the course of my spiritual work, deepening the content and broadening the scope. As a Buddhist, I also loved the way he welcomed and acknowledged all faith traditions, creating the space for a truly interspiritual dialogue and exploration. I am certain I will revisit the course materials for many months to come as I work my way through his book in the process of deep study and discovery.
— Gretchen Martens, Placencia, Belize

“This was a confirmation of the wider and deeper dimensions of the mystical path that I have been growing in recently.”

This was a confirmation of the wider and deeper dimensions of the mystical path that I have been growing in recently. I appreciate the emphasis on the commonalities that underlie all faith traditions, and the emphasis on the way that each individual must find the specific path to the Holy that works for them.
— Carolyn McWatters, Gastonia, North Carolina

“This course was life-changing for me, allowing me to see the Gospels in a whole new light.”

This course was life-changing for me, allowing me to see the Gospels in a whole new light. I will continue to read Matthew, Mark, John, and Luke with a much deeper understanding of their impact on my personal life.
— Nola, Los Angeles area

“This course has given me hope in a way that my therapy has not been able to.”

I have truly needed this course for the difficult-to-describe movement from a depression that has plagued my life for too many years, as I’ve aged and felt my life had changed to a point where I’ve been just waiting to die. This course has given me hope in a way that my therapy has not been able to. I look forward to trying this journey with the new insights I have gained.
— San Rogers, Hagerstown, Maryland

“Alexander’s classes were filled with new and exciting ideas, offered in clear and interesting ways.”

Alexander John Shaia is an extraordinary teacher. He thoroughly knows his material and was excited to share it. Alexander’s classes were filled with new and exciting ideas, offered in clear and interesting ways. I appreciate that he gave us a short review each time and then continued with his next teaching, giving us enough time to process the new and integrate it with the material in earlier classes. I also appreciated his deep respect for us as fellow seekers.
— Diane S. Whalen, Olympia, Washington

 

Join the Global Community

 
 

Sanctify Your Holiday Season offers some of the most transformational online teachings available, within a thriving global community of learning and practice.

Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Alexander John Shaia, PhD will share in this powerful training.

You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.

 

Here’s What You’ll Receive

 
 
 
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With Alexander John Shaia, PhD
 

Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from Alexander John Shaia, PhD, founder and director of Quadratos: Four Paths, One Journey — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a livestreaming video option and guides you on how to make your holiday season sacred again and experience deeper connection, meaning, and merriment through the long-lost story of Christmas. Course sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00am Pacific..

 
Seven Video Recordings of Class Sessions
 

After each class, the digital video will be available for you to stream in a high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

 
 
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
 

After each class, the audio will be available for you to stream. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere at your convenience.

 
 
Seven Transcripts of Class Sessions
 

In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.

 
 
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
 

Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.

 
 
Online Community
 

Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.

 
 
The Sanctify Your Holiday Season Bonus Collection
 

When you register by Midnight Pacific on Saturday, October 22, you’ll receive the bonuses below as an extra gift:

  • The Celtic Dark Season & The 13 Days of Christmas: Celebrating the Wonder & Awe of Birth 
    The Complete Unpublished PDF Manuscript From Alexander John Shaia, PhD

When you register by Midnight Pacific on Saturday, October 29, you’ll receive the bonuses below as an extra gift:

  • The Most Misunderstood Mystic — In Conversation With Mirabai Starr
    Video Dialogue From The Shift Network Mystic Summit 2021

When you register by Midnight Pacific on Saturday, November 5, you’ll receive the bonuses below as an extra gift:

  • Why Is Santa Dressed in Red & White?
    Video Dialogue Between Alexander John & Glenn Siepert
  • Radical Transformation: The Four-Gospel Journey of Heart & Mind
    Enjoy a 20% Discount on Alexander John Shaia’s book
  • Celebrate Your Royal Nature: From the 13th Day to the Opening of Celtic Springtime
    Video Dialogue Between Alexander John and Glenn Siepert
 

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Sanctify Your Holiday Season Online Training

 

We feel honored that Alexander John Shaia, PhD has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with the founder and director of Quadratos: Four Paths, One Journey, whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.

If you’re serious about making your holiday season sacred again and experiencing deeper connection, meaning, and merriment through the long-lost story of Christmas, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.

If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.

 
 
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Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed! If you don’t absolutely LOVE Sanctify Your Holiday Season — or don’t feel that it meets your needs — please submit your refund request form on or before November 15, 2022 and we’ll happily issue qualifying customers a refund.

 

More Praise for Alexander John Shaia, PhD...

 
“Let him teach you and you won’t see your life the same way again.”

Alexander John is one of our village elders. Let him teach you and you won’t see your life the same way again.
— Rob Bell, New York Times bestselling author

 
“He skillfully weaves together many strands from interrelated disciplines, including history, tradition, liturgy, scriptural exegesis, and analytical psychology.”

Alexander John Shaia has uncovered an archetypal pattern embedded in the four gospels which embraces all we know to date about human development and the psychological processes involved in spiritual transformation — what C.G. Jung called individuation. He skillfully weaves together many strands from interrelated disciplines, including history, tradition, liturgy, scriptural exegesis, and analytical psychology. His resulting synthesis, Quadratos, and the way it embraces the psycho-spiritual interface, will resonate with seekers young and old, longing to embrace the message of Jesus the Christ in a way which addresses the realities of living in the 21st century.
— Joy Ryan-Bloore, Jungian analyst, Christchurch, New Zealand

“I am grateful every day for Alexander John Shaia.”

I am grateful every day for Alexander John Shaia. Without this roadmap I would be unable to navigate these chaotic days with such equanimity.
— Julie Garvey, spiritual director, St. Helena, California

 

About Alexander John Shaia, PhD

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Alexander John Shaia was part of a large extended family that had emigrated from Lebanon a generation previously. He grew up immersed in the ancient traditions of Middle Eastern Christianity (Maronite Catholicism) and was expected to become a priest, a family tradition since the year 1300. He was led otherwise.

Alexander John received a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and was also privileged to learn from Joseph Campbell. Next came a brief time in seminary followed by a master’s in Counseling Education, a master’s in Religious Education, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

His extensive psychological training across many modalities finally led him to Switzerland where he studied with Dora Maria Kalff, a Jungian analyst and founder of Sandplay Psychotherapy. Alexander John became the first U.S. man admitted to the International Society for Sandplay Therapy — and continues to serve as a senior Certified Teaching Member of the organization.

Returning to the United States, he undertook years of private practice, teaching and leading retreats across world spiritual traditions, and further study. Integrating his lifelong practice of prayer with many cross-disciplines — anthropology, psychology, spirituality, and ritual work, as well as being openly gay — has shaped him into a unique thought leader, prolific author, and widely sought-after consultant, trainer, and inspiring speaker. He is also the founder of Quadratos — a four-path journey for radical transformation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What’s a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live and pre-recorded teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer, mobile device, or telephone. If there’s more than one person in your household taking the course, you’ll each need your own connection. We use Zoom video conferencing to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions and deepen your exploration of the course themes.

There’s no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.

“I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever...”
I had never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon within which to participate. I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
— Claudia F., Medford, Massachusetts

 

Q: Can I still benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can stream the recordings and download the transcripts of all course sessions, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage with the full community and leaders in our private online community group.

 

Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.

 

Q: Are there scholarships available for this training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, for those who otherwise would not be able to enroll at the regular rate. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.

 

Q: What’s your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee so that you can sample the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is November 15, 2022. To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and submit your request. Qualifying refunds will be processed within five business days and an email confirming the refund will be sent. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at support@theshiftnetwork.com and we’ll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarship awards.)

 

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A: Please visit our Customer Support Center, where you should be able to find the answer to your question or the solution to your problem. And if you can’t, you can submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you.

 
 
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