Artistic Director & Founder


John Len Wiles is Associate Professor of Choral Music at the University of Northern Iowa. His choirs have performed extensively internationally and he has worked as a clinician with ensembles across the United States. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Texas at Austin. His research is published by the Choral Scholar and he has presented his work at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention.

Spiritual Director & Guide

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Gil Stafford is a writer, spiritual guide, life coach, and alchemist of the soul. He speaks, leads retreats, and is a consultant. He played professional baseball, was head baseball coach at Grand Canyon University, winning three national titles. Stafford was the university’s president four years. Life is a pilgrimage and he has taken many, including walking Ireland coast-to-coast. His publications include works on higher education, leadership and spirituality, including his latest book, Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life. Gil and his wife, Cathy, are founders of the Wisdom Way Interfaith School.

People need wild places.  Whether or not we think we do, we do.  We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it.  We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers.  To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place.  It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd.        BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Small Wonder