ABOUT SOFIA UNIVERSITY
Celebrating over 35 years of successfully graduating leaders who value a shared
commitment to authenticity, inclusivity, cultural humility, ecological stewardship, and service to others.
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WHY SOFIA UNIVERSITY IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR US!
Our Stories. Our Successes. See all of our testimonials here.
Kaye-Ailsa Rowan, M.A., MFT“I chose to come here as a student because I wanted this transformative, creative education that we offer.”
Bob Frager, Ph.D.“I brought various teachers – Zen teachers, Yoga teachers, Christian mystics I brought them on campus to talk to my psychology of religion class. I wanted to put all of this together in one school… I wanted to have a place where other people thought that education should include body mind and spirit.”
Danielle Morabito, M.A.“This place is really special and unique and has a strong community, a strong spirit, and that there is so much creative energy here that I have never found in a school before. And I knew immediately that this is where I was supposed to be in order to do what I consider my life’s work.”
Harish Muuvala, M.S.As a computer science student at Sofia university, this has been a very positive educational experience for me and I feel very happy that I am a part of it. Faculty really care about the students and the academics are excellent. This is one of the best schools in the Bay area.
Bekah Turner, B.A.“I applied to the BAC at Sofia University as a means to an end: I wanted to (finally) complete my BA so that I could move on to graduate school. In the five terms I spent at Sofia completing my BA in Liberal Arts, I got so much more than I could have ever expected. The classes, professors, material and cohort of the program are excellent. I was challenged, inspired, supported and transformed. I made discoveries about myself that literally shifted the focus of not only my education, but my life. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to not only finish their undergrad, but also seeks to take their own transpersonal development to the next level.”
Nishi Jumna, B.A.This is an amazing program which offers students the stepping stones that propels us into worlds we may never have thought of entering. I am grateful for my professors and all they had to offer. The BAC program and the knowledge I gained from it resulted in me creating, Adi Shaktee, as an oasis for healing and a platform which I intend using for my women’s movement. This program also gave birth to my first literary project. I just published my first book of poetry called, AWAKENING. www.adishaktee.com
Sheena McMahon“I came to Sofia because of the transpersonal/spiritual aspect really interested me. Everyone is so open and accepting and the teachers have been extremely helpful. I really love how everyone is accessible. I’ve met the founder, the president, and all of the teachers within a couple of days. We can even email them and they answer them immediately which has not been my experience in previous institutions. I love how this school ties in my three loves of neuroscience, psychology, and spirituality. I feel like I was craving this experience without knowing I was craving it. The deep spiritual conversations we’ve had and the meditations, and learning aikido have all helped me grow in such a short amount of time.”
Jennifer Nagrath, M.A.“I joined Sofia because I wanted to seek wholeness in my life. I wanted to dive deeper into self, understand the wisdom of my body,. I wanted to reconnect with nature. I wanted to understand the different personalities, my inner especially. It has been a beautiful journey at Sofia. I will always be reminded to explore and open my heart wider and relax deeper in the breath of awareness, aliveness and mindfulness.”
Dayal Khalsa, M.A.“I spent a long time looking for a program like Sofia. For me, I’ve always wanted to investigate science and spirituality and I think that’s what we have a Sofia – a meeting of modern psychology ,spirituality and science. My desire is to look at things from a full spectrum, both mind, body and soul, and I think this school did a really good job of putting those together. I feel like I’ve gotten to expand very spiritually but also in science. Really beautiful coursework, beautiful professors, and I definitely recommend the experience at Sofia.”
Laura Bakosh, Ph.D.“My time at Sofia University–the course work, the opportunity to collaborate so closely with the faculty, and the commitment to whole person education– allowed me to refine my vision for the Inner Explorer program, develop and pilot it in various iterations and finally to rigorously study the effects. These have all proven critical steps in my ability to co-found this nonprofit company, launch several programs, and most importantly, help children succeed in school and ultimately in life.”
David Anderson, M.A."What I love about this school is the diversity of backgrounds students and teachers bring to the table. We have business owners, life-coaches, yogi’s / yogini’s, authors and speakers, nutrition experts, accountants, MBA’s, masters level clinicians, PhD’s from the harder sciences who wish to research psychology, Nurses, MD’s and many other professions from all walks of life. My cohort initially had students from Chile, China, Australia, and of course USA."
Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D."The late William Braud and I founded the field of Transpersonal Research Methods—a venture that never would have happened without the enthusiastic support of doctoral students and faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, now Sofia University. I only regret that William is not here to see how far our transformative approaches to research have spread worldwide."
Fred Luskin, Ph.D.“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to interact with some unique, internally motivated, creative, thoughtful spiritually oriented students. There’s just a different way that students here have and that’s what drew me here and kept me here.”
PSYD PROGRAM CHAIR
Walker Karraa, Ph.D."I am a provocative thought leader in the field of maternal mental health and leadership. I earned my Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia in 2013. My first book, Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth, presents my research revealing the traumatic and transformative nature of postpartum depression."
Elisa Sciscioli, M.A. ALUMNA, MATP"I integrate my passion in voice as I combine creative expression, music and singing. The Master’s Degree in the Global Transpersonal Psychology Program I earned at Sofia gave me the grounding I needed to launch my career."
Juan Carlos – Pinero, M.A.“This program has been one of the most immense transformative experience I’ve ever had in my life. This school has an excellent way of melding the spiritual with the academic. And I’ve found more about myself in the work that I’m able to do in the world than I ever have in my life. I’m very grateful to all the faculty and the members of the school. And I look forward to working with everybody in the future in a different setting.”
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