OK, CV fans, you've asked about Elyn, so here's her bio:
Elyn Aviva earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Princeton University (1985); her dissertation topic was the modern-day pilgrimage on the 500-mile-long Camino de Santiago in Spain. It was the first anthropological dissertation on the Camino, and Following the Milky Way, her travel narrative based on her experiences and her research, was the first contemporary American account of the pilgrimage. Elyn has traveled the Camino a number of times, including three times on foot (1982, 1997, and 2000). In 2002-2004 she and her husband, Gary White walked one of the French Chemins de St. Jacques (Roads of St. James), the route that begins in Le Puy en Velay.
Elyn earned a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology (Denver, Colorado) in 1997. While completing the degree, she spent a summer training to be a hospital chaplain, and she served First Universalist Church of Denver as an intern minister for over a year, during which she gave various sermons that drew on her background in comparative religion.
In addition, Elyn has worked as a tribal planner for the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, as a health planner for the State of Kansas, and as a science writer for the Department of Energy. She established and ran the Department of Energy's High-Temperature Superconductivity Information Center at the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University. She has also taught Introduction to Religious Studies and led various adult religious-education courses.
When not traveling or living in Europe, Elyn lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her husband, Gary White. They trained at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to be labyrinth facilitators, and they lead labyrinth-walking workshops (complete with slide shows).
Elyn continues to travel to sacred places, but she finds creating sacred art a deeply fulfilling spiritual journey. (see www.fiberalchemy.com) She is also willing to discuss creating fiber art on commission.
Selected recent publications:
- When Aloha Means Goodbye: A Noa Webster Mystery , Pilgrims Process, Inc., 2006.
- The Journey: A Novel of Pilgrimage and Spiritual Quest, Pilgrims Process, Inc., 2004.
- Dead End on the Camino, Pilgrims Process, Inc., 2001.
- Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, 2nd edition, Pilgrims Process, Inc., 2001. (First edition, Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage across Spain, published by Iowa State University Press, 1989.)
- Music in Our World: An Active Listening Approach, co-authored with Gary White and David Stuart (McGraw-Hill, 2001).
- "Life Ever Difficult: Paradoxes of the Venetian Ghetto," The World & I, Sept. 2001.
- "Music: North Africa and Middle East," Vol. 3, Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, 2001, pp. 1402-1404.
- "Music: Sub-Saharan and Southern Africa," Vol. 3, Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, 2001, pp. 1413-1415.
- "Tourism," Vol. 4, Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women, 2001, pp. 1947-1951.
- "A Living Fossil? In Search of Celtic Heritage in Galicia, Spain," The World & I, April 1999.
- "Mysterious Megaliths: The Standing Stones of Carnac, Brittany," The World & I, October 1998.
- "Touring with the Sun," The World & I, October 1998.
- "Introduction to Sacred Geometry," The New Age Retailer (sometime in 1998).
- "The Labyrinth: Walking a Sacred Path," The Quest, Summer 1998.
- "Buen Camino: A forty-day walk across northern Spain's ancient pilgrimage route produces transient friendships but lasting memories," The World & I, June 1998.
- "Walking the Labyrinth: The Wisdom of the Sacred Path," New Age Retailer, May/June 1998.
- "The Amazing Labyrinth," The World & I, September 1997.
- "A Journey without End: Reflections on a Pilgrim's Progress," The Quest, Summer 1996.
(While an undergraduate, Elyn published poetry in several college literary magazines at Stanford and at Iowa State University, where she graduated in 1969 with Distinctions and Honors, with a major in English.)