Tom Crockett is an ordained minister and spiritual counselor. He is a teacher, lecturer, and student in the Pachakuti Mesa Shamanic tradition, as well as in Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism and Depth Psychology. He has worked as a spiritual counselor and healer for over ten years with a particular emphasis on helping individuals honor the soul's calling.
Tom has worked with indigenous healers in Mexico and North America and studied core shamanism through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He is a Reiki practitioner and has studied bioenergetic healing with Mietek Wirkus. In 1998, he began an apprenticeship in Paqo Wachu (Peruvian Shamanism) under the guidance of shaman and ceremonialist, Don Oscar Miro-Quesada. Tom regularly leads retreats in Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico, under the auspices of the Institute for Depth Psychology.
Tom has made an intensive study of dreamwork, especially as a tool for spiritual growth. He has been a featured presenter at the Association for the Study of Dreams International Conferences since 1998 and was an invited presenter to the Conference on Indigenous Healing Traditions of the Americas cosponsored by the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. in 2002. Tom's most recent work has been with Ken Wilber's Integral Model of Spiritual Growth and David Deida's work with enlightened sexuality.
On a parallel career track, Tom has been a high school art teacher, and in 1997 created ArtQuest, a multicultural arts-based mentoring program for teens in Norfolk, Virginia. Tom spent 12 years as a national education consultant for companies such as Polaroid, National Geographic, USA Today, and the Discovery Channel. He has trained over 75,000 educators in visual learning theory, creativity, multiple intelligences, and innovative classroom strategies. He managed, developed curriculum, and trained a national network of consultant trainers and served as a special projects consultant for Polaroid.
Tom currently serves as Executive Director of Young Audiences of Virginia, a non-profit organization dedicated to the finest in arts integration programming in Virginia. As an author and graphic designer, Tom is responsible for the content and graphic design of a range of catalogs, booklets, flyers, promotional pieces, direct mail campaigns and Web site organization. He is also currently a consultant to several non-profit boards of directors including Tidewater Arts Outreach and Paganet, Inc.
He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts from Old Dominion University (summa cum laude) in Norfolk, Virginia, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, respectively.
Tom has had experience on stage as an actor and keynote speaker, and has done live radio and television appearances. He lives in Newport News, Virginia with Kelly Leigh and is stepfather to three amazing children: Holly, Kasey, and Dylan.