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“The Power of Love”: Planting Seeds of Hope

July 19 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT



with Belvie Rooks, Alexander Vesely-Frankl, & Fran Grace,
with a few special guests

Friday, July 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Montgomery Chapel

5 Richmond Road (at the corner of Bolinas and Richmond Roads), San Anselmo, CA 94960

Event Program

Event Description:

Limited seating is available for this Public Panel, featuring the author and contributors of the award-winning book, The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World.  Tickets are $20 – see bottom of page for registration.  Limit 2 tickets per person.  Purchase at bottom of page. 

Now more than ever, in midst of a fracturing world, the path of Love calls to us.  Love heals.  Love creates.  Love regenerates.  Love embraces hope!  The path of Love takes us beyond the common definition to an experience of love that is dynamic and all-inclusive.   

“This love includes everything.  It belongs not just to a human relationship, or to an inner relationship with God; it is a love that is everything, that flows through all that exists.”

—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi mystic, “Love and Prayer,” Stories for a Living Future Podcast


How and where are the “seeds” of this love being planted? 

“Just give the seed of your own story to life; open it with love and life will respond. Life will take your seed and place it in the heart of the world…. That is your offering. That is all that you can ever give. Slowly the world will start to spin on a new axis of love.”

—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Sufi mystic, “Return to Love,” Stories for a Living Future Podcast


Each panelist will speak from a different area of human experience.  They have invited a few special guests to convey the multi-generational scope of our gathering.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Event is hosted by the nonprofit 501c3 organization, Inner Pathway Publishing, in collaboration with Pseads Institute (“seeds”), an educational nonprofit that will share its newest initiative Hope on the Rize: a writing and filmmaking project for students in the 4th Grade through college.  For each short film submitted, Pseads partners with environmental organizations to plant a tree!  So far 2,431 trees have been planted!


“The seed holds a very great secret—it never gets old. It is the eternal ‘Yes’ to Life.”

—Anat Vaughan-Lee, “The Language of Seed,” in Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays



Alexander Vesely-Frankl, M.A., Dr. h.c., is the grandson of Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of the timeless classic, Man’s Search for Meaning.  Alex co-founded The Viktor E. Frankl Institute of America, as well as the Online Academy for Logotherapy at the Elisabeth Lukas Archive. He travels the world speaking on the topic of Logotherapy, the meaning-centered school of psychotherapy founded by his grandfather. In addition to being a licensed psychotherapist and head of the Viktor Frankl Media Archives in Vienna, Alex is a film producer and award-winning filmmaker working with StraightUp Films in Los Angeles. 

Alex’s talent for filmmaking was noticed at an early age, and some of his earliest video footage was taken of his grandfather, who bought Alex his first video camera.   His psychological and spiritual depth is apparent in his films. Alex has directed many short films, commercials, and documentaries, but is most proud ofViktor & Iwhich won several prestigious film awards in the United States, including the Diamond Award for the Best Documentary at the California Film Awards.  Another film, Wizard of the Desert, is about the American psychiatrist and medical hypnotist Milton Erikson, whose life’s work began at a young age. Paralyzed by polio and expected to die, Erikson discovered inner mechanisms of mind to reactivate healthy body function. This film has received rave reviews. Alex is currently working on a new documentary entitled Pioneer of Meaning.  He wrote the “Foreword” to the forthcoming book of rediscovered writings by his grandfather Viktor Frankl, Embracing Hope: On Freedom, Responsibility, and the Meaning of Life.



Fran Grace, M.Div., Ph.D., serves as founding director of the nonprofit, Inner Pathway, and is Emerita Professor of Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Redlands (CA), where she pioneered a meditation program. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has been recognized for her teaching and research into spiritual life by appearances on CSPAN, NPR, a Pew Fellowship from Yale University, etc.  Academic life, however, did not fulfill her inner quest for truth.  After encountering her spiritual teacher in 2003, Dr. David R. Hawkins, who taught her a path of inner freedom, she worked closely with him for many years.  She edited several of his books, such as Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, and the official revision of Power vs. Force.  Her most recent book, The Power of Love, was a Silver Award winner in the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for the “Best Inspirational Books in 2019.” The book includes encounters with 14 visionaries of diverse traditions.  Certified as a Spiritual Director in 2001, she completed her training as a Death Doula in 2022. Through the nonprofit 501c3 organization, Inner Pathway, she donates her time by teaching classes, retreats, online groups, and offering private sessions for those seeking spiritual support.  



Belvie Rooks is editor and co-author with Dedan Gills of I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing Heart: A Poetic Love Song.  The Audiobook of this book of poetry was honored as “One of the 29 Best Poetry Books” in 2023, by Speechify.  She is also featured in the award-winning book, The Power of Love.  Belvie is co-founder with Dedan Gills of Growing a Global Heart. “To plant a tree is to plant hope.”  Meeting Dr. Martin Luther King as a teenager at a weekend high school retreat organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) had a profoundly lasting and transformative impact on her.

A leader in the anti-apartheid movement, Belvie was honored to serve as an election monitor during the transition to majority rule in South Africa and to later attend Nelson Mandela’s  historic inauguration as South Africa’s first elected President.  As an educator, Belvie was a member of the founding faculty of the College of Social Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) Old Westbury, and is the creator of Hey Listen Up: A Sense of Self-A Sense of Place, a groundbreaking multimedia urban eco-literacy project featured as part of the Educational Series for Journey of the Universe.  She served as creator and host of ConverZations That Matter, and on the Boards of Bioneers, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Institute for Noetic Sciences.  She currently serves as strategic advisor and intergenerational co-facilitator for Pseads Institute.

She is an essayist, educator and human rights and social justice activist whose work weaves the worlds of spirituality, feminism and, ecology.  She was a founding staff member of Wild Trees Press, co-founded by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker.  As an essayist, her published works have appeared in many publications and anthologies including: Sacred Poems and Prayers in Praise of Life, My Soul is a Witness: African American Women’s Spirituality, and many others. She is an American Book Award winner as senior editor of Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris, and co-producer-with Damani Baker and Danny Glover-of the award-winning film, The House on Coco Road.

Belvie will be joined by Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D.


Dr. Elizabeth Miller, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Pseads Institute, and other members of the Pseads team, will join Dr. Fran Grace and Belvie Rooks in celebration and dialogue. They will also be joined by several of the inspiring young people from this amazing project.  Dr. Miller is an educator, professor of Philosophy and Religion, impact assessment specialist, and consultant/editor. She served as Associate Editor of the Inner Pathway publication I Give You the Springtime of My Blushing Heart by Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills, and has spent more than a decade learning with Belvie and Dedan in deep dialogue and shared learning. Belvie is an Intergenerational Strategic Advisor to Pseads, and Dedan served as Pseads’ Founding Board Member and beloved mentor.

Pseads asks, What is Hopeful?  Here is an important project that inspires hope and inspiration. The Pseads Institute (“seeds”) (pseads.org), an educational nonprofit, is wrapping up the third year of its newest initiative Hope on the Rize: a writing and filmmaking project for students in the 4th Grade through college. This exciting project builds on classroom learning across subjects and creates an immersive multi-dimensional experience that uplifts and amplifies emerging visions and voices for interconnectedness, social-environmental justice, and well-being. Hope on the Rize leverages the power of narrative, reflective writing, environmental science, and technology in service of building inclusive and transformative communities that benefit people and the planet. For each short film submitted, Pseads partners with environmental organizations to plant a tree!  So far 2,431 trees have been planted!





July 19
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT


Montgomery Chapel in San Anselmo, CA
5 Richmond Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960 United States


Inner Pathway
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