Cindy Buscaglia serves as the Co-Executive Director of The Journey Center East Bay where she is inspired to bring the vision of prayer and care to herself and her own neighborhood. Her background in the Career Consulting Industry gave her the wisdom to examine a simple but profound question “Who will you be when you grow up?”. After her own diagnosis of breast cancer, it became clear that her journey was a spiritual wake up call to listen to God. Cindy is a Spiritual Director and student of the contemplative life. Cindy is a certified Cancer Coach and certified in the Enneagram. Her favorite spiritual practice usually involves watercolors, glue sticks, collage images and creative prayer. Any practice that involves silence, stillness or solitude are the most challenging for her. In her spare time, she hangs out with family & friends. When she’s alone she always has her nose in a book or a Yorkie in her lap.
Jenny Trees serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Journey Center East Bay where she can walk alongside others as they grow deeper in their understanding of self and God. Jenny also serves as Director of Spiritual Formation at Hillside Covenant Church where she loves creating contemplative space for people to encounter God. As a spiritual director Jenny, can deeply listen to people’s stories. She is a facilitator for OneLifeMaps, an organization that offers mapping tools to help one recognize and respond to God in their life. Currently Jenny is completing her Masters in Christian Formation. Her favorite spiritual practices involve walking a labyrinth and imaginative prayer. Journaling and scripture memorization are two growing edges for her. In her free time, Jenny loves going on adventures with her husband and three sons. Playing games like Farkle or Hearts with family and friends comes in a close 2nd.
Steve has had a spiritual sensitivity as far back as he can remember. He is trained Spiritual Director and a Certified Enneagram workshop facilitator. He was drawn to contemplative spirituality after reading the book, “Mansions of the Heart” by Thomas Ashbrook. In it Ashbrook describes the seven stages of spiritual growth or mansions and the journey into the deeper stages is the path of contemplation. This peaked his interest and started the journey to see what Contemplative Spirituality was about. Steve serves as Community Life Pastor at Hope Center. In 2016 Steve was able to take a sabbatical to “Study Christ-Centered spirituality and how to live a modern contemplative life.” He traveled to the Northumbria community in England to participate in a “Contemplative Awareness” retreat and he also spent ten days in Snowmass Colorado on a Centering Prayer retreat with Contemplative Outreach. Steve has spent a lot of time and money on gaining head knowledge and collecting degrees. Now he is focused on gaining heart knowledge through Contemplative practices and Celtic Spirituality. Steve’s favorite spiritual practice is centering prayer. You can find Steve doing his favorite thing walking out in nature around Lafayette Reservoir, or around Black Diamond Mines Preserve.
Paldrom Collins serves as the Treasurer on the board of directors for The Journey Center East Bay where she is continually inspired and awed by the depth of goodness and generosity of the people she meets at the Journey Center. Paldrom also serves on the board of the Journey Center Association where she is able to use her experience in starting 501 3(c)’s. Her favorite spiritual practice is chanting; she loves every kind of chanting and singing whether its hymns or mantras. For her she experiences riding the waves between praise and silence. Paldrom was first drawn to contemplative practices over 40 years ago in the 60’s when she was in high school. That pursuit led her to Eastern teachings, to a Tibetan monastery and taking vows as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. Paldrom was graced with teachings that calmed her crazy run-away mind and began to illuminate the essence of the Christianity she’d grown up with in Oklahoma. In her free time, you will find her at a gym or a Starbucks with a huge smile on her face. She is a lifelong practitioner of the Enneagram. Paldrom is a gifted writer—currently writing a book about her experience as a former Tibetan Buddhist Nun for the simple joy of writing.