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The Institute of Contemplative Studies


Arthur Giacalone, Ph.D.About the Director

Arthur Giacalone, Ph.D., Director/Writer, is a psychologist and Director of the Institute of Contemplative Studies. He has been actively practicing and teaching contemplation, meditation, and the psychology of mysticism for over 15 years. In 1989 he was elected Chair of the Department of Transpersonal Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and has held adjunctive academic positions at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and the California Institute of Integral Studies. His interest in the work of Thomas Merton came during a 12-year on going, privately taught course on Mysticism, Contemplation & Prayer. In July 2004, Dr. Giacalone was awarded a William Shannon Fellowship by the International Thomas Merton Society in support of his proposal to produce a documentary on Thomas Merton’s views on contemplation and contemplative life.

Charalambos KestaDirector of Photography

Charalambos Kesta

For the past 25 years Charalambos has worked as Producer, Director and Cinematographer in most cinematic genres and formats including documentary, narrative, commercial, industrial, educational as well as music video clip productions.  His work has been released via traditional, interactive and streaming delivery communication channels.  In addition to  "Silent Lamp" he is currently the Executive Producer and Director of a documentary series designed to educate and increase awareness on chronic pain and a TV lifestyle collection featuring the California Wine Country.

David DrewryPersonnel

David Drewry Cinematographer

Director and cinematographer with 15 years of experience in feature, documentary, and commercial production, David has worked in nearly every aspect of production; from sound recording on DUNE, Never Cry Wolf, to lighting on features like Flashback, Child's Play, and The Forgotten One. He has directed and shot numerous documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Documentary credits include the award winning Bound by the Wind, and Crossing Boundaries. Commercial clients include VISA, Toyota, and Apple Computer. He has traveled extensively and worked in remote locations around the globe. Personal  works have been in the arts and metaphysics, and include Nine Initiations on the Nile.

About The Institute of Contemplative Studies

The Institute of Contemplative Studies (ICS) was established in January 1994 as a center for training and education in contemplative psychotherapy. Initially, ICS’s mission was to train psychologists and psychotherapists to provide mental health services and education to low and moderate-income individuals and their families. Since 1999, ICS’s central focus has been exclusively to provide education on the contemplative arts in the form of seminars, trainings, and academic courses. In doing so, ICS is dedicated to the cause of disseminating perennial wisdom that contributes to individuals and collectives becoming informed about what it means to live as a complete and realized human being, and the effects of such an existence on world peace.

Corporate Status

ICS is a non-profit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes.

The name and address in the State of California of this corporation’s initial agent for service of process is:

Arthur Giacalone, Ph.D.
605 Preakness Drive
Walnut Creek, CA  94597

The Institute of Contemplative Studies is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.

The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof or to the benefit of any private person. 

Board of Directors

Arthur Giacalone, Ph.D. President
G. Kenneth Bradford, Ph.D. Secretary
Janny Wan Yin Tam, R.N. Officer

Board of Directors meets quarterly

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