Gerry Aylward has an M.Div and M.A. in Spirituality from Loyola University, Chicago and an M.S. in Orthodontia from Northwestern University. He has trained in nature based retreat work with the Animas Valley Institute and continues to immerse himself in this. He has led workshops and retreats on the following topics: The Human Soul and the Natural World, The Wholeness of God – integrating the Masculine and the Feminine, Grief – dealing with loss, Relationships – our deepest joy and our greatest pain, The Shadow – Hidden Treasure, Celtic Wisdom.
He has worked with men’s groups for many years giving talks and leading retreats, notably: The Sacred Feminine and the Male journey, Sexual Addiction. He grew up in Dublin Ireland where the Celtic and Christian traditions were blended and woven into the fabric of life. This highly combustible mix of rigid Christian orthodoxy and wild indigenous Celtic earthiness often let to tension, but when one took time to look underneath the apparent differences what became visible was the mythic thread that lies at the heart of all spirituality.
Gerry is an avid musician and lives with his wife Linda in Chicago. They have been married for twenty five years and have a daughter who works in advertising as a copywriter.