Our Coaches

AMELIA PERKINS

As a coach and the Program Coordinator for the Year of Transformation, Amelia brings to her coaching a devotion to body-centered techniques as well as deep intuition, insight, & care for her clients.

Background :

Amelia has a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in Religion and the Body from New York University. After earning her Masters from Harvard, Amelia received a grant to live with Eastern Orthodox nuns in Greece for a year, writing about their lives. Currently, Amelia is pursuing a second master’s degree, this time in Transformational Leadership and Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential.

Before coming to Wright, she acted as director of special projects for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. During her four years with the Council, she helped organize one of the world’s largest interfaith gatherings in Melbourne, Australia, which brought together over 6000 participants from diverse religious traditions. She has also curated interfaith art shows with Buddhist nuns in New York, and she has served as a creative advisor to an art salon in Brooklyn, which was conceived as a community laboratory for unleashing our most radically creative, bold and compassionate selves. She is also writes, performs improv, and hosts salons.

She is passionate about helping people live lives they love.

Fun Facts:

What is your favorite quotation?

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz of Shiraz

What is your favorite book of all time?

“I have two shelves on my bookcase devoted to wonder.  There, I keep books about cabinets of wonder, plays, performance art, magical novels, and more recently I’m adding the texts from Wright Graduate University that strike me as most mind-stretching and alive-making.”

Where is the coolest place you’ve ever travelled to?

“Marrakech, Morocco.”

Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?

“Either Kate Winslet or Daniel Day Lewis in drag.”

What’s your favorite spot in Chicago?

“I love the Field Museum, the Garfield Park Conservatory, the churches in Ukrainian village, and the Cultural Center in South Shore.  I also enjoy going to The Point in Hyde Park and visiting the murals in Pilsen. I’m in love with Chicago neighborhoods!”

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