SEAN C. SIPLE

The Farm Ecovillage Training Center

560 Farm Road
Summertown, TN 38483-0090 USA
Tel: (931) 964-4475 Fax: (931) 964-2200

BORN:

July 16, 1961, Newport, RI

EDUCATION:

Non-traditional studies of Buddhism, Taoism, Judaic-Christian, Islam, Native American and African folk/spiritual traditions, American Storyteller Academy, Institute of Deep Ecology, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ­ World Conflict Resolution certification, Securities and Exchange Commission ­ Series 7, Series 68, various other vocational certifications, AA Degree in Journalism

PUBLICATIONS:

Chants for Peace, 1980; A Vision of a United States: address given at 16th World Peace Youth Consortium, Kyoto, Japan, 1981; The Mission of Youth Toward the 21st Century ­ World Tribune Press, 1983; A Conversion of Defense Production to Commercial Prosperity, 1990, Santa Barbara Peacetime Press, A Study of the Value of Employment to the Individual and Their Communities, 1993, Chamber Press, The Harmonies of Land and Body ­ 1995, City Publications

POSITIONS:

Professional
1998-2000: Vice President- Investments, Prudential Securities
1992-1998: Vice President- Retirement Specialist ­ Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
1990-1992: Retirement Educator ­ Advanced Benefit Systems Corporation
1980-1990: Construction Manager- Southern California Building Industry

Charitable

1977-present: Organizer/Trainer, Soka Gakkai International ­ USA ­ Santa Monica, CA
1991-present: Board of Directors, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation ­ Santa Barbara, CA
1991-2000: Board of Directors, Trinity Episcopal Education Outreach
2000-present: Site Manager and Apprenticeship Program, Institute for Appropriate Technology
1996-1999: Chairman/Board Member, C.O.P.E. ­ Multi Agency Homeless Relief Program
1993-1997: Chairman/Member, Carpinteria Valley Land Use Advisory Board
1993-1997: Member/President: Carpineria Valley Chamber of Commerce
1993-1997: Founder/Board Member, Santa Barbara County Ecotourism Commission
1991-1992: Volunteer Coordinator/Board Member ­ Kid’s World
1991-1993: Santa Barbara County Economic Council, Environmental Watch
1990-1993: Board of Directors: Peacetime Economic Project ­ Advisory to Clinton Campaign
1991-1992: Democratic Steering Committee:, Santa Barbara County
1983-1990: Youth Trainer/Board Member SGI-USA Youth Division
1981-1983: Editor/Publisher, The Moorpark Reporter Community Digest
1978-1982: Founder/Organizer, The Rabbit Valley Artists Guild
1976-1978: Volunteer Organizer, Co-Chair, The French Creek Valley Artist Guild

Sean Siple has been a community organizer and builder of spiritual infrastructure for nearly 25 years. He has published both research reports and documented individual’s stories of personal transformation leading to a deeper integrity of one’s actions and beliefs. In the past two years he has intensified his studies of the works of Daisaku Ikeda and Joanna Macy and is working in cooperation with the Soka Gakkai International, The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Youth for Environmental Sanity and the Institute for Deep Ecology to develop and implement community building experiences which reinforce the interdependence of all living beings. Utilizing exercises in physical labor, meditation, storytelling, cultural exchange and discoveries of common ground in the world’s spiritual traditions, Sean is experimenting with a number of leadership training methods to develop of youth with a sense of purpose, responsibility and passion. Sean is managing the day-to-day apprenticeship program at the Ecovillage Training Center and currently writing a number of essays and accounts of the process of working through the personal despair which stands as a roadblock to many to living in harmony with themselves, their families, their community and the Earth. Sean has in the past year transitioned from a career as Wall Street Account Executive to a full-time pursuit of Right Living.

Past training experiences developed include traditional and non-traditional mediation/negotiation sessions with business and environmental interests, yoga/meditation/group encounter sessions with community boards/parents/children/ businesses; improvisational clowning workshops for the elderly/youth, community music and art projects, community playground restoration, habitat restoration in the Santa Ynez watershed, Deep Ecology/Despair workshops, and many others.