About The Authors

Arthur Paul Patterson

Arthur Paul Patterson

Arthur Paul Patterson has been a teacher-writer at Watershed, an intentional community located in Winnipeg, Manitoba since its inception in 1992. He is the founder of Watershed Community and editor of Watershed Online. His deepest interests and joys include inter-disciplinary studies, literature, spirituality and mentorship.

Arthur Paul is married to Bev Patterson, and has an adult son Seán who resides in Winnipeg. Erik Berg, Art’s step-son, shares his interest in storytelling. Bev and Arthur Paul’s home is perpetually filled with lively conversation, movies, and an air of radical hospitality.

For Arthur Paul Patterson's curriculum vitae, click here.



Cal Wiebe

Cal Wiebe photo

Cal lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works as a self-employed handyman, and can often be found helping others in the community with little projects. When not doing this, he enjoys reading and cycling. Cal has been part of the Watershed intentional community since 1992 and lives with his wife Linda and their cat, Alex.


Linda Tiessen Wiebe

Linda Tiessen Wiebe

Linda lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She works as a computer analyst, and spends her free time playing with web design. She designs and publishes Watershed Online. She also loves to read, cycle and garden. Linda has been in the Watershed intentional community since 1992 and lives with her husband Cal and their cat, Alex.


Lorna Derksen

Lorna Derksen

Lorna lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband Dave. She works in an inner-city high school, and enjoys cycling, editing articles for Watershed Online and tackling challenging Sudoku puzzles.


John Laughrey

John Laughrey

John lives with his wife, Emily, in Casa Grande, Arizona. He completed a 23-year career in the U.S. Air Force in 1978 and has since been working in manufacturing as a quality engineer. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and masters degree in Organizational Management. He is a recent fan of history and religious history in particular, and has begun a self-study program in these two subjects.


Richard Geldard

Richard Geldard

Richard is the author of God in Concord, The Vision of Emerson, The Esoteric Emerson, and The Traverler's Guide to Ancient Greece. He holds a doctorate in Drama and Classics from Stanford University and taught philosophy at Yeshiva University.


Jim Marion

Jim Marion

Jim Marion is a rare combination of Christian mystic and public policy lawyer. A contemporary American mystic who has followed the Christian spiritual path since childhood, Marion spent eight years studying for the priesthood and pursued divinity studies at Hartford Seminary Foundation. After leaving monastic life, he was active in political arenas and received a law degree from Boston University. Since then, Marion has pursued a public policy career in Washington, D.C., where he now lives. Since his pivotal mystical experience as an adolescent, Marion has never ceased to explore the issues, requirements, and challenges of authentic Christian spirituality and inner development.


Lyle Penner

Lyle Penner photograph

Lyle lives in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works by day as a marketing assistant for the Winnipeg Public Library, and is rumoured to spend other times writing and copy-editing for Watershed Online. He also loves to read, run, surf the Web, watch movies and golf with friends. Lyle has been part of the Watershed intentional community since 1992, and lives with his wife Lydia, son Joel, along with their two cats, Bijou and Jesus.


John Emslie

John Emslie

John was born in 1970. He holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba, and a Masters of Theology degree from the University of Toronto. Currently, he is a writer and painter living in Winnipeg. His "Gates of Purgatory" website can be found here.

"Sole but with holiest mediations fed, Into himself descended." (Milton)


Lydia Penner

Lydia Penner

Lydia lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband Lyle and their son Joel, not to mention their cats Bijou and Jesus. She teaches Grade 3/4 in the Winnipeg School Division. Her other loves include reading and writing, watching birds at her birdfeeder and making the perfect cup of coffee. She's also fascinated by the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. She's been part of Watershed Community since 1992.


David Goa

David Goa

David J. Goa is the Curator of Folklife at The Provincial Museum of Alberta. He has published widely on myth, symbol, and ritual in world religions and on Eastern Christian culture. He has curated numerous exhibitions, primarily on the religious life. He teaches regularly in several universities and chairs a national committee on cultural diversity and museums.


Bev Patterson

Bev Patterson

Bev Patterson has been with Watershed Community from the beginning. She has always enjoyed painting and illustrating especially when the images connect with spirituality. Watershed Online is a perfect context for this. Bev lives in Winnipeg with her husband Arthur Paul Patterson and her son, Erik. While she works as a secretary her real love is found in what happens after work - reading, movies, painting, running, kitchen art (some people call it cooking) and most of all spending time with community.


Dave Berg

Dave Berg

Dave Berg has been in Watershed Community since its inception in 1992. Dave shares a love of cycling, reading and cooking with his wife Lorna. He has a lot of fun making movies with his son Erik and entertaining his friends at parties.




Jim Pender

Jim Pender came in contact with our local Watershed community while researching his doctoral thesis for the University of Calgary Graduate Studies division. He has extensive experience with a variety of spiritual methods and models throughout his years as a professional mentor, Social Worker and Employee Assistance Person for Agricore Canada. We are grateful to include him as one of the Friends of Watershed and now as a guest author.


Bill Stimson

Bill Stimson

William R. Stimson graduated with Honors in Botany from Duke University and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University. Deciding he wanted to be a writer, not a scientist, he took a teaching job in a small New Jersey college. About five years later, he left college teaching to wait on tables in an Italian restaurant so as to be able to devote himself more fully to his writing. Now he works evenings doing computer graphics for a consulting firm and spends his days writing, reading, meditating and practicing yoga, tai chi and kung fu. He lives in New York City.


Gerald May

Gerald May

Gerald (Jerry) May (d. 2005) was Senior Fellow in Contemplative Theology and Psychology for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, Maryland. He practiced psychiatry for 25 years and is the author of many books and articles on the relationship between spirituality and psychology, including Will and Spirit, Addiction and Grace and The Awakened Heart.


Erik Berg

Erik Berg

Erik is seriously involved in acting and enjoys writing and playing guitar on the side. He is so happy to a part of Watershed Community where he has so many opportunities to study the Bible and develop a relationship with God. It is a great part of his life that helps to centre him and give him a great place to look out from. He is a recent high school graduate who now attends University of Winnipeg.


Elizabeth Miller

Elizabeth Miller

Dr. Elizabeth Miller, a professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is recognized internationally as a leading expert on Bram Stoker and his classic novel Dracula. She has published four books on the subject, including the award-winning Dracula: Sense & Nonsense (2000); information on these can be found here. She has given lectures on Dracula in Canada, the United States, Ireland, Germany, Poland and Romania, and has been interviewed for television, radio and the print media on both sides of the Atlantic. For full details on her work, visit Dracula's Homepage here.


Glenn Morison

Glenn Morison

Glenn "Moon" Morison is an ordained minister serving the United Church of Canada. He has served in southern New Brunswick, Cape Breton Island, Ottawa and northern British Columbia. Glenn currently is the minister for the Marion Harper Memorial Circle, an urban native congregation that meets in an office on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg. This appointment follows seven years working with and among the Gitxsan First Nation in northern BC. Glenn lives in the Wolseley area of Winnipeg with his wife, Alex, and two children, Matthew and Morag.


Joseph Gold

Joseph Gold

Joseph Gold is a professor of English at the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and a marriage and family therapist. Dr. Gold's writings, including Read for your Life, explain how we can make use of fiction and poetry in constructing, repairing and understanding our own lives.


Joel Penner

Joel Penner

Joel Penner finds his life in living in community, photography, studying the Bible, playing racquetball, tinkering with computers amongst many other things. Being a part of Watershed Community is the largest part of his life though. He lives in many homes in Watershed, and is starting his second year at the University of Winnipeg.




Graham Warne

Graham Warne

Graham was born and raised in a country town in northern New South Wales, Australia. At the age of 16 he travelled to Armidale Teacher’s College where he trained as a Primary School Teacher. He left teaching in 1963 to train for Christian Ministry at the Churches of Christ Bible College, Woolwich, Sydney. In 1966 he married Jeanette, and they commenced ministry at North Turramurra, a northern Sydney suburb. Overall, Graham has spent approximately 10 years in pastoral ministry, and 30 years in teaching ministries. He has three adult children and four grandchildren. Special interests include photography, fishing, bushwalking, abseiling and, of course, bird watching!


Karma Jampa Lhundup-Zebo

Karma Jampa Lhundup-Zebo

Karma has a Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupucture and Oriental Medicine. He is licensed to practice acupuncture by the State of Washington, and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is also currently a student of the Process Work Center of Portland, studying Process Oriented Psychology. Karma lives in Portland, Oregon.


John Mabry

John Mabry

John currently teaches philosophy and church history at the Grace Institute for Religious Learning. He has a Masters of Spirituality from the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality and a doctorate in World Religions from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Between keeping his eyes open for epiphanies and reading voraciously from theologians and mystics of every tradition, John spends his time editing, sweeping floors, preaching, napping, writing theology, walking his dogs Clare and Abegail, and singing in two bands.


Jason Lafferty

I am 17 and I live in California. I wrestle and run track for my high school. I also love to sail, cycle, and above all snowboard. I became interested in Emerson and transcendentalism, mainly due to my amazing and brilliant English teacher. I have becoming fascinated with writing since these interests developed.


Verda Heinrichs

Verda Heinrichs

Verda lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. By day she works as a report writer for a local research company. By night, she loves exploring and learning through various Watershed studies, practicing yoga, photography, reading and watching movies. Seeing these interests grow along with others 'is the best part'. Verda was part of the Watershed community at its inception. She lives with her husband Eldon, and sons Kelsey and Sean.


Eldon Heinrichs

Eldon Heinrichs

Eldon lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his wife Verda and his sons, Kelsey and Sean. He works as a letter carrier for Canada Post, which affords him ample time to listen to audible books on his iPod. A lover of diversions, he can be often found working on crossword puzzles, renovating his 90-year-old house, or practicing his golf swing. He loves playing guitar, reading, and watching the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.


Oscar Del Santo

Oscar Del Santo

Linguist, teacher and writer Oscar Del Santo originates from the Basque Country of Spain, though he has spent much of his adult life in England. Following what he describes as 'first an intellectual illumination and around a year later an overpowering and profoundly humbling mystical experience', he became an ardent student and practitioner of a number of spiritual disciplines and traditions including esoteric Taoism and Christian mysticism. He regards himself as 'a humble follower along the footsteps of contemporary spiritual trailblazers like Ken Wilber, Stuart Wilde and Jim Marion'.


Len Hjalmarson

Len is a writer, pastor, and software developer living among the orchards and vineyards of Kelowna, BC. He is a regional representative for Resonate and involved in the Allelon network. Len is currently completing a book on church planting in Canada along with Brent Toderash. He is finishing a DMin in Leadership and Spirituality at ACTS Seminary in Langley, BC. Len is the father of two young ladies, is harried by a Siamese cat, and is married to Betty, a registered nurse who works with women in transition. Len blogs at www.nextreformation.com and www.allelon.org.


Brenda Korinek

For 20 years I worked as an operating room RN along with general medical/surgical nursing and home care experience. I've been a waitress and an alterations seamstress; from 1999 to 2009 I worked in a church setting. In 2009 I received a certificate in thanantology (bereavement and the grief process) and completed spiritual director training through Christos Center, MN. I walk the spiritual path as soul friend with others from many walks of life and religious beliefs who are searching for and pondering the presence of the Sacred in their life. I live in rural northeastern Wisconsin with my husband, Dan. We have one daughter, Sara, and two beautiful grandchildren: Simon and Amelia. My blog site is dearfriendsarticles.blogspot.com


Sherryl Koop

Sherryl has intersected with the Watershed community through a recently formed movie club that meets regularly throughout the year. She has appreciated the opportunity to not only view movies together with the club but also the discussion that follows the viewing of the movies.



Marilyn Heidebrecht

Marilyn lives in Winnipeg and has been part of the Watershed Community for over 20 years. Some of her favourite activities include reading, singing and swimming. Marilyn lives in a multi-aged intentional household with eleven other people, has volunteered in the west end for years and regularly shares her enthusiasm and hospitality with seniors at Lion's Manor.



Arthur Cohen

Arthur lives in Winnipeg with his wife Debbie, and daughter Sarah. He works at Winnipeg Public Library and enjoys gardening, skiing, and writing. Arthur initially attended a film showing by Watershed in January 2011, and now attends a weekly spirituality study at Watershed.



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