Kristal to Speak!
Parks, M.A., is an adjunct professor at the University of Creation Spirituality,
a speaker and workshop leader. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry and an M.A. in Justice,
Peace and Social Transformation. Topics:
Kristal Parks, M.A., is an adjunct professor at the University of Creation Spirituality, a speaker and workshop leader.
She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry and an M.A. in Justice, Peace and Social Transformation.
To whom it may concern,
I have known Kristal Parks for many years as her student and her friend and I recommend her wholeheartedly as a workshop leader, teacher and speaker, whose areas of expertise include environmental studies, ethics, social responsibility, spirituality, mind-body integration, women’s issues and clowning.
She has a long-standing commitment to the environment that she not only incorporates into her personal lifestyle but also into her professional endeavors. Environmental awareness is integral to her outlook, and her presentations always recognize the important role the environment plays in relation to any topic. One of the most creative and centered teachers I have met, Kristal infuses her classes and workshops with an energy and commitment to the earth equal to her respect and affection for people.
She is well grounded in her studies of biology, ethics, spirituality, social systems, and human potential, and because of her inquisitive mind, she continues to expand her knowledge. Innovation rather than repetition comes naturally for her. I have seen her work consistently over a two-year span and am impressed that she does not repeat herself, either in content or in style. Her strongest creative skill is her ability to develop new approaches for each class and to expand the extent and depth of the material. She has taken up clowning, sharpening her skills at conveying ideas quickly and concretely.
Kristal’s gentleness and persistence encourages students to look honestly and intently at issues and their relationship to those issues. Her presentation techniques are centered around individual interactions; although she often introduces subjects, she focuses on activities that involve participants on a personal basis--with readings, art, movement and field work. She welcomes questions and discussion and is careful to ensure that everyone in the group understands that material before moving on to another subject or activity. Her presentations illustrate ably her ability to analyze a subject and to organize material appropriate to the event. By presenting complex material simply, Kristal is able to provide access for everyone to sophisticated and interlinked concepts.
In addition, Kristal has the physical energy and the mental agility to invigorate an audience and to adapt her presentation for their specific interests or needs.
Kristal embodies an open mind, a loving heart, an awake conscience and a playful sense of humor. Anyone who chooses to work with her will find the association enlivening and inspirational.
Mary Alice Parmelee