David Scheuneman PhotoFor almost 30 years, I’ve been developing and providing holistic, nonsectarian resources for spiritual growth through meditation practice and retreats.

I developed this specialty through a master’s degree at Meadville/Lombard Theological School (M. Div. 1999) and training in spiritual direction at Claret Center in Chicago. My studies centered on interfaith spirituality and contemplative psychology. After graduation, I was endorsed by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association and was ordained.  I now practice as an independent minister.  For collegiality, I am a member of the UU Society for Community Ministries.

My “headquarters” is Studio Zero, the 501-c-3 nonprofit I founded in 2006.

For most of my life, I have been devoted to exploring the “contemplative path”.  I practice Buddhist meditation (primarily Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen, mixed with some Zen and Theravadan) and I am also trained in Centering Prayer. I continue to study the mystical branches of the world’s religions to inspire my personal and professional life.

One major center of my activity has been Star Island.  I offer the Star Island Meditation Retreat, and I am an advisor to the Youth Empowerment and Spirituality conference.