Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves together myth, history, and the arts with experiential learning. Kayleen is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Dante's Divine Comedy to the history of classical music have been hailed as "inspirational", "fascinating and compelling" , "transformational" and "truly life changing".
Kayleen holds three master's degrees in music, mythology and psychology. She completed her doctorate in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, where her dissertation was "Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Art, Music and Culture". Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on Mary Magdalene at the Houston Jung Center, the San Francisco Opera, Oxford University in England, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology Conference in Italy, the Veriditas Pilgrimage to Chartres Cathedral in France, Grace Cathedral, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and other colleges and spiritual centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Kayleen is one of four Master Teachers worldwide for the Veriditas Labyrinth Organization, and she leads Mary Magdalene pilgrimages and workshops in France every year.
Just a few of many testimonials about Kayleen's classes:
"Kayleen Asbo is one of the best mythologists I have ever met in my life. She is a star who has brought so much to all of us who are looking and seeking to understand what spirit is. She has a way of creating a confluence between love, passion and scholarship"
-Dr. Michael Conforti,
Director of the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology; author of Field, Form and Fate
" Superlatives don't begin to describe the teaching of Kayleen Asbo. She is more than a "teacher" and her classes are more than "classes"... She combines the disciplines of music, art, literature, mathematics, mythology and psychology and philosophy so seamlessly that one is simply amazed.
I am a retired physician, having been in practice for 36 years and have had continuing medical education during all those years. In all my years of schooling, including under-graduate and graduate school, I have never had a teacher with as much impact as Kayleen Asbo.
One must experience her in the classroom to understand the phenomenon she is and what makes her classes an "event" rather than merely a "class". Not only is her knowledge virtually limitless, her charismatic presentation is passionate and flawless. I sit on the edge of my seat waiting in anticipation as to what she will say next. She combines the different disciplines and brings them together in such a way as to not merely teach facts or events but to bring them to life and to demonstrate how these facts and events affect life for us personally. Ultimately she teaches life in its greatest terms.".
- Dr. Howard Lee, Osher Lifelong Learning Student
“Kayleen is a truly gifted teacher. She knows how to break things down so the rich content she offers can easily be
grasped by both the mind and the heart.”
~ The Rev, Dr. Lauren Artress, Founder, Veriditas Labyrinth Organization and the author of Walking a Sacred Path