Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion
Max Sovine (they/them) graduated in May 2022 with an M.A in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion. During their time at CIIS, they focused on forming a program that would take hospice clients out for a few hours of ritualized time in nature. They are passionately determined to help Western culture change its attitudes towards death and nature from aversion to acceptance. They are a trained death doula and former hospice volunteer, EMT, and firefighter.
They are currently working full time as a retreat coordinator at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as well as a part time admin at Queer LifeSpace, a small mental health non profit that offers affordable services to people in the Bay Area queer community. Under the Queer LifeSpace umbrella, they are aiming to launch their very own queer youth day hike program called Outlandish! this spring.
Max spends their free time playing bass and piano as well as learning how to play trombone. They love hiking, rocking out at concerts, spending time with their partner, and developing their psychopomp practice.