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Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
BA, California State University, Hayward
Vivian Dzyak, PhD received her doctorate from CIIS in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Women's Spirituality in 2007. She specializes in the study of women's spiritual experiences and the ancient and contemporary practice of pilgrimage. In 2004 she led a group of women on the thousand year old pilgrimage route El Camino de Santiago de Compostela located in Europe. She has also done extensive research on the Black Madonna images of France and has written about their symbolic, historical and political meaning. In 2011 she co-founded E-magine Journeys, a company that offers participants spiritually rich and socially meaningful travel experiences. Her areas of expertise and interest include contemporary issues in the humanities, world religions, feminist theory and practice, women's studies, and women's religious experiences. She is a passionate traveler. Viviane has two adult sons and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where, in addition to her business ventures, she is adjunct faculty at CIIS and is co-editing the 4th volume of the womanist/feminist anthology She Is Everywhere.