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Bring Presence, Calm and Balance into Your Daily Life 4-Week Course Beginning May 19th

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” –Jack Kornfield

As we begin to move ever so slowly forward in this time of the pandemic, we invite you to let the gift of mindfulness meditation accompany you on the journey.

Whatever your contemplative practice may be, you’ve likely heard of -- or even taken a class or two -- in mindfulness meditation. As Alice Lottes, PhD is completing her two-year mindfulness teacher training from leaders in the field, Tara Brach, PhD and Jack Kornfield, PhD, you can now explore or refresh you experience of mindfulness meditation with her from the comfort of your home for an investment of only $10 for four 90-minute sessions!

You Will Learn To:

  • Develop a healthier relationship with your thoughts
  • Experience more awareness of your emotions
  • Be more in touch with your body and mind
  • Find your inner place of balance, peace, and freedom
  • Stay calm and bring presence to your interactions.

 

You Can Experience These Benefits:

  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reduced stress
  • Greater energy, enthusiasm and happiness
  • Improved immune system functioning

 

Please join us to begin experiencing these wonderful benefits now, so they may support you in the months ahead.

Details:

Four weekly 90-minute sessions. Each session will include a short talk, followed by a guided meditation practice, and finish with a question-and-answer period.

Date:

May 19th, 26th, and June 2nd and 9th

Time:

TUESDAYS from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Fee:

Only $10 for four 90-minute sessions!

Location:

Virtual classes (via Zoom)

Facilitator:

Alice Lottes, PhD

Course Topics include:

Week 1
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

 

Week 2
Mindfulness of Body

 

Week 3
Mindfulness of Emotions

 

Week 4
Mindfulness of The Mind

SOLD OUT!

We encourage you to sign up on the Waiting List for either this group or future offerings of this course.

About our Facilitator

About Alice Lottes PhD

A born and raised Austinite, Alice worked in the corporate world for 15 years before returning to school to get her PhD in Psychology and has been in private practice for the past 19 years. Her specialties include working with families and individuals. Alice began to explore meditation in 2013 as an additional skill to add to her psychology tool kit. Once she began her study of meditation, she realized the spiritual depth this practice brought to her life. Alice is currently in year two of a two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program lead by Tara Brach PhD and Jack Kornfield PhD. This four-week class is a practicum and a requirement for completion of this program.
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In our rapidly changing world, how can cultivating relationships with the spirits of everything around us help us dream into a future beyond the pandemic?

“Shamanic practice has persisted for tens of thousands of years because it works. It is ultimately pragmatic and practical. Its effects are measurable and immensely healing of oneself, of one’s family and relationships, of one’s community, and ultimately of the planet. It is clear that the spirit world and its wondrous inhabitants are ready and willing to help. If only we ask.” –Gerry Starnes, M.Ed.

The shamanic experience is a global way of understanding the world and working with Spirit – a world view that is closely connected to the Earth and wisdom of the ancestors. With over 30 years of experience leading groups, teaching, and writing about shamanism, Gerry Starnes will guide us to an awareness of the principles and practices of the shamanic path and how they can support us in these times of change.

Experiencing a few core practices, including the magic of rhythm and shamanic meditation (shamanic journey), you’ll leave the workshop with a heightened awareness of the importance of your relationship with the spirits of life all around you and with tools to help you dream a new life dream for the future.

Date:

Saturday, June 20th

Time:

9:30AM - 12:00PM

Fee:

$35.00 (partial scholarships available)

Location:

Virtual Meetup

Facilitator:

Garry Starnes, M.Ed.
About our Facilitator

Gerry Starnes, M.Ed.

Gerry Starnes, M.Ed. has been a teacher, author, and practitioner in the Austin, Texas area since the 1990s. His practice is built upon more than 30 years of experience and training in a variety of traditions and techniques. He is the author of the award-winning book, Spirit Paths: The Quest for Authenticity, and numerous other publications. Details about his programs and writings can be found at www.gerrystarnes.com
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Henri J. M. Nouwen

Henri J. M. Nouwen: Every time in history that men and women have been able to respond to the events of their world as an occasion to change their hearts, an inexhaustible source of generosity and new life has been opened, offering hope far beyond the limits of human prediction.

The news media is a powerful force bringing the pains of our troubled world into our daily lives, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, in this state of emergency, we feel compelled to stay up-to-date on the latest changes. Yet, watching, reading, or listening to the news fuels anxiety, despair, and fear for the future. Is there another way to mindfully engage with the news, even in these challenging times?  

Can we find a way to reframe our personal news consumption as a spiritual practice that strengthens our lives, reminds us we’re not alone, and gives us hope for the future?

Eremos invites you to join us virtually to explore the possibility of reclaiming peace within ourselves through a contemplative response that turns the daily news that bombards our hearts and minds from a toxin to a tonic. We’ll take inspiration from the words of Henri Nouwen and Etty Hillesum, as we trust that changing how we view the news is a sacred act of transforming and healing our world.

Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum: Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.

Join us virtually Sunday, April 5th from 2pm to 3pm to ponder the Coronavirus news in community in a new way. Important Note: group size is limited to seven participants to encourage the optimal sharing and experience between attendees. We will add additional sessions as the need arises.

We invite people of all faith traditions and backgrounds to join in the exploration.

Date:

Sunday April 5th

Time:

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Fee:

$5.00

Location:

Virtually, via ZOOM. You’ll receive details for logging in prior to the event.

Facilitator:

Deborah Franke

A Note from Deborah: In 2018, I accepted the challenge to find a better way to respond to the news and feel it’s needed now more than ever in this time of the pandemic. The seven steps of Pondering the News have given me hope that not only can we survive; we will thrive when we intentionally transform our daily news consumption.

At Eremos, we know that contemplative practice is the antidote that the world desperately needs. My hope for Pondering the News is that with a contemplative approach we can reframe the news into a liberating force that helps us to become a brighter light to the world around us.

About our Facilitator

Deborah Franke

Deborah Franke, MSOD, serves the Eremos community as a program committee volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors. She has practiced daily mediation for 15 years and is passionate about the role contemplatives have in building strong organizations and communities. Deborah has a Masters in Organizational Development with a Graduate Certification in Conflict Resolution from Abilene Christian University; executive program training from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management; and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She offers meeting facilitation and situational communication consulting via her independent, Austin-based company.
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“All will be well and all will be well and every kind of thing shall be well.” —14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich (translation by Mirabai Starr)

No matter where we are individually and collectively on our journey through the coronavirus pandemic on May 9th, we will still be living in a time of uncertainty about the future.

The long term economic, health, and emotional effects of this pandemic are unknown. But we can look to the wisdom of 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich, to guide us through these days.

Mirabai Starr, author of a contemporary translation of The Showings of Julian of Norwich, knows Dame Julian intimately through her writings and will share her wisdom and the deeper meaning beneath her famous words “All will be well.” Also referenced in Mirabai’s latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, Dame Julian’s faith brought her peace despite the suffering she experienced.

Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.

Come be with us virtually as Mirabai wraps us in the loving, compassionate, and fierce wisdom of Julian of Norwich, so we may move through these challenging times with more hope, faith, and compassion.

Together, we will:

  • Experience the feminine face of God through Dame Julian’s writings.
  • Be reminded that “we each carry a spark of the Holy One inside us, and this can never be extinguished.”
  • Explore how any suffering we’re experiencing can be seen as “a purifying fire, a blessing in itself.”
  • Remember or begin to awaken to the truth “that we are unconditionally adored by God.”

 

Leave this time together refreshed in spirit, more hopeful,
and more compassionate for self and others.

Event Recording:

The live recording of this event is now available for $20 (versus the original $30) for 30 days of viewing. A link to the recording will be sent upon registration.

“I found Mirabai so present, calm and wonderful, I felt almost that we were in each other’s presence.  And, the questions with her responses were so timely and meaningful.

I am looking forward to next May with her.”

“It was wonderful. Thank you so much.”

“I found today absolutely wonderful. What a gift!”

About our Facilitator

Mirabai Starr

A dear friend of Eremos, Mirabai returns to be with us for a 3rd time at Wild Mercy for the Earth in May 2021 (postponed from May 2020 due to COVID-19). She writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and interspiritual dialog.
She is the award-winning author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols. Her latest book is Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

Eremos

Based in Austin, Texas, Eremos, a Center of Contemplative Life provides opportunities – through programs, spiritual direction, newsletters, and social media – for people of all faith traditions and walks of life to step back from their daily distractions and connect with the Divine.
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“…Reach out your heart. Reach out your words…” -Lynn Ungar, Pandemic

Due to popular demand, we’re pleased to offer a second experience of Poetry in the Time of Pandemic on Saturday, May 30th. This two-hour program will be similar to the first one, but will offer new inspirational poems and writing prompts.

Come spend two sacred hours together virtually to allow the poetry of your heart to express how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting you. Using poetry to inspire our own expressions, we will open to the healing and gifts to be found in this worldwide “timeout”.

No experience with writing or poetry is needed.  Principles and practices of Poetic Medicine will be shared that have encouraged every age and level of writer to claim poem-making as a birthright form of heartfelt expression.

Below is some of the feedback we received about the first session. To read some of the poems written during the first workshop (20 minutes of stepping away from the screen to write and take a brief break), please go here.

“Dianna and Cathey, An extraordinary and beautiful time!  I so appreciate the technical expertise and smooth organization of the Zoom call and am deeply grateful for the opportunity and the substance of the workshop. Thanks again for such a rich offering.  I hope you will consider offering another one--I have a writer friend in California who would love this, too.” –Julie

 

“What blessings came out of this workshop! Thank you for it.” –Kristin

 

“Thank you again for bringing the participants together in such an easy and warm way this morning.” –Richard

 

“The poetry retreat today was extraordinary. So intimate. We definitely saw the roots and felt them. I’m so grateful.” –Elota

 

Please join us for the second iteration. Your heart and soul will be nourished in ways beyond explanation.

Date:

Saturday, May 30th

Time:

10:00AM - 12:00PM

Fee:

$25.00

Location:

Virtually via Zoom

Facilitator:

Cathey Capers
About our Facilitator

Cathey Capers

About our Facilitator Cathey Capers: Her passion is the intersection of poetry and contemplation. A graduate of the Institute for Poetic Medicine’s 3-year certification program, Cathey offers poetic medicine programs in the Austin area and is a popular Eremos facilitator. She is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.
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Deep camaraderie, open communication.

Where do men go to talk about things that matter so much: values, life purpose, relationships, spirituality?

So often, men feel compelled to “go it alone”. It is part of our upbringing and identity. But we also have a competing call to community, to companionship on the journey … a place where we can describe our vision, acknowledge our fears, accept grief and heal wounds.

Our men’s 90-minute gatherings offer an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust and acceptance where men can find a sense of mutual accountability in a regular time dedicated to community and contemplative practice.

Date:

November 21st (To avoid Thanksgiving)

Time:

7pm to 8:30pm

Fee:

Cash or Check Donation (suggested amount $10-$20) through December 2019. Beginning in January, the fee will be $20 each gathering.

Location:

2111 Dickson, Suite 10, Austin, TX 78704

Facilitator:

Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.

What happens at each gathering? We share the events of our lives. We focus on a common theme for reflection. We spend some time in contemplative silence. We offer each other our insights and responses and bless one another in parting until we meet again. While the format might vary, these core elements serve to connect our individual stories to a shared whole. We invite you to join us.

We meet the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half. (The next gathering is Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m.)

Additional groups may be forming, if you have a scheduling conflict. Please inquire.

About our Facilitator

Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.

Doug Fritzsche is a Spiritual Director and retired Presbyterian Pastor living in Austin, Texas. I have a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a whole previous career as a business owner and as a photojournalist. Before moving to Austin, I spent the largest part of my life before coming here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our history: The men’s gathering was started by Eremos founder Jean Springer over 10 years ago, and is now continued by Doug Fritzsche, MDiv., a spiritual director located in South Austin, who attended Jean’s groups for many years. More information about Doug is available at www.spiritual-directions.com. The meetings are held at Doug’s office, 2111 Dickson, Suite 10, Austin, TX 78704.

Please let us know you will be joining us. You can RSVP either through the website or by emailing diannaamorde@eremos.org or dougfritzsche@aol.com or phoning Doug at (505) 280-2903.

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The creative process offers a path where, just beneath the surface of artistic endeavor, the rhythm of prayer unfolds: senses awaken, mind focuses, heart opens & soul bestows her gifts.

WHAT TO EXPECT ~ A quiet setting dedicated to prayerful, creative work; good quality art materials as befit a spiritual practice; inviting art directions with freedom to create your own way; and time to ground and grow in a creating community.

COME CREATE, REFLECT, RESPOND!

Monthly Meetings:

First Saturday of the Month

Time:

10am to Noon

Fee:

$25 cash or check at the door

Location:

Eremos: 3355 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 101, Westlake Hills, 78746 

Facilitator:

Sr. Marie Angele Sanchez @ Eremos

RSVP:

Eremos Location (to Sr. Marie Angele) srmangele@gmail.com 
Art is that which invites us into contemplation.

By Thomas Moore

About our Facilitator

Sr. Marie Angele Sanchez

Sr. Marie Angele Sanchez, born and bred in the land of Franciscan mission churches of New Mexico and west Texas, was drawn to the joy of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Through the years she has developed a passion for creative expression as a spiritual practice. She also facilitates a monthly Soul Support Group session and serves as Secretary of the Eremos Board of Directors. She works as Office Manager at Our Family Home Care to enable seniors to live healthily and with dignity in their chosen place of residence.
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Deep camaraderie, open communication.

Where do men go to talk about things that matter so much: values, life purpose, relationships, spirituality?

So often, men feel compelled to “go it alone”. It is part of our upbringing and identity. But we also have a competing call to community, to companionship on the journey … a place where we can describe our vision, acknowledge our fears, accept grief and heal wounds.

Our men’s 90-minute gatherings offer an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust and acceptance where men can find a sense of mutual accountability in a regular time dedicated to community and contemplative practice.

Date:

4th Thursday of each Month    (October 24th)

Time:

7pm to 8:30pm

Fee:

Cash or Check Donation (suggested amount $10-$20) through December 2019. Beginning in January, the fee will be $20 each gathering.

Location:

2111 Dickson, Suite 10, Austin, TX 78704

Facilitator:

Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.

What happens at each gathering? We share the events of our lives. We focus on a common theme for reflection. We spend some time in contemplative silence. We offer each other our insights and responses and bless one another in parting until we meet again. While the format might vary, these core elements serve to connect our individual stories to a shared whole. We invite you to join us.

We meet the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half. (The next gathering is Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m.)

Additional groups may be forming, if you have a scheduling conflict. Please inquire.

About our Facilitator

Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.

Doug Fritzsche is a Spiritual Director and retired Presbyterian Pastor living in Austin, Texas. I have a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a whole previous career as a business owner and as a photojournalist. Before moving to Austin, I spent the largest part of my life before coming here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Our history: The men’s gathering was started by Eremos founder Jean Springer over 10 years ago, and is now continued by Doug Fritzsche, MDiv., a spiritual director located in South Austin, who attended Jean’s groups for many years. More information about Doug is available at www.spiritual-directions.com. The meetings are held at Doug’s office, 2111 Dickson, Suite 10, Austin, TX 78704.

Please let us know you will be joining us. You can RSVP either through the website or by emailing diannaamorde@eremos.org or dougfritzsche@aol.com or phoning Doug at (505) 280-2903.

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Eremos Fall 2019 Book Reflection

Crossing the Unknown Sea:
Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity

By David Whyte

As we continue with our exploration of “Contemplative Living” in 2019, we would be remiss if we didn’t dive into the world of work. We can’t think of a better way to do that than with poet David Whyte.

“Thought-provoking and…hauntingly beautiful… If you want to consider the meaning of your life’s work…this is the book for you.”The Boston Globe

Through quiet reflection and rich conversation, we’ll contemplate the stories and ideas shared and discern how they might apply to our lives—whether we’re in a traditional job, working independently, or working at retirement. Please join us for this exploration of what it means to bring our whole selves to work.

“It is, in the end, about passion and couragethings we tend to forget actually do apply to our work.”

USA Today

Book Reflection Details

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning in OCTOBER (dates vary by facilitator/location).

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing.

Investment:

$50 + book.

Locations, Facilitators & Dates

Groups meet either on a weekday or evening, depending upon the location.  Details about facilitators and groups will be available in August.

Central Austin Group

Facilitator: Barbara Schutz Wednesdays from 12:15 – 2:15pm Every other week October 2nd , 16th , 30th , and November 6th

Eremos Location Group

Facilitator: Sharon Dunn Wednesdays from 11:30pm – 1:00pm October 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th

Travis Heights Group

Facilitator: Dianna Amorde Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm October 9th,16th, 23rd, and 30th

South Austin Group

Facilitator: Doug Fritzsche Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

About the Author

David Whyte

Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, in organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, David Whyte illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace.

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Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the post of US Poet Laureate, speaks to the heart of this workshop!  Spending a contemplatively oriented day together, and among trees, we will trace, explore, and hopefully expand our relationship with trees using poetry as our medium.

Whether trees have simply been a part of the scenery for you or you have been a life-long observer, and lover of trees, we will peer more deeply into their nature, cycles, relationships, and place in the cosmos in order to illuminate our own.   By traveling this path together with trees, we will learn a way to look more deeply into all of creation as our spiritual family and to recognize their true spiritual guidance.

Some humans say trees are not sentient beings
but they do not understand poetry
—Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate ,Speaking Tree

No experience with writing or poetry is needed.  Principles and practices of Poetic Medicine will be shared that have encouraged every age and level of writer to claim poem-making as a birthright form of heartfelt expression.

Please bring a story (or poem), a photograph and/or object, about a single tree or a forest, an orchard, or a grove of trees, with which you have had a relationship that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you.

Date:

Saturday, October, 17

Time:

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Fee:

$175 (two partial scholarships available)

Location:

13709 West Highway 71, Bee Cave, TX 78738 (Montessori School of The Epiphany)

Facilitator:

Cathey Capers

This poetry retreat is sponsored by
Parker and Paula Jameson and Kim Soechting. We’re grateful to every sponsor, as they help ensure we can continue offering inspiring programs at affordable prices.

About our Facilitator

Cathey Capers

Her passion is the intersection of poetry and contemplation. A graduate of the Institute for Poetic Medicine’s 3-year certification program, Cathey offers poetic medicine programs in the Austin area and is a popular Eremos facilitator. She is also a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats.
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Explore the wisdom of women mystics to honor the earth and open to new ways to help heal the planet.

Due to challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing this event until May 7th and 8th, 2021. Thank you for your understanding.

Drawing on wisdom shared in her latest book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, Mirabai will inspire:

deep compassion and forgiveness for our past relationship with Mother Earth,

awe for her strength and beauty today; and,

new ways of honoring and caring for this planet we call home.

Friday evening, May 8th from 7pm to 9pm, please join us for a special inter-spiritual experience. Mirabai will offer an introduction to the essence of Wild Mercy, lead us in the Jewish Shabbat prayers and then welcome Dr. Güner Arslan to help us honor Ramadan and break the fast at 8:15pm (sunset). Dr. Arslan is a founding board member of the Dialogue Institute Austin (find out more about Dr. Arslan below). $65 per person (includes dinner).

Saturday, May 9th, spend the day with Mirabai immersed in the wisdom of the women mystics: 10am to 4pm (with book signing immediately following). $125 per person.

  • Attend both events for $175.
  • Both events will be held at The Wyndham Garden Hotel 3401 I-35 Frontage Road, 78741.

Date:

Friday evening, May 7th, 2021 from 7pm to 9pm

Fee:

$65 per person (includes dinner)

Date:

Saturday, May 8th, 2021 from 10am to 4pm

Fee:

$125 per person Attend both events for $175

Facilitator:

Mirabai Starr

Location:

The Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 I-35 Frontage Road, 78741
About our Facilitator

Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr, a dear friend of Eremos, returns to be with us for a 3rd time! She writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. She is the award-winning author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, and Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols. Her latest book is Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
About our Facilitator

Dr. Güner Arslan

Dr. Arslan is a founding board member of the Dialogue Institute Austin. He left Istanbul for Austin in 1998 to pursue a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas Austin. He earned his degree in 2000 and has been working as a design engineer at local technology companies. He also serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of North American University. Güner is married and has four children ages 17, 14, 12, and 6.
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