Dr. Michael Franklin is the chair of the graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy program at Naropa University and founder of the Naropa Community Art Studio. Throughout his career Michael has practiced as a clinician and educator, directing the art therapy programs at the College of St. Teresa and Bowling Green State University. Michael’s past articles have focused on aesthetics, self-esteem, AIDs-iconography, interpretive-strategies, arts-based research, and contemplative clinical empathic-methods. His current research addresses art therapy education, social-engagement, yoga philosophy, and meditation. This investigation has culminated in the publication of: Art as Contemplative Practice: Expressive Pathways to the SELF with SUNY Press.