In her 30+ years as a student of spiritual psychology and ceremonial tradition, Dr. Ahriana Platten has come to understand that knowledge, by itself, lacks depth. It is the combination of knowledge and experience that brings forth a unique wisdom. Ahriana's unusual life experience forms the foundation of her soul-full work.
Ahriana's favorite pursuit is traveling the world and exploring its cultural
differences and human similarities. She has engaged in spiritual study her entire life. Raised in a Catholic household, she stretched beyond her religious roots very early in life, spending years exploring the rites and rituals of indigenous tribal people across the planet. She spent twenty years focused on Hermetic and Pre-Christian European practices, and most recently, studied Metaphysical Christology - a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies that incorporate the concepts of universal consciousness, meditation and interconnection.
As a Spiritual Educator, she believes every religious
tradition and spiritual path offers growth of some kind - and that no one path holds all the answers. Ahriana is not a "worshipper" because she does not believe in a God who requires us to pay homage. Instead, she embraces the concept that there is an underlying intelligence from which all life emerges, and which can be found within every living being. She was recently featured as
a “Wisdom Keeper” in the acclaimed international film and docu-series entitled
“Time of the Sixth Sun." Ahriana earned her Master of Theology degree from New Mexico Theological Seminary and her PhD from the University of Sedona where her studies focused on Pastoral Counseling Psychology. She is ordained by both Unity Worldwide Ministries and International Metaphysical Ministries.
Deeply committed to interfaith collaboration and dialogue, Ahriana served as an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World’s Religions from 2014 to 2019. She writes for and coordinates the publication of 'In Good Faith,' a weekly interfaith newspaper column offering expert opinions of a spiritual and personal nature from a variety of clergy members and religious educators. She also hosts the 'In Good Faith' podcast and a podcast called 'Soul Talk Tuesday.'
As a result of her
work in the field of Ecospirituality, Ahriana was
invited to speak at the Gathering of Indigenous Elders in Nagpur, India where
she joined religious and tribal leaders from 250 countries who came together to share insights. She has been a panelist
and presenter for the American Dharma Conference, a presenter at the
Parliament of the World’s Religions in both 2015 and 2018, and she founded and
served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Ecospiritual Center. Ahriana also founded and was the lead instructor for the Colorado Interfaith
Seminary from 2001 to 2012. She is an advisor to the School of Peace, and mentors numerous spiritual leaders.
Ahriana began her business career in radio and television broadcasting. She opened her own marketing firm in 1988. In 1994, she partnered with a London-based company to form VitAlex International Marketing and served twenty-one years as its president. Ahriana and her team engaged in social impact evaluation, strategic development, and market feasibility analysis - designed studies on these topics for multi-million-dollar projects in the U.S., China, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Algeria, Vietnam, Maldives, Egypt, IItaly and Switzerland. She retired in 2015 in order to give more time to her spiritual interests.
In her free time, Ahriana enjoys camping, reading, and relaxing with her sweetheart in their Rocky Mountain home, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is learning watercolor painting and recreational kayaking, and finds that time in nature brings her great peace.