Rev. Dr. Ahriana Platten is an experiential theologian, business strategist, and master teacher, who has traveled the world and explored its cultural differences and human similarities. Raised in a Catholic household, she stretched beyond her religious roots to embrace indigenous tribal study, hermetic and pre-Christian European practices, and metaphysical Christianity. As a trained initiate in several ancient streams of mystic knowledge, Rev. Dr. Platten serves a multi-denominational spiritual community.
In her role as minister, Rev. Dr. Platten speaks on a variety of subjects such as holistic living, ecospirituality, the sacred purpose of relationship, awakening the Divine within, and finding right livelihood in the 21st century. Her interactive workshops and life passage rituals provide a powerful balance of ceremonial experience combined with historic and scientific research and information.
Deeply committed to interfaith education and dialogue, Rev. Dr. Platten serves as an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World's Religions, and, with a panel of clergy from various faiths, she writes for and coordinates the publication of "In Good Faith"- a weekly newspaper advice column offering expert opinions of a spiritual and personal nature. She hosts a weekly radio talk show of the same name.
In 2009, she was invited to the Gathering of Indigenous Elders in Nagpur, India, a gathering of leaders from 250 countries. There, she spoke about earth care and the "common ground" shared by all cultures. She has been a guest speaker for the chaplaincy at Creighton University, a trainer for The International Marketing Association and The Association of Broadcast and Marketing Executives, and a panelist and presenter for the American Dharma Conference, as well as several other national and international events.
In her role as a business strategist, Rev. Dr. Platten began her career by opening her own marketing firm in 1988. After six successful years of work in the USA, she was invited to partner with a prestigious London-based company to form VitAlex International Marketing. In her twenty years as its president, she conducted market feasibility research and designed marketing strategies for multi-million dollar projects in the U.S., China, Brazil, South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Algeria, Vietnam, Maldives, Egypt, and Switzerland, among other countries. Rev. Dr. Platten retired from Vitalex in 2015. Her business acumen is reflected in her continued writing for business publications and through her business consulting services.
Passionately in love with her husband, children and grand-children, Rev. Dr. Platten loves to spend time with her family. Her leisure time is spent camping, reading, and relaxing with her sweetheart in their Rocky Mountain home. She has recently become quite fond of recreational kayaking and finds that time on the lake brings her closer to the Holy.