Margaret Baird

Margaret BairdA licensed non-sectarian Minister, a certified Spiritual Mentor, a former vice-president of Ryumonji Zen Monastery, a Sufi, who regularly writes columns for the religion page of the Decorah Newspapers, Baird has logged several decades’ work in the fields of art, education, and helping services.

In the arts, Baird spent 20 years as an officer of the former Decorah Regional Arts Council, serving, among other things during that time, as a co-originator/co-coordinator of the NE Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour. In education, she has taught individuals ranging in age from pre-school through adulthood and, while her more formal teaching experience has been in Spanish and ESL, she has also taught DreamWork, meditation, Buddhism, Islam, Sufism (the great Persian poets included), “Cross-Cultural Literacy,” “HERstory,” “Doodlin’ ‘n’ “Noodlin’,” art, “BOING!” (Balancing Our Inner Gyroscopes)” and (more recently, at the NE Iowa Montessori school in Decorah) “Kiddie Spanish.”

In the fields of helping services and of holistic health, Baird is certified and has served as a Crisis Hotline worker, hospice volunteer, Spiritual Mentor, youth mentor, Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse/Suicide Prevention worker, and Mental Health First Aid provider (to adults and teens). Formally and informally, she has logged numerous hours’ studies and experience in the areas of psychology, mental health, and overall good health and, in addition to being a certified practitioner of Usui Reiki and Reiki Jin Kei Doh, she has been empowered by Inca elder Don Francisco Chura Flores of Peru, to transmit the full nine rites of the Munay Ki.

Having lived, worked, and traveled for stretches at a time in locales in the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere, Baird enjoys interfacing with people of varying languages, cultures, ages, and social strata; with people, as well, who seek to expand their knowledge of and experience in a variety of spiritual traditions.

I used to shun my companion if his religion was not like mine
but now my heart accepts every form …
Love alone is my religion and, whichever way
its horses turn, that is my faith and my creed. ~Ibn ‘Arabi

“To know only one religion is to know none at all. The stories, devotions and sacred places of an unknown faith bring richness and depth to our own beliefs. In the realm of the spirit, each tradition enhances the others…” ~The Lost Sutras of Jesus: Unlocking the Ancient Wisdom of the Xian Monks

Contact Margaret

Phone: 563-382-3642
Address: P.O. Box 142, Decorah, IA 52101