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In Memoriam: Angeles Arrien

Angeles Arrien

Angeles Arrien

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and longtime friend and mentor to Watercourse Way and its owners. Angeles passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 24.

With deep respect and gratitude for the gift of knowing Angeles Arrien — our teacher, mentor and friend — for so many years. We will never forget you. Your wisdom, compassion and love have inspired and changed our lives forever. Thank you. You are the light that fills the world.

Below is an In Memoriam reflection posted on Angeles’ website. Learn more about Angeles’ work by visiting her website or watching this video.

Angeles Arrien

1940 – 2014

Dearest Friends, Colleagues, Students,

Our beloved Angeles Arrien passed away unexpectedly last Thursday afternoon April 24, 2014. This Monday her office started to inform hundreds of organizations, colleagues, friends, and thousands of students nationally and internationally of her unexpected death.

Angeles was a person of deep faith, compassion, kindness, generosity and honesty, and an authentic, vital, joyful presence everywhere she went, and with whomever she interacted.

Over her lifetime, she worked nationally and internationally as a professional and personal consultant with organizations, groups, communities, professionals and individuals. Drawing upon her bi-cultural background and lifelong work as a cultural anthropologist, educator, mediator, and award-winning author, Angeles was known for her deep commitment, integrity and her skills for facilitating positive and sustainable changes with individuals and organizations. She always looked for what was possible, beyond the knowable, to serve the individual and collective greater good.

Angeles embodied a deep commitment, diverse and extensive experience and a clear and direct approach to her work with tens of thousands of individuals over 45 years. She held a consistent vision that the heart of collective work always supported a diversity of many points of view and possibilities; and wholeheartedly believed in the incredible power of what she called “bridging work” whether between disciplines, peoples, cultures, traditions, or generations.

Angeles will be missed greatly by those who knew and loved her so deeply, whether they met her once or knew her for many years.

At Angeles’ wish there will not be a public memorial. Angie herself requested that for those who wished to truly honor her over this next year, that once a month on the anniversary of her passing (the 24th of each month), that individuals would light a candle and say a prayer to honor her memory.

Condolences to the family may be sent directly to her office or posted on her Facebook pages. Angeles’ family has requested complete privacy at this time. Her business office will be closing over the next few months.

May all the seeds that she planted within us be nourished and may we all also contribute to the greater good in the world. With love and gratitude during this sacred and holy time of Angeles’ transition….

Four-Fold Way®

The Way of the Warrior
Show up, and choose to be present.

The Way of the Healer
Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.

The Way of the Visionary
Tell the truth without blame or judgment.

The Way of the Teacher
Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.

Learn more: The Four-Fold Way!

4 Responses

  1. John Rush says:

    My daughter & son in law gave me Angeles wonderful book ” Living in Gratitude” for my 72 birthday this Sept 5 and was one if the most loving & timely gifts I received, read, savior and cherish. The acknowledgements and tributes to Angeles and her love to humanity and life are universal and live in eternity.

    My love to all!

    In loving memory,

    John Rush & family

  2. Kathy Leonard says:

    I am in my second part of my life and struggling to know my purpose.A friend gave me your book,which is guiding me. Thank You Angeles leaving a beautiful legacy for a new senior citizen. With Much Respect

  3. Jody Layton says:

    Angeles’s work and amazing spirit thru heart and wisdom often inform,prompt and guide me. Attending workshops years ago continue as anchors, smiles and high points. Last week I spent gentle and special time with Fourfold Way and Gratitude series. I will,starting in May honor your spiritlight for twelve months.

  4. JC Kai says:

    I’m a practitioner of the tarot, numerology, aura, astrology, and great love for nature. I just recently discovered Angeles, her books quotes. It just saddened me to discover she left our mother earth in 2014. Its like losing a friend that you just met and just knew this someone has commonality with you. You just feel the love! It’s painful!
    Thank you Angele your Soul is still felt. Can’t wait to continue to learn from you through all that youve written for someone like me.

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