Our Founder

Robert Ferrell is a minister, teacher, and psychologist who bears witness to the compassionate creation and healing of community and the Perennial Tradition1. Born in Chattanooga Tennessee and served in the US Air Force for 20 years, Robert values loyal friendship, peace, dignity, and the art of contemplative living. He honors opportunities for others to encounter life in all its fullness and discover the miracles of love.

As a speaker, spiritual teacher, sacred activist, and public theologian, Robert is devoted to the common values of peace, compassionate service, love for all creation, and guiding others to an inner life awakened to responsibility and love that naturally expresses itself through engaged spirituality, in acts of compassionate service. He envisions a common love-infused wisdom participating in our divine unity thus, contributing to the transformation of the world and the building of a nonviolent, peace-loving culture that includes everyone.

Robert’s teaching is grounded in the Christian Contemplative and Perennial tradition—with practices of love, letting go, gratitude, self-emptying, and silence expressing itself in radical compassion and community. He is committed to experiential education so that you come to know something of and for yourself. Robert is a passionate advocate for the restoration of authentic and genuine spirituality expressed in unity. He serves so that people can discover spiritual meaning for themselves, and be awakened to their own sense of the sacred, whether they consider themselves religious or non-religious, spiritual or atheist. He is always willing to minister wherever he’s asked to go, in a way that’s fitting for the people he’s supporting.

Robert is a multifaceted teacher with decades of experience in interspirituality,  organizational development, and the neuropsychology of spiritual intelligence.

Interspirituality is an experiential way of exploring and deepening one’s spiritual life, a path unencumbered by religious dogma, one that emphasizes deed over creed, and one that holds the potential to not only transform the individual but to transform the world in such a way that love, communion and service become guideposts for daily interactivity. Interspirituality leads us beyond cognition and into the realm of the heart, a boundless place of love, nurturance and acceptance.  It is not enough to understand; interspirituality invites us to live fully in the consciousness that we are all one. Robert’s ministry embraces the interspiritual, integral, and contemplative wisdom.

Organizational Development is an evidence-based practice dedicated to expanding the knowledge and effectiveness of people to accomplish more successful organizational change and performance. Organizational Development is a process of continuous diagnosis, action planning, implementation and evaluation, with the goal of transferring knowledge and skills to organizations to improve their capacity for transformation and leading future change. Robert received recognition from the President of the United Stated for exceptional organization development and leadership excellence. As an transpersonal and organizational psychologist, Robert’s expertise includes developing culture, leadership, strategic planning, improvement strategies, and group dynamics.

Spiritual intelligence is our meaning-centered intelligence. It draws on our need for and our access to deep meaning, vision, values, and an over-arching sense of purpose in our lives and leadership. It is the intelligence that makes us whole, the intelligence that tells us who we are and what our lives are about. The neuropsychology of spiritual intelligence reveals the non-dual consciousness needed for meaning, purpose, and personal transformation. Robert’s research and practical application of spiritual intelligence spans nearly 25 years.

Rev. Dr. Robert Ferrell founded Contemplative Interbeing in 2015, based on the Christian contemplative tradition and the 14 contemplative trainings.









1The Perennial Tradition encompasses the recurring themes in all of the world’s religions and philosophies that continue to say:

  • There is a Divine Reality underneath and inherent in the world of things,
  • There is in the human soul a natural capacity, similarity, and longing for this Divine Reality, and
  • The final goal of existence is union with this Divine Reality.