Institute for Philosophy & the Arts'
Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life

Carol Soucek King
[Photography by Nathaniel Taylor]


Welcome Everyone!
Our 24th Year Continues!

Please join Carol Soucek King virtually on Sunday, August 9, 2020 Via Zoom or Call-In* to discuss the sixth theme in her UNDER THE BRIDGES AT ARROYO DEL REY


9:30 am – Zoom Room Arrivals and
Himalayan Singing Bowls by Healing Arts Practitioner
Janet Martorello

(You will enter the room muted. Please stay muted until discussion period.)

10 am until noon – Program

Opening song
"Love One Another"
Dean LeGrand Carlston



"The Good Around Us"
Presented By
Gael-Sylvia Pullen
Inspirational Author and CEO/Founder of Girls Fly!


"A Light Touch"
Nancy Glowacki



Followed by Discussion


Highlighted with Songs

"My Brothers and Friends"
An Ethiopian Favorite!
Alula Tzadik


"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
Susie Katharine Shaw



And then Susie will lead us in Richard King's favorite
Native American Prayer



About our Speaker
Gael-Sylvia Pullen

Gael-Sylvia Pullen Gael-Sylvia Pullen works globally with industry and community leaders to uncover the good around them. A former co-owner in the largest minority-owned commercial real estate brokerage firm in the state of California, Gael-Sylvia is the CEO and founder of Girls Fly!, a transformational leadership company dedicated to developing high-functioning teams, and a retired award-winning McDonald’s franchisee.

Her path to approval as a hotel franchisee, ownership of a bilingual business radio broadcast, studies at the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo, time served in the Peace Corp, and years in government relations positioned her for economic and philanthropic growth. Then the Great Recession hit, multiple deaths occurred, and a debilitating health condition kept Gael-Sylvia bedridden for fifteen months. During that time, she launched Sylvia Global Media Network, a global empowerment program, and developed a program designed to help herself and others live and lead from a place of joy. Gael-Sylvia has recovered from her illness and returned to being a joyful, healthy wife, mother, grandmother, and ballroom dancer. She lives in Seal Beach, California, with her husband of forty plus happy years.

The Good Around Us: Living and Leading from a Place of Joy, Even in the Joyless Moments is the first in a series of books Gael-Sylvia is writing about business, personal growth, and leadership. The series focuses on personal growth, philanthropy, and business, including empowering employees and community engagement to go beyond brand, goodwill, and profitability.

For the time being, the Salon will continue to meet on Zoom. When appropriate, we will meet in person once again at Arroyo del Rey.

For access to the Salon on Zoom:

This meeting is being hosted by Zoom.
There is no charge to use this service.

Before the Salon on Sunday:
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All 2020 Salon dates and themes

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

[Salon NOT planned for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020]

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Please let us know which salons you can attend by calling (626) 449-1238.

With all loving thoughts and hoping to see you soon!

Carol Soucek King, M.F.A., Ph. D.

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