Shelly & Richard Manley-Tannis’ relationship began in 1993 at Trent University over an appropriate meal of greens and salads within the bohemian reality of exploring new ideas, thoughts and values. During that discussion the conversation evolved into an exploration of faith, spirituality and how we understood the Holy in our lives! Since that time we have lived throughout Ontario, Northern Saskatchewan and now reside in Winnipeg. This journey of life has blessed us with dear friends, family, animal companions and the children in our lives who humble us, bring mirth and age old questions that remain unanswered. We previously shared a ministry with one another and now find ourselves serving different ministries within The United Church of Canada. We feel that Maya Consulting allows us an opportunity to share our gifts and skills with a larger and pluralistic secular culture in which the same questions of faith exists, yet at times it seems that guides and companions are hard to find.
Maya Consulting allows us to integrate our sense of an interconnected reality and Universe within a diverse set of facets: Consulting, Design and Spirit. Though we see the our lives through a lens of faith, we are well aware that spiritual truths come in many voices, but central to them is a unified sense of abundance and goodness. Whether you are seeking personal direction and grounding or are an organisation that wants to find the deeper threads and connexions that can transform you into a life-giving and appreciative community, we would be excited to explore such a potential relationship with you!
- About Shelly
Shelly holds an MA in Canadian Studies, an M. Div. from Queen’s Theological College and is an Associate of the Prairie Jubilee Program for Spiritual formation and Direction. She enjoys combining her love of history, story, Creation, and people when she works with individuals and groups. Some of the experiences Shelly brings to her work include Enneagram studies, experience with the Centre for Courage and Renewal, archetypes and 15 years of ordained ministry in the United Church of Canada.
Spiritual Direction or Companioning is a part of her life’s work that Shelly truly enjoys. The chance to meet with people to help listen for and name God’s presence in their lives and to be witness to another’s inner growth is a real gift.
- About Richard
Richard holds a BA(Hons) from Trent University, MA from Queens University, Diaconal Ministry Diploma from the Centre for Christian Studies, and an MTS from St. Stephen’s College. During his studies and in continuing education since completion of his degrees, Richard has had a focus of working on issues of Transformation and Action. Richard is also PhD Candidate with the Taos Institute. His extensive work and experience in the area of conflict management is another set of skills that he brings to Maya Consulting.
Richard’s work with the organization and development tool, Appreciative Inquiry, is central to his passion. He believes that we are often overwhelmed by the challenge of changing times, cutbacks and lack of resources and Richard holds a view that “..we are awash in abundance but we have been lulled by the world’s illusion of deficit.”