2017 Conference Speakers & Workshops
Mona Haydar | “Love Always”
Mona Haydar is a poet, activist, earth lover, performance artist and a tireless God-enthusiast. She practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She teaches classes and retreats on mindfulness and Islamic spirituality, leads workshops on creative writing and performs her poetry.
Mona grew up in Flint, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan and has since lived in Damascus where she studied Arabic and Islamic spirituality. When she returned, she went to live in the mountains of Northern New Mexico at the Lama Foundation and then lived in the Redwood forest of Northern California with her husband and son.
Mona and her husband Sebastian set up a stand in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with signs that read ‘Talk to a Muslim’ ‘free coffee and donuts’ ‘free conversation’ and ‘Ask a Muslim,’ encouraging open and loving dialogue, which garnered the attention of NPR, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe among other media outlets.
She is working towards her Master’s in Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Mona helps to grow a more universal love with her activism, writing, performing and teaching.
She has a large presence on the web, from social media to press and magazine articles, as well as news videos. Link to Mona’s website here.