Flint Sparks

Legacy holder, practitioner, and senior trainer
Austin, TX, USA

Hakomi legacy holder, practitioner, and senior trainer
Austin, Texas, United States

Flint-Sparks-180Flint has over thirty five years experience in the practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He is also a Zen teacher who leads retreats throughout the United States and Europe. His academic training includes graduate degrees in both biology and psychology. He has extensive postdoctoral training in mindfulness based psychotherapies and group therapy with specialty training in both the Hakomi Method and Internal Family Systems Model. His traditional Zen training began at the San Francisco Zen Center and continued at the Austin Zen Center which he founded and nourished in its early years. Currently he is a resident teacher at Appamada, a center for Zen practice and inquiry in Austin, Texas.

Today, Flint’s teaching and consulting bridge the fields of health psychology, the psychology of contemplative practices, and contemporary Zen Buddhist practice. His early research and counseling experience with the terminally ill inspired him to continue investigating the influence of consciousness in physical healing and emotional well-being. In response to witnessing the difficult struggles of both patients and family members dealing with chronic illness and death, he began to search for spiritual practices which would support and deepen his psychological work. This led him to an ever deepening commitment to Buddhist teachings and practices. Together, these two primary areas of interest – psychology and Buddhist practice – form the strands of the double-helix of full human maturity – personal and spiritual development. These are the ongoing practices of growing up and waking up.

In addition to his clinical work, organizational consulting, and teaching responsibilities with the Appamada sangha, Flint is an adjunct faculty at Seton Cove, a spiritual education center associated with the Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. There he co-leads programs in contemplative leadership and teaches in the area of interfaith dialogue.

Contact Information

+1 512 410 7667