Bob Pileggi is a facilitator, meditation teacher, Interfaith minister, spiritual director, and yoga instructor. He is currently enrolled in the Bryn Mawr College Master of Social Service program at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Bob has trained and practiced for more than a decade to guide people through life’s challenges, transitions, and relationships. Bob helps people to find greater ease with life in the moment, to connect to inner wisdom and strength, and to connect authentically with others. Bob hopes we can be present to and appreciate all life experiences.
As an Interfaith minister, Bob officiates ceremonies that honor life’s special moments and transitions: weddings, memorials and birth celebrations. Bob provides guidance for creating meaningful experiences that are custom-created, helping clients to truly appreciate the experience.
Bob has facilitated numerous workshops, rituals and retreats. Bob brings to his work 20 years of work and volunteer experience with LGBT, HIV/AIDS and women’s civil rights organizing and public education at local and national organizations (Philadelphia’s LGBT community center, Lambda Legal, Miami’s Save Dade campaign, and California’s No On Knight/Prop 22 campaign, among others). Bob’s photography, which has focused on the LGBT civil rights movement, has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Advocate and many other periodicals and websites.
Bob’s passion is to seek within a compassionate, loving presence that he can offer to others in ceremony, ritual, workshop and counseling situations, and his photography. He hopes to inspire others to seek within their own truth, passion and joy. His primary spiritual paths are gratitude, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and daily exercise.
- Currently enrolled in the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research where he will obtain an MSS (MSW equivalent) May 2016.
- MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Teaching Practicum & Internship (Jefferson University) and 10 years of mindfulness practices.
- Ordained June 26, 2005 as an Interfaith Minister from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary’s two-year professional training program.
- Registered as a Marriage Officiant in the City of New York, NY (traditionally honored in other states)
- Yoga teacher certification 200-hour level through Soul of Yoga.
- Affiliate Member: International Breathwork Training Alliance. 400 hour international certification training for Transformational Breathwork facilitation through The Power of Breath Institute.
- Previously: Director of Programs for Easton Mountain Retreat Center, Communications Coordinator for One Spirit Learning Alliance, Lambda Legal’s first Outreach Assistant for community organizing, William Way Community Center’s Assistant Director and second full-time employee.
- 20 years of dedication to service and social justice, employed and volunteering for civil rights and community-oriented non-profits
- Reiki Level I training, Therapeutic Touch Level I training
- B.A.S.I.C. (Body and Spirit Integrated Consciously) Massage certification from the Center for Human Integration
- Massage Therapy License in the state of Pennsylvania #005028
- Member of ABMP: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
- 12 years of experience leading guided meditations for individuals and groups
- 20 years of photographing sacred and unique moments; theater company promotional shots and performance running photos; fundraisers; civil rights demonstrations; and press conferences.
- Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA). Majors: Psychology, Biology
Why I Do This Work
- EXPERIENCING life;
- inviting YOU into the experience of life;
- and facilitating authentic connection between people – to grow relationships, family, community, and workplace camaraderie.
There are words and ideas here on this site that I hope inspire ACTION to experience, to FEEL the richness of this gift of being alive.
We all deserve to BE HERE / present, to express ourselves, and to connect authentically with others. I am dedicated to fostering space where we can experience LIFE in this moment, whatever may be present around us, in us, and for us.
I hope my life journey through challenges of
- growing to love my body through being overweight and feeling untouchable
- growing to speak up and express myself after feeling like no one would listen
- growing to facilitate connection and community after feeling like i just didn’t belong
will help others on their journey.
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I do my best to “walk my talk,”
maintaining daily spiritual practices of silent meditation, yoga, and connecting with nature. I try to recognize and let go of the voice of criticism as it arises, and to choose to hear another, compassionate voice. I strive for patience and gratitude – with myself and others. I see my every communication with other people as an opportunity to learn more about how I do and do not love myself. I try to be present to each moment, because I believe it is through this practice that I will find more peace in my life, and bring more peace to the world.
Some of my spiritual inspirations include: The Science of Mind, A Course in Miracles, Buddhism (particularly Pema Chodron’s writing), and my nephew Joshua.
Photos: “Breathe” by Scott Turner.