Community Leaders 2017-07-21T00:54:04+00:00

Community Leaders

Timothy DobsonOur Minister

Timothy Dobson is the founding minister of SpiritKeepers which began in 1994. He has led the Dances of Universal Peace in weekly events along Colorado’s Front Range for the past 20 years. A graduate of Naropa University with a B.A. in Music/Psychology, he focused his senior project on the healing properties of the sacred dances. In 1992 he received ordination as an interfaith Minister through completing a two-year program with the New Seminary in New York City.

More about Timothy’s ministry can be found on the following websites:


Council of Trustees

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, SpiritKeepers Interfaith Fellowship is guided by a Council of Trustees.

What does the SpiritKeepers Board do?

The Council of Trustees oversees the health and vitality of SpiritKeepers, and works to continually monitor and improve how it functions. They have financial responsibility for the Fellowship and pay expenses for the meeting space, minister, SpiritKids, and outreach/publicity. The Council recruits and coordinates volunteers for jobs such as altar set-up and music. They support the minister in his scheduling of presenters, and Gwin and the SpiritKids program. The Council plans special events such as the anniversary picnic, 4th of July, and numerous regular social events. They market the fellowship through various media. The board works to promote stewardship and sustainability of the Fellowship and organizes fundraisers as needed. The Council solicits and responds to feedback and suggestions about the community life and programs of SpiritKeepers. Deep thanks to all who have served as Trustees over the years and to all SK volunteers.

Current members of the SpiritKeepers Council of Trustees:

Bill BurlageBill Burlage has been involved in the front range dance community for 17 years. He has been playing percussion for 52 years and is a regular drummer for local dance events including SpiritKeepers. He has been the Treasurer for the SpiritKeepers Council for the past 11 years.


Kenna KoesterKenna Koester has been a Dancer for Universal Peace since 1994.  Kenna is an Interfaith Minister, having received her ordination through OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary out of NYC. Since vowing to live big, be brave, and step up she finds herself here & now fully involved in the life of this community. Kenna is Social Events Coordinator for SpiritKeepers.


Svaha Marie Mannatt
found the dances through her practice as a whirling dervish in the 90’s. Movement, singing and joining in community are sacred medicine to her. She is a graduate of Naropa’s Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program, is a psychotherapist in Boulder, and teaches in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University.