About the Authors


Caryl & Jay Casbon met at Lewis & Clark College in 1995. Their shared life of common passions includes interfaith studies, learning, story, pilgrimage, travel, and family. Caryl devotes her time to writing, ministry, spiritual direction, and creating spaces for inner work. Jay’s lifelong professional journey focused on higher education, leadership, learning, research, and religious art history. Married since 2001, the Casbons live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit SideBySideAging.com.


A Bit More About the Authors


Caryl Casbon is a poet & writer, author of The Everywhere Oracle: A Guided Journey Through Poetry for an Ensouled World (Wyatt-McKenzie Publishing, 2015.) She has co-written programs dedicated to exploring the inner life, including A Geography of Grace, Befriending the Unknown, The Soul of Aging, and The Anamcara Project and Anamcara Storybook. She also works as an interfaith minister and spiritual director and has led retreats for over 25 years with educators, clergy and congregational leaders, healers, and hospice workers. Follow Caryl’s blog at Substack.

Jay Casbon retired in 2016 from Oregon State University as the first Provost of the new Bend Campus after a lifetime of leadership and teaching in higher education. Much of his work entailed leadership positions, including 13 years at Lewis and Clark College as dean of graduate studies. Jay also worked internationally as a consultant and visiting professor in Ecuador, Peru, China, Germany, Austria, and Italy. He led cadres of international university students on European excursions, teaching religious art history. Throughout his academic tenure, he published numerous scholarly articles. Currently, Jay serves as a consultant for universities. Follow Jay’s blog at Substack.

Married since 2001, Caryl & Jay live in Santa Barbara, California. They offer extended learning opportunities for working with couples’ groups, online seminars, and in-person retreats. They are both Circle of Trust® facilitators prepared by the Center for Courage &  Renewal.


Caryl & Jay Casbon

Caryl & Jay Casbon