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Charles Huschle

Charles Huschle is a lay-ordained Zen Buddhist who has years of experience in meditation. Most recently he worked as an interfaith hospital chaplain, providing contemplative care to patients, families, and staff. 

As a meditator, he has studied and practiced in insight meditation (vipassana) and Zen and Tibetan traditions. He received "jukai" (Zen vows) at the Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM, in 2019. He is a father of three, and a published writer. His art has been shown in Denver, New York, and Rockport, MA, and work is currently at galleries in Greenport, NY and Rockport, MA. 

Meditation at the Shelter Island Zen Circle is mindfulness-based, with a variety of meditation practices offered. 


Spiritual care (or contemplative, pastoral care) encompasses many opportunities for support, companionship, deep listening, and healing. Rather than a "one size fits all" approach, interfaith spiritual care is geared towards helping a person find his/her/their own resources for developing psychological, spiritual, and practical solutions for challenging personal and interpersonal problems.

Charles' spiritual care practice includes providing:

  • Wedding officiant: please see Sound Weddings for more information

  • end-of-life planning and support, and at-home hospice chaplaincy

  • deep listening and helping to process grief, loss, and loneliness during and after the COVID pandemic

  • assisting first responders to cope with the aftermath of trauma through Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

  • addiction recovery coaching

  • reiki

  • Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

  • Assisting/coaching/advocating-for abuse survivors

  • Individual, private session available in person or via Zoom.

  • Private group sessions for businesses or other organizations also may be scheduled.

(Sliding scale donations accepted, which typically range from $75 - $225 per hour.)

Fully vaccinated, never sick: Charles wears a mask

when necessary or required by businesses and

other organizations and follows CDC

guidelines appropriately.

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