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Akasha AKA Pete Saunders, PhD, PCC - Fielding Graduate University. Bermuda, , BM

Akasha AKA Pete Saunders, PhD, PCC Akasha AKA Pete Saunders, PhD, PCC

Contract Instructor - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University

Bermuda, BERMUDA

Developmental coach to students, leaders of color, and organizations looking for pathways to realizing their full potential


Akasha is a pilgrim, educator, and developmental coach with over 10 years of professional experience. He is a co-director and organizational consultant with Solfire Consulting Group, helping to foster diversity, inclusion, and equity through a constructive developmental approach. He brings experience and deep interest in spiritual development and evolution of human consciousness to his practice. He is most concerned with self-liberation and partnering with clients – individuals, organizations, and communities – to realize their highest potential. He is also known for his success working with men across multiple sociocultural differences. He often hosts men’s retreats that focus on development of awareness, self-expression, and the practice of inclusive masculinity.

Akasha is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. He is trained as a Gestalt group facilitator. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Akasha has worked in Jamaica, Bermuda, and Grenada, and consults with organizations based in the U.S. He has professional experience in banking and marketing. He is ever on the move and now spends most of his time between Grenada and Bermuda with his partner, their son, and their very protective and energetic cockapoo dog.

Industry Expertise (6)

Professional Training and Coaching Education/Learning Program Development Social Services Research Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (11)

Developmental Coaching Ontological Coaching Spiritual Development Leadership Development Diversity Inclusion and Equity Managing Transitions Self-Liberation Retreat Design and Facilitation Coaching Across Differences Developmental Pilgrimage Journeys

Accomplishments (3)

(2017) Wagenheim Scholarship for International Students (professional)

Awarded to international students at the college level

(2014-Present) Duperreault Fellow (professional)

Since 2004, the Duperrault Fellowship has supported the professional development of therapists and clinicians to provide the highest quality of alcohol and drug related services to prevent and treat substance abuse. TDF provides funding for individuals to master their skills and become part of a well-trained group of human service professionals in Bermuda.

(2014) Fielding Provost Scholarship (professional)

Scholarship awarded by Fielding Graduate University

Education (4)

Fielding Graduate University: PhD, Human Development 2017

Fielding Graduate University: MA, Human Development 2016

Capella University, Minnesota, MN: MS, Human Services (Social and Community Services) 2013

Summa Cum Laude

Northern Caribbean University, Manchester, Jamaica: BS, Management Studies (Marketing) 2006

Affiliations (1)

  • International Coaching Federation : Member since 2014

Event Appearances (3)

Enacting possibility in the face of disruption / Transforming communities through the practice of inclusion: Moving through disorienting dilemmas of privilege and power

(2018) XIII International Transformative Learning Conference: Sharing Perspectives: Expanding our Thinking Frame on TL Building and Transforming Communities  New York

Crossing Borders--Being Black on the Camino de Santiago

(2017) National Session, Fielding Graduate University  Santa Barbara, CA

Learning at the Intersections of Identity, Courage and Power - The Promise of Intersectionality as Transformative

(2016) XII International Transformative Learning Conference  Tacoma, WA

Articles (11)

BLOG: What Self is the Instrument? (2019) Ten Directions Blog

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BOOK: Your Best Day Ever! - 25 Practical Ways to Experience An Extraordinary Day (2014)

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Ensuring our children are supported is a joint effort (2014) The Bermuda Sun

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BOOK: Happy’s Best Day Ever (2013)

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You are very important to your children’s academic success (2013) The Bermuda Sun

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Can a stronger paternal presence stop the violence? (2013) The Bermuda Sun

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A father’s influence (2012) The Bermuda Sun

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A father’s legacy (2010) The Royal Gazette

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BLOG: Masking (2010) ACA Blog

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American Counseling Assoc.

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BLOG: The power of gratitude (2010) ACA Blog

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American Counseling Assoc.

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BLOG: Do you love your clients? (2010) ACA Blog

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American Counseling Assoc.

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