Gabriel Pickus, Co-Director and Teaching Artist
Gabriel Pickus founded, directs, and serves as the lead teaching artist for the Baltimore Wisdom Project. A Healing Touch™ Certified Practitioner (HTCP), Gabriel has been dedicated to transformative education for over 15 years. Gabriel is trained in Systema (a Russian martial art), Capoeira Angola, Ghanaian drum and dance, and conflict management. A Chicago-native, he is an alumni of Habonim Dror, an international youth movement that values social justice, collaboration, and positive identity formation. Gabriel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Goucher College and spent a year in Israel/Palestine designing and facilitating conflict resolution curricula for Muslim-Israeli, Christian-Israeli, and Jewish-Israeli youth. Gabriel also completed Dr. Theodore Richards’ Wisdom Teacher Certification course before founding the BWP.
tree, Co-Director and Teaching Artist
tree is a veteran nonprofit manager who helped found the Baltimore Wisdom Project. tree (whose name is mononymous and spelled lowercase) has helped guide the vision, operations, communications, fundraising, engagement, and educational initiatives of several organizations over the last 25-plus years. A longtime holistic educator, tree is also a seasoned mindfulness educator. Click here for an overview of tree's holistic teaching practice and work as a restorative practitioner since 1986. tree is also a formerly licensed nurse with expertise in trauma-informed care and a certified conflict management specialist. Additionally, tree is a language arts, spoken word, and storytelling teacher who taught for Baltimore City Public Schools and Columbus City Public Schools. tree also served as an instructional trainer for arts teachers for Columbus City Public Schools. Lastly, tree is a writer, editor, and journalist; and a former movement theatre artist, vocalist, backup/session singer, and child entertainer. For more information, visit everythingtree.info.
2018-2019 Contributing Teaching Artists
- Adam Candelaria is a multifaceted artist, graphic designer, and art educator with skills in arts administration.
- Christina Cook, creator of Rhythm Keys, is a musician, multi-instrumentalist, and QiGong holistic educator.
- Talbolt Johnson is an award-winning Hip Hop dancer, storyteller, arts educator, and multi-genre artmaker.
- Lev Shamberg is a martial artist, art educator, and teacher with advanced skills in Capoeira.