My primary interests have always been the arts, healing and spirituality. As a teenager I began to pursue complementary health and alternative philosophies in earnest. I attended conferences and lectures on everything from ancient civilizations to Native American prophecies to the Egyptian pyramids to color healing and music therapies.

I attended several universities after high school, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in studio art (College of William and Mary) and a master’s degree in humanities with a thesis on the scientific and aesthetic connections between color and sound (California State University). Later I completed a year of doctoral studies in adult and higher education (Montana State University).

I spent over a decade living in spiritual communities (Quaker, Sufi, and New Age), eventually meeting my husband Andrew, settling in Bozeman, Montana, and having a family of five children. I love to chant, hike in the mountains, lift weights with my youngest son, and spend time with family and friends. I am fortunate to live in a safe and clean environment surrounded by beautiful mountains!

Kathleen (me), Ben, Michael, Joseph, Christopher, Rose. Photo: Andrew (husband)

Professional Bio: Kathleen Karlsen is the author of almost two hundred articles and two books: Flower Symbols: The Language of Love (2011) and Vocal Medicine: Transformation through Sound (2019). Her books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

Kathleen is the founder of the Shakti Bliss kirtan band, a five-member band creating sacred world music in Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions. Kathleen has taken three levels of training at the Kirtan Leadership Institute in Boulder, CO (2017-2018) and has passionately pursued sharing this music ever since. She plays the harmonium and is the lead vocalist for Shakti Bliss.

In the last decade Kathleen has held over seventy art exhibits and created nearly a hundred educational presentations and workshops. See the Art page on this site for more information. Paintings can be viewed and purchased on the Karlsen Fine Art website. A complete artist portfolio can be viewed on Facebook.

Kathleen is also a professional voice talent for educational videos. She has created nearly 1500 educational videos over the last twenty years, mostly in the natural health and financial software sectors. Kathleen writes, records and narrates training videos for companies with an international client base.