header 1
header 2
header 3

Barbara (Saphira) Linden

Profile Updated: July 16, 2014
Jamaica Plain, MA
Drama Therapist,Theater Artist,Meditation Teacher
I have two sons, Asatar and Ethan. Asatar is 41 years old, married with two children, Xavi and Ocean. More…He was an Economics Professor in California and has left his tenured position to bedome President of his father's University of Meditation in Tucson, Arizona. Ethan is 33, recently married and as an ordained Rabbi through Hebrew Union College in California, leads a congregation in Reno, Nevada. He is the Rabbi, Cantor and Educator in this congregation of 150 families.
Elementary School:


Work History:

I have been Artistic Director of Omega Theater for 46 years; Within that we have applied theater to education (in many ways and through many venues) and for the last 25 years to therapy. As a Board Certified Trainer in Drama Therapy, I have directed a professional training program for 12 years that helps to credential people as Registered Drama Therapists. Through out my adult life I have worked in experimental theater developing original plays, training programs and community arts events for a wide variety of populations. For 40 years I have studied and been a teacher of meditation from a wide variety of traditions through The Sufi Order International. I have been writing many chapters and articles. I have now published the book I have edited called: THE HEART AND SOUL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: A TRANSPERSONAL APPROACH THROUGH THEATER ARTS----Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Transformational Theater.It is possible to get it through our website or on Amazon and other internet booksellers. I have been presenting at conferences and book events in the US and also S. Africa and soon, England. (if you are interested in helping to organize a book event please let me know). Above is our website. The book cover, table of contents, forewords, endorsements, reviews and a chapter can be found there.


I have been blessed with work that often feels also like hobbies. I often travel to teach in other parts of the country, which I really enjoy. I also like to tend to my garden, meditate, take long ocean walks and love to dance any way that presents itself. I enjoy reading and love movies though I don't see as many as I would like to. Concerts, plays and playing Rummy Kube these days with my 94 year old mother keeps my mind functioning hopefully as well as hers. The truth is I love new adventures and am always discovering new interests.


Xavi just turned 7 years old and Ocean is 4 years old. I wrote a chapter for a book on grandparenting, published in 2013.
Of course they are both very special in different ways (says a biased grandmother). I feel very blessed as a grandmother, and sad that I live far away.


I am interested in traveling to do book events and workshops based on the book alone or in collaboration with other people working in psychology, education and the arts. If anyone is interested in speaking about it, please call 617 522-4181 or write to me: saphira@omegatheater.org

Barbara (Saphira)'s Latest Interactions

Hide Comments
Aug 09, 2022 at 4:33 AM
Aug 09, 2021 at 4:33 AM
Barbara (Saphira) Linden has a birthday today. New comment added.
Aug 10, 2020 at 11:52 AM

Posted on: Aug 09, 2020 at 4:33 AM

Aug 09, 2019 at 4:33 AM
Aug 09, 2018 at 4:34 AM
Aug 09, 2017 at 4:33 AM
Aug 20, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Hi Ben, Happy birthday coming up. Would love to talk to you by phone--617 480-0122, my cell. Best to Vicki and the rest of your family, Saphira (Barbara Linden)

Aug 09, 2016 at 4:33 AM
May 05, 2016 at 9:09 PM

Happy birthday Larry. I trust you are still connecting to Shabda. Interesting how our lives intermingle. I found out from the Project Talent project, that we are both in, that they are still working to get funding etc and that they used clips from our interviews for that purpose. Interesting.
I hope all is well with you and your family,
Saphira (Barbara)

Aug 09, 2015 at 4:34 AM
Aug 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I would like to announce our new book, “THE HEART AND SOUL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: A TRANSPERSONAL APPROACH THROUGH THEATER ARTS Dramatherapy, Psychodrama, Transformational Theater. ”
"Author, Saphira Barbara Linden, compiles the work of 39 of her most gifted students and colleagues to share her approach of practicing therapy with individuals, couples, groups, in community settings, i.e. hospitals, schools, nursing homes, clinics, prisons, internationally, in transformational performances addressing personal and issue-based material for different kinds of audiences. The book has also received a Gold Seal of Literary Excellence by an independent professional in the fields of Psychology and Social Work."
If you go on my website, www.omegatheater.org and click onto the cover pictured here, on the homepage, you will be able to read a preface, 4 forwords, Chapter 2, (the theory and a compelling case example, 22 endorsements and 3 reviews. I would love your comments. I am also doing book events and would love to do one in Michigan at a venue you might suggest. Please call me at 617 522-4181 or on my cell, 617 480-0122.

To order our new book, please make out a check to Omega Theater Books for $44.95 and send it to:
Omega Theater, 41 Greenough Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. (Please let us know if you would like to pick it up or have it shipped for $4.50.)

Jul 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM
Barbara (Saphira) Linden posted a message. New comment added.
Jun 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Posted on: Jun 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Hi Larry,
Just saying hi, hoping you are well. I will be in Michigan July 1-7 and then again for a family wedding, July 16-21. It would be nice to catch up sometime.
Happy birthday in a week and may you have a wonderful year.
Best Wishes,

Barbara (Saphira) Linden posted a message. New comment added.
May 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Posted on: May 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Hi Michael,
Many memories. Both being awarded The Rosenberg Youth Award and also you playing Harvey and me directing.
How are you? Have a beautiful birthday and wonderful year.
Love, Barbara (Saphira)

Barbara (Saphira) Linden posted a message. New comment added.
May 03, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Posted on: May 03, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hi Arlene,
What a long time it has been. I remember some of our early times together. I wish you the best on your birthday and beyond. Love, Barbara (Saphira now)

May 02, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Hi Larry,
Happy birthday. It seems that you and I have become Mumford's representatives for the Project Talent we were all involved in in high school. I have been filmed for it. Have you yet? It should be fun to see how it all turns out.
I remember fondly seeing you and your family at my house in Jamaica Plain, in Boston during a democratic convention here.
I trust all of your "projects" are going well and hope your family is all thriving.
Blessings, Saphira

Barbara (Saphira) Linden posted a message. New comment added.
Aug 09, 2022 at 4:23 PM

Posted on: Mar 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Judi, how are you? I have thought about you and wondered what you are doing. I am in Boston. Where do you live in Calif? I am on my way at the beginning of April to present at a psychodrama conference in Oakland and a book event for my new book in Berkeley but I believe you are in southern Calif.
I wish you a wondrous birthday and a year of great health, inspiration and peace.
Love to you,
Saphira (Barbara) Linden

This photo was taken in Feb at a Dream Workshop I facilitated in Ojai Calif. Check out the Utube made at that time. It is on the homepage of our website: www.omegatheater.org Be sure to turn off the music to the left of the Utube to be able to hear it.
Mar 07, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Hi Rober,
Happy birthday and may the next year find you in wonderful health. I hope to see you this summer.

Love, Saphira

Hide Comments
Posted: Jul 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:12 AM
This photo was taken in Feb at a Dream Workshop I facilitated in Ojai Calif. Check out the Utube made at that time. It is on the homepage of our website: www.omegatheater.org Be sure to turn off the music to the left of the Utube to be able to hear it.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:12 AM
These are my two sons: Asatar on the right and Ethan on the left.