Sandra Ingerman, MA, LMFT, LPCC, is an award winning author of twelve books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Medicine for the Earth: How to Heal Personal and Environmental Toxins and Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life. She is the presenter of eight audio programs produced by Sounds True, and she is the creator of the Transmutation App. Sandra is a world renowned teacher of shamanism and has been teaching for more than 30 years. She has taught workshops internationally on shamanic journeying, healing, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods. Sandra is recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into our modern culture addressing the needs of our times.
Sandra is devoted to teaching people how we can work together as a global community to bring about positive change for the planet. She is passionate about helping people to reconnect with nature. Since the 1980’s thousands of people have healed from past and present traumas through the classic cross cultural shamanic healing method Sandra teaches called Soul Retrieval.
She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional mental health counselor. She is also a board-certified expert on traumatic stress. She was awarded the 2007 Peace Award from the Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Sandra was chosen as one of the Top 10 Spiritual Leaders of 2013 by Spirituality and Health Magazine.
Sandra has two new books which was released in 2018. The Hidden Worlds was co-written with Katherine Wood and is a novel written for young adults to help them navigate the changing world. And The Book of Ceremony was written for a shamanic and general audience on how to bring the sacred into daily life by performing shamanic ceremonies designed for our times and the challenges we are facing.
Sandra joined in partnership with Renee Baribeau to do a weekly 30 minute podcast The Shamans Cave. For more information visit: ShamansTV.com
David Crow, L.Ac., graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984. He is California state licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been a clinician, consultant, researcher and educator for over 30 years. As an educator, he has lectured extensively in the US and Canada and online internationally; over 5,000 students have attended his courses at the Shift Network in the last three years.
He has travelled extensively to study traditional medicinal systems, including spending several years in Nepal and India studying Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine. He is the author of four books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, about his time with traditional doctors in the Himalayas, and Sacred Smoke, about his ethnobotanical research in Ecuador. Along with his wife Sara Crow, he is the founder and owner of Floracopeia, Inc., a company devoted to supporting sustainable ecological agriculture through the production of essential oils.
Chloë Goodchild is an international singer and innovatory educator. Her pioneering voice work gave birth to The Naked Voice Foundation in 1990, and its Charitable Foundation (2004). This groundbreaking work has brought the universal power of voice and sound, as an essential listening tool and catalyst for conscious communication, accessible to everyone, from our children to our world leaders. Deafness in childhood catalysed Chloë’s discovery of inner sound and silence. This deep encounter with her inner self, catalysed a life time’s experiential research of the voice as one of humanity’s most untapped resources for personal and global evolution and transformation.
Chloë studied Music, English and Education at Cambridge and Norwich universities (1972 – 76) where she graduated as a Music-English teacher with a B.Ed Hons degree. From the late 70′s she evolved her own East-West vocal research, influenced by travels through Africa, India, the Middle East, Europe, USA and Canada. Chloe’s visionary sound research has inspired national and international mediation initiatives, with international policy-makers; and more recently, within indigenous communities such as the Blackfeet Medicine elders; as well as the terminally ill, exploring the healing properties of sound for the benefit of individual and collective self-discovery and creative conflict resolution. For over 30 years, Chloe has facilitated literally 1000’s of individuals and groups worldwide, to explore their own voice, sound and song as a catalyst for spiritual practice and awakening, transforming separateness and fear into all-inclusive love, and ultimately a direct experience of the Self.
Chloe has authored several books, notably her consummate book "The Naked Voice, Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound" (North Atlantic Books 2015) and autobiographical Memoir, The Naked Voice, A Singer's Journey to the Spirit of Sound (Rider Books 1993). Chloe is a Sounds True Author of "Awakening through Sound" and her acclaimed Shift Network Trainings are enabling a global audience to gain direct access to the liberation that sound and vocal expression can bring in the realization of inner peace, presence and interconnectedness. Chloe's music recordings have been performed and celebrated at international mediation initiatives in Madison Square Gardens, where she co-directed the musical version of 'The Vagina Monologues'; at the London Royal Opera House (Transforming September 11th), and in the presence of HH Dalai Lama(The Way of Peace, Northern Ireland, The Meridian Trust, and at London University with Father Lawrence Freeman, director of Christian Meditation Movement).
Stanislav Grof, MD is a clinical psychiatrist with over 50 years of experience in researching non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic substances and by experiential psychotherapy. He’s one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology, and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA).
He was formerly Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Scholar-In-Residence at the Esalen Institute.
Stan currently teaches at the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and through Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT). He writes and gives lectures, seminars and workshops worldwide.
He is the author of many books including Psychology of the Future, LSD Psychotherapy, Beyond the Brain, The Cosmic Game, When the Impossible Happens, and co-author with Christina Grof of Holotropic Breathwork, Stormy Search for the Self, Spiritual Emergency, Beyond Death and over 150 scholarly articles.
Wendy De Rosa
Wendy De Rosa is international intuitive energy healer, speaker, teacher and author. For the past two decades, she has offered education and training programs for spiritual and personal growth for anyone wanting to develop their intuition, clear their blocks, and experience deep healing and personal transformation. She is the founder of the School of Intuitive Studies and trains healers and those interested in developing their intuition through The Intuitive Healer Training Program.
Wendy has filmed two programs for MindValley spiritual growth channel Soulvana and is also a faculty member at The Shift Network. She has appeared on CBS News, Better Connecticut four times and her book Energy Healing Through the Chakras: A Guide to Self-Healing is an Amazon bestseller. Wendy is also a contributing author to the bestselling book, Bouncing Back: Thriving in Changing Times with Wayne Dyer, Bryan Tracy, John Assaraf and other leaders in personal growth. Wendy’s third book, Expanding Your Heart: Awakening Through Four Stages of a Spiritual Opening supports healing around being called to expand in this rise of consciousness.
Raja Choudhury is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, TED speaker and spiritual teacher who aims to disrupt human consciousness and awaken each of us to our true evolutionary potential using his deep knowledge of Kundalini Shakti, Tantra, and Indian Wisdom. Raja’s own shift occurred in 2006 when he underwent a dramatic Kundalini awakening that rewired his system and opened up a new universe for him. Raja initially started life as an architect from London’s Architectural Association and then went on to become a Webby-winning digital creative director in New York where this awakening occurred. Since then, Raja has created numerous documentary films on wisdom and consciousness, including Spirituality in the Modern World with Ken Wilber and Traleg Rinpoche; Yoga Harmony with Nature (The official international film for the first International Day of Yoga), The Quantum Indians (winner of the 2014 National Film Award of India), The Modern Mystic on Guruji Amritananda. He’s currently making a film for PBS on Swami Vivekananda called First Guru. Raja gave a TED talk at Bangalore on Indian Wisdom for Today’s World in 2012 and a TEDx talk in 2015 on yoga. His videos on Kundalini, Shiva, the third eye, and meditation are very popular on YouTube. In his own spiritual quest, he was initiated first into Kriya Yoga in 1998, and went on to take deep initiations into Raja Yoga, advanced Kriya Yoga, and then finally, and most importantly, Sri Vidya Tantra, from Guruji Amritananda. Raja is also a student of Qigong, sacred geometry, neuroscience, history, esoteric traditions, and the mind. His teachings are a syncretic blend of Eastern and Western philosophies and techniques. Raja lives between New Delhi and New York with his wife, daughter, and cocker spaniel.
Daisy Lee, a respected leader in the qigong world with more than 20 years of teaching experience, lectures and conducts workshops and instructor trainings internationally. She is the founder of Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong (RLWQ), an empowering system of self-care taught by women for women. Radiant Lotus Women’s Qigong is now taught in 13 countries with over 200 certified female instructors worldwide. Although a good portion of Daisy’s work focuses on women’s health, she has also presented co-ed programs at Johns Hopkins, Mount Sinai, and Women’s College hospitals as well as at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Omega Institute, The Shift Network, and hospices, schools and educational institutions worldwide.
Daisy is the 59th generation lineage holder of Hua Tuo's 5 Animal Qigong from Bo Zhou, China, and teaches other classic Qigong systems. Her practices have brought pain relief, stress reduction, gentle healing and empowered self-care to practitioners of all ages. Her DVD series, Beginner Qigong for Women 1 & 2, and Qigong for Women, became bestsellers on Amazon within the first month of their release.
In autumn 2018, Daisy was asked by The Shift Network to teach the Radiant Lotus Qigong Path for Women in response to the interest and enthusiasm of viewers who saw her on the Global Qigong Summit. After completing a successful program, Daisy agreed to share a deeper women's practice in 2019 to support women from around the world with this essential teaching: Deepening Into the Radiant Lotus Qigong Path for Women.
Daisy continues to travel extensively to share qigong, empowering people from all walks of life to reclaim their health and self-healing potential. She is in construction with the Radiant Lotus Retreat Center on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, slated to open in late 2019.
A New York Times best-selling author, energy healer and spiritual teacher, Deborah King has developed her powerful gifts through over three decades of global study and is hailed as the premiere Master Healer of our time. Deborah was a successful attorney in her twenties when she was diagnosed with cancer that began a quest for health that would radically change her life. Her amazing remission at the hands of a healer led her to leave the corporate arena for the mysterious world of healing, where she mastered ancient and modern systems, ultimately developed a powerful energy healing technique of her own.
Through her numerous books, live and online workshops, TV appearances, and her popular Hay House radio show, Deborah has guided tens of thousands of people to tap into a higher level of consciousness, trust their intuition, and heal themselves in a way they never thought possible. Deborah’s New York Times best-selling Be Your Own Shaman, Truth Heals, and Entangled in Darkness take you on unique journeys into the powerful esoteric world of healers, sages, and shamans. Featured regularly in the media, W Magazine calls Deborah's work "electrifying.”
Anita Moorjani, New York Times best-selling author, International Speaker and cancer survivor, world renowned for her near death experience and miraculous recovery, Anita spreads her message of embodying love in a fear based world. Anita has been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, The Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the National Geographic channel as well as the Pearl Report Hong Kong, Headstart with Karen Davilla in the Philippines and many others.
After a 4-year battle with cancer, Anita fell into a coma and was given hours to live. As her doctors gathered to revive her, she journeyed into a near death experience (NDE) where she was surrounded by unconditional love and deep wisdom.
Alison Armstrong’s exploration of human behavior began in 1991, with her decision to study men, “To find out how I was bringing out the worst in them. And hopefully, how to bring out the best.” Her success in understanding men naturally led to studying women’s behavior and making vital connections between the two.
Armstrong distinguishes human instincts that compel both men and women to behave in ways that contradict and undermine our own purposes, goals, values, needs and relationships. She offers partnership-based alternatives giving millions of people access to more fulfilling lives, loving relationships, stronger families and productive organizations.
Armstrong is a sought-after speaker and thought-leader amongst people with the desire to live empowered lives. Alison’s philosophy and approach is frequently referenced and taught by other authors, speakers, business consultants and therapists.
Rick Tarnas, Ph.D., is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He teaches courses in archetypal studies, depth psychology, philosophy, cultural history, and religious evolution. Formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, he is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B. 1972) and Saybrook Institute (Ph.D., 1976).
He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network and is the basis for the upcoming documentary film Changing of the Gods. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served for many years on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
A third-generation intuitive and prolific writer, Sonia Choquette, has written books that have sold over a million copies worldwide, including her New York Times bestseller, The Answer Is Simple.... Love Yourself, Live Your Spirit.
In working with people for more than 32 years, Sonia insists that the sixth sense is natural to us all. Whether it’s those “hunches” or “feelings” or “vibes,” everyone has them; unfortunately, most people dismiss or ignore them and sadly miss the benefits.
With the onset of the changing world we now live in, Sonia emphasizes that using our intuition is no longer optional. Working with and strengthening our intuition is becoming more and more fundamental to our ability to live harmoniously with ourselves and others in the new world order.
Paying attention to the sixth sense, learning to listen, to trust it, and to train oneself to call on its guidance — these are the challenges facing six-sensory people trapped in a five-sensory culture.
Lisa Barnett is the internationally recognized bestselling author of The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records with her newest book From Questioning to Knowing – 73 Prayers to Transform Your Life. She is also the Founder of Akashic Knowing School of Wisdom where she has spent over 20 years empowering students with her Wisdom Prayer System to access soul guidance with ease.
She incorporates information from your Soul's Library, the Akashic Record, with energetic healing on a Soul level to help you break through blocks, clear pain, fear and Karma, to create the Life Your Heart and Soul Desire. In her Akashic Readings, Lisa answers your questions and assists with step to heal and support your life. Lisa has assisted thousands to transform their lives by accessing their Soul guidance and divine healing energy.
Stephen Dinan & Devaa Haley Mitchell
Stephen Dinan is the CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the prestigious Evolutionary Leadership Council. As the former Director of Membership and Marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program, which grew to 10,000 paying members, and the One Minute Shift video series, which was seen by more than one million.
He is also the author of Radical Spirit (New World Library), and a forthcoming book Sacred America. Stephen directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute's Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers.
Rev. Devaa Haley Mitchell works as a spiritual guide and leadership coach. She is the Chief Transformational Officer of The Shift Network and founder of the Inspiring Women Summit, the largest virtual gathering of women in history. She is also a very talented musical artist, who will be releasing her debut CD "Sacred Alchemy" in 2011. Pre-release clips can be heard at www.devaa.com.
Devaa served as the Director of Member Engagement at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), an organization bridging science and spirituality. Previously, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the Full Circle Fund, dedicated to building a new generation of civic leaders. Devaa also worked as an Associate Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where she offered management advice to Fortune 500 Companies.
Devaa was ordained as an interfaith minister by the Chaplaincy Institute and also received a BA in Anthropology with Honors and an MA in International Development from Stanford University. She was awarded a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation, which she used to conduct research in the Brazilian Amazon on sustainable economic development for local indigenous groups using culturally and ecologically appropriate strategies. Devaa was also one of 26 contributors to a book called Radical Spirit, which focuses on Gen-X spiritual perspectives.
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a 3-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and many online courses for The Shift Network. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a bestselling novelist, poet, journalist and independent scholar. His dozen books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreaming the Soul Back Home and Sidewalk Oracles. His latest book is Mysterious Realities: A Dream Traveler's Tales from the Imaginal Realm.
don Oscar Miro-Quesada
Oscar Miro-Quesada Solevo is a respected kamasqa curandero and altomisayoq adept from Peru, founder of The Heart of the Healer (THOTH), originator of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism. An internationally acclaimed shamanic teacher and healer, earth-honoring ceremonialist and author, don Oscar is OAS Fellow in Ethnopsychology and member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle and Birth 2012 Welcoming Committee. He has been guiding ethno-spiritual pilgrimages to sacred sites of the world since 1986, with special emphasis on Peru and Bolivia.
He is a popular faculty member at The Shift Network and educational centers in the USA and abroad, dedicating his life to the revitalization of aboriginal wisdom traditions as a means of restoring sacred trust between humankind and the natural world. A seasoned navigator of non-ordinary states of consciousness, don Oscar is well prepared to help people from all walks of life access realms of Being through which multidimensional powers and forces are available for healing self, others and our planetary ecosystem as a whole. His ceremonial work and shamanic apprenticeship programs have been featured on Sounds True, CNN, Univision, A&E, Discovery Channel and The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and numerous documentaries.
"When we surrender the need to figure it all out, and cultivate the ability to let it all in, then our earth walk becomes a sacred dance of healing service on the planet. More than the world needs saving, it needs loving.” —don Oscar Miro-Quesada
Anodea Judith, PhD, has been called “a prophet for our time.” A groundbreaking thought leader and bestselling author, she is the director of Sacred Centers, a teaching organization for transformational wisdom, with a doctoral degree in Human Health, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and an experienced 500-hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT). She has engaged in lifelong studies in psychology, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, evolution, and comparative religion. She is considered the foremost Western writer on the subject of the chakra system, bridging the philosophies of East and West, especially in the field of psychology. She teaches and lectures worldwide.
The author of several bestsellers and definitive works, Dr. Judith is best known for the classics Wheels of Life and Eastern Body-Western Mind, as well as the award-winning DVD, The Illuminated Chakras. Her newest book is called Charge and the Energy Body.
Russ Hudson is one of the principle scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. He is the president of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc., and co-founder of the Enneagram Institute. He has co-authored several best-selling books including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types as well as a scientifically-validated test instrument, the Riso-Hudson Type Indicator (RHETI). He has been teaching professional trainings on these topics since 1991. He is also a founding director and former vice-president of the International Enneagram Association—a global organization advancing knowledge of the subject. He holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Be Here Now, Ram Dass’s monumentally influential and seminal work, still stands as the highly readable centerpiece of Western articulation of Eastern philosophy, and how to live joyously a hundred percent of the time in the present, luminous or mundane.
Ram Dass is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Seva Foundation ("seva" means "spiritual service" in Sanskrit), an international service organization. Seva supports programs designed to help wipe out curable blindness in India and Nepal, restore the agricultural life of impoverished villagers in Guatemala, assist in primary health care for American Indians, and to bring attention to the issues of homelessness and environmental degradation in the United States, along with other nations.
On February 19th 1997, Ram Dass suffered a near-fatal stroke, which left him paralyzed on the right side of his body and expressive aphasia limiting his ability to speak, along with other challenging ailments.
The after effects of the stroke have once again changed his life and vastly altered his day, but he has been able to resume teaching and continues to share and teach. In 2004, following a life threatening infection, Ram Dass was forced to curtail travel and focus on recovering his health.
Ram Dass now resides on Maui, where he shares satsang, kirtan, and where he can amplify the healing process in the air and waters of Hawaii. His work continues to be a path of teaching and inspiration to so many. The Internet is a new vehicle for Ram Dass to share his being.
Ron Pevny, M.A., recognized his calling as a wilderness rite of passage guide in 1979 and ever since has been dedicated to assisting people in negotiating life transitions as they create lives of purpose and passion. He is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, which for more than a decade has presented retreats and workshops to support people in aging consciously. He is also a Certified Sage-ing® Leader with Sage-ing International. His life coaching practice is focused on individuals over 50 who are committed to aging consciously. He is author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging: embrace and savor your next chapter., published in 2014 by Beyond Words/Atria Books, as well as numerous articles on conscious aging.
Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher. He has published over 20 books, including The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House) and his newest book Radical Passion: Sacred Love and Wisdom in Action (North Atlantic Books). Harvey is a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford from (1972-1986) and has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Creation Spirituality, as well as various spiritual centers throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic.
Andrew Harvey Is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization that invites concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired and effective agents of change. Sacred activism is a form of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual passion with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants. Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford and Cornell University, as well as at various colleges and spiritual centers throughout the world. He has written over 30 books.
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called "the voice for conscious evolution..." by Deepak Chopra. She is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s book The Mother of Invention. And many would agree she is the global ambassador for conscious change.
At her heart, Barbara Marx Hubbard is a visionary, a social innovator. She is an evolutionary thinker who believes that global change happens when we work collectively and selflessly for the greater good. She realizes that the lessons of evolution teach us that problems are evolutionary drivers, and crises precede transformation, giving a new way of seeing and responding to our global situation.
As a prolific author and educator, Barbara has written seven books on social and planetary evolution. She has produced, hosted, and contributed to countless documentaries seen by millions of people around the world. In conjunction with the Shift Network, Barbara co-produced the worldwide "Birth 2012" multi-media event that was seen as a historic turning point in exposing the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential in humanity.
Dr. Sue Morter
International speaker, Master of Bioenergetic Medicine, and Quantum Field visionary, Dr. Sue Morter redirects the flow of energy patterns in the body to activate full human potential. Through her seminars, retreats, presentations, and book, The Energy Codes, Dr. Sue illuminates the relationship of quantum science and energy medicine, as well as the elevation of human consciousness and life mastery. Her globally taught Energy Codes® coursework teaches individuals how to clear subconscious memory blockages and how to master the energetics of their lives. With more than 30 years of experience as a doctor and facilitator of groups and individuals interested in natural healing and a better life, Dr. Sue shares her developments and unique perspective drawn from a life-changing awakening during ancient meditation practices.
She is the co-creator of the Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.) and founder of the Morter Institute for Bioenergetics, an organization committed to teaching individuals self-healing techniques and a new approach to life based on Quantum Science. With three distinct schools within Morter Institute, representing the unification and embodiment of mind, body and spirit, the School of Energy Medicine, School of BodyAwake Yoga, and School for Higher Consciousness and Personal Development provide tools and avenues to empower and facilitate the global community to discover and embody a joyful and inspired life lived from the true, Soulful Self. Dr. Sue has released her first book, The Energy Codes: The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life.
Margaret Paul, PhD
Dr. Margaret Paul is the co-creator of Inner Bonding®, along with Dr. Erika Chopich, and author/co-author of several best-selling books, including Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By You?, Inner Bonding, Healing Your Aloneness, The Healing Your Aloneness Workbook, Do I Have To Give Up Me to Be Loved By My Kids?, and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?, Diet For Divine Connection: Beyond Junk Foods and Junk Thoughts to At-Will Divine Connection, and The Inner Bonding Workook: Six Steps to Healing Yourself and Connecting with Your Divine Guidance. Dr. Paul’s books have been distributed around the world and have been translated into eleven languages.
Margaret holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is a relationship expert, noted public speaker, workshop leader, educator, consultant and artist. She has appeared on many radio and TV shows, including the Oprah show. She has successfully worked with thousands of individuals, couples and business relationships and taught classes and seminars since 1967.
Margaret continues to work with individuals and couples throughout the world on the phone and Skype. She is able to access spiritual Guidance during her sessions, which enables her to work with people wherever they are in the world. She also continues to conduct weekend Inner Bonding® Workshops and 5-Day Inner Bonding® Intensives. Her passion is making the powerful Inner Bonding process available to all those who want to heal their pain and move into their joy.
In her spare time, Margaret loves to paint, make pottery, read, ride her horse and spend time with her grandchildren.
Miranda Macpherson transmits an integrated and feminine approach to non-dual realization, within a tangible atmosphere of unconditional love. Inspired by Ramana Maharshi, A Course in Miracles, the Diamond Approach and extensive study of the world's mystical traditions, Miranda is known for her depth of presence and refined capacity as a guide into direct experience of the Sacred. At the age of 26, Miranda founded the "OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation", where she trained and ordained over 600 ministers and spiritual counselors. Author of The Way of Grace: the Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation, Meditations on Boundless Love and the Heart of Being mantra CD, today Miranda leads the "Living Grace" sangha in Northern California, and guides mature seekers on retreats internationally.
Tim Kelley is a global change agent who works with top leaders in many fields and countries to transform human institutions and evolve society. He helps executives, politicians and organizations to become potent and capable creators of change. Tim’s methodology, True Purpose, has been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television. Tim has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches around the world in his methods. He has worked with hundreds of CEOs, including top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Nabisco, ING, Oracle and Price Waterhouse Coopers, as well as government ministers and leaders of international NGOs. He is the author of True Purpose and the best-selling coauthor of three other books. Tim is working with politicians and business leaders in the Middle East to find the higher purpose of Israel and resolve the conflicts there. He has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from MIT.
Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, and founder of the Agape University located at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Agape Movement. He is also a co-founder and president of the Association for Global New Thought (AGNT). Dr. Beckwith is an international speaker and faculty of meditation, and originator of the Life Visioning Process. His books include: Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential, Inspirations of the Heart, Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, and A Manifesto of Peace. He has been a guest on The Oprah Show, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and his own PBS special, The Answer Is You.
Jessica Dibb is founder, spiritual director, and principal teacher of the Inspiration Consciousness School and Community, dedicated to promoting personal, relational, and planetary wellness. For over 25 years Jessica has designed and facilitated unique workshops, classes, and on-going breath-centered trainings that are grounded in a highly integrated model of psychospiritual healing and development to support self-actualization. Her teachings assist people in cultivating consciousness through all stages of life, from conception onward. Using Integrative Breathwork, psychodynamic principles, the Enneagram, and established and emergent wisdom teachings, Jessica facilitates embodied awareness of each moment. Her intuitive teaching style, individualized and attuned attention to students, and integrative approach helps to facilitate long-lasting transformations. She also teaches nationally and internationally, including teaching Integrative Breathwork at the Psychotherapy Networker Conference for several years, and being a principal presenter at the International Enneagram Conference for more than a decade. Jessica Dibb also is co-director of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance (GPBA) and current chair of the GPBA’s Ethics Committee. An international teacher and healer, Jessica is a founding member of the board of Convergence, a nonprofit organization working to promote dialogue and innovative solutions for challenging social issues of our time. She was an engaged advisor to the US-Muslim Engagement Project and served on the board of the United States Consensus Council for Search for Common Ground. Jessica is the founder and Host of the Enneagram Global Summit, She was also one of the co-hosts for the Breathwork Summit in 2012, also produced by The Shift Network. Jessica is the weaver and visionary behind the conference: Breath Immersion—From Science to Samadhi, at Omega Institute for two years, and now at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Terry Patten co-developed Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute. He hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice where he has engaged leading-edge conversations about cultural transformation with dozens of the best-known thinkers and spiritual teachers of our time. He speaks and consults internationally—inspiring, challenging, and connecting leaders and institutions worldwide. Terry has worked for over three decades as a philosopher, activist, coach, and teacher. He was the senior writer and co-author, with Ken Wilber, of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening. His 8-session course, Integral Spiritual Practice guides students step-by-step in establishing a heart-centered do-able daily integral practice.
Master Mingtong Gu joyfully and skillfully translates the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for modern times. He founded The Chi Center and The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong near Santa Fe, NM, to benefit others through the practice of self care, self healing and self-empowerment. Based on his success working with all ages facing major illnesses and physical and emotional challenges, he teaches online courses, workshops, and retreats for the individual, wellness professional, and for students attaining Qigong teacher certification. He is the author of several publications including Wisdom Healing Qigong, More Energy, More Life and Sound Healing Technologies, and is a respected speaker on healing ourselves and our planet.
Mingtong Gu completed his primary and secondary schooling and his Bachelor’s in China, then came to the U.S. and received his Masters in Math and Fine Arts. He received master training with Grandmaster Pang Ming, the founder of Wisdom Healing Qigong and the Zhineng Center, the largest Qigong medicine-less hospital in China. Master Gu received the Qigong Master of the Year Award at the 13th World Congress on Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Caroline W. Casey
Caroline W. Casey, cross-pollinates DC and California - Reuniting political savvy with mythological guidance, dedicated to Democratic Animism, Pragmatic Mysticism and Applied Divination; creator/weaver-of-context of "The Visionary Activist Show" on Pacifica Radio KPFA/KPFK, author, Chief Trickster of Coyote Network News, a mythological news service for the Trickster Redeemer within us all. Caroline invites us to imagine, conjure, and implement a more lovingly ingenious world.
Thomas Hübl is a contemporary spiritual teacher whose qualities of uncompromising clarity, open presence and generosity of spirit have profoundly inspired and changed the lives of countless people around the world. He has been teaching internationally through workshops and intensive training programs for over twelve years. Thomas is a visionary driving force behind the birth of the new "we-culture." Along with other spiritual leaders, he is transforming the perception of separation and individualism at the heart of our troubled societies.
His work integrates the essence of the great wisdom traditions with contemporary scientific knowledge and his own personal experience, and he is able to express in simple ways the knowledge revealed to him. This enables those who study with him to access and cultivate a deeper dimension of self-awareness and responsibility in their lives. Thomas has dedicated himself to imparting his knowledge to others in a manner that is entirely in keeping with our age. He believes the cultivation and embodiment of mystical knowledge is not a luxury for a fortunate few but an integral movement towards evolutionary development and a necessity for our world. A mystic should not need to defend him- or herself from the distractions of modern society but instead become an active, powerful and visible agent of change in everyday life.
Christine K Stevens
Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people world-wide with drumming and music medicine to uplift the planet.
With a background in shamanism of Lakota and Tibetan traditions, Christine is a faculty member of Shift Network's popular course, Awaken Your Rhythm with over 600 people from over 30 countries. The author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles, she's recorded three play-along CDs, Drumming Up Spirit, Reviving Rhythms and Drumming Up Diva.
The founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, based in Encinitas, CA, Christine has trained facilitators in more than 20 countries, including Iraq, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe. Christine trains HealthRHYTHMS facilitators throughout the United States, England, and Japan. Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing.
Christine’s work in Iraq was recently featured in the DVD Discover the Gift. Televised media credits include PBS, NBC, KABC-Los Angeles, KTLA–Los Angeles, Tournament of Roses Parade, London Tonight, Living Better TV, Discovery Health, and Hong Kong News. As a contributing writer, Christine’s work has been featured in Fitness magazine, Spirituality & Health, Body & Soul, Fast Company, First for Women Magazine, The Oriental News, The Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, Yogi Times, and Natural Beauty and Health.
Gangaji shares a simple message: This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. As a teacher and author, Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. She shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover true and lasting fulfillment. In the 1970s she began exploring deeper levels of her being and took Bodhisattva vows, practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation, helped run a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, and had a career as an acupuncturist in the San Francisco Bay area. Despite her successes, Gangaji continued to experience a deep and persistent longing for fulfillment. She pursued many paths to change her life including relationship, motherhood, political activism, career, and spiritual practice, but even the greatest of her successes ultimately came up short. In the wake of her disillusionment, she made a final prayer for true help.
In 1990, the answer to her prayer came unexpectedly, taking her to India and to the meeting that would change everything. There on the banks of the river Ganga, she met Sri H.W.L. Poonja, also known as Papaji, who opened the floodgates of self-recognition. In this meeting, Gangaji’s personal story of suffering ended and the promise of a true life began to flower and unfold. Today, Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. A faculty and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and to be true to that discovery. She is the author of The Diamond In Your Pocket, You Are That, and Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth In Your Life Story.
Grandmother Flordemayo was born and grew up in the highlands of Central America in a family of Mayan healers and raised by her mother, a midwife. She travels the globe to share her healings and to foster a more spiritual understanding among humanity. She has been a founding member of the Confederation of Indigenous Elders of the America, Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and The Path.
Dr. Dawson Church
Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning author whose best-selling book The Genie in Your Genes has been hailed by reviewers as a breakthrough in our understanding of the link between emotions and genetics. His follow-up title Mind to Matter, reviews the science of peak mental states. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to study and implement promising evidence-based psychological and medical techniques.
He is the editor of Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, a peer-reviewed professional journal. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy psychology to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web.
Hank Wesselman, PhD., is an anthropologist and author of nine books on shamanism, including the Spiritwalker trilogy, the award winning Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman), The Bowl of Light, and The Re-Enchantment: A Shamanic Path to a Life of Wonder.
Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics. She is author of the poetry collection, Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols, and the award-winning book, GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her newest book, CARAVAN OF NO DESPAIR: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, received the Spirituality & Practice “Best Books of 2015” award. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
Ken Page, LCSW, is a leading voice of hope and wisdom for everyone--single or coupled--who desires beautiful, sustainable romantic love. He is a renowned psychotherapist, host of the Deeper Dating Podcast, and author of the bestseller Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy.His speaks to a universal audience and also embraces and welcomes the LGBTQ community. He has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Fox News, WPIX-TV News, Match.com, ChristianMingle, JDate and more.
Page has led hundreds of workshops on intimacy and spirituality for many thousands of participants. His work has been highly acclaimed by numerous top thought leaders, including Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Arielle Ford, Edward Hallowell, MD, Chip Conley, Judith Orloff, MD. and Katherine Woodward Thomas. He lives in Long Beach with his husband and their children.
Dr. Roger Jahnke
Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD, is the director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and also cofounder and former chairperson of the board of the National Qigong Association. He has dedicated his professional life to sharing the powerful ancient healing traditions of China. With almost 35 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and ten research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong (Chi Kung) and is a master teacher of these arts. He has studied hundreds of forms of Qigong with master teachers and visited numerous hospitals, institutes, training centers, temples, and sacred sites in China, focusing on the cultivation of Qi (Chi).
Dr. Jahnke has presented at major conferences on advances in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) throughout the U.S. A contributing author to books on health promotion methodologies for both clinical providers and health care administrators, he has lectured on self-healing and emerging trends in health care and medicine to hospitals and health care associations including the American Medical Association and the National Wellness Institute.
Dr. Jahnke’s first book The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods For Creating Optimal Health, delivered the Qigong and Taiji revolution to a broad and general audience in the Americas and the European community. His second book is The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi.
Dr. Jahnke conducts workshops and training sessions at retreat centers including Esalen Institute, Omega Institute and Kripalu. Dr. Jahnke was appointed to co-convene a National Expert Meeting on Qigong and Tai Chi in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Blueprint for Active Aging.
Over the last 45 years Desda Zuckerman has deeply observed, documented and mapped what she came to see was human spiritual anatomy. Her analysis and exacting study lead to the foundation of the discipline, Conscious Intelligence, an intentional healing modality and philosophy that is based in the subtle anatomy and physiology of the Human Energy Structure. Today she is recognized as a leading cartographer of the Sacred Anatomy. Her anatomical studies are documented in her encyclopedic book, Your Sacred Anatomy: An Owners Guide to the Human Energy Structure, first published in 2012.
At last, these Sacred Anatomy teachings are revealed to benefit all healers, seekers and students of human potential. Today, Desda is passionately bringing her message of grounded transformation, awakened awareness and conscious wellness to the world. An inspired teacher, dynamic speaker, ordained minister, master healer, paradigm shifting thought leader, she holds the promise that transformation is as close as your heartbeat, and that enlightenment is fun. She is grateful for the love and trust her thousands of clients and students have placed in her abilities and dedicates her work to the good of all.
Author Jean Haner is an intuitive empath, able to physically feel and work with the energy of people and places. Highly sensitive as a child, she easily absorbed the energy of others and was affected by the vibrations held in environments. However, through 30 years of training, research and experience, she transformed her sensitivity from a challenge into a strength, and developed the power to work with energy on a very refined level.
Jean's latest book, Clear Home Clear Heart offers a training in how to clear the energy of people and places. Because of her experience with both the challenges and benefits of being an empath, Jean is well known as a compassionate and effective teacher. She offers energy clearing retreats and trainings as well as private consultations.
Nicki Scully, author of numerous books, has been teaching healing, shamanic arts, and Egyptian Mysteries since 1983. During her first visit to Egypt, with the Grateful Dead in 1978, Nicki experienced an epiphany that transformed her life. She deepened her focus on healing and began delving into the hidden shamanic arts of Egypt. With the Egyptian lunar god of wisdom, science, healing, and scribe and mediator of the gods, Thoth, her teacher and mentor, she developed Alchemical Healing, a comprehensive healing form practiced by thousands of practitioners internationally. In the late '80s, Nicki founded Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., through which she organized spiritual pilgrimages to Egypt (She has personally led more than 60 tours to Egypt, in addition to Peru, Tibet and other sacred sites.) She is a keynote speaker at many festivals and conferences worldwide. Nicki lives in Eugene, OR, where she maintains a healing, shamanic consulting, mentoring and Anubis Oracle reading practice. She welcomes you to study with her in her beautiful garden center, by phone or video chat, or on her periodic tele/web classes and free Planetary Healing Calls to Action. Nicki’s most recent books include Sekhmet, Transformation in the Belly of the Goddess, and The Union of Isis and Thoth, Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt (co-authored with Normandi Ellis).
Donna Eden, a pioneer in the field of holistic healing, is among the world's most sought, most joyous, and most authoritative spokespersons for Energy Medicine. She has been able to clairvoyantly "see" the body's energies since childhood, and her abilities as a healer are legendary. Her invigorating presentations are rich with audience participation and stunning demonstrations of simple methods for shifting the body’s energies for health and vitality.
Donna’s classic book, Energy Medicine, is the textbook in hundreds of healing classes. Available in 18 languages, it won golds in both the U.S. Book News and Nautilus competitions, and her most recent book, The Energies of Love, achieved bestseller status on the NY Times Relationship List. From her clairvoyant-like ability to see the body’s energies, she has developed a system for teaching others, who do not have this gift, to nonetheless work effectively with their own energies.
Some 1,400 practitioners are certified “Eden Energy Medicine” practitioners and are, in any given week, teaching dozens of classes and providing healing services to thousands of clients around the world. Many of Donna’s students are physicians, nurses, and other mainstream health professionals, and she is widely referenced in the alternative health field. She has been a consultant or guest speaker in numerous universities, hospitals, and corporations.
Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At The Speed Of Life, Conscious Breathing, The Big Leap and Five Wishes. Dr. Hendricks received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford in 1974. After a twenty-one-year career as a professor at University Colorado, he founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars in North America, Asia and Europe. He is also the founder of www.supermindapps.com, which produces personal development apps for iPhone and Android.
Throughout his career he has done executive coaching with more than 800 executives, including the top management at such firms as Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Motorola and KLM. His book, The Corporate Mystic, is used widely to train management in combining business skills and personal development tools. In recent years he has also been active in creating new forms of conscious entertainment. In 2003, along with movie producer Stephen Simon, Dr. Hendricks founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies to subscribers in 70+ countries around the world. He was the executive producer of the feature film, Conversations with God, and has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including OPRAH, CNN, CNBC, 48 HOURS and others.
Brother Phil, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is a member of Yankton Sioux Tribe and Chickasaw Nation. For over 50 years, Phil has dedicated himself to working with Indigenous peoples from across the Americas, South East Asia, India, the Pacific and Africa to in human, community, and economic development with a unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all dimensions of development. In 1982, with elders from across North America, Phil co-founded the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) — an organization that transcends assimilation, resignation and conflict by building partnerships with all nations and peoples. Thanks to Phil’s leadership, FWII is deeply contributing to the unification of the human family by co-creating community-based, culturally-respectful, principle-centered strategies and programming.
In 1992, Phil was the first Indigenous person to win the prestigious Windstar Award, for being “a global citizen whose life exemplifies commitment to a global perspective, operates with awareness of the spiritual dimension of human existence and demonstrates concrete actions of the benefit for humans and all living systems of the Earth.” In 2000, he received the International Award for Freedom and Human Rights from the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights in Berne, Switzerland. Chief Phil Lane, Jr. served 16 years as Associate Professor in Indigenous Education at the University of Lethbridge, is an award-winning author and film producer, and holds Masters degrees in education and public administration.
Sharla Jacobs co-founder of Thrive Academy (along with Jesse Koren) has been called the #1 Source for Turning Coaches and Holistic Practitioners into 6-Figure Transformational Leaders and recognized as the world’s leading authorities when it comes to teaching coaches and holistic practitioners how to attract more clients. In the past 14 years, Thrive Academy members have earned over $100 Million collectively. And if you look at the Transformational Leaders of today, you'll find that many of them had their first $10,000 month while working with Jesse and Sharla.
On the surface, it seems they’re just teaching practical skills and templates to coaches and holistic practitioners so they can attract more clients and have their first $10,000 month. However, what they’re best known for is providing deeply transformational experiences for people who know they’ve also got to work on their inner game if they want to create a thriving business.
Whether you want a thriving private practice or you want to step into Transformational Leadership, Thrive Academy is the place to be. It’s time to step into your destiny to serve your ideal clients and change the world.
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa (K.P. Khalsa) is one of the today’s foremost natural healing experts. As one of a very few clinicians with over 40 years in the natural health field, he has a wealth of experience in the use of healing herbs, vitamins, minerals, and medicinal foods in real life situations. Khalsa, recent president emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, is the author of over 3,000 published health articles and has written or edited 30 books on cooking, herbalism and health. He has presented over 200 times at national and state conferences on such diverse topics as herbal medicine and therapeutic nutrition, and is featured in several distance learning courses. Khalsa trained in herbalism and food therapy with Ayurvedic master, Yogi Bhajan, for 35 years.
He is a state certified dietitian/nutritionist and registered herbalist, and nationally credentialed to teach herbalism. Khalsa is on the Bastyr faculty in the Botanical Medicine and the Ayurvedic Sciences Departments, and is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. And, for 30 years he was the senior research scientist and principal herbal formulator for Yogi Tea, the nation’s largest herbal tea company. He serves on the NAMA board, and is also the founder of The Professional Herbalist Certificate Course, a two-year post-secondary curriculum that trains professional herbalists.
Michael Stone began his career as a corporate Organizational Development Consultant, Communications Specialist, and Leadership Trainer. He is a shamanic practitioner and ULC inter-faith minister who has been teaching and leading transformational workshops for over 40 years. Michael’s consulting company, Mastery of Management International (MMI), focused on bringing heart and meaning into the workplace. For over 25 years he worked with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and social profit institutions throughout Europe and North America.
Since leaving the corporate speaking and training circuit Michael has become a producer/broadcaster with KVMR, and moderates an award winning show called Conversations: Possibilities and Perspectives on Local and Global Issues. His show is an author’s showcase, which focuses on Environmental Restoration, Spiritual Fulfillment, Community Organizing, Health and Wellness and Social Justice Issues. He is also a journalist who contributes to numerous publications, including his own e-newsletter, The Well of Light.
Michael is a graduate of Sandra Ingerman’s Shamanic Teacher training and has been trained in many different shamanic modalities. He has extensive somatic movement training and has completed teacher trainings in Trance Dance, Soul Motion, and Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms. He has brought his training in communications, gestalt, gender reconciliation, meditation, movement, shamanism, and philosophy to bring a totally unique approach to his in depth personal, relational, and organizational coaching and teaching. He has an MSOD from Pepperdine University and completed the 2-year post-graduate program in International Organizational Systems Development through the Cleveland Gestalt Institute. www.WellofLight.com
Deb Soule is an herbalist, biodynamic gardener, educator and author of How To Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants (2013) and The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs (1998, 2008, 2016). Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16. Her faith in the healing qualities of plants and her love of gardening led Deb to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary in 1985. Five years earlier, Deb lived in Nepal near three Tibetan monasteries and was deeply moved by the Tibetan people's commitment to ease physical ailments and mental and emotional upsets through the use of plants, prayer and other spiritual practices. Deb received a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in 1981. Since then she has devoted her life to working with and understanding the healing benefits medicinal plants and gardens offer individuals, families, and pollinators. She focuses on using nourishing herbs, flower remedies, whole foods, and meditation as part of her consulting practice. Deb tends three acres of certified biodynamic gardens where over 1800 pounds of medicinal herbs are collected for Avena Botanicals' apothecary and many flowering herbs are grown for pollinators and birds.
Daniel J Foor
Dr. Daniel Foor is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing and in helping folks learn to relate well with the rest of the natural world. His focus on the ancestors sources from his training as a doctor of psychology and licensed marriage and family therapist, from the guidance of his teachers in earth-honoring traditions (e.g., European pagan paths, Native American ways, Mongolian shamanism, and West African Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition), and from two decades of implementing the teachings of ancestor reverence in his own life.
Since 2005 Daniel has guided hundreds of ancestor trainings, rituals, and talks throughout the United States and helped many others to reconnect with their family ancestors through personal sessions. He is the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (Inner Traditions, 2017), and he now trains others in the practice of ancestral lineage healing.
Daniel Foor's doctoral research in psychology focused on the use of shamanic healing practices by clinical mental health professionals. Training as a therapist, living in other societies, and immersion in different lineages of ritual work all inform his kind and non-dogmatic approach to ancestor and earth reverence. Although Daniel draws inspiration from lineages of established practice, his public offerings and ritual methods aim to be culturally inclusive, and he holds work for cultural and earth healing to be inseparable from spiritual teaching and practice.
Dr. Linda Backman
Dr. Linda Backman, Licensed Psychologist, has been in private practice for over 30 years. Linda’s degrees come from the University of Oregon, University of North Carolina and Northern Arizona University. In addition, Linda has received training in numerous traditional and nontraditional techniques including hypnotherapy, Between Lives Soul Regression therapy, past life regression therapy and shamanic soul retrieval. Linda has presented on numerous topics nationally and internationally for a number of years.
With the administrative coordination of her husband, Dr. Earl Backman, Linda provides individual regression sessions, training in past life and between lives regression, workshops about soul purpose/progression, spirit guides and moving through grief with spiritual understanding, both in Colorado and the US and abroad.
Linda’s love and passion is to work in concert with the psychospiritual realm assisting individuals and couples on their path. Helping people to move forward in their lives, while understanding the connection between our grounded reality and what is not seen, but is spirit-guided, is her greatest goal. Learning the lessons of current life and moving forward can assist each of us as individuals and as a collective.
Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure! She is a renaissance woman who communicates her philosophy through paintings, poetry, teachings, and entrepreneurship. For 25 years she has dedicated her soul work to the study and practice of creativity as a path of healing that provides access to consciousness. As a curator and gallery owner, she has represented her own work, as well as that of hundreds of women artists.
By the age of 40, she achieved incredible success through being in the top 10 percent of sales for contemporary artists in the U.S. Her prolific intuitive painting process led to a desire to teach, and provided the foundation for her groundbreaking work on how Intentional Creativity® can give voice to the soul. Her method of “creating with mindfulness” has reached tens of thousands of students who have gained insight into the hidden self.
Her work is taught widely, at the university level in MA and PhD programs, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and by hundreds of Certified Teachers and Coaches. At the core of her work is a belief that the right to self-express is one of the most basic human rights. She states, “We have a right to know how to access what we think, feel, believe, and to express it in our lives.”
Her life path is a spiritual practice, and an offering that was awakened with the feminine Divine. Her research dives into the exploration of the right/left-brain connection with the heart and reinventing personal archetypes as gateways to liberation. ”When we find freedom from the trauma of our stories, we can invent our own legends, and do the sacred work of organizing our consciousness,” she says.
She is the creator of seven books, as well as a community leader. Having been trained by her mother, Caron McCloud the poet, and Sue Hoya Sellars the artist, she brought her gifts of language and image into form through founding the Intentional Creativity® Guild, Cosmic Cowgirls®, Power Creatives TV ,and Color of Woman®. She lives and works at Cosmic Cowgirls Ranch in Sonoma, California, which provides education both in-house and online, reaching over 25,000 subscribers a month. She can be found most days having tea with her muses discussing quantum physics and celebrating revelations of the heart.
Pamela Miles is an international spiritual teacher, Reiki master and integrative health consultant with five decades of spiritual practice, including 30 years as a Reiki professional. A voice for the role of spirituality in health and well-being, Pamela is known for sharing spiritual insight with simple, direct elegance, and her preference for continuing inquiry over facile answers.
Besides her private practice supporting people to regain their happiness and wellness, Pamela is committed to bringing spiritual self care to patients, families and staff in healthcare settings. Since the mid 1990s, she has pioneered the integration of Reiki practice in conventional medicine, creating programs in prominent New York City hospitals, including New York Presbyterian/Columbia. She has been presenting and teaching at academic medical centers including Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as collaborating on research and publishing in peer-reviewed medical journals. Pamela is the author of the award-winning book, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide and blogs at her two websites.
Sera Beak is a world traveled Harvard trained scholar of comparative world religion and author of "Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic's Love Story", "The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark" and the forthcoming "Redvelations: A Soul's Journey to Becoming Human." She offers talks, retreats, and private sessions focused on our messy beautiful Love Affair with the Soul. Find out more at www.serabeak.com
Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D., bestselling author, transformative educator, keynote speaker and consultant, has worked at the forefront of gender and cultural evolution for over three decades. Her lifelong pursuit of a higher order freedom, creativity, and equality between the sexes has taken her from door-to-door activism for the Equal Rights Amendment to groundbreaking research on gender development at Harvard University to becoming a Senior Teacher of Evolutionary Enlightenment. A groundbreaking developmental researcher and theorist, her bestselling book, Mother Daughter Revolution: From Good Girls to Great Women, was heralded by Gloria Steinem and Carol Gilligan as “the book women have been waiting for.”
She recently founded Artemis Forum, an online conversation about the next steps forward for women. Dr. Debold has been sought as an expert on girls, women, and the evolution of culture by major media outlets in the U.S. and abroad and has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Her work has appeared in academic publications, popular media, and international anthologies as well as in EnlightenNext magazine. She served as Academic Director of the Master of Arts program in Conscious Evolution at The Graduate Institute, and has taught at Harvard University and the New School for Social Research. She has made multiple appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America, and NPR.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author, speaker, and activist. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, the author of thirteen books in over one hundred foreign editions: The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, and Artemis: the Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. website: jeanshinodabolen.com
Helen Palmer is an Enneagram author with over 1,000,000 copies in 20+ foreign editions.
In 1988 she co-founded the Narrative Enneagram school with David Daniels MD. each founder brought a wealth of prior experience to their teaching. David as a practicing psychiatrist and professor at Stanford University school of medicine. Helen as an academic psychologist and practicing intuitive.
The natural expression of their different orientations has joined two different levels of consciousness. Self-awareness for the horizontal plane of daily living and spiritual method for the vertical ascent of consciousness.
In 1994 they co-directed the first International Enneagram conference, an event that drew 1200 participants and sparked the formation of today’s International Association (IEA) with its worldwide reach.
Saul David Raye
Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on the depth of the yoga tradition, bhakti, tantra and all forms of universal light, love and wisdom. Through the grace of his teachers and guides he is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers. The depth of Saul’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth.
A pioneering and inspiring presence in yoga’s evolution in the west, Saul’s authentic and heart-centered teaching has influenced thousands of students and teachers around the world. He holds certifications in yoga, bodywork and energy healing and is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants. He has been on the faculty of international and national conferences and festivals for years, and has presented alongside many luminaries in the Spiritual world. Saul shares this work through teacher trainings, workshops, classes, sacred journey’s to ancient power sites and sacred music.
Sara Crow is an acupuncturist, herbalist, flower essence expert, and holistic beauty educator. She holds a Masters degree in Traditional Asian Medicine and has extensive training in both Eastern and Western medical approaches. Sara has a passion for developing unique botanical solutions for whole being health. She combines her lifelong experience in the natural product industry with her holistic health expertise to bring a fresh approach to natural skin care; one that embodies a comprehensive and truly holistic approach to beauty through planetary stewardship and multidimensional healing.
Lena Stevens is a shamanic practitioner, teacher, ceremonialist and co-founder of the Power Path School of Shamanism. Lena is the co-author of Secrets of Shamanism. She comes from an eclectic background of business, art and music, and lives in Santa Fe, NM where she runs programs with husband José for the Power Path.
Dr Andrew Holecek
Andrew Holecek has completed the traditional three-year Buddhist meditation retreat and offers seminars internationally on meditation, dream yoga, and the art of dying. He is the author of Dream Yoga: Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep; The Power and the Pain; Preparing to Die; Meditation in the iGeneration; the audio learning course Dream Yoga; The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming; and the forthcoming second book in his Dream Yoga trilogy: The Seduction of Being; Dream Yoga and the Path of Illusion. His work has appeared in Parabola, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Utne Reader, Buddhadharma, Light of Consciousness, and many other periodicals. Andrew’s work joins the knowledge of the West with the wisdom of the East in providing a full-spectrum approach to help us realize our human potential. He holds degrees in classical music, biology, and a doctorate in dental surgery. Andrew lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Arjun Das is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Panchakarma specialist, director and founder of TriGuna Institute in Brazil (since 2001). In his journey he received the blessings and the guidance of many healing masters in different continents, especially in Brazil and India where, 12 years ago, he started a long term research project on public health and traditional medicines. He is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor (2001) and is a reseacher in Medical Astrology, studying local herbs and their connection with Vedic astrology for health and meditation.
He was recognized with the award, Vagbhata 2009 – Excellence in Teaching Ayurveda, by AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North American) and has represented Brazil in major Indian conferences as a guest lecturer. Arjun Das offers Ayurvedic training courses in various states of Brazil, USA, Bahamas, Europe and India since 2001, where he has also lead his students during clinic residency in Kerala, India for advanced training.
Mark Matousek is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, and Mother of the Unseen World: The Mystery of Mother Meera. A former editor at Interview Magazine, he is a featured blogger for PsychologyToday.com and the Huffington Post, and has contributed to numerous publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and The Saturday Evening Post. His essays have appeared in many anthologies, including Voice of the New Millenium, Wrestling With the Angel, and A Memory, A Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, among others.
A popular speaker and teacher, Matousek offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe, based on his book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. He is on the faculty of the Esalen Institute, 1440 Multiversity, the New York Open Center, The Garrison Insitute, Omega, Kripalu, Mindvalley, and other institutions of higher learning. He is the Founder of The Seekers Forum, a global online community focused on non-sectarian dialogue and exploration, and the President of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company that promotes creative and spiritual excellence through online learning.
As a founding member of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, he curates the V-Men essay series, an ongoing anthology featuring personal writing by men on the subject of VAW. Matousek lives and works in Springs, New York.
Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG)
Chanchal Cabrera has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987 and obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003. Her clinical specialty is helping people manage cancer. Chanchal held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster from 2004 - 2017. She serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby, on the editorial board of Medical Herbalism clinical newsletter and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health. Chanchal is the author of the book Fibromyalgia – A Journey Toward Healing published by Contemporary Books. She is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist.
Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband farm seven acres. They grow food for ten households, culinary herbs for restaurants and medicinal herbs for her clinic. They also run therapy gardens for people with disabilities and host internships in organic farming and herbal medicine. In 2009 Chanchal was honored with a Fellowship in the NIMH for service to the profession for over 25 years.
Rabbi David Ingber
Named by Newsweek as one of 2013’s top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States as well as by The Forward as one of the 50 most newsworthy and notable Jews in America, Rabbi David Ingber promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. A major 21st Century Jewish thinker and educator, his rich perspective, open heart and mind, and full-bodied approach to Jewish learning has brought him to speak throughout the United States and worldwide throughout Canada, Europe and Israel.
Rabbi David’s distinct approach to Torah, rabbinical teaching, and ritualistic practice is informed by his own personal seeking and learning from a wide cross-section of sacred traditions and faiths. He is enlightened by Jewish mysticism and Chassidut, fusing these beliefs with those of other ancient philosophies and world views. Particular influences include 18th Century Kabbalist and Founder of Chassidut, Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov; the great 19th Century Ishbitzer Rebbe, R. Mordechai Leiner; and leading 20th Century thinkers from Kabbalist, Rav Abraham Isaac Kook to psychologist, Carl Jung.
Rabbi Ingber has taught at such eminent institutions as the Academy for Jewish Religion, Columbia University, CUNY, Jewish Theological Seminary, Limmud LA, New York University, the 92nd Street Y, Pardes, The Skirball Center at Temple Emmanuel, and Yeshivat HADAR. He sits on the Board of Directors of Aleph and Synagogue 3000 Next Dor’s Working Group of Sacred Emergent Communities where he continues to teach.
Raised Modern Orthodox in New York, Rabbi David studied at several distinguished yeshivot in Jerusalem and New York including Yeshiva University, Beit Midrash L’Torah, Yeshivat Chaim Berlin, and Yeshivat Chovovei Torah Rabbinical School. He also studied philosophy, psychology and religion at New York University. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Renewal Judaism, ordained Rabbi David in 2004. Prior to founding Romemu, Rabbi David was Rabbi-in-Residence at Elat Chayyim Retreat Center.
Barbara De Angelis
Barbara De Angelis, PhD, is one of the most influential teachers of our time in the field of personal and spiritual development. For over four decades, she’s reached tens of millions of people throughout the world with her inspirational messages about how to create a life of true freedom, mastery, and awakening. As a renowned author, popular television personality, and award-winning speaker, Barbara is legendary in the field of personal transformation — she was one of the first people to popularize the idea of self-help in the 1980s.
Barbara has written 16 bestselling books which have sold over 10 million copies throughout the world in 25 languages, including an amazing FOUR #1 New York Times bestsellers. She’s starred in and hosted her own television shows on CNN, CBS, and PBS, and has been a frequent guest on Oprah, the Today show, and Good Morning America. She is the winner of the highest honor from Toastmasters International — the annual Golden Gavel Award — as one of the most outstanding speakers in the world.
Barbara is a serious seeker who has deeply immersed herself in spiritual practice and study from the age of 18. With a remarkable and unique blend of timeless wisdom, eloquent down-to-earth guidance, and highly developed intuitive abilities, she transmits a palpable vibration of love and compassion through her voice and her presence. Her profoundly healing and enlightening energy serves to open the minds and hearts of her students, and helps initiate significant, graceful, and accelerated inner and outer shifts to all who long for true and lasting transformation.
Devaa Haley Mitchell
Rev. Dr. Devaa Haley Mitchell is a transformational leader who supports people to reconnect with their spiritual depths, unleash their leadership gifts, and step into their full potential. She is co-founder of the Shift Network and Founder of the Inspiring Women Summit which has served over 130K women from more than 160 countries. Through the Soulful Women Wisdom School, which she co-founded with Elayne Doughty, she offers deeply experiential and transformative programs that guide hundreds of women to connect more deeply with spirit.
Devaa knows who we are BEING in the world is equally important as what we are DOING. So Devaa supports audiences and her clients to drop deeper and cultivate their soulful presence and open heart. Through her trainings, mentorship and a spiritual community, she offers a space for true soul transformation. As a result, her clients are able to reconnect with their radiant essence, make a meaningful contribution to our planet, and have a life that they LOVE.
Devaa also acts as the volunteer Music Director at the San Quentin Prison’s Parallel Play Project, using the power of drama therapy to heal and transform the hearts and lives of long-term inmates. She also donates her time to various international service projects. Most recently, she offered a healing program to staff members at the AHOPE orphanage for HIV+ youth in Ethiopia. She’s also trained staff members from Search for Common Ground in new methodologies using the arts for peace building in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. As a musician, Devaa fuses East and West with groovy, danceable tunes. Her debut album, Sacred Alchemy, aims to reawaken and liberate the many dimensions of the sacred feminine.
Authorized as a lama in 1986 by Kalu Rinpoche, Lama Palden has been teaching Tibetan Buddhism since that time. Her spiritual background includes study and practice in many traditions. She is also a licensed psychotherapist and feels that it greatly speeds the spiritual jdevelopment if the body and psyche are integrated on the journey.
Richard Miller, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher who, for the past 47 years has been integrating western psychology and neuroscience with the ancient nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga. Richard is president of the iRest Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founding editor of the peer reviewed International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology.
Author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Healing and Well Being, The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, and Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard also serves as a research consultant studying the meditation protocol he’s developed (Integrative Restoration ~ iRest Meditation), a modern adaptation of the ancient nondual practice of Yoga Nidra, researching its efficacy on health, healing, and well-being with diverse populations that include military, veterans, women rescued from human trafficking, youth and college students, and the homeless, and incarcerated, with issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chronic pain, chemical dependency, and anxiety, as well as for enhancing resiliency, well-being and compassion. Richard leads international trainings and meditation retreats on the integration of enlightened living into daily life.
Burt Goldman is one of those lucky people who discovered a secret early in life. When he was just 19, he was stationed in Korea. This is where he met powerful Korean mystic Mr. Kwan Jung and experienced mysticism for the very first time and learned about Qi, or energy, and Li, the control of this energy.
Since then, Burt has spent over 50 years cultivating his knowledge and studying with some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers — so he can teach it to you and thousands of others around the globe. At his peak, he conducted seminars for Heads of States, European royalty and amassed audiences numbering in the hundreds.
Now that he’s 90, traveling around the world to do seminars would be a bit too much. So, he’s decided to spread his knowledge in a different way: through the Internet.
It is his promise to you to offer nothing but proven techniques that have been tested and fine-tuned with hundreds of thousands. Techniques that could very well change your life for the better — just like they’ve changed his.
Lei‘ohu Ryder is a Hawaiian spiritual leader, visionary, healer, singer/songwriter, and educator. Along with her partner, Maydeen ’Iao, they are Kumu Aloha (emissaries of aloha) and advocates for the indigenous soul in all people. Their love and knowledge of Hawai‘i, help us connect with ourselves, with Spirit, and the essence of Aloha.
Lei‘ohu offers her gifts to you on Maui, in Hawai‘i and throughout the world, through blessings, music, public speaking, intensives, counseling, healing work, wedding ceremonies, and funeral services... all with aloha.
Lei‘ohu’s talents and knowledge are honored and loved in her community and the world. Lei‘ohu has received the Gandhi-King Peace Hero Award, the Peace Educator Award from the United Nations, the Woman of Honor award from Women’s History Month, the Educator Award from the Peace Corps, and the Malama Ka’Aina Award from the Sierra Club. She has shared her gifts throughout Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Itzhak Beery is a leading international Shamanic healer, teacher, speaker, community activist and author of three Amazon bestsellers The Gift of Shamanism, Shamanic Transformations, and Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for the Modern World. He was initiated by his Andes and Amazonian teachers and was also trained by other elders from South and North America, Inuit, and Siberia.
Itzhak bridge the sacred indigenous traditions those elders entrusted to him with a relevant present-day shamanic approach to living in our digital age. For over 24 years Itzhak has worked to fulfill the Inca’s Pachakuti - The Condor and the Eagle prophesy, which calls for a new period of correction of time, of cultural cooperation, exchange, and integration between the industrial mind-centered Western world–the Eagle–and the ancient indigenous Earth and the heart-centered world–the Condor. It calls for the return of the feminine nurturing energy and the rise of human peaceful and harmonious consciousness, which is seen as the only sustainable solution to our modern day societal and environmental problems.
Itzhak is the founder of ShamanPortal.org, The Andes Summit and co-founder of the New York Shamanic Circle. He is on the faculty of New York Open Center, Kripalu Center, The Shift Network and a staff’s teacher at Omega Institute. He received 'Ambassador for Peace Award’ from The Universal Peace Federation and the UN. His work has been featured in the New York Times, films, TV, and numerous webinars.
Tom Pinkson Ph.D.
Tom Pinkson was born in the heart of New York City in 1945. The death of his father when he was four years old set him on path of exploration that began with psychosomatic illness, and later juvenile delinquency, but eventually took him to the far reaches of the Amazon jungle, the Andes mountains and to an eleven year apprenticeship with a group of Huichol Indian shamans in the Sierra Madre of north central Mexico. Seeking deeper truth about the mysteries of life and death, he sought out and found numerous shamanic “Medicine” teachers who initiated him into totally different realms than those from which he had come.
During this time Tom also earned three college degrees, including a Ph.D. in psychology. His doctoral dissertation, “A Quest for Vision,” described his successful work with heroin addicts in the early 1970s using a wilderness treatment program that included mountain climbing, river running, snow camping, ski touring and vision quests in the High Sierra. The quests continue to this day, forty years later with people coming from all over the United States to join him on these powerful experiences of solitude and adventure in the back country of Yosemite. From working with drug addicts, he went on to help start the second hospice program in the United States, offering support services to the terminally ill. From there, he was invited to join Dr. Jerry Jampolsky at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon California to work with children facing life-threatening illness which he did for thirty two years.
Tom went on to create his “Recognition Rites Honoring Elders" along with a CD recording using music and song to open hearts and minds to the wisdom of deep being. Walking in two worlds, the shamanic world of indigenous spirituality, and the Western world of a psychologist, consultant, teacher, sacred storyteller, and ceremonial and retreat leader, Tom serves as a bridge-builder, bringing what he calls “The Teachings of the Elders” into practical applications within the modern, urban setting. From major corporations to pediatric oncology units within prestigious cancer treatment centers, from the academic world to rites of passage work with children, adolescents and adults, the dying process and subsequent work of grief, mourning, and rebirth, Tom’s work has had dramatic impact in enriching people’s lives, described in his three books, SHAMANIC WISDOM OF THE HUICHOL: MEDICINE TEACHINGS FOR MODERN TIMES, Do They Celebrate Christmas in Heaven? Spiritual Rite of Passage Teachings from Children with Life-Threatening Illness, and FRUITFUL AGING: MEETING THE CHALLENGES — MINING THE OPPORTUNITIES.
Tom is also the founder and director of a non-profit, spiritually based community, “Wakan,” which offers a variety of programs and services helping people find and remember what is sacred in their lives. He has appeared on international TV and radio, written numerous articles, and produced video and audiotapes on attitudinal healing, spirituality and shamanism.
Tom has two grown children, three grandchildren and lives with his wisdom-woman wife Andrea, in Northern California.
Tamara Wolfson, MS, LAc, is an osteo-acupuncturist, apitherapist, herbalist and educator with over 20 years of clinical experience practicing natural medicine. Tamara is the founder of LadyBee Botanicals, a comprehensive line of over a hundred original, natural, and organic herbal formulations utilizing Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs, apitherapy tonics, and bee medicine based body care products. Tamara is also the founder of HealtHIVE, an online resource of NCCAOM, California CEU, and Florida CEU certified natural medicine courses which are also available for the general public.
Tamara graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Connecticut State University and obtained her first acupuncture degree from Tristate Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York. She obtained her MS in Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Her training has included extensive experiences in community medicine in clinics such as the Sidney Hillman Healthcare Clinic in New York City, Fourteenth Street Methadone Clinic, Oakland and the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. She has trained intensively with diversity of master Oriental Medical doctors including Mark Seem, Kiiko Matsumoto, Bob Flaws, Honora Lee Wolfe, Ted Kaptchuk, Chip Chase and Jeffery Yuen.
Tamara lives in Marin County, California, is the mother of four children, maintains a busy clinical practice and herbal apothecary, and is the steward of well over 1 million honeybees.
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MFT
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT, is an international teacher and author of mindfulness-based somatic psychology. She co-directs the Hakomi Institute of California and teaches in the US, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. She is a Dharma teacher with Dharma Ocean and teaches Meditating with the Body residential retreats. Manuela lectures, consults and trains professionals in embodied mindfulness and compassion, attachment and trauma therapy as well as movement therapy.
She has presented at conferences and Universities, been faculty at JFK University, California Institute of Integral Studies in California. She hosted the Hakomi Summit and Hakomi Essentials Course at The Shift Network in the past two years. Manuela is the author of 8 Keys to practicing Mindfulness (W.W.Norton) and has written chapters in Hakomi Mindfulness-centered Somatic Psychotherapy (W.W.Norton). Her new book on Somatic Psychotherapy techniques is coming out soon.
An American medical herbalist of twenty-three years, Holly Bellebuono is renowned for her work documenting women healers and teaching herbal formulary and pharmacology. Holly’s seven-year project of interviews and research culminated in the documentary book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine and was awarded Book of the Year by The International Herb Association and the Gold Award for Women’s Books by Nautilus Book Awards in 2014. Holly directs The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine on Martha’s Vineyard, training and certifying community herbalists in herbal medicine, and she is the founder of Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary. Her work has been featured in Parabola, SageWoman, Juno (Britain), Taproot, The New York Times, and more, and her four other books include The Essential Herbal for Natural Health, The Authentic Herbal Healer, Goal Setting for Open-Minded Business Owners, The Healing Kitchen, and An Herbalist’s Guide to Formulary: The Art and Science of Creating Effective Herbal Remedies.
As a two-time Small Business Owner of the Year Award recipient, Holly leads empowerment seminars for entrepreneurs, and she facilitates international seminars, retreats, and lectures for women’s and business conferences and universities about herbal medicine, symbolism, and the philosophy of healing. Learn more about her work or enroll in her school at her website.
Shelly Lefkoe is a co-founder of The Lefkoe Institute, a San Francisco Bay Area firm whose mission is “To significantly improve the quality of life on the planet by having people recreate their lives and live as the unlimited possibilities they are.” Shelly has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients worldwide rid themselves of a wide variety of problems including phobias, relationships that never seem to work, violence, procrastination, unwillingness to confront people, health and wellness issues, and sexual dysfunction. Her clients have been able to eliminate emotional patterns such as fear, hostility, shyness, anxiety, depression, worry about what people think of them, and a negative sense of themselves.
Shelly's programs have reached over 150,000 people worldwide. Her work has been featured on the Today Show, Leeza, and many other media outlets. Shelly is a keynote speaker and workshop leader. Her personal vision is to transform the way people parent. She believes that if we raise a conscious generation of children, violence will end, people will treat each other with respect and dignity, and life on this planet will be better for everyone.
Philip M. Hellmich is a thought leader in creating a new narrative of peace, from inner peace to international peacebuilding. As the Director of Peace at The Shift Network, Philip is the chief architect of the Summer of Peace, Yoga Day Summit and World Peace Library - online global forums that seek to inspire, inform and involve people in the many ways that peace is emerging around the world. He also is the co-lead faculty of the Peace Ambassador Training. These peace programs provide skills training, inspirational stories, and powerful solutions from the world’s top peacebuilders, social change leaders, scientists, Indigenous elders and spiritual mentors. Philip and his colleagues design these peace programs in partnership with a number of organizations while advancing strategic initiatives, including the International Cities of Peace in creating 1,000 Cities of Peace by 2020; Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education in promoting global compassion education; the Alliance for Peacebuilding on countering violent extremism, PeaceJam and 13 Nobel Peace Laureates in promoting global peace education and Parmarth Niketan Ashram in promoting a deeper understanding of yoga.
Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He also serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women.
Philip’s passion is exploring peace along the Peace Continuum, from inner to international levels, and his framing purpose coincides with the key questions: How is inner peace a global responsibility; and, how does the world affect inner peace? A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.
Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle,WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery at the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic, Brattleboro, VT. for 25 years, specializing in Naturopathic Pediatrics and Botanical Medicine.
Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants which is considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy, childbirth, traditional food medicine and mind-body healing. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children. She is currently Medical Educator for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC.
Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath. In 1999 he co-authored The HeartMath Solution published by HarperSanFrancisco and he has been with HeartMath’s world-wide training and consulting team since its inception in 1991. In 2000 he authored The HeartMath Method, an audio learning program published by Nightingale Conant. He is also the producer of two award winning musical recordings including Doc Childre’s Heart Zones which spent 50 consecutive weeks on Billboard Magazine’s music charts.
During his career with HeartMath, he has been instrumental in business development and in delivering HeartMath’s practical, yet dynamic, programs to thousands of participants world-wide. Because of his universal appeal, he has conducted training programs and keynote presentations in Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, school systems, ecumenical organizations and through publicly promoted events in over 50 cities on four continents. Prior to his employment with HeartMath Howard had a successful career as a musician followed by a business a financial consulting career as an Account Executive with E.F. Hutton and as Vice President of Capital Funding.
He is a member of Transformational Leadership Counsel, an exclusive organization founded by author Jack Canfield that is made up of leaders in the fields of personal, organizational and social transformation. In 2008 he played a key role in launching the Global Coherence Initiative and serves as a Steering Committee member for this science based project created to unite millions of people in heart-focused care and intention to shift global consciousness. Howard is a key HeartMath spokesperson, conducting approximately 75 media interviews and webinars annually. He speaks internationally on developing new intelligence needed to navigate life during changing times. Media interviews include: ABC Good Morning America, ABC World New Tonight, Discovery Channel, CNN, New York Newsday, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, US News and World Report
John Perkins Author/Activist/Shaman John Perkins focuses on transformation – personal, communal, and global. He was Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm where he advised the World Bank, United Nations, Fortune 500 corporations, and the US and other governments. His books have sold more than a million copies, spent over 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and are published in more than 30 languages. He has lectured at Harvard, Oxford and more than 50 other universities; he has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, and in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications. In addition to his New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and other nonfiction books on global intrigue, he has authored five books on indigenous cultures and transformation. He is a founder of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofits dedicated to creating a regenerative, peaceful, and thriving world. He was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace, 2012. www.johnperkins.org
Rhys Thomas is a visionary author, speaker, and trainer in the field of Energy Medicine. He founded the Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Medicine to help people awaken to their deepest sense of purpose and become a transformational healing force in the world.
He created the Rhys Method®, a powerful system of self-discovery, transformation, and healing that’s improved the lives of thousands, and is the author of the bestseller, Discover Your Purpose: How to Use the 5 Life Purpose Profiles to Unlock Your Hidden Potential and Live the Life You Were Meant to Live.
Rhys is a graduate and former teacher at the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences and the founder of Solstice Healing Arts Center. Rhys has 14 years experience in Energy Medicine practice, which includes full-spectrum healing, crystal bowl sound healing, energy reading, and soul reading. He’s a certified Energy Medicine practitioner, Reiki Master, and 2nd Degree Black Belt with 25 years of training in martial arts.
Throughout his career as a coach, business owner, author, public speaker, martial artist, healer, and soul reader, Rhys discovered what people who change the world have in common. They are not planning and thinking about who they should be, they are living and being called to their highest mission from a fearlessness to grow and become more than they ever imagined.
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Deborah Eden Tull
Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, teaches how to integrate compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She’s a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, public speaker, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She trained for seven years as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery in Northern California, and has been traveling to, living in, or teaching about conscious, sustainable communities internationally for the last 25 years. She currently resides in the mountains of western North Carolina and offers retreats, workshops, and consultations nationally.
She’s the author of two books, The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution and Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet. Eden teaches both Zen meditation and mindfulness, and has worked with a wide range of audiences, from dharma students and people wanting to cultivate more compassion in their life, to concerned citizens and activists, to parents, to schools and corporations, and to special populations such as inner city youth and people who are incarcerated.
She has been an organic gardener and farmer for many years, including at places such as Green Gulch Farm in Marin County, California, Arcosanti in the Arizona desert, the Zen Buddhist monastery where she trained, and in urban gardens in the San Francisco Bay area and in Los Angeles. She’s certified in Permaculture Design and biointensive organic gardening.
Eden is also a student and practitioner of Shamanism and a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects as created by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy. She’s a UCLA-certified Mindfulness Facilitator and has offered workshops through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center since 2012.
Saniel Bonder is the author of Healing the Spirit/Matter Split and the founder of the Waking Down® work. He has been a pioneer in the widespread embodiment and mutual, evolutionary exploration of awakened consciousness for over a decade. After have a spiritual awakening, Saniel has dedicated himself to democratizing this embodied, nirvanic aliveness and exploring with others how to create a sane human culture on its foundation. Saniel calls the total advanced teachings he and Linda personally offer “The White-Hot Yoga of the Heart™,” or, more simply, “The White-Hot Way of Trust.” Saniel is also a tantric and a shaman, an eco-entrepreneur, an activist for nuclear disarmament, a golfer, and a flute player. He writes, “The heart of my life since bodily awakening as the conscious Self is being related to the great Mystery in Female form, the Goddess. Of all Her forms, the most precious to me is my beloved wife and partner Linda. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to her and for her every day of my life. We feel deeply privileged to serve others and the world together.” He is extremely proud of the transitions he and Linda and their Heart-colleagues in the Waking Down community have accomplished. After almost two decades under his direction as the founder, their shared work and community life are now proceeding on a new, cooperatively created footing of democratic empowerment and mutual accountability. With Linda, Saniel is the founder of the Human Sun Institute, a founding member of the Integral Institute and a charter member of the Integral Spiritual Center.
Vicki Robin is co-author of the perennial bestseller Your Money or Your Life and author of Blessing the Hands that Feed Us; lessons from a 10-Mile Diet. Called the "prophet of consumption downsizers" by the New York Times, Vicki's radical common sense approach to money, food and life inspires people to think deeply and act with integrity. She's a prolific social innovator, having helped launch Sustainable Seattle, Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, New Road Map Foundation, Conversation Cafes, Transition Whidbey, the 10-Day Local Food Challenge, among many other projects. She is an entertaining and inspiring speaker and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Oprah, NPR, NYTimes, WSJ, Utne, People. Her popular TEDx talk is on "Relational Eating."
Dr. Kate Levinson
Dr. Kate Levinson is the author of Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. Her book and workshops provide an alternative understanding and approach to our relationship with money through including the psychological, spiritual, symbolic and political natures of money.
Kate regularly offers Emotional Currency™ Workshops virtually as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area and occasionally in other cities, including Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Santa Fe and Minneapolis. A licensed marriage and family therapist, she consults with individuals, couples, and groups to untangle their relationship with money in her offices in San Rafael and Point Reyes Station, CA, and virtually.
Her blogs for Psychology Today and tweets can be found on her website. She regularly speaks on money or women and money and is the convener of the Women, Money, Spirit symposium. Kate resides in West Marin, on the coast north of San Francisco, where she and her husband owned and operated Point Reyes Books. She is the co-founder of Black Mountain Circle, a non-profit offering events at the confluence of story, nature and spirit.
Corinne McLaughlin is co-author of Spiritual Politics: Changing the World from the Inside Out (Forward by the Dalai Lama); The Practical Visionary: A New World Guide to Spiritual Growth and Social Change, and Builders of the Dawn. She is Executive Director of The Center for Visionary Leadership, formerly based in Washington DC and now in the San Francisco area, and she is co-founder of Sirius Community, a spiritual and ecological village in Massachusetts. Corinne is a Fellow of The World Business Academy and the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council.
Corinne directed a national task force for President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development and taught Transformational Politics at American University. She has worked on the paid staff of a national presidential campaign and a volunteer on numerous other campaigns and has consulted and trained staff in many government agencies and non-profit organizations. She has lectured around the U.S., Europe and South America for over 25 years, and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fox News. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.visionarylead.org., www.thepracticalvisionary.org.
Suzanne Scurlock is the author of Reclaiming Your Body: Healing From Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom and Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom. As one of the world’s leading authorities on conscious awareness and its transformational impact on the healing process, she has been empowering people for over 30 years to experience joy in each moment without burning out. The practical tools and skills she teaches have helped people all over the world improve every aspect of their lives, from their health and well-being to their relationships, their careers, their creativity, even the growth of their businesses. After decades perfecting her methods, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements and audio programs.
Dr. Joan Borysenko
Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. A licensed psychologist and a Harvard-trained cell biologist, Joan synthesizes cutting edge science with deep humanity. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Author of 17 books including her groundbreaking work, the New York Times bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and numerous audio and video programs for meditation and stress management, Joan’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, on Public Television, and on many websites. Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility plus her lively sense of humor make her one the most popular and sought-after speakers in the fields of health, healing, and spirituality.
Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School and completed her post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, completing two more postdoctoral fellowships in the new fields of behavioral medicine and psychoneuroimmunology. Her latest project – SyNAPSE – integrates science, nutrition, awareness training, positive psychology, spirituality and epigenetics in a personalized approach to self-caring. President of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC, Joan lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband, Gordon Dveirin and their two noble standard poodles, Mitzi and Milo.
Stephen Dinan is the founder and CEO of The Shift Network and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council and Evolutionary Leaders. The Shift Network was founded in 2010 and has served over 700,000 people worldwide, with customers in 150 countries. It delivers virtual summits, courses, and trainings featuring over 50 core faculty and 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, shamanism, indigenous wisdom, and sustainability. Stephen is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (East-West Psychology). He helped create and directed the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers.
As the former director of membership and marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program and the One Minute Shift media series. He has been a featured speaker at the World Cultural Forum in China, the Alliance for a New Humanity in Costa Rica, Renovemos Mexico in Mexico City, and the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, as well as many US conferences, events, radio programs, and online summits. He is also the author of Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All and Radical Spirit. Stephen lives in San Rafael, California, with his beloved wife Devaa.
Yeye Luisah Teish
Yeye Luisah Teish is an elder in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African diaspora. She is the author of six books most notably Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. She is the founding Mother of IleOrunmilaOshun, The Jambalaya Spirit Works Community Membership Program, and Ase Theater. She has contributed to 35 anthologies and published articles and artwork in Coreopsis, Cascadia Subduction Zone, Essence, Ms, and SageWoman magazines. Her writings have been translated into German, Spanish, and French. She renders the sacred orature of the African diaspora into interactive workshops, online classes, and ritual theater events that reveal the contemporary applications of this ancient wisdom.
Her credits include the Oprah Winfrey Show (television), Goddess Remembered (film), Nzinga the King Queen (Brooklyn Academy of Music), the Praises for the World Concert (San Francisco) and Resonant Streams: An Ancient Call at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York.
Yeye has lectured, and performed in Europe, Egypt, Mexico, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean Islands and West Africa. She co-hosts the Institute of Noetic Sciences conferences, teaches for the Shift Network, Sounds True and the Center for Sacred Studies. Her videos, master-classes, and publications can be found at her websites and on Facebook.
Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, researcher, educator, lecturer and internationally renowned as a pioneer bridging modern science, ancient wisdom, and human potential! From 1979 to 1990 Gregg worked as a problem solver during times of crisis for Fortune 500 companies. He continues problem-solving today as he merges modern science and the wisdom of our past to reveal real-world solutions to the issues that challenge our lives. His research has led to 12 award-winning books now published in over 40 languages.
Gregg has presented his discoveries in over 30 countries on six continents and has been invited to speak to The United Nations, Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. military. The United Kingdom’s Watkins Journal lists Gregg among the top 100 of “the world’s most spiritually influential living people” for the 5thconsecutive year, and he is a 2019 nominee for the prestigious Templeton Award, established to honor "outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality."
Lisa Schrader, the Founder of Awakening Shakti, has impacted the lives of thousands of women for two decades as a workshop leader, author, speaker and coach. Her transformational online programs and proven curriculum show women how to usher in a whole new way of BEING in their authentic feminine power: in the body, heart and soul of their Shakti.
Her work has been featured on Oprah, Oxygen and VH1. She is on the faculty of The Shift Network where she has hosted the global Shakti Summit on “Sensuality, Sex and the Sacred.” She is the author of Kama Sutra 52: A Year's Worth of the Best Positions for Passion and Pleasure from Quiver Books and she hosts a podcast called SheSource for practical and professional women who are ready to move from tapped out to turned on.
She is recognized as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and has a private practice supporting clients worldwide. She has a life rich with family, community, nature, and blessings in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.
Michael J. Gelb
Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the bestselling author of 15 books, including Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius and How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Gelb works globally with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and nonprofits. He is also a gifted teacher of the Alexander Technique, aikido, tai chi and qigong, and is a professional juggler who has performed with the Rolling Stones. He speaks on creative thinking, executive coaching and innovative leadership.
David T. Nicol
Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist. As a spiritual theologian he has written 32 books that have received numerous awards. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. As an activist Fox’s interests have been the renewal of education and of religion. He established the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that flourished for 21 years. Fox then founded his own University in downtown Oakland, the University of Creation Spirituality, which flourished for nine years.
Now Fox is applying the same pedagogy to reinventing education from the inner city out by working with inner city teenagers. Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy. The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 90 times and in dozens of cities in North America. Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award, the Ghandi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards. He is currently visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico and lives in Oakland, California.
Dream University’s CEO, Marcia Wieder is a long-established thought leader on visionary thinking and as Founder of The Meaning Institute, she teaches people to create and live fulfilling lives. She has been a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes for Huffington Post and is the author of 15 books. Her newest, DREAM: Clarify & Create What You Want premiered at #4 on the Wall Street Journal best seller list and was #1 of all non-fiction books and #1 in 10 countries. She appeared often on Oprah and was featured in her own PBS-TV show called Making Your Dreams Come True.
She has taught at Stanford’s Business School and as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners she assisted three U.S. presidents. She is a member of the Nobel Women’s Initiative supporting the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners. She served on boards for Make-A-Wish and the Unstoppable Foundation and is a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council.
Rev. Jim Lee
Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT*, is an evolutionary catalyst and freelance mentor who has been a pioneer in the field of body intelligence and conscious loving for fifty years. She describes her purpose: “I feel through to the heart with laser-love and evoke essence through deep play.” Katie is the co-author of twelve books, including the best-selling Conscious Loving, At The Speed of Life and Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationship at Midlife and Beyond. Passionate about the power of embodied integrity and full-spectrum presence, her work explores the how of consciousness and the structures and practices that befriend and transform fear into presence, relational authenticity and resonant collaboration. She specializes in translating concepts such as commitment into directly felt experiences that lead to new choices and creative engagement. Her unique coaching and leadership programs have generated hundreds of body intelligence and relationship coaches in the U.S. and Europe. She has developed and led the Leadership and Transformation Training for the past 30 years, and is currently joining with her community through the to create the . These online videos are designed to support people in coming home to presence, restoring resourcefulness and creating caring communities.
• Kathlyn earned a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and has been a Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1975.
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