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. He is the Founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism.
Anodea Judith, Ph.D. 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 of 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. In October 2012 she released a book on manifestation through the chakras, Creating on Purpose, won two awards for her book The Global Heart Awakens, and just released her latest Anodea Judith’s Chakra Yoga.
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.
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.
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, Turkey, 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 autobiographical The Naked Voice (Rider Books 1993). She is presently writing a consummate book about the liberation that sound and vocal expression can bring in the realization of inner peace, presence and interconnectedness - the fruit of her life’s work to date.
Helen Palmer is an international bestselling author with books in 30+ translations. Together with co-teacher David Daniels M.D. a current Stanford Emeritus professor of psychiatry, she co-founded the first International Enneagram conference at Stanford. Today’s International Enneagram Association (IEA) was formed at that event.
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.
Sandra Ingerman, MA, is an award winning author of ten books, including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of Shamanic Life and Speaking with Nature (co-authored with Llyn Roberts). She is the presenter of seven 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 teaches 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. Sandra 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.
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, The Secret History of Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home. His latest book is Sidewalk Oracles: Playing with Signs, Symbols and Synchronicity in Everyday Life.
David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years of clinical experience. He is the author of “In Search of the Medicine Buddha,” a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas, “Sacred Smoke,” about his studies of Palo Santo in Ecuador, and “Plants That Heal,” a collection of essays on botanical medicine. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils, and co-founder of The Learning Garden, one of the country's oldest and most successful school gardens.
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.
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.
Flordemayo was born and grew up in the highlands of Central America in a family of healer 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 Church of the Spiritual Path, the Confederation of Indigenous Elders of the America, Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge, International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, and The Path.
Philip M. Hellmich is Director of Peace at The Shift Network, an international social enterprise mobilizing educational tools and cultivating alliances worldwide. He is director of The Summer of Peace, a collaborative global celebration of and call to action for inner and outer Peace. Summer of Peace is a groundbreaking series of events that bring together some of the world’s foremost Peacebuilders and Social Architects while serving to illuminate practical actions for both personal and planetary peace. 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 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.
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.
Miranda Macpherson transmits an iterated 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, Miradna 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 "Boundless Love" and the "Heart of Being" mantra CD, she is presently working on a new book "The Way of Grace". Today, Miranda leads the "Awakening Love & Wisdom" sangha in Northern California, and guides mature seekers on retreats internationally. www.mirandamacpherson.com
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 best-seller 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.
More than 1,100 practitioners are certified “Eden Energy Medicine” practitioners and are, in any given month, teaching hundreds 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.
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 80K 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 to what we 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.
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.
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.
Patricia Ellsberg is a social change activist, meditation teacher, life coach and public speaker. In 1971, she helped her husband, Daniel Ellsberg, release to the press the Pentagon Papers, a top secret history of US involvement in Vietnam, which helped end the Vietnam War. The Oscar nominated documentary, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”, tells the riveting story of this era and Daniel and Patricia’s role in changing history.
Working closely with her sister, Barbara Marx Hubbard, in furthering social transformation through Conscious Evolution, Patricia guides people to make a shift from ego to essence, so they live with greater joy, purpose and meaning.
Patricia’s special gift as a coach is accessing and transmitting a profound sense of joy and wellbeing through the artful use of guided meditation. A central theme of her life has been bridging spiritual experience with social activism.
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.
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.
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.
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. Born in Texas in 1942, Gangaji grew up in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1964, she married and had a daughter. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she began exploring deeper levels of her being. She 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.
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? 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 current passion is developing content for http://www.innerbonding.com, administrating Inner Bonding Village – the membership site, as well as distributing SelfQuest® – http://selfquest.com – the computer program that teaches Inner Bonding.
In her spare time, Margaret loves to paint, make pottery, read, ride her horse and spend time with her grandchildren.
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
Ken Page, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, lecturer and author of the critically-acclaimed upcoming book, Deeper Dating: How to Drop The Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy. He is also the author of Psychology Today’s extremely popular blog Finding Love. A dynamic, compassionate and inspiring speaker, he has led hundreds of workshops for thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations. He and his work have been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Time Out New York, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Discovery Channel and Psychology Today Magazine. He is the founder of Deeper Dating, an acclaimed event for single people committed to deeper values.
Lion Goodman has more than 30 years of success in entrepreneurial business management, spiritual practice, transformational coaching, and men’s work. He is a co-founder of The Tribe of Men, an initiatory program for men in Northern California, and he serves on the Tribe’s management council. Lion Goodman is an Evocateur – one who evokes the best in others. He is a dynamic coach, widely published author, workshop leader, and successful businessman. For more than four decades, he has studied and practiced psychology, philosophy, spirituality, and the principles of manifestation. He helps clients achieve extraordinary results by discovering their true purpose, uncovering hidden patterns, and unleashing their hidden potential. Lion is the creator of The BeliefCloset Process, a methodology for permanently transforming beliefs at the core of the psyche. For 30 years, he was CEO of The Goodman Group, an executive search and executive coaching firm serving senior executives of more than 250 high-tech companies. He teaches workshops such as “The Spiritual Technology of Manifestation,” and “The BeliefCloset Practitioner’s Training.” He is the author of Menlightenment: A Book for Awakening Men, and is co-author of The Heart of Healing with Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, and others. His business, fiction, and non-fiction articles have been published internationally. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, but considers himself to be a world citizen.
James O'Dea is award-winning author of The Soul Awakening Practice, The Conscious Activist and Cultivating Peace. He was lead faculty for the Shift Network’s acclaimed global "Peace Ambassador Training". He has conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world for many years. He is a former president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation. He is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders group and is on several advisory boards such as The Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal.
James is also a mystic who is passionate about global transformation and has a special interest in Meher Baba’s evolutionary vision and in Sufism. He is followed extensively in social media and lectures widely. James grew up in Ireland and England, has seen war and human rights violations in a number of the world’s hotspots and currently resides in the visionary community of Crestone, Colorado.
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 over forty years. Katie has an international reputation as a presenter and seminar leader, bodifying the core skills of conscious living--authenticity, response-ability and appreciation--with conscious enthusiasts from many fields. She 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. Katie has been a successful entrepreneur for over forty years. She specializes in turning concepts such as commitment into felt experience and igniting new actions that emerge from the inside out. Her unique coaching and leadership programs have generated hundreds of body intelligence and relationship coaches in the U.S. and Europe. She co-founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle and the virtual Body Intelligence Summit. Katie has appeared on over 500 radio and television programs and traveled well over one million air miles as the ambassador for the work that she and her husband Gay Hendricks have developed.
*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.
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.
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.
Michael Stone is the host and producer of KVMR’s Award winning program, Conversations, which interviews leading edge thinkers, authors and activists in the areas of Environmental Restoration, Social Justice, Evolutionary Cosmology and Spiritual fulfillment. Michael spent most of his vocational life as a corporate Organizational Development Consultant, Communications Specialist, and Leadership Trainer. His company, Mastery of Management International, focused on bringing heart and meaning into the workplace. For 25 years he worked with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and social profit institutions throughout Europe and North America.
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
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.
Yeye Luisah Teish is an elder in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African diaspora. She is the founding Mother of Ile Orunmila Oshun and Ase Theater. She is the author of six books most notably Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. She has contributed to 25 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 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, Goddess Remembered, Nzinga the King Queen (Brooklyn Academy of Music), 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 and teaches for the Shift Network and the Center for Sacred Studies. Her videos, master-classes, and publications can be found at her websites and on Facebook.
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.
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.
Joan Borysenko is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. 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. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.
After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.
Gary Zukav is a master teacher and the eloquent author of the New York Times bestsellers The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics and The Seat of the Soul. He is dedicated to the current extraordinary transformation in human consciousness—an unprecedented threshold in the human experience. This transformation is no less than a Revolution of the Soul, one that touches the heart of all humanity and is based on spiritual growth, conscious choices, and a deep celebration and reverence for Life.
Linda Francis has been in the healing profession for three decades, first as a registered nurse and then as a chiropractor. In spiritual partnership with Gary, they co-authored the New York Times bestsellers The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness and The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice.
In 1999 Gary and Linda co-founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute, the premier organization dedicated to assisting individuals in the alignment of the personality with the soul—the creation of authentic power. The Institutes media-rich website is filled with videos, free tools, articles, interviews, answers to your questions, and a SoulBlog to facilitate online discussions.
Sara Crow is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist practicing on California’s central coast. She has extensive training in both Eastern and Western medical approaches. She holds a Masters degree in Traditional Asian Medicine and has over 3100 hours of formal training in acupuncture, herbology, and nutrition. Sara is uniquely gifted as an intuitive and subtle energy healer. Her overall approach is designed to be a multilayered and holistic healing program targeting the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Health consultations, and energy medicine healing and readings are available via phone and Skype.
One of Sara's specialties is flower essences. She is a flower essence expert and educator with over 17 years of experience. She uses flower essences extensively in her clinical practice and is the creator of Floracopeia's FlorAlchemy line. Sara combines her lifelong experience in the natural product industry with her holistic health expertise as the director of Floracopeia's product development department. Alongside formulating her flower essence line, she is the creator of Floracopeia's cherished organic skin care line. She is a natural skin care educator, teaching on the importance of high quality nontoxic botanical ingredients for skin beauty and overall bodily health.
Lisa Nichols is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached and served nearly 30 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, Lisa’s courage and determination has inspired fans worldwide and helped countless audiences break through, to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential. As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motivating the Masses, Inc. – one of the country’s only publicly traded personal and business development training companies – Lisa has helped develop workshops and programs that have transformed the lives of men and women, and altered the trajectory of businesses throughout the country and across the world.
Lisa is also a best-selling author of six books, and her 7th book ABUNDANCE NOW!, published by HarperCollins, will be released September 22, 2015. In ABUNDANCE NOW, Lisa continues her journey with her fans, providing a clear and practical blueprint for personal success, drawn directly from the life experiences of its beloved author. ABUNDANCE NOW is the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Lisa’s New York Times bestseller, NO MATTER WHAT. Lisa’s extraordinary story of transforming her own life from public assistance for her family to leading a multi-million dollar enterprise is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Today, fans worldwide revere Lisa for her mastery of teaching people how to accomplishing unfathomable goals and tap their limitless potential.
A noted media personality who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, the Steve Harvey Show, and Extra – just to name a few, is also celebrated for the impact she has on the lives of teens. Through Lisa’s non-profit foundation Motivating the Teen Spirit, she has touched the lives of 211,650 teens, prevented over 3,800 teen suicides, supported 2,500 dropouts in returning to school, and has helped thousands reunite with families. Among the prestigious awards and honors bestowed upon Lisa for her extensive work are the Humanitarian Award from the country of South Africa, The Ambassador Award, and the LEGO Foundation‘s Heart of Learning Award. The City of Henderson, Nevada named November 20th as Motivating the Teen Spirit Day; and the City of Houston, Texas named May 9th as Lisa Nichols Day for her dedication to service, philanthropy and healing. Lisa lives, plays and works in the greater San Diego, California area and on stages around the world, working alongside her world-class team committed to Motivating the Masses.
Tom Condon has taught over 800 workshops in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Director of the Changeworks in Bend, Oregon, he has been an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of over 50 audio and video programs and several books combining the Enneagram with NLP and other methods of change.
Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur. At the request of HH the Dalai Lama, Robert co-founded Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.
Thurman is known as a talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings. He is a riveting speaker and an author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, includingThe Central Philosophy of Tibet, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Why The Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World and, most recently, with Sharon Salzberg, Love Your Enemies. Time chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997 and The New York Times recently said Thurman “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”
Inspired by his good friend the Dalai Lama, Thurman stands on Buddhism’s open reality, and thence takes us along with him into an expanded vision of the world, whether the sweep of history, the subtleties of the inner science of the psyche, or the wonders of the life of the heart. He always shares the sense of refuge in the Dharma, which unfailingly helps us clear away the shrouds of fear and confusion, sustains us with the cheerfulness of an enriched present, and opens a door to a path of realistic hope for a peaceful future.
Arden Reece is a nationally recognized expert color practitioner, writer and speaker who helps individuals around the world create meaningful transformations for themselves at ardenreececolor.com. Arden guides you to enhance yourself and your relationships by aligning your inner essence with your own unique blueprint using science and art-based color principles. Her 12 years of studies and research on personal coloring led her to develop her work around the Essence and Magnetic colors which bring out an individual’s personal coloring and presence in a unique and powerful way.
Arden started transforming lives back in 2004 when she launched her own clothing boutique and then went on to found Wardrobe911.com and the Wardrobe 911 Style Institute (the first online interactive learning environment for professional stylists). She has over 15 successful years in brand marketing with companies such as Visa, Wells Fargo, Intuit, and Levi Strauss. She holds a B.S. in International Marketing with a minor in Art History and has undergone 64 hours of intensive interdisciplinary color training with the highly regarded International Association of Color Consultants/Designers (IACC-NA.)
Arden’s color credentials have been shared on stage with companies such as Genentech, Jhirmack, Going Gray Looking Great, San Jose State University and many more. She’s also been featured on national morning shows, the San Diego Times, DisneyFamily.com, and worked with hundreds of individuals world-wide. She lives in color.
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.
Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT is the CEO and Director of Training for The Hendricks Institute, an international learning organization that teaches the core skills of conscious living through a unique, whole-body approach to Quantum Coaching™. Her explorations of the catalytic power of the creative arts in psychotherapy and organizational systems have been featured in many magazines, journals and books. She received her doctorate in psychology in 1982 and has been an board-certified member of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1975. She has consulted and taught in the graduate programs of many universities and has an international reputation as a seminar leader for health and business professionals. She is the co-author of 10 books, including Conscious Loving, The Conscious Heart, At the Speed of Life and Lasting Love.
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., is the author and co-author of over 30 books in conscious relationship, conscious business and body-mind transformation. Included are such enduring bestsellers as Conscious Loving, The Corporate Mystic, Conscious Breathing, Conscious Living and Five Wishes. Before founding his own institute, he was Professor of Counseling for 21 years at the University of Colorado, where he began teaching in 1974, shortly after receiving his doctorate from Stanford University. Over the past 29 years of their relationship, he and Kathlyn have raised two children, accumulated a million frequent flyer miles and appeared on more than 500 radio and television programs. They also launched The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which now has more than 20,000 members in 80 countries. Gay has also realized a lifetime dream by publishing a series of mystery novels beginning with The First Rule of Ten.
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 health care for patients, families and staff. 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; presenting and teaching at academic medical centers, including Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); 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.
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. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to study and implement promising evidence-based psychological and medical techniques. His groundbreaking research has been published in prestigious scientific journals.
He is the editor of Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, a peer-reviewed professional journal, a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a reviewer for the APA’s Mental Health Mobile Phone Application Review Database. 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.
Don Miguel Ruiz is a renowned spiritual teacher and internationally bestselling author. He has spent the past three decades guiding students to personal freedom through his profound insights regarding the nature of human reality. His forthcoming book, THE TOLTEC ART OF LIFE AND DEATH: A Story of Self Discovery (HarperElixir/HarperCollins) written with Barbara Emrys will be published October 27, 2015. The youngest of thirteen children, don Miguel Ruiz was born in rural Mexico to parents who were healers and practitioners of ancient Toltec traditions.
As a young adult, he graduated from medical school in Mexico City and practiced neurosurgery with his older brother in Tijuana. A near-fatal car crash forever changed the direction of his life, however, causing him to leave medicine and to examine the essential truth about life and humanity. With his mother’s help, and through her ancestral teachings, he discovered his own path to awareness, which evolved into a deep understanding of the physical universe and the virtual world of the mind. Combining Toltec mythology and scientific perspectives, don Miguel has been able to merge ancient wisdom with modern physics and practical common-sense, forging a new philosophy for seekers of truth and personal authenticity.
His landmark bestselling book, The Four Agreements, contains practical steps for long-term, personal transformation and has been read by millions around the world. First published in 1997, The Four Agreements has since sold over five million copies in the United States and seven million worldwide. It has been translated into 38 languages, appeared on the New York Times bestseller for over seven years, and was the 36th bestselling book of the decade. Don Miguel is also the author of The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, and the New York Times bestseller, The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son, don José Ruiz. Each of his books are international bestsellers. The wisdom don Miguel has brought to the world has earned him respect around the globe. He has dedicated his life to sharing his message through practical concepts in order to promote transformation and ultimately change lives for the better. Don Miguel is the recipient of numerous recognitions, including a U.S. Air Force ‘challenge coin’ engraved with “The Four Agreements.” He is the recipient of an Honorary Degree in Cultural and Social Education from the American Cultural Institute of Mexico, and referenced as a “national treasure” in his native country.
Anand Mehrotra is a visionary yoga master, community and thought leader, as well as an entrepreneurial trailblazer. Coming from the birthplace if yoga, Anand’s teachings render the ancient yogic teachings finessed and made relevant to the current modern yogi times we live in. Anand is the founder and master teacher of Sattva Yoga — a radically holistic, ever-evolving, transformational practice. Anand teaches around the world giving wisdom talks, offering satsangs and meditations, providing Vedic astrology readings, leading Sattva Yoga journeys, and guiding students through profound transformations in wisdom immersions, retreats, and trainings. Anand is featured in the award-winning documentary The Highest Pass based on his teaching; and Awake: The life of Yogananda, as well as the best selling online course Himalayan Wisdom for Life Beyond Fear. He has been featured in many international publications and interviews. Anand is also the founder and head of two non-profits namely Khushi Charitable Society (helping children) and the Sattva Foundation (serving the homeless).
Itzhak Beery is an internationally recognized Shamanic healer, teacher, speaker and author of 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. He bridges the sacred indigenous traditions those elders entrusted in him with a relevant present-day shamanic approach to living in our digital age. For over 22 years Itzhak has worked in internationally to fulfill the Inca’s Pachakuti 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 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, 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.
Ariel Spilsbury is a planetary mystic, and she has devoted her life to the conscious awakening of all beings. This takes the form of traveling to share the wisdom of the Divine Feminine around the globe, which she has done for over thirty years. She has offered this work through writing, teaching, sacred theater presentations, creating a metaphysical store, conferences, consciousness events, lectures, seminars, starting a metaphysical newspaper, moon circles for women, spiritual counseling and maintaining a temple for the Goddess for twenty five years.
Ariel offers spiritual counseling service and various workshops with the intention of planetary awakening. She offers Initiation into the Mysteries of the Divine Feminine, Mayan Initiations, Divine Child Workshops and a sound and light technology called crystal singing. Ariel magnetizes sacred circles of light around the planet to bring people together in divine communion, love and remembrance. The present focus of her awareness is grounding a Living Mystery School, priestess training and sound and light temple on Earth called The Sanctuary of the Open Heart www.sanctuaryoftheopenheart.org.
Ariel is a also the author of the 13 Moon Oracle and the co-author of the Mayan Oracle. The Soulful Women program is based on the 13 Moon Oracle, which can be ordered online for those who want to deepen their understanding of the material. Go to http://www.holographicgoddess.com/Oracles.html
Edward Mills has produced several successful summits on his own including the Awakened Man Summit, Mystic Business and the Abundant Mystic. He is the co-author of two bestselling anthologies, Healing the Heart of the World: Harnessing the Power of Intention to Change Your Life and Your Planet and Align, Expand & Succeed: Shifting the paradigm of entrepreneurial success.
Edward Mills is a successful life and business coach, seminar leader and telesummit producer. Since 1999 he has coached, taught and touched the lives of thousands of individuals and small business owners, led virtual and in-person courses and retreats and interviewed many of the world’s top transformational leaders-including Marianne Williamson, Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Bob Doyle, Rickie Byars Beckwith, John Gray and Bruce Lipton.
HeatherAsh Amara is the author of the bestselling Warrior Goddess Training, The Warrior Goddess Way, and The Toltec Path of Transformation. She is dedicated to inspiring depth, creativity, and joy by sharing the most potent tools from a variety of world traditions. HeatherAsh studied and taught extensively with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, and continues to teach with the Ruiz family. Raised in Southeast Asia, HeatherAsh has traveled the world from childhood and is continually inspired by the diversity and beauty of human expression and experience. She brings this open-hearted, inclusive worldview to her writings and teachings, which are a rich blend of Toltec wisdom, European shamanism and Buddhism.
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.
SARK, also known as Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, is a bestselling author and artist, with 16 titles in print and well over 2 million books sold. Synonymous with transformation, healing, movement and FUN, above all things SARK has spent the last 2 decades serving women and men around the globe, helping them tap into their creative spark, accept themselves fully and embrace laughter (and naps) every day. An acclaimed speaker and teacher, SARK has been a transformational role model offering inspiration and guidance to people in their process of living more powerfully and authentically, and being more actively creative on a daily basis.
Ervin Laszlo is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Chancellor of the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University, Founder and Director of the General Evolution Research Group, Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, Senator of the International Medici Academy, Founding Father of WorldShift, and Editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution.
He is the author or co-author of fifty-four books translated into as many as twenty-two languages, and the editor of another thirty volumes including a four-volume encyclopedia. Laszlo has a PhD from the Sorbonne and is the recipient of four honorary PhD’s (from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary). He received the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award in Tokyo in 2002, and the International Mandir of Peace Prize in Assisi in 2005. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and was re-nominated in 2005. Formerly Professor of Philosophy, Systems Science, and Futures Studies in various universities in the US, Europe, and the Far East, Laszlo lectures worldwide. He presently lives in a three hundred year-old converted farmhouse in Tuscany.
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.
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.
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Lisa is the author of The Invisible Close, teaching experts who ar making a difference how to get their message out and enjoy massive results, without being "sales-y."
Shiva Rea, M.A, is a global Prana Vinyasa teacher, activist and innovator in the evolution of Vinyasa Yoga around the world from large-scale festivals and conferences to unplugged retreats. She has taught thousands of students, teachers and moves and shakers how to integrate yoga as a way of life. As founder of Prana Vinyasa & Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, she integrates the roots of vinyasa, yoga, ayurveda, and tantra in creative and life-transforming online courses, workshops, retreats and trainings. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic arts, and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow.
Shiva is collaborator across many fields and is known for offering the synthesis form of Vinyasa Flow throughout the world bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic, and life-transforming ways for over 25 years around the globe. She is a pioneer in reviving the art of namaskar through diverse namaskars or salutations as well as developing wave-sequencing, three-part vinyasa to teaching alignment in the flow, energetic alignment, multi-dimensional sequencing, mandala circluar wave-sequencing, rasa prana vinyasa, and integrating the creative, spontaneous movement known as “sahaja” in post-modern yoga. Since 2000, Shiva has created and offered over 27 award-winning DVD-CD’s for home practice as well as served as an ambassador for prAna, Banyan Botanicals, and the catalyst for Yoga Energy Activism and the Global Mala Project which has raised awareness and funds for local and global climate change.
She is a contributor/featured author in media from Origin, Mantra, Yoga Journal Magazine, and featuerd in the LA Times, Vanity Fair, and Self. Her latest book, Tending the Heart Fire – Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life is about living vinyasa, our energetic heart, and our energy future. She has lead free-form movement in festivals from Wanderlust, Chant 4 Change, Yoga Journal Live, Yogini Conferences, Bhakti Fest, Lightening in the Bottle, Barcelona Yoga Festival, Earthdance, Beloved, Bali Spirit Festival, TED, Tasasana Festival, and Burning Man. Shiva has collaborated with many DJ’s, artists and musicians to bring the art and healing power of music into the flow of yoga live and through compilation and original music for yoga as a moving meditation for everybody.
Gabriel Nossovitch the Chairman of ChileWorks and Director of Training of WorldWorks ChileWorks and Mexico. These organizations offer courses in personal development and transformational seminars; and sponsor service projects to the community scale, which aim to raise awareness among underprivileged populations of America. His lifelong interest in ontology and their studies in technology transformation of consciousness come together to create a unique blend of knowledge and experience.
Gabriel is one of the founding members of the International Coaching Consulting and Training Group (ICCTG) an association that provides certification training to ensure proper knowledge and behavior (as well as a high level of quality skills coaching) international coaches and transformational leaders seminar. Gabriel is a member of "Transformational Leadership Council", an International Council brings together world leaders in the field of personal and organizational transformation. Council members are world renowned thinkers and writers who formed this group to promote mutually supportive in their contributions worldwide.
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 14 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.
Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of 11 books including the national best-seller The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country From the Religious Right, and with Cornel West the book Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Culture, Race, and Society, and Spirit Matters: Global Healing and the Wisdom of the Soul, is the editor of TIKKUN magazine, co-chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives www.spiritualprogressives.org, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue-without-walls in Berkeley and San Francisco www.beyttikkun.org, and, with Cat Zavis, the joyous care giver to two cats and two dogs!
Joey Klein teaches people to consciously transform their lives using the practices he developed and has used during years of study with gifted teachers from around the world. His practical approach marries the wisdom traditions of East and West with the latest scientific studies in genetics and psychology – grounding them for the modern world.
Joey has been teaching internationally since 2001, leading classes and retreats that focus on changing core mental, emotional and physical patterns to enrich and enhance daily life, deepening the connection to Spirit. His writings, teachings and interviews are published in 14 countries.
Emily Hine has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, public speaking, volunteer management and social change. Over the course of her career, she has designed and implemented large-scale campaigns that have raised over $150 million for nonprofit organizations. After 9/11, Emily quit her job at Microsoft in order to commit her life to expanding peace and compassion in the world. In 2008, she served on the Executive Team for Seeds of Compassion, a global event with the Dalai Lama that gathered 150,000 people and contributed to the worldwide compassion movement. While moderating a panel discussion, Emily made a commitment to the Dalai Lama to expand compassion education. As such, she designed and hosted The Shift Network’s 2015 & 2016 Global Compassion Summits. Emily is a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training™ (CCT) Teacher from the Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and she teaches the 8-week CCT protocol in the community and in businesses.
Emily also served as the Chief of Peace for The Shift Network and co-designed their first Peace Ambassador Training which has over 1100 graduates. Emily now serves on faculty for The Shift Network Peace Education Programs.
As CEO of HineSight Consulting, Emily partners with businesses, nonprofits and social enterprises that share the goal of increasing mindfulness, compassion and peace on the planet. She currently serves as Vice President of Meru Health, an online medical clinic that offers a mindful and scalable solution for depression. Emily is also an inspirational writer and public speaker who shares practical strategies for doing our inner work, in order to become an expression of peace in the outer world.
Jan is an artist/activist and author of ten award-winning books. She has taught in over 25 countries and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Ms., Newsday, People, Christian Science Monitor, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Sun Magazine, and Utne Reader. Jan’s quest has led her into and out of a religious community, across the U.S. on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. She has three CDs of original music, a YouTube channel, and several DVDs to inspire creativity. Jan is co- founder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation, a grassroots activist organization supporting women in leadership and art in activism. The Livingkindness Foundation built the Livingkindness Centre for Learning in Ikuzeh, Nigeria. It houses twenty solar-powered computers and has apartments for two full time teachers.
Saniel Bonder and Linda Groves-Bonder are among today's foremost pioneers in the field of embodied, mutual awakening of consciousness – or, as one of Saniel's dozen book titles puts it, "Healing the Spirit/Matter Split." They and their colleagues in the Waking Down in Mutuality work that Saniel founded in the early '90s have helped hundreds of everyday people enter into permanent Self-realization and ongoing evolutionary unfoldment. As a married couple who teach together, Saniel and Linda transmit a process of direct awakening. It opens into a spontaneously sacred way of being alive. Their approach helps you learn to access what Linda calls "conscious skillful will.” With it you can steadily live from the recognition that even dark and difficult times are as real, divine, and important as sublime, radiant moments. Harvard grad Saniel is also a flute player, and a golfer with a book on golf’s ‘mental game’ appearing soon. Linda has been a professional singer and songwriter, and has a CD, I’m Here. See www.heartgazing.com and www.sanielandlinda.com. They live in Sonoma, California, and travel throughout the U.S. and internationally to offer their “WholeHEART Way” teachings and trainings (www.TakeHeartTour.com). Saniel and Linda are founding members of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute and charter members of the Integral Spiritual Center.
Martin Rutte a dynamic international speaker and consultant, is president of Livelihood, a management consulting firm, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The company's areas of service include: strategic vision, corporate spirit, performance management, facilitated dialogue, and creative leadership.
He is co-author of The New York Times Business Bestseller, Co-Author Chicken Soup for the Soul™ at Work, translated into over 20 languages.
For over 15 years he has been exploring peoples' vision for the kind of world they deeply long for – Project Heaven on Earth. He has contributed chapters on Heaven on Earth in: How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth, Seeking the Sacred, and Glimpses of Heaven on Earth. He is currently completing his new book on this subject: What 3 Questions Will Change the World? He sees Heaven on Earth as the new story of what it means to be a human and what it means to be Humanity.
Martin has worked with many corporations assisting them to expand their outlook and position themselves for the future. In the US he has worked with: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Southern California Edison, Virgin Records, Apple Computer and Marion Merrell Dow. In Canada, he has worked with Esso Petroleum, London Life Insurance and Labatt Breweries. He was the first Canadian to address the Corporate Leadership & Ethics Forum of The Harvard Business School returning for four consecutive years as keynote speaker. He has also twice addressed joint meetings of the American and Canadian Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong.
Martin’s pioneering work on spirituality in the workplace was featured in an address he gave to The World Bank which was shown in part on the ABC-TV special, Creativity: Touching the Divine. He was a keynote speaker at all six international conferences on spirituality in business in Mexico. Martin was also co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.
He has given talks and workshops globally in: Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Britain, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany & the U.S. Articles on his innovative work have appeared in: The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Personnel Journal, US News and World Report, The Toronto Star and The Boston Globe. Martin has served as a board member of Money Concepts Canada, Global Family, The Hunger Project Canada, and as a committee member of The Canadian Cancer Society. He has been happily married to Maida for over 40 years.
Dr. Elliott S. Dacher, M.D. practiced full time internal medicine from 1975 to 1996. In 1996 he left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the principles and practices of consciousness and health—an ongoing study of the subtlest mind/body medicine which he pursued for many years amongst the wisdom traditions of Asia. He is the author of Aware, Awake, Alive (Paragon, 2011,) and Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing (Basic Books, 2006.) He is a past fellow of the Institute of Noectic Sciences.
Dr. Dacher currently studies, practices, and teaches the principles and practices of health and healing with a special focus on inner development and human flourishing. His work emphasizes the traditional goals of medicine: the end of distress and suffering and the promotion of each individual’s fullest potential, the innate capacity for human flourishing.
Bob Stahl, Ph.D. has founded seven Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area and is currently offering programs at Dominican Hospital and El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos and Mt. View.
Dr. Stahl serves as a Senior Teacher for Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Bob is coauthor of 5 books: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday. Bob is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock.
Bob is a long time teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, he has lived more than 8 years in a monastery with Forest Monks. Today, he is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock. He also teaches retreat every year in all continents.
Duane Elgin, Wharton MBA and MA is an internationally recognized author, speaker and trans-partisan media activist. His books include: “Voluntary Simplicity,” “The Living Universe,” “Promise Ahead,” and “Awakening Earth.” He has done studies on the long-range future since the early 1970s while working as a social scientist on a Presidential Commission on the American Future. That was followed by diverse studies of the long-range future at the think-tank, SRI International. In the 1980s, he was a media activist and community organizer, focusing primarily on the San Francisco Bay Area. Duane is the co-founder of three trans-partisan organizations working to use the new social media to give citizens a greater voice in the future. He received the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award in Tokyo in 2006, in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His current work involves bringing together more than a dozen "Great Transition Stories" that offer new ways of understanding our time of profound global change. See: www.GreatTransitionStories.org His personal website is: www.DuaneElgin.com
John and Ocean Robbins are co-founders and co-hosts of the 100,000+ member Food Revolution Network – an online education and advocacy community dedicated to healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all. John Robbins is author of Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, and many other bestsellers, founder of EarthSave, and winner of numerous awards for his decades of leadership and humanitarian service. Ocean Robbins is an adjunct professor in Chapman University’s Peace Studies Department, co-author with his dad and colleague John Robbins of Voices of the Food Revolution, and founder of Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!), which he launched at age 16, and directed for 20 years.
Since 2009, George Kao has been a trusted conscious marketing advisor to thousands of coaches, counselors, consultants, speakers, and authors. His mission is to raise the marketing effectiveness of those who prioritize integrity, compassion, and generosity in their business. George's specialty is helping people grow their ideal audience through authentic online marketing, including social media, webinars, launches, and business productivity and simplicity.
George has conducted thousands of one-on-one business coaching sessions with clients. He has taught hundreds of audiences through webinars, teleclasses, in-person workshops and telesummits. For many wisdom-based solopreneurs around the world, George Kao is the go-to expert and advisor on the topics of heart-based marketing, and how to create a business that is truly ethical and fulfilling. You can access all of his content & trainings for free at his website.
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.
As a modern renaissance man, Tom Oliver lives life with the passion, purpose and vision that Nothing is Impossible. He is a singer, a songwriter, an artist. His iconic tracks are played in the most famous clubs from Tokyo to New York. He is a philanthropist and global visionary. As a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle (named the “most elite club in the world” by Bloomberg Business Week), Tom is dedicated to the concept that business is a catalyst for social change.
His life-long seat with the Club of Budapest, Committee of the 100 for Tibet, and his visionary leadership allows him to collaborate and receive accolades from some of the most renowned thinkers, leaders, and artists of our time including Sir Richard Branson, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Bono, and leaders of Fortune 500 companies around the world. Tom is a teacher, an entrepreneur, a leader. As the Founder and CEO of the World Peace Foundation (which Desmond Tutu referred to as, “The most influential peace gathering in history), Tom’s brings together the most diverse groups of people in the world for a shared vision.
As the Founder and Chair of the Global Leadership Circle at the Manchester School of Business, Tom instills entrepreneurial practices of an ethical and visionary approach to leadership and teaches a multidisciplinary approach to solving global and business problems. And now, after decades of living his passion and vision every day, Tom is an author. More than a book title or mantra, Tom’s new book, Nothing is Impossible (October 25, 2013), is a mindset—a conscious choice. It is a commitment you make to yourself to maximize your potential. And it is the culmination of Tom Oliver’s lifelong inherent belief that humanity is limited solely by the artificial impediments we place before ourselves and that every person has the ability to achieve great potential.