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Neti Neti Media
Neti Neti Media is a conscious conglomerate of filmmakers, scientists, philosophers and explorers committed to expand the potential of humanity. Our mission is to create media and public gatherings to inspire, connect, and facilitate the emergence of a new spiritual paradigm which is based on the timeless wisdom traditions of the world, informed by science, and grounded in direct experience. The scope of NetiNetiMedia is to define new realms of understanding that will allow us to go beyond form, beliefs and concepts into recognizing our true nature.
Zaya & Maurizio BenazzoConference Founders and Organizers
When Zaya and Maurizio met in 2008, it immediately became apparent that they could make a lot of noise together in this illusory world. They discovered that the only book they had both been reading for the past several years was "I Am That" by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Almost immediately, they went to India together to shoot The Legacy of Nisargadatta Maharaj, which will be released in the Fall of 2011. The rest, as they say, is history…
Maurizio was brought up in Italy and went through many different incarnations, always looking for answers under every stone. In 1986, he came to the USA on a 98 year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and then filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was never satisfied, until he encountered I Am That in 2001 while shooting the documentary "Short Cut to Nirvana" in India.
Zaya hails from Bulgaria and has degrees in Engineering, Environmental Science, and also Film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria. She later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States. Her life long passion for science and mysticism finally came together with the emergence of the conference.
Together, Zaya and Maurizio grow their own garden and still read "I Am That", along with Scientific American. They dream about making their next film together and in the little spare time he has, Maurizio watches his hometown soccer team, Sampdoria, or builds cardboard furniture that Zaya finishes with touches of beauty.
Zaya has a beautiful 10 year-old child that brings joy to the couple and to everyone around them.
LISA BreschiConference Coordinator
Lisa was raised in Northern California at the base of Mt. Shasta in a loud and loving Italian family. After graduating from college, she worked as a bicycle tour guide in Italy discovering many other hidden gems that she had never seen whilst visiting family. After working for a stint at the Museo ItaloAmericano in San Francisco, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in TESOL. Upon graduating from San Francisco State University, she went to El Salvador to assist with the political election observations and to teach English for a spell.
After becoming a mother to Daniel (11) and Lorenzo (10), she became interested in early childhood education and completed a Waldorf teacher training program in Santa Rosa where she studied the work of Rudolph Steiner and Anthroposophy. She currently works with young children in a nature-based program during the school year and directs an international high school student exchange program each summer.
In her free time, Lisa coordinates drivers for The Ceres Project in Sebastopol, supports her local farmer, enjoys dancing, cooking and community building. She believes in a world that works for everyone and feels grateful to be making a contribution to the SAND Conference.
Laura MaguireCommunications Manager & Performing Arts Advisor
Laura Maguire originally hails from Dublin, Ireland. After graduating with distinction in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her doctoral studies. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stanford University, where she has subsequently been teaching in the Introduction to the Humanities program, the Department of Philosophy, and the Structured Liberal Education program. She currently holds the position of Director of Research for Philosophy Talk
As a thinker, Laura is primarily interested in philosophy of mind and cognitive science. She is especially interested in approaches to mind that see cognition as an embodied activity of an agent who is fully in the world, rather than as a modular computational state of a brain that represents a world separate from the cognizer. She is also interested in questions about reasons and agency and the role that consciousness plays in decision-making.
When not deep in thought, Laura loves to dance and attend live music in small local venues. She books and promotes music in the Bay Area under the name Live ‘n’ Local SF http://www.facebook.com/LnLSF, is co-producer of the annual San Francisco Offside Festival http://www.sfoffside.com , and publishes Fenderhardt http://www.fenderhardt.com , a blog about music, arts, and dance.
Kyla HoffbauerConference Registration Manager
Kyla was born in Tucson, Arizona. After graduating with a degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona, she traveled, adventured and taught her way through Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Upon her return to the US, she worked and lived in the Sikh community in Espanola, New Mexico doing event registration and coordination. While there, she obtained her certificate to teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and established a home away from home. She continues to work on event coordination and registration for various organizations including SAND. She now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she enjoys doing her art, dancing, gardening, taking her dogs to the river and following her passion for understanding the continually unfolding process of existence, through exploration and discovery in both her external and internal worlds.
Nick DayCo-conspirator and Media Producer
Nick Day is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter originally from the UK. He studied cinema at the British Film Institute and trained and worked as a video editor in London before relocating to New York City in the late 1980s. His production and editing credits include a diverse range of documentaries, commercials, corporate presentations, and news features for international clients such as RAI Italy, Globosat Brazil, ZDF Germany and Channel 4 UK.
Nick co-directed and produced the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana, which played in theaters across the US and Europe. He has also written several screenplays, including The Fallen, a WWII drama which won him a screenwriter's award.
Nick currently serves on the board of HealthShare International as its vice president. In addition, he has worked with various Tibet support groups, helping to build two schools for Tibetan refugees in Nepal and India.
His other interests include world travel, mountain hiking, cinema, and teaching himself music composition. As part of his lifelong exploration into human consciousness, he recently trained as a hypnotist.
SAND Europe Team
Ronald HeijSAND Europe Conference Organizer and A/V Maestro
Ronald worked as a counselor / coach / trainer within education, health, welfare and industry. He is fascinated by communication, human consciousness and the experience of the quality of life. He is educated in this field and has completed several courses and seminars in these areas. The basic principal, however, he finds is life itself. Since 1995 he has worked in the field of career guidance, vocational training and research, individual coaching and training. More recently he works as a life coach on individual bases. He also works as a management consultant in the field of human resources and labor. And uses his skills in video, audio and sound management and engineering with his Synergie business. His approach is characterized by his creative and out of the box thinking and his principle is realistic and reachable -- With balance and vitality at the core.
Marie-José CapelloSAND Europe Conference Manager
Marie-José describes herself as an idealist, not with her head in the clouds but with both feet firmly on the ground. She is the mother of 3 wonderful (grown up) daughters. I love my job as counselor and put my heart and soul in this work. Take a look at my website: www.humanpincode.eu It´s in Dutch, but you could try a google translation... In addition to working with SAND, I have a temporary job as secretary at an elementary school which I also enjoy tremendously.
Annelies van der OuwMarketing and Promotions
After more than 12 years working in media and marketing (a world with lots of ego, money and career chasing) I found it was time to switch and follow my heart. Now I write articles for a Dutch spiritual magazine specializing in nondualism and healthy food. Additionally, I am the webmaster for www.kd.nl. Currently I am enjoying a Deepening Course with Scott Kiloby. Presently, I go with whatever crosses my path and feels good, and see where that takes me... : )
Bepke WasmanNSAND Europe Asst. Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
My name is Bepke Wasmann, age 55. I feel rich for living on both sides of Holland. Every other week I stay on the east-side near the rivers and the woods, where I live alone and share my time with friends and family. The alternating week, I enjoy the seashore and spend my time with my boyfriend and his children. My life never has been ordinary and I have done a lot of studies and jobs in various areas. From teaching kindergardeners to teaching doctors-assistances; from working in the woods to being a sound-technician in the city, from a singer to a dancer, from organizing competitions for athletics to working in psychiatry. What is constant is my love and interest for Truth and Real Spirituality.
I am Siddha, 62 years young and most of my time I spend working for Ronald Heij as his left hand (he says); playing and walking with my 2 dogs and taking part in a rescue dog training group. I am looking forward to meet you all here in Holland!
Shakti M. MullerAsst. Marketing and Promotions
Shakti lives near Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. She works professionally as a social therapist in the mental/psychic health care and currently attends a yoga teachertraining course. Her active journey on the spiritual path was early inspired by a deeply felt wish to be Free. This resulted in travelling to India several times, where she met her guru ShantiMay. The experience of oneness with all that lives and the love and care for all of existence made her participate in indigenous ceremony and prayer. Singing is one of Shakti’s ways to share her Heart.