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Team

logo_netinetimediaNETI 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.

 

img_Maurizio-ZayaZAYA & MAURIZIO BENAZZO
Conference 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.

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 son that brings joy to the couple and to everyone around them.

 

LISA BRESCHIimg_Lisa Breschi
Conference 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.

 

img_kyla-hoffbauerKYLA HOFFBAUER
Conference 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.
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.

 

Webmaster ReyREY MESTIDIO
Webmaster

Rey has been involved in web designing & development for more than 8 years and has worked for some of the largest companies in Canada. He is now freelancing and enjoys working with diverse clients. He had a chance meeting with Zaya and Maurizio in a natural hot pool in the Big Island of Hawaii and several years later reconnected and the rest is history. He is a student of Zen Buddhism and belongs to a sangha under the guidance of a Korean Zen Master. He appreciates the simple things in life and like a 3 year old with a natural curiosity has a beginner’s mind. An avid motorcycle rider part of his meditation practice is riding his motorcycle where he enjoys the breeze in his face the roar of the motor and all senses are fully heightened.

 

img_nick-dayNICK DAY
Co-conspirator and Media Producer

Nick Day is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter living in the Bay Area of San Francisco. With SAND co-founder Maurizio Benazzo, Nick brought the biggest event in the history of humanity –India’s Maha Kumbh Mela —to movie audiences worldwide in the critically acclaimed Shortcut to Nirvana. He now focuses his attention on the science of consciousness and how it connects to nondual spirituality and awakening, and is bringing this theme to the big screen as creator of the animated film, Mindville. Nick is also producer of the documentary series, The Consciousness Chronicles. He has spoken at SAND, Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson; Deepak Chopra’s Sages & Scientists Symposium, CIIS’s Society for Consciousness Studies, Boom Festival, and with IONS at Burning Man 2014.

 

img_Ronald-HeijRONALD HEIJ
SAND 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.

 

Malcolm BilottaMALCOLM BILOTTA
SAND Italy Conference Organizer

Passionate student of Eastern philosophies and disciplines, he lives in Lerici, Italy, with his wife Petulia and two wonderful children, Milo and Lucy Blue.

Malcolm dedicated the past twenty years to in-depth study of Yoga, becoming an expert instructor via a rich and varied training both in Italy and in India. Currently follows the Via Sufi Naqshbandi Tariqa with the Grand Master Maulana Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani Rabbani of Cyprus.

Psychologist with training in bioenergetics and Gestalt has deepened his knowledge with many leading figures in Italy and abroad. He attended the SAT 1 (training program devised by Claudio Naranjo) in 2011 and KNOWINGLY creates a festival taking place every year since then in Lerici. There great scientists, teachers, spiritual teachers and artists interested in the topic of consciousness meet. Amongst them Alejandro Jodorowsky, Fritjof Capra and Patch Adams… In 2013, through a mutual friend, he encountered the work of Maurizio and Zaya, contacted them knowing they should “do something” together and the rest is history….

 

Giulia BoccacciniGIULIA BOCCACCINI
European Network Manager

Giulia, 23, is SAND’s latest and youngest addition to the team. She grew up in Turin, Italy, and spent her university years in the colorful Brighton in the South of England. An explorer of cinema, literature and eastern philosophy she gets every chance to travel and learn, led by curiosity, encounters and synchronicities, and immerses herself as deeply as possible into the present moment. Meeting with the SAND community at the same wave length in Titignano made her jump into the team as a production assistant and as the liason for the European network of partners. Her Italian temper and Brightonian spirit made Maurizio and Zaya immediately aware that they had no choice but to adopt her as a family member. Her background is in conference production and marketing, and she runs the non-profit organization Angalia Onlus in the development of a multi-purpose community center in the coastal town of Mtwapa, Kenya.

 

Malcolm BilottaVera de Chalambert
Writer/ Soul Shaker/ Social Media Muse

Vera is a spiritual story teller and Harvard educated scholar of comparative religion. She works at the meeting place of creativity, psychology and spirituality, and is especially interested in embodiment practices, including conscious movement and dance. Vera has mined for her soul at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and Jason Shulman’s Institute for Nondual Healing and Awakening. She is deeply influenced by Buddhist and Kabbalistic lineages and is a lover of the world’s great wisdom traditions. She speaks and writes about spiritual culture, mindfulness in the modern world and the Divine Feminine, and contributes her musings to Rebelle Society, the Common Ground Magazine, Buzzworthy and now to the SAND Blog. She has spoken at SAND in Europe and the US. She is writing her first book on the Dark Feminine.
 

 

 

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