“For small creatures such as we,
the vastness is bearable only through love.”
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For scientists, bonds and connections are essential to the working of the universe; for mystics, love is the ultimate principle. From the depths of physics to the delights of being human, relationships make life possible.
The mechanistic view of reality which sees the world as separate objects, separate individuals, communities and nations, has led to fragmentation in every aspect of life. We are now realizing that, from quarks to people, from gut bacteria to galaxies, it’s all about interconnectedness, cooperation, and symbiosis.
This year, SAND will be bringing together some of the brightest minds in science, along with spiritual teachers from various traditions and artists, in a quest to expand and deepen our understanding and experience of our relational nature through the two lenses of science and spirituality. We will explore and integrate our human knowledge and experience around the theme of relationships. We will inquire into the many scales of relationship we are part of, from microbes and bacteria to mushrooms and trees, to people and families, to galaxies and black holes.
At the end of the day, no matter how complex the field of study becomes, the innate intelligence and reflective nature of the universe shines through. Love is what breathes life into the equations; Love is the field in which the quarks and human beings relate.
We will meet you there.
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A. H. Almaas
Sara Aly Ed Sayed
Shakti Caterina Maggi
Selene Calloni Williams
Geshe Dangsong Namgyal
Julie Brown Yau
WEDNESDAY, October 23, 4:00pm–7:00pm
Sovereignty in Relating: Being Here But Not of Here
Ever feel tugged this way and that by conditioning? Like a bull with a ring in its nose, being at the mercy of our conditioned triggers creates suffering and hampers our relating—how do we free ourselves? The biblical phrase “be in the world but not of the world” implies a being who is living from a deeper reality than the commonly accepted conditioned one--showing up here but living from an embodied truth that stands sovereign and independent of history and conditioned habit. Free the bull! Join Jeannie and friends for an experiential exploration of embodied sovereignty and its vital role in relational sanity.
Embodied sovereignty is known through a grounded relationship between heaven and earth, between awareness and felt experience. Conditioning leaves our attention fused to thought, resulting in the neglect of the holy instrument of the body. Denied of ground, breath and harmonizing awareness, we let unconscious survival fear drive our actions and interactions. Including the body in our awareness allows us to build a capacity not only to rest below the mind, but to monitor and meet rising patterns in their infancy before they embroil us in triggered exchanges. It also allows light to penetrate flesh, soothing, informing and “enlightening” the creature of the body.
This work will support participants to experience a model of the awareness-penetrated-body as friend, temple, sanctuary and holy receiver. Through teaching, guided meditation and guided partner exercises, participants will be supported to anchor the teachings in their own experience to rest in heaven while walking on earth.
Introduction to the Shamanic Journey,
Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Foundation of Sacred Stream
The Shamanic Journey is a method of accessing inner wisdom through a meditative state. It is derived from a practice done by the healers, or shamans, of indigenous shamanic cultures. It is performed to gain insight and effect healing, and has been a common practice of many indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., is an early pioneer of adapting the shamanic journey to a therapeutic practice. Her unique style of teaching the journey includes a process of inquiry that is transformative and helps students step fully into their own personal power. Counseling professionals will find this methodology useful in working with their clients.
This workshop will:
You will find this workshop especially beneficial if you:
The Great Adventure of Life
Michael Meade, Author
The heart of the human drama concerns whether we are moving towards a greater life or moving away from it. The obstacles, dilemmas and losses we encounter in life’s unending drama either cause us to grow bigger lives or else become smaller people. Often, the choice comes down to adventure or complacency.
Each person naturally desires to be a part of something “larger than life.” Whether through a creative endeavor, a spiritual awakening, or a great love affair, we seek to transcend the horizontal world of simple reality and cross the bridge of vision and imagination. We are hunting the great self and soul within us, which has both the energy we lack and the ideas we most need.
The first adventure of life involves growing up and making our way in terms of the outer world. In the Second Adventure we respond to the calling that echoes the core meanings and purpose set within us from the beginning. Life’s great adventure arises from an inner myth and passionate story set within the heart of each person, intended to be lived out as the great experiment of each life.
The Second Adventure is about being fully alive at any age; about being full of life throughout the entire course of life. Without this adventure of greater self-discovery, people become older but not elder, become aged but not truly wise. It is the road of spiritual rather than worldly fulfillment; it is the inward arc through which we turn fully to the inner dream of life and the heart’s deepest longings.
This Second Adventure of life involves one’s true calling and intended work in the world. It reveals one’s best way of contributing to the life of others as well as the ongoing creation of the world. When the world around us becomes dark and increasingly troubled, it is time to seek again the soul’s great adventure.
THURSDAY, October 24, 9:00am–12:00pm
The Open Human Heart Experience
The Open Human Heart experience is a direct immersion into your full-spectrum, visceral humanity. Your Human Heart houses your unimpeded, authentic feeling experience prior to your history, emotional patterns, sensitivities or intellect, while completely allowing for all of them. It's where you access your truth, the original source of your human intelligence. Your Human Heart ripples with the vitality of your aliveness, where you receive the entirety of your moment in Love. Old wounds and avoided blessings remain suppressed until you are vital enough to experience them in Love.
Adam skillfully facilitates the Open Human Heart experience to guide you gently and deeply into the vastness of your own Heart where your emotional and psychological patterns hold no sway. Without agenda to heal, fix or change you, Adam's commitment to Love First is a powerful container in which to experience the truth of your being.
Adam's profound devotion to kindness guides his work with individuals and groups.
The Physicality of Nonduality (or The Embodiment of Nonduality)
Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP
This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to discover the unity of body, mind, and spirit based on the tensegrity model. I will offer hands-on guidance and simple exercises to enhance sensory skills by exploring the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and nervous systems, and how they relate to the larger universe. Through group exercises and one on one instruction, you'll learn to increase body awareness, and breathing capacity, to change inefficient habits, so that you can move with ease and speak with confidence. Learn to awaken inherent potential by finding the support from the ground that can lead to full stature and expansion, while becoming aware of how trauma and overwhelm can interfere with this process.
Moving from Social Discord to Harmony
Rollin McCraty, Executive Vice President and Director Research of HeartMath Institute
This workshop will explore some of the key concepts and techniques in the HeartMath Institute’s Activating the Heart of Teams program. This innovative program combines leading heart-brain science with a tested skillset for real-life application so individuals can flourish, which is at the heart of harmonious and robust teams or groups of individuals in classrooms, boardrooms, families, communities and organizations.
As our world experiences dramatic change and the stress it is causing in societies, people from all cultures are looking for practical ways to expand their heart connections in their communities to affect social change through compassionate awareness and actions. When people learn how to connect more from the heart and interact more harmoniously, we can work toward creating the kind of world in which we all want to live—one of deeper caring, kindness, connection and cooperation.
This workshop will provide the science and practical skills for moving from discord to harmony, raising personal vibration, creating flow in non-flowing situations, and how we can make more meaningful connections with others. An important aspect of the program is the new group coherence technology that provides real-time feedback of a group’s collective heart coherence level.
In this workshop you will learn skills that lead to:
How We Were Made And Shall Be Remade In The Cosmos: A Grand Tale Of Science, Healing And Human Revolution
Bruce Damer, Research Scientist at UC Santa Cruz and The Biota Institute
As we learn more about the cosmos, we are making exciting new discoveries about the origin of life on Earth, the rise of complex ecosystems and the evolution and nature of humans. In other words, we are now learning how we were made, from quarks to consciousness. At the same time, a beautiful merger of psychology, neuroscience, the mystical and healing arts is addressing the question of how we may be remade. In this workshop, Dr. Bruce Damer will tell a sweeping tale of creation, evolution and a rolling ongoing revolution of humanity as we unfold in this time of miracles. He will also offer a powerful experiential session of how opening to a greater field of possibility can both provide fundamental healing and shape the way to our individual and collective realization. Despite dark entropic forces of dissolution which dog us and threaten all that we have toiled to create, we can and will emerge into a sustainable brilliant future that the cosmos has prepared for us.
THURSDAY, October 24, 2:00pm–5:00pm
Break the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma
Mark Wolynn, Director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco
San Jose Room
It didn’t start with you, but it can end with you. Unconsciously, we relive our mother’s anxiety. We repeat our father’s disappointments. We replicate the failed relationships of our parents and grandparents. Just as we inherit our eye color and blood type, we also inherit the residue from traumatic events that have taken place in our family. Illness, depression, anxiety, unhappy relationships, and financial challenges can all be forms of this unconscious inheritance. In this workshop, Mark Wolynn, author of the award-winning It didn't Start with you: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who we are and how to End the Cycle (Penguin, 2017), will offer effective ways to break inherited patterns so we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives.
Consciousness: A User Guide
Donald Hoffman, Cognitive Scientist and Author
Our conscious experiences are an enigma. They are intimate and familiar—an essential companion each moment, as we taste coffee, smell a rose, or savor a sunset. Yet they’re also deeply confounding: a hodgepodge of conflicting emotions, competing desires, deep insights, self-deceptions, and untamed thoughts that trespass the silence of meditation. We are eye-witness experts of our conscious experiences—and mystified amateurs. Why?
Discoveries in clinics, advances in technology, and breakthroughs in science are converging to illuminate this most personal mystery. We now see the outline, and many fascinating pages, of a user guide to human consciousness. This guide is already exploited by corporations to manipulate consumers and maximize profits. But it also offers us tools to understand ourselves, enhance our relationships, and craft societies that promote the better angels of our nature. It provides new insights into pressing questions: Can AI become conscious? Is there free will?
In this workshop, we delve into the user guide for consciousness—the tools within it, the breakthroughs behind it, and how to apply it. We meet patients whose left hand fights their right; stroke victims who deny their hemi-paralysis, until cold water is put in their left ear; a twin who can see, literally, through the eyes of her sister; a man whose brain is split, with the right half an atheist and the left a believer in God. We see how optogenetics, with the flick of a light, can switch on a memory and its emotion; how an arachnophobe can be cured overnight, by touching a spider and taking propranolol.
Through these examples, and the science behind them, we explore consciousness, and unveil its astonishing creative powers. Your consciousness is no bit player on the ancient stage of spacetime; it is, instead, the very author of space, time, and physical objects—including the human brain. We can wake up to the true nature, and creative potential, of our conscious being.
Book for workshop: The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth From Our Eyes
Awareness in Conflict: Eros and the Spiritual Practices of SACRA Theater
Zhen Dao, Founder of Mogadao Institute
8 Members of the SACRA Immanence Theater Company and Zhen Dao, founder of SACRA and the practice tradition of MogaDao, will lead students on a theatrical and spiritual exploration of the relationship between spiritual practice and creative emergence. The players of SACRA train in all of the uniquely spiritualized practice disciplines of MogaDao, including MogaDao Tripartite Meditation, 5-Realms Yoga, MogaDao Qigong, Jingshen Gongfu, Depth Sexuality, and MogaDao’s Heartmind Warrior Training Program, which consists of “Neurogenic Exercises,” slow and soft Jingshen Gongfu techniques in partnership, that transform the very structure of our response to stress, conflict, and fear. This training is the foundation of what Zhen Dao calls “the erotic basis of being,” the ethos of SACRA Theater. Within the context of SACRA theater, these neurogenic exercises function to emancipate actors—and students of all fields of creative expression and paths of spiritual growth—from superficial notions of performance to reality, in all its indeterminacy, beauty, and peril.
Join us for two days of pre-conference workshops on Oct 23-24, followed by 3 days of conference from Thursday, Oct 24 7:00 pm to Sunday, Oct 27 6:00 pm, filled with talks, panels, meditations, performances, music and dance.
|Prime Registration||Tickets $499 (Mar 16–Jul 15)
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|Standard Registration||Tickets $599 (Jul 16–Aug 31)
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Thu Oct 24, 7:00pm to Sun Oct 27, 6:00pm
|Tickets $649 (Sep 1–On site)
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Oct. 23, 4:00–7:00pm
Oct. 24, 9:00am–12:00pm and 2:00–5:00pm
Tickets $60 (Now–Oct. 22)
Tickets $70 (Onsite)
Fri, Sat & Sun
There are still rooms available at the Dolce Hayes Mansion for the SAND event dates.
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The main conference registration ticket includes 3 lunches. All other meals need to be purchased separately. We invite you to purchase additional meals when you register to keep the momentum and camaraderie going by staying onsite. Lunches are served outside, in the hotel’s lovely patio area. The hotel can accommodate any food restrictions. Come enjoy one another’s company while satisfying your taste buds. If you are not staying at the Dolce Hayes Mansion, and wish to have breakfast when you arrive at the conference, breakfast is available 6:30 – 10:00am. Breakfast packages and all meals can be purchased on the registration site.
SAND Presenter Cancellation Policy
If your talk has been accepted and you have registered at the discounted rate, the registration fee is non-refundable after Sep 1, cancellation before that date is subject to a $100 cancellation fee.
Neil Theise MD is a practicing pathologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Professor of Pathology and of Medicine. He is considered a thought leader in fields of liver diseases, liver stem cells, and adult stem cell plasticity. In recent years, interests in complexity theory applications to biology have led to novel insights regarding stem cell biology, non-Western models of the body, science-spirituality dialogue, and consciousness studies. With Menas Kafatos he is formulating a panpsychist approach to the relationship between consciousness and the universe. He is a Senior Student at the Village Zendo in NYC.
Adam is a visionary at the leading edge of inner transformational technologies. While he has extensive background in shamanic and indigenous practices, sound and frequency healing, somatic and psychological healing, human ascension systems and geomancy, his foremost gift is his rare ability to facilitate others in opening into and courageously embracing their full-spectrum humanity.
Since 2002 he has brought several thousand people into a direct experience of the vastness of their Soul inside their tangible, empowered sense of Self. His devotion to authentic presence and practical life experience — rooted in the somatic intelligence of the Human Heart — manifest through his impeccable skill and genuine kindness.
Joel Salinas was born in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1983. After studying the intersection of biology and sociology at Cornell University, he completed his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine followed by neurology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He subsequently completed a combined research and clinical fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Salinas is a Neurologist at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology. He specializes in brain health, with emphasis in neuropsychiatry and cognitive behavioral neurology, and conducts research in social and behavioral epidemiology to understand the complex neurobiological interplay between social relationships and brain health. He chronicles his experiences as a doctor living with synesthesia in his new book, Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain (from HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins). www.joelsalinasmd.com
Katherine MacLean, PhD is a research scientist, teacher and meditator. In her academic research at UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University, she studied how psychedelics and mindfulness meditation can promote beneficial, long-lasting changes in personality, well-being and brain function. Following her younger sister's untimely death from cancer, she left academia and co-founded the Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program in New York (www.psychedelicprogam.com), which focuses on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use. She has traveled throughout the United States and internationally to facilitate integration groups for psychedelics users and lead trainings and educational workshops for clinicians and the public. She currently lives on an organic farm with her husband and two small children. Learn more: www.katherinemaclean.org
Mauro Zappaterra obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Harvard Medical School. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in the adult. He is published in numerous scientific articles on the CSF and his work was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal. His work on the CSF can be found at www.holdingspace.com. He was also featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in teaching medical students about living with life threatening diseases and in Psychology Today on an article titled “Joy: The art of loving life.” He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) with a particular focus on optimizing human performance and decreasing suffering. Much of his practice is focused on pain management. He is the director of the multidisciplinary treatment programs at Synovation Medical Group and is a staff physician at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. As a PM&R physician he combines his training in various complementary medicine modalities such as Polarity Therapy, Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy and attempts to treat each individual wholistically, integrating body, mind and spirit. He leads a weekly mindfulness group for chronic pain via ZOOM. He researches and designs new programs and techniques to help alleviate pain, improve function, and increase quality of life.
Fania E. Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice. She is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, professor and scholar with a PhD in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the Civil Rights, Black liberation, women's, prisoners', peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. Studying with indigenous healers, particularly in Africa, catalyzed Fania’s search for a healing justice, ultimately leading Fania to bring restorative justice to Oakland, California. Founding Director of Restorative Justice of Oakland Youth (RJOY), her numerous honors include the Ubuntu award for service to humanity, the Dennis Maloney Award for excellence in Youth Restorative Justice, World Trust's Healing Justice award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) award, the Ella Baker Jo Baker Award, the Bioneers’ Changemaker Award, the LaFarge Social Justice Award, and the Ebony POWER 100 award. She is a Woodrow Wilson fellow and the Los Angeles Times named her a New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.
He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn't End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Swami Sarvapriyananda has been appointed as Minister and Spiritual Leader of the
Vedanta Society of New York, and assumed his duties here on January 6, 2017.
Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern
California for 13 months, beginning on December 3, 2015.
Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in
2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an
acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math. He has
served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the
Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the
Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar
of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math.
Jac O’Keeffe experienced a spontaneous, inner awakening in 1997. Her third eye opened, and her life dramatically changed course. She left a successful career pioneering community arts policy at the national level in Ireland to begin a substantial, healing practice, which progressed into residential retreats that explored the spiritual causes underpinning clinical depression. In 2003, she closed her practice, left her Western lifestyle, and eventually moved to India. Intense spiritual practice led to a two year period without thoughts. Spiritual wisdom developed, and Jac now guides others in her teachings and publications to transcend dual and non dual perspectives, and prepares spiritual teachers for liberation. www.jac-okeeffe.com
John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is the author of In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself (Sounds True, 2015) and the senior editor of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom andPsychotherapy (2003) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (2007). He is also the Editor -in-Chief of Undivided: The Online Journal ofNonduality and Psychology at www.undividedjournal.com. He offers workshops, retreats, and several self-inquiry groups. He is a psychotherapist in private practice and a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology at CIIS. www.listeningfromsilence.com
Susan Campbell, Ph.D. (Psychology, University of Massachusetts) is founder of the Getting Real Work and author of 10 books, including her 1980’s best-seller The Couples Journey, which popularized the idea of relationship as a path to mutual awakening. A former graduate school professor at UMass for 12 years, she is currently on the Adjunct Faculty of the Saybrook Graduate School. She has also taught part time at Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, CIIS, JFK, and Rutgers. Susan was formerly Co-Director of The Institute for the Study of Conscious Evolution, where she directed a think-tank studying intimate relationships as an evolutionary force.
Mona Haydar, rapper, chaplain, poet, and MA in Christian Ethics, brings her fierce, wise voice to SAND.
Fresh off the success of her debut EP “Barbarican” and armed with an MA from Union Theological Seminar in New York City, Mona Haydar comes Stateside to discuss her music, her spiritual path and the power of art. Billboard Magazine named Haydar’s breakout hit “Hijabi” one of 2017’s best protest songs and one of the top feminist anthems of all time. Her “Ask A Muslim” project, created in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, garnered international attention and extensive press. The project was featured on the series “The Secret Life of Muslims” and remains the most watched episode of the series. As an MA student, she worked as a chaplain at NYU and studied post-colonial theology. The Flint, Michigan-raised Syrian American, daughter of immigrants, and slayer of white supremacy comes to SAND from her current home in Morocco to share some of her work and engage in dialogue with our community.
Orland Bishop works within a global social network of individuals and agencies engaged with the Ecology of Nature and Human Consciousness within the realms of life and death. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Shadetree Multicultural Foundation, a Los Angeles based social agency focused on youth development and social capital development. Shadetree serves in the development of peace processes for urban conflicts, capacity building for economic enterprises in communities and cities, systemic and collaborative leadership development and creating frameworks for emerging economies. Since 2002, he has served as the Presiding Priest of the Aquarian Gospel Temple, founded in 1941 in the City of Los Angeles which supports independent Spiritual Science Research within the US, Africa and other countries linked to their global networks. He is passionate about the power of agreements and intentions for a shared reality among Human Communities.
Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) was born in the Middle East, but at age 18 he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics, where he was studying Einstein's theory of general relativity and nuclear physics, when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature. Hameed is the founder of the Diamond Approach® - a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization. This inquiry opens up the infinite creativity of our Being, transforming our lives into a runaway realization, moving from realization to further realization. Almaas' books include: The Inner Journey Home, Essence , The Pearl Beyond Price , Luminous Night’s Journey, and The Unfolding Now. www.ahalmaas.com
Dr. Sará King is a mother, a UCLA-trained neuroscientist, education philosopher, political scientist and critical theorist who will begin a neuroscience post-doctoral fellowship in the department of Neurology at OHSU this fall. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in field of mindfulness and social justice in schools, and enjoys public speaking and advocacy work at the intersection of these fields.
Sará is also an author, entrepreneur, and yoga and meditation teacher who founded MindHeart Consulting, a company dedicated to creating cutting edge research projects and community healing experiences through the framework that she personally developed called "The Science of Social Justice" - which involves the use of an intersectional understanding of the biopsychosocial impact of systemic oppression on marginalized populations, combined with the application of the science of well-being to understand how to create research and healing projects that serve the aims of social justice in underrepresented communities.
She has studied and practiced hatha yoga and Buddhist philosophy for the past 14 years, and has completed a 500 hr. Mindful Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock. She is also an artist who uses poetry, contemplative photography, creative writing and painting as her favorite forms of exploring self expression, and blends these into her personal contemplative practice and professional mindfulness consulting work. mindheartconsulting.com
Rev. Deborah L. Johnson is the founder of Inner Light Ministries, an omnifaith spiritual community in Santa Cruz, California. She also founded The Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity over 30 years. A dynamic trainer, facilitator, and public speaker, she is known for her ability to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues. Her passion is building “The Beloved Community” and healing socio-political divides. Wherever she goes, her message is one of possibility, inclusion, empowerment, and transformation. The author of “The Sacred Yes”and “Your Deepest Intent,” she was featured in numerous media venues including Showtime, NPR, and Huffington Post Live. She is a board member of The Pachamama Alliance, and a founding member of Agape International Spiritual Center with Michael Bernard Beckwith, and an Advisory Council Member of the Association of Global New Thought.
Sara is pursuing a Ph.D. in food system sustainability, specifically on Women in Arid Region's Regenerative Practices, and an interest in the relationship with micro-organisms. She is co-founder of Nawaya, a social enterprise working as a catalyst to transition small scale farmer communities in Egypt into more sustainable ones through education and research. She is co-founder of Dayma an LLC responsible for outdoor Environmental Education, teaching young adults about Biomimicry and local Egyptian communities. She is an avid traveler and enjoys tasting foods, cooking and interacting with people through food experiences. Sara is on the board of Slow Food, an international movement that started in Italy aiming to safeguard local food cultures and traditions and does so by promoting Good, Clean and Fair food for all.
Zvi Ish-Shalom, Ph.D., is an ordained rabbi, a professor of wisdom traditions at Naropa University, and the founder of Kedumah, a universal mystical school that teaches a step-by-step approach to spiritual awakening and personal development. Integrating the timeless wisdom of the great mystical traditions with cutting edge knowledge of psychology, science, and the somatic healing arts, Zvi gently points us toward the primordial light of boundless freedom that abides at the heart of our experience. He is the author of the book The Kedumah Experience: The Primordial Torah and the forthcoming Sleep, Death, and Rebirth: Mystical Practices of the Kabbalah.
Chris Fields uses concepts and tools from physics, information theory, evolutionary and developmental biology, and cognitive neuroscience in an attempt to understand how, and to what extent, one part of the world can be aware of another part of the world. Underlying this question is that of how observers draw boundaries around the systems being observed, including themselves. This later question raises, in turn, questions concerning the nature and awareness of time, memory and identity through time. Answers to these questions, however tentative, suggest approaches to open problems in cosmology, developmental biology, and the etiology of developmental disorders such as autism. Dr. Fields has also been a volunteer firefighter, a visual artist, and a travel writer. He currently divides his time between Sonoma, CA and Caunes Minervois, a village in southwestern France. Biographical details and recent publications are available from http://chrisfieldsresearch.com.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four children. http://charleseisenstein.net/
From the deep pools of Eastern wisdom, to the fast-paced rapids of the West, Peter Russell has mastered many fields, and synthesized them with consummate artistry. Weaving his unique blend of scientific rationale, global vision, and intuitive wisdom, Peter brings a sharp, critical mind to the challenge of self-awakening. The next great frontier of human exploration, he shows, is not outer space, but inner space—the development of the human mind. He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge in England, and has written ten books in this area, including The Global Brain Awakens, Waking Up in Time, and most recently, From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.
Donald Hoffman is a cognitive scientist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and three books, including Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See (W.W. Norton, 2000). He received his BA from UCLA in Quantitative Psychology and his Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Psychology. He joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1983, where he is now a full professor in the departments of cognitive science, computer science and philosophy. He received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research into visual perception, the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences for his research on the relationship of consciousness and the physical world, and the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation. http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/~ddhoff/
Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, E-RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of eight books in the fields of psychology and spirituality that have been translated in more than a dozen languages, including the Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy , Halfway Up the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment , Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, and The Guru Question. She has been teaching workshops and trainings in universities, major retreat centers around the world, online, and in yoga studios since 1997. Dr. Caplan also developed innovative programs as a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Naropa University, John F. Kennedy University, and Sophia University, and she is the founder of the Yoga & Psyche Method and the Yoga & Psyche Conference.
Ellen met her spiritual teacher Francis Lucille 15 years ago and studied with him for many years before beginning to teach. She is a licensed transpersonal psychotherapist with a background in movement and somatic therapies. She holds Masters Degrees in Dance Therapy (NYU, NY) and Transpersonal Psychology (JFK, CA) and has a private therapy practice in England where she lives with her husband Rupert Spira.
Shakti Caterina Maggi has been sharing a message of awakening to our true nature as One Consciousness since 2003, with workshops and meetings held in Italy, Europe, and around the world. “The opportunity to meet what we are, and to embody it in everyday life, is the very meaning of life itself – not as human beings who seek God, but as the Divine itself experiencing itself through the human experience.” Shakti shares a very contemporary approach to self-realization and reveals the real possibility of seeing what we are and embodying it in our everyday life with clarity, wisdom, and humor.
Shakti Caterina Maggi points directly to the essence of what we are and invites you to rediscover the divine Self in the core of one's own humanity. Overcoming fear and illusion is to wake up to extraordinary beauty of the moment and be the true embodiment of Consciousness itself in human form. She has been sharing a message of awakening to Life since 2003 with seminars and retreats hold mainly in Italy and Europe. www.shakticaterinamaggi.com/
James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds multiple patents and is the former CEO of Accuray (ARAY:NASDAQ). He remains a consultant and operating partner to a number of venture capital firms. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty has given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discovery the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart now translated into 38 languages. Dr. Doty is also the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.
Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is the first Polynesian explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society. A cultural anthropologist, Lindsey travels to the world’s most remote regions documenting indigenous mastery and wisdom. Her insights are reshaping Western perspectives on global leadership and cultural evolution. Lindsey’s international lectures at the world’s leading organizations are an inspiring call-to-action. From the unwavering courage of Polynesian navigator-priests who sail thousands of miles without the use of maps or instruments to the stunning accuracy of sea nomads in the Andaman Sea who averted danger during the 2004 tsunami, such demonstrations of mastery and wisdom provide invaluable lessons in the 21st century. Lindsey servers as an advisor to global organizations and is the recipient of the United Nations Visionary Award.
Maya Luna is a Poet and Ritual Performance Artist. She offers Spiritual Transmission through Medicinal Poetry and channels Wild Feminine Essence through the vessel of her Body. Her Art focuses on the themes of: Love.Sex.Life.Death.Truth.Reality.Darkness.The Sacred Feminine.Embodiment.Non Duality.Tantra.Mystery.Tabboo Her first spoken word poetry album "Holy Darkness: A Tantric Opus" is available Summer Solstice 2018
SEAN W. MURPHY is a Dharma Holder in the White Plum Lineage of Zen, as well as a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow. His One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories (Hampton Roads 2013), won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. He is also the award-winning author of three novels, receiving the Hemingway Award for a First Novel for his The Hope Valley Hubcap King, and the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom Award for novel-in-progress for his current fiction project, Wilson’s Way. An MFA graduate of Naropa University, Sean has practiced Zen meditation for 30 years. He has taught meditation, writing and creativity for many years with Natalie Goldberg (author of Writing Down the Bones), in his own courses for the University of New Mexico-Taos, and many other venues. He is founder of an innovative Meditation Leader Training program through his nonprofit Sage Institute. www.murphyzen.com
Miranda Macpherson has been guiding others into direct experience of the Sacred for over thirty years internationally. She shares a holistic and feminine approach to spiritual surrender and non-dual realization based on the practice of Ego Relaxation. Inspired by Ramana Maharshi, A Course in Miracles, extensive study of the world’s mystical traditions, and more recently the Diamond Approach, her methods integrate inquiry, meditation and devotion, with psychological wisdom. Miranda’s books include The Way of Grace: The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation (Sounds True) Boundless Love (Rider) and Meditations on Boundless Love (Sounds True). Founder of the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London, where she trained and ordained over 600 interfaith ministers, today Miranda leads the Living Grace Sangha in Northern California, and teaches internationally.
Ian Whicher is a Canadian and earned his Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. A long-time spiritual practitioner, Dr Whicher is a Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He specializes in Hinduism and the Yoga tradition and is the author of books and numerous articles including, The Integrity of the Yoga Darśana (State University of New York Press), and coeditor of Yoga: The Indian Tradition (Routledge Curzon). Dr. Whicher is currently completing a volume of his select writings for Motilal Banarsidass (Delhi, India) entitled, Essays on the Yoga-Sutra: Engaging the World in Freedom. He has given numerous public talks and contemplative seminars and is writing a book for a wide readership on The Yoga of Nonduality.
Selene Calloni Williams - a contemporary mystic who, through her books, videos and seminaries, has taught how to imagine and create a new reality to an incredible number of people. Her book "Mother Mantra, the ancient shamanic yoga of non-duality", published from Inner Traditions in USA and in several others languages, is a powerful tool for overcoming subconscious programming, releasing your fears, and spiritually fusing with divine joy. She is a psychologist, writer, documentarian and anthropologist. Her spiritual journey started in Sri Lanka where she met her first teacher who initiated her to Shamanic Yoga and where she practiced meditation in a Theravada Buddhist monastery. On her return to Europe, she encountered the psychoanalyst James Hillman, who introduced her to the world of archetypal psychology. Selene has refined the “symbolic - imaginal method” to serve personal growth. She has also spent many years in Siberia and Mongolia deepening her understanding of Shamanic traditions. She wrote several books and articles on Turko-Mongolian shamanism.
Maleda is a gifted evolutionary healer, feminine mystic and midwife of the soul. She has practiced and taught in the field of feminine awakening and spiritual transformation for over 18 years, including intensive training in women’s yoga and as a lead teacher in a monastic ashram. In 2013 during an extended solitary deep retreat, she experienced a life-altering shift into Great Mother Consciousness and was shown the processes that have become the evolutionary work of the Womb of Life School today. A healer of healers and pioneer of consciousness, Maleda’s powerful transmissions and healing pathways awaken a feminine template for true and deep spiritual realization. Moving through the spiral of soul healing we access a direct experience of the Omnipresent Mother through the natural gateways of our hearts and wombs. She offers global healing activations, retreats, and practitioner trainings. www.WombofLifeSchool.com
Adam Chacksfield, PhD., offers heart-centered nondual spiritual teaching in North America, Europe, and online, inviting individuals and groups to fall open. After a series of profound realizations he left his early career as a political science professor to devote himself to spiritual exploration. Years later, with Peter Fenner's encouragement and support, Adam started to teach. He developed the four-month “Falling Open” course as a catalyst for the awakening of the mind, heart, and body. Inspired by a spontaneous experience of “we-consciousness,” Adam explored the activation of shared consciousness within the Teacher Body of the Evolutionary Collective. He has also created the “Map of Relationship Paradigms,” and developed “WE-Relating,” a course that supports the evolution of relationships into this new paradigm beyond separation. http://adamchacksfield.com/
In his vocational life, Craig Gundry is a consultant specialized in managing risks of targeted violence and has assisted organizations around the world in developing protective strategies against acts of terrorism and mass homicide. After a life-long career studying the psychology of mass killers, he sees a valuable opportunity to learn from the pathology and behavior of targeted violence as a means toward self-knowing and spiritual discovery.
On matters of nonduality and inner liberation, Craig credits the wisdom of Dr. R. R. Gibson, A. Watts, G.I. Gurdjieff, and J. Krishnamurti as inspiring influences in his personal journey of discovery.
David Gordon, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Norfolk, VA. and author of the book Mindful Dreaming—a new paradigm of dreamwork seen through the lens of Campbell’s Mythic Journey and Nondual principles.
David’s interest in dreamwork began in his early 20’s with recurrent nightly dreams that provided him with powerful nondual experiences—which he later experienced in waking life under the tutelage of Adyashanti.
David is co-founder of The Dreamwork Institute with his wife Dani Vedros, LCSW through which he conducts dream sharing groups, retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada. Past Membership Chair for the Board of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD), David has also co-hosted the public radio program DreamWorks on WHRV in Norfolk VA.
In private practice for the past 30 years, he provides in-person or Skype training in Jungian-based and non-dual aspects of individual and group dreamwork. https://www.studioforthehealingarts.org/
Geshe Namgyal is a Tibetan Rimé teacher, primarily teaching Natural Mind Meditation in the Dzogchen Bön tradition. Born in Tibet, he entered the monastery at a young age, eventually leaving Tibet to seek more in-depth teachings. He spent 25 years studying with great Buddhist teachers, attaining his Geshe degree.
As a researcher of Tibetan history, culture and religion, he has presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world, has written nine books in Tibetan. His most recent English release is Pure Dzogchen: Zhang Zhung Tradition.
His teachings are profoundly simple: Mind, at the deepest level is already whole and complete, being clear, radiant, and peaceful. Through his Kunsang Gar Wisdom Program, Geshe conveys a wealth of knowledge and experience with warmth, humility, and approachability. Currently Spiritual Director of Kunsang Gar, he conducts classes in Santa Cruz and Berkeley, California and elsewhere. For more information, visit kunsanggarcenter.org
Jeannie Zandi is the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people to live from their essence as Love. A year before the birth of her daughter, Jeannie was plunged into a dark night of the soul that culminated in a radical shift of consciousness. Her teaching focuses on the transformational power of incarnated Being. She is known for her fearless clarity, tender mercy toward humanness, and a juicy, poetic and often humorous style that draws from Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Christian mysticism and the ongoing revelation of fully engaged living. Her groundbreaking work with women and men as allies has been featured at a variety of conferences and through her retreats.
Jessica Zeller brings her innate love of nature, meditation, music and dance, to help others experience an embodied awareness of Being Human on this Earth. A wife, mother and grandmother, she is passionate about the need for all of us to learn to expand our identity to being a member of a species living with other species in an endangered habitat. She has been a life-long student of mystical wisdom.
She is trained as a teacher of Nondual Meditation by Peter Fenner.
Jessica taught Ecopsychology at Naropa University, and has guided wilderness rites of passage (vision quests) for the Animas Valley Institute, Lama Foundation and Omega Institute.
She and her husband Steve co-founded Natural Pathways Foundation (naturalpathways.org) which is currently working to establish the Center for the Study of Interdependence at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. They live on the Animas River in the indigenous heart of our country.
Jörn Kroll is a philosophical practitioner with a strong interest in expanding consciousness as available in Western esoteric traditions and Asian spiritual teachings. He earned a PhD (University of California, Berkeley) with a dissertation on Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology of place experience. His recent article on “Self, Other, and No-Self: Non-Dual Awareness as Catalyst for Deconstructing Life Stories” has been published in Philosophical Practice Vol. 12.1 and in Detlef Staude and Eckart Ruschmann, eds., Understanding the Other and Oneself. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. At the World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing (Aug. 2018) he gave a comparative presentation on the ancient Daoist Zhuangzi and psychiatrist / existentialist Karl Jaspers (forthcoming in Existenz). Jörn is a member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association and a practitioner of the Diamond Approach. He has been invited to speak at a Humanities Therapy Conference in China’s former capital Nanjing (Aug. 2019).
Kimberly Braun, Minister, M.A. author, and speaker, has been impelled from and within her contemplative experiences from the age of 5, with over ten of her years spent as a Carmelite monastic nun. Her Masters in theology and psycho-spiritual development was completed at the Washington Theological Union including spiritual director training from the nationally known Shalem Institute. Kimberly’s style is playful, deeply inquiring, and intelligent in the synthesis of not only how to access Source at the center of ourselves, but also how to live from that place more consistently. She is also a seasoned retreat facilitator, TEDx speaker, meditation coach and former faculty at the renowned Omega Institute.
Check out her book, Love Calls, her 3 CDs, monthly videos and articles, meditation library and 3 online courses along with a budding new online spiritual community, EssenceTribe. Or book her for your own retreat or private session.
Rev. Bill McDonald has been on a continuous spiritual journey, spanning slightly over 7 decades. His whole life has been a mystical trip in search of gurus, the paranormal, and self-discovery and self-realization. He has written many books about his spiritually transformative experiences and “near-death-experiences” including supernatural events during his combat tour of duty in the Vietnam War.
His autobiography “Warrior A Spiritual Odyssey” takes us on a life quest for love, understanding, forgiveness and enlightenment. His follow-up book “Alchemy of a Warrior’s Heart “continues that mystical journey including four trips to India for even more profound experiences with holy men, miracles and his personal relationship with the Divine.
He has spoken around the world including Germany, England, Wales, Bolivia and India. He has been involved with a dozen films and documentaries. He is a Keynote Speaker at this year’s (The International Association of Near-Death Studies) IANDS 2019 Conference.
Dr. Nandi Hetenyi is a psychospiritual healer, teacher and writer with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She’s carved her own path based on over 25 years of clinical experience along with an equal time studying and practicing Buddhism, yoga, meditation, shamanic healing, ceremony and energy healing. After a dark night of the soul, she recovered herself from addiction and experienced an awakening to her soul. Through her healing, she fused her knowledge of psychology and spirituality to create an innovative approach for healing the wounds of the soul, including mother wounding, trauma, addiction and shame.
Nicola Amadora PhD. invites into the heart of life and real connection. She offers a refreshingly integrated, distinctly feminine and relational approach to spirituality. She works as a Transpersonal Psychologist, Hakomi Therapist, Non Dual Wisdom and Spiritual Teacher, Relationship and Leadership Educator, and is the Founder of Living Connection. For 30 years she has been offering satsangs, lectures, retreats, private sessions and professional trainings for individuals, groups and the collective internationally. Her own awakening emerged in the wilderness and continues on in the streets of this world. Nicola is passionate about awakening, embodiment and engagement - in a down to earth and powerfully present, alive and fiercely loving way. www.nicolaamadora.com
Peta Morton is a Reiki and mindfulness teacher and a professional sensitive working with clients around the world. Following a life-threatening illness and a spontaneous series of profound awakening experiences and has been exploring the mystery of our humanity ever since through sound, music, vibration, cymatics, light and digital systems. Endlessly curious, she has delved into many types of vibrational medicine, energy psychology, philosophy, earth energies, alchemy, numerology and astrology in order to reach a deeper understanding of the human condition and the mind-emotion-body relationship. Peta is the author of Ancient Teachings for Modern Times: the way to a rich and deeply satisfying life, and a regular contributor and volunteer at SAND. Her short online documentaries The Geometry of Love and Imaging the Hidden Geometry of Reiki provide thought-provoking insights into the mechanics of consciousness and the effect of that which normally passes unseen and unheard upon the material world.
Seth Kostek, Ph.D., is currently the Vice President of Santa Clara Systems, and author of the forthcoming book, The Kostek Interpretation. Seth holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees respectively from Georgetown University and UC Berkeley. Through experiment, meditative practice, and extensive systematic studies of Consciousness his scientific insight into relativity, quantum physics, and black hole thermodynamic geometric information theory has lead to the unveiling that the Actuality of quantum spin angular momentum (ħ) is a description of Consciousness. ħ expressed in terms of Gibbs and Bekenstein-Hawking entropic equations, ћ = [ -4 Σ pᵢ ln pᵢ | s · m · kg · m s⁻² ], elucidates that the substance of the illusion of the finite content in Experience is Knowing the interference produced from the simultaneous abstraction and composition of complementary opposite limits within concepts as holographic interference information; thus, unifying science and Nonduality into a holistic model of Conscious Singularity.
For more information see https://sethkostek.com/
Sky Nelson-Isaacs is a theoretical physicist, speaker, musician and author of the new book “Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World.” He has developed a cutting edge scientific approach to flow and synchronicity which is current and relevant for the modern world. He offers a Living in Flow Video Series and MasterClass to help you neutralize your fear, find your power to make change, and reach your next level of capacity. He has a masters degree in physics from San Francisco State University, with a thesis in string theory, and a BS in physics from UC Berkeley. Nelson-Isaacs was a student of the Yogic master Sri Swami Satchidananda from a young age, and connects synchronicity, physics, and real life using research and original ideas. An educator with nine years of classroom experience, Nelson-Isaacs is also an award-winning songwriter and performer. His website is www.LivingInFlowBook.com.
I am a mathematician, researcher, and author studying Derived Mirror Symmetry, quantum computing, and Grand Unified Theories of Mathematics and Physics. I also intersect Lie Algebras with Continental Thought in Perfectoid-Wittgenstein moduli.
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is author of The Way of Effortless Mindfulness and Shift into Freedom which was named “Top 10 Best Books of the Year” by Spirituality & Health Magazine. Loch is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. He is a graduate of Columbia University and studied meditation in Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal. Loch trained with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and is affiliated with Adyashanti. Loch is a nondual psychotherapist who has worked in community mental health and counseled family members after 9/11 in New York City. He collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training enhances compassion and wellbeing. Loch is known for his warm sense of humor, and his trust that awakening is the next natural stage of development. He teaches the advanced, yet simple nondual pointers for waking up and growing up. Loch lives in New York City with his wife Paige and their cat Duffy. www.effortlessmindfulness.org
Dr. Manjari Murali is an Instructional Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Chapman University, with a background in neurophysiology. She is interested in researching the neuroscience of consciousness and meditation. For her dissertation work, she studied synaptic plasticity, the physiological mechanism of learning, in the brain reward circuit. She has also conducted basic and clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease; and worked for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dr. Murali has been a member of the Chinmaya Mission LA congregation since 2014, regularly attending and reflecting upon discourses on the non-dualistic Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Hinduism conducted by Swami Ishwarananda. Hindu texts she has contemplated upon include the Geeta, Vivekachoodamani, Dakshinamurty Stotram, Bhaja Govindam, Narada Bhakti Sutra, Kaivalya Upanishad, Kathopanishad, Mundakopanishad, Prasnopanishad, and Isavasya Upanishad. Additionally, Dr. Murali practices Mindfulness Meditation. She has completed Mindful Awareness certificate programs, and contributes to the Mindfulness Initiative at Chapman.
Dr. Mark Forman is a licensed clinical psychologist with twenty years of experience working with men, women, children, and families. He is the author of A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy (2010, SUNY Press). Mark is a former as core faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California as well as adjunct faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Mark is a long-time student of meditation, having studied extensively with Gurumayi Chidvilisananda as well as Kenneth Folk. Mark spent two years in Jungian analysis with Dr. Alden Josey, nearly a decade working with Integral psychotherapist Joe Sousa (Moksananda), and underwent several years of trauma therapy with Dr. Janina Fisher.
In addition to seeing therapeutic and coaching clients, Mark trains other therapists and coaches in his Certified Integral Therapist (CIT) Global Training Online. More information about Dr. Forman’s practice and trainings can found at www.drmarkforman.com and www.citintegral.com.
Rak Razam is the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalist, writing about and helping shape the emergence of a new cultural paradigm in the 21st century. A writer, film producer and culture maker, he bridges the worlds of shamanism, consciousness and popular culture and he has been called one of the “leading spokespersons for the new paradigm”. Author of the critically acclaimed book Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey and the companion volume of interviews, The Ayahuasca Sessions, he is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking visionary documentary Aya: Awakenings. He is currently producer and host of an episodic TV show called Shamans of the Global Village with director Niles Heckman. He is also the Executive Director of the Terra Incognita Project, a think tank devoted to exploring the frontiers of consciousness through the lens of neuroscience and shamanism. www.rakrazam.com
Once upon a time there was this guy named Robert M. Dittler. He entered the phenomenal realm in a place commonly known as San Francisco, California, USA. He has since lived in many parts of the Earth: land, sea, mountains, and sky (given flight miles!). The universe is his home. He earned a Classical Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophical Psychology. His specialization is in phenomenology, linguistics, quantum mechanics, and nonduality.
He has taught on many different levels and in varied settings: home-hospital, US Navy air craft carriers and ships at-sea, typical classrooms (middle and high school, college), retired radar shacks, seminar rooms and on treks in the Himalayas such as to Everest Base Camp and Nepali villages.
Robert has served the Learning Handicapped as well as educating students in Latin, English, and Psychology. Currently, when not visiting India or Nepal, he may be found in a seminar room facilitating a communication workshop for the general public or corporate types, public service clubs, or in a pre-nuptial conference and officiating a wedding ceremony. He is a Yoga and Soto Zen practitioner, and a Benedictine priest-monk in the Old Catholic tradition. He is also a certified Clear Beliefs coach and a Heart Math Certified Mentor.
His main interest is nondual awareness clouded in belief systems. He ventures to discern their creation, reformulation, and replacement in the service of increasing one's own personal responsible integrity. Be sure to check-out www.zenmonks.org (The Mind of a Child). And to review his past SAND presentations, please check-out www.wrmosb.org/nonduality/SAND001.html. Robert's wide and varied experiences and his personable manner make his workshops challenging, memorable and certainly delightful!
Thanks and Peace and Joy! :-)
Alexander Aris, MS, MA, is a practitioner of Process Work, also known as Process Oriented Psychology. Process Oriented Psychology is a school of transpersonal psychology and psycho-social facilitation with centers in over 20 countries around the world founded by Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., an MIT trained scientist and former analyst and training analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, bringing together depth psychology and new physics. Alex is a graduate of the Process Work Institute of Portland, Oregon, and also holds a BA in philosophy and an MS in mathematics. His special interests include the unification of physics and psychology through a new understanding of mathematics, ecopsychology, and ways in which sacred mathematics and a nondual psychophysics speak to new culture transformational paradigms. www.dreamingalive.net
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a meditation teacher, award-winning poet, writer, and spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center in San Jose, California. She has taught nationally and internationally for over three decades. Ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, her message is “engaged enlightenment”—an invitation to live an awakened, inspired, serviceful, and fulfilled life. She is the founder of Carry the Vision, a nonviolence education project bringing meditation to schools, the prison population, and other segments of society. She leads Meru Institute, providing healthy lifestyle education and leadership training in yoga studies, Ayurveda, and community service. As host of The Yoga Hour, Yogacharya offers a weekly podcast to listeners in over 130 countries. Her latest book, The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity Through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, was recently released by New World Library.
Dream Mullick is a Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur, Teacher and avid Dreamer. Much of her life-work has been informed by psychedelics, dreams, death, grief and a deep relationship with our natural world. She's dedicated to the expansion of consciousness as a gateway to remembering our interconnected natures and awakening from the dream and is committed to exploring how the reemergence and integration of Psychedelics into our mainstream culture can be shared in a good way, for the greatest benefit of all beings.
Dream currently produces various branded content as well as large scale social impact events including the recent 2019 Psychedelic Integration gathering at Esalen. She worked as the Director of Development and Partnerships on the GOOD/UN Foundation’s #EarthToParis Campaign and #EarthToMarrakech, helping to build a broad coalition of partners to bring awareness to COP21 and COP22 climate talks. She’s currently co-producing Prescription X: The Rick Doblin story with Interconnected Media,
Marion Gilbert, P.T. is a Somatic Enneagram Teacher and a Physical Therapist. She is the owner of a well-established physical therapy practice and movement studio in Grass Valley, CA and integrates traditional and complementary medicine. She has extensive training in CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release and Trauma Resolution. She has been actively teaching the Enneagram for the past 16 years. Her emphasis is on a non-dual approach to healing and transformation. She developed somatic awakening practices to facilitate personal, professional and spiritual transformation in the Narrative Enneagram Tradition as an integrative three centered approach to the Enneagram work. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of The Narrative Enneagram organization and teaches advanced Enneagram trainings with Helen Palmer. Currently she is also a consultant to the EPP Enneagram Prison Project.
Sonya Amrita Bibilos has spent almost 15 years supporting awakening and embodiment spiritually, as well as in emotional healing, body, work, relationships, and abundance. She is a spiritual teacher, healer, and business and storytelling coach.
Brian Thomas Swimme is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oregon in 1978 for work in gravitational dynamics. He brings the context of story to our understanding of the 13.7 billion year trajectory of cosmogenesis. Such a story, he feels, will assist in the emergence of a flourishing Earth community.
Swimme is the author of The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos and The Universe is a Green Dragon. He is co-author of The Universe Story, which is the result of a 10 year collaboration with cultural historian, Thomas Berry. Swimme is also the creator of three educational video series: Canticle to the Cosmos (1990), The Earth’s Imagination (1998), and The Powers of the Universe (2004)..
He recently hosted and co-wrote, with Mary Evelyn Tucker, the 60 minute film Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide. Journey of the Universe won the Northern California regional Emmy for Best Documentary, 2011.
After a conventional upbringing in England (although she did work for the Beatles at Apple Records!), Vivienne came to the San Francisco Bay Area at age 27 and became an instant full-on activist.
She co-founded two non-profit organizations and produced 5 documentaries about the nuclear arms race and peace, winning 25 film awards, including an Academy Award. She has addressed the U.S. Senate, the British Parliament and the U.N. and many international symposiums. She was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from Ball State University.
In the 1990s, Vivienne contracted Lyme disease and by 2005 she could no longer work.
In 2008, she was introduced to Wisdom Healing Qigong and studied with Master Mingtong Gu. Qigong cured her of Lyme as well as the effects of early childhood trauma.
Vivienne is known for her ability to activate a tangible unified qifield, experienced as deep relaxation and unconditional love. With compassion and a gift for healing, she guides us back to our true nature and infinite potential.
She is a Senior Teacher with Mingtong, teaching at his retreats and also in Bolinas, Ca.
Her website is embodyinglove.us
Julie Brown Yau, Ph.D., is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a certified NARM practitioner, and a dream pattern analyst. Using a unified approach for addressing developmental and shock trauma, Julie’s work includes the latest neuroscientific findings, the imaginal realm and Eastern wisdom. Julie has a private practice in Laguna Beach CA. She also works on Skype/Facetime with individuals across the globe.
Julie’s diverse 30-year background in spiritual, psychological and somatic traditions provides her with a unique depth of knowledge and experience. Julie’s dedicated spiritual practice and experience has embedded a deep passion for resolving trauma, cultivating compassion, and awakening in our fast-paced lives. She feels that through healing trauma, a profound sense of aliveness and vibrancy, as well as a personal sense of empowerment and coherence emerge in the body–mind. Both the individual psyche and the anima mundi (causal realm), are reenergized. This healing establishes in the individual a level of well-being that provides positive qualities of agency, a heart-centered capacity for presence and a sense of wholeness.
Julie also supports those who are actively dying to awaken to the multilevel cosmos. She assists both her students and patients to open to deeper dimensions within the body/mind and the living universe to experience authentic vibrancy and joy. Julie was the director of education and program development at CCALS for 15 years; she coordinated closely with hospital staff, caregivers and chronically ill patients. Julie has taught and lectured in hospitals, schools, and the UCI center for Integrative Medicine; she continues to lecture and write on the topics of trauma and spirituality; she is currently writing a book on the effects of early trauma and the psyche.
Pamela speaks the Truth of advaita, non-duality – that the universe is one undivided whole. For the last twenty years she has traveled widely in the United States, Canada and Europe, sharing satsang and giving private sessions. Week-long retreats have been held in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the USA. She has endeared herself to many through her lighthearted humor and compassion, and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She lives in Sonoma, California.
Anna-Lisa Adelberg is an internationally renowned transformational coach, healer, and teacher. She is a pioneer in the fields of body, heart, subtle energy and awakened consciousness and has developed and teaches a groundbreaking system called Luminous Awareness. This system was developed and synthesized over 20 years from a wide variety of sources, including Tibetan Buddhism, developmental psychology, neurophysiology, Chi Gong, and subtle energy. She is dedicated to creating a world of wakefulness, attunement, care and liberation for all beings.
Anna-Lisa Adelberg is well known for her capacity to articulate and transmit the mechanics of subtle phenomena and her uncanny ability, to as her students say, "know what's going on inside of me." She is sought after and has coached some of the world's most renowned business leaders, healers, and spiritual teachers. She is the founder of the Luminous Awareness Institute and has helped thousands of students and clients, as well as leaders in Meditative paths, Somatics, and Subtle Energy.
For the past 30 years Lorraine has cultivated embodiment of the soft underbelly, or felt sense. Her view has been informed through a diversity of mentorships and her direct experiences of the conjoined inner and outer worlds. This way of embodiment has allowed her to explore, discover and deepen into intimate relationship within the many territories in our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Her experiences have given her the unique understandings necessary to bridge conflicting paradigms and to synthesize new ways of identifying unique abilities and ways of perceiving.
In her explorations, Lorraine is blessed to have worked and studied both formally and informally with gifted teachers, scientists, healers and sages.
Lorraine carries the wisdom that we as individuals are magnificent beyond what we know and understand ourselves to be; that as we claim and stand in our majesty, and acknowledge the divine mystery that holds us all, we co-create a better world for ourselves, each other and affect all life on our planet.
Prajna Ginty, MA–Modern Mystic Shamanic Practitioner, Hakomi Therapist, Meditation Teacher, and Spiritual Mentor.
Prajna has been practicing and training in non-dual mystical traditions, depth transpersonal psychology, and body-centered therapies for over thirty years. Raising two daughters with cerebral palsy shattered the illusion of her idealistic spirituality and catapulted her into a practice that accounts for all human experience. Her life illuminates the capacities of consciousness to engender healing as well as the necessity to heal trauma in all dimensions. Prajna’s professional training informs her understanding of neurology, the body-heart-brain, and the healing and integration of traumatic experiences into our fundamental wholeness. She provides a rare fusion of plant medicine, non-dual mysticism, meditative inquiry, and body-heart-brain somatic therapy. Prajna teaches internationally and has published numerous videos, blogs, articles and the best-selling book Edge of Grace, A Fierce Awakening to Love. She offers private sessions, an online embodiment practice, meditative inquiry meetings, mystical shamanic healing courses, and retreats.
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