CONFERENCE > SPEAKERS
Stuart HameroffProfessor Emeritus, Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology
Director, Center for Consciousness Studies
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Hameroff's research for 35 years has involved consciousness - how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness. Studying anesthetic gas mechanisms, he focused on how quantum effects control protein conformational dynamics. Following an interest which began in medical school in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Dr. Hameroff teamed up with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the early 90s to develop a highly controversial theory of consciousness called orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR). Dr. Hameroff began the international, interdisciplinary conferences on consciousness (Toward a Science of Consciousness) as Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. He has published five books and well over 100 research articles, and appeared in the film What the Bleep do we know!!??
Marilyn SchlitzDr Marilyn Schlitz is a Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Complementary Medicine Research Institute at the California Pacific Medical Center
For three decades, scientist and anthropologist Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D. has pioneered clinical and field-based research in the area of human transformation and healing. She is a thought leader on matters of individual and social change whose respected voice offers new insights into the most pressing challenges of our time. A researcher, speaker, change consultant, and writer, Marilyn's books include: Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life and Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine.
Amit GoswamiProfessor of physics (retired) at the University of Oregon, Eugene
Amit Goswami, Ph. D. is a professor of physics (retired) at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR where he has served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called science within consciousness an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect.
Goswami has written six other popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. In The Visionary Window, Goswami demonstrated how science and spirituality could be integrated. In Physics of the Soul he developed a theory of survival after death and reincarnation. His book Quantum Creativity is a tour de force instruction about how to engage in both outer and inner creativity. Goswami's book, The Quantum Doctor integrates conventional and alternative medicine. His latest book, Creative Evolution is a resolution between Darwinism and intelligent design of life. Finally, in his book God is not Dead, Goswami demonstrates science’s re-discovery of God.
He was featured in the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?” and its sequel “Down the rabbit hole” as well as award winning documentary “Dalai Lama Renaissance” and the upcoming “The Quantum Activist.”
Stephen WolinskyAuthor, Founder of the Quantum Psychology Institute
Stephen H. Wolinsky, PhD. was born in New York City. He is a direct disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and lived in India for almost six years. He is a founder of Quantum Psychology, (integrating Western Psychology, Advaita-Vedanta’s Non-duality, Quantum Physics, Neuro-Science, and Buddhism). In 2002, he founded Post-deconstruction, a scientific approach beyond Postmodernism. He is the author of fourteen books, including an audio tape series Waking From The Trance: A Practical Course on Developing Mulidimensional Awareness (produced by Sounds True) and a DVD series, I Am That I Am (produced by Neti Neti films). He presently resides in Aptos, California.
Jeff FosterNonduality author
Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of “spiritual enlightenment”, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear seeing that there is only ever Oneness. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, clear, joyful and fully alive, and Jeff began to write and talk about "nonduality" (which he often calls "the utterly, utterly obvious"). He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life.
Cassandra VietenAssociate Director of Research, IONS
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Her research focuses on spiritual practices and health, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private foundations.She is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008), and author of the forthcoming Mindful Motherhood: Practical Ways to Stay Sane During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s First Year (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).
Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D. aka Dr. Quantum™
Fred Alan Wolf is a world-renowned physicist, writer, and lecturer who also conducts research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the author of 12 books, 3 audio CD courses, many scientific and popular articles, and received the National Book Award for Taking the Quantum Leap. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and was Professor of physics at San Diego State University for twelve years as well as visiting professors at many international universities including the Universities of Paris and London. Dr. Wolf has appeared in many nationally released films including “What the Bleep Do We Know?”, “The Secret,” ” The Evidence for Heaven.”, “Star Trek IV, Special Collector’s edition discussing ‘Time Travel: The art of the possible.’ ”, “Spirit Space”, and many other films.
Henry P. Stapp, Ph.D.
Dr. Henry Stapp is a theoretical physicist at the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, specializing in the mathematical and logical foundations of quantum mechanics. His doctoral thesis under Nobel Laureates Segré and Chamberlain created the relativistic theory for the analysis of the proton-proton polarization and spin-correlation experiments. On the basis of that work and criticisms of the Pauli-Heisenberg nonlinear field theory, he was invited by Pauli to work with him in Zurich on foundational issues. Upon Pauli’s unexpected death, Stapp turned to a study of von Neumann’s work on the mathematical and logical foundations of quantum theory. These studies, combined with his thesis work, led to his creation of a relativistic axiomatic formulation of the analytic S-matrix theory of elementary particles, and to proofs of the CPT and Spin-Statistics theorems from the axioms of S-matrix theory. He has lectured widely on the impact wrought by quantum mechanics upon our conception of the mind-brain connection, and on the associated ethical implications of the replacement of “matter” by “our knowledge” as the foundation of our scientific understanding of the reality in which we are imbedded. His studies of the quantum measurement problem have led to a strong interest in the apparent effects of our conscious thoughts upon physical processes occurring in the brain. His conclusions are described in many technical articles, and in two popular books titled, "Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics" and "Mindful Universe: Quantum Mechanics and the Participating Observer". (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).
Dean RadinSenior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Dean Radin, Ph.D. is IONS' Senior Scientist. Dr. Radin earned a Masters degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He has held research appointments at Princeton University, Edinburgh University, University of Nevada, and several Silicon Valley industrial research labs, where he has conducted basic research on exceptional human capacities, including psychic phenomena. He has presented over a hundred lectures for popular and technical audiences around the world; his books include The Conscious Universe and the upcoming Entangled Minds. He is also the host of the Entangled Minds channel on ShiftInAction.com.
Daniel SheehanPhysics Professor, University of San Diego
Daniel Sheehan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Physics at University of San Diego. He earned his B.S. in chemistry (1981) from Santa Clara University and his Ph.D. in physics (1987) from UC Irvine. His research interests include experimental plasma physics, planetary formation, the foundations of thermodynamics and, most recently, the physics of time. He has co-authored and edited several books and conference proceedings including "Quantum Limits tothe Second Law," "Challenges to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Theory and Experiment," and "Frontiers of Time: Retrocausation -- Experiment and Theory." He is a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Shaikh Kabir HelminskiAuthor, nondualism teacher, philosophical counselor
Kabir Helminski is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi. His books on spirituality, Living Presence and the Knowing Heart, have been published in at least eight languages. He has translated the works of Rumi and others, and has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people. Kabir is also Co-Director, with his wife Camille, of The Threshold Society (Sufism.org), which seeks to apply the wisdom of the Sufi tradition to contemporary needs. He is also a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute (spiritualpaths.net). He lives near Santa Cruz, California.
Kaisa PuhakkaClinical Psychology Professor, CIIS
Kaisa Puhakka, Ph.D., is on the core faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies teaching psychotherapy and its integration with Buddhist practice. She also works with clients and supervises interns at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and in private practice. Co-author of Transpersonal knowing: Exploring the horizon of consciousness, Kaisa has published some fifty articles and book chapters in East-West philosophy and psychotherapy. The urgency of awakening has fueled her journey since her late teens when she left her native Finland for the U.S., and her ongoing inquiry draws from Zen practice, Dzogchen texts, and Krishnamurti among other sources.
Bernard BaarsThe Neurosciences Institute San Diego
Dr. Bernard J. Baars is former Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. He is interested in human language, the brain basis of consciousness, volition, and a variety of related topics. Baars pioneered a cognitive theory of consciousness called Global Workspace Theory, which is widely cited in philosophical and scientific sources. Together with William P. Banks, Baars has edited the journal Consciousness & Cognition for more than fifteen years. He has written an introductory text for cognitive neuroscience, called Cognition, Brain & Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. (Baars & Gage, Eds. San Diego, Calif.: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2007). Baars was founding President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. (See www.nsi.edu/users/baars and http://bernardbaars.pbwiki.com)
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006) and Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (Broadway Books, 2002). His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, ArtForum, Arthur, and many other publications. He is currently the editorial director of Reality Sandwich and a national columnist for Conscious Choice magazine. He is also the executive producer of the PostModernTimes series of interviews, directed by Joao Amorim, and is featured in Amorim's upcoming documentary, 2012: Time for Change. He lives in New York City.
Carol A. Agneessens, M.Sc. RCST® has been studying and integrating into her somatic practice the ‘experiential’, non-dual understanding of the underlying matrix, prior to the appearance of the physical body. As a practitioner of Rolfing/ Structural Integration for almost 30 years, she has devoted years of study and practice to ‘touching’ the movement of fluidity condensing into form. Through her study of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, this passionate inquiry, the interpenetration of body and cosmos, has deepened and expanded. She is the author of The Fabric of Wholeness (2001). Her work engages the ‘dynamic stillness’ vivifying this continuum of wholeness. Carol teaches a Biodynamic approach to Craniosacral Therapy both nationally and internationally.
Francis LucilleAdvita Teacher
Francis speaks about one thing: awareness, our true nature, the Absolute. This is the ancient teaching of nonduality, the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Ch'an Buddhism, Zen,Taoism and Sufism, the same common ground which is at the core of the message left behind by the founders of all great religions.
Brant CortrightProfessor of psychology and Chair of the Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS
Brant Cortright is the author of Integral Psychology: Yoga, Growth, and Opening the Heart (SUNY Press), an integration of Hinduism with western psychology, as well as a widely used transpersonal psychology text Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (SUNY Press.) He maintains a private practice in depth psychology in San Francisco.
LOIBON - OL DOINYO LAETOLI LE BAABA, MHES.D
Dr./Loibon - Ol Doinyo Laetoli le Baaba is of African (Maasai) descent, born, raised, and self educated in America. He has reclaimed his tribal-aboriginal identity and cultural heritage. In doing so, le Baaba mentally and physically embodies, represents, and ideologically pays homage to the cultural diversity of all indigenous - primitive (primal) peoples. Dr./Loibon - le Baaba has lived and studied with tribal peoples in Africa, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and Europe. Yet, beyond any exclusive tribal, social or cultural identity, wherever indigenous or tribal peoples are endangered, or the ecology is threatened le Baaba feels it is his home, and life’s purpose for being. Dr./Loibon - le Baaba is a yogi, mystic – occultist – shaman, and a Metaphysician, with an honorary Doctorate in Esoteric Metaphysics, from the University of Metaphysics, Los Angeles, California, Dr./Loibon – le Baaba is astute in the knowledge of all the worlds’ religions – a knowledge complimented by an in depth learning in Physics, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Theosophy - Occult Science, Cultural Anthropology, Tribal Psychology, and Humanities.
James CorriganAuthor, philosopher, software designer, environmentalist
James M. Corrigan, MA, ABD, is a philosopher at Stony Brook University. After spending three decades as a software designer and consultant, he returned to university to pursue a doctorate in philosophy. He is the author of “An Introduction to Awareness” which is an exposition of a philosophy of nonduality that shows how both science and spirituality can be mutually coherent. He argues that our assumptions about consciousness being an emergent or supervenient phenomenon are wrong, and points to Awareness as the unifying nature of all physical manifestation. Awareness is the free, spontaneously creative and deeply affective wholeness of reality.
In the early 1980's Joel left a successful film career in Hollywood to pursue a mystical path. His journey ended on August 13, 1983 with a Gnostic Awakening. Since 1987, Joel has been the spiritual director of the Center for Sacred Sciences, a non-profit organization whose twin missions are: 1) to study and disseminate the teachings of the world’s great mystics; and 2) to foster a new worldview in which science and mysticism can be seen as complementary approaches to the same nondual reality. Joel is also the author of three books, The Way of Selflessness, Through Death’s Gate, and Naked Through the Gate, as well as numerous articles and recorded talks. For more information about Joel and the Center for Sacred Sciences visit www.centerforsacredsciences.org
Vijay KapoorTeacher at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Institute
Sri Kapoor established the Arsha Vidya Center (AVC), whose goal is to promote Pujya Swamiji’s teachings in the local area. Toward that goal, both Swami Viditatmananda and Swami Tattvavidananda have been visiting the Bay Area regularly for talks, classes and retreats. Sri Kapoor currently teaches two Vedanta classes per week to about 50 students, two Sanskrit classes per week and has established 4 Gita Home Study groups in the area.
Frank Echenhofer received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in 1985. He has been a clinical research associate at Temple University and has been in private practice since 1985. His specializations, which bridge east-west psychology, are in the general areas of eastern and western comparative psychology, philosophy, and psychophysiology. He has done research in exceptional and deficit attention (ADHD, mild brain injury, single-pointed concentration and visualization meditation), EEG biofeedback for normalizing the EEG associated with attention and arousal level problems, and EEG assisted self-regulation methods for creativity, meditation facilitation, imagery self-regulation, and experimental transpersonal psychology. Frank has conducted research with Tibetan Buddhist meditators in India and meditators from the United States. He has lectured and written articles on the physiology and phenomenology of meditation, the integration of developmental and transpersonal psychologies, comparative biological psychology, and Eastern psychology.
Jeremy Hayward received a Ph. D. in theoretical physics at Cambridge University, in 1965, and subsequently did research in molecular biology at M.I.T. A practicing Buddhist for thirty years, he was a close friend and student of Chögyam Trungpa. He co-founded the Naropa University in Boulder USA, in 1974, and served as its vice-president for ten years and a trustee for a further ten. Jeremy attended the first Dharmsala meetings of scientists with the Dalai Lama, in 1987, and co-edited the book about those meetings: as Gentle Bridges: Conversations with the Dalai Lama on the Sciences of Mind. He has written four books on science and spirituality, including Sacred World: the Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery and Power; Shifting Worlds, Changing Minds: where the Sciences and Buddhism meet; and Letters to Vanessa on Love, Science, and Awareness in an Enchanted World. Jeremy has taught workshops in meditation, Buddhism, and the meeting of Buddhism and Science, in North America and Europe, for the past thirty five years. He is currently in residence at the Shambhala Buddhist Centre, Dorje Denma Ling. in Nova Scotia.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist, author, and teacher at the intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Rick did management consulting before earning his Ph.D. from The Wright Institute. He founded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, edits the Wise Brain Bulletin (see www.WiseBrain.org), and writes for Tricycle Magazine and other publications. He is first author of Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin, 2002), and his latest book – Buddha’s Brain: Creating Neural Pathways to Happiness, Love, and Wisdom – will be published by New Harbinger in October. He recently completed a nine year term on the Board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and he has taught at Stanford University, Sonoma State University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, New York Insight Meditation Center, and other organizations. He leads a weekly meditation group in San Rafael, California.
Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty in Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Shapiro’s research investigates the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy and health care. She has published over 50 book chapters and journal articles, and is co-author of the forthcoming book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy.
Olga LouchakovaFounding director of the Neurophenomenology Research Center
ITP core faculty professor
Olga Louchakova, M.D., Ph.D. (neuroscience) is a core faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and a founding director of the Neurophenomenology Research Center implementing novel trans-disciplinary methodologies in the cross-cultural study of meditation, contemplative prayer, and human psychospiritual development. Formerly a senior scientist at the Pavlov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, she holds mandates in the teaching of AdvaitaVedanta, Kundalini Yoga, and contemporary Hesychasm. Professor Louchakova’s research was acknowledged by the awards from the Shemyakin Institute in Russia, and Spitzer and Zimmer family foundations in United States. Olga maintains private practice in counseling spiritual awakening in Bay Area, California.
Zoran JosipovicResearch scientist and professor, New York University
Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D. is a research scientist and an adjunct professor at and Psychology Dept. and Center for Neural Science, New York University. His main interests are the nature of consciousness and its relation to the brain, global versus local theories of consciousness, and the functioning of anti-correlated neural networks. Zoran is a long-term practitioner of meditation in the nondual traditions of Dzogchen, Mahamudra and Advaita Vedanta. He has also worked as a psychotherapist and a bodyworker and has taught meditation at Esalen Institute for many years.
Greg GoodeAuthor, nondualism teacher, philosophical counselor
Greg Goode, Ph.D., is a teacher of nondual inquiry who employs both Eastern and Western approaches. Having studied Philosophy at the Universität zu Köln and the University of Rochester, Greg also studied Advaita-Vedanta with Francis Lucille and through the Chinmaya Mission, and Madhyamika Buddhism through the lineage of Master Yin-Shun, author of The Way to Buddhahood. Greg has written many articles; his book publications include Nondualism in Western Philosophy, Standing as Awareness, and the foreword to Dennis Waite's Enlightenment: the Path through the Jungle. Nationally certified by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, Greg has a private practice in New York.
Peter RussellM.A., D.C.S., F.S.P.
Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He has written several books in this area -- The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God. http://www.peterrussell.com
SHEIHA AYSHEGUL ASHKISufi Teacher, MA, HHP
Ashki has started Self discovery at the age 17 through TM, and continued on through various Sacred Traditions culminating in Sufism. She has been sharing Sufi teachings for the last two decades through the prompting of her teacher Dr. Lex Hixon/Sheikh Nur of Jerrahi Sufi Order, and later on his successor Sheikha Fariha. While her non-dual wisdom teachings and practices are deeply rooted in the time-tested and beautiful Islamic Sufism, she universalizes these on the shared core principles of human mystic experience. She leads Silent Retreats, participates in Interfaith and Trans-traditional Councils, and Community Service Groups. She holds a BA in Education, and an MA in Science of Creative Intelligence. She is of Turkish origin, married and has three children. She currently resides and teaches in Tustin, California.
RUPERT SPIRAArtist and Non-duality Teacher
From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.
Rupert’s first book, "The Transparency of Things," subtitled "Contemplating the Nature of Experience," was published last year by Non-Duality Press. He is presently working on his second book, "It is what I am."
THOMAS RAYProfessor of Zoology and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Ray earned undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry at Florida State University. He received his Masters and Doctorate in Biology from Harvard University, specializing in plant ecology. He was a member of the Society of Fellows of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In 1981 he joined the faculty of the University of Delaware, School of Life and Health Sciences. In 1993, he received a joint appointment in Computer and Information Science at U. of Delaware, and was appointed to the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. In August of 1993, he joined the new Evolutionary Systems Department at ATR (Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International) Human Information Processing Research Labs in Japan, as an invited researcher. In August 1998 he became a Professor of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Computer Science.
ALUMIT ISHAIProfessor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Zurich University
Alumit Ishai received her B.Sc. in Biology and Philosophy and M.Sc. in Biotechnology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science. After her post-doc training at the NIMH she moved to Zurich University, where she is currently a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. She investigates, using fMRI, the neural mechanisms of visual perception, mental imagery and episodic memory. In 2006 she received the Young Investigator Award of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and in 2008 was selected by the Swiss National Science Foundation as one of the top 25 scientists in Switzerland.
Jody Radzik is a graphic designer at a Silicon Valley thinktank and longtime online commentator who writes about the commerce of nonduality in the spiritual marketplace.
Kevin Krycka is director of the graduate program in existential-phenomenological psychology at Seattle University. Since joining the faculty in 1989, he has published several theoretical papers and reports from qualitative research projects. His research investigates the lived experience of change including non-dual and transformative states of consciousness, having a life-threatening physical illness, and chronic pain. He is a certified Focusing Professional and presented Focusing and theory building workshops in Japan, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, and the USA. Dr. Krycka’s work is distinguished by the priority it places on an individual’s bodily-felt meaning as it occurs within a wider responsive order.
Andrew Dreitcer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Spirituality & Director of Spiritual Formation at Claremont School of Theology, and Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University . He has co-written Beyond the Ordinary: Spirituality for Church Leaders (Eerdmans, 2000), served as co-founding director of a seminary program spiritual direction, and spent a year at the ecumenical monastic community of Taize, an experience that significantly shaped his 15-year ministry as a Presbyterian pastor. His current research interests lie in the relationship between spiritual practices and neuroscientific understandings (http://neurospirituality.blogspot.com/). Andy lives in Fairfax , California , with his wife and two daughters.
Frank Rogers, Jr.Muriel Bernice Roberts Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy
Director of Liberative Spiritual Formation Project
Dr. Rogers’ research and teaching focus is on spiritual formation that is contemplative, creative, and socially liberative. A trained spiritual director and experienced retreat leader, he has written several articles on the interconnection between spirituality and religious education. He has also explored the role of the narrative arts (storytelling, drama, creative writing, and autobiography) in the spiritual formation of youth and abused and marginalized children. He has completed his first novel and is currently working on a manuscript entitled Finding God in the Graffiti: Narrative Pedagogy with Young People.
Rabbi Henoch Dov [Howard] Hoffman
In addition to his private counseling practice, Rabbi Henoch Dov leads study groups and Spiritual-Journey expeditions in Denver, Boulder, Utah, Australia, and Israel.
* 23 years psychodrama therapist with families and individuals
* 27 years teaching Torah, Kabbalah, Jewish History and Talmud in Denver and Boulder
* 14 years as rabbi and pastoral counselor
* 23 years teaching adults at Kohelet, Talmudic Research Institute, and Kehilath Aish Kodesh
Nahid AnghaCo-Director of the International Association of Sufism
Nahid Angha, Ph. D., a Co-Director of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), the Executive Editor of the quarterly journal, Sufism: An Inquiry, and founder of the International Sufi Women Organization with seventeen Chapters around the world, who has created an intra-faith movement within Sufism through annual Sufism Symposium, now in its eighteenth year, hosting Sufi masters from the globe for a weekend dialogue. Dr. Angha is the main representative of the IAS to the United Nations (NGO/DPI), a human rights advocate, an inductee to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. An internationally published author, she is one of the major Muslim Sufi scholars and leaders of the present time with over fourteen published books, has given lectures and taught classes for over thirty years, including speaking engagement at the United Nations; Smithsonian Institute; His Majesty Mohammed IV's First International Conference on Sufism, Morocco; Women in Islam, S. Africa; Science and Spirituality, Italy, and more.
James Swartz, a Montana native, was a successful businessman in Honolulu who was awakened to the Self by a epiphany in 1967. He sold his businesses, went to India and through a miraculous set of circumstances became the disciple of one on India's foremost Vedanta masters, Swami Chinmayananda at whose feet he assimilated the teachings that set him free. He has lived like a sadhu in India for more than twenty five years. He teaches traditional Vedanta in India, Europe and America. His website www.shiningworld.com
Author and humorist Steve Bhaerman has spent the past 20 years performing “cosmic comedy” as Swami Beyondananda. Swami’s wise and wacky wit has been called both “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.” On the serious side, Steve is the co-author with cellular biologist Bruce Lipton of Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here, (Hay House, September 2009). Steve also writes a spiritual / political blog called Notes From the Trail, and is founder of the Heartland Matrix. Swami and Steve can be found online at http://www.wakeuplaughing.com.
Tomas SanderAuthor, philosopher, software designer, environmentalist
Tomas Sander is a Buddhist practitioner since 2002. He has studied mostly in the Tibetan tradition and received teachings from Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters. With Greg Goode he has been studying Buddhist and Western philosophy and its sotereological applications, which is one of his main interests today. Tomas grew up in Germany , holds a doctoral degree in mathematics and works as a research scientist in the computer industry. He lives and works in the New York area.
Nick YiangouPresident of the US branch of the Ibn Arabi Society
Nick Yiangou is currently a senior manager in the software industry, in which he has worked for the past decade. He is President of the US branch of the Ibn Arabi Society, which promotes the teachings and translations of this great spiritual teacher. He has been engaged with the Beshara School of Intensive Esoteric Education for over thirty years in the transformative work based on the principles and teachings of the way of oneness and unification, and is the Secretary of the Beshara Foundation in the US. Currently he is enrolled at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, pursuing postgraduate studies.
Kenneth D. JohnsonThisSacredSpace.org
For thirty-one years Kenny Johnson's most fervent desire was to hear his name "ringing in the streets" as a hustler, thief, and pimp. Beginning in his early teens, he was arrested thirty-seven times and spent the majority of those years in prison. Running parallel with that desire was a persistent seed of spiritual longing that would not leave him alone. In 1995, while still behind prison walls, Kenny experienced a spiritual awakening so profound that it transformed not only his prior conditioning as a criminal but his very field of consciousness. In the vast stillness that overwhelmed his mind and heart, he witnessed with intimate clarity the bondage the entire human experience is subject to and exactly where eternal freedom can be found. As a speaker and an author, he now shares that understanding intimately with his audiences. Kenny is currently the founder of "This Sacred Space," a non-profit organization that facilitates meditation and self-inquiry groups both in and out of prisons.
Jerry Katz received an M.S. in biology from the University of New Mexico where he conducted the University’s initial research into the pineal gland. In childhood he had initiations into his existence as “I Am.” In his late twenties he spent two years attending to “I Am” while working a stressful job. At age 45, the “I Am” dropped away. At 48, in 1997, he was moved to present nonduality in a way that was accessible, and started nonduality.com. He is also the editor of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, and publisher and co-editor of the Nonduality Highlights. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he organizes regular nonduality gatherings
Tim FrekeGroundbreaking scholar, best-selling author, standup philosopher
Tim is the author of over twenty books that have established his reputation as an acclaimed scholar and original free-thinker. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Christian Gnosticism, including The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top 10 best-seller in the UK and USA, and a 'Book of the Year' in the UK Daily Telegraph. His most recent books are Lucid Living and How Long Is Now? Tim is the founder of The Alliance for Lucid Living and on the board of advisors for Team Humanity; organizations dedicated to our collective awakening. Tim is also an innovative ‘stand-up philosopher’ – a concept he developed from the ancient idea of a philosopher as a travelling ‘spiritual entertainer’ who transformed people’s consciousness. Tim runs experiential seminars on waking up to oneness and celebrating separateness in Europe and the USA. Tim’s controversial books and animated live performances have inspired tens of thousands of people throughout the world. www.timfreke.com
JOHN KINEMANSenior Research Scientist, University of Colorado, USA
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, India
Visiting Scholar, Sri Sathya Sai University, India
John is a Ph.D. scientist and spiritualist applying Rashevsky/Rosen ‘relational complexity’ theory to science and its integration with inner experience. His work defines a non-dual part/whole relation as the ‘building block’ of all nature, strongly reflecting Vedic philosophy. His higher education began in physics, progressing to living and complex systems. He entered academia in 2005, retiring from federal service in environmental science and ecosystem informatics. Following a revelation in 1984 John began spiritual inquiry and meditation, facilitating ‘A Course in Miracles’ for 14 years. In 1989 John married Patricia, a spiritualist and teacher who led them both to investigate Vedic knowledge in India. John now works with universities and non-profit organizations in the USA and India, publishes, and conducts workshops presenting his theories and models in ecology, evolution, informatics, cosmology, consciousness, and ‘psi’ phenomena.