CONFERENCE > SPEAKERS SAND 2012
Oct. 24th - Oct. 28th, 2012 San Rafael, CA
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Adyashanti dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. He began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for 14 years. Since then many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti. The author of The End of Your World, Emptiness Dancing, and True Meditation, Adyashanti offers spontaneous and direct nondual teachings that have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. However, Adya says, “If you filter my words through any tradition or ‘-ism’, you will miss altogether what I am saying. The liberating truth is not static; it is alive. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize that.” www.adyashanti.org
Joel R. Primack, PH.D.Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Joel R. Primack is one of the world's leading cosmologists and a creator of the foundational theory of Cold Dark Matter, which is the basis of the standard modern theory of the universe. He and his team use some of the world's biggest supercomputers to simulate the evolution of the universe, and they compare the results with observational data. Primack has recently chaired the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society, as well as the Committee on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a coauthor with Frank von Hippel of Advice and Dissent: Scientists in the Political Arena (1974). With Nancy Ellen Abrams, he is co-author of The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (Penguin/Riverhead, 2006) and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Yale University Press, 2011) http://new-universe.org . Primack and Abrams are married and have a daughter, Samara Bay (samarasworld.com).
John Hagelin, PH.D.President of the David Lynch Foundation
President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace
John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert, and leading proponent of peace. Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). His scientific contributions in the fields of electroweak unification, grand unification, super-symmetry and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. He is also responsible for the development of a highly successful Grand Unified Field Theory based on the Superstring. But Dr. Hagelin is unique among scientists in being the first to apply this most advanced knowledge for the practical benefit of humankind. He has pioneered the use of Unified Field-based technologies proven to reduce crime, violence, terrorism, and war and to promote peace throughout society—technologies derived from the ancient Vedic science of consciousness. www.hagelin.org, www.davidlynchfoundation.org
Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas), ph.d.Founder of the Diamond Approach®
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 Einsteirn'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. Freedom is living our realization, a dynamic enlightenment where our transcendent nondual truth lives personally in the world. 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.
Menas KafatosPhysicist, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, and Director, Center of Excellence CEESMO, Chapman University
Dr. Menas Kafatos is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences there from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. He has 37 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, in Earth systems science, natural hazards and climate change, remote sensing and data information systems, physics, computational and theoretical astrophysics, astronomy, and foundations in quantum theory. He has published numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (with Robert Nadeau, Springer-Verlag), Principles of Integrative Science (with Mihai Draganescu, Romanian Academy of Sciences Press), and nearly 300 articles on computational science, astrophysics, Earth systems science, hazards and global change, general relativity, cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, and consciousness. He is recipient of the Rustum Roy Award from the Chopra Foundation, February 2011, which “honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity”; an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences; Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008; Member, OCTANe Board, 2010 - present; Member, American Hellenic Council, 2011 – present; IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011, etc. He has been interviewed numerous times by: U.S. national TV networks (ABC, KCBS), international TV networks (KBS1 in Korea, ERT in Greece, several networks in Crete), national and regional newspapers and radios in Korea, Greece, and the United States.
Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeSufi Teacher
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. In 1991 he became the successor of Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. He then moved to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center (www.goldensufi.org). Author of several books on Sufism, in recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and an awakening global consciousness of oneness. More recently he has written about the feminine, the Anima Mundi (world soul), and spiritual ecology. www.workingwithoneness.org
GangajiTeacher and author
Gangaji shares a simple message - This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. A teacher and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and to be true to that discovery. www.gangaji.org
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Prof. Griffiths' principal research focus in both clinical and preclinical laboratories has been on the behavioral and subjective effects of mood-altering drugs. His research has been largely supported by grants from the National Institute on Health and he is author of over 300 journal articles and book chapters. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, and to numerous pharmaceutical companies in the development of new psychotropic drugs.
Griffiths is also currently a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence for the World Health Organization. He has an interest in meditation and the lead investigator of the psilocybin research initiative at Johns Hopkins, which includes studies of psilocybin occasioned mystical experience in healthy volunteers and cancer patients, and a pilot study of psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation.
Lothar Schäfer, Ph.D.Professor of Physical Chemistry (emeritus) at the University of Arkansas
Lothar Schäfer is a Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry (emeritus) at the University of Arkansas. His research in the areas of Physical Chemistry, Electron Diffraction, Applied Quantum Chemistry, and Computational Chemistry led his team to develop the first real-time gas electron diffraction instrument in which diffraction data are recorded on-line, enabling the first pulsed-beam, Time-Resolved Electron Diffraction studies of laser-excited molecules. Additionally, they performed the first quantum chemical geometry determinations of peptide molecules, predicting structural trends in proteins a decade before they were experimentally observed. He is the author of the book, "In Search of Divine Reality - Science as a Source of Inspiration which has been translated in Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Since 1998, Dr. Schaffer has given more than 160 public lectures in the US and abroad. He has been a guest on CUNY-TV and Chopra radio.
Francis LucilleAdvaita Teacher
Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein's own guru, "Panditji" Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers. www.francislucille.com
Marc Bekoff, PhDEvolutionary Biologist
Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. In 2009 he was with presented with the Saint Francis of Assisi Award by the Auckland (New Zealand SPCA). Marc has published more than 300 scientific and popular essays and twenty-two books including The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game (an award-winning children's book), Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce), The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint, and the Encyclopedia of Human- Animal Relationships , the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior ), and the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare . In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 1986 he became the first American to win his age-class at the Tour du Var bicycle race (also called the Master's/age-graded Tour de France. His websites are www.marcbekoff.com and, with Jane Goodall, www.ethologicalethics.org
James Austin, PhDProfessor of Neurology, Author
James Austin is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. His formal Zen training began in 1974 in Kyoto with Nanrei Kobori-Roshi, an English-speaking Rinzai master. Since then, his quest as a Zen practitioner has been to clarify how brain research can help us understand the meditative transformations of consciousness. His earlier MIT Press publications include: Zen and the Brain (1998), Zen-Brain Reflections (2006), and Selfless Insight (2009). In the latest book Meditating Selflessly (2011), he presents a simplified approach to everyday meditative practices summarized in terms of many do’s and don’ts. http://zenandthebrain.weebly.com/index.html
Nancy Ellen AbramsAuthor
Nancy Ellen Abrams is the co-author, with cosmologist Joel R. Primack, of The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos (Penguin/Riverhead, 2006) and The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World (Yale University Press, 2011). She has a B.A. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Chicago, a law degree from the University of Michigan, and a diploma in international law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. She has focused on the role of science in shaping a global politics and has worked for the International Juridical Association in Rome (a European environmental law think tank), the Ford Foundation, and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. She is also a singer/songwriter who has performed in nineteen countries, released three albums, and been featured on National Public Radio and television. Intrigued by science’s border with myth since studying with Mircea Eliade at the University of Chicago, she works as a scholar to put the discoveries of modern cosmology into a meaningful cultural context and as an artist to express their implications at a deeper level. She and Primack are married and have a daughter, Samara Bay (samarasworld.com).
Alva Noë is a writer and philosopher at UC Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. For the last decade or so his philosophical practice has concerned perception and consciousness. His current research focus is art and human nature.
Alva is the author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons From The Biology of Consciiousness (Hill and Wang / Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009) and Action in Perception (The MIT Press, 2004). The central idea of these books is that consciousness is not something that happens inside us -- not in our brains, or anywhere else; it is something we do.
Before coming to Berkeley in 2003, Alva taught in the department of philosophy at UC Santa Cruz. He received a PhD in philosophy from Harvard University in 1995; he has a BA from Columbia (1986) and a BPhil from Oxford Universiy (1986). He has been a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2007-2008). He is a research associate of the CNRS laboratory Institut Jean-Nicod in Paris. In the spring of 2003 he was a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and in the 1995-1996 academic year he was a research fellow of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~noe/
Rabbi David A. Cooper
Rabbi David A. Cooper has been called one of today's leading teachers of Jewish and Buddhist oriented meditation.He is an active student of the world's great spiritual traditions and is the author of many books and audio teachings. His audio teaching, the Mystical Kabbalah, was a best selling set published by Sounds True. Cooper's most popular book, God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Riverhead/Putnam), has been highly acclaimed and sold over one hundred and twenty thousand copies. It was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award. Cooper and his wife, Shoshana, lead Jewish oriented weeklong silent meditation retreats a few times each year. For more information, see the event section of his web site: www.rabbidavidcooper.com
David LoyZen teacher David Loy, PhD, was the Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati from 2006 to 2010. His books include "Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy" (Yale University Press, 1988). He is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi. For more information: www.davidloy.org
Evan ThompsonProfessor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and Co-Chair of the Mind and Life Institute's Program and Research Council (www.mindandlife.org
Tami SimonPublisher, CEO, and Founder of Sounds True
In 1985, at the age of 22, Tami Simon founded Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True has published more than 800 audio, video, music, and book titles along with online courses and events. A two-time winner of the Inc 500 award as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America, Sounds True is widely recognized as a pioneer in providing life-changing, practical tools that accelerate spiritual awakening and personal transformation. In addition to being the publisher and CEO of Sounds True, Tami hosts a free weekly podcast series called Insights at the Edge in which she interviews Sounds True authors about the growing edge of their life and work. Additionally, Tami is a senior meditation instructor under the guidance of Reggie Ray, who teaches in the practicing lineage of the great siddha and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. www.soundstrue.com
Antonella Vannini has PhD in cognitive psychology, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, has conducted experimental research works on emotions and retrocausality. Tai Chi instructor and expert in martial arts is interested in the encounter between East and West. She is now studying techniques which allow to harmonize mind and body and is developing the vital needs theory and the law of syntropy in the field of psychotherapy. www.sintropia.it
Ulisse Di Corpo
Ulisse Di Corpo has a degree in psychology and in experimental psychology, PhD (specializzazione) in statistics and social research, works in the field of social research and provides methodological support and software tools to researchers. In 1977 he developed the vital needs theory, which was the subject of his thesis in psychology and statistics, and since 1977 he has been working on the law of syntropy. www.sintropia.it
Master Mingtong GuQigong Master Master Mingtong Gu, received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China, Tibet and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. He is the founder of The Chi Center and Wisdom Healing Foundation. Master Gu teaches the Wisdom Healing techniques used by a Qigong hospital in China, that treated more than 200,000 patients with all types of illnesses from cancer and diabetes to heart disease, neurological disease, autoimmune disease, strokes, heart disease, depression, insomnia, backaches and headaches. The hospital reported a 95% overall success rate. He offers on-going healing intensive retreats modeled at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. More info: www.chicenter.com
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
Mukti is a spiritual teacher from the California Bay Area where she and her husband, Adyashanti, founded Open Gate Sangha in 1996 to cultivate the awakening of consciousness in those who yearn for truth, peace, and freedom. Prior to becoming a student of Adyashanti, Mukti studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 20 years. In her own teachings, Mukti points audiences back to their natural state of wholeness or undivided consciousness. Licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga, Mukti has a love of the whole of experience in form, as well as of the formless. She offers private meetings, leads monthly meditations, and is available for group satsangs and intensives by invitation. For sample teachings and more information, visit www.muktisource.org.
Matthew SchoeningElectric Cello
My name is Matthew Schoening (Shane-Ing). I play electric cello through a complex process of live looping. This means that I can record myself live, and instantly play back what I just recorded, while playing on top of it or adding to it. This results in a solo performance that can sound like a full band, or even an entire symphony. For more info please visit: http://www.soloelectriccello.com/
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 is "The Transparency of Things," subtitled "Contemplating the Nature of Experience,". His second book, "Presence Volume I The Art of Peace and Happiness and Presence Volume II The Intimacy of All Experience" has been currently released by Non-Duality Press. www.rupertspira.com
Jeff FosterNonduality author
Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, after a long period of depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’ and embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence. The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the non-dual nature of everything, and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: intimate, open, loving and spontaneous, and Jeff was left with a deep understanding of the root illusion behind all human suffering, and a love of the present moment. He presently holds meetings, retreats and private one-to-one sessions around the world, gently but directly pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. He helps people discover who they really are, beyond all thoughts and judgments about themselves, even in the midst of the stress and struggle of modern day living and intimate relationships. Jeff’s teaching style is direct and uncompromising and yet full of humanity, humor and compassion. He believes that freedom is everybody’s birthright. He belongs to no tradition or lineage, and makes his teaching accessible to all. Jeff was voted #68 on Watkins Review’s 2011 list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People – the youngest teacher on the list. Jeff has published four books in over six languages. His latest book The Deepest Acceptance will be published in 2012 by Sounds True. www.lifewithoutacentre.com
Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man's Search For His Lost Father (Los Angeles Times Discovery Book), as well as When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living. A featured blogger for Psychology Today (where his Ethical Wisdom column appears weekly), and the Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (where he was contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Yoga Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Details, AARP, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (contributing editor), and many others. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and has just published a new book, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life.
Peter BaumannFounder of the Baumann Institute
For many years, Peter Baumann has focused on the exploration of well-being and quality of life from a philosophical, conceptual and experiential perspective. In the spring of 2009, Baumann established the Baumann Institute a nonprofit educational and research corporation. “We want to find out whether or not non-dual awareness can be instrumental in the alleviation of suffering and the experience of well-being,” Baumann states. “The results of scientific research were instrumental in exploding meditation into mainstream awareness and acceptance over the last 35 years. We’re hoping over the coming decades our work may lead to similar results with non-dual awareness.” Peter Baumann has brought to all his endeavors, a satisfying balance of natural, free-flowing intuition and rational, businesslike precision. Most recently, he’s focused this innate approach on finding the secrets to “the highest quality of life.” Baumann is a happy, fulfilled human being. “We all like to share what has made a difference in our lives,” he notes. With this in mind, he’s now intent on discovering if what he’s realized for himself can be of service to a broader humanity. www.baumanninstitute.org
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D.Visionary, Professor, and Artist Fariba Bogzaran, visionary, professor and artist is the founder of the dream studies program at JFK University and co-founder of the Lucid Art Foundation. She is one of the pioneers in the field of dream studies and has received recognition of outstanding contribution to the International Association for the Study of Dreams. In the 1980's, she researched the science of lucid dreaming with Lucidity Project team at Stanford Sleep Laboratory and has written and taught the spiritual aspect of lucid dreaming, awareness methods and creativity for over twenty years. Her work with arts and consciousness connected her to the lineage of Surrealism and Dynaton group and as an artist she combines art and science to explore the mind through lucid dreaming and as a scholar she has curated numerous exhibitions since 1985. She is the author of many articles on arts, consciousness and dreams and co-author of three books: Extraordinary Dreams (SUNY, 2002); Five Keys to the Secret World of Remedios Varo (2008) and forthcoming book Integral Dreaming (SUNY). Lucid Art Foundation.
In the 1980's, she researched the science of lucid dreaming with Lucidity Project team at Stanford Sleep Laboratory and has written and taught the spiritual aspect of lucid dreaming, awareness methods and creativity for overtwenty years. Dr. Bogzaran has received recognition of outstanding contribution to the International Association for the Study of Dreams and Professor of the Year from Graduate School for Holistic Studies, John F. Kennedy University. www.bogzaran.com
Sally KemptonSally Kempton is a powerful teacher of applied non-dual wisdom, known for her ability to kindle meditative states in others, and to help students apply non-dual awareness to practical life. She teaches teleclasses, retreats, and workshops, appearing regularly at conference centers such as Esalen and Kripalu. Sally is the author of "Meditation for the Love of It," which one reviewer called "the meditation book your heart wants you to read." She writes a regular column, "Wisdom" for Yoga Journal, as well as a column called "Meditation for Life" on the Internet religious site Patheos.com http://Patheos.com. A former swami in a Vedic order, Sally trained for thirty years in the close company of two enlightened masters. Sally's teachings are based on Kashmir Shaiva tantra, and combine the wisdom of that tradition with the practical understandings of contemporary psychology and Integral theory. Her website is www.sallykempton.com
Master Puppetji speaks to all. His insightful and useless “Socksangs” are light-hearted reminders that help us open our eyes to a new way of SEEING. A master at squashing illusion with Wizdumb, humor and meaningless insights, Puppetji cuts through the spiritual mumbo-jumbo and gets right to The Truth: According to Puppetji. Considered to be one of our last great enlightened masters, Puppetji selflessly delivers his meaningless words of Wizdumb to anyone who will listen and even those who don’t. Puppetji’s message is simple: “You take life too seriously…Enlighten-up”. www.puppetji.com
Kenneth D. Johnsonwww.ThisSacredSpace.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. Kenny is the author of the newly relsead book "The Last Hustle".
Peggy La Cerra, PhDDirector of the Center for Evolutionary Neuroscience Peggy La Cerra is the Director of the Center for Evolutionary Neuroscience, a research and educational nonprofit that examines human nature and the human condition from the perspective of an energetic (thermodynamic) evolutionary model of the neurocognitive architecture. She is also a columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine (‘Our Evolving Selves’) and a neuroscientific consultant to The Baumann Institute
Robert Dittler, ph.d.
Once upon a time there was a guy named Robert M. Dittler. He entered this realm in San Francisco, California, USA and has since lived in many parts Earth. The universe is his home. He earned a Classical Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, making him somewhat "competent" till the 12th Century CE or so. Later, he finished a Masters of Arts program in Counseling and Guidance. Finally, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophical Psychology. He has taught in many different levels and settings: Home-Hospital, US Navy Air Craft carriers and ships at-sea, typical classrooms (high school and college), serving the Learning Handicapped as well as educating 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. He is a Yoga and Soto Zen practitioner. His main interest is belief systems: their creation, reformulation, and replacement in the service of increasing one's own integrity. Robert's wide and varied experience and his personable manner make his workshops challenging, memorable and delightful.
Laura CaseResearcher, Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego
Laura Case is a PhD candidate at the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. She conducts research on mind-body interaction and neural representations of the body with the eminent neurologist Dr. V. S. Ramachandran. Laura obtained her B.A. degree from Wellesley College in Neuroscience and Philosophy in 2006, then received a post-baccalaureate research award to conduct research on Autism Spectrum Disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. Her dissertation, in progress, is titled "When the Body feels Wrong: The Role of Sensory Processing and Parietal Body Representation in Anorexia Nervosa, Transsexuality, and Alternating Gender Incongruity." She has published research on autism, multisensory integration in individuals with anorexia, effects of mirror neurons/visual feedback on the perception of touch and pain, and the brain basis of gender. In her spare time Laura enjoys researching alternative and complementary medicine and practicing yoga.
Chuck Hillig is a modern spiritual teacher, author and licensed psychotherapist whose clarity of expression has earned him the admiration and praise of many notable writers and lecturers in this area. Chuck writes personally and directly about the essence of non-dual spirituality and presents its astonishing truths to the average reader in ways that are totally unique, completely accessible and absolutely life-changing. Using his studies in both eastern philosophy and western psychology, Chuck’s five unique books present a world view that shows his readers how to fully live a truly enlightened and authentic life in the 21st Century by waking up to who they really are. His books and interviews about non-dualism have been published in nine languages. Chuck appears in the new Leap 3.0 movie as well as in many recent videos on youtube. Website: www.chuckhillig.com
To Lifewww.tolifemusic.com “TO LIFE !” – Music for the next Millennia !!! “TO LIFE !” has crowds grooving to an energetic, hip, world music sound that is infused with a funky, tribal energy. Jon Jon on guitar and vocals, Osher on didgeridoo, percussions, and vocals, and LO on dun dun drums and vocals, “TO LIFE !” creates a rich cultural sound that invites you to dance and move ! Influenced by musical styles from around the world “TO LIFE !” journeys through cultural landscapes that takes audiences from inner “Sanctuary” to outer “Ecstatic”! “TO LIFE !” is a celebration of life and an expression of joy that resonates from our ancestral memories to our future potential, and embraces the “whole being” of our divine selves in the present Now ! “TO LIFE !”
UnmaniTeacher and Author Unmani points very directly to who you really are beyond all the words and concepts. If there is a readiness to hear this, then there is a possibility to investigate the reality of everything that you have ever believed in. Realizing more and more that your whole life is based on an assumption of who you think you are, there is a total freefall into not knowing. Unmani travels around the world offering spontaneous and uncompromising nondual Meetings and Retreats in 'Not-Knowing'. These Retreats have an intensely intimate flavor as Unmani invites you to wake up to the way it actually is beyond all your hopes and fears. In having a dialogue with Unmani there is no escape from the unknowable reality of life.
Unmani is the author of two books ‘I am Life itself’ and ‘Die to Love’ and is now writing a third book. www.die-to-love.com
Youssoupha SidibeThe music of Youssoupha Sidibe is deeply infused with a longing for the full realization of divine love in this world. Youssoupha’s musical career began over twenty years ago in his home of Senegal, West Africa, where he was trained as a Kora player at the National Music Conservatory of Senegal. His music fuses traditional West African sounds on the Kora, with the Sufi devotional chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community. The angelic sounds of the Kora, an indigenous harp, soulfully carry Youssoupha’s devotional lyrics sung in Wolof, Arabic, French and English.
Ellen EmmetMovement Therapist Ellen is a psychotherapist and dance movement therapist in the tradition of non-duality. She received her MA in Transpersonal psychology at JFK University in California and has studied the yoga of non-duality for many years with her teacher Francis Lucille. www.ellenemmet.com
Kurt JohnsonDr. Kurt Johnson has worked in science and spirituality for over 40 years. His book The Coming Interspiritual Age, endorsed by leaders from across the spiritual and transformational communities, will appear in late 2012. As a Christian monk he founded (with Br. Wayne Teasdale) InterSpiritual Dialogue (www.isdna.org) for discussion of contemplative experience across traditions. He also works with The Contemplative Alliance (www.gpiw.org) and Integral communities (www.integral-dharma.org). In 2005 Kurt began giving “Satsang” associated with Pamela Wilson. In science Kurt’s PhD is in evolution, ecology, systematics and comparative biology. Associated with the American Museum of Natural History (30 yrs.) he published 200+ articles on evolution and ecology, the bestselling book Nabokov’s Blues (2000), and (as a co-author) the 2011 Harvard DNA sequence study vindicating Vladimir Nabokov’s views of evolution.
Drew DellingerSpoken word poet, professor, writer, activist
Drew Dellinger (PhD candidate) is a poet, teacher, writer and speaker who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement Press. www.drewdellinger.org
AYSHEGUL ASHKISufi Guide, MA, HHP
Ashki's journey of Self-dis-covery has begun at 17 through Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Siddhi Programs, and continued on through various Sacred Traditions including Mystical Christianity, Vedanta and Zen, culminating in Universal Sufism. She has been sharing Universal Sufi teachings alongside with her beloved husband Kaan for the last two decades through the prompting of their beloved teacher late Dr. Lex Hixon/Sheikh Nur who appointed them as his successors. While her non-dual wisdom teachings and practices are rooted in Islamic Sufism, she universalizes these on the shared core principles of human mystic experience. Shaykha Ashki is now working on two books; writing her first book 'NonDual Wisdom Teachings of Rumi' which is based on Rumi's Masterpiece Masnavi, and translating her teacher Dr. Lex Hixon's 'Coming Home: Enlightenment Experience in Sacred Traditions' into Turkish. Ashki leads monthly Interfaith Sufi Peace Retreats, participates in Interfaith and Trans-traditional Councils, Teleseminars, Oneness Movements, and Community Service Groups. Ashki holds a BA in Education, an HHP in Healing Arts, and an MA in Science of Creative Intelligence from Maharishi University of Management. She is of Turkish origin, married and has three children. She currently resides and shares the Nondual Sufi Teachings in Tustin, California.
Catherine Pépin, Ph.D.Theoretical Physicist, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Saclay, France
Catherine is a French theoretical physicist working in the field of Quantum Emergent phenomena. Quantum Field theory, complexity and emergence are the key words of this research where quantum physics, originally designed to describe the realm of the microcosm, is found to emerge at the macroscopic scale in the form of very mysterious and spectacular phenomena. Catherine obtained her PhD from the University of Grenoble and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 she was a post doctorate research fellow at MIT (USA), followed by two years at Brasenose College, Oxford University (UK). Since 2001, she is permanent research scientist at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Saclay, France. Author of more than 50 scientific publications in Quantum Field Theory and Condensed Matter Physics, she is a Leader Research Scientist of her institution since 2007. In 2005, she received a strong spiritual call which told with no doubt that in addition to the wonders of Scientific endeavour, there is an unmistakable Otherness, a presence impalpable to the mind. Her spiritual quest thus started in June 2006 with the meeting of late Stephen Jourdain'. During the year 2007, she went through a Shamanic initiation involving Iboga and Ayahuasca, the African and South Amazon sacred plants known to open doors of the Spirit. She spent a few years with Andrew Cohen, studying until recently the teachings of Evolutionary Enlightenment. She believes the spiritual call received in 2005, while she was still a fundamentally materialistic scientist, was not an accident . It was an experience of a universal longing in the human Soul for a deep and uncompromising re-union of Science and Spirit.
Richard Lang spends most of his time working to make more available the Headless Way – a modern, experimental way home to who we really are. Richard discovered headlessness in 1970 when he met Douglas Harding, author of On Having No Head. They became friends. Since then he has travelled widely giving hundreds of workshops, written two books and produced a CD and videos that share the headless way experiments. He is part of a world-wide community of friends who value headlessness. Richard set up headless.org and is encouraged by the growing numbers of people who visit, do the experiments, and see who they really are.http://www.headless.org/
Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than forty years, as both practitioner and author. The latest of his many books, American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, was named one of the top ten religion books of the year by both Huffington Post and the American Library Association. A public speaker, Interfaith Minister and spiritual counselor, he has lectured and led workshops throughout the country and has appeared in national media. He blogs regularly on Huffington Post and Elephant Journal. His websites are http://www.AmericanVeda.com and http://www.PhilipGoldberg.com
Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude on Eagle Island, Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. Cynthia is the author of seven books: The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Chanting the Psalms, and Love is Stronger Than Death.. She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life. She is a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California. www.contemplative.org
Pamela speaks the Truth of advaita, non-duality - that the universe is one undivided whole. For the last twelve years she has traveled widely in the United States, Canada and Europe, holding satsang and giving private sessions. Week-long retreats have been held in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, the United Kingdom, 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 Napa, California. www.pamelasatsang.com
John Prendergast, ph.d.Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
Senior Editor of The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence
John J. Prendergast, Ph.D, is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at CIIS, and the senior editor of (with P. Fenner and S. Krystal) and contributor to The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (2003) and (with K. Bradford) Listening from the Heart of Silence (2007). He has a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael and runs several self-inquiry groups. His primary teachers have been Jean Klein and Adyashanti. www.listeningfromsilence.com
“There is nothing sweeter than seeing the emptiness of all things.” This is what Scott Kiloby’s work is all about.
Scott Kiloby is the author of “Love’s Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search,” “Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment,” Living Realization: Your Present Experience As It Is,” and Living Relationship: Finding Harmony with Others. Scott has developed the “Living Inquiries” which are tools for seeing the emptiness of self as it shows up in relationships. He is also the creator of a new addiction/recovery method called the Natural Rest Presence Method. Scott’s main websites are www.livingrealization.org and www.kiloby.com. These sites contain writings, videos, and audio interviews with a wide diversity of teachers, authors, scientists, and psychologists as well as information about private sessions with Scott and online interactivity groups.
Mokshananda, for the last 11 years, is a spiritual teacher by the request of Adyashanti. In addition, since 2008, by the request of Ken Wilber, he is a spiritual teacher at the Integral Institute’s Integral Spiritual Center. Mokshananda’s work includes 12 years with an ayahuascan shaman and 20 years with Siddha Yoga master Gurumayi Chidvalasananda. He also practices as a clinical psychotherapist and is an advisor to the Baumann Insitute.
James R. DotyStanford Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Founder and Director of CCARE, Stanford University
James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having 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.
Hozan Alan SenaukeSoto Zen Buddhist Priest
Hozan Alan Senauke is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Alan serves as vice-abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, where he lives with his wife Laurie.
Alan is founder of the Clear View Project, developing Buddhist-based resources for relief and social change. In the last several years, Clear View has supported India’s ex-untouchable Buddhists, and Burma’s monks, nuns, and activists in their yearning for democracy. He was executive director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship from 1991 through 2001, and remains active in BPF as Senior Advisor. Alan is also a member of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists’ Advisory Council.
In another realm, Alan has been a close student and active performer of American traditional music for nearly fifty years.
Clear View Project’s website: http://www.clearviewproject.org/
Geshe ChaphurGeshe Chaphur received his Geshe degree in 2008 from the Bön Dialectic School at Menri Monastery, the principal monastery for the Bön tradition. He completed fifteen years of studies in Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen and is an accomplished Dzogchen Master. He has broad research interests, but he currently focuses on the poems and songs of realization of the masters of the Oral Tradition of Zhang Zhung (the indigenous culture of Tibet). He is the founder and spiritual leader of Gyalshen Institute, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, an organization dedicated to preserving and translating the teachings of the Bön tradition. www.gyalshen.org
Jack PetrankerBuddhist meditation teacher
Jack Petranker is a close student of Tarthang Tulku, an author in the field of consciousness studies, and a Buddhist meditation teacher. He was principal editor of five books in the TSK series. The director of the Center for Creative Inquiry in Berkeley, CA, which presents classes in creative inquiry inspired by TSK, he has taught the TSK vision for more than thirty years.
Vikram Gandhi is the award-winning director and subject of the film "Kumaré". Born to a devout Hindu family, Vikram began studying vedanta, yoga, and meditation from a young age. In 2010, after nearly a decade of meeting and interviewing spiritual leaders around the world, Vikram transformed himself into the Guru Kumaré. As Sri Kumaré, he journeyed to the South West USA to teach a self-created philosophy called the Mirror. The Mirror teaches that gurus are merely a reflection of the teachers within us; that from illusions we can create our truth. Vikram lives in New York City and Sri Kumaré is a manifestation of his ideal self. www.kumaremovie.com/home/
Roger HousdenSpeaker and Author
Roger Housden is an inspirational speaker and author of 20 art, poetry, and travel books that ask deep questions about the way we live—that encourage us, before we die, to live into the best that we are. His latest book Ten Poems to Say Goodbye was published in February 2012. Roger’s work has been featured often in Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. http://rogerhousden.com/ Poetry Recital: Self Inside Self:
“ A good poem is the distillation of a universal truth; its precision and clarity enables it to slip through the sentries of the heart to your core. When you feel something viscerally, when you know it in your bones, you can act on it. ” –Roger Housden
Judith Orloff, M.Ed, is a teacher and student of ancient wisdom, a spiritual guide, transpersonal therapist, and published author. For the past 35 years, she has explored the invisible world of non-dual awareness, intimacy and unconditional love, meeting people she works with in the deepest way. Judith was co-founder of Burlington College, founder of Choices, International and Educational Discoveries through which her work reached thousands. Together with Melissa Stuart, she is the co-founder of Radical Love Foundation, an organization offering simple processes to dissolve and transform hurtful conditioned patterns - for the benefit of all. www.radicallovefoundation.org
Éric BaretWithout either diploma or culture, Éric Baret has no special competence. Touched by the non-dual tradition through Jean Klein's teaching, he proposes that one turns towards listening, free of any notion of gain. Nothing taught, no teacher.
Meetings for the joy of being nothing. http://www.bhairava.ws/
David EllzeyGlobal Entertainer
After receiving standing ovations at the last few conferences, David is glad to be a part of this important event once more. Often called, “an alchemist of space”, David is a performer, humorist, and #1 best-selling author, who has inspired a quarter of a million people worldwide to laugh and uncover a boundless sense of being. At an early age, he studied how to create universes in space and silence through the ancient art form of pantomime under the teaching of a Kabbalah master. David is known for his side-splittingly funny physical performance skills, humorously enlightened characters, and astute commentary on this human journey of awakening. His new book, The Ocean of Now, focuses on the joy and potential awakening found only in the present moment, even as your eyes rest upon these words. http://www.davidellzey.com/
What Meriel Gold (Hoare) finds she loves about drawing and painting is
the “stop” as her brush or hand touches the canvas or
paper, like a kind of rest. It seems in this pause or rest that we
are, as it were, drawn home into the quietness of ourself, which she
feels is what we are all really yearning for, and which infact, is always here, just waiting to be noticed!
Meriel has been painting and drawing all her life. She studied at the Slade School of Art in London, with Oscar Kokoshka in his School of Seeing in Salzburg and with Cecil Collins.
Dorothy Hunt, LCSWSpiritual Teacher and Director, Moon Mountain Sangha, Inc.
Founder, San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy
Licensed psychotherapist in practice since 1967
Dorothy Hunt, Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaches at the request of Adyashanti. She has practiced psychotherapy since 1967 and is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Self-inquiry, as taught by Ramana Maharshi, led to the first of a series of awakenings. In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited to see beyond identification with the Absolute, allowing dualities to collapse. Dorothy is the author of Only This!, a contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, Listening from the Heart of Silence, and the on-line journal Undivided. For more information, visit www.dorothyhunt.org
Gordon Cornwall, Ph.DGordon Cornwall aims to reform the concepts of person and self. Starting from the puzzles of personal identity raised by Derek Parfit and other philosophers in the 1980’s, he pursued the subject through the contemporary work of Thomas Metzinger, Ray Martin, Daniel Kolak, and the animalist school. Finding that philosophical insight alone sheds insufficient light on why we believe the things we do about the self, he broadened his approach to include evolution, ethology, AI, and recent advances in neuroscience, drawing on the work of Damasio, Ramachandran and Keysers. He is developing a multidisciplinary view of the adaptive functions of the self that helps explain some of the notorious illusions associated with it. The Phantom Self (www.phantomself.org).
Marlies Cocheret de la MoriniEreMarlies Cocheret de la Morinière, MA: With love, directness, and humor, Marlies invites our spirituality down from the clouds right into this human body experience. For more than 15 years she has been ushering seekers into the mysteries of living the divine in the body. She has been offering satsangs and retreats since 2000 when Adyashanti asked her to teach. Marlies works as a spiritual teacher, psychologist, a certified Hakomi therapist and a certified tantric educator internationally. She has spoken on different subjects at many non-dual conferences. Marlies is interviewed in Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdomby R.M. Robinson. www.marliescocheret.com.
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.
Peter Francis DziubanAuthor/lecturer on Consciousness
Peter Francis Dziuban (pronounced Juban) is an author and lecturer on spirituality and nonduality—although he prefers not to be placed in any category or tradition. His work is concerned primarily with nondual Infinity—not as a concept or theory, but as alive experience.
Peter is completing his second book, Simply Notice – Book 1, to be published late 2012/early 2013. Simply Notice is intended to be a series of books, designed to make the deeper points of nondual awareness clear and accessible to the general public. Through simple noticing exercises, Book 1 exposes and reverses the age-old belief of Life being on earth—revealing “earth” to be but mere perceptions in unlimited Life, Love. www.SimplyNotice.com
Peter’s first book, Consciousness Is All, is a thorough examination of the infinite nature of Reality, with an experiential bias, enabling readers to experience for themselves. He also lectures around the country and maintains the popular website www.ConsciousnessIsAll.com and blog, “Reality Check.”
EMMANUEL DROUETEmmanuel Drouet, is professor of Virology at the University of Grenoble (France), and previously served as a biomedical pathologist in the Institut Pasteur (Lyon, France). As scientist in EMBL laboratory (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), Dr Drouet’s research investigates the persisting viruses in human (RNA and DNA viruses) and the balance with our host immune system. He focuses on their effects on humans (both their impact in pathology and their symbiotic relationships in humans). Relying on clinical observations, Drouet pioneered experiments about the positive role of some viruses (human herpesviruses, human endogenous retroviruses) on human health. His studies shed a new light on microbial agents, behaving alternatively in a cooperative or destructive way depending on the environment they find themselves in. Drouet explains how this shows us the same life living the 'universality' of biological patterns manifesting in nature throughout all the magnitudes. He says the deeper he looks the more he sees a similarity between the “viral” world and ourselves; he will try to demonstrate that the play of life is what it is before the labeling of good or bad. He has published over 65 book chapters and journal articles in clinical microbiology and immunology as well as fundamental biology.
Shauna Shapiro, ph.d.
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.
Laura Inserra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. A native of Sicily, her work in Italy is well-known, including integral participation in the composition of numerous movie scores and the artistic direction of innovative live productions. Inserra performed internationally in prestigious festivals and theaters in Italy and the US that include: The Colosseum (Rome), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), Teatro Olimpico (Rome), The Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland), CounterPULSE (SF), NOHSpace (SF) and San Francisco City Hall among others. An internationally acclaimed Hang player, Inserra has collaborated with various artists globally. The Hang has been dubbed as "the new instrument of this Millennium". Her performances are infused with a unique blend of musical inspiration and melodic harmonies which deeply resonate with audiences worldwide. In 2007 she moved to the Bay Area and she founded Samavesha, a non-profit multidisciplinary performing arts organization. Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality, and the passion that she brings on the stage. More info: www.laurainserra.com
Dr. Lieff graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in mathematics and from Harvard Medical School with an M.D. He has been a lifelong practitioner of meditation and has lectured widely on a broad range of topics. As an active blogger www.jonlieffmd.com , he explores the scientific evidence that supports the emerging view of mind as an integral aspect of nature. He is a practicing neuropsychiatrist and a specialist in the interface of psychiatry, neurology, and medicine. Dr. Lieff is a past-president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP), the national subspecialty association. As president, he helped found the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. He was the editor of the AAGP Newsletter for seven years and a consulting editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry for 10 years. He helped found the Geriatric Psychiatry Committee and the High Technology Committee for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He has been a member of several APA committees and chaired their Committee on Telemedicine.
Richard Wormstall is a PhD candidate in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. His vision for the awakening heart of humanity is cosmological in scope and personal in its focus. With the intention of bringing into contemporary consciousness an epistemology of enchantment—the understanding that we can learn from our allurement toward the world—he has taught classes at CIIS, presented at IONS, and participated in the curriculum development of the World View Literacy Project. As a passionate musician, Richard continually explores the cosmological significance of music to enchant the soul through sympathetic resonance, has composed the soundtrack for the documentary “Call of Life,” and is currently involved in the making of the “Walk Through Time” smart phone application. His affirmative tone to the central heart of evolution conveys the spirit of life as it moves toward greater union, and toward a deepened appreciation for the sacred dimensions of a living universe.
Anasuya Krishnaswamy, Ph.D/M.F.A., a scientist and writer, has done research in experimental solid-state physics, earned a yoga teacher certification, and is a graduate of the Peruvian based Light Body School of the Four Winds Society. www.chartyourjourney.com
Mark Deutsch Mark Deutsch can best be described as a 21st century Renaissance man. A professional musician since the age of twelve, he is a visionary artist with a background in non-linear mathematics, sacred systems and cosmology. As a classically trained bassist and sitar player he has gained extensive experience in orchestral ensembles, world music traditions, jazz combos, and solo sitar performance. Whilst studying sitar and North Indian classical music with the legendary Ustad Imrat Khan, Mark began delving deeper into the universal fundamentals of music and their underlying frequency structures. These studies culminated in 1999 with Mark being awarded the US patent for his ground breaking new instrument the Bazantar - a five-string acoustic bass fitted with an additional twenty-nine sympathetic strings and four drone strings. The result is a remarkable instrument that weaves a mesmerizing soundscape of resonance, and evokes all the power of Western classical music with the depth and nuance of Eastern traditions. http://www.bazantar.com/