Celeste Hirschman

Celeste Hirschman, M.A. is the co-founder of the Somatica Institute of Sex and Relationship Coaching. She offers her wisdom, love, and deep empathy to her students and clients as she helps them embrace the heights and navigate the challenges off all things relational. Celeste Hirschman has an M.A. in Human Sexuality Studies.

Danielle Harel

Danielle Harel, Ph.D. is the co-founder of the Somatica Institute of Sex and Relationship Coaching and the Co-Author (with Celeste Hirschman, M.A.) of three books including Making Love Real: The Intelligent Couples Guide to Lasting Intimacy and Passion. She is dedicated to self-realization and de-shamifying in all of her teaching and coaching. Dr. Harel has a Ph.D. In Human Sexuality Studies, and M.A. in Clinical Social Work.

Christopher Michel

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Louis Schwartzberg

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Anthony Giacobbe

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Jesse Bloom

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Day Schildkret

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Emily Saliers

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Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackerries, is the winner of an Ernest J. Gaines Award. She was recently nominated for The John Dos Passos Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications.

Joseph Machado

Joseph Machado is an Open Floor International faculty member, a somatic therapist and a public high school teacher in San Francisco. His commitment is to help people be themselves and resist the demands to conform that take away their ability to be the individuals they are.

Charles S. Grob

Charles S. Grob, M.D. is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  Over the last thirty years he has conducted approved clinical research with psilocybin, MDMA and ayahuasca.

Kamilah Majied

Dr. Kamilah Majied is a mental health therapist, clinical academician, and internationally engaged consultant on inclusivity and contemplative pedagogy and practice. Drawing from her decades of contemplative Buddhist practice, clinical training, and social justice leadership, Dr. Majied engages practitioners in experiencing wonder, humor and insight through transforming oppressive patterns and deepening relationships.


Janis Nakano Spivack

Janis Nakano Spivack has wandered from “old school” advertising to becoming a catalyst for the digital advertising movement. She founded CrushYourBLOCK to counterbalance her earlier work, and to transform blocks and build bridges between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials.


Douglas Drummond

Douglas has been passionately involved with teaching the 5Rhythms® since 2010. He was introduced to the 5Rhythms by his mother at 19 years old and later experienced his first class with Gabrielle Roth in New York City. His experiences were often transformational and strengthened an incredible connection between body, mind, soul and spirit. Douglas’s facilitation is grounded in integrity, safe boundaries and a fascination for the unknown. He currently serves as Director of Healing Arts & Somatics at Esalen Institute.

Jodie Evans

Jodie Evans is a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist enhanced by entheogens for almost fifty years. Co-founder of CODEPINK and on the board of Rainforest Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies and Drug Policy Alliance, she has also facilitated discussions on psychedelics at Drug Policy Alliance and Bioneers.

Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams works at the intersection of music, mindfulness and social justice, and is a pioneering voice for diversity inclusion in wellness. His book, Stay Woke, empowers us to claim our inner power, move beyond fear, and wake up to the lives we were born to live.


Saul Kuperstein

Saul Kuperstein is a Mexico City-born, Jewish, Yoruban-trained shaman. Saul’s connection to the natural world and his unique ability to peer behind the “thin veil” allows him to offer many intuitive gifts.

Teddi Dean

Teddi Dean was led by curiosity from life as a Southern California pro skateboarder to travels as a student of the Buddha. Teddi’s approach to teaching yoga and meditation is clear, practical and grounding and he is the Modern Elder Academy mindfulness leader.

Vanessa Inn

Vanessa Inn is a highly sought-after personal and professional guide who works with a variety of clients from entrepreneurs to award-winning artists to leaders on a world stage whose Modern Elder Academy course "Leading from your Essence" is exceptionally popular.


Barbara Waxman

Barbara Waxman is a gerontologist and nationally recognized life coach for adults, midlife and better. She is the author of The Middlescence Manifesto: Igniting the Passion of Midlife, and is dedicated to naming middlescence as a new stage in life.


Christine Sperber

Christine Sperber is a former pro snowboarder who has launched and operated boutique hotels, produced life-altering events, managed pro athletes and worn many entrepreneurial hats. She is a partner and the Chief Experience Officer of Modern Elder Academy.

Jeff Hamaoui

Jeff Hamaoui is a seasoned teacher and master facilitator and serves as a partner and Chief Innovation and Education Officer for Modern Elder Academy. From investing to consulting, he draws from a deep well of experience especially in the sustainability and systems worlds.   

Francoise Bourzat

Francoise Bourzat holds a MA in Somatic Psychology and an adjunct faculty in the East West Psychology Program at CIIS. Francoise has apprenticed with shamans and healers in the U.S. and Mexico. Her book Consciousness Medicine describes her method of working with expanded states of consciousness and offers a bridge between ancestral knowledge and contemporary psychotherapy.

Lori Lewis

Lori A. Lewis is certified by the Esalen Massage and Bodywork Association as a 500-hour massage practitioner, and is an authorized Deep Bodywork teacher. She lives in Santa Barbara, where she is also a hospice volunteer using bodywork as palliative care. 

HaChi Yu

HaChi Yu is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti teacher and is the founder and director of Jivamukti Yoga LaLaLå! A former professional ballerina, she was born and raised in New York City and served as program director for Jivamukti® Teacher Training programs internationally.


Chris Murchison

Chris Murchison is a passionate advocate for positive workplace culture. In his broad career he has focused his energy on developing creative means to build community at work and practices that support an experience of connection, meaning, joy and learning.

Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman, president, CEO and founder of Encore.org, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Under Marc’s leadership, Encore.org has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the U.S. and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems.

Wade Davis

Wade Davis is a Colombian-Canadian anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer whose work has focused on worldwide indigenous cultures, especially in North and South America and particularly involving the traditional uses and beliefs associated with psychoactive plants.

Alexis Slutzky

Alexis Slutzky, MFT, is a mentor, educator, guide and facilitator whose work supports cultural restoration through deep listening and inquiry, nature connection, grief tending, community ritual and conversation. Alexis holds a Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University.


Sonia Katyal

Professor Sonia Katyal’s award-winning scholarly work focuses on the intersection of technology, intellectual property and civil rights (including anti-discrimination, privacy and freedom of speech). Her current projects focus on the intersection between internet access and civil/human rights, with a special emphasis on the right to information; artificial intelligence and discrimination; trademarks and advertising; source code and the impact of trade secrecy; and a variety of projects on the intersection between gender and the commons. As a member of the university-wide Haas LGBT Cluster, Professor Katyal also works on matters regarding law, gender and sexuality.

Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson is the co-founder and executive director of Writing By Writers, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a rigorous and compassionate environment to learn the art of reading and writing from accomplished authors.

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Aubrey Streit Krug

Aubrey Streit Krug directs The Land Institute’s Ecosphere Studies program. She is a co-author of The Omaha Language and the Omaha Way.


Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan is a professor in the Information Studies and Design|Media Arts departments at UCLA. He’s the founder of the university-wide Digital Cultures Lab, which explores the meaning of technology, author of Beyond the Valley – How Innovators around the World Are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow, Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Impacts Our World, and co-author of After the Internet. He has held fellowships at MIT Media Lab and has been a teaching fellow at the Graduate School of Design and Department of Visual and Environmental Design at Harvard University. He writes regularly about issues associated with AI and ethics, is a regular speaker for TEDx Talks and makes appearances in the national media.

Fred Dust

Former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director IDEO, Fred works at the intersection of business, society and creativity applying the optimism of human-centered design to intractable challenges. Serving on the boards of the Sundance Institute, NPR and The New School, Fred is a sought after writer, thought leader and social innovator.

Carol Donahoe

Carol Donahoe has worked in retreat centers for over 20 years and has held the position of program director at Omega Institute for the past 13 years. Her passion is creating programs that have the ability to transform people’s lives.


Christine Lines

Christine Lines is executive director of the Holistic Centers Network and network weaver of the Findhorn Foundation. She is passionate about weaving the global network of holistic centers. Christine has 18 years' experience organizing retreats and programs around the world.

Ralph White

Ralph White is co-founder of the New York Open Center. He is the author of the memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning and has organized events on  consciousness and social change over four decades.


Peter Moore

Peter Moore came to Breitenbush Hot Springs in 1978 where he lived and worked as co-founder until 1985. He returned in 1988 as booking and marketing director, leaving in 1993. In 2004 Peter became the business director, a position he still holds.