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, mindfullness 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.


Miranda Macpherson

Miranda Macpheron has been guiding others into direct experience of the sacred for 30 years internationally. Founder of the OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation in London, today she leads the Living Grace Sangha in Northern California. Author of The Way of Grace, Miranda offers a feminine and integrated approach to nondual realization.


Mark Putnam, MD

Mark Putnam, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been leading workshops and gestalt trainings at the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for over 30 years. Mark teaches Gestalt Breath, Body and Movement, a workshop designed to deepen your awareness and integration of body and heart.

Dori Middleman, MD

Dori Middleman, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, collaborated with Esalen faculty member Mariah Gladis for 30 years. Dori co-directs the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center’s workshops and training program, does Gestalt therapy, and enjoys serving people of all backgrounds at clinics in Philadelphia and York, PA.


Diane Hetrick

Diane Hetrick has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation for several decades, in order to help people find more ease and well-being in their lives. She is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.


Dale Borglum

Dale Borglum with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine founded the conscious dying movement in the West and created the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, NM. Dale is the executive director of the Living/Dying Project. He has taught meditation since 1974 and has a doctorate degree from Stanford.


Jason Stern

Jason Stern leads Gurdjieff groups and seminars on the Fourth Way method of inner work in the U.S. and Europe. He authored Learning to Be Human, maintains a corresponding website, and publishes Chronogram, a monthly magazine.


Zhen Dao

Zhen Dao is the founder of MogaDao and the philosophy of Post-Daoism and director of SACRA: Immanence Theater. A transgender woman, she is a playwright, poet, novelist and master innovator in the arts of qigong, yoga and spiritualized martial arts.


Matt Samuelson

Matt Samuelson is the founder of High Vitality Foods and lead instructor for Living Light Culinary Institute. Matt has 20 years experience creating plant-based menus and products, working for numerous Hollywood celebrities and traveling internationally as a chef, consultant and instructor.

Jorge N. Ferrer

Jorge N. Ferrer is professor at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) located in San Francisco. Formerly the chairman of the Department of East-West Psychology, he served as an advisor to Religions for Peace at the United Nations and has written several books on transpersonal psychology and religious studies.

Heather Sullivan

Heather Sullivan, CMT, RYT-500 has been a mountain guide for 25 years leading clients and students on transformative wilderness journeys worldwide. She co-founded Balanced Rock in 2007, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire health and wellbeing through deep connection to nature and spirit in Yosemite National Park.


Pam Costa

Pam Costa, MA, left her high-tech career at Apple and Facebook to found Down To There to help the world talk more openly about sex, recently sharing her own personal journey and research on this topic at TEDx Palo Alto.

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Kari Bernardi

Kari Bernardi (Super Natural Chef) is the owner of Super Natural Foods Company and co-director of Living Light International. For over 30 years, Kari has shared her culinary expertise to help people thrive on a plant-based diet.

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Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson is president emeritus of The Land Institute, which he co-founded in Salina, Kansas in 1976 after establishing one of the country’s first environmental studies programs in California. He is the author of New Roots for Agriculture, Consulting the Genius of the Place, and Nature as Measure.


Marysia Miernowska

Marysia Miernowska is a medicine woman, teacher, author, gardener, green witch and herbalist rooted in the Wise Woman Tradition of Healing. She directs the California branch of The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education, where she holds ceremony and teaches herbal medicine, plant shamanism, regenerative farming and Earth magick.

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Mariabruna Sirabella

As Lead SoulCollage® trainer and founder of the School Of The Origins, inspired by the intelligence of nature, indigenous wisdom, perennial philosophy and Jungian psychology, Mariabruna facilitates programs and rituals internationally, inviting creativity at the service of freedom and change. Email Me www.mariabruna.com

Brady Gill

Brady Gill wants to make the world a playful place. Brady is a writer/performer, camp director of Camp Anywhere (a summer camp for grown ups) and founder of Custom Camps, which creates summer camp style retreats for companies and teams.

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Lennon Flowers

Lennon Flowers is hell-bent on creating spaces where humans can be human, out of a belief that nothing is done in isolation, and that self-help only works in community. She’s the co-founder/ED of The Dinner Party, an Ashoka Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Scholar.

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Carla Fernandez

Carla Fernandez is the co-founder of The Dinner Party and is committed to rekindling human connection around the most isolating topics of our times. She’s a senior fellow at USC’s Innovation Lab, an NYU Social Entrepreneurship Scholar and lives between Oakland and Joshua Tree.

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Brant Secunda

Brant Secunda is a world-renowned shaman in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. Recognized as a global thought leader, Brant has lectured at the Mayo Clinic, the American Holistic Medical Association, the World Health Organization and co-founded the Peace University.