Joanna Claassen Ferraro

Joanna Claassen Ferraro has been an outdoor and early childhood educator since 2000. She runs Early Ecology, an outdoor educational program for children and families in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a former director of Esalen Institute’s Gazebo School Park. Joanna is inspired by the natural world, human kindness and the power of play.

Jnana Gowan

Jnana Gowan, a yoga instructor since 1999 and an “urban ceremonialist,” is the director of Powerhouse Education, a company dedicated to health and well-being. She integrates ceremony and ritual from the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (from Peru) into her teachings.

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Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas was mentored by Dr. Chui Nan Lai to teach Wai Dan Gong (aka “Easy Tao” qi gong). He has taught this form since 1993, including the last fifteen years at Esalen. He also teaches yoga, shiatsu, reiki and anatomy.

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Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF and is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, medical acupuncture and integrative medicine. He is an elected Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Jim Benson

Jim Benson is a certified SkyDancing Tantra teacher who has supported students and teachers-in-training internationally since 2003. A sex and intimacy coach for men, his programs include the Awakened Masculine Training and MultiOrgasmic Lover.

Jett Psaris

Jett Psaris, PhD, author of Undefended Love, Hidden Blessings: Midlife Crisis as a Spiritual Awakening, and Taking the Midlife Leap, teaches others to use intimate relationship and the midlife journey as catalysts for psycho/spiritual transformation. She has been teaching workshops about how to inhabit the full spectrum of one’s humanity since 1992.

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Jessica Wolk Benson

Jessica Wolk Benson, MFT, is a psychotherapist with extensive training and practice in experiential, attachment-based therapy. Her investigation into the reclamation of the Divine Feminine has brought about her unwavering commitment to restoring balance to the minds and hearts of humanity.

Jessica Kolbe

Jessica Kolbe is a senior teacher trainer for The Institute of Qigong and Tai Chi. Jessica leads classes, workshops, corporate wellness programs, certification trainings, and private healing sessions. She also produces an award-winning TV show, Qigong with Jessica Kolbe, which airs/streams on TVSB, and on demand.

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Jessica Fagan

Jessica Fagan, a member of the Esalen Massage staff, is a dancer and performer who is deeply immersed in the practice and teaching of Eastern and Western somatic therapies as well as Vinyasa yoga.

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Jerry Kermode

Jerry Kermode is a woodturning artist and teacher in Sebastopol, Calif. He is known as much for his sense of humor and friendly manner as for his ability with the chisel. He helps people understand the subtle nuances of cutting wood without fear or trepidation.

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Jeronimo Calderon

Jerónimo Calderón is an explorer of how to blend wellbeing with welldoing (Wellbeing Project), how to learn from nature to redefine sustainability (Amanitas) and how to build regenerative, living laboratories (Tierra Valiente). He is an author, speaker and lecturer working with unlikely allies from the United Nations to the World Economic Forum and Burning Man.

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Jerome Front

Jerome Front, LMFT, teaches at Pepperdine University and across the U.S., and has written about mindfulness, contemplative living and mindful approaches to relationships. He leads retreats, clinical workshops and corporate trainings, and has a private psychotherapy practice.

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Jennifer Ward

Jennifer Ward is a certified Change and Transition Strategist and the Program Director at Life Balance Institute. She consults with individuals and leads group workshops focusing on how to skillfully navigate major life changes and maintain a sense of well-being in times of challenge. She has trained with Phillip Moffitt since 2010 and is a longtime meditation practitioner.

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Jennifer McChristian

Jennifer McChristian is an award-winning artist who was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. In 1986, she moved to California, where she was an animation artist for Disney and Nickelodeon, among other studios. She has studied under Robert Blue, Karl Dempwolf, and Steve Huston, and leads painting and drawing workshops internationally.

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Jennifer Berezan

Jennifer Berezan is a singer/songwriter, teacher, and activist. Her groundbreaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music, ritual, and healing. She has released eight albums and produces large-scale multicultural, ecstatic ritual events.

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Jennie Oppenheimer

Jennie Oppenheimer is an artist, educator and leader of mixed media and SoulCollage® workshops. Founder of SOULIO, a venture that offers artful programs that help clarify personal and professional goals, Jennie uses arts-based practices with individuals and organizations to empower innovative problem solving, self-navigation and creative expression.

Jenn Sherer

Jenn Sherer teaches Spinefulness in Palo Alto, CA, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC and Hawaii. Recently featured for Spinefulness on NPR, Good Morning America, CNN and Real Simple magazine, Jenn holds a BS in Product Design Engineering from Stanford University.

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Jenn Sander

Jenn Sander is the Founder of Play Atélier, a business innovation consultancy that surveys, fosters, and designs space for creativity and ideation with brands and partners. Additionally, she has been leading Global Innovation and New Initiatives for Burning Man Project for the last 5 years, developing collaborations with their extended networks.

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Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster writes and speaks about the journey of healing and spiritual awakening, and invites exhausted seekers around the world to come to rest. He was voted #59 on Watkins Review's 2014 list of the world's Most Spiritually Influential Living People. He has published four books in over six languages.

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Jeena Cho

Jeena Cho is a lawyer, author and mindfulness instructor. She is a partner at JC Law Group PC and leads workshops for lawyers and works with lawyers and law firms on stress management, work-life balance, career transition and overall wellness. She is the author of The Anxious Lawyer.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, activist and author of 13 books in more than 100 foreign editions. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco and former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women. The Millionth Circle Initiative was inspired by Jean’s book and led to her to advocate for a 5th World Conference on Women.

Jean Morrison

Jean Morrison, MA, has been a certified NVC trainer since 1989. She also is an author and materials designer with a background in psychology and counseling. In all of her work, she emphasizes whole-brain learning and thinking, and holistic health.

Jean Kristeller

Jean Kristeller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, has used mindfulness-based interventions for eating-related issues for over 25 years. She receives NIH-funding, co-founded The Center for Mindful Eating, and has held faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, U. Mass. Medical School, and Indiana State University.

Jean Houston

Jean Houston, PhD, is a philosopher mentored by Margaret Mead. One of the principal founders of the human potential movement, she has written 26 books and is known for her worldwide human potential workshops.

Jean Couch

Jean Couch, originally known for her classic Runner's Yoga Book, has shown thousands of people of all ages how to improve their health. She most recently taught 50 physicians and their spouses, one of whom wrote, "I now have hope for me and my patients."

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Jaya Lakshmi

Jaya Lakshmi has been attending Native American tipi ceremonies since 1996. From this she developed a deep understanding of holding sacred space. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda Yogiji are also well-known recording artists and performers in the genres of mantra and medicine songs.

Jason Weston

Jason Weston has been practicing the principles of the Human Awareness Institute (HAI) for nearly 40 years. As a facilitator, Jason assists individuals and couples in creating  the lives they really want. Trained at the Process Therapy Institute, Jason served for many years as the executive director of HAI Global.

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Jason Nemer

Jason Nemer is the founder of acro yoga and has been blessed with many great teachers on his path. During his teenage years he trained with some of the top Russian and Bulgarian acrobatic masters. Currently he travels to teach, study, and bring communities together.

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Janis Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the memoir The Russian Word for Snow, and the novels Mary; Mrs. A. Lincoln, and A Master Plan for Rescue. She is a member of the San Francisco Zen Center.

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Janet Stone

Janet Stone traveled to India in 1996, where she dedicated herself to a conscious evolution through yoga. Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous yet sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga. She teaches in San Francisco and leads retreats internationally.

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Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is the author of the novels White Oleander, Paint it Black, and most recently The Revolution of Marina M., an epic novel a young woman’s coming of age during the Russian Revolution.

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Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer, WisdomWomen steward, is a teacher, poet, and educational visionary who believes that honoring the wisdom of our youngest citizens will transform the world. A former middle/high school English and drama teacher, she currently co-directs The Teaching Well, a non-profit organization devoted to teacher sustainability. She believes systemic change begins in speaking our authentic voices in everyday conversation.

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Jane Malek

Jane Malek met Michele Cassou in 1996 and started painting with her. She is passionate about her own painting process and her teaching. She currently assists and teaches in Point Zero painting workshops. She is on the board of the Cassou Institute for Creative Freedom.

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Jane Baraz

Jane Baraz has been practicing meditation since 1976 and leads Awakening Joy workshops internationally. She served on the board of directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and helped start the Spirit Rock Family Program. Jane is a life coach who helps women live with more purpose, balance, and fulfillment.

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Jan Hanson

Jan Hanson, MS, is an acupuncturist and nutritionist whose private practice focuses on women's health and on temperament problems in children. In addition to developing protocols for preventing and reversing maternal depletion, she has written articles and presented workshops on family health and on holistic approaches to childhood illnesses.

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Jamie Wheal

Jamie Wheal, executive director of Flow Genome Project, is a leading expert on the neuro-somatics of ultimate human performance. His work ranges from Fortune 500 companies, leading business schools, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), to Red Bull and its stable of world-class athletes.

Jamie Forsyth

Jamie R. Forsyth, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor and trainer with expertise in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Her clinical work offers unique insights into the subtle nuances of ACT as it unfolds in clinical practice.

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James Hanusa

James Hanusa is co-founder of Digital Raign and Venture Catalyst. A lifelong technologist and advocate for sustainability, James speaks on innovation and creativity. He is technology advisor to the Emerging Future Institute, impact advisor to UIX Global, futurist at Virtual World Society, and initiative-leader at Burning Man. His current research is at the intersection of art, technology, and immersive experience.

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James Guay

James Guay, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in West Hollywood, Calif., who guides his clients using mindfulness and compassion to break free from unhealthy limitations and learn to enjoy their lives more authentically.

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James Gordon

James S. Gordon, MD, is the founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. He is Clinical Professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy (under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush).

James Baraz

James Baraz is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. He is co-author of Awakening Joy and leads the popular Awakening Joy course across the U.S. and abroad. He also co-authored Awakening Joy for Kids with Michele Lilyanna. James lives in Berkeley, Calif.

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, a trained Buddhist monk, helped introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Center. His 16 books have sold more than a million copies. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, and is a father, husband, and activist.

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Ivy Mayer Lavie

Ivy Lavie is a psychotherapist in the Bay Area.  She has taught mindfulness for the Spirit Rock teen program and at events such as Wisdom 2.0. Ivy draws from Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, as well as her experiences in co-creating meaningful events as a mother in her community.

Isabelle Benarous

Isabelle Benarous is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming trainer and author of Break the Code of Your Illness. She founded the Bioreprogramming® Institute, which is dedicated to teaching practical technologies for the resolution of conflicts related to health disorders and other life challenges.

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Ira Israel

Ira Israel is a licensed psychotherapist and author of How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You're an Adult: The Path to Authenticity, as well as A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness, A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness for Anxiety, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety.

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