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.

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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.


Jenny Rooke

Dr. Jenny Rooke is the founder and Managing Director of Genoa Ventures, which invests in early-stage companies innovating at the intersection of biology and technology. She previously served as a Senior Program Officer of the Global Health Discovery group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jenny holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University.

Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman is the director of Training at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. Eve’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB.


Nancy Levin

Nancy Levin is a master coach and best-selling author of several books including Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free (Hay House, January 2020) offering in-depth coaching programs and trainings designed to support clients with permission to put themselves first.

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Yingzhao Liu

Yingzhao Liu is a lecturer at Stanford and has recently been design director for international markets at LinkedIn. She integrates deep spiritual practice with our complex modern life, drawing from Buddhism as well as the Native American path. Ying has also led experiential education for over a decade, and loves to facilitate group processes in nature.

Sydney Spears

Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW, LSCSW, TCTSY-F, is a licensed clinical social worker, adaptive yoga facilitator, mindfulness instructor and professor in the Kansas City area. She is passionately committed to advancing social justice efforts through providing and maintaining a non-oppressive, trauma-sensitive and culturally responsive practice.

Bristol Baughan

Bristol Baughan is a professional leadership coach, speaker and executive producer of Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated films. She is a TED fellow, founder of Inner Astronauts and holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

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Erika Rosenberg

Erika Rosenberg, PhD, is founding faculty and director of research at The Compassion Institute, senior teacher at Stanford’s CCARE, and co-author of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Program. A scientist and meditation teacher, Erika brings multiple perspectives to the understanding of emotions and the growth of compassion.

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Linda Wobeskya

Linda Wobeskya, MSPT, is a physical therapist and dedicated teacher with more than 40 years of teaching experience in a variety of fields including Zero Balancing, physical therapy, anatomy and dance. She practices Zero Balancing in Mill Valley, Calif.

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Jessica Gelson

Jessica Gelson, MFT, is a therapist in private practice who helps people transform by engaging body, mind and emotions. She promotes learning and growth by creating a safe and steady space that welcomes everything that clients may want to explore.


Dabney Alix

Dabney Alix, founder of 'Shades of Awakening', a speaker series and online peer support movement that provides a safe community space for discussion and story sharing on all topics related to spiritual emergency and extreme states.

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Juan Apaza Flores

Q'ero Shamans don Juan and don Pascual are traveling from the high Andes to share the wisdom of the Q’ero, the Quechua-speaking Andean people of south-central Peru. The Q’ero preserve a sacred prophecy of a great change, or "pachacuti," in which the world would be turned right side up, harmony and order would be restored, and chaos and disorder ended.

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Pascual Apaza Flores

Q'ero Shamans don Juan and don Pascual are traveling from the high Andes to share the wisdom of the Q’ero, the Quechua-speaking Andean people of south-central Peru. The Q’ero preserve a sacred prophecy of a great change, or "pachacuti," in which the world would be turned right side up, harmony and order would be restored, and chaos and disorder ended.

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Gogo Ekhaya

Gogo Ekhaya is a certified peer recovery specialist in the mental health field, a trauma survivor, a spiritual coach and initiated healer in the South African Sangoma tradition. She is trained in Trauma Informed Practices and blends these techniques with shamanic healing for a holistic approach to mental wellness.

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Phil Borges

Phil Borges produces films, exhibitions and books designed to raise awareness and inspire support for social and environmental issues facing people in the developing world.


Jen Hastings

Jen Hastings is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood, Mar Monte, Santa Cruz. Jennifer is assistant clinical professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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Ben Geilhufe

Ben Geilhufe is the director of community-based clinical programs for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center, adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University, co-facilitator of the Gender Therapist Team of the Central Coast, and a clinician in private practice in Santa Cruz, CA.

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Linda Evans Delman

Linda Evans Delman has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method and conducting programs internationally for 20 years. Her deep passion is in connecting work through the body with the spiritual depths of the human being.

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Prajna Vieira

Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble and is also known for her work with Jai Uttal and other artists. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and Bhakti arts.

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David Estes

David is the lead singer of the Ananda Rasa Kirtan band. His kirtan is rooted in traditional sanskrit chants sung to original Indian raga melodies and explores the ecstatic and mystical moods of Bhakti.

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Grace Gamboa

Grace Gamboa is an entrepreneur, thought leader, consultant, advisor and mentor. Her training includes Enneagram personality styles, somatic psychology, movement therapy and relational and body intelligence. As a credentialed coach, Grace empowers people and organizations to fulfill their dreams and desires.

Zak Dychtwald

Zak Dychtwald is the author of Young China: How the Restless Generation Will Change Their Country and the World. He is also the founder of Young China Group, a think tank and consultancy. At 28, Zak has spoken at forums and summits across four continents. He grew up coming to Esalen with his dad.

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Katharina Sophia Volz

Katharina Sophia Volz is a medical researcher and entrepreneur. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of OccamzRazor, a start-up in San Francisco that looks to identify cures for Parkinson's Disease using machine learning.

Carrie Northover

Carrie Northover is the Director of Research Services at 23andMe. She leads the Project Management function, a team responsible for executing on strategic cross-functional projects such as research partnerships and product launches. She earned her PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

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Ahmed Alashwa

Ahmed Alashwa teaches meditation at Stanford University using neuro- and bio-feedback technologies. He focuses on accelerating brain learning, flow states and peak performance. Ahmed teaches from unscripted direct experience. His workshops on human flourishing run throughout the world.

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Day Nguyen

Day Nguyen was a monastic disciple and attendant of Thich Nhat Hanh for 10 years. He continues his journey as a trauma integration facilitator and meditation teacher. Day is passionate about community resiliency, conscious dance and impromptu tea circles.

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Monica Hanson

Monica Hanson is an educator and trainer specializing in the Compassion Program developed at Stanford University. She is also a founding faculty of the Compassion Institute, a global advocate for compassion training in health care, education, law enforcement and corporations. 

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