Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen, MFT, was a co-developer of Compassion Cultivation Training and is currently a senior teacher at the Center for Compassion, Research and Education at Stanford University and founding faculty at the Compassion Institute. She has been a meditation practitioner for almost 40 years, was one of the first ten people to be certified as an Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor and has taught worldwide.

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Kristi Funk

Kristi Funk, MD, board-certified breast cancer surgeon, best-selling author, and co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, and has helped thousands of women through breast treatment, including well-known celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow.

Alejandra Campoverdi

Alejandra Campoverdi is a women's health advocate, the founder of the Well Woman Coalition and LATINX & BRCA at Penn Medicine's Basser Center for BRCA, a certified holistic cancer specialist and a former White House aide to President Obama.

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Anne Ornish

Anne Ornish created and directs Ornish Lifestyle Medicine’s digital platform, Empower. Anne has more than 20 years of advanced training in yoga, meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and is a certified Integrative Health & Spirituality practitioner through the California Pacific Medical Center.

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Dana Sawyer

Dana Sawyer is professor emeritus of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art, and author of critically acclaimed biographies of Aldous Huxley and Huston Smith. His areas of expertise are Hinduism, Buddhism, comparative mysticism and the Perennial Philosophy. 

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LuviaJane Swanson

LuviaJane Swanson D.C., CST-D is a certified CranioSacral Therapy 1 and 2 instructor and mentor for the Upledger Institute International. Her background in massage and chiropractic has shaped her approach to manual therapy, which is deeply rooted in body mechanics and structure.

Judy Greenman

Judy Greenman, founder of Body Brain Freedom Academy, empowers people to move freely and live fully using a unique blend of CFR®, Integrated Awareness®, Feldenkrais Method® and Somatic Coaching Techniques. She travels internationally offering speaking engagements, transformational retreats, virtual courses and private coaching.

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Dean Ornish

Dean Ornish is founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif. He is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is an author and leading expert on fighting illness with dietary and lifestyle changes.

Jessica Graham

Jessica Graham is a spiritual and sexual activist, meditation teacher, author, sex and intimacy guide and filmmaker. She is contributing editor for the blog Deconstructing Yourself, she co-founded The Eastside Mindfulness Collective, founded Wild Awakening, and authored Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out.

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Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach is the executive editor of China Digital Times, a bilingual China news website. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. Her writing about China appears in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and elsewhere.

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Xiao Qiang

Xiao Qiang is director and research scientist of the Counter-Power Lab, a research group focusing on technology and free flow of information in cyberspace, based at UC Berkeley. Xiao teaches at both the School of Information and the Graduate School of Journalism, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of China Digital Times, a bilingual China news website. Xiao received the MacArthur Fellowship in 2001.

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Lucy Caldwell

Lucy Caldwell is a social psychologist, venture philanthropist and creator of the Life Revealed podcast. She has devoted herself to the science and practice of how people change, and inspiring them to live with greater authenticity, purpose and fulfillment.

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Rich Fernandez

Rich Fernandez, PhD, teaches mindfulness, wisdom and science for everyday life and work. Rich is CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, co-founder of Wisdom Labs and was the head of global executive education at Google. He is a trained psychologist, author and long-time mindfulness practitioner and teacher.

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Laurel Hanson

Laurel Hanson, MEd, is an educator specializing in coaching students to top performance in high-stakes, pressure-filled settings. She uses diverse methods including creative exercises, narrative storytelling and self-affirmations, to lower anxiety and improve self-acceptance, confidence and self-worth.

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Masood Ali Khan

Masood Ali Khan, PhD, has taught energy wellness techniques for 20 years. He is an eclectic musician, performing for 10 years at Esalen, and with three acclaimed Hand Pan yoga music albums. Masood’s shadow work training is with shadow master Robert Augustus Masters.

Deb Norton

Deb Norton is an author, story consultant and writing coach. Her book, Part Wild: A Writers Guide to Harnessing the Creative Power of Resistance, helps writers and artists overcome obstacles to finish their most important work.

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Dara Marks

Dara Marks, PhD, is the author of the best-selling book on writing, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc, and she has been rated the top script analyst in Hollywood by Creative Screenwriting Magazine. Her work helps writers engage more deeply in the creative writing process.

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Rick Tarnas

Richard Tarnas is professor of psychology and cultural history at CIIS. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, and Cosmos and Psyche, winner of the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network.

Bruce Lyon

Bruce Lyon is an author and teacher of cosmology and soul initiation. His path has been the trans-Himalayan wisdom tradition and the esoteric teachings of the world. He has written several books, founded Shamballa School, Highden Temple and is part of the wisdom council for the international School of Temple Arts.

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Jonathan Gissel

Jonathan Gissel , MS, L.Ac, CST-D graduated Bastyr University in 2002. Since 2016, he has been a Certified  Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST 1 Instructor and has helped develop course materials, such as the UMAC Menuing Chart and UMAC Chakra Chart.

John Gray

John Gray, PhD, is the author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the number one bestselling hardcover nonfiction book of the nineties. He is co-author (with Dr. Warren Farrell) of The Boy Crisis, in which he focuses on non-prescription-drug methods of preventing and reversing ADHD.

Lauren McHale

Lauren McHale is a certified group personal training specialist (NASM), yoga instructor and Senior SoulCycle instructor based in San Francisco. Her signature class, NAMASWEAT, is a blend of yoga and strength training designed to help people strike a balance between hard work and self-care.

Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy, PhD, is a three-time Nobel Prize nominee and author of The Business Plan for Peace. She is the founder of Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct which supports peace-builders in conflict areas. She advises many global peace-building initiatives including “The Elders,” Syria Campaign and Institute for Economics and Peace.

Michael "Flash" Hopkins

Michael Hopkins, aka Flash, is a legendary Burning Man figure. He is an artist, actor, instigator and storyteller. He has worked with Dana Albany on many projects. A unique character with his own creative flair, he both inspires and entertains in an unforgettable way.

Rene Henery

Rene Henery, PhD, is an ecologist and artist who holds a joint position with the University of Nevada, Reno, Global Water Center and the non-profit Trout Unlimited. Rene’s work embraces water, diversity, connectivity and equity as pathways to resilient ecosystems and communities.

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Carol Kramer

Carol Kramer, LICSW, is an advanced Imago therapist, faculty trainer and workshop presenter. Carol was trained by Dr. Harville Hendrix. She brings enthusiasm, warmth and clarity to the process of learning Imago theory. Carol has taught at Omega Institute, Kripalu and the Cape Cod Institute.

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Amelia Nagoski

Amelia Nagoski is a conservatory-trained choral conductor, specializing in the embodiment of music, emotion and connection. She is co-author, with Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle.

Rebecca Anders

Rebecca Anders is a thing-maker based in Oakland, Calif. Her works are metal and mixed media sculpture, ranging from hand-held to 40 feet tall. Rebecca has contributed large-scale sculpture to Burning Man since 1999. She has created and shown monumental interactive installations in the U.S. and internationally.

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Sharon Blackie

Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and international teacher. Her work focuses on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today.

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Nita Gage

Nita Gage, DSPS, trained with R.D. Laing at the Philadelphia Association from 1974 to 1980. She co-founded the NeuroImaginal Institute, directs Healer Within retreats and is the author (with Linda Star Wolf ) of Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.

Q'ero Shamans

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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Marcela Lobos

Marcela Lobos, MA, has been initiated in the healing traditions of the Amazon and the Andes. She was born and raised in Chile, where she worked with shamans that belong to a matriarchal society that holds the wisdom of the feminine and the passion of Mother Earth.

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Dulce Murphy

Dulce Murphy has been on the cutting edge of nongovernmental Russian-American relations for over thirty years and has worked for or with Esalen for more than forty years.  She is a founder and was a director of the Esalen Institute Soviet American Exchange Program, and became president and executive director of The Russian-American Center in San Francisco, now called TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy.

Chip Conley

Chip is a bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur. At 52, he joined Airbnb, embracing the role of a new kind of elder, one who is as curious as they are wise. In 2018, Chip created Modern Elder Academy, the world’s first midlife wisdom school.

Robert Walter & The Joseph Campbell Foundation

Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell's editor for a decade, is president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and a poet/playwright with several decades of experience as group leader, teacher, publisher and theatrical producer/director/designer.

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Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Board of Esalen Institute. He is the author of four novels including Golf in the Kingdom and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons. His nonfiction works include The Life We Are Given (with George Leonard) and The Future of the Body. During his involvement in the human potential movement, Murphy and his work have been profiled in The New Yorker and featured in magazines and journals worldwide.

Kyla Pearce

Kyla Pearce teaches yoga, meditation and mindfulness to people with brain injury, caregivers and health professionals through her work with the LoveYourBrain Foundation. Kyla is passionate about empowering people to become more active participants in their healing process through self-inquiry practices.

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Adam Pearce

Adam Pearce co-founded the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers programs to build community and foster resilience for people with TBI and their caregivers. Drawing on his experience as a caregiver and vipassana practitioner, Adam leads retreats based on the pillars of mindfulness, movement, community and nutrition.

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Jonathan Prescott

Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable and empathetic caregivers. Jonathan’s background includes hospice, cancer-care, and hospital chaplain, and a spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Jeffrey Kripal

Jeff Kripal is the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities at Rice University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Esalen. He is the author of numerous books on how to compare and think about anomalous or extreme experiences, including most recently The Flip: Who You Really Are and Why It Matters.

Zuza Engler

Zuza Engler has been on the spiral path of kinesthetic investigation into consciousness for close to three decades, through motion, stillness and process inquiry. She is a teacher of Soul Motion® and Open Floor Movement, creatrix of Embodied Inquiry, and a long-term practitioner of Buddhism and Gestalt Practice.

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Zev Felix

Zev Felix is the co-founder and creative director of Camp Grounded. As a graphic designer and web developer he spends a lot of time behind his computer for work, so he finds balance with meditation through analog crafts like crochet, face-paint, and calligraphy.

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Zaya Benazzo

Zaya Benazzo co-founded Science and Nonduality, a community that honors and nurtures the exploration and experience of nonduality as a pathway to greater wisdom and well-being in the context of the unique challenges of the 21st century.