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 is the 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 an author, spiritual teacher, certified peer recovery specialist in the mental health field 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 is a human rights photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has witnessed how indigenous cultures worldwide often identify “psychotic” symptoms as a sign of shamanic potential. His film CRAZYWISE and his latest work explore the deeper understandings of, and effective approaches to, a mental health crisis.

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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, Calif.

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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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 and the founder of the Well Woman Coalition and LATINX & BRCA at Penn Medicine's Basser Center for BRCA. She is a certified holistic cancer specialist.

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 both energy-based and 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 meditation teacher, author, sex, relationship, spirituality guide and filmmaker. She is contributing editor for the blog Deconstructing Yourself, co-founder of The Eastside Mindfulness Collective, founder of Wild Awakening and author of Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out.

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 the science of well-being 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 longtime mindfulness practitioner and teacher.

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.

Dara Marks

Dara Marks, PhD, is the author of the best-selling book on writing, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc, and 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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