Amelia Nagoski

Amelia Nagoski is a conservatory-trained choral conductor, specializing in the embodiment of music, emotion and connection. She is co-author, with Emily Nagoski (her twin sister), of 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. She has contributed large-scale sculpture to Burning Man since 1999, and 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.

Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron is a musician, educator, and composer for film, television, dance and theater. He worked with the Dalai Lama, Sufi leader Pir Zia Iniyat Khan, Sufi master Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest Hirokazu Kosaka, neuroscientists Mark Waldman, Andrew Goodman, and others. In 2006, he won an Oscar® for West Bank Story.

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Ysaye Barnwell

Ysaye Barnwell, a former member of the African-American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in The Rock, is a composer, arranger, author and actress. A vocalist with a range of more than three octaves, she appears on more than 30 recordings with Sweet Honey and other artists. She is the curator and composer for The Fortune's Bones Project®.

Yang Yang

Yang Yang, PhD, is the author of Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power. A traditionally trained taiji/qigong master, he is director of the Center for Taiji Studies in New York, and a researcher and taiji/qigong instructor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Ya'Acov Darling Khan

Ya’Acov Darling Khan has been recognized by elder shamans from the Sami, Achuar, and Sappara peoples of the Amazon. He is the co-founder of Movement Medicine and has led workshops around the world since 1989. He co-wrote Movement Medicine: How to Awaken, Dance and Live Your Dreams and wrote Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House, 2017).

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Xoli Redmond

Xoli Redmond, PsyD, serves as clinical faculty at Yale University’s psychiatry department. He is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Truth-Oriented Therapy, which incorporates mindfulness-based, cognitive, existential, contemplative, and spiritual approaches. He has practiced and taught insight-based, non-dual, and contemplative practices since 2004.

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Wu De

Wu De is a writer and teacher of the ancient practice of serving tea. His monthly magazine, Global Tea Hut, connects thousands of tea lovers in more than 66 countries. He has authored four books, including The Way of Tea and Tea Medicine.

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WisdomWomen is a place where we are beginning to bring a new vision – a society co-existing in harmony as people and planet – into form. In our membership community, we support one another in birthing our visions and practice embodying our wisdom through radical co-creation. Our convening team encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and expertise, but most importantly holds devotion to our collective vision of a thriving world.

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Wisdom Women

WisdomWomen is an international community that meets in person and virtually in devotion to our collective vision of a thriving world.

Wilma Wyss

Wilma Wyss is an award-winning mosaic artist whose work features unusual materials and nuanced colors and textures. Wilma designed Esalen’s mosaic mural in the Lodge’s restroom foyer, which was created in a workshop.

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William Keepin

William Keepin, PhD, is a founding director of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International, which has organized over 100 trainings for transformational healing between women and men on six continents. He is a physicist and transpersonal psychologist, and author most recently of Belonging to God: Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love.

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William Donius

William Donius was a left brainer for most of his life. Twenty years ago, however, he discovered how to tap into his right brain and it revolutionized his life. New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, ideation facilitator and speaker, Bill assists both individuals and organizations in getting "unstuck."

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Will Kabat-Zinn

Will Kabat-Zinn brings mindfulness and meditation to diverse populations, from neuroscientists to incarcerated youth. He co-developed a mindfulness curriculum for parents at UCSF. He leads retreats at Spirit Rock and at meditation centers around the country. He is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher's Council.

Wes "Scoop" Nisker

Wes Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, radio commentator and performer. His books include Essential Crazy Wisdom, Buddha’s Nature, and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Wes teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. He founded and co-edits the journal Inquiring Mind.

Wendy Palmer

Wendy Palmer holds a sixth-degree black belt in aikido and has practiced mindfulness for more than 40 years. She is the founder of Leadership Embodiment and works with organizations and leads groups in Africa, Europe, Canada, and the US.

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Warren Farrell

Warren Farrell, PhD, is co-author of The Boy Crisis (with Dr. John Gray) and books published in 19 languages. He has been chosen by The Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. Warren has been a pioneer in both the women’s and men’s movements, and conducts couples’ communication workshops at Esalen.

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Wallace J. Nichols

Wallace J. Nichols, MEM, PhD, is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renowned marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, best-selling author of Blue Mind, sought-after lecturer and fun-loving dad. He also likes turtles (a lot).

Vipin Thekk

Vipin Thekk founded Parenting Changemakers and co-founded Wellbeing Project, an initiative to support social entrepreneurs to create well-being in their personal and professional lives. He is also a director at Ashoka, where he leads Changemaker School Districts in working to integrate empathy and changemaking skills in the district’s mindset, curriculum, systems, and culture.

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Vinny Ferraro

Vinny Ferraro is a leader in the field of mindfulness specifically working with educators and incarcerated populations. He’s been empowered and teaches in the Buddhist insight tradition, leading a weekly sangha in San Francisco since 2004. His open hearted teachings have touched many. And he doesn’t like talking about himself in the third person.

Vinn Arjuna Martí

Vinn Arjuna Martí melds philosophy, deep body awareness and unique dance to create a conscious awareness of body and soul. A master of movement ritual, he supports his students in listening to their bodies as a pathway to understanding their inner critics and inhibitions. Arjuna created Soul Motion Conscious Dance Practice.

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Vignesh Swaminathan

Vignesh Swaminathan, LAc, is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a meditation teacher, with intensive training in the Zen, vipassana, and Christian mystical traditions. He practices acupuncture in Berkeley, Calif., and teaches mindfulness at New York University.

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Victoria Chase

Victoria Chase, RN, has been a clinical nurse and health educator for more than 35 years. She teaches in medical and community-based settings, and she integrates alternative healing methods into traditional venues. She has practiced and taught tai chi and stress management with her husband Kenn Chase since 1981.

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Vicki Topp

Vicki Topp is a senior practitioner and instructor of Esalen Massage® and somatic bodywork. She teaches workshops and training groups internationally, and is a registered Movement Therapist and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering.

Vernon Bush

Vernon Bush is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, musical director, and educator who has taught the power of reclaiming your voice through singing for more than 20 years to many individuals around the world. He also is a featured vocalist at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, Calif.

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Vanessa Stone

Vanessa Stone is a teacher, mentor, and founder of the Amala Foundation, which unites youth from all walks of life and inspires them to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity. Her deepest inspiration is to cultivate visionaries and mentor heart-centered global leaders.

Ulrika Engman

Ulrika Engman, E-RYT 500, is an Anusara-certified yoga teacher and Halprin Life-Art practitioner. Ulrika’s unique style blends the transformative power of yoga with movement and the expressive arts. She leads yoga workshops and retreats worldwide.

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Ty Powers

Ty Powers cofounded The Insight Yoga Institute and has practiced yoga since 1987. Ty practices Buddhism under the guidance of Dzogchen teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche, as well as Ajahn Amaro. Ty has taught at Spirit Rock and the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe.

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Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman, PhD, is one of the pioneers in Eastern and Western psychology, holding a graduate degree in developmental psychology from Harvard. Founding teacher at InsightLA and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Boston, she has taught Zen and vipassana/mindfulness internationally for 40 years.

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