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Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Founder and Executive Director, Spirituality Mind Body Institute
Lisa Miller, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she also founded and directs the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, to innovate, disseminate and train healers in foundationally spiritual treatments.
Dr. Miller solo edited the Oxford University Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (2012) and has published over seventy articles and chapters on spirituality in mental health and wellness. She has been Principle Investigator on several million dollars of grants from corporate and family foundations as well as NIMH.
Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Press), Dr. Miller also serves as Associate Editor of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, the journal of APA Society of Spirituality and Psychology, for which she has been President and now is APA Council Representative.
Aurélie Athan, Ph.D.
Director of Advisement and Clinical Training, SMBI Wellness Center
Aurélie Athan is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Psychology and the Training Director of LEO, the SMBI Wellness Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests center on spiritual development across the lifespan, with a current emphasis on the transition to motherhood. Her clinical orientation is informed by depth perspectives such as Jungian psychology with a focus on the creative expression of the human psyche in art and therapy. She has been honored to work with the Archives for Research on Archetypal Symbolism on a 10-year effort culminating in The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Symbolism (Taschen). As an administrator in higher education, she applies a strength-based and transformational learning framework to foster the flourishing of students through innovative curriculum design and academic guidance.
Barnet Bain is an author, film-maker and educator with film credits that include 'Milton's Secret' (director, writer) based on the book by Eckhart Tolle, Oscar-winner ‘What Dreams May Come’ (producer), Emmy-award nominee, Outstanding TV Movie, 'Homeless to Harvard' (executive producer), and 'The Celestine Prophecy' (producer, writer). Barnet is the author of 'The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work', (Atria, 2015) and 'The Third Story: Awakening the Love that Transforms', (Spindrift, 2013).
He is on the faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical School, and a supervising psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he presently directs the Acute Treatment Team in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a graduate of C.G. Jung Institute of New York and a founding member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, where he served a term as Director of Training.
Linda Lantieri, M.A.
Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field of education for over 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College, New York City. Currently she serves as a Senior Program Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She has also been involved in designing and teaching the k-12 Spirituality in Education Strand of the SMBI Program’s Masters in Psychology in Education at Columbia University. For the last 15 years, she served as the Founding Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Prior to that, she co-founded the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), a research-based K-8 social and emotional learning program that is being implemented in over 400 schools worldwide. Linda has recently been appointed to the Council of Distinguished Educators of the National Commission on Social, Emotional & Academic Development and is currently Senior Advisor to Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning Program at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University. With the blessing and support of the Dalai Lama, the SEE Learning Program seeks to develop a guiding curriculum framework based on Compassion to be integrated into Kindergarten-Higher Education worldwide. Linda has written numerous articles and book chapters and is coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).
Jack McGourthy, Ph.D.
Jack McGourty Ph.D. is Director of Community and Global Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School and a faculty member teaching over 6000 graduate and undergraduate students in entrepreneurship, venture creation, engineering design, and emerging technology management.
Prior to joining the Columbia Business School, Jack was Vice Dean for Columbia’s Engineering School. Over the past 18 years, Jack has been an active member of the University's entrepreneurial community, establishing an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, teaching core and advanced courses in new venture creation & growth, and launching the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center. Jack is the driving force behind Venture for All®, a program designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and build capacity for high potential startup ventures in underserved and emerging global markets.
Ruth Rosenbaum, Ph.D., L.P.
Dr. Rosenbaum is a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in New York City. She has worked with individuals and couples for over 25 years. She is also a certified biofeedback therapist who helps people overcome a variety of stress-related problems, including insomnia, panic, anxiety, migraine, tension headaches, muscle spasm, back pain, and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, she is a certified yoga and meditation instructor, and has studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation with Lama Pema Wangdak. Her clinical work reflects her in-depth studies and integration of mind, body and spirit. Dr. Rosenbaum is on the faculty of National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in New York, where she is also a supervisor and training analyst. She is on the Editorial Board of the professional journal The Psychoanalytic Review. As an adjunct professor in the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Master’s program at Teachers College, she has taught “Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Religious Diversity”, “Personal Transformation: Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit”, “Group Dynamics”, “Varieties of Transformative Experience in Spiritual Growth”, and LEO Wellness Practicum. She also conducts a study/supervision group devoted to exploring how a post-Newtonian framework can enrich psychodynamic therapy. Dr. Rosenbaum has lectured on a variety of topics, including intersubjectivity theory, spirituality and psychotherapy, the integration of concepts from fields such as neuroscience, quantum physics, and psi phenomena with the process of change in psychotherapy, and the parallels between psychoanalysis and the Buddhist concept of reincarnation. She has been an invited guest speaker at scientific conferences in Europe on topics such as “Consciousness and Quantum Physics” and “Consciousness and Medicine,” and spoke at Columbia University on “Contemporary Psychoanalysis and New Models of Consciousness.”
Mitchell Saskin, Ph.D.
Mitchell Saskin, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with a practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The focus of his psychotherapy practice is providing counseling for individuals and couples who are struggling in terms of life transitions and major life changes. He has over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist in private practice as well as working and consulting in public and parochial schools throughout NYC. He is currently the Upper School Psychologist at the Bank Street School for Children. Mitchell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University. He is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Psychologist and a School Psychologist. While Mitchell has been analytically trained as a psychotherapist he has moved towards incorporating more alternative, mindful, and spiritual forms of treatment into his practice. This is primarily based on his own long-standing meditation and spiritual practice. Mitchell uses mindfulness and spiritual practices in his counseling practice with individuals and couples, as well as offering workshops on mindfulness to students, educators, and parents. He currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the SMBI program at TC where he specializes in teaching the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy
Traci Stein, Ph.D., MPH
Dr. Stein is a health psychologist in private practice, award-winning author, and the creator of a series of popular guided imagery, self-hypnosis, and meditation audio programs. For over two decades, Dr. Stein has explored the interrelationship among mind, body and spirit in health and well being. Prior to pursuing her PhD (Teachers College, Columbia University), Dr. Stein earned a master's degree in public health from New York University and engaged in research, education, and administration in New York City hospitals. She is also the former Director of Integrative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and has had a longstanding interest in complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies. As a psychologist, Dr. Stein’s theoretical orientation is “integrative,” in that she draws from the strengths of empirically supported, psychodynamic, and CAM therapies. Her approach is “integrated” in that she also collaborates with both conventional medical and other healthcare providers with regard to patient care. Dr. Stein developed a course on Integrated Healthcare at Columbia University's Teachers College and has supervised psychology doctoral students working with medically ill patients using an integrative and integrated approach.
Dr. Stein’s interests and experience are diverse. She is certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, is fellowship trained in pain psychology, is a casual photographer, and has formally trained in intuitive development on and off for nearly 20 years. She enjoys helping people recognize, access, and further develop their healthiest selves via health education, psychotherapy, hypnosis, imagery, and meditation. Her work has been mentioned in O – The Oprah Magazine, Health, Shape.com, Woman’s Day, and more.
Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., MFA
Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., is a highly sought-after international speaker on topics including positive psychology, positive education, and positive psychotherapy. He teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, an MFA in writing, and is the first licensed psychologist and psychodramatist to graduate from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He now serves as an assistant instructor for Martin Seligman, The Father of Positive Psychology, at UPenn for the MAPP program. He is also a trial lawyer consultant, and developer of the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu. Recently he became Director of the New York City Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center
He writes for Psychology Today as an expert on group therapy (The Healing Crowd) and authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, for PsychCentral.com and their Proof Positive blog on practical applications of positive psychology. Honored by Sharecare* as one of the top ten online influencers on the topic of depression, he joined the staff of Answers.com as their depression expert and writes for their organization.
He is the creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy, the most widely used form of group therapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. His new book: American Snake Pit, a memoir about his involvement in deinstitutionalizing the residents of Willowbrook, will be published by Stillhouse Press in March, 2018. His last book, Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist’s Memoir, was a winner of the 2009 Written Arts Award in Creative Nonfiction.
Ron Young’s work is the product of a lifetime of investigation into the Nature of Reality, and the outcome of many, many thousands of hours of guided spiritual development by his Teachers, and by the Grace of Spirit. For Ron the work was and remains a full and continuous immersion; and is also the product of many years of unceasing service with those seeking guidance, healing, and creative visioning. Ron’s work as a Spiritual Guide is to develop those who study with him by bringing each trainee “Home- to their Spirit Within.” This movement to Self is a patient and gradual unfolding founded in the Power of Love. The revealed gifts and the journey are unique to each individual. There are no carbon copies of the Teacher-Guide. It is the Teacher-Guide’s spiritual duty to reveal each student to himself, and to help each develop the gifts endowed by Spirit for the incarnation. Ron’s teachers had no techniques- they had only the Ocean of Creation in which they each lived and consciously demonstrated with Spirit what was possible beyond the confines of human intellect and its science of informed reality. In this work as given by Ron through the model of his teachers, is the inherent abyss, which remains impassable for the majority of seekers. There is no technique with its accompanying comfort zone that gives a degree, a title and a form. The work is achieved by looking inside the world of appearance to see what is. From this place of direct perception with Spirit, untainted from desired outcomes, the work is done.
Clare Ansberry is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. She joined the paper in 1984, first in Cleveland before moving to Pittsburgh, as a beat reporter, covering various industries, while also writing about issues involving aging and people with developmental disabilities. She was named bureau chief of the Pittsburgh bureau in 1996 and in 2015 started writing the Turning Points column about turning points in people’s lives. She is the author of “The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship,” about a community of women growing older together on a small hilltop neighborhood. She also co authored the book “Comes the Peace, My Journey to Forgiveness” about a young man, left as a toddler by his hippie parents to be raised by a Tibetan family, sent to a Buddhist monastery at the age of 6 and his subsequent decision to leave the monastery and find his family. Both books are based on stories she wrote for the Wall Street Journal.
Fred Craigie, Ph.D.
Dr. Fred Craigie is a psychologist, consultant, educator and writer, with passions and expertise in areas of spirituality in health care, healing relationships, clinician well-being, and resiliency and positive mental health.
He serves as Consulting Faculty at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine, where he practiced as a clinician and medical educator for over 35 years, and as Visiting Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Since the mid-eighties, Fred has written and presented extensively about the healing and life-giving roles of spirituality in patient care, in the experience of health care providers, and in the life and culture of health care organizations. He received a John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Award for Primary Care Residency Training Programs in 2002. He is the founder of a spiritual care program at the Residency's affiliated hospital, the organizer of an annual Maine symposium on spirituality and health care since 1987, and serves as associate editor of a professional journal devoted to Christian faith and mental health.
With AzCIM, Fred teaches online courses in Spirituality, Healing Relationships and Leadership for programs for physicians, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals, and is a regular leader of Tucson residential week seminars.
He is the author of Positive Spirituality in Health Care: Nine Practical Approaches to Pursuing Wholeness for Clinicians, Patients, and Health Care Organizations, (Mill City Press, 2010).
Personally, Fred finds joy in his relationships with his wife, grown children and young grandchildren. He pursues his own spirituality by playing fiddle and mandolin, running up and down the court playing basketball three or four times a week, doing carpentry, and resolutely following the subtleties and wonders of major league baseball. He has called Maine "home" since the mid-seventies.
Alison Cramer is the Co-Creative Director at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center NYC and one of the core teachers for their acclaimed Teacher Training Program, both at the 200 and 500 hour level. Her passion for Yoga and Ayurveda led to the creation of a 50 hour Ayurveda and Healing Program and a 50 Hour Chakra Yoga certification program at Laughing Lotus NYC, where she acts as Director and Teacher. Ali has taught workshops and retreats and guested in teacher trainings and festivals on Yoga and Ayurveda both nationally and internationally, and is continuously inspired by the way these Practices dissolve boundaries and bring people together. In 2013, she was honored to lead the very first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Sudan, where she also worked with therapists at refugee relief centers and in schools throughout Khartoum. She returns to Khartoum every year to teach at Ahfad, the only women's university in Sudan, as well as with children with special needs.
Larry Dossey, M.D.
Dr. Larry Dossey has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Upon graduating with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1967. In 1968-9 he served as a field battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. The author of thirteen books and hundreds of articles, Dr. Dossey is the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He has lectured all over the world, including major medical schools and hospitals in the United States —Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, the Universities of Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic.
The impact of Dr. Dossey's work has been remarkable. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of spirituality in health; currently, the great majority of medical schools have instituted such courses. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the term "nonlocal mind" — mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, "nonlocal mind" has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey's ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a conceptual foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. In 2013, Larry Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award that honors a pioneer whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession.
Rabbi Matthew D. Gerwitz
Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz began his tenure as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in July 2006. Previously he served as Senior Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. He earned his Masters in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1996 and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1997.
A strong advocate of social justice, Rabbi Gewirtz is a founding executive committee member of the Newark Coalition for Hope and Peace, an interfaith organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims that is committed to ending gang violence in Newark.
A regular contributor to numerous professional publications, including the CCAR Journal,The American Rabbi and The Wisdom Daily. He is the author of “The Gift of Grief: Finding Peace, Transformation and Renewed Life after Great Sorrow” (Random House).
Rabbi Gewirtz is a Fellow at the National Jewish Think Tank CLAL. He appears as a commentator on religion on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN’s State of the Union. He has recently started his own television series as a tri-anchor of PBS’s (NJTV), A Matter of Faith with an Imam, Bishop and Rabbi.
A native New Yorker, Rabbi Gewirtz was drawn to B’nai Jeshurun when he learned of its long and storied tradition and was moved by its proud history and intergenerational sense of community. Though impressed by the physical beauty of B’nai Jeshurun’s sanctuary, he was most moved by the community’s steadfast and abiding commitment to authentic worship, substantive Jewish study, and the prophetic values of social justice.
Rabbi Gewirtz is married to Lauren Rutkin, a philanthropy advisor. They are the proud parents of Jake, Natalia and Sadie. Rabbi Gewirtz is also an ardent fan of baseball (NY Mets) and football (NY Jets) and serves on the Newark Museum Council.
Cynthia graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where she majored in political economics. After graduating, she travelled to Bali where she started her own import business in Mill Valley where she designed, manufactured, and imported jewelry from Bali for 7 years. During those years, she met her future husband in the silversmithing villages - eventually she left her own business and joined John in growing his personal business, the eponymous John Hardy. Their business grew from 3 employees to 1500 in 17 years. After exiting the business in 2007, their brand lived on and continues to grow - The John Hardy Jewelry brand can be found in hundreds of independent boutiques, as well as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and various Nordstrom stores. In Bali, Cynthia and John went on to found a holistic school called Green School which opened in 2008 with 92 kids. Today the school has over 400 children ranging from Pre-K to Grade 12. With students from 35 countries, the diverse, “green”, experiential, & socially-focused curriculum has led their students to giving TED Talks such as: “Bye-bye Plastic Bags”, and “Magical Houses Made of Bamboo”.
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design, John set off to travel the world and settled in Bali. In 1975, he started a small jewelry business that grew into an international company. In 2007, John stopped working at the company to dedicate his time to advocating for, and building, a more sustainable world through education and design. As his first major project, he and his wife Cynthia conceived and created the Green School in Bali, Indonesia to deliver pioneering education for the future with a curriculum based on the Three Frame Day by Alan Wagstaff. The school commits to providing internationally recognized academic education that prepares the students with the ability to be competitive and successful in the wider world. The uniqueness of the school lies in the integration of traditional subjects, creative arts and green studies wrapped in rich layers of experiential, environmental, and entrepreneurial learning.
William L. Hathaway, Ph.D.
Bill Hathaway is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Dean of the School of Psychology & Counseling at Regent University. Regent’s programs focus on the integration of psychology and counseling with spirituality and religion from a transdenominational Christian perspective. He also holds appointments in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University and Saint Leo University where he is an adjunct professor of philosophy, indulging a secondary career interest in applied philosophy. His current research interests are in the clinical psychology of religion and spirituality with a particular emphasis on professional roles, ethics, and practice guidance in that domain. He serves on the Virginia State Board of Psychology, the APA Council of Representatives, and previously on the APA Commission on Accreditation. This background in professional regulation has informed his applied work on ethical roles for clinical psychologists of religion and spirituality. Dr. Hathaway completed his doctoral work in clinical psychology under Ken Pargament focusing on religion and the daily coping process and then served several years as an Air Force psychologist before moving to full-time academic positions. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center ADHD Clinic with Russell Barkley and has published texts and articles on the new field of clinical child psychology of religion.
Raven is the author of "The Healing Power of Reiki: A Modern Master's Approach to Emotional, Spiritual and Physical Wellness" and of "The Healing Light of Angels: Transforming Your Past, Present & Future with Divine Energy." She is also the Founder of Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International, LLC, which is a company focused on the teaching Internationally of Medical Reiki (TM), a practice she developed based on her years of working in the operating rooms of the top surgeons in America. The first Reiki master to provide Reiki during open-heart surgery performed by the famous Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, Raven was also the first to launch a double lung transplant at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Raven has lectured at the Rogison Institute at Cornell Hospital and at Columbia University Teacher's College.
For 8 1/2 months following 9/11, it was Raven’s honor to provide volunteer Reiki sessions to family members, FDNY, NYPD, DMORT squads, and the Port Authority Police Department at Ground Zero. She was televised as “New Yorker of the Week” for providing these volunteer services.
She is currently involved in the medical world, where she provides Reiki before, during and after breast cancer surgery, working with the legendary Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman, former Chief of Breast Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital; currently Chief, Division of Breast Surgery & Surgical Oncology and Director of Breast Cancer Services at Montefiore Hospital and Einstein Center for Cancer Care.
Raven has been featured on TV and in national magazines including “Vogue,” “W” and New York Magazine where she was named "Best Reiki Master in New York" in their Best of New York issue.
Dan experienced a spontaneous awaking into the world of subtle energy while studying massage therapy in 1990. This sparked an intense curiosity to more fully understand the mind-body connection, and how consciousness influences health and healing. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in contemplative psychology from the Naropa Institute, and is working toward his masters in Eco-psychology. He is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, and loves practicing and teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga. Additionally, Dan has completed coursework in Ayurveda with both the Kanyakumari School and with David Frawley. He has developed his own unique approach to counseling which weaves together the wisdom of subtle energy perception, Ayurveda, contemplation, and shamanism.
Dan has been in both private and group practice for over 26 years, and has taught internationally on the development and practical application of subtle energy awareness. Dan worked with the Center Point Counseling Cooperative, where he helped integrate subtle energy therapy into traditional mental health counseling. Dan also developed and presented the Body-Mind Awareness series in 2014-2016 for Mayo Health Systems in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dan is currently working with Canyon Ranch Resort and in private practice in Lenox, MA.
Christine McQuade is a medical practitioner and a former dancer with STREB Extreme Action. Christine McQuade has studied Wu Ming Qigong and traditional Chinese healing arts with Grandmaster Nan Lu, OMD, and the Tao of Healing for more than fifteen years. Through the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation in New York City, Christine is a certified instructor of the Qigong for Women’s Health and Dragon’s way programs. She is also a certified practitioner of two healing modalities: Qigong Meridian Therapy and Medical Qigong, Christine helps individuals and groups discover sensible and practical ways to integrate mind, body, and spirit into exercise, health, and healing. She is co-author of four editions of Seeing & Writing (Bedford/St. Martins). She is mom to three young children.
Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff
Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff is an indigenous messenger and teacher. Indigenous wisdom keepers throughout the western hemisphere and other parts of the world have shared their wisdom, knowledge and prophecies with him, asking him to share their words with others. Issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, elder wisdom, and the environment are close to his heart. He recently chaired the indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, attended by indigenous representatives from 80 nations. Ilarion was born and raised on St. Paul Island in the middle of the Bering Sea. He is an Unangan, Aleut, raised in a traditional way. Ilarion focuses on traditional knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality gained from culture bearers around the world, acting as a bridge from the past to those alive today. “I miss community and the ocean. One day I will complete my work and live somewhere that has both,” he says. In the meantime, Ilarion continues to take what he knows to the world, wherever he is invited. “I don’t go where I am not invited,” is a refrain he frequently says. Ilarion’s work has been broad and eclectic as his C.V. indicates. He is proficient in many areas but his passions are community wellness, the fate of the planet and elder wisdom. It is reflected in his work on climate change, the Bering Sea and its people, and the work we humans must do to re-establish harmony with ourselves, our families, our communities, and Mother Earth. Larry’s clarity of mind, heart and spirit delivers a connected and timeless message from the wisdom of his ancestors that adds insightful meaning to the next age of humankind.
Rev. Tenku Ruff
Rev. Tenku Ruff, Osho trained in Soto Zen monasteries in Japan and North America. She ordained as a Zen priest under Tessai Yamamoto Roshi, Abbot of Kannonji Temple in Morioka, Japan and received Dharma transmission in the same lineage. Tenku holds a Master of Divinity degree from Maitripa College and she is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC). Tenku is the president-elect of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association and the chairperson for the Generation X Dharma Teachers Community. Tenku has strong interests in ethics, chaplaincy, and inter-Buddhist / interfaith dialogue.
Avideh Shashaani, Ph.D.
Avideh Shashaani, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Fund for the Future of Our Children, established in 1993 focusing on youth leadership for peace. She is the 6th recipient of the “Waging Peace” award first given to George Clooney by President Jimmy Carter.
She was the first co-director of the International Institute for Rehabilitation in Developing Countries founded by the UN, UNESCO, and UNDP and was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the “Socio-Economic Implication of Investments in Rehabilitation of the Disabled”.
She is the author of three books, Tell Me Where To Be Born, Promised Paradise and Remember Me. She is the editor of “Something Deeper Happened: Young Voices and the 2008 US Election” with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Her poetry and writings have appeared in books, anthologies, and journals. Her poems have been featured in a one-hour program in the Library of Congress radio series.
She served as Vice-President of the DC Public Library, board chair of Refugee Women in Development, founding chair of MOSAICA and has served on the board of the Faith & Politics Institute and the Thomas Merton Institute. She has a BA in Experimental Psychology and a Ph.D. in Sufi Studies.
Gary E Schwartz
Gary E. Schwartz is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, at the main campus in Tucson. In addition to teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, he is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years. He later served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, was director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to Arizona in 1988. In September 2002 he received a $1.8 million dollars award from the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health to create a Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science at the University of Arizona, which he directed for four years. Gary has published more than 450 scientific papers, including six in the journal Science. He has co-edited 11 academic published, and written numerous books for the general public including The Afterlife Experiments (2002), The G.O.D. Experiments (2006), The Energy Healing Experiments (2008), An Atheist in Heaven (2016, with Paul Davids), and Super Synchronicity (2017). He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Academy of Post-Materialist Sciences (founded in 2017). Gary collaborates with Canyon Ranch on biofield science and energy healing research and serves as the Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch. Website: http://www.drgaryschwartz.com
Melissa Joy Thiel, M.D., PC
Dr. Melissa Thiel is a graduate of Lafayette College and Cornell Medical School. Dr. Thiel has been in the practice of women’s health for thirty-five years. She has taught residents in obstetrics and gynecology, founded a teen pregnancy clinic, delivered over 3000 babies, taught gynecologic surgery, and supervised two large military women’s clinics, and was the first woman trained as an Army trauma surgeon. She helped develop the Army’s protocol for the treatment and support of rape victims and developed the support protocols for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillborn, and infant deaths.Dr. Thiel has been in private practice, specializing in women’s health and wellness for 25 years. She lectures on women’s health issues, wellness, and is a certified menopause clinician. Dr. Thiel is married and has three children. Dr. Thiel has studied and practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine, Medical Qigong, and acupuncture under the guidance of Grand Master Nan Lu.Dr. Thiel has had the privilege of studying and practicing with Ron Young of Healing Wisdom.
Sylvester Wojtkowski, Ph.D.
Sylvester Wojtkowski, PhD, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in New York City. He is a founding member of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA), a contemporary psychoanalytic training institute, where he is a seminar instructor, control analyst and supervisor. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the New School. He is on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology. He gives workshops throughout the country on the Jungian and Archetypal Psychology on topics of imagination, art, mythology, psyche and culture. He presented on several national and International (IAAP) conferences for Analytical Psychology, on topics such as: Islamic Wound of the Western Psyche (Barcelona 2004), Approaching the Unspeakable: Regarding 9/11 (Chicago 2005), Deconstructing the Monstrous (San Francisco 2006), Jung’s Art Complex (San Francisco, 2008) [Online ARAS Connections Issue 3, 2009] . In October 2008 he was the Mary Weir Lecturer at the Texas University in San Antonio. In June 2011 he was a guest speaker at a Jungian Conference on “Reality and Myth in Modern Man” in Moscow, Russia. In July 2012 he presented on “Jung and Modern Art” at the conference Art and Psyche in the City, NYC, published online as “Wrestling with Azazel at ARAS Connections Issue 2, 2015. His recent publications include “Deconstructing the Monstrous” in Archetypal Psychologies, ed. Stanton Marlan, 2008; “Dwelling Imaginally in Soulless Times, An Appreciation of the Work of James Hillman.” ARAS Connections: Image and Archetype, 2012; “Marriage of Madness and Reason—The Red Book and the Invention of Active Imagination”presentation at IAAP Congress at Copenhagen in 2013; “ Seeing Writing on the Wall—Art of Banksy and the Spirit of the Times” at IAAP Congress in Kyoto in 2016.
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.
A national leader within the green movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy for the past decade. Rolling Stone declared Rev Yearwood one of our country’s “New Green Heroes” and Huffington Post named him one of the top ten change-makers in the green movement.
Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics when he served as the Political and Grassroots Director of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004. He was also a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign. Then in 2004 he founded the Hip Hop Caucus to build a sustainable organization for Hip Hop politics.
Rev Yearwood is a proud graduate of Howard University School of Divinity. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his family.
Thorald Koren is a behavioral coach and a member of the band BRÅVES. He is half of the writer/producer team Brothers Koren known for their development of aspiring musical artists through their FARM.artists program. As a part of The Kin, Thorald toured the world alongside Pink, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, and Rod Stewart. During his early career, Thorald experienced critical obsessive compulsive disorder. He brings this insight to his vocal and whole body instrument coaching.
She is one of the most extreme and intense entrepreneurs. Founder of the magazines: Origin, Mantra and Thrive. In 2011, Pleasant left a successful career as an artist to combine her passions for yoga, culture, music, art and what has come to be known as "conscious living" by launching Origin magazine. It's quickly become a best-seller at Whole Foods, made it to the shelves of Barnes and Noble and has generally gone “hockey stick.” Pleasant has interviewed and befriended a list of luminaries from the arts, yoga, culture, sports, politics and business. Her tenacity and sheer chutzpah have landed her on Richard Branson’s private island, made her a partner/member of the Clinton Global Initiative and had her nearly jumping into Robert Plant’s car to get an interview (she got it). Her social media outlets have amassed an audience of more than 500,000 people. Pleasant’s dream was to develop a platform for individuals to connect to to create positive change in the world.