Tom Stella is executive director of Soul Link Inc. in Colorado Springs, where spiritual seekers enhance their life journey through retreats, study, spiritual direction, and small group work. He also teaches at Colorado College. His books are The God Instinct, A Faith Worth Believing and Finding God Beyond Religion.
Leaders at Esalen
Learn more about Esalen workshop leaders from past and present.
Greg Steltenpohl, founder and former CEO of Odwalla, Inc., values environmental sustainability, employee empowerment, creative corporate culture, and community-based marketing. Greg currently spearheads projects that bring value-added products from farm producers to the consumer.
Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized yoga instructor. His DVD, Gravity & Grace, was selected in the ‘top 15 yoga videos of all time’ by Yoga Journal. For the last 3 years, he has been invited to the White House to teach yoga for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiatives.
Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist, innovative teacher, and sacred composer whose music has been commissioned for film and theater. Her work as a ritual designer has been incorporated into curriculums and trainings nationwide, and as a co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World®, she trains activist-leaders worldwide.
Mark Stevens is a licensed psychologist and director of university counseling services at California State University, Northridge. Former president of the APA's Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Mark coauthored In the Room with Men: A Casebook of Therapeutic Change.
Janet Stone traveled to India in 1996, where she dedicated herself to a conscious evolution through yoga. Janet blends a wealth of knowledge and yoga experience to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga. She teaches in San Francisco, and leads retreats internationally.
Cheryl Strayed is the bestselling author of the memoir Wild, the essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays and numerous magazines. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Dave Stringer is an innovative artist of the new kirtan movement. His sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of science and spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor.
Jaqueline Lapa Sussman, psychotherapist and seminar leader, is the director of projects for the International Imagery Association, and a collaborator with Dr. Akhter Ahsen. She is the author of Images of Desire and Freedom from Failure.
Jim Tamm, a former judge who has mediated more than 1,500 disputes, is the author of Radical Collaboration: Five Essential Skills to Reduce Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships. He is on the faculty of the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Stanley Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). PACT is a fusion of neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. His books, Love and War and Wired for Love, are about his approach to couples.
Nubia Teixeira is a Brazilian-born yogini who has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga since 1991. Her unique teaching is a blend of Hatha and Bhakti yoga. She is the author of the CD Pranayama: May Breath Be Our Prayer.
Sonika Tinker, MSW, founded LoveWorks in 1990. Sonika is a relationship specialist with more than 35 years of experience in coaching singles and couples on the issues of relationship, communication, intimacy, sexuality, dating, and personal transformation. In addition to her private practice, she leads trainings and workshops.
Linda Trichter Metcalf, author and educator, created the practice of Proprioceptive Writing (PW) in the mid-1970s. Founder of the PW Center, currently located in the Bay Area of California, she teaches, conducts PW therapy, and leads the PW Teacher Certification Program.
Daphne Tse is a musician and teacher integrating more than 15 years of yoga and spiritual practice with her folk singer/songwriter style. She studied at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and Berklee School of Music. She tours internationally.
Ashley Turner is a yoga-meditation instructor, registered marriage and family therapist intern, and writer. She has several best-selling yoga DVDs, is the co-author of Aroma Yoga and creator of popular digital programs that fuse yoga and psychology.
Jai Uttal, a sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multicultural fusion that is truly world spirit music. Jai has been leading kirtans for more than 30 years.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on children and adults since 1982. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston. He is author of Psychological Trauma and coeditor of Traumatic Stress.
Beth Vaughan has been involved with the Monroe Institute since 2005. She is a member of the Professional Division, a Volunteer for the TMI’s Local Chapter Network as a Leadership Council Member and a Residential Facilitator and Outreach Facilitator.
Frances Verrinder is a marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, Calif., with 35 years of psychotherapy experience with couples, families, groups, and individual adults. She is passionate about cultivating loving relationships of all kinds.
Cida Vieira has choreographed and performed in the US, South America, and Europe, with dance groups and artists including Xuxa, Ray Charles, Daniela Mercury, and Airto Moreira. Born at the heart of the dance circles of Brazil, currently Cida teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is president and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a licensed clinical psychologist in San Francisco, and vice-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. She co-wrote Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.
Barry Vissell is a psychiatrist who, with his wife Joyce, practices the medicine of unconditional love worldwide. He and Joyce have coauthored many books, including The Shared Heart, Models of Love, Meant To Be, and A Mother’s Final Gift, among others.
Joyce Vissell is a masters-level nurse/psychotherapist who, with her husband Barry, founded the Shared Heart Foundation dedicated to changing the world one heart at a time. Together they write a syndicated column for 80 periodicals worldwide.
Scott Von, OMD, PhD, is a physician, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and poet. He is founder and director of the New Clinic for Integral Medicine & Psychiatry. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the American College of TCM with residencies in neurology and psychiatry, and advanced training in acupuncture and homeopathy and a PhD in psychoanalysis from the University of London.
Bill Wade, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and codirector of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston. He is coauthor of Brain Change Therapy (2012, WW Norton). He has taught meditation and given Dharma lectures at various Buddhist temples.
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.
Anne Watts was deeply influenced by her father, the pioneering philosopher Alan Watts. She leads workshops on four continents, teaching adults to have more loving, fulfilling relationships. Anne has been leading Love, Intimacy and Sexuality workshops since 1985.
Diane Waye, director of San Francisco’s Active Isolated Stretching clinic, is the leading West Coast AIS instructor. Her private practice includes Olympic athletes, 49ers, and others seeking performance and mobility optimization. Diane has specialized in AIS since 1997 and works closely with AIS founder Aaron Mattes.
Freddy Zental Weaver is co-founder and director of the TantraNova Institute in Chicago. He is a certified Tantra Yoga teacher, relationship coach, and a performing artist. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book Sexual Enlightenment: How to Create Lasting Fulfillment in Life, Love & Intimacy.
Amy Weintraub, MFA, ERYT-500, is the author of Yoga for Depression, offers professional trainings internationally, and is involved in ongoing research. Her evidence-based protocol is featured on the award-winning LifeForce Yoga® DVDs and CDs.
Francis Weller, MFT, is a community builder, teacher, and psychotherapist in Northern California. His work embodies his love of soul, the arts, ritual, and his devotion to bringing these into vibrant community. He is author of Entering the Healing Ground.
Benjy Wertheimer and Heather Wertheimer are the musical duo Shantala, which leads kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjy’s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heather’s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving.
Heather Wertheimer and Benjy Wertheimer are the musical duo Shantala, which leads kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjy’s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heather’s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving.
Hank Wesselman is the author of 8 books on shamanism including the Spiritwalker Trilogy, Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman), and The Bowl of Light. He conducts anthropological research in Ethiopia investigating the mystery of human origins.
Jason Weston has more than 30 years of experience with the Human Awareness Institute. He assists people in creating the lives they really want by guiding them to see and express their own beauty, power, and love. He is the Executive Business Director for HAI Global.
Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the teachings of Krishnamacharya through his students T.K.V. Desikachar and Srivatsa Ramaswami. He travels the world teaching yoga and is the author of Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection and The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy.
Daniel Wile, PhD, is a couple therapist in private practice in Oakland, Calif. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has published 3 books and numerous articles on couples, and gives professional workshops nationally and internationally.
Cris Williamson's body of work includes more than 30 albums. Recognized by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of the decade’s most influential songwriters, her groundbreaking record, The Changer and the Changed, remains a best-selling independent record.
Andy Abrahams Wilson is an award-winning, Oscar®-shortlisted filmmaker and photographer. President of Open Eye Pictures, Andy emphasizes using the camera as a way to bridge – and heal – disparate parts and people, and to connect to nature, ourselves, and each other.
Nicholas Wilton is an artist whose paintings are sold internationally. He is the founder of the ArtLife Creativity workshops and classes, and he established the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program, which offers artistic, business, and creative coaching to artists.
Nina Wise is a performance artist and founder of Motion Theater, a form of autobiographical performance. Her provocative and original works have been honored with seven Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.
Norman Wolfe is founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders, Inc., where organization mentors guide executive teams and boards in inspired strategy execution. He is the author of The Living Organization, about the purpose/people/process methodology for creating extraordinary impact.
Adam Wolpert is a painter, facilitator, teacher, and art program director at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (www.oaec.org) in Sonoma County, Calif. He has offered workshops and exhibited extensively throughout California.
Laura Wood, LPC, RDT, holds an MA in drama therapy and counseling from New York University. Laura is a primary therapist at Castlewood in Pacific Grove, Calif., where her focus areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, attachment, grief and loss.
Katherine Woodward Thomas, is the bestselling author of Calling in "The One," licensed psychotherapist, transformative educator, creator of the Conscious Uncoupling Program, and co-founder of the Feminine Power Global Community serving over 100,000 women worldwide.