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Leaders at Esalen

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Warren Farrell

Warren Farrell

Warren Farrell, PhD, is the author of Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say, as well as Why Men Are the Way they Are. His books on gender communication have been published in more than 50 countries and in 17 languages. He has been training psychologists and helping professionals in these areas since 1970.

Wes "Scoop" Nisker

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.

Yang Yang

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.

Yeshi Neumann

Yeshi Neumann

Yeshi Neumann, CNM, MPH, has been working as a midwife since 1970. Her two granddaughters were born into her own hands. She brings her passion for mindfulness, women’s empowerment, healing, and social justice to her work with all different kinds of families.

Yeyen Gunawan

Yeyen Gunawan

Yeyen Gunawan opened the award-winning La Vie Organic Cafe and La Vie Pure Food Collective in Santa Cruz, Calif. She discovered raw food in 2004 and uses it to fuel her passion for health and wellness.

Ysaye Barnwell

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®.

Yuval Ron

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.

Zuza Engler

Zuza Engler

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

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