Bryan Reeves is a former US Air Force Captain who has survived multiple dark nights of the soul and now coaches individuals and couples. He's written two books, including Tell The Truth, Let The Peace Fall Where It May.
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Byron Katie created The Work, which has been bringing freedom to millions of people for more than 20 years. Her books include the best-selling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True? and A Thousand Names for Joy.
C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice who, with his wife Annellen Simpkins, specializes in research and practice of hypnosis, neuroscience, and meditation. Together they teach widely and have written 28 books, including Neuro-Hypnosis, Neuroscience for Clinicians, Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy, and Self-Hypnosis for Women, with CD.
Camille Maurine is the author of Meditation Secrets for Women and Meditation 24/7, both written with her husband, Lorin Roche. Camille's work synthesizes meditation, movement, and expression, with a keen passion for women’s spiritual empowerment and embodiment.
Cari Hernandez is an artist and photographer who was born and raised in northern California. Cari teaches, lectures, and shows her work nationally, is a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA), and was the creator and director of IEA’s annual retreat and conference.
Carley Hauck, MA, is the president of Intuitive Wellness and works as an integrative life coach and wellness consultant. Her background includes yoga, meditation, coaching, nutrition, and research. She teaches on the subjects of happiness, positive psychology, and mindful eating at Stanford University.
Carol Bevilacqua is an accomplished tile maker, sculptor, and mosaic artist. She is an inspiring instructor at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Berkeley and teaches community-based mosaic through the Richmond Artists in Schools/Community program.
Carol DeSanto is the cofounder of Nervous System Energy Work and a psychotherapist in private practice. She has been a longtime student of Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere. Her special interests in energy work encompass addiction-recovery, health and healing, and work with cancer and chronic illness.
Carol Greenhouse is a creative catalyst who has served on the staff of The Intelligent Optimist for almost a decade. She is the founder and director of the Center for a New Mainstream, which has brought transformative psychology, transformative medicine, and the work of Ruediger Dahlke to the US. She is Dr. Dahlke's lead apprentice.
Carol Kershaw, EdD, is a psychologist, codirector of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston, and coauthor of Brain Change Therapy. She is an international trainer and has produced several programs on personal growth and creating lasting solutions.
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.
Carol Studer is a lifelong horsewoman who teaches horsemanship methods specializing in Centered Riding. These techniques promote body awareness, confidence, and harmony in the relationship with horses. She brings this knowledge to her equine specialist role at Change Your Lead.
Caroline Harvey, MA, LMT, is a published author, a writing professor at Berklee College of Music, and an internationally renowned speaker. She believes in poetry and performance as a powerful path for overcoming adversity, discovering vibrant health, and affecting real social change.
Caroline Muir, is a leader in the work of the Divine Feminine Awakening, and creator of www.divine-feminine.com. She has led many Esalen weekends for women in past years, as well as teaching couples and singles the transformative work of Tantra Yoga since 1990.
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.
Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is president and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a scientist at California Pacific Medical Center, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is an international speaker and workshop leader, and co-wrote Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.
Cat J. Zavis, is executive director of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and has led dozens of trainings in the area of empathic communication for parents, spiritual leaders and centers, teachers, students, lawyers, mediators, and couples. Most recently she co-led a 3-day training for transformative activists.
Catherine Ann Jones, MA, is an award-winning playwright (Calamity Jane, On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek ) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, Touched by an Angel series). She also is a writing consultant and author of fiction and nonfiction, including The Way of Story and Nautilus Book Award winner Heal Your Self with Writing.
Catherine McConkie, NC, is the executive chef for CMBM’s nutrition programs, founder of the Caregivers Table, co-creator of Diabetes in Motion at San Francisco General Hospital, core faculty for Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, and lead chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center.
Catherine Pepin is a senior research scientist at the Institut de Physique Théorique, CEA-Saclay, France. She is a quantum field theorist in the field of condensed matter physics. She belongs to the tradition pioneered by Schrödinger and Pauli for whom the notion of separation between science and mystical experience is an illusion.
Caverly Morgan is the founder and guiding teacher of Presence Collective, a contemplative community, and Peace in Schools, a nonprofit organization that created the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001 and trained for eight years in a silent Zen monastery.
Chandra Easton studied Buddhist philosophy, meditation and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, and translated Tibetan Buddhist texts on meditation with B. Alan Wallace. Chandra has taught meditation and yoga since 2001.
Char Pias, a member of the Esalen massage staff since 1980, teaches internationally, focusing on bodywork's energetic, emotional, and spiritual aspect. She is a Reiki teacher, a Circle of Life facilitator/coach, and a licensed graduate of The Center for Spiritual Healing.
Charlea Massion, a family physician, is the medical director of Hospice of Santa Cruz County and a hospital inpatient palliative care consultant in Santa Cruz, Calif. She has taught Esalen workshops on self-care and work-life balance for health care professionals since 1997.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know Is Possible. He lives in Asheville, NC, with his wife and four children.
Charles Muir has been a professional yoga teacher since 1967. Director of the Source School of Tantra Yoga, he is quoted in 125 books in print on Tantra, relationship, sex, and yoga. He is coauthor of Tantra: the Art of Conscious Loving, which is printed in nine languages.
Charlie Bloom is an educator, therapist, and seminar leader. He and his wife Linda are cofounders of Bloomwork and coauthors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married. He has facilitated workshops internationally since 1986.
Charlie Cascio is founder of Sweetwater Farm in Carmel, Calif., a self-sustaining organic farm specializing in goat and poultry husbandry, cheese making, beekeeping, olive and fruit orchards, and vegetable gardening. A chef since 1968, Charlie has taught internationally and was the head chef and kitchen manager at Esalen from 1998 to 2004.
Charu Rachlis was born and raised in Brazil, and has been teaching yoga in San Francisco since 1997. She teaches in a Bhakti lineage. She has a 20-year history of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and is strongly influenced by Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga.
Chas Perry, PhD, joined the Upledger Institute International teaching team in 1994 and also teaches Advanced CranioSacral Therapy and BioAquatic Explorations. His work places particular emphasis on sensations and emotions as they contribute to the functioning of the body's systems.
Chelom Eastwood Leavitt combines research and practice to explore how mindfulness influences our ideas about our body and sexual experiences. She works with individuals, committed couples, and parents striving to gain a healthy perspective on sexual behaviors and attitudes.
Cheryl Strayed is the best-selling author of 4 books, including the memoir Wild, which was made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon. Her books have been translated into 40 languages around the world. She lives in Portland, Ore.
Chloë Goodchild is a singer, educator, and acclaimed recording artist. She is the founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), and author of The Naked Voice, Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound. Chloe is also a Sounds True author and a teacher for the Shift Network.
Chris Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana, where he directs the Beargrass Writing Retreat and the 406 Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of two full-length collections of poems and his debut nonfiction book, Body of Water, is forthcoming in 2016.
Chris Krzyzkowski teaches the Anat Baniel Method with a focus on children with special needs as well as adult stroke survivors. His background includes physical therapy, neurologic recovery, and work as an international instructor in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation.
Christa Lancaster is cofounder of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork, a master dream analyst, and a master teacher at the Center for Archetypal Dreamwork. Her books include Flesh Off the Bone: Dream Descent through Past Life Trauma and Sex, Trauma and Conjunctio.
Christian de la Huerta has been a writer, speaker, and retreat and group facilitator for more than 20 years. Author of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Coming out Spiritually, he is currently working on a new book called The Soul of Power.
Christian Pedersen is a relationship specialist and certified life coach, and has led relationship trainings for hundreds of singles and couples. He has a private coaching practice for men and has studied with The Option Institute, The Relationship Skills Center, and Abraham-Hicks.
Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, is a physician turned mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, author, and speaker. She has been practicing insight meditation for more than 25 years. She coauthored A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness.
Christina Dauenhauer is a landscape designer and artist living off the grid near Hood River, Ore. She has a degree in sculpture, and founded her own design/build landscape company in Seattle. Between 2009 and 2016 she was Esalen's Grounds Manager. At Esalen she specialized in succulent design.
Christine Arylo, MBA, is a yogini, transformational leadership advisor, and best-selling author/speaker who combines 20 years of business experience with divine feminine, yogic, and indigenous wisdom to guide women to access, strengthen, and lead from their core feminine power.
Christine Eisner Leuthold, founder of C Insight Group, is a branding innovator for organizations and individuals. She is a longtime film and new media enthusiast, and as an advisory board member of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), she is actively involved in their digital and television festival, aTVFest and the Savannah Film Festival.
Christopher Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, a lecturer on psychiatry (part-time), and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, and is author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Christopher Griffin is a Master ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructor, mentoring with the founder of ChiRunning/ChiWalking, Danny Dreyer. Chris lives in Marin County, Calif., and travels throughout the US and Internationally teaching this technique.
Christopher (Hareesh) Wallis Wallis’ teaching balances accuracy with accessibility, profundity with clarity, and intellectual integrity with heart-expanding inspiration. As a gifted scholar, Hareesh holds a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley and an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford. He is an expert in Tantra and mantra-science, and currently serves as Head Faculty at The Mattamayura Institute and is the author of Tantra Illuminated.
Christopher LaRose combines a background in counseling and Gestalt practice with a love of horticulture and farming in his role as teacher and land steward. He is the former Esalen Garden supervisor, and has taught at the UCSC Center for Agroecology.
Christopher Smith is a musician, teacher, engineer, and entrepreneur. His relationship with the piano is a microcosm for everything in his life, from creativity to science. Christopher's music invites listeners to open to their own creativity and let go of self-limiting ideas.
Christy Hengst’s artwork involves sense of place, and the potential of heightening perceptions. Site-specific projects include bus stops, a sculpture project in Ecuador, and the international traveling public installation “birds in the park.”
Christy Muir is an advanced-level teacher at the Source School of Tantra. She has practiced Tantra for 10 years and is a certified massage and yoga instructor. She has a BA in sociology with a strong background in psychology and NLP.
Chungliang Al Huang teaches Tai Ji philosophy, East/West synthesis, and the art of movement meditation. He is the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation and director of Lan Ting Institute in the Sacred Mountains of China. He is the best-selling author of numerous books including Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain and Tao: The Watercourse Way, co-authored with Alan Watts.
Cida Vieira offers a safe space where her Brazilian Soul ignites everyone to express their joy and freedom. Born at the heart of the dance circles of Brazil, Cida has choreographed and performed in the US and abroad with musicians including Xuxa, Ray Charles, Daniela Mercury, and Airto Moreira.
Cindy Geyer, MD, is medical director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Food As Medicine core faculty member since 2001.
Claude Stein has 30 years of experience blending psychology and voice training. His clients include RCA, Warner Bros., Sony, Atlantic, Island Records, Juilliard, the New York Actors Institute, Sprint, Siemens, JPMorgan, NASA, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Claudine Lafond found yoga, and it was love at first breath. The feeling of coming home was familiar, yet mysterious. She has been clear about the impact this path has had on her life, and endeavors to shine this same light of awareness for all who are interested to listen. Claudine co-created YogaBeyond.
Clifford Henderson is cofounder of the Fun Institute in Santa Cruz, Calif., a school of improv and solo performance. She’s had numerous plays and sketch comedies produced in the SF Bay Area. Her published works include The Middle of Somewhere, Spanking New, and Maye’s Request.
Clifford Saron, PhD, a research neuroscientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at UC Davis, investigates meditation, well-being, and cognition from multidisciplinary perspectives. He also studies sensory and multisensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorder.
Coby Kozlowski, MA, E-RYT, founded Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive, Souluna Life Coach Certification, and Quarter-Life Calling. She is on the faculty for Kripalu School of Yoga and is a lead trainer for Radiance Sutras Meditation Teacher Training.
Coral Brown is a licensed mental health counselor with 20 years of experience in yoga, philosophy, and holistic counseling. Coral is trained in Iyengar and Jivamukti yoga methods, and is a senior teacher of Prana Flow. Her teachings cultivate space for transformational exploration.
Corey Barker is a member of Burning Man’s People and Operations team and a co-creator of its emergent leadership curriculum. Corey has over a decade of experience facilitating organizational effectiveness, managed change, and personal growth for people-first organizations including Zappos.
Corinne Bourdeau is president and founder of 360 Degree Communications, an agency specializing in films that celebrate and enrich the human spirit through social change. Bourdeau’s portfolio includes Academy Award®-winning documentaries such as The Cove, Samsara, The Way, and Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Cornelia Gerken, CMP, ECP, integrates a spectrum of somatic and psycho-spiritual approaches in her work of CoreSoma. Cornelia and husband Siegmar are pioneers in humanistic, somatic, and transpersonal psychology.
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.
Cyndi Lee is the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. She is the founder of NYC’s OM yoga Center and author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga and Changing My Mind, among other books.
Cynthia Brix, 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. She is an ordained interfaith minister and coauthor of Divine Duality and Women Healing Women.
Dabney Alix, 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.
Dacher Keltner, PhD, is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, a founder and director of the Greater Good Science Center, and author of Born to Be Good and The Compassionate Instinct, among other books. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The London Times, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.
Dan Clurman is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and personal coach who integrates somatic work with his coaching. He has led Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes for more than 10 years. His books include Floating Upstream and You’ve Got To Draw The Line Somewhere.
Dana Albany is an artist who has exhibited for the San Francisco Arts Commission, SOMAR Gallery, the de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco Airport, Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Dana has been awarded many grants and produced several large-scale sculptures for the Burning Man event.
Dana Moore, MAR, MA, LPCC is a therapist who uses elements of contemplative spirituality supported by neuroscience to treat psychological trauma. Dana co-developed the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center and regularly teaches at the International Trauma Conference in Boston.
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.
Daniel Brown is an associate clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is author of 13 books, including Transformations of Consciousness (with Ken Wilber and Jack Engler) and Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition. He has taught meditation retreats since 1972.
Daniel Cordaro, PhD, directed the Universal Expression Project, the most extensive research program to date that decoded the nonverbal language of human emotion in 11 radically different cultures. Daniel now leads the Contentment Lab at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a group dedicated to the science of sustainable wellness around the world.
Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is founder/director of Strength with Heart men’s groups and workshops, co-founder of Relationships That Work, and a principle in the Rewire Leadership Institute. A leadership coach, organizational trainer, and psychotherapist, Daniel is co-author of Lovers for Life and is in private practice in the Bay Area.
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist and author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute.
Daniel Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
Daniel Stewart, LMFT, ERYT 500, is an acclaimed yoga-meditation teacher, mind-body psychotherapist, kirtan leader, and the co-owner of Rising Lotus Yoga in Los Angeles, Calif. Daniel leads innovative yoga and psychology trainings.
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.
Daphne Rose Kingma is the author of 12 best-selling books about love and relationships, including Coming Apart, The Future of Love, and The Ten Things to Do when Your Life Falls Apart. She has been a psychotherapist, 6-time guest on Oprah, partner in a publishing house, studio painter, and poet.
Dara Marks, PhD, is the author of the best-selling book on writing, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc, and she 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.
Daria Halprin is a dancer, teacher, therapist and author. Co-founder and director of Tamalpa Institute, she leads workshops and training programs internationally. Her books include The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy; Body Ensouled, Enacted and Entranced; and Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy.
Darin Mcfadyen (aka DJ ‘FreQ Nasty’) is an internationally recognized electronic music and technology pioneer who has spent two decades training in yogic and Buddhist meditation, practice, and philosophy. His multi-sensory experiences harness the power of music for personal and collective transformation.
Darren Huckle, LAc, DAOM, has a private practice as an herbalist and acupuncturist in Santa Cruz, Calif. He teaches holistic health modalities including herbal medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, and qi gong at Five Branches University and University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.
David Allen, a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine, has 25 years of experience in anti-aging and preventative medicine, as well as in alternative treatment of acute and chronic diseases. He is board-certified in emergency medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and body-mind medicine.
David Crow, LAc, is an acupuncturist and herbalist with more than thirty years of experience. An author and lecturer in the field of natural medicine, David’s work is focused on the synthesis of botanical medicine, ecology, and spirituality.
David Estes 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.
David Feinstein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has served on the Johns Hopkins Medical School faculty. A pioneer in developing innovative therapeutic approaches, his groundbreaking book, Personal Mythology, received the U.S.A. Book News Best Psychology/Mental Health Book Award of 2007.
David Hernandez is the author of four poetry collections and two Young Adult novels. His awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. He teaches at CSU Long Beach.
David Kessler is a grief and healing expert whose work has been featured on CNN, PBS, Oprah.com, and elsewhere. His latest book is You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death co-authored with Louise Hay. He also co-authored two bestsellers with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. He founded Grief.com.
David Lukoff, PhD, is professor of psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, Calif., a licensed psychologist, author of 80 articles, and co-author of the DSM-4 and DSM-5 category Religious or Spiritual Problem. He has been actively involved with the mental health consumer movement since 1994.
David Newman is a chant artist, sacred singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. He founded the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, and elsewhere.
David Presti teaches neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at the University of California in Berkeley, and worked for many years in the clinical treatment of addiction at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
David Richo, PhD, MFT, is psychotherapist, author, and workshop leader. He shares his time between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, Calif. Dave has taught at Esalen annually since 1994. He combines psychological and spiritual perspectives in his work, especially from Jung and Buddhism.
Davida Taurek, MS, has a diverse academic background in counseling psychology, the creative arts, and body-centered therapies. She is a certified instructor of Watsu, WaterDance, Motion Theater, and the 5Rhythms®. She leads classes, trainings, and workshops worldwide.
Dawson Church, PhD, is the award-winning author of The Genie in Your Genes. He founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare to study promising new healing techniques. He shares how to apply these new practices to health and athletic performance through EFT Universe.
Dean Marson teaches Esalen Massage® and Ocean Yoga. He integrates meditation, movement, and bodywork practices to assist people in enlivening their bodies and their lives. He has led workshops at Esalen and internationally for more than 20 years.
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.
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.